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The tale of three sisters in tvN’s Little Women

With promos shifting into full gear for tvN’s Little Women, we finally get our first look at the main cast in a newly released video teaser.

The mystery drama stars Kim Go-eun (Yumi’s Cells 2) as the eldest of three sisters, Oh In-joo. Having struggled with poverty from a young age, In-joo sees money as the key to protecting their family and is thus conflicted when an unexpected opportunity falls into her lap.

In the role of the second sister is Nam Ji-hyun (The Witch’s Diner), who plays the more idealistic Oh In-kyung. For In-kyung, pride is more important than money and her drive to do the right thing is what compelled her to become a reporter.

Under these two strong-headed sisters, youngest sister Oh In-hye – played by Park Ji-hoo (All of Us Are Dead) – has been well-loved but sheltered. Now in high school and on her way to adulthood, In-hye wants to spread her own wings in the world.

The new video teaser begins with captions introducing our three heroines as: first-born, second-born, and third-born. Eldest sister In-joo reports to Kim Mi-sook (Artificial City) that, “We, three sisters, are going to live without any discomforts.” She’s shocked, though, when she finds a big bag of money in her locker and the text screens explain: “A mysterious 70 billion appeared before her eyes. Should it be kept or should it be returned?”

In the sequence that follows, we get a quick look at the rest of the main cast: young politician Eom Ki-joon (Penthouse 3), art gallery director Eom Ji-won (Birthcare Center), and consultant Wie Ha-joon (Bad and Crazy). Meanwhile, second sister In-kyung tries to reason with her older sister, “Are you really going to buy that apartment with stolen money?” But In-joo defends herself and is resolute, “Why do you keep calling it stolen money? It’s received money. Mom, Dad, In-hye, and you. I’m going to make it so that we all live without worrying about money.”

With a brief cutaway to youngest sister In-hye in the hospital, the final text screen in tandem with the drama’s title card reads: “The Little Women who wanted to live like everyone else.”

Written by Jung Seo-kyung (Mother) with PD Kim Hee-won (Vincenzo) at the helm, tvN’s Little Women premieres September 3 in the weekend slot.

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Not super keen on the poor vs chaebol storyline, but everything else sounds good, and nam ji hyun has never steered me wrong.

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Jo March, are you there???

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I guess not. Sad! 😞

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Little women…Why? They could have chosen any name and it would have worked but instead they are disappointing the whole readership for no reason. It’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Scent of a woman…same title completely different programme all over again🥺

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I don't think this show has anything to do with Little Women (the book), and I'm confused as to why they're marketing it as such.

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@But the assumption that “Little Women” is universally known is not warranted. KDramas maybe watched in the west but they are primarily made for domestic audiences and other Asian countries who don’t necessarily know that the title belongs to a much loved American novel.

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My context is I love reading and like to see the books brought alive. Modernising stories is always hard but some versions have been done really well when they keep the basics. I have heard two English classics set in modern India which were done really well. An audio play of a Dickens story and a film of one of Jane Austen’s. Maybe due to colonialism the audience were more likely to have heard of the stories and I don’t know who was involved in the writing and production of those shows.

It’s too early to judge the show based on the info available but it seems that Little women keeps the title and women’s characters but the way they live out those characters is shown in a completely different way. The influence of the parents’ moral characters, the contrasting fortunes within the community, the extended family and the background war were all significant features in the original story it seems that these aspects may have been removed.

I have no issue with a new story if that’s what is going to be told as long as I know that from the start.

It’s like the Cinderella story is told in many K dramas but they tend to do the rags to riches part forgetting that the injustice is that it started as a riches story for Cinderella too so she feels the contrast in her circumstances as her step sisters and step mum are living her old life and rubbing her face in it. If they had a version where the married Cinderella becomes a typical Chaebol mother in law to her grown son’s fiancée because she comes from a poor family that would be the equivalent of what seems to have happened to Little women🤣.

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@dncingemma The team has been marketing it as the Little Women book by referring to the actual book itself. It's not a coincidence.

Even if it happened to be coincidence, kdramas have a sizeable international audience and I would expect the marketing team to do their due diligence beforehand to avoid confusion.

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@songxrising: I understand but it is arguable that the majority of the viewers are still located in Asia so their knowledge of this book might be minimal notwithstanding its iconic literary character in the US.

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Don't about other Asian countries but Little Women is pretty standard fair at least in South Asia - it's taught in schools. I think the assumption that Asian countries might not know the novel is questionable.

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@miso: Thanks for your point. I chose my language carefully so am not making a blanket assumption but arguing that it might not be as well known.

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Asian dramas refer to western literature more often than western dramas do! I recall one drama had an extended reference to Thornton Wilder's play 'Our Town'.

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Wow had to look that up as the play is from 1938 but has been revived several times. It’s a new one on me.

I watched a Chinese drama set in the 20/30’s and they had a western book on the bookshelf that stood out to me. I can’t remember now whether it was because it was too modern for the drama or whether I was surprised it had not been censored but due to my lack of understanding of the history timeline I didn’t know if it was before or after the time books were seen as a sign of decadence.

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Totally, it leads to nothing but confusion and disappointment.

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Dissapointed that this seems to have nothing to do with Little Women aside from the sick sister. Not a fan of the lightning either, everything is too dark which is probably going to be the tone of the show too. They shouldn't have marketed it as Little Women. A shame as I quite like the cast.

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I am going to watch 4 episodes to see if it’s worth sticking with but it will be known as Three sisters in my mind, that way I can treat it as any other drama that looks like it could be an interesting watch. If it does an Eve or Jinxed at first it won’t last the four episode window to prove itself.

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Story description doesn't interest me, but the writer of Mother and the director of Vincenzo... guess I'll have to give it a try.

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I could have used a dark spoof…

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There are Kim Go-Eun, Nam Ji-Hyun and the PD who make a very goos reason to watch it.

But I wished the story to be about sisters living their life without stolen money, hidden secret, investigation... Just about family.

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A nice 50 episode weekender that’s just about life, family, and living, would have been lovely, indeed!

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Well, I guess we know who Beth is.

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ROFL!

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What I really want to know is if Wie Ha-joon = Laurie. Even if it's only 1% there I will die a happy woman

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😂😂😂
What is this😅

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Absolutely no relation to the actual Little Women. That, by itself, I’m not too surprised by and pretty much expected since Beth’s equivalent is absent. However, was a normal slice-of-life story about three sisters without chaebols, corruption, and illegal money too much to ask? Apparently so.

I’ll still give it a shot because the cast is beyond fantastic and the writer + PD team is awesome, but I’m disappointed to say the least. RIP Nam Ji-hyun as Jo March, you will always exist in my heart.

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Holy Meryl Streep, is that EVER a powerhouse cast! Bring on the dramatics, I'm in.

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I like this PD work a lot so I will check but the story doesn't interest me that much. like other beanies here, I would have loved a slice of life, family drama with these 3 different sisters, without chaebols, stolen money, etc.

I'm curious if the writers will say something about little women novel in interviews/press conference. if this title was inspired by that at least (I assume "little women" is the korean title too) or just a big coincidence.

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I’m trying to not be a ‘Negative Nancy’ about this but LITTLE WOMEN is one of my favourite classics. It’s a slice of life story through and through and deals with the everyday vignettes of these young women. That’s it’s charm and what resonated with readers across generations. It’s not really a high stakes thriller. Still with the cast and the writer + director, I’m inclined to check it out despite my reservations

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