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‘Miracle We Met’ adds fresh spin to old trope

Mar 30,2018
The soul of an ultra-ambitious man with a cold heart enters the body of an honest, hardworking family man through a divine error. Sound familiar?

Although the basic plot of KBS2’s new series, “The Miracle We Met,” is not completely new for a Korean drama, the powerful combination of cast members, writer and producer raises expectations for a fresh angle and a convincing, warm and relatable story.

At a media event Thursday, scriptwriter Paik Mi-kyung agreed that it wasn’t entirely original, but emphasized that her new work wouldn’t recycle the idea in a tedious way.

“Honestly, I’ve seen more than 10 dramas with this subject. I know it is all too familiar and boring. But as you might all be aware, I am not the kind of writer who repeats the same old story.”

Indeed, the outspoken writer has written many interesting dramas, such as “Strong Girl Bong-soon” and more recently “The Lady in Dignity,” which garnered high viewership ratings as well as critical acclaim.

The writer said it’s been quite a while since she first came up with the story idea. “In the beginning, I had a story about a man who challenged God in mind, but the story has evolved by itself as the lead character is such a golden-hearted man,” she said.

Actor Kim Myung-min, who plays lead character Song Hyun-chul, said it was very challenging to play an extremely confused man who has to live in the body of a complete stranger with the same name, age and birthday but a completely different life. Kim Hyun-joo and Ra Mi-ran will play the wives of the two male leads, while boy band Exo’s Kai will play Ato the Messenger, who makes a fateful mistake that turns Song Hyun-chul’s life upside down.

Yonhap