One Well-Raised Daughter

One Well-Raised Daughter (2013)

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Jang Ha Na is the fourth daughter of the eldest son of a family that’s been making soy sauce for hundred of years. She has to dress up like a man because of their financial situation. The family needs a male representative for their soy sauce business. After giving birth to four daughters, they gave up for trying for the male heir and the fourth daughter will just have to pretend to read morebe a boy and act like a son within the family.

  • Native title:

    잘 키운 딸 하나
  • Also Known as:

    Jal Kiwoon Ddal Hana ; A Well Grown Daughter ; Well Brought Up Daughter Ha Na

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Oct 7, 2014
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.5
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
This was an average show with many many plot twists, bad music, bad acting and extremely unrealistic storytelling. But still, there was something that gave me the feels. I can say I enjoyed the mess. I often watched this show while cooking or doing something else, all important moments got repeated countless times so even if you miss a few episodes you won't miss anything.

If you can get past the woman read more hating in the beginning you will be awarded in the end. Good wins and bad gets to learn the lesson + a chance to redeem itself. No matter how I hated the baddies they were often the most interesting to watch and they were the ones who drove the plot forward. But God did I hate them, they made my blood boil and one of the reasons why I finished this drama was to see them suffer. The show gets boring at some point but there is always something refreshing happening all the time, never mind it's unrealistic and stupid. Just don't take this show too seriously.

Even though there was enough time to tie all loose ends some things were not explained properly. Anyway, the ending was decent no less. Personally I was a bit disappointed with the pairing, probably I am the only one who wished Hana to end up with that other guy.
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Aug 23, 2015
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Wasn't expecting much from this series as the plot seemed like something that would only be interesting for a while, but thought I'd give it a go at least till episode 20 (considering the 35 min episodes), however found it not only quite decent a drama instead up to around that episode, but after that I ended up really enjoying the series.


The main storyline regarding the female lead having to read more pretend to be male and trying to keep it a secret from others was quite intriguing a story, but what I particularly liked about it was the unconventional twist in the usual love rivalry story, as in the main love triangle it was two guys getting confused over their feelings for supposedly another guy but she was actually a girl.

I also thought it was great that even simple storylines and events happening throughout the drama, managed at times to be rather thrilling, such as when Ha Na/Eun Seong and Ra Gong were competing, and the horrible things that Ra Gong, his mother, grandmother, and sister got up to trying to ruin things for Eun Seong.

I furthermore really liked in general how the story mainly focused on the family and the family business, and although I hated the sexism of the family's old tradition, it was one of the main points of the drama anyway, to overcome that.

Characters and Acting:

One of the main things I liked so much about the drama, was that it had such a colourful array of characters, with so many vastly different and interesting personalities, I ended up liking and getting emotionally attached to virtually all of them.

The main three were all generally likeable characters and actors. I respected the tenaciousness of Jang Ha Na/Eun Seong (played by actress Park Han Byul) who went through and put up with a lot, and despite being very much feminine in appearance, she did well at putting on a more masculine persona when she was pretending to be male. Then later in the series, the steadfast strength and determination of an aspiring businesswoman, yet one with such care and loyalty to her family and traditions, and a bit of an innocence about her at the same time, was also portrayed well throughout the drama.

In regards to the lead male characters, I thought Seol Do Hyeon (Jung Eun Woo) was lovely and I liked how his character could be so sweet and gentle at times but totally emotional during others, and it was great that he was willing to act on his feelings towards Ha Na/Eun Seong rather than abide by expectations. I also liked how wonderfully expressive he was throughout the drama, and those scenes where he was angry or upset were so realistic and emotionally involving. The chemistry between Do Hyeon (Jung Eun Woo) and Ha Na (Park Han Byul) was great as well.

I also liked how the more earthy Han Yoon Chan (Lee Tae Gon) was secretly watching out for Eun Seong/Ha Na, trying to protect her, and how he helped her throughout the series.

There were some great supporting characters as well, especially the eccentric Do Eun (Han Yoo Yi), who is probably one of the best female characters I have come across in a Korean drama (although I have to say that during the first episode she was in I didn't like her at all, but my opinion soon changed as she quickly ended up a highly entertaining character). I also liked it how she became much more caring a character later in the series, and in general her expressiveness and lively nature throughout the drama.

