Cheongdamdong Alice

Cheongdamdong Alice (2012)

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Han Se Kyung is a young woman with a very positive character. Her motto is "effort will take me as far as I want to go". She wins many designing contests and finally joins a clothing company. But, at work, Han Se Kyung does errands and chores rather than design. Meanwhile, the wife of an upper management employment at the clothing company humiliates Han Se Kyung. The wife is actually a former read morehigh school classmate of Han Se Kyung who didn't do better than her in school. This makes Han Se Kyung look back on her life.

  • Native title:

    청담동 앨리스
  • Also Known as:

    Cheongdamdong Aelliseu

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Rule
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Feb 7, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Cheongdamdong Alice's synopsis was really interesting, topped with Park Shi Hoo, was a must see for me. When I started watching, it proved to be quite a disapointment for me.

Story: Well the basic story was interesting and different, but the writer didnt add much substance to it, I mean how can you stretch a story line which is good for about 10 episodes to 16, it kept going round and round read more endlessly. The main story was mild but the side stories were quite boring.

Acting: Park Shi Hoo was perfect as always, like most of his other dramas he does steal the show. Probably if it wasnt for his acting this drama would have been a disaster. He plays the cute and nutty character wonderfully as does he with the more serious role of the same character. The female lead I felt was not the right choice. I didnt much care for her acting, and mosty she has a blank and bland expression. Sadly another basic thing which was lacking was the chemistry. That was very lukewarm, rather cold actually.

Verdict: Nothing addictive about this one. If you are a PSH fan, then I guess you have to watch it. Others if you have time and nothing else to watch then give it a go but dont expect it to be like other PSH dramas.
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Aryael
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Jan 31, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Story: This drama has a rather 'dark' message. It is about how the society is biased - biased against those who are not born into the right family. The main character is a woman who believes that through hard work, she could make it in life. Despite being really good in her studies and a hardworker, she was constantly side-lined because she did not graduate from an overseas University and she is read more practically a nobody. After suffering a long and turbulent relationship with a man who comes from the same background as hers, she learned that the only way to the top is through connections and by snatching a rich husband. Hence, begun her Alice in Wonderland-like story. This story is a look at "the other side of the coin". It is easy for us to hate gold-diggers and call them names, but this story brings you the 'justification' why certain women became gold-diggers. At the end of it all, you'll find yourself cheering for the woman to succeed in snaring a rich husband and agreeing to all of her rationale for doing so. This is why, this drama has a 'dark' side to it. Younger viewers watch with care. You need not be a gold-digger to succeed in life. Heck - Tommy Hong (in the drama) did it and he did not marry a rich wife! One just need to be smart and not a straight arrow.

Acting/Cast: I was really excited for the drama when it first started showing but the biggest disappointment, unfortunately, is the acting. There is hardly any chemistry between the male and female leads. Hello! This is supposed to be a romantic love drama - not "let's have a big brotherly and sisterly hug and a very polite kiss and call that a chemistry" drama! I know that there are many ppl out there who likes MGY and thinks of her as a great actress but I am not one of them. I knew long ago, that she has her limitations in acting and for some reason, I do not consider her a beauty. Her acting in this drama is the worst so far. The male lead, PSH, was a saving grace with his ability to act childish at one moment and dead serious at another. He has proven that he is a versatile actor. Unfortunately, even he could not manufacture that sort of romantic chemistry with the "sad or happy-fake-smile-only" MGY. The drama could benefit from getting an older and more versatile actress. The other casts did great, but the extreme lack of chemistry between the leads killed it for me.

Music: The music is passable.

Rewatch value: For me, the first time is the last time. Glad I finished it, but don't think I would be re-watching it.

Overall: Passable entertainment. The IDEA of the story is interesting and has great potential but the lack of chemistry between the leads killed it.
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Girl somehow gets into affair with CEO of a fashion company who is really sweet, but she "betrays" his trust and she goes through trials ft. evil characters. CEO still loves her t/o drama but with change of heart.
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Same concept (recycling old folk tales), different vibe. Cinderella's sister twists around the story of Cinderella, making you sympathize with the sister in a melodramatic tale. Alice in Cheongdamdong gives Wonderland a Korean name, and the White Rabbit a very nice human body in a not-sure-if-comedy-or-what story.
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    claudya87 Apr 17, 2017

    It started good and then went downhill. After this series I started to see why people were saying that Moon Geun Young can't act. Her puppy eyes just ruined it for me..there's just as much as one can accept.

