|Also known as||Shining Inheritance|
|Written by||So Hyun-kyung|
|Directed by||Jin Hyuk|
|Opening theme||"Only You" by Kang Ha-ni|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Executive producer(s)||Huh Woong|
|Running time||Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 (KST)|
|Original channel||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original run||April 25, 2009– July 26, 2009|
|Preceded by||Family's Honor|
|Revised Romanization||Chanranhan Yusan|
Brilliant Legacy (Hangul: 찬란한 유산; RR: Chanranhan Yusan; also known as Shining Inheritance) is a 2009 South Korean television series starring Han Hyo-joo, Lee Seung-gi, Bae Soo-bin and Moon Chae-won. It aired on SBS from April 25 to July 26, 2009 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 28 episodes.
It was among the top-rated Korean dramas of the year; it maintained its number one spot in the viewership ratings chart for 19 consecutive weeks and reached a peak rating of 47.1% for its last episode.
Go Eun-sung (Han Hyo-joo) was studying overseas in New York and returned to Korea during her vacation to bring her autistic brother, Eun-woo (Yeon Joon-seok), to the United States to study music. Sunwoo Hwan (Lee Seung-gi), who was also studying in New York, was ordered to return to Korea by his grandmother, Jang Sook-ja (Ban Hyo-jung), to learn how to manage her food company. Eun-sung and Hwan, who were on the same flight back home, accidentally had their luggage bags exchanged, which led to several misunderstandings between the two.
Go Pyung-joong (Jeon In-taek), Eun-sung's father, was struggling to save his company from going bankrupt. One day, his wallet and valuables were stolen by a thief who subsequently died in a gas explosion accident. The police, upon finding Pyung-joong’s belongings on the thief, mistakenly identified the thief as him and a death certificate for Pyung-joong was promptly issued. He decided to lie low and not tell his family that he was alive so that his family could claim his life insurance money and use it to clear the debts. However his second wife, Baek Sung-hee (Kim Mi-sook), kicked her stepchildren, Eun-sung and Eun-woo, out of the house after collecting the insurance money and moved into a new home with her daughter, Yoo Seung-mi (Moon Chae-won). Seung-mi was also Hwan's longtime best friend, hoping to be something more.
Eun-sung asked for help from several of her friends, including Hyung-jin, who avoided her because she was no longer rich. She managed to find a job at a nightclub with the help of her friend, Hye-ri. At the nightclub, Eun-sung met Hyung-jin's upperclassman, Park Joon-se (Bae Soo-bin), who was shocked to see her working there. She also met Hwan, who caused her to lose contact with Eun-woo. Realizing that Eun-woo was missing, Eun-sung was devastated and tried searching for her brother but to no avail. With the help of Hye-ri and Joon-se, Eun-sung rented a small room and started a small dumplings stall while continuing her search for Eun-woo.
Meanwhile, Sook-ja became deeply disappointed in her grandson as Hwan had no direction in life and did not know how to cherish her company and employees. While pondering over what to do about her grandson, Sook-ja visited a neighborhood that she used to live in when she was poor and encountered Eun-sung, who was selling dumplings. Sook-ja encountered an accident and received help from Eun-sung. Seeing that Eun-sung tried her best to take care of her even when she could not afford her own daily expenses, Sook-ja was touched by Eun-sung's compassion. She brought Eun-sung home, then announced to her family that Eun-sung was going to live with them and that she was going to appoint Eun-sung as the heir of her food company, if she could raise the profits of the sinking second branch by 20%.
