My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀)
I haven’t seen the original South Korean film of My Sassy Girl (2001) nor any of the adaptations, and so I watched this series from a fresh perspective.
My Sassy Girl (2017) is set in the Joseon Era. It is a love story between a scholar, Gyeon Woo (Joo Won), and a sassy princess, Hye-myung (Oh Yeon-seo).
In this adaptation, the “sassy girl” persona is overtly expressed in Hye-myung. She doesn’t act like a typical court lady: she lacks elegance and refinement. In fact, Hye-myung constantly breaks the rules by going outside of the palace. She often gets into trouble when interacting with the locals. For instance, she gets into fights and drinks heavily. However, Gyeon Woo always tries to bail her out of the trouble she gets into. Joo Won and Oh Yeon-seo portrayed their characters well. I really enjoyed their intimate moments together because you can tell that they have some strong chemistry. Throughout the series, it was a lot of fun to see how adorable they act towards each other.
Yet the title of this drama doesn’t have any much of a significance towards the story aside from Oh Yeon-seo nailing Hye-myung’s sassy personality. The show transforms into a typical historical drama where the Emperor’s line of power is threatened by aristocratic officials. In other words, this drama just took the “sassy girl” character and placed her in the ancient times. There really isn’t much of a unique factor to this drama as it is like all the other historical kdramas I’ve seen.
My Sassy Girl (2017) is a historical romantic comedy that has its cute moments but other than that, there isn’t much of a “wow” factor to it. It’s entertaining—I will at least give it that.
You can watch My Sassy Girl (2017) on Dramafever.
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