The Best Lee Soon Shin

The Best Lee Soon Shin (2013)

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Lee Soon Shin goes through hardships after the death of her father. Soon Shin and her mother struggle to find happiness. Her love story continues in the mist of ups and downs of her life.
Lee Soon Shin is the youngest member of a successful family. Despite her family′s successes, however, she seems to have failed to inherit any talent, and is marked as an oddball though she remains a bright, lively read moreand courageous girl. She then meets the head of an agency named Shin Joon Ho, and he turns her life around.
Shin Joon Ho is a confident, cold and competitive man who changes later after he begins to understand the real meaning of success through Lee Soon Shin

  • Native title:

    최고다 이순신
  • Also Known as:

    Lee Soon Shin Is The Best; Choegoda Isoonshin ; You're the Best Lee Soon Shin

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Dec 23, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The idea for "You're the Best, Lee Soon Shin" sounded right up my alley on paper- an underdog story with a heartwarming family dynamic at the center. Of course, the fact that it would have Jo Jung Suk in in was a pretty big plus. I honestly wasn't expecting much, however. I just wanted a drama that would entertain me for it's [incredibly] long run. I guess that was a bit too read more much to ask for?
Story: The story is hit-and-miss for me. The hits being the sisters and their adorable romances, the misses being the crazy mothers involved. It's actually kind of frustrating when you think of how much MORE time was spent on the mom's instead of the sisters. Really, if the drama had paid more attention to Lee Soon Shin, Yoo Shin and Hye Shin, then I probably would have given this a higher score. Instead, we got buckets full of frustrating mama-drama. Plus, Hye Shin and Jin Wook's story had so much ignored potential. In fact, a whole lot of side stories had ignored potential. It felt like the writer was just making this up as she went along without the foggiest idea of how much time she wanted to spend on story arcs.
Acting: So. Much. Wasted. Talent. Seriously. Jo Jung Suk was perfect here, but his character felt sorely underused. IU had a pretty decent break-out role, and I'm glad this drama was so popular, otherwise Jung Woo would have flown under everyone's radar for his awesome turn as Jin Wook.
Music: Like this drama, it was cute. But when the *same* song repeats the *same* word fifty thousand times at the end of *every* episode, I start to bang my head against the wall.
Rewatch Value: There were a lot of cute scenes in here that I'd like to rewatch, but I will never *ever* rewatch the entire thing. It just won't happen. I don't want to deal with premature hypertension.
Overall: My recommendation is that you have your finger on the fast-forward button while watching this. Otherwise, you're going to lose a lot of hair in the process.
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10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Nov 10, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Man... this drama was long.

For a 50 episode drama, there were still a lot of loop holes which got me scratching my head in a WTF manner.

Why can't the script writers make a solid character out of Lee Soon Shin? There was so much potential into the character which was instead wasted into having her in a constant inner turmoil and misunderstanding with her family. She kept on bailing out read more on her manager, then at work, then at her family. Watching her be like this was quite confusing because she's supposed to be the strong protagonist and this is supposed to be her story but instead her character felt faded. The supporting roles were so much more interesting to me than hers. Then there's also the main lead guy, Shin Joon Ho. I felt the same way for him like Lee Soon Shin, why did the guy have to run around and try fixing things but end up empty handed? He tries, but never really gets to resolve anything. These main characters are sad... their story are being much overshadowed by other elements. I blame the writers for this.

What made this show bearable to watch are the actors. If it hadn't been for IU and Jo Jung Suk as the main roles I wouldn't have the patience to finish this drama but since they are my bias and there were a lot of cute scenes (not just on the main leads but as well on the other characters), that made me rethink of dropping the drama. The supporting roles were quite interesting as well. They have brought balance to the story and made it watchable. The families were such a mess, but the three sister's different characters really brought this drama to life so I guess it is still worth the watch.

I couldn't say that this drama was great, but I would have to admit it was a good watch if you could get past the circling theme with long dragging plot lines full of cliche. It was an average drama, it made me laugh-cry-hate-love the characters but at the end of the day it's not something I would want to brag about or recommend to people. It's more of a drama that would let me pass time until I finish downloading that specific drama I have been pegging to watch.

When watching this drama, be mentally prepared that Lee Soon Shin's character isn't actually the best because the supporting roles were better.
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    BB78 Jul 17, 2014

    today i was looking for a drama to watch but all the good one i watched already and dramas that are ongoing i cant watch because of my curiosity... but then i thought why is IU soo damn good in acting and singing from all actresse and idols she loos like a normal girl.. her acting in this drama is superb because of this i watches this drama so often even though normally i dont rewatch!! IU thank you for being soo good in this drama and keep appearing in good dramas not just focus on music okay??
    this drama should have higher ratings!

