Friday, March 6, 2015

[Drama Review] The Heirs

The Heirs is a television series starring Park Shin Hye, Lee Minho, and Kim Woo Bin. It is set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich. 


This drama follows a group of rich privileged and elite high school students as they groomed to take over their families' business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control, except their love lives. Kim Tan is a handsome and wealthy heir to a large Korean conglomerate who is sent to study abroad in the US. But in reality, it's a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home, Kim Won schemes to take over the family business. While in the states, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sand who has arrived from Korea in search of her older sister who claims that she is in need of money for her wedding. When Kim Tan's fiancee Rachel Yoo arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. Both Eun Sang and Kim Tan return to Korea, only to meet again. Slowly, he realized that she is the daughter of his family's mute housekeeper. Meanwhile, Rachel's future stepbrother and Kim Tan's former best friend, Choi Young Do starts falling for Eun Sang as well. 


Park Shin Hye | Lee Min Ho

Kim Ji Won | Kim Woo Bin


Krystal Jung | Kang Min Hyuk

Choi Jin Hyuk | Kang Haneul

Park Hyung Sik

Park Shin Hye plays Cha Eun Sang, a down to earth and somewhat cynical person. She diligently works part-time jobs to support herself and her mother, and gets caught in a love triangle between Kim Tan and Choi Young Do. She lives in Kim Tan's home, since her mother is a live-in housekeeper. She grew up with Yoon Chan Young, her best friend and is enrolled in Jeguk High School on a welfare scholarship. Kim Tan comes into her life and won't stop pursuing her, but though she does reciprocate his feelings, many are bent on splitting them up.

Lee Minho plays Kim Tan the future heir to the Jeguk group. Through hot-headed and at times immature, he is a warm-hearted and honest person. He does not have a good relationship with his father and his half brother, whom he constantly seeks friendship. He is actually the son of his father's mistress, but is listed in the family registry as the son of his father's second wife in order to be a legitimate heir. Prior to returning to Korea, he was exiled by his brother to study abroad in the US. Although he is engaged to Rachel Yoo, he is attracted to Cha Eun Sang at first sight and falls in love with her despite her poor background. 

Kim Ji Won plays as Rachel Yoo, Kim Tan's fiancee. She is rich, chic and haughty heiress of clothing company RS International. She is also known as Jeguk High School's Paris Hilton, Her prickly personality extends to Cha Eun Sang, especially when she realizes that Kim Tan likes her. Furious and humiliated, she attempts many times to split them apart. Near the end, Tachel begins to have hesitant feelings fro Lee Hyo Shin, with whom she has much in common. She also seems to be on close terms with Kim Tan's half brother, Kim Won. 

Kim Woo Bin plays as Choi Young Do the heir to the Zeus Hotel Group. He has an IQ of 150, but does not put any effort into his schoolwork. Due to this, he ranks 98th out of 100 in his class during the first Jeguk High School finals. Known for his cunning intellect and volatile manners, he is feared by his classmates, whom he bullies. His father, Choi Dong Wook is mercilessly strict and physically abusive towards him and engages with him in judo matches to get him to do things. As part of his training as the next CEO of Zeus Hotel, Young Do is often seen washing dishes at the hotel, something he's been doing since he was in middle school. Though former best friends with Kim Tan, the two now have a mutual hatred for each other, which was partly brought about by the departure of Young Do's beloved mother. Young Do begins picking on Eun Sang to irritate Kim Tan but he soon realizes that not the only reason she's always on his mind. 

Krystal Jung plays as Lee Bo Na the daughter of the CEO of Mega Entertainment and therefore is somewhat spoiled but cute and has a good heart. Kim Tan is her first love and ex-boyfriend, and now they're still friendly and just nag at each other. She is super devoted and possessive towards her current boyfriend, Yoon Chan Young. She dislikes Cha Eun Sang at first for being Chan Young's best friend, believing that 'there is no way for a girl and a boy to simply be just friends,' but as the time goes by she becomes friends with her but she won't admit it. 

Kang Min Hyuk plays as Yoon Chan Young, the son of the Jeguk Group's secretary. He and Cha Eun SAng have known each other since they were kids and they've been friends ever since. He is kind, cool-headed, warm, and smart. Chan Young is ranked number one in his class and always sees the best in people. Despite being in the social care group, he doesn't get picked on by the 'higher social status' students because he is the class president. He thinks that everything his girlfriend Lee Bo No does is cute, especially when she is jealous.

Choi Jin Hyuk plays Kim Won, Kim Tan's older half brother. He is an accomplished and capable young executive who runs his family's giant conglomerate, Jeguk Group. At constant friction with his family, he attempts to rule the company himself, and fears that Tan will get in his way. Due to this, he had never had a real brotherly relationship with Tan, who tries everything he can to win his brother's heart. He and Tan eventually learn to get along. He chooses to concentrate on running Jeguk Group at the expense of his relationship with Jeon Hyun Joo. Although Won attempts everything to save their realtionship, Jeon Hyun Joo knows there nothing he can do, and she breaks up with him to allow him to carry out his dream.

Kang Haneul plays as Lee Hyo Shin, the son of the attorney general. He has a crush on his private tutor, Jeon Hyun Joo (Kim Won's lover). His mother and father constantly pressure him to get into law school, despite his dislike for the profession. Calm and laid back, he runs the school broadcasting system. He is also close friends with Kim Tan. To overcome his family's pressure, he joins the army without telling anyone beside Kim Tan and Rachel, with whom he develops a friendship with.

