Little Women Kdrama Review: Season 1 – A suicide. An accident. A death. Many crime scenes joined by a single thread. A rare blue flower. A ghost flower. One question that floats like a suffocated mystery, who killed them all? In this edition of our little women Kdrama review, we have for you the Little Women review! We will discuss what’s up with the hype surrounding this thriller and just what is this ghost flower and where did it come from.
Little Women Kdrama Season 1 Trailer
Little Women is a 2022 mystery thriller Kdrama which premiered on 3rd September on TVN. It is loosely based on American author Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women. It stars a high profile and ensemble cast including Kim Go-eun of Guardian: The Lonely and Great God fame, Nam Ji-hyun from Suspicious Partner and Park Ji-hu of All of Us are Dead and Wi Ha-joon of Squid Game. It is directed by Kim Hee-won known for the hit kdrama Vincenzo.
Little Women Kdrama Cast & Season 1 Plot
Little Women follows the lives of three sisters, In-ju, In-kyung and In-hye who are raised in poverty by their absent parents. In-ju is an outcast employee in a company, In-kyung is a reporter who cannot report a news without her eyes brimming with tears and In-hye is a budding art prodigy. When their mother steals the cash that the two elder sisters saved for their youngest’s trip and flies off to a different country, they are but left to their own means.
The dread of poverty couldn’t sink deeper before In-ju’s close friend suddenly commits suicide and apparently leaves a bag full of cash for her. Her boss dies in a car accident shortly after. Thus, begins the three sisters and their fateful relationship with the ghost flower, which makes its appearance at every crime scene.
Little Women Kdrama Review – Season 1
Little Women kdrama is an interesting adaptation of Alcott’s novel of the same name. If one is not aware about the novel, it is quite difficult to find resemblance in both the works which is what makes the kdrama interesting. From the backdrop of an American civil war, we are transposed into modern contemporary South Korea with one thing common in the girls’ lives – poverty. In-ju, In-kyung and In-hye are transposed figures of Alcott’s characters of Meg, Jo and Amy respectively.
The highlight of the show is definitely the mystery and the thrill. Although, initially it seems quite slow, but by episode 3, the kdrama picks up and thrusts the viewer in a game of a typical “who dunnit” mystery but with insane surprise twists. Even if someone were to guess, the events that unfold are so crazy that one cannot help but root for the protagonists who fight for their lives against this one ghost flower.
Now, you must be wondering what this curious little ghost flower that we keep talking about is. The ghost flower in the series is portrayed as a rare orchid species from Vietnam and it has a plot relevance in the show. It is also known to be so deadly, that even the scent of the flower can produce strong hallucinations. Apart from this, the ghost flower, that is the blue orchid, appears multiple times in the series and on many occasions symbolize danger and death. The flower is smuggled into South Korea and is illegally placed in the house of the antagonists in the show.
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What’s even interesting is that the flower is not only deadly but extremely beautiful; a rare, unique beauty which needs intense care and a suitable environment to flourish otherwise it dies. This flower works as a metaphor for the women in the show, the ones expected to be beautiful flowers but beware, they might be dangerous. And since it causes powerful hallucinations, it also works as a metaphor for insanity, excess and greed – something that makes you lose your mind and packs you up for an early grave.
Little Women Kdrama Review – JAL Rating
As for our JAL rating, Little Women Kdrama season 1 scores 4.5 out of 5 for its thrilling and mystery filled plot, characterization and for the crazy twists and turns. This is a perfect binge-watch for a long weekend. So, what are you waiting for? Catch Little Women on Netflix and let us know your thoughts in the comments!