A duo of fateful first encounters in MBC’s Night Light
Sometimes you just want to see characters being steely and hard, particularly heroines in a landscape that is so populated by nice Candys, which makes up a large part of my interest in MBC’s Night Light, featuring characters who are determined to amass wealth and power, each for their own differing reasons.
I’m also intrigued by the relationship between the three main characters, with Jin Gu (Descended From the Sun) first falling for Lee Yo-won (Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki), a rich ice queen, and then falling for UEE (Marriage Contract), who essentially turns from a humble Candy into a second Lee Yo-won when she takes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change her life’s direction. Usually, drama love triangles highlight rivals with opposing natures, but here the ladies look like they’ll be two of a kind, despite starting out in different places.
The first set of stills depicts the first meeting between characters Yi-kyung (Lee Yo-won) and Se-jin (UEE) at a VIP charity auction. Yi-kyung discovers Se-jin playing the role of a fake girlfriend to a rich loser who’s trying to get revenge on an ex-girlfriend, and is intrigued by Se-jin’s toughness, holding her own in a sea of privileged folks. She judges Se-jin’s true nature, potential, and hidden ambitions at a glance and approaches her, kicking off their complicated relationship.
The next set of stills shows us the first meeting between the other pair, Yi-kyung and Gun-woo (Jin Gu), back when they lived in Japan. Yi-kyung is a Korean-Japanese gyopo (Korean living abroad) whose father has built up a top financial company in Japan, who harbors ambitions to create her own “kingdom” and believes that greed is no sin. Gun-woo is a chaebol’s son himself, but lives in Japan while pursuing his dreams of being a musician.
Yi-kyung has been trained by her father to never let a cent go unaccounted for, and to chase down owed money no matter what, so she doesn’t stand by when she happens upon Gun-woo being scammed out of money by a con artist disguised as a monk (Oh Jung-se). And thus their youthful romance begins, with free-spirited Gun-woo being the only man who can make Yi-kyung laugh, and the first-love relationship is described as fiery and passionate.
But that’s all in the past, and whatever it is that pulls them apart isn’t quite resolved by the time the present-day storyline picks up twelve years later. The two exes run into each other again in a chance encounter, entangling our trio of characters in a complicated love triangle. As if there’s any other kind.
Night Light follows Woman With a Suitcase and premieres on November 21.
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