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Kim Hye-soo considers TV role with Please Come Back, Miss Kim
by | February 6, 2013 | 37 Comments

Please Come Back, Miss Kim is the name of a new KBS drama in the works, and I can’t be the only one who hears that and immediately thinks of the 2006 drama Please Come Back, Miss Soon-ae, the body-swapping comedy starring Park Jin-hee.

This Please Come Back drama is actually looking to a different source as its inspirationโ€”it’s an adaptation of the 2007 Japanese series Haken no Hinkaku (or Pride of the Temp). Perhaps that’s why the title’s still a working title; producers are entertaining the possibility of a change down the line, and are courting Kim Hye-soo (The Thieves, Style) as its lead. The original explored workplace culture with a focus on the regular employee-versus-temp divide, and this adaptation will alter the setup to suit the current Korean workplace, with some “drastic changes” in the works.

Please Come Back, Miss Kim has been granted the Monday-Tuesday timeslot following Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, which is a slot that was also being sought by I Can Hear Your Voice, the potential Gong Hyo-jin vehicle. Looks like Miss Kim won out, though, as KBS drama execs confirmed that the schedule has been finalized. I wonder what kind of mad scramble of King of Dramas-esque lobbying went behind the scenes to make that happen. Basically that drama made sure that every drama announcement I hear will be henceforth accompanied by a mini Kim Myung-min running around my brain, doing some major imaginary politicking to Make Things Happen. As far as legacies go, that’s not a bad one.

There’s a solid production team behind this drama, with writer Yoon Ji-hee having scripted the bubbly comedy Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and PD Jung Chan-geun having directed KBS’s successful weekend family drama Three Brothers. The drama premieres in April.

Via Star News


37 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Annie

    I have no faith that a Korean adaptation of Haken no Hinkaku will succeed, tbh. That drama is very, very Japanese.

    • 1.1 Bimlette

      How so? I’m curious because I don’t know anything about that drama or watch Jdramas regularly.

      • 1.1.1 ravens_nest

        It’s a show that examined the Japanese workforce system e.g. the plight of the Japanese Salaryman, the Japanese temp system, and gender biases. The drama also covered general office life topics. There was very little focus on romance and what there was of it was very much tied up in the discourse on Japanese business and work ethics/practices.

        Since so many of the issues discussed are very specific to the Japanese workforce, a lot will have to change to apply it to South Korea successfully.

        I feel like to make this good they’ll have to really research what problems or concerns are evident in the modern South Korean working world and sort of make the drama more inspired than directly adapted from Haken no Hinkaku.

        • mary

          They can focus on the problems plaguing the drama industry, but Anthony already did that.

        • tazanya

          Agree in every way, Haken is one of my fave J-dramas of all time, (the lead actress is <33333333).

          They won't really be able to remake this in the same sense of like BOF or Playful Kiss/ISWAK or even The man who can't get married. Because the premise of the show is vastly different from those romance based dramas.

          This isn't really about personal dynamics of two people falling in/out of love yada yada. But very much a tailored workplace drama.

          A workplace dynamic that from what I have seen doesn't exist in S. Korea. I like the lead they have chosen but I have to get it out of my head that this is a remake and just focus on it being "inspired" otherwise I don't see how this will work AT ALL.

          Please don't mess up my Haken, please.

    • 1.2 ravens_nest

      That is so true. Haken no Hinkaku is one of my fav dramas, starring one of my top 5 Japanese actors, Shinohara Ryoko. They better get it right or fall back.

      • 1.2.1 avonmarissa

        I would watch her in any dorama. She is a fantastic actress. I just don’t see how Haken no Hinkaku would work in a Korean setting unless the premise is changed.

    • 1.3 Andy ain't lyin'

      I’m not certain that that is true, as each culture has the ability to produce stories in their own way, and do it well. Having said that, I also must add that after seeing Shinohara Ryoko play ‘Oomae’ in Haken no Hinkaku, she forever become, for me, the woman who can master anything. I was a fan within minutes and would follow her anywhere… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Actually, I’d have to say the same for the great and ever sexy, Kim Hye Soo. The undisputed queen of each and every scene in which she appears. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ANO

    BTW, Who is more ‘influential’.. Kim Hye-soo or Gong Hyo-jin?

    I’m just curious ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 2.1 welma

      Kim Hye-soo.
      She’s a veteran and big movie star.

    • 2.2 True2U

      Kim Hye-soo

  3. RB

    I was thinking about Come Back, Soon-ae just yesterday… wish Dramafever or one of those sites would pick it up.

    • 3.1 Andy ain't lyin'

      I loved that dramady and it was where I first discovered Park Jin-hee! The pull for me, however, was the actual “star” of the drama, Shim Hye Jin. Age AND beauty before JUST beauty… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. Valleydale

    What’s so different between the workforce systems of the Japanese and Korean cultures? They’re both societies that value the contributions of men over women, correct? And they both work their people into the ground, expecting them to “give their bodies to be burned” for the company, am I wrong?

