Korean drama ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ challenges assumptions about autism and ability – People World

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On the face of it, “Extraordinary Rep. Wu” is a gentle plea for tolerance and understanding. The new Korean TV series on Netflix is ​​the story of a young lawyer, a recent law school graduate, who takes her first job as a lawyer at a prestigious and powerful law firm in downtown Seoul.

Woo is exceptional because not only is she the shining star in her graduating class from Seoul National University, but she’s also a high-functioning autistic. In general, people with autism are thought to experience traditional social interactions, acceptable appropriate behavior, and all kinds of social and emotional relationships.

But Wu’s intelligence and gentle memory not only help her navigate her way through social and professional relationships. They also provide a sharp contrast and offer an alternative view of the law and the social and economic foundations of our entire society. Woo constantly sheds a bright light on how we used to live our lives under this law and how we can get better.

In that regard, Woo is a nice spoiler. It is attractive and charming to the point of the breath. Her behavior ranges from gentle to stern. The sweetness of her character is often a winning trait. Occasionally, the audience may wish you’d act differently. But this isn’t a moral play, and it’s always a character, thanks in large part to that.

On the surface, Woo is consumed with concern for whales, dolphins and aquatic life in large part. She rocks the details of sea animals, focusing on their endangered status. Activist, she demonstrates against environmental threats. However, her sympathy is not limited to the animals who often wander into her field of vision, especially when they have a legal epiphany. Her interests in social justice include her involvement in issues and causes of corporate corruption, labor struggles, private attempts to infringe on the public good, and women’s rights.

Woo was written off as being without cunning. But rather than weakness, her lack of sophistication and experience prove her strength, as she is able to see a wider range of solutions to issues than those around her in the wronged corporate legal world. Her creativity, boundless energy, and intelligence make her less willing to be appeased with half-truths, concessions, and bad deeds.

Legal realism often brings the ideal of the show down to earth in a big way. Wu is not a superhero. It’s not Perry Mason who wins every issue. Often times their initial positions are thwarted. Nonetheless, her struggles are both inspiring and instructive.

In its first season, EAW set records in ratings and viewership, making it one of the highest-rated dramas in the history of Korean cable television. It has been the world’s most-watched non-English series on Netflix for weeks, is the most-watched series in eight countries, and appears in the top 10 in 27 other countries.

In addition to its popularity with audiences, the show has been nominated by critics for Best Drama of the Year, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actress (Park Eun-bin), and Best Supporting Actress.

Park Eun Bin as the main character is emotional, charming, and especially humorous. Backed by an impressive lineup of South Korea’s top young actors – romantic actor Kang Tae-Oh, backer Ha Yeon Kyung, villain Jo Jung Hyuk, and the very funny Jo Hyun Young, SNL veteran of the Korean band. .

“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” is available on Netflix. It was just extended for a second season.