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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    The Inheritors; The One Trying to Wear the Crown; Withstand the Weight – The Heirs; He Who Wears the Crown, Endure Its Weight; He Who Wishes To Wear the Crown, Endure Its Weight; Heirs

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Jun 19, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Being a newbie in the scene of Asian dramas, please take my review with a grain of salt. To date, 'The Heirs' is my 2nd completed drama with the first being 'Boys Over Flowers'.

Story : 6.0

I hear that the plot of a poor girl meeting a rich guy falling in love is pretty common among the romance genre. Nothing too unique, but I'm not saying that this wasn't done well. read more The drama itself can be called identical, yet completely different to something like Boys Over Flowers. Yes, the plot is the same, but they're done in completely different ways and it's easy to see that they stand apart from each other. If you're biased thinking you're just going to be re-watching 'Boys Over Flowers' again, you're wrong. The cliché plot was executed in an entertaining manner, thus it isn't rated as low as others have rated it in the past. Sadly, the last two or three episodes were very hard to get through as I felt they dragged along. The ending, however, was what saved the show for me. The ending has received mixed reviews, but I for one was a fan of it.

Acting/Cast : 7.5

Oh, MAN. Both of the dramas I've seen now have had Lee Min Ho playing one of the lead characters. I wasn't disappointed. I felt all of the were played nicely. Looking back I don't know how I got used to Geum Jan Di and her overly exaggerated expressions.. (Bleh..) Nevertheless, Kim Woo Bin has gained another fangirl with his bad-boy-with-a-kind-heart persona in this drama! Yes, the lead Cha Eun Sang, had very little to no character development, but I suppose this ties into the story. Their poverty keeps them strong and stubborn in the lands of change! I also developed feelings for Rachel and pretty much all of the characters as the drama went on as their characters were very enticing and snagged you in. This drama had some really great scenes that can't be ignored!

Music : 5.0

Oh.. Oh my god..

The first couple times the various songs played throughout the drama were okay. I thought they went along well with the scene and it was all good and fun. By the end of the drama these songs were so overused I'm just sitting there with a blank expression on my face. "GOD, JUST LET THIS SCENE BE DONE!" Good song choice. I wish there were more soundtracks in dramas period so they aren't forced to be using the same couple songs over and over and over again.

Rewatch Value : 7.0

Despite all of the flaws and faults this drama may have, I'd certainly rewatch it. Yes, it's a little long, but I felt that it was good enough to deserve to be rewatched later on in the future. I hope you find the drama good enough to reach that standard as well.

Overall : 8.0 / 10.00

I hope you found my first review helpful. Please enjoy the drama!
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Aug 6, 2014
  • Overall 4.5
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 2.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
"The Heirs" - i.e: how many cliches can be fit into one drama? I'm honestly quite disappointed, because they had such a great cast but the plot fell flat after about episode 4. I dragged myself to the end of this drama because I had heard so many positive reviews about it. But sadly, as it dragged on, it only got worse. You've certainly seen everything in this drama before, and read more done better, too.

For the lead character, Chan Eun Sang was horribly underdeveloped and lacked any depth. I had hope at first because she was a bit different to the 'completely kind hearted, unselfish poor girl who looked after her family', but I felt like they never bothered exploring beyond her being bitter about her situation. It honestly got to the point where I couldn't watch scenes with her in it without rolling my eyes. I had a similar problem with Kim Tan. Their characters were horribly bland. Tan's storyline was slightly more interesting, but only because of his family.

I was more interested in the side characters than any of the mains. One thing I did like about this drama was the relationship between Eun Sang's mother and the Mistress. Their scenes always made me laugh, and they had quite a warming relationship with each other as the Mistresses life got turned around. Hyo Shin was nice to see on screen, too, but was yet another character that didn't get the screen time they deserved. I don't really have any issues with any of the acting. I thought everyone did very well--except for Park Shin Hye, but then again I'm not sure if that's the way they told her to play her character, or.

I am never listening to "love is the moment" in my life again. Ever.
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poor girl rich boy
a smilliar story but this one is more focus in the heirs but a smiliar general thing !!!
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    modupe fagbohun 3 days ago

    Lee min ho and park shin hye ends up together but that didn't change anything in school . Kim tans brother got all the properties he wants but lived a bitter life always crying in his study. The story ends with Kim tan wish that after ten years they all gather together have a party and live like nothing has changed. Movie ended with my lee min ho and park dhin hye kissing

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    Saya1987 4 days ago

    at episode 08 and enjoying it, its Cliche's but kind of relaxing to watch, my brain isn't too occupied and I don't get too emotional or stressed out. I've seen couple of great, but stressful Drama's, so I needed something lighter, I needed a break

