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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29 of 36 people found this review helpful
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Apr 8, 2014
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Overall, I don't find this drama attractive to me. What people love about this drama is actually the casts, which I do agree since I watched finish this drama because of Woobin and more. However, the story plot is just simply too boring, or should I say, common. It is just a normal story of a poor girl who falls in love with a rich guy and together, they faced problems due read more to the difference in their social status. Furthermore, they focused too much on the main leads that there is not enough space for the other casts like Haneul, Hyungsik, Krystal and Minhyuk to elaborate more on their characters.
However, on the other hand, I like the acting especially Woobin's. The part when he reunites with his mother just simply touched me - the only scene I cried throughout the whole show.
In conclusion, I won't find this drama that worth to watch unless you are a fan of any of the main casts.
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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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This drama's main lead is also Lee Min Ho. And this drama is also about a rich boy meeting a girl with charisma and eventually ending up loving her.
This drama has a better "rich-boy-meets-poor-girl"-concept than The Heirs did. It's more realistic and heart wrecking.
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    fatima_july 6 days ago

    lee min ho and park shin hye are the king and queen of overrated actors

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    lee minho is da best

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    katrina21 14 days ago

    well just finish the drama and yeah it was OK like another typical rich/poor high school drama. i hope this is lee min ho LAST high school drama. dont get me wrong i love him but i would LOVE to see him do other genre of drama like thriller, horror, another sangeuk (hope i spell that right) ANYTHING. but i gave this drama a 6. great cast but same plot

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    ahtaena 14 days ago

    It 's actually a very good drama and surprisingly i didn't fastforward any of scenes, don't pay attention to the comments and just watch and evaluate it by yourself, I postpone watching it because if the bad comments but I'm glad that I finally have watched it, very decent drama....

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    Keren Sep 21, 2014

    I'm probably the only one who actually liked this drama. And in seocnd watch, I even liked it a little better. I know it was far from perfect especially the plotline (it wasn't anything special or new) but other than that, I pretty much liked everything else about it. Most of the cast acted well, it was well written (anyone who knows/likes Kim Eun Sook previous works, could feel her touch in the dialogues), the soundtrack was wonderful and despite what others think, in my opinion, Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye made a good couple. I don't know why I liked it when so many others didn't. Maybe it's because I didn't have high expectations to begin with.

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      MelanieFigueiredo 21 days ago

      I liked it too. I know, it isn't the greatest story ever but the cast made it well. But most of those who watch the drama only notice the negative points ..

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    firiel Sep 20, 2014

    Well, I'm surprised how boring this drama can be...
    But love Kim Woo Bin. A superhero to me for being able to make something good out of the hopeless script...

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    onewbaby Sep 8, 2014

    why does every drama/movie hire the worst possible english actor they can find

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    MinaVIP Sep 7, 2014

    The only good thing about this drama...was Kim Woo Bin and Kim Ji Won....(just my opinion though)

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    Carmen alexandra Sep 2, 2014

    I didn't really liked it... though i love LMH and PSH but idk why... it didn't have that "something" that makes you watch all the episodes in 1 night and it was kinda boring at some parts.... but i learned that LOOOVEEE IS THE MOOOMEEENT !!!!

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      jonssister Sep 19, 2014

      Yeah you did. I bet you could play a drinking game to that. I don't understand why they used that song so much. Sometimes it wasn't even an appropriate time to play that song.

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    YooHae96 Aug 31, 2014

    I....almost do hate this Drama -.- it made me lost my interest and sympathie in Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho ...
    I need to watch some other dramas of them to make me remeber why they were once my favorite actor and actress

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    Lucy Aug 26, 2014

    I dropped this drama only because of Park Shin Hae! OK, now I just can't stand her. I'm really tired of seeing her face so often in dramas. God, I swear this was my last drama with her. Sorry Min Ho, I love you <3

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      serap Sep 16, 2014

      I was going to say the same thing. I cant understand why people praise her so much. She has got to be the worst actor I have ever seen. She ruined so many great dramas for me, like this one. The only drama where I feel like she actually tried was in Heartstrings, but in that one we had to listen to her terrible singing voice :s

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    zeinajune Aug 19, 2014

    they have some sparks. Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye <3

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    Luni Jul 29, 2014

    Dá muita preguiça de dramas que tem sempre a mesma premissa: rico VS pobre + amor + problemas na família + alguém mete a colher no romance central. Muito sem sal isso. x(

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    StellarJ Jul 29, 2014

    I like all of the actors but I didn't love the drama. The supporting character's stories were SO much better than the main and weren't even explored. So even though I watched it while it aired and tuned in every week, I was sooo happy when it was finally over, haha.

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    ROSE Jul 29, 2014

    overrated , same rich poor love story with million twists I'm addicted to LMH and PSH
    but this drama wasn't good at all


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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 9,518 users)
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