The Inheritors, He Who Wears The Crown, Endure Its Weight, The One Trying To Wear The Crown, Withstand The Weight, Those Who Want The Crown, Withstand The Weight Of It, wanggwaneul sseuryeoneunja, geumugereul gyeondyeora, 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라
Cha Eun Sang is a very poor girl. But she still managed to save up to visit her older sister, who just let her family in Korea know that she is going to get married. But when Eun Sang arrives in America, her sister is not to be found and the man she was supposed to marry lives with another girl. When she actually finds her sister, she only takes her money and disappears to somewhere, leaving Eun Sang alone with nothing. Luckily, the rich Kim Tan saw Eun Sang in her most desperate moment and decides to help her. They spend some time together and have magical moments, but when Kim Tans fiancée appears, Eun Sang starts to step back from Kim Tan and decides to go back home. But where she thought would be the end was only the beginning, because Kim Tam fell for Eun Sang. And it definitely was not their last meeting.
Cha Eun Sang is the poor daughter of a mute housemaid. One day, her sister writes from the US that she is getting married. Eun Sang takes the chance and goes there to bring her the money for her wedding. But when she meets her, the older sister takes the money and runs off, leaving back a crying Eun Sang without money and place to stay. That's when she meets Kim Tan, a rich heir, who studies in the US. Somehow he ends up falling in love with her and decides to go back to Korea, to stay with his family and maybe find her. Lucky is on his side, as her mother is actually the maid of his house and they moved in to them, because they have money problems. But a lovestory between the rich and the poor is never so easy, as there are many people interferring with their personal lifes...
The thing I first thought of when I read about the story was Boys Before Flowers. It basically is a similar story. But I won't judge it for that, since that would have been good. Instead, Eun Sang is a rather weak character, crying all the time and the bully is not the main guy but the second male lead. In general, this is a very basic rich-poor-lovestory. The family make problems, there are many businessrelated problems, lots of crying and breaking up because of love and so on. I was hoping for more, since this was written by Kim Eun Suk, who also made Secret Garden and A Gentleman's Dignity. But this time, the story is clearly made for a younger audience. Not only because it's a high-school drama, but also because the story just isn't as deep as her other works. But still, I didn't dislike the drama for that. My problem is different.
At some point, I ended up loving almost all the characters, except for Eun Sang. I asked Kim Tan over and over why he would still like her, after she did the same thing again and again and didn't even show her feelings properly. It was really hard to see her cry because of the same thing, over and over. I got annoyed by her behaviour and wished that they had taken a strong character like the female lead in Boye Before Flowers was.
Well, but aside from that it had many good points and made me laugh. There were two or three episodes around episode 15 that dragged a bit, but I still enjoyed them, because of the great cast.
Maybe it is not a full 4* drama, because Eun Sang isn't all that great, but for the sake of the others I can rate it like that without feeling bad. If you want a basic romance story set in high-school, you wil like this!
I'm actually really disappointed with this drama. It comes from a writer I love with a cast full of actors I love and somehow ended up royally sucking (sorry if that sounds harsh).
In retrospect, there were some good moments, humorous times, gorgeous shots, and even a few character developments that were touching and honest. But the story was clichéd to the extreme and full of recycled plot(s) (both from other similar shows and from itself...) and to be really honest here I was bored most of the time.
So, why did I keep on watching until the bitter end? I just kept expecting it to get better. I'm a little blow away that Kim Eun Sook actually penned this to the point where I'm actually considering the possibly that she has an intern who secretly wrote a majority of the scenes. I know writers can have "bad days" so to speak but I'm fairly confident that Kim Eun Sook has established a solid reputation and career off of having well plotted and witty dramas (that can, at times--admittedly--be a bit dull) but the long drawn out scenes of characters just staring at each other that happened over and over again (while pretty at first) where not only a waste of screen time but a huge waste of the viewer's time as well.
One of the only things that remained consistent with Kim Eun Sook's previous works was her spot on perfect hero Kim Tan (or "flawless namja" as my friend and I like to call him). If there is one thing that I've always been impressed with in Kim Eun Sook's shows, it's how amazingly perfect all of her leading men tend to be (even the ones that also make you want to punch them in the face).
But anyway, I don't understand the hype for Heirs and I certainly can't relate or agree with anyone who enjoyed this drama (though to each his/her own). I CAN say that I'm living in South Korea right now and it's extremely popular here so it must have done something right. I think it all boils down to:
Pros: Great cast, cute character interactions
Cons: poor plot, long boring scenes, humorously-cliché, eye-roll inducing moments, very little character development (exception: Yong-do and Kim Tan's mom), HORRIBLE SOUNDTRACK (♪love is the mooooment♪), cheesy dialogue, and unnecessary angst.