“Once Upon a Small Town” deserves more attention.
Among recent K-dramas, the healing genre doesn’t seem to be as popular as it was half a year ago. “Once Upon a Small Town” is one of a few healing dramas released recently. However, since it is only released on OTT services and stars young, rookie actors, the drama regrettably does not generate much buzz.
“Once Upon a Small Town” marks the return to the small screen of Red Velvet’s Joy. Compared to her previous works which all recorded low ratings and mixed reviews due to Joy’s lacking performance, this time, Joy has successfully shown her improvement.
When Joy was confirmed to lead “Once Upon a Small Town”, she received many negative comments saying she should stick to singing. However, after the drama was broadcast, Joy received much praise for her pretty visuals, natural acting, and good chemistry with her co-stars. Joy’s bright and refreshing vibes are considered a perfect match for the atmosphere of the drama.
Joy plays Ahn Ja Young, a young police officer living in the countryside, who loves to take care of others and always shows up when people need her. This seems to be a character that is tailored for Joy, as it has a somewhat similar energy to her real-life self.