Also Ha Na’s sister Ha Myung was adorable and actress Ha Jae Sook played her so well, and the wonderfully loyal and dependable Hwang So Soy Sauce’s Secretary Kim was a really nice character as well.

As for the antagonists, Im Chung Ran (Lee Hye Sook), her mother Byun Jong Soon (Kim Ji Young) and Jang Ra Gong (Kim Joo Young) were great characters and acted their parts well. Whilst I really hated them throughout and how unbelievably despicable they were, they nonetheless made great antagonists, and it was really good how they swapped and changed between being horrible characters yet being comical at other times, particularly later in the series. So instead of just being unlikeable characters, they instead were just as interesting and entertaining.


The first issue I had with the drama, was that the pre-birth and childhood episodes went on for much longer than necessary at the beginning, but they were, however, integral to the story anyway, setting certain main events in motion for the rest of the drama.

The other, and basically the main issue I had, was that whilst the drama had a good balance of family, potential romances, and business stuff earlier in the series up to about episode 50, after that the drama did become too preoccupied with the business storylines, and started to get rather repetitive. There were, however, some really nice romantic moments, some heartbreakingly sad moments, and a mix of some thrilling, comedy, and good moments as well, and although it did get disappointing and rather dull in the latter part of the series for a while, it did pick up again and had some great final episodes.

Drama Style:

As for the overall general style of the drama, in regards to both story and acting, it was definitely melodramatic at times, and some of the events in the drama seemed rather unbelievable, but from what I've read about the Makjang genre, which this was, this is all part of it, and to be honest, I loved it, it was such a breath of fresh air after all the rather bland and trying to be realistic stories, acting and characters, that have been in various other dramas that I've completed lately, that just failed to draw me in. Whereas this, it was much more gripping and absorbing, plus some of the melodrama by certain antagonistic characters made for some quite funny comedic moments as well.
Also by going beyond the norm of what is expected from certain situations in a drama, it made even the mundane much more interesting and enjoyable.


Whilst the majority was the typical type of music played in Korean dramas, I liked quite a few of the pieces of music in this drama, and thought they went well with each of the situations they were played during.

Rewatch Value:

Will definitely rewatch this drama, as even though I know the basic story, because particularly I liked the characters in this so much, it makes me want to go back to them and their stories again some time.


Whilst it certainly was a long drama, it was however often changing, between bad situations, tense moments, happy feel good moments, comedy, romance, etc, and despite my disappointment for a while later in the series, since it had such an interesting basic storyline, a wonderfully unconventional take on the love rivalry story, a great mix of characters, and an emotionally moving last few episodes, I thought it was an overall enjoyable drama.
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Cross dressing girl in historical settings. Like in Hana there is whole lot of drama and adventure.
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This show is also about a girl who dresses up as a guy to fulfill her dream and that's actually the only thing in common between the shows. If you like gender bender try this out. There is way less drama and more comedy.
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    Alice Jun 26, 2015

    That ending...

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    Alice Jun 26, 2015

    I am at ep 86 and all I can say is that I really hate Jang Ha Na.

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      hanguklover Jun 26, 2015


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      Alice Jun 26, 2015
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      hanguklover Jun 26, 2015

      Ummm yep I agree that at one point it became too much... I don't know if you like spoilers so I am keeping it simple xp... it will get better.. so persevere ^^

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    hanguklover Jun 21, 2015

    Where can I watch please??

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      hanguklover Jun 26, 2015

      Thanks a lot.. I actually found the link after I posted the request xp.. just finished it..

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    Reyna-Roma Jun 20, 2015

    This is the most underrated drama in the cross dressing gender. Han Byul's acting was the best i have seen so far as a male even though she looked too pretty to be a boy(like most idols) there where no feminime mannerisms and her gaze particularly when beating her hyung in a fight had the murderous look of the typical male testosterone fight.
    So if you skipped episodes please do not say the acting/drama sucked, because that is unfair, that is the same as going to a restaurant and eating the best meal of your life and just because the dessert was not up to par you say it was the worst meal of your life. Stay healthy and cheerios ^_^

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    SaraXD Jun 14, 2015

    My ship ship ship

    (sorry but I just can't)

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    SaraXD Jun 11, 2015

    my ship is sinking T_T

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    beloved89 Jun 2, 2015

    First of all, Park Han Byul is so freaking pretty - just had to get that out of my system!! While I personally imagined a much better ending and I did skip a lot, it's definitely not the worst drama I've seen. I watched this knowing that Park Han Byul and Jung Eun Woo started dating after this drama. I love watching the chemistry of real couples on screen :)

    Note: I would recommend watching this just to see Sul Do Eun (played by Han Yoo Yi). She is one of THE BEST characters I've ever seen - and if you look at my dramalist you'd know I've seen a lot. I looked forward to each episode just to see what she would do (or wear!) next. Seriously the reason why my rating was rather high for this drama. chemi-couple ftw. In fact, even if you don't watch the whole drama, just watch the parts with her!

