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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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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27 of 33 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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    mjudla 1 day ago

    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 14 days ago

    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 29 days ago

    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

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    carameltz Dec 20, 2014

    Delayed watching the show for a year cause of all those horrible reviews but it turned out to be a really pleasant surprise. Loved the show and the ost was pretty decent! This might not be the "best show ever!!1!!`!!!" but it definitely isn't half as bad as the reviews made it look like.

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    Shelly Dec 20, 2014

    It's ok. Time to rewatch this chingus! I mean like it won't hurt your eyes to jst watch for the cast. It'd be pleasure to our eyes to see these eye candies once again this winter break right?

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    tibbysd Nov 29, 2014

    i was so unbelievably ecstatic when i heard this drama was happening,i thought the first few eps where hopeful. first episodes of any drama are quite annoying to sit through sometimes so i gave it a chance anyway but it only got worse.. im only finishing it because i wanna add it to my completed list and id hate to think i watched 15 hours of it for nothing so i might as well finish it since it is a lee min ho drama. ill do a review when i get through it. theres too much i wanna say for the comments.

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    SilverCloud Nov 28, 2014

    Surprisingly enjoyable, particularly after the first few episodes. Plus Park Hyung Sik was adorable and always lightened the mood.

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    CmgKpop Nov 26, 2014

    I cannot comment on the whole series, because I could not get past the first episode, despite many reviews saying it does get better later. Too many cliches and cringe-worthy scenes in the USA, it actually gave me second-hand embarassment. It's unfortunate, because I love Minho, and PSH is doing great in Pinocchio right now..

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    hallyumentality Nov 25, 2014

    I was okay with the second half of the series. I don't hate this drama on any level, and to an extent, I'm thankful for Lee Min Ho's stalking because it was humorous for me and it allowed me to conjure up a nickname for him. The thing is, I want to give this a little bit of a higher rating than I did, but the first half was just so disengaging and boring that I had put it on hold until it was over. (I started it as it aired, but I waited and watched the last nine episodes about a week after it finished.) This is the sort of drama that you have to marathon to appreciate.

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    PrincessDrama Nov 23, 2014

    If you don't like the series then shut up and don't criticize the work of others.
    For my part this movie has 10 !!! Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye the bests forever <3

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      hallyumentality Nov 25, 2014

      Art is made to be criticized or loved. There is a lot people can find wrong with this drama, but people can also find things to love, and we all can express those things freely. It's nice that you can love this drama, because there was a lot of effort put into the making. Yay for appreciation :)

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    Christy Nov 12, 2014

    I only made it to the end because of Kim Woo Bin, the main couple drove me absolutely nuts.

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    DarkZone Nov 11, 2014

    I've seen 6 episodes and somehow I find it boring... I started it because of Lee Min Ho and popularity but ended up skipping many scenes... Don't know if I should continue to watch.


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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 10,690 users)
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