Shining Inheritance Eps 19-20 photos and spoilers

Spoilers and photos of this weekend’s upcoming Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy have been released, and while the (frelling) site won’t let me save or hotlink the photos, Eun Sung’s can be found here(Han Hyo Joo is so my new girl-crush, along with Lee Soo Kyung) and Woo Hwan’s here(Lee Seung Gi gets both cuter and more hot every episode – how is that possible? He’s one of those rare actors – along with Gong Yoo – whose smile transforms his entire face)

Spoilers for episodes 19 and 20 follow

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Shining Inheritance

Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy is such a good, good, solid drama. I’m not sure yet whether it will go into favorite-dramas of all time, but it will certainly fit easily and solidly into second-tier along with Corner with Love, My Lucky Star, etc. etc. I would have sworn, previous to this, that no drama could make me get through 14 episodes without significant romance – but boy I was wrong. Granted, I’m still a little bit unhappy, especially now that things are heating up romantically, but, overall – if I had to wait this long in order for it to be this good, it was worth it 🙂 Shining Inheritance doesn’t break any kdrama traditions or conventions as far as plot or style goes, but it’s just so solidly written, paced, plotted, and acted that you can’t help but adore it and be completely hooked anyway. It’s got that great, hard-to-attain balance of comedy and angst/emotion, and Han Hyo Joo and Lee Seung Ki are just too amazing for words. 🙂 The one quibble I have with it is that far too much time is spent, imo, on the evil characters and on side characters such as Eun-seung’s Dad, all of whom I find completely uninteresting(I had this problem with Cain and Abel too), so I’m pretty constantly doing fast-forwarding(thank God for the fastforward button). All in all, while it doesn’t inspire in me the mad passionate frenzy that dramas like Mars etc. have, I have a deep, deep affection for this drama. In fact, I love it enough that I made an MV of it:) (there weren’t any on Youtube so I thought I’d give it a shot)

Watch episode 16 online on Viikii

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Quick Shining Inheritance Update

Alright, so Lee Seung Ki may not be the most gorgeous man ever(and I simply can’t get over how young he looks! seriously, he brings a whole new definition to the term “baby face”. The boy barely looks a day over 20. Although upon checking Dramawiki I discover that he is in fact not much over 20, being 22, and that even though Han Hyo Joo looks older than him she is in fact the same age) but he’s got charisma to spare and is having no trouble thus far portraying his spoiled, anger-management-classes-needed character, so I’ll forgive him.

And Han Hyo Joo has pleased me by showing that she can in fact handle angst as well as bubbles – in episode 2, Eun Sung’s life falls spectacularly apart, and only spirals downward through episode 4, and HHJ handles the requisite gradual breakdown/tears/anger/grief just fine, especially in one semi-climactic scene with Ban Hyo Jung(the grandmother, also stellar) in episode 4 in which she finally reaches the end of her tether.

I am pleased also by Bae Soo Bin as Jun Se, the secondary guy, because while he’s an incredibly kind person and mildly good-looking and has a sense of humour, he’s not charismatic or, let’s face it, good-looking enough to really make me invested in the Jun Se/Eun Sung pairing, particularly as, thank God, they only have decent and not amazing chemistry(at least thus far).

I’ve reached episode 5 and things are about to take a sharp turn upwards.

I will attempt to do brief recaps of episodes 2-4 tomorrow probably.

Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy

  • Title: 찬란한 유산 / Chanranhan Yusan
  • Also known as: Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy / Beautiful Legacy
  • Previously known as: 인생은 아름다워 / Life Is Beautiful
  • Genre: Romance
  • Episodes: 26
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-??
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45

Cast

After hearing raves from both friends and critics, I decided to start watching Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy. And I’m quite pleased with it so far; the word that springs to mind is that it’s a very very solid kdrama.  The opening scene is interesting and does a good job of setting up the four main characters and foreshadowing their future relationships; the actors and actresses are all sufficiently good-looking and charming and expressive(at least thus far) and the plot, while hardly, original, is compelling enough – it’s very hard, after all, to go wrong with a Cinderella story, which is pretty much what Shining Inheritance is. Han Hyo-Joo of Iljimae and Spring Waltz plays Go Eun Sung, the pretty, strong-willed daughter of the president of a major food company, while relative newcomer Lee Seung Ki plays her future love interest and Bae Soo Bin and Moon Chae Won round out the requisite drama foursome. Han Hyo-Joo is one of the major reasons I started watching this – I haven’t seen a drama with her before but she really caught my eye in the stills for it – and thus far she doesn’t disappoint; she carries off with ease the charming headstrong nature her character is supposed to present, though I’m watching her with an eagle eye to see whether she can also pull off the finer nuances of angst/deep emotion which I’m sure will be required of her in future. Some drama actors/actresses can only do either angst or cuteness, not both. The best excel at both and can switch back and forth with ease. I’m also interested to see that one of the characters is her autistic brother; Korean dramas deal more often than Western entertainment with mental illness/handicapped children but still not very often, so this is rather refreshing.

So yes. It’s solid. My main doubts remain whether it can go from solid to amazing, or at least remain on solid ground, and whether Han Hyo Joo is just a good or a very good actress, and whether Lee Seung Ki is good-looking to retain my interest for 26 episodes.

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