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    Kate 6 days ago

    It's been a while since I finished this drama but I think I can finally put a finger to why I enjoyed it. Firstly, I came in with almost no expectations because of all the claims that it's “overrated" and "trash" (which I think is an overstatement itself). Secondly and mainly, the lens I view this drama through. If you are hoping for a lovely romance story, then this will probably fall flat because honestly, there's so many better realistic romance dramas out there BUT if you come in looking for a comedy and pure entertainment with cute eye candies, I think you would enjoy this a lot, like I did :)

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    Jishubunny 12 days ago

    Typical rich person and poor person in a relationship. It was still pretty enjoyable though dragging at times. I actually liked a lot of supporting/extra characters more than the main couple. I also especially liked Yeong Do's (Kim Wonbin) character in here and how it developed from the start to the end. The ending was okay, but it could have been better.

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    Nidhi 16 days ago

    I don't know why but I feel so angry watching this drama. I had to literally force myself to finish this drama. I don't know how people liked this drama so much. I felt like the story was going nowhere. It just seemed to go around in circles. I wish I had good thing to say about this drama. I really wish I did. Wait I do. From all the cast members I thought Kim Mi Kyung, Kim Woo Bin and Lee Min Ho's acting were really good. Apart from Lee Min Ho's character I loved Kim Mi Kyung and Kim Woo Bin's characters.

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    Cool 28 days ago

    seriously overrated. period..

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    Pratyusha Sep 4, 2015

    you know what? i actually liked it after all. it wasnt so bad. ive seen worse dramas with better ratings. even though there was a lot of angst and the main couple had more angsty moments than lovey-dovey ones, lee min ho and park shin hye somehow managed to pull it off. though honestly cha eun sang's character annoyed me sometimes, overall i dont regret watching it at all. the way kim tan falls hard for eun sang and stays there and is ready to do anything for her....... come on! who wouldnt love that :D even if its not going to win any awards for its originality, its one of my personal favourites now

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      Ash Sep 4, 2015

      Yaaay. I'm happy to see more people enjoying it at face value, instead of trying to find some secret message in the plot. It's just straight up fun and angsty, which is what you need sometimes.

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      Pratyusha Sep 4, 2015

      yeah. You need a break from stories like Kill Me Heal Me amd Mask and the like sometimes, cause though they are some of my absolute favourites, the suspence about killed me a million little times while i was watching them. Sometimes, what you need is some good old cliched romance dramas to pick yourself up.

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    Pratyusha Sep 4, 2015

    Decided to watch finally watch The Heirs despite the low ratings, just so i could evaluate it myself. Hope i don't regret it :D

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    Naya Watkins Aug 30, 2015

    I'm sorry
    I seriously have nothing else to say but
    This drama was just too Basic to even digest
    It was good at first but then just got worse and worse
    all that hype for nothing

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 27, 2015

    Terrible. And what was with that ending?

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    Hunter Aug 14, 2015

    Seems like there was a tsunami of 'haters' while this was airing? Can't understand it. Actually the very slow,' one step forward, two steps back romance of these high-school students made sense for me…and I think it touched anyone who remembers their first love. I agree, it was better than Boys Over Flowers. Park Shin Hye's character showed courage by forcing herself to stay by his side in a very hostile environment. Loved Kim Tan and his brother, bromance as it developed. I always like a happy ending1

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    Ash Aug 12, 2015

    Heirs is everything I wanted Boys Over Flowers to be. One giant cliche with cute, fairly fast paced romance. I mean it's not international prize winner, but I'm not hating it. It's cute, for what it is, and definitely worth it if this is your schtick.

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      Pratyusha Sep 4, 2015

      thats exactly what i wanted to say, and i did say it. only then did i see ur comment :D

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    ryubin Aug 9, 2015

    I think I like the drama more because I had such low expectations because of all the negative reviews lol. I have to say, imo atleast, it isn't that bad. well I'll just keep watching and see..

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    harukae Aug 7, 2015

    Park Shin Hye is the Asian Kristen Stewart..

    Despite that, I really liked The Heirs when I watched it almost two years ago.
    It was on of the first kdramas I'd ever watched. I don't know If I'd still feel the same way watching it again now that I'm more familiar with dramaland, but really, I don't understand why it's getting THAT much hate.

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      jxsilicon9 16 days ago

      That's actually Shin Se Kyung. Shin Hye actually has some good performances. Shin Se Kyung has two expressions like Kristen Stewart.

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    MiaMichelle Aug 6, 2015

    I absolutely loved this drama! Wish it would have a second season, but won't get my hopes up. Either way I was satisfied with it and really loved the cast. Will definitely follow up on any other shows they act in.


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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 13,945 users)
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