Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) is a young chef’s assistant at the Sun Restaurant. She’s listless and often disassociates from interacting with other people because of her ability to see ghosts. She’s afraid to be possessed by them. Until, she gets possessed by Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi). Alarmed by her sudden change in personality, Chef Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Seok) begins to take notice even though he does not believe in the existence of ghosts.
Han So Hyun, Jaime Park – 오 나의 귀신님 (Oh My Ghost)
While the drama was airing, I often gushed about Park Bo Young’s acting, as she was able to easily transition from the depressing Bong Sun to the bubbly Soon Ae. As Na Bong Sun, we got to feel sorry for her character and wanted her to find a sense of peace. As Soon Ae in Bong Sun’s body, I couldn’t help but notice that Park Bo Young applied certain quirks of Kim Seul Gi’s acting in order to help us make the distinction between the two characters.
And yet, the thing that unites them is that both of them are unable to move on to the next chapter in their lives. Bong Sun is paralyzed by her fears and Soon Ae must take over the bodies of living individuals in order to complete her unfinished business which is tying her down on the mortal plane. The thing that motivates Soon Ae to move on is the fact that she is approaching the 3 year mark since her death and remaining on the mortal plane may result in her spirit becoming an evil entity.
As for Sun Woo, I have to admit that I didn’t really find his character to be all that unique. We’ve seen chef types like him before, egotistical and crabby. I honestly think that I am biased when it comes to Jo Jung Seok. I find his babbling insecure Kang Sun Woo endearing. That side of his personality doesn’t become much of a focus in the drama until Soon Ae takes over Bong Sun so it’s worth waiting for that payoff.
One of the things I worried the most was whether Sun Woo was attracted to Bong Sun or Soon Ae in Bong Sun. After all, Soon Ae does have such a vibrant personality. While I was content with how the drama resolves that problem, the drama does gloss over it. I could see viewers having an issue with this.
I also wish food played a bigger role in the emotional themes of the drama. The drama loosely touches upon themes of family, chemistry, tenacity and sincerity when it comes to food and relationships. However, it’s a definitely a background player in the drama. It makes it seem as if the drama could have set elsewhere and it would haven’t made much of difference to the overall storyline.
In regards to the actual background players, I fell with in love with the meddling Jo Hye Young (Shin Eun Kyung) and the fortuneteller friend Seo Bing Go (Lee Jung Eun). They stole some of the spotlight in this drama as an adorably amusing chemistry, not unlike other K-Drama OTP’s. Soon Ae’s family made us laugh and tugged at our heartstrings. The rest of the Sun Restaurant staff create the world of the restaurant life. I was intrigued by Seo Joon (Kwak Shi Yang) but it was sad to see that the drama never really developed his character further. Still, there’s plenty to enjoy in the drama.
I’ve always liked Im Joo Hwan in What’s Up but haven’t had the chance to see him in another drama until now. Ugly Alert was a long-running drama and The Technicians is still on my to-do list. Despite his sunny demeanor, Choi Sung Jae seems to have a great deal of hurt and sadness lurking underneath. It’s not all that different from what Bong Sun and Sun Woo dealt with growing up. Without going into too much detail, it’s quite interesting how the drama takes us through his development of discovery with his character and in the hands of a much lesser actor, I don’t think the impact would have been as significant.
Another character in this drama is the OST and most specifically the scores by Im Ha Young and Yoo Jong Hyun. I fell in love with the score because it feels like a Hollywood movie soundtrack. There are animated jazzy tracks that play up the mystery and romcom aspects of the drama; and there are tracks that rise and fall between contemplative notes to swelling refrains making us feel a crescendo of emotions. I could see influences from Michael Bublé to Tim Burton movies to Disney movies to the many romcoms I’ve seen over the years.
Im Ha Young – Beyond The Last
Yoo Jong Hyun – 밤 12시에 쓰는 편지 (The Letter I’m Writing at 12 A.M.)
Yoo Jong Hyun – 남겨진 자 (The Person Left Behind)
Oh My Ghost was the perfect romcom drama to order up for this past summer. I’m not saying that there aren’t any areas of the drama I wouldn’t improve but it was cute, deeply emotional with dollop of suspense. It’ll be hard not to look back fondly at this delectable cast and well-paced storyline.