- Go family
- Han Hyo-joo as Go Eun-sung
- Jeon In-taek as Go Pyung-joong (father)
- Kim Mi-sook as Baek Sung-hee (stepmother)
- Moon Chae-won as Yoo Seung-mi (stepsister)
- Yeon Joon-seok as Go Eun-woo (younger brother)
- Sunwoo family
- Lee Seung-gi as Sunwoo Hwan
- Ban Hyo-jung as Jang Sook-ja (grandmother)
- Yoo Ji-in as Oh Young-ran (mother)
- Han Ye-won as Sunwoo Jung (younger sister)
- Lee Seung-hyung as Pyo Sung-chul (butler)
- Park family
- Bae Soo-bin as Park Joon-se
- Choi Jung-woo as Park Tae-soo (father)
- Extended cast
- Min Young-won as Lee Hye-ri (Eun-sung's friend)
- Jung Suk-won as Jin-young Suk (Hwan's friend)
- Son Yeo-eun as Jung In-young (Eun-sung and Seung-mi's friend)
- Kim Jae-seung as Lee Hyung-jin (Joon-se's junior colleague)
- Baek Seung-hyun as Lee Joon-young / Manager Lee (store manager)
- Park Sang-hyun as Han Soo-jae (store worker)
|2009-04-25||1||16.9% (3rd)||17.0% (3rd)|
|2009-04-26||2||19.2% (4th)||19.6% (5th)|
|2009-05-02||3||15.9% (3rd)||15.6% (3rd)|
|2009-05-03||4||21.7% (3rd)||21.6% (4th)|
|2009-05-09||5||21.8% (1st)||23.1% (1st)|
|2009-05-10||6||26.5% (2nd)||27.7% (1st)|
|2009-05-16||7||24.7% (2nd)||25.1% (1st)|
|2009-05-17||8||28.5% (1st)||29.6% (1st)|
|2009-05-23||9||26.8% (1st)||27.4% (1st)|
|2009-05-24||10||29.1% (1st)||29.4% (1st)|
|2009-05-30||11||28.5% (1st)||28.1% (1st)|
|2009-05-31||12||33.4% (1st)||33.3% (1st)|
|2009-06-06||13||28.5% (1st)||29.2% (1st)|
|2009-06-07||14||33.4% (1st)||33.3% (1st)|
|2009-06-13||15||30.9% (1st)||30.4% (1st)|
|2009-06-14||16||34.1% (1st)||34.4% (1st)|
|2009-06-20||17||32.9% (1st)||32.7% (1st)|
|2009-06-21||18||35.5% (1st)||36.1% (1st)|
|2009-06-27||19||33.0% (1st)||33.8% (1st)|
|2009-06-28||20||39.9% (1st)||40.6% (1st)|
|2009-07-04||21||35.6% (1st)||35.7% (1st)|
|2009-07-05||22||39.7% (1st)||40.1% (1st)|
|2009-07-11||23||38.5% (1st)||37.6% (1st)|
|2009-07-12||24||41.8% (1st)||41.7% (1st)|
|2009-07-18||25||40.1% (1st)||39.9% (1st)|
|2009-07-19||26||43.4% (1st)||44.0% (1st)|
|2009-07-25||27||44.6% (1st)||45.3% (1st)|
|2009-07-26||28||47.1% (1st)||47.4% (1st)|
Source: TNS Media Korea
- Only You (너 하나만) - Kang Ha-ni (Opening Title)
- The Person Living in My Heart (내 가슴에 사는 사람) - Isu
- Crazy in Love (사랑에 미쳐서) - Ji-sun
- Love is Punishment (사랑은 벌이다) - K.Will
- Spring Rain - Ji-hye
- Dear Sister (그리운 누나)
- Catch Hwan (환이를 잡아라)
- Are We Family? (우리가 가족이니?)
- Funny Life
- The Road Leading to You (너에게 가는 길)
- Smile Working
- Last Lie (마지막 거짓말)
- Bickering (티격태격)
- Memories of Separation (이별의 기억)
- Spring Rain (Guitar Ver.)
- Destiny, the Second Story (운명, 그 두번째 이야기)
Awards and nominations
||Hot Male Drama Star||Lee Seung-gi||Won|
|Hot Female Drama Star||Han Hyo-joo||Won|
||Best Couple||Lee Seung-gi and Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Lee Seung-hyung||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Yoo Ji-in||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Lee Seung-gi||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Kim Mi-sook||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Kim Mi-sook||Won|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Ban Hyo-jung||Won|
||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Lee Seung-gi||Won|
|Best Screenplay (TV)||So Hyun-kyung||Nominated|
|Best New Director (TV)||Jin Hyuk||Nominated|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Lee Seung-gi||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Han Hyo-joo||Nominated|
|Best Drama||Brilliant Legacy||Nominated|
||Best Serial Drama||Brilliant Legacy||Won|
||Outstanding Korean Actress||Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Most Popular Actor||Lee Seung-gi||Won|
||Platinum Remi Award||Brilliant Legacy||Won|
||Foreign TV Series Special Award||Brilliant Legacy||Won|
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