The success of the Café Minamdang show
It is based on Jung Je-novel, han’s The Minamdang Case Notebook, which airs on KBS2 and is available on Netflix worldwide.
Seo and Oh portray a smug shaman and a fierce investigator in this film.
It should be evident from their names that the “Wonder of Yonghae-dong” and the “Ghost of Yongjin Station” are trying to convey an absurdist tone in this upbeat comedy thriller.
Candidates for the general manager position at the luxurious MK Hotel sit before a daunting panel in a gleaming city skyline that radiates social status.
The applicants all have stellar references and resumes, but the lead interviewer throws them curveball questions that shatter their overweening confidence.
However, things didn’t just appear out of thin air. Dapper and confident Nam Han-jun (Seo) reads their faces and exposes them for their kleptomania, nepotism, or abusive management techniques. He feeds her the information.
How is he able to identify these criminals so quickly? Shaman Han-jun is noted for his bright outfits and colourful fans, which he occasionally displays in public while exposing charlatans as what they are.
On the other hand, Han-jun has Nam Hye-jun (Kang Mi-na), a red-haired hacker who provides him with dirt on the people he targets.
In reality, Han-jun is nothing more than a con artist who pretends to be a master shaman.
He and his cohorts Hye-jun, Kong Su-chol (Kwak Si-yang), and Jo Na-dan (Baek Seo-hoo) run the eponymous Cafe Minamdang, where they pretend to be a shaman who knows everything.
Although they have chemistry, the members of this group’s shenanigans tend to be conveyed through pantomime. Silliness and hilarity abound, but comic timing is lacking.
Shaman practitioners in South Korea are a common sight in the country’s political and corporate elites and the rest of the population.
Cafe Minamdang does not doubt the authenticity of shamanism, but it does not pretend that Han-jun is a true shaman for long.
Detective Jang Du-jin (Jung Man-Sik) encounters one of the shaman’s forecasts while investigating an adultery case linked to one of Han clients. jun’s
His younger sidekick Kim Sang-hyeob (Heo Jae-ho) ignores it, but when Du-jin confronts him, he warns him of the Wonder of Yonghae-creepy dong’s skills.
As it turns out, Han-jun was right all along.
A newspaper reading of Du-good jin’s fortune warms him to keep an eye out for the colour black coming in from the East.
Before he can finish his thought, Han Jae-hui (Oh), in a flowing black leather trench coat, appears from a side corridor.
Although Du-jin initially takes Jae-hui for a newcomer, during a raid on the docks, she proves to be far more than that. After a while, her coworkers realize that she is, in fact, their new team leader.
Their paths meet when Han-jun reports a hit-and-run and Jae-hui examines the area. Furthermore, Han-customer jun’s Shin Gyeong-ho (Kim Won-sik) is the assailant who hit-and-runed. This further complicates matters.
Jae-hui quickly grows to loathe Han-predatory jun’s tendencies as the case progresses, but another case building in the background unites them.
The personal vendetta Jae-hui is pursuing has something to do with her brother and Han-jun, and she follows it on her vacation.
Cafe Minamdang’s formula is well-known; thus, the show doesn’t have to go to great lengths to establish the romantic chemistry between the two stars.
A typical confident male, Han-jun has an amoral demeanour, whereas Jae-hui has a steely demeanour that may be tied to the horrific past she and Han-jun have shared. Kiss Sixth Sense is a current Korean television series that follows the same idea.
We can anticipate Jae-hui to piece everything together and Han-jun to reveal himself as a moral figure over time. Cafe Minamdang’s uniqueness comes from its other features.
Cha Do-won (Kwon Soo-Hyun), a district attorney nicknamed “chatterbox prosecutor” for his ability to undermine criminals by chattering away to them until their ears bleed, and detective Du-jin (Jung Man-Sik), affably played by the great character actor Jung Man-Sik, are two of the show’s most memorable characters.
Leenalchi, a pansori pop band whose music is also featured in Pachinko, provides a bouncing opening credits theme for the show’s vibrant soundtrack.
The show has a lot of misses, but a tighter storyline might change that.