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
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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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    kingsqueen 2 days ago - edited

    Joo Sang Wook was adorkable in this! He really made this drama for me and shines as Cha Jung Woo. (Plastic Flower! LOL) Cute cute cute drama! Didn't care for the 2nd lead guy - I thought he was too girly looking, especially next to JSW.

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      ArvisJaggamar 2 days ago

      So funny that the "Plastic Flower" line stands out for you as much as it does for me. Totally the most memorable moment of the show and very well done.

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    blacklatina 4 days ago

    The only thing I liked about this drama was the male lead...He's super manly and handsome!!! Story doesn't make sense, and it was boring and dragging, I found myself pressing the fast forward button during the entire drama.

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    elfudes 26 days ago - edited

    I never thought i was going to like this so much that i would rewatch 3 times when this airing xD.. well im rewatching some part again and its so much like 'Take Care (2014)' movie!! I really liked that movie too but there it was only 1side's fault..

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      kingsqueen 2 days ago

      I will have to check out Take Care. I haven't heard of it, but I loved CSL and rewatched my favorite scenes many times!

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    MokaAkashiya Apr 3, 2016

    there is nothing cunning about this whole thing

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    doramalover Feb 28, 2016
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    Taylor Feb 19, 2016

    Just finished it. LOVE IT<3

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    KamalHasan Feb 13, 2016

    any other dramas based on the same concept ??

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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 - edited

    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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      kingsqueen 2 days ago

      I agree with you! I have NO IDEA what his appeal was. I read the recaps of this drama on Dramabeans when I watched it, and the commenters there just LOVED him.

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      ArvisJaggamar 2 days ago

      Seriously, way too many comments here going "Second Lead Syndrome looool!" and me just being so annoyed. :P

      Honestly, I think he's popular because a) omgsocute, and b) he makes Ae Ra laugh a lot, early on. And considering her considerable suffering, it felt good to see her laugh.

      But you'd think that the people who like the guy would stop liking him after he TRIES TO TORPEDO HER LIFE just because she wasn't interested in him. That's the lowest of the low, really. Bordering on psychotic.

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      kingsqueen 2 days ago

      Totally agree! I thought he was girly looking (with those red lips) and way too young for her anyway. He had no idea what she'd been through in her life. She was leaps and bounds beyond him. I gagged listening to commenters call him "my puppy". BLECH!

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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

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 5,863 users)
  • Ranked:

    #818
  • Popularity:

    #125

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