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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palak
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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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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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    beloved89 14 hours ago

    Good story. I liked the lead actors. But the chemistry just wasn't there...

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    steph_ravita 3 days ago

    Seo Kang Joon: plays Yiruma's A River Flows In You
    Me: That's it. it's settled. You are bae.

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    steph_ravita 24 days ago

    As much as I like Joo Sang Wook, my second male lead syndrome is acting up. Seo Kang Joon is just really, really good looking.

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    GetShock Jan 11, 2015

    Started really good then I got bored towards the end, I felt like it dragged a bit. I really liked the second male lead though. =)

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    Mivaaa Jan 11, 2015

    After wathing this one, paradise farm and Emergency Couple, I've seen the three (for me) most notible Kdrama's for using the divorced-couple-meet-again-and-fall-in-love storyline. And efter careful thinking, Paradise farm is by far less enjoyable than either Cunning Single Lady or Emergency Couple.
    There is much to say about this show. The main characters in charming in this one. You easly fall in love with them, at least I did. The difference for me is that the "love rivals" in emergency Couple is far more likable than in CSL, while watching I found Seung Hyeon and Yeo Jin to be getting on my nerves more than was needed. I did not have that feeling in Emergency Couple. The second leads where actually easier to like.
    However, when looking at the couple in CSL and also the story of it, I've come to see that however annoying the second leads are, CSL is still much more enjoyable for me. The two main characters go well together and you feel realness from the actors, whom had great chemistry together. I found myself watching episode after episode, so into the show I just had to know what happend.
    An lovable and enjoying series that is a must see!

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    Eos Jan 5, 2015
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      allyson Jan 26, 2015
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      Eos Jan 27, 2015

      I know right.. can't bring myself to finish this </3

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    meganjoy12 Jan 3, 2015

    Very cute drama took me 4 episodes to start loving it and I ended up watching all the episodes in a row. would probably be a typical 8 for me but I gave it a 9 because this drama made my like for joo sang wook turn into love

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    nisaamalia_ Dec 26, 2014

    Myungsoo oh

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    steph_ravita Dec 20, 2014

    Wondering if to try this because I can't seem to get enough of Joo Sang Wook in Birth of a Beauty! I just might.

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      lemondoodle Jan 8, 2015

      Dunno if you have or not, but he's super awesome and adorable in this (especially in the later part of it) and the OTP is great. Nice ending as well. Good romcom all around. Watch it for sure.

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      steph_ravita Jan 11, 2015

      I just might. Thanks for your input! :)

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      allyson Jan 26, 2015

      I had started Cunning Single Lady right when it finished airing and didn't make it past the first three episodes. But then I watched Birth of a Beauty and it made me want more of Joo Sang Wook, so I picked this up and ended up watching 9 episodes in one sitting :p It's good and he is super adorable in this drama as well!

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    Scorpio8 Nov 26, 2014

    sweet drama

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    rachso Nov 26, 2014

    the main lead was not a jerk like in most k dramas i loved it,

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    Nur Oct 24, 2014

    I watched because of Lee Min Jung. this drama was amazing. ı like when women became a strong in drama. and the end was just ı always want it <33 :))

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    Sora Oct 21, 2014

    first episode was AMAZING. im so glad i chose to watch this. the two leads are so cute together oh my god

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    milafanway Oct 11, 2014

    Why in Kdramaland siblings are psychos? Like........some people can't get a no for answer or what?

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    This drama was better than it looked. Good job Lee Min Jung! Her acting was better here than BOF. 8.5 is my rating. :)

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:

    7.9 (scored by 3,795 users)
  • Ranked:

    #634
  • Popularity:

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