Goodbye Mr. Black is a revenge drama by MBC with Lee Jin-Wook and Moon Chae-Won as the leads. If you like action, suspense, and a spunky female heroine, you might want to try Goodbye Mr. Black.
I thought the drama poster which I used for above was pretty boring. (One netizen said one of their posters looked like Twilight ha!) I thought I’d just put up this fan-made poster because I like it better! (Source)
GOODBYE MR. BLACK TRAILER
Here is a trailer for Goodbye Mr. Black to give you a taste of what to expect.
GOODBYE MR. BLACK SUMMARY
Cha Ji-Won (Lee Jin-Wook) is the only chaebol son of a rich family. With his doting father’s blessing, he chose a career as a Special Forces soldier and is set to be married to his fiance. His perfect life is shattered when he is betrayed.
When Ji-Won’s life is in pieces, Kaya (Moon Chae-Won) enters his life. Kaya is a stateless orphan in Thailand who survives on a daily basis on her earnings as a fruit juice vendor and on the little scams she runs with an older Korean ahjussi.
She fake-marries Ji-Won to give him a new identity. Like a warm sun breathing life on Ji-Won’s darkened life, Kaya will help Ji-Won reclaim his rightful place.
GOODBYE MR. BLACK TRIVIA
The drama is titled Goodbye Mr. Black because our two leads will call themselves “Black” and “Swan”. Kaya herself says, “You’re Black, and I’m Swan.” When they go back to Korea as a married couple, they will pose as Kim Swan and Kim Black (in Western naming convention, Mr. and Mrs. Black and Swan Kim).
Goodbye Mr. Black is based on a comic by Hwang Mi-Na of the same name that’s been inspired by the story of the Alexandre Dumas novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.” This tale is about a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes, gets ahold of a fortune, and proceeds to exact justice on those who have wronged him. However, his actions have grave consequences for innocent and both guilty alike. (Definitely sounds like our Show!)
Alongside the comic writer, we also have screenwriter Moon Hee-Jung who has penned Glorious Day, Can You Hear My Heart, Last Scandal of My Life and Stairway to Heaven. I’m actually unfamiliar with all of these except for Last Scandal which I totally enjoyed.
Goodbye Mr. Black is from the director Empress Ki and Dr. Jin.
GOODBYE MR. BLACK INITIAL REVIEW
Show is currently airing so I’ll write my initial impressions for now. Full review later on once Show has wrapped up.
I was pretty excited going in as I like a good dose of action and romance. I was also excited for the lead’s pairing and the teaser where Moon Chae-Won goes “You’re Black, and I’m Swan.”
When I started watching though, my enthusiasm waned. Not gonna lie, it became a chore to watch. Essentially, I plowed through Episodes 1 and 2 simply because I had to write this review. If I didn’t have to, I’d probably have abandoned this after the first few minutes of Episode 1.
Why? I found the writing and set-up very unoriginal despite the villain’s awesome performance. (I’ll just squeeze in Kim Kang Woo’s screenshot because he’s interpreting his role very well. I totally understand how he’s falling into the void and I ABSOLUTELY hate him!)
I could totally predict events as they unfolded. Ji-Won, as the perfect guy who had it all, was also uninteresting. The only interesting patches for me was seeing a glimpse of orphan Kaya’s life in Thailand and her greasy boss Sung Min.
Overall, I’d have to say that the only parts I’d watch happily are the 10 minutes that Black and Swan were together. When I called Kaya a warm sun earlier, that was true in another aspect. She brought the sun to a somewhat dismal first showing.
Kaya was so adorable as a character. I wanted to see more of Kaya as an orphan, as a fruit juice vendor, as a street smart gal surviving with her wits, and as a woman helping a mysterious man.
I loved the part when Ji-Won washed Kaya’s hand with water to keep it from being infected. It was a very small gesture but for a survival rat like Kaya, it was a touching gesture from a man. The scene felt pretty genuine too. If I were in Kaya’s shoes, of course I’d keep remembering that little moment.
I also loved how Kaya suddenly showed up to save Ji-Won at the China border. Man, she was so funny when she told the guards that Ji-Won was a bit retarded and shooed him away to stand in a corner. She even told Ji-Won to open his mouth like so and pretend to be a retard. That got a small laugh out of our poor boy.
All in all, though I wasn’t impressed with the first two episodes, I’m going to keep on watching Goodbye Mr. Black for the following reasons:
1. Ji-Won as a hunted fugitive in black gives off a much more interesting vibe than as a Golden Boy.
2. Song Jae Rim. He hasn’t shown his face yet but I’m excited for Mary (his number 1 fan) so I’m sticking around until he shows up.
3. Our OTP. Can’t wait to see the romance between Kaya and Ji-Won unfold. I mean, they’re going to be a MARRIED Swan and Black who will try to outwit the bad guys. I gotta see that!
Just watch this video and see what I’m talking about. They’re so cute together. I SQUEEE!
My love to you,