Cunning Single Lady

Cunning Single Lady (2014)

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Ae-Ra is focused on her appearance as she believes it will lead her to a better life. She then meets Jung-Woo who studied engineering. They eventually get married, but they also get divorced. After their divorce, Ae-Ra goes through difficult times. Unlike Ae-Ra though, Jung-Woo becomes a successful IT developer and very wealthy. Ae-Ra then enters Jung-Woo's company in order to get back at him.

  • Native title:

    앙큼한 돌싱녀
  • Also Known as:

    Sly and Single Again ; Angkeumhan Dolsingnyeo ;

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BrightestStar
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Jun 23, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
That drama has nothing much original, and does a lot of things wrong, but does 2 things SO RIGHT it makes up for everything else.

First, our 2 main leads stay in line character throughout the drama. Their character grow, but in a more subtle way which is what I love most about them. Their coming back together is convincing because we get see little by little what made them separate in read more the first place, and we see how each one of them resolve the issues they had, and how it brings them back, only to be there for each other, and for no other reason. It feels organic and you're with them all the way, and they stay true to their character that you have come to love. In the end, you feel that it's a healthy relationship where both are equal and working together to make it work this time

Second, the comedy stays throughout the drama, up until the last episode. Each episode has a few funny scenes involving our male lead who can be adorably petty. He might be petty, but it was never done in a dramatic or serious way, but mostly in a comedic way. It's actually amazing for a korean drama since most rom-com turn melo half way through which annoys me in a way that I'm like "I didn't sign up for this". So basically this drama gives you what it promises in that sense.

If you are looking to watch a drama for those 2 reasons, then I'd recommend it. Its totally for you!

IF you are looking for a story about how a man turned millionaire overnight, or about details on smart business decisions, if you are looking for interesting 2nd leads that don't turn cliché and show growth and dignity, if you are looking for camaraderie or even bromance, well you won't be finding any of those things here. The bromance was sorta a let down but that wasn't the focus of the story ;)

Overall I really enjoyed the drama for the 2 reasons mentioned above even when everything else went crazy at one point (those are what FFW button is made for :P).
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palak
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Nov 30, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
When I started this drama, I was kind of prepared to hate the plot and leading lady. I mean, come on, the synopsis basically describes a gold digger taking a second shot at her husband after she finds out about his new success. But in the end I loved the drama! It was cute and an easy-watch. I wouldn't say it was extremely addictive, but it didn't drag much either. So it read more was one of those average feel-good dramas with a happy ending.

I loved Lee Min Jung here. And Joo Sang Wook, who I've only watched in Good Doctor and his role there was too different. L had a small supporting role but it was pretty cute too. In fact, this drama was overflowing with cute guys. And I'm nowhere near complaining. lol. The second leads here were extremely bearable. I mean, yeah, there was a point towards the end where I wanted to punch both of them for a moment. But it was flickering. And relatively they pretty good second leads. Not good enough to have second syndromes but good enough to develop a slight liking for them. The second lead girl especially was not a cold hearted bitch. I mean, she was shy and a bit gloomy because of her disability and her past. But she was nevertheless likeable.

The ending episode was super-sweet, with every character a bit of their own happy ending. Overall I would say while this drama is not something that would make you go, "wow best drama eveer" but at the same time you won't regret watching it and definitely won't throw popcorn at your screen. lol.
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Cunning Single Lady is a romcom and funny while Temptation of Wife belongs to the family tragedy genre? Not really similar but both seek revenge on their husbands and funny fact the later one was mentioned/parodied in CSL-
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Qin Zi Qi is very similar to Gook Seung Hyeon, both are heirs that have to go incognito into their own firm and the main female teaches them how life should be lived at work.
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    NWCDH Jan 7, 2016

    love drama

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    oyaji Jan 6, 2016 - edited

    i enjoyed this a lot with all the weird drama moments lolol
    the main male lead did excellent job portraying a dorky nerdy lover i enjoyed his acting the most

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      ArvisJaggamar Jan 6, 2016

      Oya, you and I generally agree on dramas and drama characters: what is your opinion on Seung Hyeon, the second male lead?

