[HanCinema's News[ "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" and "My Mister" Make Resurgence on Netflix
By William Schwartz | Published on
The dramas "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" and "My Mister" have been appearing with more regularity on the domestic Top 10 List for Netflix in South Korea. Both dramas have earned a reputation for being a steady seller in that market, even as the highest echelons of the list are dominated by more recent fare such as "The King: Eternal Monarch" and "Hospital Playlist" among others.
"Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" was quite popular when it was still new, cracking 20% ratings. "My Mister" performed much more modestly, with its highest ratings being in the 7% range. "My Mister" was nonetheless well-regarded critically, particularly for the sublime performance of IU in the leading role. Both dramas paired older men with younger women as headliners.
The popularity of the dramas may be linked to the current social environment of COVID-19. Both feature stories about emotionally closed off people who have become this way largely as a result of chronic physical separation from other human beings. The two differ widely in tone, with "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" being an explicit romantic fantasy and "My Mister" dealing more with inner spiritual recovery. But as can be seen, there is plenty of room in the market for multiple interpretations of the same idea.
Written by William Schwartz
"Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" is directed by Lee Eung-bok, written by Kim Eun-sook, and features Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, Yook Sung-jae, Lee El. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2016/12/02~2017/01/21, Fri, Sat 20:00 on tvN.
"My Mister" is directed by Kim Won-seok, written by Park Hae-yeong, and features Lee Sun-kyun, IU, Go Doo-shim, Park Ho-san, Song Sae-byeok, Lee Ji-ah. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2018/03/21~2018/05/17, Wed, Thu 21:30 on tvN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.