MBC’s upcoming drama “Bitter Sweet Hell” has released stills of Kim Hee Sun!

“Bitter Sweet Hell” is a new black comedy starring Kim Hee Sun as Noh Young Won, the top family psychiatrist in all of Korea. When an anonymous blackmailer puts Young Won’s career and family at risk, she teams up with her mother-in-law Hong Sa Gang (Lee Hye Young), a mystery novelist, to protect their family. The drama is a collaboration between writer Nam Ji Yeon of “So I Married the Anti-Fan” and producing director Lee Dong Hyun, who helmed “Doctor Lawyer” and “She Knows Everything.”

Having played various characters throughout her 32-year career, Kim Hee Sun is a well-established actress known for her versatility. After tackling roles ranging from romantic comedies to melodramas and even actions films, Kim Hee Sun will be making her first venture into the black comedy genre through her role in “Bitter Sweet Hell.”

In the upcoming drama, Kim Hee Sun will star as Noh Young Won, Korea’s most famous family counselor, who is loved by the general public. Noh Young Won appears to have everything—a successful career, a doctor husband, wealthy in-laws, and a handsome son who is a model student—which makes her the envy of the public. However, Noh Young Won struggles to maintain her seemingly perfect family, which has its own share of petty problems just like any other family.

The newly released stills depict successful doctor Noh Young Won receiving a Doctor of the Year award and also doing her best as a dedicated wife and mother at home.

At the award ceremony, NohYoung Won delivers her acceptance speech with an emotional expression while holding a trophy and a bouquet of flowers in her arms.

In the next photo, she is seen personally picking out her husband’s work outfit with a sweet smile on her face, while in another, she is captured sitting on the bed and chatting with her son, who has just woken up.

On why she chose to star in the drama, Kim Hee Sun shared, “When I first received the script, I laughed so hard that I cried while reading it. I chose this drama because the plot was so unique and unlike anything I had ever seen before.”

She continued, “There have been many dramas about conflicts between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, but I think this may be the first time I’ve seen a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law team up. It was fascinating to see how these two very different women come together to protect their familiy and how they come to understand each other in the process. I felt even more confident about taking on the role knowing that I would be working together with actress Lee Hye Young.”

Describing her character, Kim Hee Sun explained, “Noh Young Won is a very independent and rational woman. She has put in a tremendous amount of effort to perfectly maintain both her career and her family. She prioritizes her family above all else, and she is a wise person who strives to be a peacemaker and ensure her family’s happiness. However, as she learns about the hidden sides of her family that she thought she knew, she experiences tremendous shock, betrayal, anger, and confusion with each new day. Because of that, I paid even more attention to controlling the intensity of my emotions [in my acting].”

The production team of “Bitter Sweet Hell” commented, “Kim Hee Sun is bringing Noh Young Won to life with her incredible immersion, character understanding, and tireless analysis.” They added, “Please look forward to Kim Hee Sun’s performance.”

“Bitter Sweet Hell” will premiere on May 24 at 9:50 p.m. KST.

In the meantime, watch Kim Hee Sun in her film “Honey Sweet” with subtitles on Viki below!

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