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Family discord abounds in Choi Ji-woo’s Suspicious Housekeeper

Here we have more stills for Suspicious Housekeeper, the drama adapted from a Japanese series about a mysterious woman who comes to work for a family—composed of a widower and his four children—and helps them heal their various emotional wounds. I’m thinking Mary Poppins with a dash of something a little darker, like Nanny McPhee, which was basically a darker Mary Poppins anyway. (And more fun that way, I say.)

Choi Ji-woo is the mysterious housekeeper, while Lee Sung-jae plays the father to a cast of kids being played by some noteworthy young stars. Kim So-hyun (I Miss You) is the eldest and in high school, and as you can see in the stills further down, she faces a rather troubled school life. She’s got a prickly personality which we can partially attribute to the fact that in the wake of her mother’s death, she feels the burden of responsibility in raising her siblings. There’s something else to it, though, as she discovers a secret relating to her mother’s death and begins to hate her father, which kicks up family discord.

Siblings 2 through 4 are played by Chae Sang-woo (who’s been in a whole string of sageuks, including Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love), Nam Da-reum (Watch Out For Fools, Dong Yi), and Kang Ji-woo (May Queen). They’ll be in middle school, elementary school, and kindergarten, respectively.

Wang Ji-hye (President, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store) plays one of Dad’s co-workers, and she’ll incur the wrath of eldest daughter Kim So-hyun, who engages her in a glare-off in the stills below. Not to make every catfight about a guy, but I’m going to assume that Lady’s got her eye on the Lonely Widower, and Daughter’s having none of it. Hm, how does the housekeeper fit into all this, I wonder…

There’s also another familiar veteran face in the cast, Grandpas Over Flowers’ doting husband and good-natured Park Geun-hyung, who plays badass chaebols and power brokers so often that it’s refreshing to see him playing a normal, cranky ole gramps from time to time. He’s only got a few stills and he’s basically scolding in each one; he plays grandfather to the children of the house, and Lee Sung-jae’s father-in-law. He’s already lost his wife and now his daughter, and lives with his youngest daughter, who’s still single. Having opposed his deceased daughter’s marriage, now the relationship between Gramps and Lee Sung-jae is even rougher than ever.

Basically, this is a family that may be managing to chug along materially but hurting emotionally, and the new housekeeper will be the catalyst in moving everyone along in the right direction. Sounds like it could be a heart-warming human drama.

Suspicious Housekeeper will premiere on September 23; it’ll be SBS’s Monday-Tuesday drama to follow Empire of Gold.

Via Chosun, TV Report

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i like the storyline. i'm sure i will cry buckets because of the kids. The Casts are great too!

Thanks JB =)

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Wang Ji Hye. The only woman for whom I've had second lead syndrome. Loved her in Protect the boss as much as I hated her in Personal Preference.

Also, what's with blue flower printed pants/midi skirt? Was it 'wear your jammies to work day' or 'revenge of the scorned costume designer'?

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yeah, I'm struggling to understand that outfit, too..

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Me tooo!!! I really really like Wang Ji Hye :D My love for her pairing with Jaejoong in the drama totally eclipsed the main couple lol

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Same here!

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I really like her role in Friends, Our Legend with Hyun Bin.

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Watch Iris.

Kim So Yeon is <3

But PTB's second lead love story is also adorable. :)

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i was just going to say she looks so off-putting in those photos, nothing compared to her character icecream in PTB.
*sigh i miss alll the meta in that show.

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Anything is better than the designer clothes, purses, and slippers!

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sounds a lot like 'sound of music' minus the musical housekeeper/governess to me. does CJW sing?

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The story maybe similiar with "prime minister and I" which rumour leads are yoona and LBS and it's described sound of music korean version. I more interested with this one (prime minister & I),beside that I've fall in love with "good doctor" so I don't have time watch suspicious housekeeper

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I wonder how true they are gonna stay to the story cause it does get pretty dark. Anyways I am looking forward to this. Plus Geun Hyung Grandpa is in it!

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I really liked the J-version of this drama.. It was really good... J-drama have a different vibe than k-drama and some time a story like this ''translate'' much better in a Japanese production than a Korean...

