K-Drama Review: ‘The Heirs’ is a Typical Cinderella Story with Meaningless Conflict Among Chaebol

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Your Typical ‘Rich Boy/Poor Girl Fall in Love’ Drama Starring Park Shin-hye and Lee Min-ho

Have you watched The Heirs? The Heirs was one of the successful dramas from South Korea! Not only starring famous actors and actresses, but The Heirs also has its own attractiveness that made people curious about it. One of its attractive points was the typical rich boy and the poor girl who fall in love! In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with all the information about The Heirs and the typical Cinderella story in K-Drama, so stay tuned!

Basically, there’s quite a lot of K-Dramas that use the Cinderella story theme as their base. The typical rich boy who falls in love with the poor girl, when the famous guy who falls in love with the ordinary girl, and any other variations on the same subject. The Heirs also makes use of the same theme, but with a different story twist! Are you curious about it? In this article, Channel-Korea will introduce you with The Heirs, the typical Cinderella story drama!

The Heirs: Review

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First of all, let’s talk about the synopsis of The Heirs! Basically, The Heirs tells us about Kim Tan (played by Lee Min-ho), and Cha Eun-sang (played by Park Shin-hye). The two of them meet for the first time when they are in America. Their meeting happens completely by accident. Kim Tan is the son and the heir of the biggest company, while Cha Eun-sang is the daughter of the helper.

While they are in America, Cha Eun-sang is actually sent there to visit her sister. Kim Tan, on the other hand, has already been living there for quite a long time. After Cha Eun-sang gets involved in an argument with her sister, Kim Tan happens to be there and offers her help. He offers her to temporarily live together with him. As the two start living together, as time goes by, the two begin to realize that they have developed feelings for each other.

However, suddenly, Kim Tan has to go back to South Korea due to some family issues. And it turns out that Cha Eun-sang’s mother is one of the helpers in Kim Tan’s house. Because of the economic issues, Cha Eun-sang and her mother have to stay in Kim Tan’s house. At first, Cha Eun-sang doesn’t realize that she is in the same home with Kim Tan, but eventually, she realizes, even though Kim Tan is the first one who realized it.

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When Kim Tan becomes aware of his feelings for Cha Eun-sang, he doesn’t hesitate to show them, even though his mother and father are completely against it. Additional pressure is being put on Kim Tan from his brother, who unlike Kim Tan is not the son of a mistress who can’t go public due to his status.

The love story between Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang continues with the appearance of Choi Young-do (played by Kim Woo-bin). Choi Young-do is Kim Tan’s childhood friend, however as they grow up they become enemies, fighting against each other. When Cha Eun-sang moves into the same school as Kim Tan, she gets to meet Choi Young-do and become his target for bullying. But unexpectedly, Choi Young-doo falls in love with Cha Eun-sang, and always bullies her just to get her attention.

The Heirs is obviously showing us the typical Cinderella story, the girl who is loved by a lot of people! When Kim Tan falls in love with Cha Eun-sang, he has to go against his parents. Additionally, he is the heir of one of the largest companies and she is just an ordinary girl, the daughter of the helper.

The Heirs was aired on SBS in 2013. The Heirs wasn’t just popular in South Korea, but also across Asia! If you haven’t watched it yet, make sure to watch it as soon as possible!

And here’s the official poster of The Heirs!

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The Heirs Scenes

And here are some of the scenes from The Heirs!

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The Heirs Spoiler Alert!

Who wants to know about the ending of The Heirs? Well, the ending was quite beautiful, every character was able to find out their own happiness, in such a good way. Even though the ending was quite hanging, but we could assume our alternative ending! The ending showed us a scene where Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang are together, they are sitting next to each other and wonder what’s their future would be like in 10 years time.

Both of them imagined that all of their colleagues were attending a party in Kim Tan’s house, then they imagined that Choi Young-do becomes closer to Kim Tan’s brother, Kim Won. Then Kim Tan’s mother and Cha Eun-sang’s mother appear and smile together when both of them see Kim Tan. Then, Kim Tan is heading to his room, and Cha Eun-sang is waiting for him there.

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Then Kim Tan reveals that even though 10 years have passed, he still wants to chase after Cha Eun-sang, just like when both of them first meet in the past. He wants to follow the way that would eventually lead him to Cha Eun-sang.

After their imagining ends, both Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang hope that their imaginations would become true in the future. Then, there is a scene where Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang walk around together and remember all of their moments together. Then Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang are reassuring themselves, even though the two of them might fall someday, they are sure that they will always find their way to each other and move forward.

Overall, The Heirs is a drama that we recommend that you put on your drama watchlist. The Heirs is the perfect drama for those of you who love the romance genre, and also the mixture of romance-comedy drama. And also, right after you have watched The Heirs, you’ll be able to feel the Cinderella atmosphere transmitted right into you!

The Heirs: The Cast

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Now, let’s meet the main cast and supporting cast of The Heirs!

1. Park Shin-hye as Cha Eun-sang

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Park Shin-hye played the role of Cha Eun-sang. She meets Kim Tan in America, and she is offered to live with him temporarily during her stay there. Turns out, her mother is one of the helpers in Kim Tan’s house. She gets involved in a love triangle, involving her, Kim Tan, and Choi Young-do.

2. Lee Min-ho as Kim Tan

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Lee Min-ho played the role of Kim Tan. He is the heir of his family’s company. Even though he is the heir, actually Kim Tan is the child from the affair between his father and his secretary at that time, who then took the place of the legitimate wife, instead of a mistress. Kim Tan meets Cha Eun-sang in America, and as time goes by, he falls in love with her even though his family is against their relationship.

3. Kim Woo-bin as Choi Young-do

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Kim Woo-bin played the role of Choi Young-do. He used to be Kim Tan’s best friend since childhood, but eventually, the two of them turn into enemies. Choi Young-do is famously known as the arrogant guy in their school who loves to bully the weak students. But then Choi Young-do falls in love with Cha Eun-sang and struggles to get her attention.

4. Kang Min-hyuk as Yoon Chan-young

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Kang Min-hyuk played the role of Yoon Chan-young. He has been Cha Eun-sang’s best friend for a long time, and also the son of the secretary of the Empire Group. Yoon Chan-young is Lee Bo-na’s boyfriend.

5. Krystal Jung as Lee Bo-na

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Krystal Jung played the role of Lee Bo-na. She used to be Kim Tan’s girlfriend in the past, but then they broke up and Lee Bo-na gets involved in a relationship with Yoon Chan-young. Lee Bo-na has been accustomed to an amazing lifestyle since her father had an important role in the Entertainment industry.

6. Kim Ji-won as Rachel Yoo

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Kim Ji-won played the role of Rachel Yoo. Actually, she is paired with Kim Tan and she really loves Kim Tan, but Kim Tan never returns her feelings. Rachel Yoo is a girl with an arrogant side, and she is also the heir to a famous Hotel in her family.