Sunday, August 23, 2009

Review: Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy

While the drama is still fresh in my mind, I thought I'd make a short tribute to it here. I've never been as stuck on any drama lately as I have been with Shining Inheritance (2009) and the last one I was really crazy about would have to be My Lovely Samsoon (2006). ^^

Here's the lowdown of the plot: A rich girl, Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) comes back from the States to her family: her dad's going bankrupt but keeps it from her and her stepmum (Kim Mi Sook)is a wicked thing, but dotes on her real daughter, Seung Mi (Moon Chae Won). When the father suddenly turns up dead, evil stepmom turns out Eun Sung and her autistic brother out to the streets to fend for themselves and keeps the insurance money for herself and her daughter. Too cliché? Read on.

Eun Sung & Hwan

While trying to pick herself up again, she finds her true friends: Hye Ri and Jun Se (Bae Soo Bin), who both encourage and support her. One day, she loses her brother, and takes in an old granny with memory loss, hoping somewhere out there, someone would do the same for her brother. Granny turns out to be the president of Jin Sung Foods and her bratty grandson, Hwan (Lee Seung Gi), has crossed paths with Eun Sung before (it involves bag switching and an unfortunate looking spy costume). Things turn out to be even more convoluted when oh no, Eun Sung's dad is alive! Seung Mi adores Hwan! And granny wants to change her will?!

Left to right: Seung Mi, Hwan, Eun Sung, Jun Se

Overall, this show has a whole lotta melodrama but still manages to be funny, sweet, inspirational and chock-full of family values. It achieved an over 40% rating in Korea which is monumentally high for a trendy drama. It looks ordinary on the outside but is a hidden gem for drama-lovers, it has everything! The cast was awesome, no one can do b****y like Kim Mi Sook (drama queen) and the Eun Sung/Hwan pairing was cute, Moon Chae Won's outfits were all cute and Bae Soo Bin was wonderful with his soulful looking eyes. The Jin Sung employees were well casted too! (Gotta love that manager dude.) Hwan's mum and Butler Pyo were great together and Jung (Hwan's sister) was as ditzy as ever with her chipmunk voice.

Cute manager dude. ;-)

I'm bummed now that it's over, it means looking for a new one through all the duds. Oddly enough, I wasn't biased against any of the characters prior to watching this because I wasn't really familiar with their work until this drama... Now I love them all! :-)

Rating: 9.5 (Watch! Watch! Watch!)

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