Miss Hammurabi (Miseu Hammurabi) is based on a novel by Moon Yoo-Seok, who is the scriptwriter for this drama.
- Genre: Legal, Romance
- Date Released: 21 May 2018 – 10 July 2018
- KDrama: 16 Episodes
- Go Ara as Park cha Oh-reum
- Kim Myung-soo (L) as Im Ba-reun
- Sung Dong-il as Han Se-sang
- Ryu Deok-hwan as Jung Bo-wang
- Lee Elijah as Lee Do-yeon (super efficient office Manager)
- Lee Tae-sung as Min Yong-joon
Parkcha Oh-Reum is in her mid-20s, a rookie judge, who is passionate and idealistic.
She is also a rabid feminist.
I supposed the title Miss Hammurabi pertains to Park Cha Oh-reum particular brand of justice for all.
Hammurabi was a Babylonian king, who in his lifetime, created a set of codes that the people in his growing empire must abide to.
Miss Hammurabi (KDrama) Review & Summary
I love it and I hate some parts of it.
I love all the scenes with L, he is stunning to look at :); he carries a suit pretty well. His acting is also good. There is poignancy in his looks as he comes to terms how the world we lived in is not perfect and to live with it and try not to contribute to its further corruption.
I heard this drama was pre-produced; it means all the episodes have been made. It is, therefore, too late to make adjustments here and there.
Anyway, Im Ba Reum is a super-intelligent guy who has a slight anti-social tendencies. He doesn’t pander to anyone, thus he comes across as rather arrogant.
He’s from a poor background; his father got dismissed from his job without much notice, hence the father turned to drink and the little money they had, we would lend to friends when he was drunk.
His mother supports the family by selling insurance and everything else. But her income was not enough to keep the creditors at bay, including their landlady who told them to pay their rent and gave notice that there will also be an increase.
I personally thought that as a judge, even when he is only a young one, will bring in a lot of income. Apparently not. The real money is in being a lawyer.
Anyway, Im Ba Reum would have had the high income if he wanted to but at his young age, he is still very idealistic. He abhors corruptions and doesn’t want to be part of it.
When he was in high school, though he was handsome and mega-intelligent, he was not a popular kid. He did not go for every girl that came his way.
But there was a girl in his book club that he liked. That girl was Park Cha Oh-Reum. She was into piano playing. He liked her but he was from a poor background while she was chauffeur driven to school.
Twelve years on…
They met again as colleagues, both on their first day.
Im Ba Reum was a transferee from another district court.
Park Cha Oh Reum was a newbie judge. But apparently even more brilliant than Im Ba Reum. She home-schooled herself and then took the bar and topped it in her region.
I quite like the girl, Park Cha oh-reum, to start with but she start grating on my nerves after a while. Her ultra feminism is rather off-putting (I am saying this as a woman my self). She is all for strong women and yet over emotional the next. You cannot have it both ways, not on both extremes anyway. The middle ground is always the best, strong, compassionate and yet logical.
I hope her character improves in the next episodes and tone down her so ‘in your face’ brand of hysterical feminism.
This drama is getting more interesting with different cases being judged.
Some scenes are rather uncomfortably maudlin. There was that case of a young man, who was mentally incapable, who was accidentally singed in the face with a metal grill in a restaurant. The singe did not leave a mark physically but it left him emotionally disturbed.
The owner of the restaurant was ex-marine and he ended up crying in court, the judges ended up crying in court, the security guards ended up crying, the people watching the proceeding inside the court ended up crying as well. The entire courtroom was flooded with tears.
I felt like crying myself because what I was watching was too stupidly sentimental. It’s naff. It’s so out of character. This drama, if not careful, will die by its own hand from over sentimentality.
There was also that case of another judge who was a female. (The judges work in groups of three, comprising of a right judge who sits on the right, the chief judge who sits in the middle and the left judge who sits on the left)
Anyway the chief judge in this group was very ambitious, though he was not one of those brilliant judges who topped the bar or passed it the first time. He is one who work diligently. His ascent to the chief judge position was mainly due to his kiss-assing and riding on the back of his junior judges.
He work them like a horse. He delegated much of his work to them and get abusive when he doesn’t get what he wanted.
Anyway his left judge, a female, was so frightened to reveal to him that she was on her stage of pregnancy. She was working too hard but getting her work done below par and she was abused for it. She was contemplating jumping off the building one day but Park Cha On Reum just happened to materialise. Due to the woman’s level of stress, she miscarried her baby and was obviously desolate.
Park Cha On Reum made it her mission to gather signatures to expel the woman’s chief judge.
Here is what I find ridiculous, Park cha On reum gets involved with everything, every unpolitically correct instances. If there is an issue, she was there sniffing. She was friendly towards everybody, including the cleaners. She was often seen having coffees with them.
How can she have the time? The female judge is almost killing herself with overwork. Even Im Im Ba-Reum was work too hard. While Park Cha On Reum has too much time involving herself with every issue that’s going?!!!
And I find her annoying!
Thank goodness for Im Ba-Reum!