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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kekelly
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May 10, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
Overall, I enjoyed watching this drama. There were moments that made you laugh and there were also moments that made you cry. At the beginning of this drama, I wasn't pleased at all. For the first four episodes, I completely hated how twisted both Ae Ra and Jung Woo were. Ae Ra, with her childish and petty revenge schemes and Jung Woo, who was cold and cruel and only thought of his read more point of view. Somehow I managed to get past these episodes and continue watching. I'm glad I did because this drama and its characters began to grow on me.

Story - The story is pretty simple. A woman and a man divorce because of monetary issues and stress (and a few other problems that I can't spoil). There wasn't anything really special or unique but I liked the way the story was conveyed. One annoying thing was the misunderstandings between the characters in the drama. They were sooooo annoying. The pace of the drama was okay, I don't remember there being any draggy parts. At first I didn't really find the show funny because of the depressing beginning but when I kept watching, there were definitely moments where I laughed really hard c:

Characters - Here's where I have a lot to say! Even though I disliked both Ae Ra and Jung Woo at first, as the story progressed I was able to understand both of them more. They both made mistakes, it wasn't one person's fault. Character development was great in this drama. At first I felt like Jung Woo's transformation was completely unrealistic. I was thinking "What the heck. How can such a dorky and sweet guy turn into such wicked jerk? Sure, he has a right to be upset but he's going way too far". Well it turns out, Jung Woo didn't change as much as it seemed. He was actually still a complete dork LOL. I found his dorkiness so funny and adorable and soon it felt like Ae Ra who I thought was the immature one was actually the mature one in their relationship. I began to understand Ae Ra too, why she divorced him and how she felt about it. My original opinion of her changed drastically and I began to really love her and Jung Woo as characters, both of them were hurt by the divorce. The antagonists in this drama were the worst though. I hated how they made the second leading woman all nice and sweet at first and turn her evil (like in every other drama). I honestly expected it anyways so I wasn't too upset. The dad was pretty typical too. What I REALLY hated was how they messed up Seung Hyun. I loved his character until the writers tampered with it and turned him into a completely different person. He became annoying and frustratingly selfish ugh. Then there's the people that work in the company with Ae Ra. Most of them were pretty rude and mean but they (kinda) got better. It was pretty upsetting to see so many annoying supporting and second lead characters.

Acting/Cast - I liked the cast. Lee Min Jung is really beautiful and I think she played Ae Ra well. Joo Sang Wook was also good at playing Jung Woo, I liked him and found him a lot more attractive than I did in another drama he played in. This is the second drama I've seen both Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook in but the first I've seen them in leading roles.

Music - It was okay, I liked some songs and I can't really remember others much. It wasn't too memorable.

Rewatch value - I'd rewatch the funny parts, probably the funny parts with Jung Woo and Ae Ra. "I have plastic flower!" LOLOL, if you watch it you'll know what I'm talking about. xD

Overall - It was very enjoyable after I got past the beginning episodes and I liked it. 16 episodes, not too long and perfect for this drama. I wasn't very fond of the beginning and it wasn't anything really special and I didn't really have many squeal-worthy moments so that's why I gave it a 7.5/10. If you like divorce stories where the couple makes up, I'd recommend this to you. ^w^
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    Sora 2 days ago

    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 12 days ago

    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. :)

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    lettuceloveHJ Aug 21, 2014

    I was prepared to not like this drama but it was worth marathon-watching and I gave it a 7.5 rating. This was the first time I've seen JSW and I adored him as this male lead character. As for LMJ, I saw her once before in BOF and didn't like her acting then but was proven wrong in this production. I was also pleasantly surprised at how good SKJ was as the second male lead. This story was full of cuteness overload and I recommend you watch it.

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    Mary28 Aug 8, 2014

    Even though I put it on hold for a while, I finally completed it. It was so much fun to watch because the characters were so funny. The drama might have some annoying pats, but overall the drama was great. 8:)

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    jumpstar Jul 25, 2014

    I enjoyed this so much. <3 It was so cute and funny till the end. The main actors... no! THE CAST AND THE ACTING WAS INCREDIBLE! I'm impressed of everything. Beautiful drama for real. <3 I'm giving 10/10! You should watch this~ ^^

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    lemondoodle Jul 24, 2014

    What happened to all the comments here? Newbies won't see the passionate fights we used to have...

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    hanseung Jul 14, 2014

    I loved it! Lee Minjung and Joo Sangwook are great together. The drama is light and funny, and there's a gag reel at the end! You might find the first couple of episodes a little boring, but I definitely recommend it.

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    kpopx3lover Jul 14, 2014

    This drama is so cute. I have never wanted the main leads to be together so badly before. This drama was refreshing to watch. I love Joo Sang Wook's character so much. He's such a cutie!!

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    mstfydgrl08 Jul 13, 2014

    I agree this is really a nice watch! What are other drama that has the same light theme? Any recommendations? Aside from the two recommended on top cause I have watched those already.

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    Selty Jun 29, 2014

    BEST.COMEDY.DRAMA.EVER.
    I'm not exaggerating. (well not talking about you who came from the stars, but do I need to mention it ?) Like, well, everything is just too funny in this drama I can't even !
    With the Wiki combo, guys, if you don't know what to watch and you're wondering if this one is good, this is just the stupidest question of the century.

    And the OST of "Big baby driver - Alone again" I listen to it all day long... such a beautiful song...
    I began it saturday afternoon and finish it... sunday morning without sleeping.
    (Now I'm late with my work, YES IM A LOOSER. love ya)

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    Bladey Jun 28, 2014

    those two, SangWook and MinJung are really nice together in this drama. I am watching them and loving them. If it weren't for those clingy second leads, this would be much more enjoyable. But Sangwook and MinJung are just lovely and I like how they do care for each other....ah I love them. For now they are my choice for Best Couple this drama season.

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    ishaa Jun 23, 2014
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    this is the only drama that im rooting for both leads... is that even possible??? *gasp* TWO TIMING? possibly... GEEEEEEEEZZ i'm so freaking in love with this drama!!

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      Selty Jun 29, 2014

      ME TOO ! 1st time my 2nd lead syndrome is solo huge. Lot of people found him rude but for me he was perfect.

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    Aggnes Jun 1, 2014

    I loved this! it was super cute, funny and romantic!!

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 3,043 users)
  • Ranked:

    #560
  • Popularity:

    #113

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