The Heirs – 2013 Korean Drama

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas!ūüéĄūüéĀ Today, I am posting about one of the popular drama in 2013 called “The Heirs” as I don’t want you guys to miss this wonderful drama starred by Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye and Kim Woo-bin.¬†Written by Kim Eun-sook, the trendy drama was¬†set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich.¬†It was aired on SBS¬†from October 9 to December 12, 2013 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.

This was the first Korean drama co-produced by American digital distribution platform DramaFever and Korean production company Hwa & Dam Pictures. The series was a major hit in South Korea and received immense popularity across Asia.

Are you guys ready to know more about this Drama? Then what are you waiting for? Let’s move on!

Plot

The series follows a group of rich, privileged, and elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families’ business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control, except their love lives.¬†¬†Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) is a handsome and wealthy heir to a large¬†Korean conglomerate¬†who is studying in the U.S.¬†Meanwhile, his brother Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk) tries to take control of the family business.¬†While in the States, Kim Tan meets Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) and falls in love with her,¬†but he is engaged to Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won).¬†Rachel’s future stepbrother and Kim Tan’s former best friend, Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) (who also attends the same school as Kim Tan and Eun-sang) starts falling for Eun-sang as well.¬†Troubles arise as the heirs realize the differences between money and the real world and they soon learn what love is.

Main Characters

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Lee Min-ho as Kim Tan

  • Jung Chan-woo¬†as young Kim Tan (middle school student)

He is the future heir to the Jeguk (meaning “Empire”) Group.¬†Though hot-headed and at times immature, Kim Tan is warm-hearted and honest. He does not have a good relationship with his father and half-brother, the latter from whom he constantly seeks friendship (but who doesn’t give him any). He is actually the son of his father’s mistress, but is listed in the family registry as the son of his father’s second wife in order to be a legitimate heir. Prior to returning to Korea, he was exiled by his brother to study abroad in the U.S. Although he is engaged to Rachel Yoo, he is attracted to Cha Eun-sang at first sight and falls in love with her despite her poor background.

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Park Shin-hye as Cha Eun-sang

Down-to-earth and somewhat cynical, she diligently works part-time jobs to support herself and her mother, and gets caught in a love triangle between Kim Tan and Choi Young-do.¬†She lives in Kim Tan’s home, since her mother is a live-in housekeeper. She grew up with Yoon Chan-young, her best friend, and is enrolled in Jeguk High School on a welfare scholarship. Kim Tan comes into her life and won’t stop pursuing her, but though she does reciprocate his feelings, many are bent on splitting them up.

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Kim Woo-bin as Choi Young-do

  • Yang Hyun-mo as young Young-do (middle school student)

The heir to the Zeus Hotel Group. He has an IQ of 150, but does not put any effort into his schoolwork. Due to this, he ranks 98th out of 100 in his class during the first Jeguk High School finals. Known for his cunning intellect and volatile manners, he is feared by his classmates, whom he bullies. His father, Choi Dong-wook is mercilessly strict and physically abusive towards him, and engages with him in judo matches to get him to do things. As part of his training as the next CEO of Zeus Hotel, Young-do is often seen washing dishes at the hotel, something he’s been doing since he was in middle school. Though former best friends with Kim Tan, the two now have a mutual hatred for each other, which was partly brought about by the departure of Young-do’s beloved mother. Young-do begins picking on Eun-sang to irritate Tan but he soon realizes that’s not the only reason she’s always on his mind.

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International Broadcast

Due to its star-studded cast and writer Kim Eun-sook¬†(who previously wrote¬†Lovers in Paris,¬†Secret Garden¬†and A Gentleman’s Dignity), international broadcasting rights were sold to 13 countries.¬†It had the highest selling price in Japan among all the 2013¬†Korean dramas.¬†And as of January 26, 2014, the series has garnered more than one billion views on¬†Youku, China’s biggest video streaming site.

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Last but not least, I hope you would love this drama. I will be back soon with another interesting fantasy and romance drama! So stay tuned ūüôā

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“He Who Wishes to Wear the Crown, Endures Its Weight” ‚Äď The Heirs

Thank you.

posted by: @sy13599

[Bibliography]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heirs

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