Two ex-boyfriends fail to become strangers in K-Drama ‘Strangers Again’

Two ex-boyfriends fail to become strangers in K-Drama ‘Strangers Again’

Two ex-boyfriends fail to become strangers in K-Drama ‘Strangers Again’

Oh Ha-ra and Goo Eun-beom are both divorce lawyers, so they knew exactly what to expect when their own marriage ended. The breakup made them cynical about love, but they were practical about the process and cut all ties. They had seen enough divorces to know this could happen to anyone. Ha-ra, played by Kang So-ra, was hurt by her cheating ex but concluded that at least she would never have to see him again. Imagine her surprise when he applies to the law firm where she works.

That’s the premise of ENA’s Korean drama Strangers Again. Signing the divorce papers has made Ha-ra and Eun-beom strangers, at least legally. But it’s hard to forget someone you’ve been so close to for so long. It is difficult, perhaps impossible, to go back to being strangers.

When Eun-beom shows up at the law firm, Ha-ra has not forgiven him and works hard to get rid of him. Not only does she fail to throw him out, she ends up making him one of those implausible but great comedy deals. If Eun-beom, played by Jang Seung-Jo, can help her win an impossible case, she will no longer object to him joining her law firm. Naturally, he helps her win and that means Ha-ra has to see him every day. Even worse, they work together on cases where they have plenty of opportunity to discuss what makes a marriage not work—and possibly, eventually, discuss what made their marriage not work.

These characters definitely don’t top themselves. Ha-ra even thinks that Eun-beom might be trying to win her back, until he suggests that she go on a blind date with her handsome friend Min Jae-gyeom, played by Mu Jin-sung.

strangers again it’s more of a legal drama, but it has a different focus than all of last year’s courtroom stories in that it focuses on divorce. The emotional awkwardness of interacting with an ex can be a sad story, but strangers again makes the subject dryly funny. The drama features subtle and silly humor, as well as comedic performances by Kang and Jang as the warring but secretly in love ex-boyfriends. Ha-ra also has some funny co-workers and friends at the law firm, played by the wonderful actors Jo Eun-ji, Lee Jae-won, Jeon Bae-su and Gil Hae-yeon.

Kang previously appeared in the dramas Revolutionary Love, Warm and Cozy and Misaeng: Incomplete Life. Jang can be seen at The Good Detective, The Good Detective 2, Snowdrop and Chocolate. He and Kang So-ra starred together in the film Secret Zoo. Mu can be seen at Beautiful you, scholar who walks through the night and Shine or go crazy.

strangers again airs on Viki.com in the US.

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