Title: Woori the Virgin / From Today We Are (Literal Title)
Main Cast: Im Soo-hyang, Sung Hoon, Shin Dong-wook
Writer/PD: Jung Jung-hwa (The Wind Blows)
Timeslot: Friday and Saturday 22:40
OTT: Viu, Viki
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Woo-ri is a 29-year-old woman who has lived a straight life guided by her strict grandmother. She dreams of being a writer. Although she adheres to premarital purity, she is in a two-year relationship with Kang Jae, who is more than understanding. However, after visiting her ob-gyn, she finds herself artificially inseminated and pregnant. Her dreams and ambitions get turned upside down, especially marrying Kang Jae. What’s worse is that the biological father of Woo-ri’s baby is Raphael, the first man she ever kissed. Raphael is the CEO of Diamond Cosmetics and is married to Lee Ma-ri, whom he doesn’t love. He longs to find his soulmate. How will this upside-down situation turn out? (Synopsis from Viu)
Based on the American series Jane the Virgin, Woori the Virgin’s story closely follows its original material but with a very Kdrama-esque execution. The first two episodes of this series were mostly focused on introducing the story’s central character and primary plotline.
Taking on the titular role of Oh Woo-ri is Im Soo-hyang who transformed into the 29-year-old drama writer who had to face the biggest predicament of her life: accidental pregnancy. She seemed to be the usual wide-eyed optimistic character we often see in K-dramas. Her family’s story though was highlighted so that we can understand her decisions as a character. There’s nothing to set her apart yet from other characters out there except for her eccentric situation. Said circumstance forced her to get entangled with Diamond Cosmetics CEO Raphael (Sung Hoon), whose sperm was accidentally inseminated to Woo-ri. Like Woo-ri, he also got a K-drama treatment as Raphael seems to have a backstory to tell – his previous illness and his family’s involvement in what seemed to be questionable dealings.
Woo-ri’s pregnancy also affected her smooth-sailing relationship with her boyfriend Lee Kang-jae (Shin Dong-wook). Kang-jae falls to the nice guy type of second leads that would surely test the viewer’s loyalty to main lead Raphael. He’s kind and very understanding to Woo-ri’s situation. But it seemed like a murder case would keep him occupied while his girlfriend get whisked away by someone else. And said murder case might involve Lee Ma-ri (Hong Ji-yoon). It seems like she would make Woo-ri’s life more complicated than it already is. Her selfish intents as well might become a huge factor in Woo-ri’s next decisions.
If you’re a fan of the original American series and into K-drama as well, this Korean adaptation would surely fit your palate. Woori the Virgin sticks to the original series’ core plot and amplified the characters’ backstories to make its audience sympathize with its very unlikely setting.