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      claudya87 Apr 17, 2017

      I think the White Rabbit was mostly referencing the person that will get her INSIDE the world of the rich rather than HER TARGET. This is why the rabbit is a minor character..No one cares about the rabbit..

      The truly important character is The Matter Hatter..the one who shows her THE true WORLD of the rich and that person is Cha Seung Jo.

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    Meowtastic Jun 29, 2016

    oh how much i agree with the comments below. SO BORING. Still cannot talk myself into continuing it... Stopped at episode 10. Whenever I start watching it I feel bad for wasting my time and I choose to turn it off once again. I guess it's time to move it to the "dropped" list.
    Maybe someday...

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    HaylieCharmz May 10, 2016

    It was BORING...there are a few comedy scenes.. but rest is either dark or just boring.. I dragged it on until I finished it..hoping it would end better cause I was hating the main girls charecter soo much... but the ending literally has the worst moral ever.... that "Loving someone because you need them and needing someone cause you love them is the same thing"... She didnt even properly apologize for lying to him just for his money...geez.. They shouldnt take a refrence to Alice in Wonderland and ruin it so bad

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    INFIRES May 1, 2016

    Didn't like it. I wanted to drop it so badly half way through but I just continued while skipping here and there.

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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016

    I remembered his company is called Artemis? Loving that name tho'. Yeah but it's kinda boring.

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    MaiconErick Dec 19, 2015 - edited

    I really want to drop it, it got SO boring after episode 8, I watched it nonstop (almost haha).
    The episode 10 almost killed me. So tedious. The ending of episode 10 makes me want to know what will happen, but I don't feel like watching another episode of this... It started really good, but got really boring. The OST is repetitive too. I don't know what I will do.. :/

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      Lily2PM Feb 28, 2016

      In all honesty I can't remember anything from this drama except for that I was so happy when it ended... I think after the 8th I started to read the summary of the episodes just so I don't have to watch it and because I don't like dropping a drama when I'm near the end...

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      INFIRES May 1, 2016

      Oh god same

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    Baqa Aug 30, 2015

    First 5-6 eps were okay, then it became unbarable. The main lead turns from a positive strong girl into a blank staring zombie with no own will at all and lets herself be pushed around and manipulated by cliche after cliche like a typical drama puppet. Dropped.

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    Celina Jul 21, 2015

    Really fabulous OST in this movie.

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    Bronte Mar 5, 2015

    Se Kyungs charecter was terrible and Geun Youngs acting was more terrible!

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    loli Dec 6, 2014

    الدراما للأسف لم تكن كما هو متوقع منها، القصة كانت جيدة في البداية ثم اتخذت بعد ذلك مسار آخر مختلف تماما.
    الأمر الجيد الوحيد هو park si hoo.
    استمتعت بمشاهدة شخصيته الكوميدية.

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    goatcheese Aug 7, 2014

    I watched it while it was airing. I really thought I would like it,the first few episode didn't disapointed me and I thought it was great but it got worse as it continued. I ended up not liking it that much.

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    ROSE Aug 6, 2014 - edited

    I dislike the female lead so I drop it

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      INFIRES May 1, 2016

      She's supposedly a popular child actress but I didn't like her appearance, looks, her character nor her acting.

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    Aquarial Jul 22, 2014 - edited

    It was so disappointing. Took me a month or so to finish it and I did it only because of Park Shi Hoo.

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      gaga Oct 6, 2015

      a month? im trying to make myself to watch the last 4 episodes for the past year and a half!! and im still not dropping it because of shi hoo. sigh... i want to stop tormenting myself when i see it on my watching list but then i remember shi hoo, i love his acting and i like his character here, the crazy part of his character.. ughh, im in such a dilemma...

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Dec 1, 2012 to Jan 27, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 8 min.

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  • Score:

    7.2 (scored by 6,162 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1825
  • Popularity:

    #795

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