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 9 people found this review helpful
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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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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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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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    Chiroi 7 days ago


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    fatima_july 14 days ago

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

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      JDRAMAFAN 2 days ago

      Thank u very much,ive been telling people the same think,LMH is the most overrated Korean actor ever if he didn't had the looks nobody will even watch any of his garbage dramas and im not going to get into the other one she's not worth my time,this are LMH fans reply after watching one of his dramas 'OMG THE BEST DRAMA EVER', SMH.

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    lee minho is da best

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    katrina21 21 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 22 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 29 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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    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 9,595 users)
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