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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8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Dec 24, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The story reminded me of Boys Over Flowers but without the extreme ups and downs. I still prefer Boys Over Flowers because that series caught your attention and had so many points in the stories that got emotional. I like both Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye but I think the story needed some work. I felt that the story was rushed without it being developed. But I did enjoy watching read more Heirs for its cuteness.
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May 19, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
I actually enjoyed this drama a lot. I knew what was coming: a cheesy school romance between rich and poor. But unlike other such dramas this felt rather light instead of being gloomy, depressing or annoying. There is nothing new to the story and it advances just like planned and just like you'd expect it to go, no surprises. So i guess this drama is good when you feel like watching this read more kind of high school romance. If you don't feel like that then you'd be bored.

What I liked a lot were the clothes, the pastel colors which gave the drama a dreamy feel and the settings like houses, shops and that kind of things. Everything looked and felt good. For the first time I actually felt like this about a Korean drama. . Okay, I must say Lee Min Ho did not look good with the pink lop gloss, seriously! The OST was great too, very young and hip, different in a sense it was pretty rock.

The plot was rather simple and now when I look back nothing really happened, but while watching it didn't feel boring. At first I thought the few first episodes when the main characters met in America were pretty useless but then I realized that it was brilliant to put the main characters into an environment where class differences didn't matter before putting them back into the poor and rich categories. They realized that it was possible to be free. I also liked how big brother's love story was mature and calm compared to Tan's fierce teenage feelings that were all over the place.

There were many characters and I wish their stories would have gotten more screen time. But then again one thing what I really liked about this drama was that the writer concentrated on the main couple instead of bringing in all other side characters too much. The focus was clear. Though, more school time would have been fun, instead of showing all the old people plotting against each other.

The ending was quiet realistic too, sort of open but good enough. We can't be sure if Tan's dream came true or not. But if it did then a lot of things must have happened, it couldn't come true just like that.

The cast was great and I liked everyone, except Park Shin Hye who is always really dull and boring.
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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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The main actor in both of them is Lee Min Ho. HE LOOKS REALLY GOOD IN BOTH OF THEM! <3333
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    zeinajune 1 day ago

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

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    Luni 21 days ago

    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 21 days ago

    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 22 days ago

    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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    luna 23 days ago

    this drama was so well praised and promoted but it was not what I expected when I started watching

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    The last episode just didnt do the job for me

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    camissw 28 days ago


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    CarviXX Jul 20, 2014

    Really people rate this with 10? OK, I don't believe in human race.

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    TakiyaGensan Jul 14, 2014

    My drama sleeping pill :)

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    Rouge Jul 12, 2014

    The most overrated drama of 2013. I Can Hear Your Voice was infinitely better in cast, story, and originality: I still have plenty of feels for I Can Hear Your Voice that I'm able to get rid of the bad after taste of this drama that never really got beyond the budding romance between the "rich boy meets poor girl" scenario and those that try and tear them a part. And that's it. The characters that were actually interesting were a side dish to the story: and that really bothered me because I really loved the secondary characters in this program. They should have gotten more of their stories heard. The Heirs was just mediocre and relied on their pretty girl/pretty boy cast to make up for the train wreck called let's just shove as many cliche's as we can about K-Drama's and spew it on screen (such as slapping someone when they "insult you" YOU KNOW WHO'S GUILTY IN THIS DRAMA if you've seen it). In addition, I am getting so tired of male leads demanding the attention of the female lead in such ridiculous, pushy ways. Like, doesn't grabbing wrists and arms leave bruises? That's not cute, it's assault. The lead couple in Heirs just wasn't...special, and I personally didn't think they had good on-screen chemistry like so many drama couples I've seen (like in Secret Garden or The Greatest Love). They were cute and somewhat convincing, but unlike in the Thai remake of Full House with Mike and Aom, Heirs was a failure in terms of making me COMPLETELY love their connection in the series. I have so many issues with this drama, and to this day I haven't watched the last episode nor have I updated my list. Just a disappointment. The writers stated beforehand that this wouldn't be anything like the K-Drama depiction of Boys Before Flowers, but what I think they did here is cleverly tweak elements of BBF which for a large part included the wealthy arrogant successors/heirs in a high school setting and the "star crossed" like feeling you get from the leads, alongside the second male lead syndrome which I totally felt in BBF. Overall, to be brutally honest this drama is meant to be at least a 50 episode one, not a 20 episode one since it had such a huge cast with tons of back stories that could have been explored. It could have had so much potential if it didn't reduce its plot and character development in such a limiting, and narrow way, such as the over the top sensationalist focus on the love triangle and back and forth "I don't love you" or "I love you so much but I have to let you go" or the "I only want you to see me" in the entire 20 episodes on this drama. OMG. I just needed to rant, sorry for the length. I couldn't bear writing a full review.

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    PrincessDrama Jul 10, 2014

    I liked the movie very much and I have sometimes cried with the actors, seem it hurt me when they have suffered, and I laughed together with  them. Those who have not finished the film and consider that you do not like, if you are fans of Lee Minho should finish watching it and then comment. The film has 10 **** <3 <3

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    joy_drama78 Jul 6, 2014

    I really did try to like this drama... but I HAD to stop midway through. I don't even remember what ep. I stopped on seriously. LMH kind of disappointed me here in this role in comparison to his awesome role in Faith w/ Kim Hee Sun. I hated the hype and like others don't think it lived up to it. It was too overrated and pretentious TT Furthermore, the only person(s) who made a lasting impression on me was Kim Woo Bin's character and of course Kang Haneul (who doesn't love him).

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    jxsilicon9 Jul 2, 2014

    I could not watch this show to the end. So terrible. I'm surprised by the popularity. Were people on drugs that made this show look better?

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      Sweety-Face Jul 3, 2014

      oh yes they love it the guys is rich and the girl is poor -_-
      the serie is full of shit

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    Esther Jul 2, 2014

    How can it be #1 in popularity??

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    tsuki16 Jun 30, 2014

    Why so much hate tho......?


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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 8,857 users)
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