Familiar Wife / Wife That I Know
[아는 와이프] (tvN, 2018)
Written by Yang Hee-seung, Directed by Lee Sang-yeob
August 1 ~ September 20 2018 [Wed & Thurs]
Life is full of ‘what ifs’ — what if you could undo a decision made in the past? What if you could find out if you were meant to be with someone else? What if you went back in time… only to realise that you needed to make things right again? This is the story of Cha Joo-hyuk: an ordinary married man given an extraordinary opportunity to change his past, for the sake of his future. Would he make the right choice in the end? – by Mich KDL
Assistant loans manager at KCU Gahyeon branch; husband to Woo-jin, father of two
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Yoon Jong-hoo (Jang Seung-jo)
Joo-hyuk’s best friend and colleague
Oh Sang-sik (Oh Eui-sik)
Joo-hyuk’s friend and brother-in-law; owner of Sangsik’s Pocha
Woo-jin’s mother (Lee Jung-eun)
Wife to Joo-hyuk, mother of two; in the alternate universe, she also works at KCU as a teller
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Lee Hye-won (Kang Han-na)
cellist, Joo-hyuk’s college crush; in the alternate universe, she is married to Joo-hyuk
Cha Joo-eun (Park Hee-von)
Joo-hyuk’s younger sister, Sang-sik’s wife
Because of its juxtaposition with both the present and the past, the locations in Familiar Wife are a mix of the modern and the nostalgic. The latter is seen especially in places like old-school eatery Ddoddo Bunsik — Woo-jin’s favourite — featured both in the 2006 timeline, and in the present day. It’s also interesting to note that bus stops play quite an important role in the show — from first meetings to bittersweet reunions. There were at least three featured in the show, and two have been identified on KDL.
This overview will be updated when new locations are added.
Last update: 06/10/2018
— University of Seoul [서울시립대학교]
— Gimpo Airport [김포국제공항] [E13]
— Banana Talk [바나나토크] [E12]
— Siwoo’s Restaurant [시우식당]
— Banpo Bridge [반포대교] [E2]
Jamsil 3(sam)-dong [잠실3동]
— Lotte World [롯데월드] [E15]
ILSANDONG-GU [일산동구] (con’t)
— Chungah Park [청아공원 or 자유로 청아공원]
— Bus stop Wicity 1 Danji Back Gate.Yangil Elementary School [E14]
— Principle Coffee Company [E13]
— Naksan Beach [낙산해변] [E12]
Note: Spoilers ahead.
Bus stops aside, movies were another element that featured a fair bit, particularly in the later part of the drama. This was both as a form of escape, and a way to release pent-up emotions. For example, Joo-hyuk recalls Woo-jin watching the 2004 movie A Moment To Remember (내 머리속의 지우개) one night after he returns home late, missing out on participating in her father’s memorial ceremony.
Woo-jin is seen watching the movie again in episode 14 — this time in an alternative timeline — to which her mother says it’s what she watches “when she wants to cry”. “I just like sad movies,” Woo-jin says, to which her mother retorts, “Don’t make me laugh. I know you like comedies and human documentaries more.”
While the rest of the banking team were invited to dinner at Woo-jin’s senior’s restaurant in episode 15, Joo-hyuk chose to watch the movie On Your Wedding Day (너의 결혼식) alone at the cinema, amidst the other couples sharing box seats. The movie, which stars Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang, was released in South Korea on 22 August 2018.
In final episode 16, Joo-hyuk and Woo-jin watch a movie at the cinema — this time on a child-free date night as a couple. This movie (which brought Joo-hyuk to tears) is Keys To The Heart/That’s Only My World (literal title) (그것만이 내 세상), which was released in South Korea on 17 January 2018, and stars Lee Byung-hun, Park Jung-min, Youn Yuh-jung and — surprise, surprise — Han Ji-min herself.
Photos: Thom Musni, Florence, Xinnz
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