As a student and I do not have much time or patience to complete long series dramas, I do not watch all the episodes in the long series dramas but I still get the rough idea about what it is about. Recently, I have watched 2 long series dramas when my parents were watching and I found them quite good!
Giant (2010) 巨人
starring Lee Bum Soo as Lee Kang Mo, Yeo Jin Goo as Kang Mo (teen), Park Jin Hee as Hwang Jung Yeon, Nam Ji Hyun as Jung Yeon (teen), Park Sang Min as Lee Sung Mo, Kim Soo Hyun as Sung Mo (teen), Joo Sang Wook as Jo Min Woo, Hwang Jung Eum as Lee Mi Joo, Park Ha Young as Mi Joo (child)
This drama tells the story of three siblings who grew up in the 1970’s. Lee Kang Mo, his older brother Sung Mo and younger sister Mi Joo were separated at a young age when their father was killed in a smuggling scheme and their mother also died subsequently. When they are able to reunite years later, they had all reached adulthood and are determined to exact revenge upon the people responsible for their misery.
The happiness of the family is destroyed when their father without even knowing what is going on is being shot by an evil official. His best friend told him to escape but to no avail. As a witness to his father’s murder, Sung Mo stricken with terror and hatred escapes with the rest of the family. However, he is not able to do so when he jumps down the train when the enemy is hot on their heel. After that, he works in the military running errands and doing laundry. He eventually becomes the spy for the enemy and awaits the chance to exact revenge. Kang Joo on the other hand is not so fortunate (in a way). After their mother’s death, they lose their luggage and struggle to survive each day. He brings along his younger sister and baby brother and has to work hard to feed both of them. When they are waiting for Sung Mo to reunite, Kang Mo even loses his younger sister. When Sung Mo finally arrives at the location, Kang Mo is too busy searching for Mi Joo that they missed each other. Kang Mo also has to send off the baby brother to the orphanage helplessly.
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Jang Bo Ri is here (2014) 张宝利来了！
starring Oh Yeon Seo as Jang Bo Ri, Yoo Eun Mi as Jang Bo Ri (child), Kim Ji Hoon as Lee Jae Hwa, Jung Yoon Suk as Lee Jae Hwa (child), Oh Chang Suk as Lee Jae Hee, Jo Hyun Do as Lee Jae Hee (child), Lee Yoo Ri as Yun Min Jung, Shin Soo Yun as Yun Min Jung (child)
This drama is about two families, two women, two mothers who have to deal with very unexpected surprise when their daughters’ identities changed overnight. Jang Bo Ri (Oh Yeon Seo) who grew up with her poor family suddenly becomes wealthy overnight after she discovers that she’s a daughter of a wealthy family. In contrary, Yun Min Jung (Lee Yoo Ri) suddenly has to adapt herself from living in luxury to her poor family.
Due to Eun Bi’s mother’s evil-doings, Eun Bi was knocked down by a truck operated by Min Jung’s mother. Hence, she lost her memory and becomes Min Jung’s sister, Bo Ri. Min Jung who is good at lying and greedy seeks all ways to become an adoptive daughter of the wealthy family which makes hanbok. She even copies Eun Bi’s drawing to participate in a competition which was set to find Eun Bi and hides Bo Ri’s real identity at all cost. She also abandons her own child and breakup with her boyfriend so as to marry into a richer family when her boyfriend’s father’s company is going through difficulty. I find Min Jung’s mother terrible as well. She tries her best to help Min Jung cover up her lies but works Bo Ri to the maximum. She makes use of Bo Ri’s kind heart to make Min Jung’s child Bo Ri’s so as to keep her bloodline nearby. I feel slightly sorry for her as her daughter abandoned her and pretends to be an orphan yet she cannot help but look out for her daughter. As Bo Ri learns to make hanbok, she gets nearer and nearer to the bottom of the mystery of her past.
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