Cinderella Man (2009) 男版灰姑娘
Genre: Romance, Switch
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 8/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
starring Kwon Sang Woo as Oh Dae San / Lee Joon Hee and Yoona as Seo Yeo Jin.
Plot: Dae San and Joon Hee are separated at birth as the rich family snatches the child once he was born without knowing that the mother actually had twins. Even though their time of arrival on Earth is just a few minutes difference, they lead a very different life. Joon Hee leads a luxurious but lonely life while Dae San leads a poor but fulfilling life.
Seo Yeo Jin, Dae San’s lover, studies at a fashion design school in Paris but returns to Korea after her life is turned upside down when her father dies. She is very hardworking and talented in design but faces many difficulties as she tries to make her designs accepted and used. Joon Hee has heart problem and needs to go for operation at another country. He meets his identical twin one day and decides to pay Dae San to replace him for the time being. Dae San happily agrees as he is in need of the money (for Yeo Jin I think). This changes Dae San’s life as he struggles to meet the requirement of two people’s life. As people around him starts to think that he is a swindler, will Yeo Jin still believe him as the one who went through thick and thin with her?
Watched this sometime ago so this review is by memory. It is sad when Dae San only gets to know his whole real family when he replaces his brother. If his brother does not have health problem or meet him, he may not even know about it. He seems to have it all then: the knowledge of his real parents, money… However, when he starts to lose the trust of the people he knows as he seems like a totally different person with rich clothes, high status and doing things by follows the big company’s purpose, I think it is not worth it. Too bad his brother never returns and leaves him in his position. Probably if Joon Hee has Dae San as a companion since young, he would not have felt so lonely in the family where everyone else is blinded by power. It feels good when the people in that family tries to get rid of him after sometime as an imposer but cannot as he is related by blood with them.
It is funny when Dae San replaces Joon Hee and does many things that Joon Hee would never have done such as his way of talking to their grandmother (intimate greetings). I feel sorry for the mother of Joon Hee and Dae San. How can the grandmother be so cruel as to separate the child from the mother? Dae San and Yeo Jin’s relationship is put to test as Dae San starts to do things in the perspective of a big company and pretends he is rich Joon Hee and not her lover, poor Dae San.
Lesson learnt: try not to replace somebody even though you are given money for it will bring more trouble to you. Haha. For me, I would rather lead the poor but fulfilling life than the luxurious but lonely life. Money cannot buy everything. What about you?
Why you should watch: Interesting plot of one twin replacing another just by looks and nothing else. How funny that Dae San just needs to wear a pair of spectacles and everyone is fooled. It is fascinating to watch and it includes heartwarming moments as the drama goes. Yoona acted well in this drama. Although it is not a very well-known drama with Kwon Sang Woo such as Stairway to Heaven, I enjoyed it a lot.
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