Come Back Mister is a story of two men who get a chance to come back to the living after they die. The twist? They reincarnate as a gorgeous man and a gorgeous woman. Hijinks abound in this body swap fantasy-comedy tale.
The kdrama is currently airing so I can’t give it a rating yet. Let’s give this a go, shall we?
Come Back Mister Trailer
Come Back Mister Summary
Kim Young-Soo (Kim In-Kwon) is a mousy sort of man who has worked for the same department store for 15 years. He is overworked and unappreciated. He tries very hard but his family life is starting to unravel.
Han Gi-Tak (Han Su-Ro) is a head gangster who operates a restaurant with his boys. He is a softie on the inside and has loved the same woman ever since.
Both men die at roughly the same time and similarly the victim of circumstances. However, instead of passing on, they escape the “Hogwarts Heavenly Train” and plummet to Earth.
When they awake, Young-Soo is in Rain‘s (gorgeous) body while Gi-Tak is a woman named Hong Nan (Oh Yeon-Seo).
They are allowed back into the world of the living but with certain strict conditions.
Come Back Mister Trivia
When I first heard the premise of the story, it felt weirdly like a lot of jdramas I’ve watched. And no wonder! Come Back Mister is based on the novel “Tsubakiyama Kacho no Nanokakan” by Jiro Asada.
In the original story, the focal character is Manager Kazuaki Tsubakiyama, a 46 year old man who dies of overwork the night after the opening day of a major sale at the department store where he works. Yuta Negishi, 8, a boy who died in a traffic accident, and Isamu Takeda, 45, a yakuza boss who was killed in a case of mistaken identity, are secondary characters.
Jiro Asada is known for “warmly human tales”. It will be interesting to see where the Korean adaptation will take us.
Come Back Mister Initial Review
I’ve decided against weekly commentaries due to trauma from Cheese in the Trap a busy schedule so here’s my initial review of Show.
Episode 1 and 2
The first few minutes of Come Back Mister were perfection. We open with Young-Soo finding himself in an unfamiliar place. It is hauntingly beautiful and it’s in contrast with his worries of having drunk too much or missing his wallet and hand phone.
Gi-Tak shows up soon after and Young-Soo thinks he has to give the burly man the kiss of life (foreshadowing!) when Gi-Tak thankfully recovers.
They realize that they are in the afterlife. And that shit has hit the fan.
I normally don’t watch painful dramas or melos (because I already have too much baggage) but I put up with the rest of the episode because I knew the comedy gratification was waiting for me. The men’s stories were so sad.
Gi-Tak had such grand plans for his boys but was killed too soon trying to help his first love.
Young-Soo was the downtrodden salary man who had finally gotten a break from his history of failures, only to die from sheer stupidity. And he leaves a beautiful wife and spunky daughter behind.
No wonder they jump ship on the way to heaven. The thought of leaving their beloveds in such dire straits simply did not sit well at all with our two leads. It was so hysterical when they were plumetting down to Earth.
I was laughing like a hyena at their reactions too when they discovered their “new” bodies. The female authority in the afterlife obviously had a twisted sense of humor as she put Young-Soo in Lee Hae-Joon’s body and Gi-Tak in Hong Nan’s.
Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my face.
Oh. What? Where was I? Sorry I was just mesmerized by Rain’s godly face and body. And perfect six pack abs. Man, is that even legal to be on TV??? Bwahahahaha!
If I can stop thinking of Rain’s bod, I’d be able to talk about our two male leads and what a committed performance they’re giving. I’m so glad that our pair of afterlife buddies continue to show up in succeeding episodes. (Yes you get to see them every episode still! And it’s hilarious!)
I wasn’t going to do more commentaries but I just gotta add one of my favorite parts in. It’s when Young-Soo keeps boasting about his chocolate abs and Gi-Tak wails that his boobs aren’t THAT big.
Young-Soo: Oh no, this is bad. I can’t go to the sauna. What if my chocolate six-pack melts?
The two laugh like loons.
Gi-Tak: You can jump in the cold bath!
More laughing like loons!
Young-Soo: Then it’s iced chocolate.
More laughing like loons! Seriously, I was just laughing and laughing. It was a cultural thing about chocolate six packs but I could understand enough to laugh along. I’m seriously having fun so far. TBH, this drama has the potential to be a huge train wreck but I’m rooting for it.
I hope this kdrama becomes one of the good ones for this year. Cuz you know, too many kdramas of late are doing the Yong-Pal on me. Sigh. Cheese in the Trap.
Drama pals, I’ll be doing a FINAL review once Please Come Back Mister is done so do circle back then!
My love to you,