“One Ordinary Day” (2021) is a crime-thriller Korean series starring Kim Soo-hyun and Cha Seung-won. It is an eight-part series that explores the society’s twisted system and injustice based on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television show in 2008, “Criminal Justice” written by Peter Moffat.
It has been remade in America in 2016 entitled, “The Night Of” and in India in 2019 with the same original title. On January 2021, the South Korean adaptation was announced by the producers and BBC studios. It premiered on November 27th and ended on December 18th through Coupang Play and Viu.
A Korean remake series, “One Ordinary Day” revolves around two men whose lives intertwine following a homicide case: A college guy, Kim Hyun-soo, gets embroiled in the murder of a woman he spent the night with, making him a prime suspect. And a third-rate lawyer, Shin Joong-han, who finds him innocent comes to the rescue to lead the investigation.
As the duo faces a number of challenges to win the case, the drama also explores the psychological impact on the falsely accused:
1. Anxiety or panic disorder
Dr. Carrie Baron of Psychology Today stated that a person wrongly accused of an offense in public is an aggressive act which puts the victim to a situation similar to being bullied.
Here, the accused experiences psychological distress and debilitating trauma which manifests in daily life activities and during sleep. A study also reveals that anxiety, panic disorders, and nightmares are common to those who have been falsely accused or imprisoned.
Kim Hyun-soo in the drama experienced different forms of defamation or character assassination from media libel, interrogation slander to public opinion.
He was also verbally abused and physically tortured by heinous criminals inside the correctional facility even if he has not been found guilty of the crime.
Moreover, we’ve witnessed him having sleep problems or panic attacks most of the time.
Symptoms of depression were observed from persons falsely accused according to a study. Some have contemplated suicide while others experienced depression episodes during imprisonment and progressed to a clinical disorder post-imprisonment.
In a terrifying nightmare, Kim Hyun-soo found himself lifeless by suicidal hanging. It appears to be the result of being beaten and hanged alive by co-prisoners, seeing his cellmate commited suicide, as well as the mentally-stress-related situations he experienced from the court, police, and media.
Oftentimes, he stares blankly into space or walks with his face downcast due to the overwhelming feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.
3. Loss of identity or decreased self-esteem
Feelings of humiliation and intense shame often accompany those who have been falsely accused.
According to a research, victims are mostly unable to continue their normal life, work, and social functions due to the extreme impact on self-worth and identity.
Life was totally different as soon as Kim Hyun-soo stepped out of the prison cell. His house was vandalized with the word “murderer”, he became overly cautious with people around him or his surroundings, and tried to cope the daily pressures of life with a cigarette.
Smoking, which he learned inside the prison facility, had become his identity to escape the society’s injustice and survive life’s uncertainties.
According to Dr. Carrie Baron, “The psychological impact on those wrongfully accused appears to be vast, severe, and long-lasting.”
Hence, it is suggested to keep an open mind about a person’s innocence or guilt until the full evidence and facts are clear.
“One Ordinary Day” successfully attained the #1 spot for the most watched show on Coupang Play. It also gained much attention from international viewers through the streaming platform, Viu, as well as generated buzz on Twitter for weeks with trending hashtags and topics.
Synopsis: A remake of the BBC drama “Criminal Justice” that delves into the criminal justice system through the story of two men surrounding a woman’s murder.
Based on: Criminal Justice by Peter Moffat
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Legal
No. of episodes: 8
Starring: Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Seung-won, and Kim Sung-kyuo
Written by: Kwon Soon-kyu
Directed by: Lee Myung-woo
Date: November 27, 2021 – present
Network: Coupang Play and Viu