Mine tells the story of two strong high society women and their lives as the wives of the two sons of Hyowon group. Seo Hi Soo used to be a popular actress, but she gave up her career and married Han Ji Yong, the second son of Hyowon. Jung Seo Hyun belongs to a rich family herself. She is the director of an art gallery and the wife of Hyowon group’s eldest son, Han Jin Ho. Chaos ensues when two new women enter the Hyowon household. The first is Kang Ja Kyung, a beautiful and arrogant woman who becomes the tutor of Ji Yong’s son, Ha Joon. The second is Kim Yu Yeon, an orphan who enters the household as a maid. As the rest of the story unfolds, family secrets come to light. Will the Hyowon empire start crumbling?
Cast and Crew
Distributor: tvN and Netflix
Director: Lee Na Jung – Aside from Mine, she is behind popular K-dramas Love Alarm, Fight for My Way, and Oh My Venus. She also directed the award-winning film Snowy Road, a historical drama about two teen girls set during the time when Korea was under Japanese rule.
Writer: Baek Mi Kyung – The last drama she wrote before Mine was Melting Me Softly. She is also the brains behind Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and The Lady in Dignity. The latter drama has a similar tone to Mine and is one of the highest rated cable K-dramas of all time.
Lee Bo Young as Seo Hi Soo, the Hyowon household’s second daughter-in-law – She’s an award-winning actress with multiple Daesang (Grand Prize) awards under her belt. Among her famous dramas are I Can Hear Your Voice, My Daughter Seo Young, Whisper, and When My Love Blooms.
Kim Seo Hyung as Jung Seo Hyun, the Hyowon household’s first daughter-in-law – This critically-acclaimed actress won Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film at the 3rd Madrid International Film Festival. She is best known as cutthroat tutor Kim Joo Young in Sky Castle.
Ok Ja Yeon as Kang Ja Kyung, Han Ha Joon’s tutor – This versatile actress does both dramas and movies. While she has been in romantic comedies, she was most memorable as the evil spirit Baek Hyang Hee in The Uncanny Counter.
Lee Hyun Wook as Han Ji Yong, second son of the Hyowon household – He is a regular in mystery and thriller dramas but also does melodramas and romance. He was recently the second lead man in She Would Never Know.
Park Hyuk Kwon as Han Jin Ho, eldest son of the Hyowon household – This veteran actor won Best Actor at the 15th Busan International Film Festival. He was also in Law School this year as a conniving prosecutor.
Cha Hak Yeon (VIXX’s N) as Han Soo Hyuk, Ji Ho’s son and Seo Hyung’s stepson
Jung Yi Seo as Kim Yu Yeon, new housemaid
Jung Hyun Joon as Han Ha Joon, Ji Hong’s son and Hi Soo’s stepson
Park Won Sook as Yang Soon Hye, daughter of the Hyowon household
Kim Hye Hwa as Han Jin Hee, wife of the chairman
Jung Dong Hwan as Chairman Han Suk Chul, chairman of Hyowon group
Park Sung Yeon as Butler Joo, head housekeeper of the Hyowon household
There’s nothing juicier than a k-drama about family gossip and intrigue. Mine is reminiscent of the energy of local teleseryes in that sense. It ticks all the boxes of the ideal soap opera with its storyline that includes tidbits like rich men falling for poor women, cheating husbands, and fights about inheritance. The opening scene immediately drew me in as the drama showed a bloody crime scene, then went back to the past to tell the story of how two women entered the Hyowon household and changed it forever, for better or for worse.
In Korea, some dramas are called makjang when they feature elements so outlandish, they’re practically unbelievable. Think kimchi-slapping scenes, long-lost twin siblings, and characters getting plastic surgery to reappear as new characters. A recent example would be the hit k-drama The Penthouse (now on its third season), which also tackles the lives of the rich and opens with a gruesome murder scene. It’s totally different from Mine, though, featuring absurd twists and comic turns that are oddly riveting.
While The Penthouse celebrates its absurdity (which is why I love it), Mine is more of a sleek and elegant vehicle. It’s got a quiet intensity that makes the punches hit hard. Lee Bo Young and Kim Seo Hyung are both great actresses, and they approach their roles with finesse. Even Bo Young’s voice is bright and trusting like her character, and when Hi Soo finally receives a big blow in the drama, Bo Young’s despair is palpable. Meanwhile, Seo Hyung’s character is a lot more subdued, but her portrayal is so powerful. She can show a wide breadth of emotion with just one look.
While the drama tries to play up the two new women who enter the household, I found myself less invested in maid Yu Yeon’s arc and her blooming romance with her boss’s son. Meanwhile, the tutor, Ja Kyung, is a polarizing character that makes you want to hate her (and I loved to hate the actress Ok Ja Yeon when she was a villain in The Uncanny Counter too!). But as the drama continued and I learned more of her backstory, she became one other woman I wanted to root for. She’s not the real antagonist of this story.
The cast is commendable with minor characters like the rest of the house staff providing more than just comic relief. I love how the drama reveals issues everywhere. This isn’t just about family drama; the staff get into their own scuffles as well, and they factor into the plot. I saw the characters falling deeper into despair as the drama progressed, and I wanted to see how everything would end. Overall, Mine is a solid show that will get you invested. If you’re a fan of dramas like The World of the Married and The Penthouse but would like the amount of crazy dialed down and the realism raised just a little bit to Sky Castle levels, you’ll find much to love in Mine.