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.

  • Native title:

    상속자들
  • Also Known as:

    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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Aug 6, 2014
  • Overall 4.5
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 2.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Story:
"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.

Cast/Acting:
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.

Music:
I am never listening to "love is the moment" in my life again. Ever.
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LostinSubtitles
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Jun 17, 2014
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 4.5
  • Acting/Cast 5.5
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Picture this. A beautiful, nicely decorated cupcake is sitting right in front of you. Its sweet smell is hypnotizing you, and that icing is just calling out your name, telling you to take a bite.
And you do.
Only to spit out a stale piece of rotten, bland bread.
That's the only way I can describe Heirs.
It had a promising cast, promising writers (the same as Secret Garden), and a great read more budget. But once the episodes began rolling, you got a taste of the dry product.
Anticlimactic plot, the drama missed some sparkles, the romance was roll-eye worthy, and the humor was cheesy.
Bland, irrational characters. I never understood why two guys were vying for the annoying, wimpy Eun Sang. Kim Tan was as 1-dimensional as it could get. And why the hell did Kim Woo Bin's character turn against Kim Tan? I never fully comprehended that.
Incredibly sucky acting (I'm looking at you Lee Min Ho), perhaps Kim Woo Bin and Kim Tan's biological mom were the only rescuable ones. Oh, and they also wasted Choi Jin Hyuk's acting.
And to top it all off, as unoriginal as it could get. It was obvious they wanted to recreate an entertaining mess a la Boys Over Flowers, but they sort of missed out the entertaining factor.
I usually try to find a positive point in this drama, but even the OST was annoying.
Pass this drama.
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    i say um it is a very beautiful drama poor and rich love each other they meet in los angeles ive seen this in taping in los angeles i love lee minho but the most that i like that lee minhos movie is mackarel run boys before flower personal preference city hunter and love at first line and the one and only you epilouge and filming gangnam blues i like park shin hye but the most that i like is ku hye sun in bbf i say it is a beautiful drama it is very touching of heart.,...

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    i say um it is a very beautiful drama poor and rich love each other they meet in los angeles ive seen this in taping in los angeles i love lee minho but the most that i like that lee minhos movie is mackarel run boys before flower personal preference city hunter and love at first line and the one and only you epilouge and filming gangnam blues i like park shin hye but the most that i like is ku hye sun in bbf i say it is a beautiful drama it is very touching of heart.,...

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    All-time fav drama ever.. lee min ho rocks.<3 < 3

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    Bodea 11 days ago

    This wasn't anything special, but when I started watching it, I was in the mood for something like this. It was repetitive in parts and I personally loved Choi Young Do more, but it wrapped up nicely. It was cute.

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    gumix 12 days ago

    I've watched this drama in a few days, was quite easy to watch, not a complicated plot, love story, the bad gay is the second male lead and that's preety awesome. As for the characters well as many of you already said no chemistry between LMH and PSH i mean seriously PSH that's how you kiss? That's how you react when no one than LMH kisses you? Those scenes were terrbile and even their love story. If you can get over that well watch it because Krystal, Wo Bin and Minhyuk are awesome in this drama! I totally love them. Minhyuk is of course the cute good guy, Wo Bin si the bad guy with a sad past and Krystal well her character is intersting. At first she is a bitch but that's just a mask because she's actually a good girl and she helps PSH a lot.

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    Yoma Elghonemy 13 days ago

    i watched it more than 6 times i love this couple and the drama it was so funny,romantic and the songs love it i miss it soo much i want a new drama with them again <3

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    kit1186 18 days ago

    Man the only couple I cared about in this drama was Min Hyuk and Krystal

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    monika22_12 24 days ago

    I've finished this drama two weeks ago, maybe earlier. After watching I had been very dissapointed of drama's ending and thinking that it's an average drama
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    But, for now, while I thinking about it, it seems much more better. After I'd completed the whole drama I gave to it only 6/10. But while time is passing, the drama seems funnier and better. Maybe because I've been forgetting gradually about bad things: dissapointing ending and some unexpected and undesirable plot twist. Now I remember mainly the good scenes and remind HEIRS warm. And I've changed my note to higher :)

    Little about HEIRS. It's a classic school drama (you know: rich boy, poor girl), about young people with a little to big problems (sometimes they are unreal, but hey! It's drama, what do you expect for? :)) , but still worth to watch it. Please, enjoy with it. I recommend it for you with a pure heart.
    Fighting! :)

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    Martelli 25 days ago

    I gave it quite a high score as it was easy to watch and I did not suffer really LOL....it was quite funny as well...the story was not that good, but what got me through so easily was the amount of handsome guys in this drama. Yes, the cute guys held it together for me haha
    I did not like Park Shin Hye as usual, I really cannot believe she can play a character that is not pathetic...oh well, everytime it is the same...
    And Myungsoo was like a cutie-pie I wanna take home with me :D :D
    Also I really liked the father-son relationship of Chan Yeong and his dad.

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    mjudla Jan 27, 2015

    there are still 3eps for me to go, but I've watched the most of it and I LOVE this show! that OST, those characters! everyone is a cutie!

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    isuru Jan 14, 2015

    Whoo I applaud myself for finally finishing this drama, took me a while but I'm glad I have this completed. I must admit I was entertained by this drama with the sometimes thrown in funny scenes with the side characters high school students, I have to say Myungsoo and Youngdo were my fave characters xD
    Otherwise I fast forwarded a lot of the scenes. It was dry hot mess, no doubt Park Shin Hye and Lee Minho scenes were the most boring, Krystal and Minhyuk as the couple were more interesting to watch. I think Eunsang and Youngdo have more chemistry together.

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    tibbysd Dec 30, 2014

    FINALLY got through this drama. so happy to be done with it. it was stale af but i had to finish it to get it off my list

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    heartbreaker17 Dec 27, 2014

    The story is blah..... waste

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    bhumka sharma Dec 27, 2014

    The storyline was good but the execution was not upto the mark. the emotions were bit dull but still watching Lee Min Ho in any role gives pleasure to my eyes. the best part was the relation between tan's mother and her personal maid.

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    YooHae96 Dec 22, 2014

    Overrated, zero chemistry between the leads, I wonder why.
    Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk (he's mine!!) do have amazing chemistry in "Pinocchio" btw

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 11,215 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1231
  • Popularity:

    #14

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