Also known as: Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy / Beautiful Legacy / Chanranhan Yusan
Genre: Romance, family
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-26
Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
Lee Seung Gi as Sun Woo Hwan
Bae Soo Bin as Park Joon Sae
Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi
Go Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) has lived the life – her father who adored her was rich and always encouraged her to follow her dreams and let her study abroad in America. Her brother, Eun Woo (Yun Joon Suk), happens to be autistic, but she loves him with all of her heart. Her world was perfect until one night when everything turned around. On her flight back to Korea she accidentally switches bags with none other than Soo Woo Hwan (Lee Seung Gi) and it’s only the start of the events that start to unfold.
Eun Sung’s father suddenly is reported to be dead under mysterious circumstances and the family finds out that his company crashed – leaving him a huge number of debts to pay off! Her stepmother (Kim Mi Sook), seeing no reason to keep Eun Sung or her brother around, hands her a wad of money and sends them on their way in favor of her own daughter, Seung Mi (Moon Chae Won).
To make things worse – Eun Woo disappears one day while Eun Sung is working. Desperate to find him she sets up flyers everywhere and works hard trying to earn money for when she finds him. During this time she also meets Park Joon Sae (Bae Soo Bin) who is always helping her out. And shortly after she gets a bit of luck after finding and taking in an old woman who’s lost her memory. Once she recovers her memory – she turns out to be Jang Sook Ja (Ban Hyo Jung) – a wealthy CEO of a large food company.
Like my Princess’ Man review, this is another review I’m copying off of another site (MyDramaList – my name is the same there). Shining Inheritance is a drama I fell in love with and I really wanted to post my review about it here to share! (: There are no spoilers, so don’t worry about that! The videos and pictures are teasers if anything (:
I just finished watching this drama a couple hours ago and I have to say it was really really good (: I agree with the other reviews when they say this drama isn’t boring and has you on the edge of your seat. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotion throughout the whole show. I’ve never come across a show filled up with so much hate and betrayal. I don’t think I’ve hated a character as much as I did the step mother, who I felt myself not liking more and more as I watched each episode. In the beginning you have Eun Sung who comes back from studying abroad in America and her bag winds up getting switched with Hwan. As the story takes off from there you have these 2 characters continuously running into each other. She and her brother get kicked out by her stepmother, and not long after she loses her brother, Eun-Woo who is autistic. Majority of the show she’s looking for him. While trying to make money she finds and starts to take care of this grandmother who’s lost her memory. I don’t want to say too much more, as I’d be giving away the story. Each episode had me guessing at what would happen next, and of course it leaves you hanging so you have to watch the next episode. This show made me cry, laugh, angry, but happy. Then you have the love triangles. It really is filled with a lot of drama and confliction, but that’s what made it so good.
The acting in this show, well like the title it was Brilliant! You can really feel for the characters while watching it. I dunno how to describe it, but the acting was realistic. This was the first show I watched with Lee Seung Ki and Han Hyo Joo, and I plan on watching more dramas with them. And whoever played the step mom should’ve got an award. I hated her character but her acting was really good. Seung Mi’s character… I liked her in the beginning but you feel her falling under pressure as the events continue. Her character was played really well, you could feel how hard she wanted to keep what was hers (or what she felt was hers). Jun Sae’s character… I liked him. I felt bad for him later on in the story, he is a good guy. I’m glad at how the story ended, though.
As for the music…I liked it. The music played it’s part and I liked a lot of the songs played throughout the show.
Will I rewatch this drama? Probably not anytime soon (too many dramas I wanna watch). Maybe a couple years from now I’ll rewatch it. 28 episodes is a lot to get through (almost 3O hours total), but I think that watching this show was worth it.
Overall: Definitely worth watching. The story is really good, indeed like Cinderella in ways (evil step mom, step sister, “Prince Charming”). It makes you think about what money does to people. I’d have to count this as one of my favorites now (: And I loved Lee Seung Ki as Hwan haha, but that’s my personal opinion
It’s been about 6 months since I wrote this review, 6 months since I’ve watched this drama. Actually rewatching the teaser makes me want to watch the whole thing again! Go through all the emotions again, watch Seung Gi the way I first saw him. This drama made me a fan of him! From the first episode I thought he wasn’t your typical “pretty boy” lead, and there’s a scene where he sings in a Karaoke room – definitely won me over there. His voice! *excuse my inner fan* :p Han Hyo Joo I’ve now seen in the movie Heaven’s Postman, and while I liked her in that movie I still think her role here was best! After seeing Moon Chae Won in The Princess’ Man – definitely like her better as an actress! Her character in this drama was just so…pathetic really. It wasn’t that she was a bad actress, but her character is one that I found myself not liking in this drama so it was nice seeing her play a good role in The Princess’ Man (:
I loved all of the sweet and cute moments in it as well!
The music wasn’t anything that really stood out, but I did love the opening and ending theme songs and the one instrumental they played at the end of each episode when things were really heating up!
The song Seung Gi sang in the Karaoke room (around episode 3 or 4):
A bonus song of Seung Gi’s that was played around episode 2O (the first song of his I fell in love with!)
I definitely recommend watching this drama! It’s a great drama, definitely an emotional roller coaster as well – pulled me in from the very first episode!
After 6 months and the fact I want to rewatch it really bad now…I still give it a full 1O/1O!
Some pictures (: