K-Drama Review: ‘Woman with a Suitcase’ is a Mature Drama Starred by Choi Ji-woo and Joo Jin-mo


Cast Full Of Veteran Actors and Actress

Do you know about the South Korean actress named Choi Ji-woo who used to be the lead role in the K-Drama Winter Sonata (2002)? And what about the actor from the K-Drama 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) named Joo Jin-mo? The talented actor and actress met each other in the drama titled Woman With A Suitcase (2016) that aired on MBC.

Are you curious about how good the drama was when the talented actor and actress were in the same drama? Well, without any further ado, let’s find out more about this drama in the article below!

Woman with a Suitcase: Review


Woman With A Suitcase (캐리어를 끄는 여자) is a K-Drama that was aired on MBC starting from September 26th, 2016, to November 15th, 2016. This drama has a legal theme mixed up with some humor and comedy as it was created by Lee Jung-hwan, directed by Kang Dae-sun and Lee Jai-jin, written by Kwon Eum-mi. Woman With A Suitcase (캐리어를 끄는 여자) was a successful drama while it reached the highest rating on Episode 13 with 9.2% rating, Episode 15 with 8.2% rating, and the final Episode 15 with 8.2% rating.


One day, Cha Geum-joo sends a short message to Ham Bok-geo saying that only she could help solve a case. Ham Bok-geo follows her but he doesn’t understand what is happening. Since then, Ham Bok-geo and Cha Geum-joo become friends. Shortly after, Cha Geum-joo is approached by the police and accused of cheating in a lawyer’s firm. She is accused of secretly investigating a case. Eventually, she is jailed for a year but is never visited by her husband and Park Hye-joo who is her adopted sister.


During her time in prison, her husband makes a decision to divorce her because he has an affair with a woman who is pregnant with his child. Cha Geum-joo is also disappointed to find out that her adopted sister, Park Hye-joo continued her study abroad without any intention of seeing her. While looking for work, Cha Geum-joo sees a young lawyer and she offers to help him. Ma Suk-woo is happy to share thoughts with Cha Geum-joo. At the same time, a case is opened for Ham Bok-geo. He is accused of sexually harassing a female celebrity. Ham Bok-geo decides to ask Cha Geum-joo for help.


After Ham Bok-geo’s case is successfully closed and he is found not guilty, Ham Bok-geo gives Cha Geum-joo a lawyer’s office just for her and asks Cha Geum-joo to retake the bar exam. And this is where the love and romance begin between them. Park Hye-joo becomes mean and disrespectful to Cha Geum-joo and she wants Ham Bok-geo to make her his girlfriend, but Ham Bok-geo only accepts Park Hye-joo as a friend.

Woman with a Suitcase: The Cast


Cha Geum-joo (played by Choi Ji-woo) is a paralegal and manager at a law firm (for your information, a paralegal is determined as someone who does law-related work, but they do not have the qualifications as a legal expert). In short, Cha Geum-joo is a definition of a woman who is successful materially and in terms of her career. But one day, she has to release the code of ethics because she gets into jail. This drama tells the story of Cha Geum-joo’s ups and downs to regain all her dreams after being hit by trials.


Park Hye-joo (played by Jeon Hye-bin) is Cha Geum-joo’s stepsister who has a law firm named Golden Tree that was established together with her own stepsister. In the first episodes, the relationship between this sisters is going well because they work together, but knowing that Cha Geum-joo is getting closer with Ham Bok-geo is making Park Hye-joo become unhappy with the situation. Then, the relationship between the sisters starts getting complicated after Cha Geum-joo is released from jail and wants to see her sister. However, Park Hye-joo avoids her and doesn’t want to help her anymore.


Ham Bok-geo (played by Joo Jin-mo) is a CEO from K-Fact who hires Cha Geum-joo to be his lawyer due to an unresolved incident that happens to him. On their first meeting, Cha Geum-joo says that his name is similar to “hamburger” and she makes up a nickname for him with that. During the time Cha Geum-joo is trying to solve the case, Ham Bok-geo also tries to get closer to her and that’s how they develop deeper feelings for each other. Ham Bok-geo is the main character in this drama and we can see his interaction and relationship with Cha Geum-joo.


Ma Suk-woo (played by Lee Joon) is a young man that works as an attorney. Cha Geum-joo is currently working together with attorney Ma and she helps him solve the cases. Ma Suk-woo is an innocent person and also a good co-worker to Cha Geum-joo.

Woman with a Suitcase: The Soundtrack

Many K-Dramas have good soundtracks making the viewers not only enjoy the drama, but the music accompanying the scenes as well. Here’s the list of songs from the soundtrack of Woman With A Suitcase that you should listen to!

Small Comma (작은 쉼표) by Alex of Clazziquai

If You Can Come (와준다면) by 10CM

Closer (다가갈수록) by EZ of Ggot Jam Project

Shining Bright (밝아졌죠) by Baek Ga-young

Time Leading To Us (우리 시간 속에 이어지기를) by ESBEE

A Doll’s Dream (인형의 꿈) by Block B’s Taeil

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Woman with a Suitcase


Do you know why Woman With a Suitcase is a K-Drama that you should add on your watching list? Here are the most important things about this drama that you shouldn’t miss:

  1. This drama is very good for educating the audience because it has a genre with a background in law and presents some elements that are included in the law firms.
  2. The actors and actresses starring this drama are ones who have had a lot of experience in acting. Some of them are veteran actors who have starred in popular dramas of their era such as Choi Ji-woo, Joo Jin-mo, Jeon Hye-bin, and Lee Joon.
  3. The plot of this drama is also not too difficult and easily understood by the viewers. Each character has a simple relationship with the other characters but is still balanced with some conflicts between them that make the viewers guess what will happen and how will things resolve in the end.
  4. Beside giving lessons about law to the viewers, this drama also presents some funny scenes when there are silly cases that must be resolved by Choi Ji-woo and Lee Joon.
  5. This drama is different from any other drama that was only focused on the romance genre. Woman With A Suitcase gives more comedy genre and the life of a woman who struggles through ups and down also many mysterious cases that happen with the clients.

So, what do you think about the drama Woman With A Suitcase? This drama is definitely a refreshing one for you to watch when you’re bored with the ordinary romantic dramas. Well, don’t forget to keep supporting every actress and actor that was involved in this drama so we can see their appearance in many upcoming dramas!