*starting the post with a drumroll* LOL. Confession: this is the third series in a row that I watched with Lee Min-ho in it. Errr I watched the first two on purpose, but I didn’t know that Lee Min-ho was in this one when I started watching.
The story started in Los Angeles, USA, where Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) had lived for three years after being kicked out of his house in Korea by his older half-brother, Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk), living his life recklessly – party almost everyday, drove recklessly, caught by the cops, suspected of possessing drugs – to cover up his loneliness. On the other side of the story, Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin-hye), a daughter of a mute housemaid, Park Hee Nam (Kim Mi-kyung), being fed up with all part time jobs she had to do, decided to leave home to see her older sister in LA. Penny-less and without a ticket to go back to Korea, Eun Sang found out that her sister had been lying to her and their mother all this time, living a poor life and running away after taking all the money their mother sent her. As if it’s not bad enough, Tan’s friend took out a bean powder bag Eun Sang’s mother packed for her sister, thinking it was drug, drawing Eun Sang to the cop and had her passport sustained. Eun Sang had no choice other than staying at Tan’s house for several days.
Tan’s fiancee, Yoo Rachel (Kim Ji-won), who visited Tan to celebrate their engagement anniversary, found that Eun Sang was staying there and kicked her out, out of jealousy. Eun Sang was lucky enough her best friend Yoon Chan-young (Kang Min-hyuk) picked her up at the right time and lent her money to buy tickets. Back in Seoul, Eun Sang found that her house is empty – her mother is now an in-house maid, and she had to live there with her mom. The drama started when Tan’s father, the owner of Jeguk Group (Empire Group) found out that his son is fond of Eun Sang. He then transferred Eun Sang to Jeguk High School, the same school where Tan and only other rich kids went. In Jeguk High School, there are 4 types of students: the super rich due to family business, the rich for being a shareholder, the officials’ kids, and the “social care” group. The members of the last group are always bullied by Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) and his gank. Of course, being a housemaid’s daughter, Eun Sang belonged to the fourth group. Fortunately, she was protected by Chan Young and Tan all the time that she didn’t get bullied. Moreover, Young Do was also interested in her that the love triangle complicated things between them.
The drama, as the title suggests, is mostly about the life of people living under “old money”, spending their lives thinking about how to do money politics in order for them not to lose their money to people from outside their group. Most of the time, their kids are also the victims, having to marry someone they don’t like only to expand the parents’ businesses. The power of money is scary that even siblings might shed blood to possess more and more. What a scary life they lead, regardless all the luxury outsiders see.
All in all, I’m giving 3.5 out of 5 stars for this drama. The first episodes might seem boring, but as you get to know the characters deeper (as to why they become who they are today), you will find it interesting. The love story is way too predictable and cheesy, but since they are high school students, it’s forgivable. 😛 A good one for those who have some free time and like good looking young actors and actresses dressing in a fancy way.