  6. welma

    Kim Hye-soo.
    She’s a veteran and big movie star.

    • 6.1 Andy ain't lyin'

      Her presense is always completely commanding of one’s attention as soon as she appears on screen. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I remember the first time that I saw her in the movie ‘A Good Day to Have an Affair’ where she played Lee Min-ki’s older lover, and thinking to myself about Min-ki, “You’re in over your, son!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 6.1.1 Andy ain't lyin'

        Sorry, that should have read, “Youโ€™re in over your HEAD, son!โ€ ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. True2U

    I seriously Like her, so I will most definitely check it out. At least 1 episode to feel the whole workplace vibe.

  8. snow_white

    haven’t seen any of her dramas or movies…..

  9. saranga

    when i read the headline in my feed i immediately thought of the 2006 drama… and then read the first line and chuckled. drama minds think alike indeed. on that note, i do miss park jin-hee! would love to see her headline something romantic comedyish soon. as long as this drama is a nice fluffy one, i’m on board. i’m in desperate need of fluffy!

  10. 10 lenrasoon

    Haken no Hinkaku was so amazing, let’s see how it goes as a Korean remake.

  11. 11 jubilantia

    HAKEN NO HINKAKU! That one was great, but mainly because of Shinohara Ryoko. Sounds like this actress is similarly charismatic, though, so they’re probably on the right track.

    I wonder what the “drastic changes” will be… probably birth secrets and corporate machinations, *sigh*

    The original was great mostly because it seemed so true to life, except for the mysterious temp main character. Here’s hoping they’ll do it justice.

  12. 12 Kwhat?!

    “Basically that drama made sure that every drama announcement I hear will be henceforth accompanied by a mini Kim Myung-min running around my brain, doing some major imaginary politicking to Make Things Happen. As far as legacies go, thatโ€™s not a bad one.”

    Haha! I knew I wasn’t the only one!

  13. 13 Thursdaynexxt

    I agree!

    Love Shinohara Ryoko – she made Haken no Hinkaku totally awesome. She even made the tax investigation bureau look fascinating in Ougon no Buta/Golden Pig! (is it just me or does Kim Hye-soo even look a little bit like her in some pics?)

    I love underdog stories, so I hope the translation works, as with City Hunter.

  14. 14 Jenny

    I liked haken no hinkaku and the subject was interesting because several temp workers in Japan are women. And as reports say women are a huge unused workforce in Japan.

    Don’t see this translating very well into a kdrama because they will want to emphasize the romance factor and add a little birth secrets and a cold yet genius chaebol who falls in love with the temp or so I’m guessing. I’m just thinking what happened with Kimi wa petto that could have had potential but ended up a big pile of no. 2.
    Or then like with City hunter, don’t get why they bought rights to it when they ended up not doing city hunter.

  15. 15 Uhnny

    Ohh… so she was the lead in the movie “The Red Shoes”. Ha. I remember watching that horror movie on my birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t notice her there though until I googled her name.

    Now, what will happen to Gong Hyo Jin’s drama? ๐Ÿ™

    • 15.1 Annie

      It will follow this one.

  16. 16 haha

    I like her,but maybe not for this role.
    “Haken” means temporally worker, and I think this role should be played by younger actress (at least around 35/or younger).
    Kim Hye-soo is more like women boss, and not temporally worker.

    • 16.1 Annie

      Yeah, I didn’t want to say it, but my first impression was that she was too old to play Shinohara Ryoko’s role. Part of the charm of the drama for me was watching someone going through that transitory period between your 20s and 30s where you start questioning values, decisions, etc.

      And, knowing Korean tastes, I can’t exactly imagine them pulling off the main ‘loveline’ (in quotes because romance was such a peripheral player in the Jdrama) — Korean dramas have proven time and time again that they can’t do out and out quirky characters.

    • 16.2 Annie

      Choi Kang Hee would have been a good choice, after giving it some thought.

      • 16.2.1 haha

        I was thinking Han Hye Jin or Ha Ji Won…could be Kim Sun Ah ?

        • Annie

          Ha Ji Won would be perfect. Good thinking.

        • True2U

          Loving the Kim Sun Ah idea!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 17 more

    An asian actress with a CURVY SHAPE is a delightful sight to behold! I LOVE IT

  18. 18 Renee

    Never watched it but I can honestly say the same office politics exist in Japan as they do in Korea…

    Korea has the same gender bias and also the same division betweens permanent and temporary workers…

    but I’m sure the writers will modify it to make it appeal to their audience..

  19. 19 raisins

    Watching Oh Ji Ho and Kim Hye Soo was pure delight, and these two prove they have impeccable comic timing. I didn’t start off knowing the drama was based on a comic or Japanese series, and found out only after watching the last episode. The drama had me from the first episode, and continued to delight and surprise me with its emotional depth.

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