Directed by Hwang Dong-Hyuk
74-year-old Oh Mal-soon knows her hot-tempered, abrasive ways are driving her daughter-in-law and grandkids nutty. One fortuitous night, she chances upon an old-timey photo studio and decides to get a self-portrait – for her headstone, she says with equal parts grief and disdain. But this ain’t no ordinary photo studio. After the shoot, Granny looks in the mirror and finds that she’s been magically transformed into the twenty-year-old version of herself. And she ain’t no prim princess. Continuing to wreak havoc with her accented barbs and hard-headed violent tendencies that really only a grandma can get away with, Oh Mal-soon fends off young suitors and concocts a plan to get back at her family.
As in the best body-swap films, MISS GRANNY thrives on the actors and their uncanny abilities to embody each other. Veteran actress Nah Moon-hee lets free verbally while wearing utter consternation on her face. Young star Sim Eun-kyeong (Sunny) follows her lead as a pitbullish terror with the pluckish charm of an adolescent from a more innocent time – sort of a maniacal Audrey Hepburn with secret grandkids.
Indeed this fable of a clandestine getaway is Roman Holiday for the k-drama universe: love is taken to the extremes, men are cut down mercilessly, and anyone with a karaoke mic is a pop star at heart. –Brian Hu