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Sangsogjadeul (original title)
After a chance encounter in LA, two teens from different social backgrounds reunite at an exclusive high school attended by Korea's über rich.
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Series cast summary:
Lee Min-Ho ...  Kim Tan 20 episodes, 2013
Park Shin-Hye ...  Cha Eun Sang 20 episodes, 2013
Kim Woo-Bin ...  Choi Young Do 20 episodes, 2013
Kim Ji-Won ...  Rachel Yoo 20 episodes, 2013
Choi Jin-Hyuk ...  Kim Won 20 episodes, 2013
Krystal Jung ...  Lee Bo Na 20 episodes, 2013
Kim Mi-Kyung ...  Park Hui Nam 20 episodes, 2013
Kang Min Hyuk ...  Yoon Chan Young 20 episodes, 2013
Kim Sung-Ryung ...  Han Ki-ae 20 episodes, 2013
Choi Wonyoung ...  Yoon Jae Ho 20 episodes, 2013
Kang Ha-Neul ...  Lee Hyo-Shin 11 episodes, 2013
Park Hyung-Shik ...  Jo Myung Soo 11 episodes, 2013
Yoon Son Ha ...  Esther Lee 11 episodes, 2013
Park Joon-geum ...  Jung Ji Sook 10 episodes, 2013


Cha Eun Sang and her disabled mother both have to work hard, humiliating jobs, in order to support her older sister who's at university in America. Cha Eun Sang can't wait for her sister, who's her idol, to come back to Korea, and start earning money, so she can stop washing dishes and get a degree herself. However one day, Cha Eun Sang learns that her sister is about to get married, and realizes she'll never return to Korea, so she'll forever have to wash dishes. She resolves to go to America as well, and get better life. However, what she finds in America is far worse than she could ever imagine. Her sister is not only not getting married, but is also not at university, and is earning money working as a waitress, and maybe some shadier side jobs as well. After her sister notices her, they have a fight, she takes all of Cha Eun Sang's money and runs off, leaving her to cry and gather her broken dreams of the pavement. This entire exchange is observed by mysterious Kim Tan, who has ... Written by Woobluv

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The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Bears the Crown


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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5 April 2020 | by badea-bianca93See all my reviews

I am not sure if it really deserves 10 stars or if it is only my enthusiasm, but I didn't have in a long time a TV show that would keep me dreaming about it at night and not being ale to stop it. I did not have the patience to read all the reviews but i have so many comments that I don't even know where to start. First, I consider this being such a powerful and emotional lesson for all of us, no matter the age. People should really try hard on learning how to grow up, how to express their feelings, how to laugh even though you are in a bad situation and how to get over that bad situation with dignity and more knowledge about you and about others. From my point of view, this is not only a teenage drama since a lot of people in the world are still not able to do all the mentioned above things. The TV show also shows you the power of extreme friendship, not only love power to forgive and to care, power to accept who you are and to accept others. I've seen in a comment that it is sexist because it is the well known subject of strong male character and weak female character, but guess what ? That's the reality in Korea and in other Asian countries, guys. Women have very not even half of the power and benefits of the men. Yeah, if you want to watch a SF drama with a superhero girl, just move over this title. It is not time for K dramas to adapt to the 21st century as some said below, but it's time for Asian cultures to respect women more strongly and to recognize them. Also, people said that the actors to not look like 18 year old students. Guys, really? If you watch an American TV show with teenagers you will be surprised how the 16 year old girl look like and behave in these days. Korean actors from my point of view, all look like teenagers and they are very beautiful at the same time. To conclude, even though I have a lot more to say but I think it's better to stop here, don't hesitate to watch this movie, especially if you like romantism.

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9 October 2013 (South Korea) See more »

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