My Name My Name centres around Jiwoo Yoon (So-hee Han), who’s clearly had to stay back a few years, because the actress is 26, yet the character is still a schoolgirl, and early on, we see her fighting in the classroom, fending off the bullies.
Her father’s been on the “most wanted” list for three months and has been in hiding, yet now it’s time for a reunion, and after turning up to punch some baddies through their car windows, he arrives at her apartment door and is brutally murdered right before her eyes.
The premise is that Jiwoo Yoon will get revenge at any cost – and we can see how she doesn’t suffer fools gladly, given the aforementioned bullies and, later, baddies outside who initially claimed to be able to help her track down her father’s killer.
However, for something which had the promise of a great thriller shows most of the first episode being the girl bleating about how her Dad’s dead and it’s all her fault – because she blasted him on the phone for not being in her life and how he shouldn’t return… which is what caused him to return home(!)
Also, it’s odd that in order to ‘get stronger’, she ends up moving into a crappy utility room under a gym. Add in some ’80s-style music, and My Name feels like Rocky meets The Karate Kid.
The opener feels very by-the-numbers as she’s goaded into a fight by one idiot at the gym, then trained to fight by her father’s best friend, who seemingly first insults her. However, there is some good direction amongst the fights with choreography, all going on for a few minutes at a time.
I will check out another episode, but this isn’t massively gripping so far, and I can’t see it getting as much talk around the watercooler as Squid Game… that is if people are actually going into the office any more.
Also, all the credits are in Korean, so how are we supposed to read them? Why isn’t there an English translation?
My Name is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Netflix now.
Episode 1 Score: 4/10
Running time: 60 mins per episode
Release date: October 15th 2021
Director: Jin-min Kim
Writer: Ba-da Kim
Jiwoo Yoon: So-hee Han
Pil-do Jeon: Ahn Bo-Hyun
Gang-jae Do: Yull Jang
Gi-ho Cha: Sang-ho Kim
Tae-ju Jung: Hak-ju Lee
Mu-jin Choi: Hee-soon Park
Mu-jin Choi: Rich Ting
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