The Incarnation of Money

The Incarnation of Money (2013)

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A drama based on law about money, love and passion. It is about lobbying, rebating, connecting and corruption of the Korean society through Lee Cha Don who loses everything because of money.
Lee Cha Don is a man who rises to the seat of a special branch prosecutor with the money of a loan shark, while Bok Jae In is the daughter of the loan shark who raises Lee Cha Don.

  • Native title:

    돈의 화신
  • Also Known as:

    Doneui Hwashin ; Money Incarnation

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Apr 21, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
With money, power and connections, what more will one need to become a formidable opponent? It is fun as our lead proves that no matter how strong this combination is, justice can still be served.

Story: True to its title, it has a continuous money-maneuverings blending with intrigue, humor, suspense; add a sprinkle of makjang elements, touching moments and lastly, a smartly-written revenge plot that will keep you hooked from beginning to read more end. The way the story handled prosecution battles and conspiracy within characters themselves will keep you engaged. It is funny, cute at times in the romantic side and can be felt more on the 2nd half of the drama. For me it was never boring throughout because there is a variation of tone the writers know how to execute in the story: if it’s funny, you’ll laugh and when it gets serious, you’ll like it best as it’s more solidly- awesome. The farther you get, the more gripping it gets. The ending gave me a huge smile on my face. All in all, Mission accomplished, plus more!

Acting/ Cast: Different in the sense that there is a minimal number of “real” good people here. At least 2-3 people and our lead is not even included. In this drama, the characters seemed realistic though. In terms of acting, I can say that all the characters are very well-portrayed by the casts and I felt connections on their characters from the start. Apart from Kang Ji Hwan who did great in his role – his expressions are loveable here; I also the loved the mom a lot played by Park Soon Chun, she simply shined in this! Though likeable from the start, Hwang Geung Eums’ character warmed to me also on the 2nd half, mainly because her character is stronger there. The supporting casts did a great job also, I loved the sidekicks! You'll love to hate the villains here, very well-thought characters written as well! Their battle of wits is one of the best things on this drama!

Music: It’s fitting. The instrumentals on the cliffhangers can really deliver the suspense!

Rewatch Value: Again, unlikely for me, simply because I rarely rewatch.

Overall: IoM marks my very first great and satisfying drama from the ones that started airing on 2013. If revenge is in your liking, don’t miss this!
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12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Sep 8, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Lately,I found it hard to finish the drama from the start till the end without a pause or watching another drama in the middle at the same time. But this drama really sucked me in from the first episode till the end.

I loved & enjoyed History of Salaryman and the fact that the same writers did The Incarnation of Money,it made me want to watch it. Thanks to many good reviews,this read more drama completely captured me. Talk about how the story is executed,mostly it has revenge element embedded, tragic life story of the main lead is a must.(If you're a fan of melo,revenge,heartbreaking drama you should watch this) From the start, You WILL ALWAYS find yourself take a pity on our lead guy here which is Lee Cha Don and hate to the core to our main villain,Ji Se Gwang.Ohh, only God knows how much I hate that JSG b****rd. Everytime he appeared,I feel like punching my lappy screen but I could'nt coz my lappy is my baby :P That Park Sang Min guy really did an awesome job as a villain in most of his drama,he got that face lol. I hate him in Scandal too. I think I had enough of his wickedness. Can I have another villain plz..(-.=)

Don't expect too much romance in this because it was sooo little & not the main focus. I myself could'nt get enough of Lee Cha Don & Bok Jae In love story. It was somewhat lack in romance element but it's like when you see that parts, you'll love it because it's not a cliche romance story & that compensate everything.All to say about the cast,everyone did a great job in acting.I personally love Yang Goo Shik character. He's soooo freaking funny with his face and all :D

The OST was also excellent & very pleasant to hear. I found it very compatible with the story.

Don't bother with my rewatch value rate. It always lower for me because I don't usually rewatch everything I've watched.

Overally, I have enjoyed alot watching this ^^
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    Lyrical May 31, 2014

    Is there Romance too?

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      RhopalocerA Jul 18, 2014

      Yes.But it's so little yet satisfying for me ^^

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    sara May 10, 2014

    amaaazing drama , one of the best

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    0hellgirl0 Apr 11, 2014

    my friend kept saying that i should watch this drama so i did in 2 days and i gave it 10*
    loved it

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    MinaVIP Apr 8, 2014

    This was the best melodrama of 2013 in my opinion :'3 I need to rewatch it soon >_< <3

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    TheraTD Jan 19, 2014

    I was disappointed at first, but started to enjoy it once I ignored the fact that it had the same creators of HSM and Giant.
    Great drama but not as quirky as HSM.

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    ForeverHN Jan 17, 2014

    Is this funny?

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      Ako Jan 17, 2014

      yes it is ! laughed so much while watching this, but it's also extremely interesting, it's a must-watch !

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      TheraTD Jan 19, 2014


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    MinaVIP Dec 14, 2013

    One of the best dramas of 2013 <3

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    newNY Nov 28, 2013

    The rating should be higher. Such a great drama

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    Kyyysa Sep 19, 2013
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    locurabella Sep 5, 2013

    I loved this drama. Best revenge drama that has you on the edge of your seat.

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    orangetree Aug 29, 2013

    Worth watching. Quite intense. Although some parts may be a bit far fetched.

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    Whit_eonni Aug 7, 2013

    This drama is a MASTERPIECE!!! The story was on point, amazing action from all the cast and just...WOW! I marathoned this and i look like a zombie! Definitely going on my top five! Now for Salaryman! xD

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    Mary28 Jul 21, 2013

    <br />i love this drama. when you start there's no stopping it's so addicting. I loved the whole cast, the drama was a masterpiece for me. I also loved Salaryman that's why I watched it.I recommend this to everyone although it was a crazy roller coaster, it was funny and definitely worth watching.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

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    Mary28 Jul 19, 2013

    this drama is really good; i'm currently in ep 8 and this drama is filled of money hungry bastards it's disgusting


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Feb 2, 2013 to Apr 21, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 1,090 users)
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