상류사회 High Society

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I started this drama out of curiosity of how it would go with such a cliche and basic synopsis. I used to always avoid Uee’s drama but I couldn’t recognize her when I saw the preview on TV and ended up watching it. She’s definitely improved in acting from before, still have ways to go though. The whole drama was sort of confusing. Everything seemed okay at first until Jang Yoon Ha (Uee) finds out the truth about Jun Ki (Sung Joon) and starts working for her family’s business. She’s basically from a really rich dysfuncional family where the parents abuse each other, the two older kids are the smarter more competent ones that have a place in the business, and the two younger ones are the dumb ones that are left to just marinate in the money.

Yoon Ha is a frustrating character to watch. She clearly could be doing more with her life. She’s so privileged and if she made use of her education she could have a better job. I feel like her character was where she was because of a bunch of bad choices made with a very immature and naive mindset.

I know she gets no love from her family but she could have made good use of their money to learn something that could help her be independent. It just feels like a rich girl who wants to be independent but isn’t willing to commit and put down her status. Or it can also feel like a princess wanting to try out a peasant life but will never truly get off of her high chair. I know one of the reasons why Yoon Ha took on such an ordinary, poorly paid job, was because she wanted to find a man who would love her without knowing her background, but why did she think she was going to find her love at a supermarket anyway? I hate how pitiful the drama likes to depict her, like that the world owed her something, even before her brother pretended to pass away. She needed to grow up and get her life together. She tried to be humble and be down to earth but ended up just being still as self centered and full of it in the end.

Yoon Ha and Jun Ki were an odd couple. Jun Ki for the most part just felt like someone who was there, not really memorable. He holds the same expression most of the time which is a shame because him and Yoon Ha had some chemistry and would have done amazing in a different story plot. Jun Ki is a calculating man who’s always trying to rise in status and approached Yoon Ha for that purpose. And because you don’t exactly get to see his true emotions or anything through Sung Joon’s acting, you never know his sincerity. For example, where I got lost was when he started to change and do things out of love for her. His character is so stoic most of the time, it felt that he suddenly started to just really love her.

Lee Ji Yi (Im Ji Yun) and Yoo Chang Soo (Park Hyung Shik) were a whole nother story.  It was sweet to see Ji Yi keep Chang Soo grounded and down to earth. Chang Soo felt really immature and really bratty at first but he grew onto me, especially when he’s the most genuine guy in the whole drama. She never asked for much but if they’re acting the way they do in their late twenties, then their future looks pretty dim. Nevertheless, Chang Soo had a lot more emotion and personality in him that was easier to follow. Him and Ji Yi are like a cute sunshine couple. I’m glad that Chang Soo’s mother wasn’t a complete bitch and understood that Ji Yi wasn’t there for their money.

There were a lot of strange pressure points throughout the drama. When Gyun Joon (Lee Sang Woo), Yoon Ha’s brother returned from his death hoax, I was seriously expecting huge hugs and tears of happiness considering how devastated people were when they thought he was dead. But what ended up happening was him just jumping straight back into business. I sort of it missed the part of why he pretended to die but everyone’s reaction was just really strange when he came back. You’d think that Yoon Ha who loved her brother so much would be the most ecstatic and moved to see him. Instead, they just talk on the phone really casually. Normal people don’t exactly react that way when you thought someone was dead! I’m still not sure how I got through the entire drama.

 

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