Last Scandal

Last Scandal (2008)

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Hong Sun Hee is a housewife who accidentally meets her first love, Jang Dong Chul, again. Now he is known as Song Jae Bin and is a famous movie star who didn't recognize her. Sun Hee's husband lands himself in jail for debts and Sun Hee applies to the wealthy Dong Chul for aid. He isn't inclined to help her because she's no longer the beauty she once was but eventually she read moremoves into his house as a housekeeper. The two bicker constantly but slowy they discover the feelings they had at 19 aren't completely gone.

  • Native title:

    마지막 스캔들
  • Also Known as:

    The Last Scandal of My Life ; My Life's Last Scandal ; Last Romance ; Majimak Seukendeul

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manicmuse
21 people found this review helpful
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Jan 29, 2012
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I ran into this drama by accident, and I'm glad I did.

The Last Scandal is a sweet twist on the Cinderella story, that never came across as super corny. It's a familiar story of a struggling, stubborn, female lead, and a spoiled, rich, male lead, but with mature actors. Choi Jin Shil and Jung Joon Ho had such amazing chemistry, and I loved watching their relationship develop. There were so many read more cute, rewatchable, moments between the two of them, and times when Jung Joon Ho literally made me lol. There were also quite a few moments where I broke into tears. Aside from the main theme of reconnecting with a first love, theres also a great theme around what makes a family. This drama really has a good balance beween light, fun moments, and emotional, touching moments.

The entire cast is great, including the 2 younger actors. Jung Woong was particularly good, playing such a reserved character, but I think he had some of the most touching moments in the drama. In contrast, Kim Byung Se had some of the weakest moments in the drama. I think he played his part well, but his character's actions sometimes seemed too unbelievable to me. Byun Jung Soo was good, and was cast so perfectly that her character's secret is almost instantly given away. Jung Joon Ho is really fun to watch, and his struggle between his persona and his true identity seemed really genuine. I really can't think of any weak cast members.

The true star of this drama, Choi Jin Shil, was so impressive. I am relatively new to dramas, so I had no idea who she was, or what happened to her, when I started watching Last Scandal. I loved rooting for her character's happy ending, and It was about halfway through I learned about her tragic story. It was hard to watch without keeping that in mind, but her performance was so good that I could keep rooting for Sunny. I will definitely check out some of her other dramas.

There's a reason why Cinderella stories are to popular, and this drama is a perfect example of why that is. The mature Cinderella (or 'Joomarella') story is enough to make me watch this drama again. This drama also has a good ending, that gives each character the closure they deserve, and I don't consider it a spoiler to say that those looking for a fairytale ending won't be disappointed. I definitely recommend this one.
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KdramaQueen89
15 people found this review helpful
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May 5, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I have no idea why I even started this one because a drama about 40 year olds really doesnt call out to a girl in her early 20s...

Story: Starts off with the two leads randomly bumping into each other on a set of a commercial. The first 2 episodes are hilarious as the male lead starts to fall in love with the female lead ( who was his past love) but read more he hasnt seen what she looks like in the present (shes changed for the worst). Although this drama is a predictable romcom, the writers did a solid job with making it entertaining but also writing a story with substance. It has one of the best endings Ive ever seen.

Acting/Cast: Jung Joon Ho (Iris, Queen of Reversals) brings IT in this one. His jealousy makes the show. His character is too hilarious. All his expressions are priceless! The lead actress did a great job portraying her ahjumma character. It was nice to see her transform from an ugly duckling to a pretty woman. Loved the makeover scene!
I did find the way the writers wrote her character a little off-putting at times because at first she comes off as naive/too obsessed with her first husband and it takes most of the drama before she convinces herself its okay to love Jae Bin. The rest of the supporting cast is great too!


Music: Kind of chessy but didnt take away from the enjoyment of the drama itself.

Rewatch: Quick pacing makes this something i can watch over and over again if i had the time.

Overall: This is geared to an older audience but if a 22 year old girl (me) is raving about it then it has to be really good right? Watch it!
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    Meena_Drama_Fan Jan 18, 2017

    Jung Joon Ho is a good actor. I liked him in this drama. Well done team, Kind of you will know what is the plot but still it will make watch and laugh a lot. :)

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    yarnie Jul 24, 2016 - edited

    story and plot sounds really nice i will start this tonight! Really nice to find a drama to watch while waiting for current airing dramas :D
    Hope lead couple has the chemistry first time watching this cast i think...
    edit: MY MIND XD its in my completed list but i dont even remember watching it wth... im going to rewatch it then lol

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    WhiteCloud Apr 3, 2016

    I recommend this. Fun to watch.

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    pattyrn4 Jan 21, 2016

    Yes, I hated the beginning and Choi Jin Sil's hair and looks. The ending was better, but overall just okay for me. I do enjoy Jung Joon Hoo. Choi Jin Sil was better in A Star in My Heart.

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    Ambitious_96 Jan 1, 2014

    please please please tell me she changes her hairstyle!

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    solia Jul 7, 2013

    Although it's a typical setting of a Kdrama, it stays as one of my favorite dramas of all times. Choi Jin Sil was amazing in this and she really made me cry. I usually don't like weak characters like the one she portrays, still she's one of my most loved ones. After watching this drama I learned that she committed suicide and was very saddened since she's such an amazing actress. and like the previous comment it made me look at the drama differently when I watched it again -I guess that's why I like it so much since she gets a happy ending in it unlike real life.
    I totally recommend this.

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    sunflower63 Jun 5, 2013

    I enjoyed this drama which was on the whole a good romcom. I was very sorry to read that the lead actress died on the same year in which this drama was broadcasted and this factor made me watch the drama with a different viewpoint. The acting of all the cast was really good but I thought the story was very similar to others that I have watched in the past especially in Oh My Lady therefore I rated it 7. I can never get over how women in many Korean dramas are portraied as slow and weak.

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    iamsarah Apr 21, 2013

    Seems interesting and i also really loved oh my lady! So i'll give it a try

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    Seung225 Mar 4, 2013

    Probably I'll watch this after rewatching Oh! My Lady.

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    KdramaQueen89 Dec 15, 2012

    i suddenly have the urge to rewatch this...

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    Bladey Dec 31, 1969

    Honestly, I really liked the main lead's brother here. Such a generous older brother, the more responsible and mature one. It's a solidly acted drama, and I liked JJH from Princess Lulu. He's a pretty good actor. But I also liked all others, really.
    I have a weak spot for dramas with older and more experienced actors.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 8, 2008 to Apr 27, 2008
  • Aired On:

    Saturday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 1,013 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1534
  • Popularity:

    #2436

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