The upcoming South Korean series “Little Women” (작은 아씨들) is loosely based on the classic novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Although the Netflix’s original South Korean drama’s plot diverges from the book, the March sisters from the original serve as inspiration for the show’s principal characters: Oh In Joo (Kim Go Eun), Oh In Kyung (Nam Ji Hyun), and Oh In Hye (Park Ji Hu). The siblings in this version experienced poverty – particularly during their formative years – just like the sisters from the novel.
In the mystery thriller drama, the close-knit sisters protect each other in their own way as they face challenges facing the harsh reality of the world. The director Kim Hee Won (“Vincenzo”, “Money Flower”) and writer Jung Seo Kyung (“The Handmaiden”) turned the well-beloved fiction into a reality that suits South Korea and how the audience can relate more to it.
Prolific actor Wi Ha Joon is also brought on board to portray the mysterious and charming Choi Do Il, who will get entangled with Oh In Joo along the way. Also starring Uhm Ji Won, Kang Hoon, and Uhm Ki Joon, find out more about the main characters of “Little Women” below.
1. Oh In Joo
Kim Go Eun portrays the eldest of three sisters, Oh In Joo, who learns the power of money and how it could protect her family. Wishing to live like everyone else, her life takes an unexpected turn when mysterious events unfold before her eyes. She gets entangled with Choi Do Il, with whom she shares the belief in the power of money.
Oh In Joo works as an administrative assistant at a construction company because she enjoys counting money. Although she’s divorced because her ex-husband was a swindler, she intends to remarry in the future and dreams of providing the perfect home for her family to sleep in without having to worry about their food source.
2. Oh In Kyung
Oh In Kyung is the second sister who does not wish to sell her soul for money. Portrayed by Nam Ji Hyun, she is a journalist with a strong sense of logic and justice who never follows money’s call. The hardworking and intelligent woman wishes to be the main character of a rags-to-riches tale based on her hard work and upright morals, even though she would come to realise it that she could never catch up to her friends with wealthy and influential parents.
Her savviness, hard work, and sisters are the pillar of her strength and morals as to why she turned to journalism. Audiences can also expect Oh In Kyung’s transformation as she teams up with her old friend Ha Jong Ho in a mysterious investigation for the truth.
3. Oh In Hye
The beloved youngest of three siblings, Oh In Hye, stands out for her extraordinary talent for art. She excels at her school, which is the most prestigious art school in South Korea, even without merits from the school’s extracurricular activities.
While Oh In Hye loves her sisters as much as they love her, the character played by Park Ji Hu feels burdened by Oh In Joo and Oh In Kyung’s affections. Her Nike sneakers and parkas mean a lot to her as she knew what her older sisters went through to provide her with the best gifts. The series will unravel even more suspicious events surrounding Oh In Hye, as her life will be intertwined with the antagonist Park Jae Sang.
4. Choi Do Il
After appearing in “Squid Game,” Wi Ha Joon is back to portray Choi Do Il, a man who regards money as the most sacred thing on the planet. He works with Oh In Joo, the eldest sister of the “Little Women” to steal 70 billion Korean Won.
A talented and elite based in London, Choi Do Il is a Wharton graduate and the vice president of overseas operations for Wonryeong Group. He is rumoured to be the financial advisor to Park Jae Sang’s family and describes himself as an average man who would give anything, including his life, for money.
The series will premiere this 3rd September (Saturday), so checkout the series trailer below:
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.