My Golden Life promises refreshing cliche-reversals
The first teaser for upcoming weekend series My Golden Life has just been released, and it definitely has that upbeat, warm fuzzy vibe that I love in family dramas. And yes, Shin Hye-sun (Forest of Secrets) is coming back to family dramas! She was so relatable and cute in Five Kids that I want her in a similar role every time I see her on television.
The teaser’s supposed to show how Shin Hye-sun’s character has the chance of overcoming her impoverished background through a false identity, but due to a series of misfortunes, she ends up worse off than before and learns to deal with the obstacles that follow.
In the teaser, the drama promises to gives us a reversal of the commonplace makjang weekenders we see so often in dramaland. It starts with this question to the viewers: “You’ve seen these types of scenes before, right?”
Then, the teaser goes through a checklist of familiar setups we see all the time in family dramas:
- Birth secrets.
- A handsome department head. Cue Park Shi-hoo’s (Neighborhood Hero) entrance, looking like the stereotypical charismatic business leader, which according to his character synopsis, he is.
- A intelligent, hard-working Candy-type heroine. Shin Hye-sun is shown running late for work, juggling coffee, and somehow landing in a police station all scratched up.
- The love triangle we can’t do without. Enter Lee Tae-hwan (Father, I’ll Take Care of You), who plays Shin Hye-sun’s childhood best friend, brightly smiling at her with puppy-dog eyes.
- A loving, large multigenerational family. That’s Shin Hye-sun, her three siblings, and their father. Chun Ho-jin (Man to Man) plays her father, while Lee Tae-sung (Mom, I Summon You, Gold), Seo Eun-soo (Duel), and Shin Hyun-soo (Ruler—Master of the Mask) play her siblings.
Then the chryon asks: “Is this all?” An emphatic “No! No! No!” reply flashes, and the teaser explains that there’ll be no frustrating elements in this “refreshing” new drama. With a smile, Shin Hye-sun ends the teaser by saying, “Bingo!”
I’m pretty sure that Park Shi-hoo has first billing on this drama, but I’m experiencing second lead syndrome already after seeing Lee Tae-hwan’s adorableness again. KBS family drama My Golden Life will air starting September 2, following the end of Father Is Strange.