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    Neyjour Apr 17, 2015

    Has anyone done proper English subs for the entire series? At DramaFire and DramaCool the English subs from about episode 60 onwards are just slightly better than gibberish... :( It looks like the Korean subs were just plugged into Google translate, and I'm having a really tough time trying to decipher it. Please let me know if there are better English subs somewhere out there, or if someone is maybe planning to fix them?

    EDIT: After doing some more spot-checking of episodes, it looks like the English subs start going "bad" at episode 40, and then around episode 60-ish they devolve into not-quite-gibberish. :(

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      Neyjour May 8, 2015

      Yeah, I'm really not sure what's up with this. I've never seen English subs this bad before. It seems that whoever picked up the series for translation at that point doesn't quite understand English and proper sentence structure. It's really, really weird... I've tried to watch several episodes past that point, to see if I can get used to it, but I just can't. Such a shame too, because I've been loving this series so far, but just can't enjoy it anymore because of this. Hopefully someone else will re-do the subs, or perhaps the person who did these will turn their subs over to someone else to fix them. *crosses fingers*

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      Rosie May 14, 2015

      I am downloading this drama from Asiatorrents it says the subs are from OneTVAsia are those same ones you are talking about being bad/gibberish after ep 40? Please let me know as I don't want to download this drama if that is the case.

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      Neyjour May 15, 2015

      I'm sorry Rosie, I have no idea who did the subs. Usually, subbers will include their name, website, or email, etc., in the subs, at the beginning and/or end of an episode. But these episodes don't have any info at all, with the exception of the ones I downloaded from DramaFire. They have "" at the beginning of the episodes, but I think that's just because they did the encoding, not the actual subbing. Same with the ones from DramaCool...they have their logo on all the episodes uploaded at their site. But neither one of those sites includes any information on the series page about who did the subbing. I think the only way to find out would be to contact them directly and ask where they got the subs from.

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      Rosie May 15, 2015

      Thanks for your reply. The version on asiatorrents are ok btw :)

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      Neyjour May 15, 2015

      You're welcome! And I'm SO glad to hear there are proper subs for the whole series! But unfortunately, I can't use torrents... Do you know if these (done by OneTVAsia) are available anywhere as regular downloads?

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    tiitek Nov 20, 2014

    I don't like the end couple not gonna watch that =.=

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    bertkhua Nov 15, 2014

    I thought this drama was boring but when I tried to watch it I couldn't stop to see the next episode.. I was totally hooked. this is the best cross-dressing drama that I ever watched........................

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    mera0 Oct 19, 2014

    i really liked who she ended up with and i only watched the last 22 ep but i really enjoyed it and didn't feel that i missed any thing

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    De1vSkm2 Sep 30, 2014

    This drama is so interesting! But my gosh, the evil second wife and grandmother are so hateful! Every time I see them on screen I just want to give them both a good slap

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    sophia Sep 26, 2014

    I really really love this show, I attached to Jang Hana, Seol DoHyun and Han YooChan characters. Since this is a long drama, I skipped through the first few episodes of younger version and when Hana is facing unfairness. This has 120 episodes, but the villains don't always win and it's good to watch fighting between Hana and evil brother and sister. I recommend people to watch if you tend to like family drama. But this drama got me hooked. Park HanByul is really pretty in this drama while Han Yoochan is a very manly and considerate guy for Hana.

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    MayanPanda Sep 6, 2014

    The writing was just bad and so was much of the acting, especially on the part of lead, Park Han Byul. However, after suspending all logic and reasoning, and accepting that the plot is ridiculous and contrived, I found this drama to be highly entertaining. It ended well,and that counts for a lot, especially after sitting through so many episodes.

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    MajaS Aug 8, 2014

    Is it good?


  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Dec 2, 2013 to May 30, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Duration:

    40 min.


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    7.1 (scored by 306 users)
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