Prosecutor Princess Review
English Title: Prosecutor Princess
Korean Title: 검사 프린세스
Number of Episodes: 16
Cast/Character List (not full list):
Kim So Yeon as Ma Hye Ri – heroine of the story
Park Shi Hoo as Seo In Woo – hero of the story
Park Jung Ah as Jenny Ahn – In Woo’s friends/International lawyer
Han Jung Soo as Yoon Se Joon – Chief Prosecutor at Hye Ri’s office
Choi Jung Woo as Ma Sang Tae – Hye Ri’s father
Yang Hee Kyung as Park Ae Ja – Hye Ri’s mother
Kim Sang Ho as Na Joong Suk – The boss at the Prosecutor’s office
Choi Song Hyun as Jin Jung Sun – Hye Ri’s senior colleague
Yoo Gun as Lee Min Suk – Hye Ri’s senior colleague
Choi Sung Ho as Chae Ji Woon – Hye Ri’s senior colleague
Quick Synopsis: Ma Hye Ri is a woman with an excellent memory and ability to focus. This ability allowed her to pass the bar exam with relatively ease. She becomes a prosecutor, but has more interest in being fashionable and doesn’t like hard work. She is far from being an ideal prosecutor and has doubts about her suitability for her job. She encounters many conflicts with her senior colleagues due to her fashion and her work ethic. All the while, she meets a mysterious lawyer named In Woo who seems to have all the right answers, and there when she needs him. They meet during Episode 1, which is really a great episode. It opens up the story well, and you can already see some of the relationships forming. The story unfolds when Hye Ri starts unraveling an old case that was supposedly closed. Through this case, and the others she gets, we can see her grow as a character. It really is a great story.
These shoes are very important, very very important. And they’re beautiful.
The Good: Every piece of clothing Hye Ri wore. Especially her shoes. I was just so fascinated by her outfits, and because her fashion was a part of who she is as a character, it was just so interesting to watch. Besides that I think the story was very intricate and very well written. I didn’t see what was coming. I had some idea but was never really sure of what to expect. Also Hye Ri was a very “unreal” character. I could connect to her in some ways and I really loved her, but in real life I don’t think she would exist. She seems to be the extreme of a character idea, but she seemed like the only one. In Woo also seemed like one but not as much. Her unreal character traits were balanced very well with the rest of the characters. Jung Sun and Se Joon were perfect examples of real characters. They were the types you’d see in everyday life.
Besides Hye Ri being one of the best fashionable characters I’ve seen, she was fun to watch. She was bold with the way she saw things and the way she internalized the rules of her office. She didn’t accept the social or moral norms just because her colleagues did. Of course, this caused problems with her colleagues but she’s her own person. Yet, she has this kinda dependency on her parents… especially her mother. She has this dedication to the truth which I just think is outstanding.
A drama isn’t a drama without a really cute piggy-back scene. And I loved this one!
I also like how Hye Mi isn’t really a typical heroine. She’s not poor and beaten down. She doesn’t have the unlucky instances that seem to plague a lot of other heroines (i.e. Jan Di from Boys Over Flowers, and Ra Im from Secret Garden). In fact, Hye Mi is a rich girl who pretty much gets everything she wants. Yeah, she kinda depends on her parents for some of her money but she gets her own pay check too. With other dramas it seems like “class” is an issue. Because Hye Mi is rich, it kinda does away with that whole issue, which is refreshing.
The best part of this drama is the growth that Hye Ri experiences. At the beginning of the drama she is that character with a lot of growing to do and she accomplishes it. Her relationships with In Woo, Se Joon and Jung Sun are just amazing.
The Bad: The ending. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it; the ending was pretty bad for me. This was a very intricate story and well written, but the way it was brought together was kinda bad. The old mysterious case Hye Ri was working out turned out okay. I liked how that was wrapped up. But In Woo’s whole purpose in the show, to play the love interest and something else. It was weird for me. When everything was revealed with him, it just bothered me. I didn’t think it was cute or romantic. It creeped me out.
I also didn’t like Hye Mi’s father, but when you deal with someone like Hye Mi it makes me kinda forgive him. However, her dad was just kinda mean to me and though her mother did a lot for her, her mother did annoy me as well. You can definitely tell where Hye Mi got her personality from. There wasn’t a lot of bad in this drama, but the bad was definitely baaad.
Cooking with In Woo! Ah, this man really does everything.
The Fangirl: Everything that are Se Joon and In Woo. Something about those 2 characters just had me squealing. Se Joon was this kinda of subtle romantic. He’s had some tough times and you can see him struggling with it and trying to be happy but it’s hard and I just love that. The things that In Woo did for Hye Mi. I just swooned. He was genuinely thoughtful towards Hye Mi. It’s kinda thing you watch and the re-watch because it was so sweet. And even before that weird and short “dating period” it was fun to watch.
Also during the “cooking lessons with In Woo” because he said he liked egg in his ramen… I tired egg in my ramen and it’s good! Just drop the uncooked egg in your ramen. The hot boiling water will cook it and it’s delicious. I usually only eat the egg white though, but it’s yummy! And did I mention Hye Mi’s shoes? I love shoes and every time I watched an episode I tried to Google her shoes, but unfortunately came up short!
Overall: I give this drama 3 out of 5. This drama gets big points for breaking the mold of most Korean dramas I’ve seen. There is no crazy mother, and the attempted story was really good. The only thing is the ending. I do recommend this drama though!
What did you think of Prosecutor Princess? Love it? Hate it? Comment below and tell me what you think!