Lee Hye-Ri, the Girl’s Day singer, returns to the big screen in the fantasy-tinged May I Help You, a frothy blend of romantic comedy and heartwarming drama. Lee Jun-young of the group U-Kiss co-stars with her in one of his most significant parts ever.
Lee plays the central character, Baek Dong-Joo, a young lady who begins working as a funeral director only to realize she has the power to communicate with the dead.
Her first departed client was a young boy, and while her instinct was to flee in fear, she quickly discovered that ignoring these new ghosts causes her to have freak accidents, such as being knocked out by a home run baseball outside a stadium or tumbling down a flight of stairs outside a church.
Dong-Joo, unable to escape the summons, proceeds to aid these spirits on their journey to the afterlife, which they can only achieve with her physical assistance. However, her priest claims that she is only obligated to fulfill the requests of a limited number of the deceased. The count is down to 16 by the time the performance begins.
Dong-Joo is caring for the recently deceased Yeon-hee in a powerful opening scene (Seo Young-hee). After a brief talk, she marches inside Yeon-funeral, hee’s approaches one of her friends, and smacks her across the face.
As the room descends into chaos, it is discovered that this friend was having an affair with Yeon-husband. hee’s Yeon-hee gracefully walks out into the bright lights and Dong-counter Joo’s resets to 15.
Kim Jib-sa (Lee Jun-young), who recently launched an errand firm named “A Dime a Job” with his uncle Vincent, is also trying to serve people (Lee Gyu-Han). Their business model is to conduct errands for individuals for a cheap beginning charge of 100 won (70 US cents), while customers can pay them much more.
Their primary clientele consists of a group of women with children that all attend the same school. Jib-sa, the bright and gorgeous student, frequently spends his mornings donning a green vest and conducting morning traffic duty at the school, where he has swiftly gained popularity among the moms.
One day, a young guy approaches Jib-sa and begs him to conduct an errand for him. The following day, Dong-Joo goes to see her lover at a cafe, only to find Jib-sa there, who has been bribed by her beau to break up with her on his behalf.
Dong-Joo is not pleased with the news, and Jib-sa suffers a broken shinbone as a result. This unlucky first encounter will not be their last.
Dong-Joo is back at the funeral home, dealing with a new body. She meets Kim Joon-ho (Ahn Nae-sang), a nice taxi driver who has just perished in a vehicle accident. Joon-ho wishes for Dong-Joo to locate his son, whom he abandoned as a youngster and has not seen since.
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The boy was left in the care of Joon-brother-in-law, ho who is now the lone mourner at the burial, along with his wife. The brother-in-law has no intention of informing Joon-kid Ho since he wants to keep the insurance money for himself.
Jib-sa comes in front of Dong-Joo again, this time as a mourner during Joon-funeral. ho’s She guesses he is Joon-son, ho’s but she has no idea that Joon-ho has been hired as a stand-in mourner by the brother-in-wife law’s because they couldn’t be bothered to remain overnight.
May I Assist You is a series kept together by coincidental meetings. This implies that we get a lot of coincidences straight early, but the program can get away with it because of its fantasy premise.
There’s a sense that Dong-Joo and Jib-sa are fated to be together, and while it’s unclear whether one of those things is romance, we do know that they’ll ultimately pool their talents by operating an errand service for the dead over the following several weeks.
The more pessimistic viewpoint holds that these coincidences are evidence of sloppy plotting. Unfortunately, there is plenty of other data to back up this point of view.
We’re excited to follow Dong-Joo’s adventures thanks to the enthusiastic performance of Lee Hye-Ri, who is rapidly progressing as an actor after larger roles in dramas like My Roommate Is a Gumiho. But, in reality, very nothing about her persona makes sense.
She used to play table tennis, but after an accident, she perplexingly decided to become a funeral director. Meanwhile, she’s studying to be a civil servant and going to confession with a mystery priest.
It’s difficult to locate a common thread connecting these disparate aspects of her personality. We may get more information later, but for now, we must trust her and hope that the goal is worth the bumpy narrative voyage the program is leading us on.
Aside from a few narrative quibbles, May I Help You is mainly entertaining and watchable, owing to its distinct visual style and the colorful ensemble of characters.
May I Assist You is now available on Prime Video.