The highly anticipated Netflix original Korean drama series “Remarriage and Desires” finally premiered on June 15. It deals with a scandal of desire between a man and a woman in “Rex,” an affluent marriage-related business that rates clients and chooses a partner based on criteria other than love. It followed the major themes covered by the current television broadcasts, including affairs, second marriages, and revenge.
Director Kim Jung-min, who also wrote “While You Were Sleeping,” and writer Lee Geun-young, who is best known for writing terrestrial morning dramas like “I’m a Mother” and “Mother is my Daughter-in-Law,” collaborated on this eight-episode drama series drama.
The actors deliver flawless performances. Kim Hee-sun, who performed recently in “Tomorrow,” leads the play. The theatre actor Lee Hyun-Wook and actor Jung Yu-jin, who had roles in “Sul Ganghwa” and “Romance is a Bonus Book,” respectively, added intensity to the drama.
The story unfolds, Seo Hye Seung (Kim Hee Sun), who has lost her husband, joins the upper-class professional marriage bureau “Rex” on the advice of her mother. Her life was stable and happy until she found out about her husband’s extramarital affair with Jin Yu-hui, who was a con woman and destroyed Seo’s husband’s reputation by accusing him of sexual assault, which eventually led Seo’s husband to commit suicide. Now, after joining Rex, Seo encounters Jin Yu Hui and decides to seek revenge on her.
The drama rose to fourth place in the Korean Netflix TV program category after its premiere. Global rankings were not taken into account. Only nine countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria, and Qatar, were taken into account. It was mostly promoted in the Middle East, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
The new context of affair and revenge, though, made it difficult to immerse in the drama. This is the reason that, even with content from terrestrial dramas, the cliché “It doesn’t sound like a Netflix drama” has stuck around. Instead of the spicy productions that are abounding on Netflix, the enjoyable healing drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” came in sixth place among all television programs worldwide. In addition, it ranked first in 10 countries including Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. For the time being, it is anticipated that the “Woo Young-Woo Syndrome” will persist.