Miss Ripley is about a complicated woman Jang Miri (Lee Da Hae), who lied her way to success. She had a miserable childhood that started when her mother Lee Hwa (Choi Myung Gil) abandoned Miri so that she could marry again.
Two men fell in love with Miri. Song Yoo Hyun (Park Yoochun) is the heir of a hotel firm while Jang Myung Hoon (Kim Seung Woo) is a doctor turned hotelier. Their tragic love triangle led them to be miserable as Miss Ripley progressed.
Lee Da Hae portrayed the best anti-heroine I’ve ever seen in a Korean drama series so far. Her portrayal of Jang Miri would make you despise her but at the same time you’ll root for her to succeed. After each episode you’ll be infuriated with her character. She should win an award for her acting in Miss Ripley.
Micky Yoochun improved his acting since Sungkyunkwan Scandal. He managed to show more emotions in Miss Ripley. This is evident in the latter episodes leading to the end, when he showed his angry side. Hopefully, he’ll be given more challenging roles in the future.
Kim Seung Woo is a competent actor but he was underused in Miss Ripley. I was actually rooting for Myung Hoon and Miri to end up together. Oh well, at least nobody got her in the end. I guess drama karma works that way.
I wanted Kang Hye Jung to have more screen time in Miss Ripley. Her character Na Hee Joo managed to forgive Miri for all the things Miri done to her. I can’t imagine that happening in real life. She even gave up on Yoo Hyun so that Miri can have him.
So it turned out that Yoo Hyun is Miri’s stepbrother and they can be together. The ending with both of them looking at the same sign was bittersweet and somewhat uplifting. It was the opposite of the previous episodes that made me want to kill Miri, her mom or her Japanese pimp Hirayama (Kim Jung Tae).
I don’t want to watch a drama full of angst and it is a surprise how I was able to complete Miss Ripley from Episode 1 to 16. It’s a good thing that they ended it with Miri finding her inner peace. Even the pimp turned into a semi-hero. Maybe the writer was also tired of all the angst that Miss Ripley brought every Monday and Tuesday. If melodrama is your thing, you should definitely watch this one. But I can’t recommend it to everyone.