17 June 2010
Shining Inheritance Review
AKA: Brilliant Legacy, Beautiful Legacy
Genre: Romance, Family
Broadcast period: Broadcast period: 2009-Apr to 2009-Jul
Cast: Lee Seung Gi/Ki, Han Hyo Joo, Bae Soo Bin, Moon Chae Won, Kim Mi Sook and Bae Hyo Jung.
Being the daughter of a wealthy business man, Go Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) lived life without worries. After the death of her mother, her father re-marries and adopts the daughter of the woman. Go Eun Sung, her father, little brother with autism, her stepmother Baek Sung Hee (Kim Mi Sook) and her stepsister Yoo Seung Mi (Moon Chae Woo), have been a family for seven years. One day, Eun Sung returns from the states, where she studies cooking, and by accident switches bags with a fellow passenger. The passenger happens to be Sun Woo Hwan (Lee Seung Ki), the grandson of multimillionaire business woman Jang Sook Ja (Bae Hyo Jung), and the oppa of Seung Mi. Not alone does he have a weak temper and is EXTREMELY spoilt, he also keeps bugging and accusing Eun Sung for, in his opinion, stealing his bag, which ends up making Eun Sung miss out meeting her father for the last time, before he suddenly dies.
After the father’s death, Sung Hee throws out Eung Sung and her little brother, making them homeless, mainly because of money. Shortly after that the younger brother goes missing, which Eun Sung blames Woo Hwan for, since the little brother would have called her on her cell, if it wasn’t for Woo Hwan breaking the phone, before leaving the house.
At Woo Hwan’s home, the grandmother is fed up with her useless grandson, her daughter-in-law, who doesn’t know how to cook or clean, and her granddaughter, who uses her hard-earned money on useless stuff. So she decides to go out, dressed like a poor woman, to remember the times when she didn’t have a huge company. She ends up falling down a staircase, and hitting her head, losing her memory. Eun Sung happens to be there as it happens, and takes care of the old woman, and lets her stay at her place. Meanwhile, Woo Hwan’s counsin, Park Joon Sae (Bae Soo Bin), befriends Eun Sung, and slowly starts to fall for her...
This drama IS 'shining', from the very beginning to the ending. I loved how the characters are portrayed, how they interact and the pace. I remember watching episode 4 and was worried that there were only 24 episodes left! I was worried that it would have a 'loose-ends' ending and I didn't want the story to stop. I liked that all the problems are shown in episode 1 and 2, and there after it just goes on to solve them. The issues in this drama are beyond saving, I mean, a mean stepmom, death of a loving stepfather, the missing of a little brother, jealousy, hatred and not to mention money.. The fight to get money. As I was checking out the drama, I read a review somewhere, about the stepmom being "super-evil", and I have to say, I was stunned as well. She is a villain, a smart villain. She knows people, and is able to read them, which is insane. She plans everything, and is able to ruin several relationships, in order to get what she wants, crazy! Not to spoil anymore, I have to say definitely a favorite!
☆☆☆☆½ /4½ out of 5 stars
♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts