Detail About the Korean ‘Drama Woman of Dignity’ and 5 Reason Why You Should Watch it!

Details and Synopsis of the Korean Drama Woman of Dignity

Woman of Dignity, also known as The Lady in Dignity, is a mystery drama series from South Korea. This drama series stars Kim Hee-sun, Kim Sun-ah, Jung Sang-hoon, Lee Tae-im, and Lee Ki-woo. This drama became one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history. Broadcast on TV cable network JTBC, Woman of Dignity aired every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST) with the time slot from June 16 to August 19, 2017.

Details of Woman of Dignity

Native title : 품위있는그녀

Genre        : Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director     : Kim Yun-cheol

Writer        : Baek Mi-kyeong

Broadcast   : JTBC

Aired          : June 16 to August 19, 2017

Episodes    : 20 Episodes

Full Cast    : Kim Hee-sun, Kim Sun-ah, Jung Sang-hoon, Lee Tae-im, Lee K-woo, Yoo Seo-jin, Lee Hee-jin, Jung Da-hye, Oh Yeon-ah, Moon Hee-kyung, Choi Yoon-so, Kim Yong-geon, Seo Jung-yeon, Han Jae-young, Oh Na-ra, Lee Chae-mi, Song Young-kyu, Kim Pub-lae, Chae Dong-hyun.

Synopsis of Woman of Dignity

Woo A-jin (Kim Hee-sun) is from a wealthy family due to her wealthy father-in-law so she enjoys a glamorous life. One day, suddenly, Woo A-jin’s life became messy and fell apart. The reason was that her father-in-law’s finances became decimated, and her husband started to betray her.

Woo A-jin is a dutiful daughter-in-law of the rich family who leads a luxurious life. But, the sudden arrival of Park Bok-ja (Kim Sun-ah) makes her life become complicated. Park Bok-ja is the new caretaker in the house to take care of the father-in-law. Park Bok-Ja has her hidden heartbreaking story and looks like a mysterious woman. She brings about fierce hardship on Woo A-jin.

As the arrival of Park Bo-ja makes Woo A-jin suffer, Park Bok-ja tried to seduce the father-in-law. She has a plan to be his wife and become wealthy. The family members who learned about the situation were rejected.

At the beginning of an episode, the drama showed Park Bo-ja’s death which is a mysterious case. Park Bo-ja and Woo A-jin always had an intrigue between them, but the other characters also start to be connected to Park Bo-ja’s death. So, the main suspect is still a big question.

In the last episode, the mystery of Park Bok-ja’s murderer was finally revealed. Ahn Jae-gu who previously surrendered himself to the police said that he was Park Bo-ja’s murderer, but, in fact, he wasn’t the real killer. It was his son who had killed Park Bo-ja. Ahn Woon-kyu feels that Park Bo-ja ruined his family’s peace. He also did not accept it when his father and mother were threatened by Park Bo-ja.

Meanwhile, Woo A-jin enjoys her new life after getting divorced from Ahn Jae-suk. She is also enjoying her success in the clothing and bag business where she does her own designs.

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Woman of Dignity

The Title and Pilot Episode Start with a Big Question

The drama opens with a pilot that presents surprises and big questions. This drama easily binds the attention of the audience in the first 10 minutes of the opening episode. It started by revealing the morbid ending, which showed a luxuriously dressed Park Bok-ja lying in a pool of blood. With a mystery of death that will slowly be revealed, the audience will not easily give up this series from their watching list.

In addition, with the words “Woman” and “Dignity” being the main keywords of the title of this series, viewers are also easily told that the story will focus on one or several strong women with their strong will and action that will move conflicts, plots, and the narrative in general.

It Is Written by One of the Best Writers

If you watched The Miracle We Met (KBS2 / 2018) or Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (JTBC / 2017), the two series are written by the same person, Baek Mi-kyeong.

Since the success of Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, the name Baek Mi-kyeong has become known and noticed by Korean audiences and K-drama lovers all around the world. Apparently, everyone’s expectations are not thwarted by the magic of Baek Mi-kyeong’s writing skills and her narrative abilities which she once again proved through Woman of Dignity.

An intense, fast-paced narrative with a scheming woman as its focal character, this drama totally met every audiences’ expectations. This series has a special vibe as it is quirky and funny with a sinister undertone. There are always senses of mystery and creepiness.

The drama went into many flashbacks that slowly depicted how Park Bok-ja went from being a caretaker that purposely entered a family to being a seducer over the father for money and ended up being murdered. All the family members have issues and were really against the manipulative caretaker. All of them could very well be the murderer, so it really keeps the viewer guessing as to who is the one who really did it.

