MBC’s new Friday-Saturday drama “Bitter Sweet Hell” has released new stills!

“Bitter Sweet Hell” is a black comedy starring Kim Hee Sun as Noh Young Won, the top family psychiatrist in all of Korea. When an anonymous blackmailer puts her career and family at risk, Noh Young Won teams up with her mother-in-law Hong Sa Gang (Lee Hye Young), a mystery novelist, to protect their family.

In the newly released stills, Noh Young Won sits with her mother-in-law, Hong Sa Gang, for a conversation. As they face each other, Noh Young Won appears visibly shaken and emotional, while Hong Sa Gang remains cold and unreadable. The prolonged silence and intense eye contact between them heighten the sense of unease, leaving viewers wondering what conflict has arisen between them.

Before filming, Kim Hee Sun and Lee Hye Young worked closely to perfect every detail. They discussed their characters’ changing emotions in depth to ensure a realistic portrayal. Once filming began, their chemistry was palpable, delivering a scene filled with subtle tension.

Kim Hee Sun expressed her admiration for Lee Hye Young, stating, “Lee Hye Young is very meticulous and thorough, and I learned a lot from her on set. I think our back-and-forth exchanges will be very entertaining.”

She also added, “In the beginning, the subtle power struggles between the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law will be interesting. As they start to work together, their unique dynamic, where they speak their minds freely, will be another compelling aspect of the show.”

Lee Hye Young also praised Kim Hee Sun, saying, “I thought Kim Hee Sun was just a pretty and cheerful celebrity, but I was amazed when we met. She’s not just pretty, she’s incredibly beautiful, cheerful, polite, talented, smart, and professional. She is the best woman and actress.”

She continued, “We got along so well. We laughed and cried together throughout filming. This was the first time I experienced such enjoyable chemistry,” raising anticipation for their performances.

The production team stated, “We are confident that just seeing Kim Hee Sun and Lee Hye Young together as Noh Young Won and Hong Sa Gang will be a key attraction of the drama. Their chemistry as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, along with their immersive performances, greatly enhances the excitement of ‘Bitter Sweet Hell.’ Look forward to their acting transformations and standout performances.”

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

While waiting, watch Kim Hee Sun in “Honey Sweet” here:

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Also Lee Hye Young in “Kill Heel” below:

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