Summary: Seo Hee Soo is a former top actress who is now married to the second son of Hyowon Group. Her sister-in-law, Jung Seo Hyun, who is married to the first son, is a chaebol herself. These two women are trying to find their lost identities as they become part of a wealthy family.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Revenge, Chaebol
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Seo Hee Soo
Kim Seo Hyung as Jung Seo Hyun
Ok Ja Yeon as Kang Ja Kyung
Likes: Awesome story with equally awesome storytelling! What could I say, surprises were always mind-blowing! I couldn’t tell at all what was coming. All the mysteries surrounding each of our characters were so well plotted. You don’t know who’s telling the truth or why someone has to lie. Bottom line, the message was clear, beyond all those money, power and control, it was about bond, protection and what really matters most to each person.
The Mystery. It all started in a typical fashion… We had one couple in this crazy rich family who seemed to be normal. Then, it started to get weird with the guy breaking the wife’s trust. It all ended up with the guy getting killed, but who killed him exactly, when everyone in the house wanted him dead?! Truly, the suspense in this drama was slaying!
The Women. I haven’t seen so many strong and gorgeous women in a kdrama like in this one. I just couldn’t get enough of our top 3…
Seo Hee Soo – what a pretty lady! Always well-dressed, and I thought she was the luckiest of them all. And yes because of that, she actually bore the most pain. I thought, this piece was perfect for Lee Bo Young. She always get these kind of melancholic roles. Of course, again, she nailed this one. Such a great actress. I love the scene when she had miscarriage. So convincing and heartbreaking!
Jung Seo Hyun – if I have a female crush then it’s got to be her! How could she look too gorgeous! Kim Seo Hyung so nailed this lesbian character. She had to exude that powerful, strong, boyish personality while maintaining her classy, motherly and leaderly role. I loved how she spoke with commanding tone and at some other point, how she looked like she’s at her breaking point with those eyes always ready to shed tears. Her, standing in front of that beautiful window represented a lot of things… power, class and at the same time confinement.
Kang Ja Kyung – another beautiful face! Ok Ja Yeon proved though that she’s not just a pretty face but a talent powerhouse. Her character transition from the sly tutor who wanted to have what she thought were hers, to a repentful woman who was willing to do everything including giving up her right to her biological son. Accepting and knowing where she stood was her ultimate redemption. I thought she looked gorgeous riding a horse.
The man – Han Ji Yong. He truly shone in this drama. Started as a perfect husband, father and a competent businessman. Beyond a handsome face, wealth and power, his inner core was so corrupted. His character development was quite dramatic. Lee Hyun Wook truly did a great job in this. He’s remarkable!
Camera movement. I really love how the camera moves from one walking person to the next. That continuity and fluidity is totally my style. The stills are also impressive, like the beautiful Jung Seo Hyun window scene.
The setting. That crazy huge property with 2 main houses is befitting the eccentric life of the rich. Heavily fortified with guards at the gate, maids buzzing around in uniforms, wide lawns that you need a transport to get around and our madames always dressed in gowns!
The beautiful and tragic loveteams.
Han Soo Hyeok & Kim Yoo Yeon – young love that defied all the rules. She’s a new maid in the house and he’s the young master, heir to a vast fortune. This could have been a typical rich guy, poor girl kdrama but it wasn’t just about them.
Seo Hee Soo & Han Ji Yong – how the two met was a beautiful love story. They became a powerful couple, Han Ji Yong, being considered as the next chairman of the Hwoyon Group and Seo Hee Seo, a former top actress. Things just didn’t go well with these two and I thought their end was the most tragic.
Jung Seo Hyun & as Noh Ah Rim – our gorgeous madame of the house Jung Seo Hyun being paired with the equally gorgeous and talented artist Noh Ah Rim. Their story was heartbreaking. A love that had to defy social barriers. Beautiful yet at some point tragic.
Episode’s titles. It’s a minor thing but I like this kind of details. It makes one episode an own mini drama. My favourite of course is the final one which was entitled, Glorious Women! Oh hell yeah, they all came out victorious and glorious!
The Ending. With all the tragedy in that household, we could pick up pieces and learn from them. I like how people protected each other, how they’re trying to heal, how they learn where to stand, how they realize their mistakes, how to fight for what they love and I think most importantly, how to get through that high wall, they themselves created.
Dislikes: When did Kopiko become “only for the rich” candy? At least, that’s what they were implying… high oxygen level in the room (yep only for the rich), but wait kopiko?