When the Proletariat Takes on the Bourgeoisie in Strongest Deliveryman

strongest-deliveryman-go-kyung-pyo-and-chae-soo-binOne phenomenally well-written and well-acted drama just ended. Strongest Deliveryman reached out to the little socialist within me that wishes for equal opportunities for the rich and the poor in any society. With a story based on the struggles of the youth that makes up the lowest rungs of the economic class, it dealt with the problems of unfairness and injustice that are caused in inherently capitalistic societies through our gang of 374 deliverymen.

Go Kyung Py.jpgStarring in his debut lead role is Go Kyung Pyo, who, as always, has never stopped wowing me with how ‘nice’ he is. He hasn’t had a single role where he’s been cold, or cruel, and so it appears that Choi Kang Soo was a role made for this actor. He played it with so much integrity and ease that I was in awe throughout the show. A boy who grew up with a single father, who passed away while he was still a teenager, Kang Soo had always been taught to be a good and kind person. Knowing no other way to live, he moves to Seoul to work as a deliveryman in different districts with an aim to find the mother who had abandoned him since before he can remember. As Kang Soo moves from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, he arrives at a food street where small restaurants thrive.

Chae Soo Bin.jpgIt is at the restaurant on the food street where he becomes colleagues with Lee Dan Ah, another debut lead role for Chae Soo Bin. Dan Ah’s dream is to escape ‘Hell Joseon’ where the poor are trodden upon by the rich chaebols that rule the Korean society. Despite being the only female in the food delivery job, Dan Ah maintains her integrity while staying true to her goals. Her commitment is at once impressive, as well as motivating for a lot of young girls or women who wish to achieve independence or have great aims in life. A girl like Dan Ah inspires hope and gives us strength to put our energy and patience into achieving our goals. Chae Soo Bin played the no-nonsense role with such elegance that one could feel how thoroughly even the boys were in awe of her. We really need more girls around us who are like this.

Go Won Hee Kim Sun Ho.jpgComing to our second leads, I AM IN LOVE WITH KIM SUN HO! This was his second role ever since his debut in Chief Kim, and he played it so well, that I hope he gets a lead role right after. Simply by taking his thick-rimmed glasses off, he became an endearing chaebol heir, Oh Jin Gyu. His entire development as a character throughout the show had greater depth compared to our leads. His arc from the spoiled brat towards a tamed law-abiding civilian was a delight to watch. On top of it all, I never understood the fascination with dimples till I saw his. He is one new handsome entrant into the world of Korean dramas and I will follow his career from hereon. Opposite him was our female second lead, Lee Ji Yoon played by Go Won Hee, who played her character annoyingly well also. While Jin Gyu had important life lessons to learn, Ji Yoon decided to learn them herself by claiming independence from her own chaebol  family and getting a job as a waitress at a coffee shop. Their journey in setting different examples from the families they had grown up in speaks volumes about how rich kids shouldn’t be judged on the amount of privilege they receive when they are young.

Ji Hyun.jpgOverall the story was one solid piece of writing. The acting was superb. I enjoyed seeing 4Minute’s ex-member Ji Hyun here. Glad to know that the girls are still around. The whole message of finding success through, unity, friendship and trust spoke volumes about the new ethics of business these boys and girls were coming up with. It also raised great questions about why previous generations have been resorting to cutting each other off in order to find economic benefit. Nevertheless, the show was a lot of fun to watch, and hearing Go Kyung Pyo sing for the OST was superb.

 

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