A movie with Ra Mi Ran beating up punks? Sign me up!
The always awesome actress plays the "Mrs. Cop" of the film, a former detective who was once celebrated as the poster child of tough female officers. Now married and middle-aged, Mi Young has long left the frontline and been relegated to desk duty. Her "Miss Cop" sister-in-law Ji Hye, spunkily played by Lee Sung Kyung, is an impulsive detective who jumps before she thinks – or rather she punches before she thinks. After getting into trouble yet again, she gets transferred to the same civil complaints office as Mi Young, and the two reluctantly work the same service counter. One day, a young woman walks in, leaves her phone at the counter, and then steps into oncoming traffic outside the station. From the phone, Mi Young and Ji Hye learn that the woman was a victim of sexual assault and hidden camera, and her sex tape will be published online in 48 hours. When other officers won't take the case, Mi Young and Ji Hye decide to track down the perpetrators themselves.
In classic buddy cop style, Mi Young and Ji Hye bumble and bicker endlessly and storm into many mishaps and dangers. There are also workplace comedy elements as they deal with an annoying superior threatening to downsize, and try to sneakily solve crimes during work hours. Girls' Generation member Soo Young makes a funny supporting appearance as a fellow desk cop who assists them with her stealth hacking skills.
Laughs and fights aside, Miss and Mrs. Cops tackles the extremely serious issues of sexual violence and spy camera crimes, which have garnered increased attention in Korea in recent years because they're so prevalent. Though the script doesn't spend much time with the victims, it does illustrate how the policing process, or lack thereof, fails the victims through indifference. The film rather matter-of-factly shows how the deprioritizing of sexual crimes and the marginalization of women in the police force can become the norm.
I would have preferred if the film focused on spy cam crime, but the story is overwritten with additional crimes of drugs and violence that make the case even more alarming. The film also largely goes into typical crime action mode when the protagonists take on the despicable perps and uncover a bigger crime ring. While these developments are exciting and serve the narrative purpose of putting our heroines in harm's way, they also muddle the story a bit. Still, Miss and Mrs. Cops represents a strong sophomore effort from writer-director Jung Da Won, who ably balances comedy, crime and drama in engaging and entertaining manner. And Ra Mi Ran and Lee Sung Kyung make a thoroughly lovable buddy cop combo!