My Name is one of the highly-anticipated K-dramas from Netflix, especially when Han So-hee was announced as its main lead shortly after she wrapped up The World of the Married. There was even more buzz when Han completely transformed herself for the role, trading her girly image for a revenge-driven storyline that’s filled with emotions, hot blood and passion. It’s a complete reversal from her youthful side in Nevertheless.
The new noir drama follows Ji-woo (Han) who witnesses her father die right before her eyes when she was just 17 years old. Unsatisfied with how quickly the police closed the investigation, she looks for the murderer on her own. Eventually, she crosses paths with Mu-jin (Park Hee-soon), her father’s friend and the leader of a drug cartel. She joins the ring and learns to survive in a dog-eat-dog world. Still hellbent on revenge, Mu-jin prods her to join the police force as a mole to find out the truth about her father’s death. During her revenge-driven escapade, she comes face-to-face with brutal truths.
Ahead of the drama’s launch on Netflix Hong Kong and its premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, we give you exclusive behind-the-scenes facts straight from the cast and director that you should know about.
1. A new type of action noir with a female lead
Action noirs and stories of espionage have long been dominated by men, particularly in South Korea and in Korean dramas. There are a few instances of female leads tackling the noir genre like Kim Ok-bin in the Villianness, but it’s refreshing for a Korean series where romantic stories still dominate or crime stories are normally lead by male characters by default.
My Name introduces a new female lead to the classic revenge theme. It also offers a refreshing mix of deftly carried out elements within the genre.
“When you think of dark noir, it’s very macho. It’s very much a man’s world. When I read it, I felt that it was very original because the lead is a woman and she has a lot of those complex emotions that unfold in her story,” says actor Park Hee-soon who plays Mu-jin in the series.
In choosing to helm My Name, director Kim said, “I was most drawn to the fact that this project had a female lead. The revenge theme and the emotions that go with it are often a male dominant territory. Some films have had female leads, but I’d yet to come across a drama script in Korea with a strong female lead. This was kind of refreshing, fun even. I felt I could approach this project in a fresh new way.”
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