The Heirs

The Heirs (2013)

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Kim Tan is heir to the Empire Group sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it's a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sang, who arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she's the daughter of his family's housekeeper. read moreWhen his fiancée Rachel Yoo arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty.

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Jan 25, 2014
  • Overall 3.0
  • Story 2.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 1.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Oh, this show. It was some type of addictive drug with terrible side effects. I always hated it, I never loved it, but I couldn't let it go for anything. I've learned a lesson, though. I won't fall for this cruel and mean trick ever again. Next time they stuff a show to the gills with so many extremely attractive faces, I'll know what's up. I'll know it's deceitful lure tactic and read more to stay away.

What started off as just your normal cliche' filled K-drama, appeared to be a pretty decent story. It seemed it could possibly surprise you a bit, and then you set yourself up with great expectations. Then, out of nowhere, the storyline starts to fall apart at the seams. It's like the writer wrote themselves into a corner just after the first five episodes. All this talent from actors... wasted on pathetic dialogue and pointless scenes. But worst of all, it went from just your usual amount of cliches to being riddled with cliches. Could they possibly get anymore in? Was there a contest for Drama With Most Cliches happening somewhere????

You remember in Dragonball Z how there would be almost like 5 minutes of the characters doing nothing but standing around staring at one another? Yea, that sucks. You know how 1 song plays on the radio 7 times in one day? Yea, but imagine that 1 song playing 7 times within just an hour... every... episode. A horrible, horrible song. No wait, a horrible, horrible chorus of a song THAT DOESN'T EVEN MAKE SENSE. A chorus of a song that will haunt you in your dreams and make you want to punch your computer screen as soon at you hear its impending arrival. Love cannot be the "moment" of anything!!! It's an emotion, damn you!

Something strange happened, though, and it's that I came to completely root for the bad character. This had nothing to do with how the story went, but with how well Kim Woo Bin played his character. If there would be any reason I'd have to recommend to you, dear reader, to watch this, It would be him. The chemistry between the two main characters was non-existent, and Park Shin Hye proved herself (at least to me) to have been a very poor casting selection for the role as she was dull and brought nothing to it. Lee Min Ho seemed to do much better in scenes with every other cast member besides her. Actually, most of the other actors showed fairly good effort in trying to work with what they were given. However, none of it can quite come together for the supporting roles if the main ones are so bad off.

Outside of Kim Woo Bin, other unexpected thefts of the spotlight for this show were: Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na; the wonderful dynamics between Kim Sung Ryung as Han Ki Ae and Kim Mi Kyung as Park Hui Nam; and Choi Jin Hyuk as the crown bearer Kim Won.

If you decide to watch this, go in with no expectations at all and understanding it will be hard to quit even if you find yourself hating it. It is, indeed, an addictive drug with bad side effects. You've been warned
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Apr 8, 2014
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
A suuuper long review coming up, brace yourselves... XD

This drama was the biggest disappointment of 2013. I started watching it because of all the hype around it and for the first two episodes, I was actually really excited. However, it soon became evident that this drama was not going to live up to the expectations that I held.

The very first sign of the drama going seriously downhill was LA. Don't read more get me wrong, it's a lovely city but the way Americans were portrayed was just painful. Yeah, I'm sure those kind of people exist in the USA, just like they do everywhere else in this world, but do they really need to rely so heavily on a couple of stereotypes they've picked up from American TV-shows? Ah, you might argue that this all builds up to the story and Kim Tan's character. But it doesn't. When Kim Tan goes back to Korea, he is completely different from his image in the US. He doesn't do drugs or drink or party or have sex with random girls... like seriously, where did that come from?

Plotwise the LA. sequence is also pretty irrelevant. Kim Tan and Chan Eun Sang could have easily met elsewhere and it would have worked just as well. They could have met in China or Japan or in, I don't know... Korea? Had they met in another Asian country, we wouldn't have had to hear that horrible, unrealistic English that was just another pain in the butt while watching. I feel like they included the LA. sequence to emphasize the luxurious lifestyle or coolness or credibility of the "rich kids", but quite frankly it did the exact opposite.