But still I will give it try and I hope they don't go all wacky with some of the plots/sub plots.. K-drama has the tendency to do that when they make a adaptation of a j-drama (BOF).. LOL

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Kim So-hyun is growing up so beautifully! I don't think it's too farfetched to think she'll be the lead a non-teen drama very soon and she'll rock it to its core. Is it wrong of me to want her to play opposite Infinite's Hoya? Something about the two of them makes me feel like they'd be a winning combo.

Um, people are gonna hate me, but I think it's because they both give off a cold "I hate you and can kill you with my brain" vibe when they're actually quite sweet, it seems.

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Looking forward to this....

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I love everyone in this cast - particularly Ice-Cream Girl from PTB. She was even good in BVS, despite the sucky script.

Looking forward to this one - looks good!
:-)

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Choi Ji-woo has already played the role of a family healer in 'Beautiful Days'. With less kids though.

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I just can't believe it, Kim So-hyun looks like a child again :) That looks nice.

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I love and admire how Wang Ji Hye can easily play different characters giving different auras. I finished (or kind of) Cheer Up Mr Kim where she plays the good natured teacher which was already different from her character in Protect the Boss and then, I saw her in these stills and can't believe she is the same person because she gives the scary/bitchy type with these glares. Truly amazing ;)

I think I'm going to stick for this drama. Can't resist a drama with a big family especially if it holds a good storyline and it seems it does. Plus, the Nanny and Daddy look hot together. And plus plus, there is Park Geun Hyung. I'm going to sound really weird because I'm 20 but I've got a Grandpa crush when it comes to him. Don't really know why but I first saw him in It's Okay Daddy Girl and weirdly or not in dramaland, I keep watching dramas with him without knowing (Daemul, The Chaser, Third Hospital ... etc.)

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Wang Ji Hye! Love her too..
Hope she become main lead in a primetime drama soon...

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If they follow the jdorama plot, dad was in love with another woman. There was a lot of reasons why.
But it seems that in this version they are making that character larger.

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because Korea has more episodes, so it makes sense...but I loved the jdorama and the acting (I didn't like then end..I wont give it away but I'll just say, it was weird what they asked her to do) and the PACING. I hope the Korean one is well-written, acted (NO OVER ACTING PLEASE T_T) and well paced...I just hope it's a good drama.

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I like the original because its darker approach was like I have never seen before in a family human drama. I'm intrigued to know on how they going to translate that in Kdrama version. Though, things look even more interesting as they seem to follow the exact original storyline.

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Okay I was going to skip this but now that Wang Ji Hye is in it,might check it out.In fact might go rewatch my favourite scenes in PTB today.Loved her in that drama.

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I know. I have such fond memories for that show because it was the first rom-com that deviated from all things typical in the k-dramaworld and managed to make us laugh every episode. i don't know if i was on drugs but i just remember laughing every episode, and loving every character.

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What also made that drama amazing is the rapport of the actors with each other... Which then translated into their on-screen chemistry. But to be honest, I can't even remember ji sung's and choi kahee's character names. I just remember muwon-nayeon.

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tq JB

With choi ji woo, I'll stick around ! and I love family dramas.

l like her recent advert with KHJ - LOTTE, the bts she look sensuous for her age !.

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I love WJH, isn't she so gorgeous and always fierce in her script choices....they are very different, and she's not afraid to play a baddie....or be cursed for kissing Jae Joong in her role...she's great!! Looking forward!

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thanks jb

She (choi ji woo) could be the dead woman's best friend, a promise to take care of her children !. Anticipating for this drama.

CHOI JI WOO, here I come !!.

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thank you jb,

Is that your white housekeeper uniform ?

Oh ! what a comeback choi ji woo !!.

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Kids are adorable, would watch for them!
( and Lee Sung jae )

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Yknow, i never tire of seeing Kim So Hyun even though it seems like she's in every k-drama nowadays playing the childhood portion.

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It seems like they're keeping close to the j-dorama story lines. Like, they have 2 sons and 2 daughters while in the previous article it was mentioned they would have 4 daughters. Even the main pic is very similar to a scene in the j-dorama.

"... this is a family that may be managing to chug along materially but hurting emotionally, and the new housekeeper will be the catalyst in moving everyone along in the right direction."

You got that right, JB, and this is not Mary Poppins at all.

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I should add that the housekeeper has her own scars and wounds as well. So, it's a mutual healing process for both the family and the housekeeper. :)

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Heartwarming drama? Darn, I was hoping for some sinister, dark shiz. lol

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