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    florazhang Jul 14, 2014

    There were wayyyyy too many mental breakdowns for me. I mean it's okay if theres a few cuz of the father dying, but like every other episode theres a mental breakdown

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    Ahena Jun 24, 2014

    Hi guys, I need your help. I'm at ep 25 - it means I'm exactly in the middle of the drama. I want to ask - shall I continue? Is it going to be better or? I really hate dropping dramas.

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      nxia Jun 30, 2014

      Oh, you reached that part? xD No, she won't be mad at Soon Shin the whole drama

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      Ahena Jun 30, 2014

      Hh, ok. Thank you for reply :D

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      nxia Jun 30, 2014

      omg, sorry if that was a spoiler

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      Ahena Jun 30, 2014

      No no, it's ok. This is pretty prdictable. :D

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      Ginger Jul 10, 2014

      I'd say skip up till ep34

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    Qwenty Apr 26, 2014

    I was really addicted to this drama at the beginning, until the episode 35 it was so great but then;.. It disappointed me that the romance was so light and Lee Soon Shin's career so slow... At least, I discovered IU in a drama, and I have to admit she was absolutely adorable, i really liked her acting ;-)

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      BB78 Jul 17, 2014

      absolutely IU the normal girl shows every actress thats not just about looks! (although she is cute in her own way)

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      Qwenty Jul 19, 2014

      For me she's very pretty, i don't understand why koreans say she's not ... lol Anyway, I didnt like her in the drama "Pretty Boy", she was quite annoying ><

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      BB78 Jul 20, 2014

      yeah she is very pretty but not goddess pretyy very natural like girl from enxt door pretty! xD
      i was really excited about pretty boy but that drama wasnt good. it was annoiying and her role was not good. i was very dissappointed.

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    AnnGominho Mar 28, 2014

    Por que sempre arrumam uma maneira para o casalzinho se separar perto do final para só no final eles ficarem juntos de fato?? Me abuso!! rsrs Adorei ;) IU linda!!

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    mesuzuITA Feb 27, 2014

    what does makjang mean? Does it mean totally unexpected events?

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      sesimesi_momo Apr 20, 2014

      It means something that is too... extraordinary, too out of the world, things that almost never happen in real life

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      mesuzuITA Apr 21, 2014

      Thanks ^^

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    Youlie Feb 5, 2014

    I like both leads but I'm not sure if i should watch it... I mean 50 episodes means 50 hours... it a LONG time...

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    sternchen Jan 5, 2014

    Sorry, had to drop it after 3 eps. I usually don't mind ling dramas, but this one was just too slow paced. I don't even know how they manage to fill every episode with so little going on.

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    dummykid Oct 28, 2013

    I was planning to watch ths. But after I have red all your reviews, I felt like I thinking twice since the grade of the drama is just average.

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      Danya Nov 5, 2013

      Noo watch it :( you will not regret it :D

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    Danya Oct 21, 2013

    Great drama !!! One of the greatest !!! And IU's acting is sooo much better now !!! :)

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    Jun_ Oct 18, 2013

    This drama is good but it could have been much better. It is sad to see how they are constantly building the plot by creating misunderstandings and for example times where a character obviously should tell what truly happened but won't.

    This can work from time to time, but when you start to see every episode being like this it drags down the story and irritation sinks in.

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      JellyBean Nov 11, 2013

      The main leads have so much potential and the drama could have been shorter. I couldnt finish it lOL...

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      neptune Nov 24, 2013

      I know right... I got stuck at ep 44 and I'm not sure if I'll finish it, even with "only" 6 more eps to go :/

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      JellyBean Nov 27, 2013

      Yah..i stopped at 22 i think. I'm like is it deja vu? have i seen this part before? it's too repetitive. Love the characters thou...

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      neptune Nov 28, 2013

      I think I grew tired of the main heroine but I definitely liked the bakery guy and LSS's sisters. But yeah, the story became unattractive and too boring :/

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      JellyBean Nov 29, 2013

      AGREE :)

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    Izu Sep 29, 2013

    I love it <3 Great drama with a perfect ending, I can honestly recommend it :) I give this drama 9/10, nice memories, very pleasent to watch :)

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    hvnlyslayerangel Sep 3, 2013

    I really liked it. Overall it was a good drama. I gave it a 9. By the end, the mother was son-in-law deep, and that made me happy.

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    Maisweetlove Sep 3, 2013

    I loved it. I understand why people say that it dragged out a bit, but let us be honest: in real life, things don't happen fast either. The thing I liked about this drama was the level of reality (and of course some of its not-so-real, but funny parts). I gave it a 9 because although I enjoyed it immensely, I just wasn't that much in love with the drama. :)

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    Masquerade Aug 29, 2013
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      gigi Aug 30, 2013
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      0hellgirl0 Oct 15, 2013

      Jo Jung Suk is the only reason to watch this stupid story _._

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      Danya Oct 21, 2013

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  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Mar 9, 2013 to Aug 25, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 7 min.


  • Score:

    7.3 (scored by 2,189 users)
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