Park Hyung Sik plays as Jo Myung Soo, the son of teh CEO of Victory Law Firm, the largest law firm in town. Quick to think on his feet, he is a slacker who doesn't want to inherit the family business. He is playful and a joker, he prefers hanging out at night clubs and taking photos of his friends. Although he doesn't understand his best friend Choi Young Do all that well, he still tries to help him. Myung Soo often hangs out in his private studio with Choi Young Do and Lee Bo Na, where there is a wall covered in pictures of his friends and family.

Supporting Cast

Lim Jeun plays as Jeon Hyun Joo, a teacher at Jeguk High School. She is a cool and collected, while being slightly awkward. She shares the same diligent, earnest personality as Cha Eun Sang. She gets Kim Won's attention for her sharp intelligence and they enter into a relationship, but she knew it would never work out no matter how much she and Kim Won wanted it too. She was previously the private tutor of Lee Hyo Shin, who had a crush on her.

Jeon Soo Jin plays as Kang Ye Sol, the daughter of a former bar hostess who owns 10 large bars in Gangman, Seoul. Her best friend is Lee Bo Na, while her mother is friends with Kim Tan's biological mother. Her existence in Jeguk High School was unremarkable until Rachel exposed her mother's profession, which temporarily halted her friendship with Bo Na. 

Cho Yoon Woo plays as Moon Joon Young, a victim of Choi Young Do's bullying at Jeguk High School due to his 'welfare status.' He later leaves to another school.

Choi Won Young plays as Yoon Jae Ho, the father of Yoon Chan Young. He is Jeguk Group secretary and previously involved with Esther Lee. 

Yoon Son Ha plays as Esther Lee, the president of RS International. She is Rachel Yoo's mother and is engaged to Choi Young Do's father Choi Dong Wook.

Kim Sung Ryung plays as Han Ki Ae, the mother of Kim Tan and the mistress of Kim Nam Yoon, Kim Tan's father.

Park Joon Geum plays as Jeong Ji Sook, the chairwoman of Jeguk High School. She is Kim Nam Yoon's second wife and Kim Tan's registered mother. Selfish and controlling, she attempts to take over Jeguk Group when the chairman and her husband Kim Nam Yoon fall ill.

Kim Mi Kyung plays as Park Hee Nam, the mute housekeeper of the Kim family and mother of Cha Eun Sang. She lost her voice when she was three years old due to a severe fever. She often gives advice to Kim Tan's mother and although int he beginning she doesn't treat her well, they end up on friendly terms. She is kind and wants the best for her daughter. 

Choi Jin Ho plays as Choi Dong Wook, the president of Zeus Hotel Group and father of Choi Young Do. He is engaged to Esther Lee. He is controlling and become a womanizer after his first wife, Young Do's mother, left their family. He does not have a good relationship with his son, Choi Young Do. 

Jung Dong Hwan plays as Kim Nam Yoon, the president of Jeguk Group and father of Kim Tan and Kim Won. He has Eun Sang attend Jeguk High School, so that she can be told by everyone in her peer group why she and Kim Tan can't be together.

Seo Yi Sook plays as Hyo Shin's mother.

Ra Mi Ran plays as Myung Soo's mother.

Choi Ji Na plays as Yoo Kyung Ran, Choi Young Do's mother.

Chou Eun Kyund plays as Ye Sol's mother.

Jund Won Joong plays as Lee Chan Hyuk, Hyo Shin's father.

Lee Yeon Kyung plays as Lee Bo No's mother. 

Cameo Appearances

Jung Chan Woo plays as Kim Tan (young, middle school student).

Yang Hyun Mo plays as Choi Young Do (young, middle school student).

Yoon Jin Seo plays as Cha Eun Seok, Cha Eun Sang's older sister. She is also known as Evil Girl by Eun Sang for selfishly leaving their family in the first episode. Her American name is Stella.

Kim Heechul as music program MC in episode 4.

2EYES as themselves in episode 4.

VIXX as themselves in episode 4.

BTOB as themselves in episode 4.

Wang Ji Won plays as Yang Da Kyung, Kim Won's blind date in episode 17, 19 and 20.

Lee Hyun Jin plays as Lee Hyun Jin, Lee Bo Na's older brother in episode 19.

Jung Joo Hee plays as an Announcer in episode 15 and 16.

Park Young Ji plays as Da Kyung's father. 


There many thing that makes this drama really good and quite bad-ish too. There is nothing bad about Lee Minho nor Park Shin Hye.

There is one thing that kind of annoy me a little bit is the fact that he (Lee Minho) fell for her (Park Shin Hye) to fast at the beginning. In ep. 8 it really help foreshadow everything and it look really nice as of right now.

The characters are all introduce nicely and I love all the characters. Well not all of them, I happen not to enjoy Rachel and Young Do characters at all in the beginning especially Rachel character although Young Do character did become better later in the show. It seems like that Rachel character would be a similar character in other dramas who is not willing to let lose to a guy and she seem very stuck up too. For Young Do character, I just don’t like the fact of how he acts. I just don’t like the way he act at all. I really think that in the future episodes Young Do and Tan characters are going to make up like how the two main guy lead in School 2013 made up near the ending and finally understood each other. And of course, they sort of made up with each other. I also think the Won and Tan characters, the brother, are going to become close and finally understand each other too. I also didn't like Won character that much, just so much hatred from him. 

The one thing that bother me in the beginning is their English. I mean it was just their accent that all, but that does and somewhat bother me somewhat too. I also love the fact of them using a school setting in California along with those beach scenes too. Their something that I love and it the house that Tan live in while he was in California. I just love it. I also love the use of a dream catcher. I think that because of this drama, dream catcher are going to be very popular and a lot of people are going to what to buy it.

The drama was a big talk but I think with a lot of pressure, it didn't turn out that well at all.

Rate: 8/10

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