With a rather complex plot timeline, Baek Mi-kyeong can still easily hook audiences with her well-constructed conflicts and tension.

Superb Acting by All the Actresses and Actors

Kim Hee-sun (Angry Mom) and Kim Sun-ah (Masked Prosecutor) are two of some of the most well-beloved TV actresses in South Korea. Korean viewers already acknowledged their acting skills through many of their dramas.

Kim Hee-sun as Woo A-jn was extremely good. She easily succeeded in portraying the rich daughter-in-law in the top level of society with a kind heart. Because of her goodness, it was hard for her to see how manipulative Park Bok-Ja was until it was too late to rectify the problem. Kim Hee-sun maintained the strong and confident act while also being the one who felt heartbreaks.

Meanwhile, Kim Sun-ah was fantastic in her portrayal of Park Bok-ja, a cold-blooded and two-faced caretaker who bluffed her way into a rich family and succeeded in securing the heart of the father-in-law by pretending to be innocent and sweet. Her manipulative acting was exasperating yet strangely addictive to viewers.

There are not many dramas in Korea that have lead roles with proper acting skills. The whole drama is centered around these two female characters and both the roles and the acting skills of the actresses are really great and gained praises from audiences and netizens. Some even named it as the most legendary K-drama ever.

The Statistic Say It All

Woman of Dignity defeated Strong Woman Do Bong Soon as the most watched JTBC drama. As is known, the drama starring Park Bo-young earned the highest rating of 9.668 percent.

Ending its 20-episode run on August 19, Woman of Dignity imprinted their new rating achievement with an impressive record that has never been seen before in the history of JTBC dramas. The series finale achieved a remarkable 12.065% in nationwide viewership ratings according to Nielsen Korea, breaking the record previously held by Childless Comfort for over four years and becoming the highest-rated cable drama episode so far in 2017.

The melodrama now holds the record of having achieved the highest-rated series episode among JTBC dramas, beating Childress Comfort‘s (10.715%) and also surpassing Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (9.668%). It ranks first among all the cable dramas that have aired in 2017. When compared to dramas this year, Woman of Dignity‘s peak record of 12.065% comes in sixth in the ranking, overthrowing Reply 1994’s 11.90% and following Signal‘s 12.544%, 100 Days My Prince‘s 14.412% (2018), and Mr. Sunshine‘s 18.803% (2018).

Below is the list of the top 10 Korean cable dramas as of December 15, 2018, in terms of peak ratings based on data from Nielsen Korea. Woman of Dignity is sixth on the list.

  1. Reply 1988 – 18.803%,
  2. Goblin – 18.680%
  3. Mr. Sunshine – 18.129%(2018)
  4. 100 Days My Prince – 14.412%(2018)
  5. Signal – 12.544%
  6. Woman of Dignity – 12.065% (JTBC / 2017)
  7. Reply 1994 – 11.90%
  8. Childless Comfort – 10.715%(JTBC)
  9. Oh Hae Young Again – 9.991%
  10. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – 9.668%(JTBC)
  11. Misaeng – 8.240%
  12. Dear My Friends – 8.087%

The drama has a rating trend that continues to increase in its broadcast period, and the drama’s rating has exceeded 12 percent. This is a fantastic achievement considering the drama aired on cable TV.

Everyone Is Talking About It!

In addition to ratings, Woman of Dignity also holds a high share power and is indeed a drama that was often talked about by Korean people and netizens during its broadcast period. Here are netizens’ reactions on Theqoo:

-Kim Seon-ah’s acting gets me goosebumps all over my body.. That’s how great she is..

-The best drama ever..ㅜㅜ Park Bok-ja is a really unique character..

-Both Park Bok-ja and Woo Ah-jin roles are really charming and that’s why I like this dramaㅋㅋㅋ

-Kim Seon-ah’s acting skill is very very amazing..

-We can always trust in Kim Seon-ah’s acting skills..

-Kim Seon-ah’s acting skill is driving me crazy..ㄷㄷ She’s not only beautiful but also has a gorgeous body..

-Kim Seon-ah is seriously the best..

-I’m running out of words to describe Kim Seonah.. Face, body, acting skills.. She’s literally lacking in none of them.

-She’s in her 40s and still able to slay the viewers with her excellent acting skills.. I hope she will get to act in similar dramas in the future..

-I like the character because of the characters and more importantly, the casts..

-Kim Seonah never fails to amaze me with her acting skills..

-I once again got goosebumps all over my body because of her today..ㅜㅜ Poor you, Park Bok-ja..ㅜㅜ

-This is a really great drama.. I watched it just because my mom was watching it, it was beyond my expectation..

-I know right..ㅠㅠ