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      oyaji Jan 6, 2016

      He was too clingy , like he got rejected way too many times he was annoying as a character and his acting was not all that

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      ArvisJaggamar Jan 6, 2016

      I hated him for even more reasons than that (like trying to ruin Ae Ra's life and career), but for some reason he is super popular. I guess you just need to be "cute" and kdrama fans will excuse any horrible thing you do.

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      oyaji Jan 6, 2016

      He had sister complex all thru the series doubt he really understood if he loved ae ra or just wanted to manipulate hdr for his sisters sake. And i hate when a character gets rejected and he still tries foe hugs and skinship because thats awkward omg

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    ArvisJaggamar Nov 30, 2015

    This was so good. *sigh*
    Lee Min Jung is something special.

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    ArvisJaggamar Nov 20, 2015

    So... I've watched 14 episodes so far and I have to ask: why is the second male lead so popular in this show? The guy's a self-obsessed little twerp.

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    PorkBelly Oct 20, 2015

    Probably my favourite couple. I just love their relationship and interactions with each other! I have yet to get tired of watching their scenes over and over again. Makes me full so mushy inside

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    candlesgirl Sep 21, 2015

    LOVE IT <3

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    Fansugirl Sep 5, 2015 - edited
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      ykflower Sep 11, 2015 - edited
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      Fansugirl Sep 12, 2015

      haha okay, i guess I should give it a second try XD

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      ykflower Sep 12, 2015

      yea lol :D

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      ArvisJaggamar Nov 30, 2015

      So did you ever finish it?

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    elfudes Aug 23, 2015 - edited

    After watching this i cant help but feel like hear the same troll background sound when something awkward happened in my life XD lol

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    LuvK Aug 21, 2015

    I really love the main characters, they had me laughing so hard, or blush. Love the side characters and main girl family and best friend. Didn't like the seconds leads at all. Overall very good story and a good lesson in life.. Communication is everything in a relationship.

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    Bladey Aug 19, 2015 - edited

    I stil love those two. Were my favourite couple of 2014.

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    Hannah Aug 2, 2015 - edited
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      ArvisJaggamar Nov 30, 2015
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    Minapi May 28, 2015

    I love it!

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    Simplifica Mar 31, 2015 - edited

    2 things I can say ...

    1.title and synopsis are somewhat misleading XD I expect to see Ae Ra as manipulating and evil woman but what I got is a selfless angel <3
    2.this drama have SO many wrong ingredients (silly car accident; inconsistent writing quality etc) but somehow can compose it into an 'edible' and sometimes yummy drama moments.

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    CrazyBlonde Mar 12, 2015 - edited

    No matter what way you look at him, she was so wrong in divorcing him, if I were him, I'd never take her back, she was just plain cruel, then to go on TV and just degrade him the way she did, so implorible, I still can't believe there are women out there that are like her... Shameful...

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      ArvisJaggamar Nov 19, 2015
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      veetha29 Nov 23, 2015

      There are always two sides of a story. The few first episodes showed that the ex wife was so mean. But later they showed that the ex husband was wrong too. And he was too proud to say sorry to his ex wife because she didn't explain to him that she had miscarriage. He then felt sorry about this. In my opinion, this drama will end shortly if the man just says sorry at the beginning of the drama lol. Then there is no revenge and both will find another partner. Lol. That's my plot twist.

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      oyaji Jan 4, 2016 - edited
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    monika22_12 Mar 5, 2015 - edited

    Absolutely perfect drama :) Perfect plot, perfect cast, perfect sense of humour.
    I fell in love with it from first episode:) With each one episode I wanted to see more and more (So in this week I went sleep so late ).

    Fantastic series, I'm sure that I'll return to "CSL" in the nearest future. It's so close to an ideal :) 9/10 with pure heart

    Hey, directors and producers - That's how should look good drama. I hope that you will direct series as good as this. And you'll make it soon!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Feb 27, 2014 to Apr 24, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    55 min.

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  • Score:

    8.0 (scored by 5,430 users)
  • Ranked:

    #771
  • Popularity:

    #126

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