The next thing that had me doubting the show was Cha Eun Sang. She is by far, the worst character that I've ever seen in a Korean drama. I'm not hating on Park Shin Hye, she's just doing what's on the script, which is nothing more or less than crying about everything as if she was the most antagonized person in the world. The only thing she knows how to do is run away when things start going wrong, instead of fighting for herself. The only good part about this character were the short, very rare moments that she had Bona jealous over Chanyoung and somehow managed to turn that into her own advantage. All in all, I don't understand why two guys as hot and rich and popular as Kim Tan and Choi Young Do would ever waste their time courting her.

Kim Tan's character was also disappointing. Pretty much everything he does during the drama falls under one of these categories: 1. Declare your love for Cha Eun Sang 2. Pick a fight with Young Do. 3. Follow your brother around like a lost puppy. There isn't anything specifically wrong about him, but neither is there anything interesting in this character.

With all this being said about the two main characters, it is no wonder that I found myself more interested in their mothers than their own relationship. Tan's mother and Eun Sang's mother portray one of the sweetest friendships that's ever been seen in a drama. They bicker a lot and in the beginning seem to hate each other but it's actually shown in the end that they can't quite manage without each other. Their relationship was heartwarming.

The plot of the drama is very plain. When I read the summary for the first time, I was expecting to see some hardcore drama relating to business and possible corruption and political involvement and whatnot because come on, it's called "The Heirs", shouldn't it be a relevant part of the plot? Turns out, that no, no it doesn't. The drama relies on clichés and clichés only. There is the setting of poor girl and rich guy, bullying, teacher-student relationship, wrist grabbing, controlling and money-obsessed father, a "rich bitch", arranged marriage and banishment of the main character. There are too many "emotional" staring moments and not enough action. It's a bad baggage.

The music for the drama was good but I had to dock a few marks off it for a reason that I think everyone can guess. Love is the moment. That line double-ruined so many already ruined moments in the drama for me that I can't read a sentence with the words "The Heirs" and "OST" without cracking up laughing. The song is good, but they abused it and in all the wrong moments.

Now for the reasons that you should watch this drama. There aren't that many. Number 1: cast. Yes, the cast for the drama is great. Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin and Kim Ji Won are all promising young actors although I must say that Lee Min Ho disappointed me here. Maybe it was the character, but he's done better. But Kim Woo Bin and Kim Ji Won are amazing in their roles are Young Do and Rachel. There's Minhyuk, Hyungsik and Krystal representing idols and the ever-so-sexy Kang Ha Neul and Choi Jin Hyuk who make it that much easier to watch. If you're looking for reasons to watch, the cast is one of the only ones.

Other reasons to watch are Choi Young Do and Yoo Rachel. They are the two characters that bring us at least some kind of drama. We all knew this about Woo Bin already but once again he proved that he really is a great actor (much better than Min Ho, sorry). Although the character that he plays is fairly complicating, he captures the dimensions well. Young Do's character was pleasant to follow from the beginning to the end. Ji Won also proved herself for me in this drama. Previously I doubted her skills but as Rachel she was very convincing and actually grew to be my favorite character of the entire drama. Although there is little character development, at least the amount that we see is entertaining and she seems like a believable person.

The final reason to watch this drama are Lee Bona (Krystal) and Yoon Chanyoung (Minhyuk). They are the cutest couple you're going to find. Krystal definitely acts very exaggeratedly but she is cute and fun to watch and her interaction with Chanyoung is just adorable. Bona is also definitely the kindest of the characters, in her own special way. Also, thank you Krystal for saving the English in this drama!

