The three ladies of tvN’s Buam-dong Revenge Social Club
Kudos to the casting director, ‘cause this is some of the most spot-on casting I’ve ever seen. tvN’s Buam-dong Revenge Social Club has released short character teasers for each of our three revenge-seeking ajummas, played by Lee Yo-won (Night Light), Ra Mi-ran (Laurel Tree Tailors), and Myung Se-bin (Kill Me, Heal Me). In addition to giving us our first look at the trio, they also give hints as to why the ajummas seek revenge in the first place.
First, there’s chaebol heiress Kim Jung-hye (Lee Yo-won) who has given her all to her family, even though her marriage was an arranged one. She stands in the middle of an empty cafe, elegantly attired, and says, “You shouldn’t have messed with my last bit of pride.” There’s a fast sequence of her, her ring and a man’s face (her husband?), and then the camera pans out to reveal that she’s staring at a man across the cafe. The teaser ends with her extending the offer, “Would you like to get revenge together?” Ah, so I guess she is the one who forms the revenge club.
The first we see of Ra Mi-ran’s character Hong Do-hee, she’s on her knees in front of a woman, her eyes pleading and tear-filled as money gets thrown at her. Her thoughts, however, betray a less pliant, fiercely protective side: “You shouldn’t have messed with my child.” Eugh, it’s hard to see her having to kneel even in this 15-second teaser, especially knowing that she’s a single mother fish store owner whose children are everything to her. I did a mini fist pump when she got a steely look and agreed to join the revenge club.
The last leg of this ajumma trio is housewife Lee Mi-sook, portrayed by Myung Se-bin. She’s the wife of a university professor and, like her fellow revenge-seekers, has made sacrifices for the good of her family. At least, until now: “I know now, that holding it all in isn’t the answer.” Surrounded by bouquets of flowers that I assume she arranged, she also makes the decision to get revenge.
I am beyond excited to see these three women in action. Their characters are all from such different walks of life that I’m curious to see how they first came to form this club in the first place. And it’s going to be so satisfying to see them dole out retribution to the people who have wronged them, be it husbands, snooty mothers, bullies, or anyone else. I almost feel sorry them. Almost.
Buam-dong Revenge Social Club will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays on tvN, premiering on October 11.