The con man meets his match in Oh My Geum-bi
This isn’t a show with huge stars, but I can already tell that the story will squeeze my heart and steal my tears. KBS’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama Oh My Geum-bi is the heartwarming story of an aimless con man who’s set straight when he meets the daughter he never knew he had. It looks like we’ll get an adorable bickering relationship between a precocious ten-year-old and a grown man who has yet to be an adult, in a story where he’s supposed to raise her, and she ends up making a decent human being out of him instead.
Oh Ji-ho (My Little Baby) stars as a hapless swindler who turned to a life of crime when he lost his sense of smell and had to give up on his dream of becoming a chef. He’s pretty bad at actually conning people though, and it’s not until he’s in prison that he finds out that he has a ten-year-old daughter named Geum-bi, played by child actress Heo Jung-eun. She was most recently the little princess in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, and Park Shin-yang’s daughter in Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, where she made me cry every time she had scenes with her dad.
Geum-bi is a strong-willed little girl who decides to fix her wayward father’s life, but there’s a tragic turn when she’s diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease type C, and begins to rapidly deteriorate mentally and physically. The rare disease is referred to as “childhood Alzheimer’s,” and despite the sad premise of watching such a young girl lose her memories, the drama promises to be an uplifting, cheerful story about family, and not a melodramatic tearjerker.
Park Jin-hee (Memory) co-stars as Oh Ji-ho’s love interest, a lonely researcher of cultural artifacts who begins to mend her broken heart when Geum-bi and her father enter her life. And Oh Yoon-ah (Angry Mom) plays Geum-bi’s mom, a cold and intimidating woman of very few words.
In the teaser above, Geum-bi is shocked to find out she has a dad, and shows up in court to plead for Dad’s freedom so she can live with him. As soon as he’s out of prison, she nags him, “Try conning again, and I’ll call the police on you!” He’s just as childish, and their argument devolves into father and daughter calling each other ugly.
And then in the most recent teaser below, Dad gets teary-eyed watching footage of his baby daughter, but Geum-bi shatters his daddy fantasy by throwing down in Go Stop. She sticks a card on her forehead like an old pro and taunts Dad for his money because she’s beat him, ha. I’m not sure I buy that this drama won’t be a tearfest when it gets down to it, but they’re so cute together that I might not be able to resist.
Oh My Geum-bi follows On the Way to the Airport and premieres November 16.
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- News bites: October 22, 2016
- Park Jin-hee and Oh Ji-ho added to KBS tearjerker Oh My Geum-bi
- My Fair Lady undergoes title change, Oh Yoon-ah joins cast
- Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 1
- Memory: Episode 1
- Lee Joo-seung faces off against Oh Ji-ho in Showdown
- Oh Ji-ho gets saddled with My Little Baby