So my final verdict is that The Heirs is not a drama worth watching. Obviously if you're a fan of some of the main actors you should (maybe) give it a go but otherwise, don't waste your time. I give this drama the total of 4/10. 1 point for Bona and Chanyoung, 1 point for Rachel and 2 for Young Do.
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    Ivana 26 days ago - edited

    my first kdrama and probably the worst one I have ever watched lol. female lead is so weak and whiny

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      Maham Tanveer 8 days ago

      damn you picked a bad one to be your first

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      Ivana 8 days ago

      Tell me about it ha. Luckily not all leading ladies of the kdrama are like this

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    Arwa Jul 19, 2017

    Ohk I know it's not tht gr8.... But I really m so addicted to it.... I binge watched it in 3 days.... I wasn't bored... I was totally entertained n so it's win win for me... Definitely has re-watch value for me

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    Brownie Jul 2, 2017 - edited

    This was recommended by a friend. It wasn't the worst drama I've seen but it wasn't the best either. Park Shin Hye can't kiss never mind act to say her life (sorry PSH lovers). I was more interested in Kang Min Hyuk and Kang Ha Neul's storylins.

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      Taylorgg12 Jul 6, 2017

      Her acting and kiss scenes get much better in Doctors.

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    Otps4Life Jun 30, 2017
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    MagnusFaith Jun 23, 2017

    Yo this is Boys Over Flowers 2.0 lol XD

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    Mimi Jun 20, 2017

    Loved it psh never disappoints, but literally tho I felt like Rachael was so annoying she acts like she doesn't care but is hella jealous n always try to act like she's right or deserves to be loved or some shit but all she did was be a bitch

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    potato May 29, 2017

    first k-drama and I loved it

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    Whiskas8 May 14, 2017 - edited

    Just okay. Typical romance between a rich boy and a poor girl. Entertaining, but forgettable. (I also hate fish kisses, so sorry for this blunt comment.)

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      MrBanana May 23, 2017

      Its just your average rich boy poor girl check-list kdrama.

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    xcrystalstarx May 11, 2017 - edited

    why is American acting so awkward in k-dramas? omg that Jay dude is sooo annoying LMAO I only watched 1 episode.. also hate Kim Woo Bin's hairstyle in this drama

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      Aya May 26, 2017

      Because koreans are profesionnal actors and foreigners in kdramas are just random people who auditioned for the role, that's why the contrast is so bizarre

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      xcrystalstarx May 27, 2017

      a lot of people hate the American stereotypes/acting in this. My point is why can't they just act more naturally... like the black cop was tolerable but the guy who played Jay was way too over-the-top/exaggerating -_-

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    Nancy May 10, 2017

    Kim ji won ,kim woo bin,choi jin hyuk......only reason to watch out this drama.....i like kim tan with rachel....
    Rachel is compatible with 3 stars of the drama-kim tan, yeong do,hyo shin
    I feel bad for her kim tan never treat her well...hurt her

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    LPA May 1, 2017

    I seriously don't get the low rated reviews here. I have watched this drama three times so far and love it. The actors were great although the storyline was a bit weak and unrealistic I did not like the offending portrayal of Americans nor the mother and daughter living in a small "closet-like" space in a gigantic mansion.

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    KimHyeEun Apr 25, 2017

    I was so disappointed with this drama. Started off fine but the story kept on coming back. There was nothing new to it. Really loved the attires though

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    Milica Apr 24, 2017

    My first K-drama... <333 Give me second lead syndrome <333

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    Kshitij Apr 24, 2017 - edited

    Mainly a testosterone battle between Kim Tan and Choi Young Do as they fight over a girl. Being full of cliches, it still is enjoyable. The amount of screen time to all the characters and their connections is handled pretty well. I won't say it's anything great but not bad either. The side characters make the show really worthwhile. Out of all, Kim Woo Bin's character had the most development and became really likeable towards the end. To sum it up, it is about young rich kids in one school, being jerks to each other with a nice but poor girl thrown in between and slowly developing relationships; so if you're a fan of high-school melodrama romance, give it a try. If not, leave it. Btw americans are simply painful to watch in it, lmao.

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    SungYeon Apr 21, 2017

    Lee min Ho is my hubby.I don't need anything else.


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    South Korea
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    Oct 9, 2013 to Dec 12, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 23,343 users)
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