The Heirs (TV series)
Promotional poster for The Heirs
|Also known as||The Inheritors
The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Bears the Crown – The Heirs
He Who Wishes To Wear the Crown, Endure Its Weight – The Heirs
One Who Wants to Wear the Crown, Bear the Crown – The Heirs
Those Who Want the Crown, Withstand the Weight of it – The Heirs
|Written by||Kim Eun-sook|
|Directed by||Kang Shin-hyo|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||Choi Moon-suk|
California, United States
|Running time||Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||Hwa & Dam Pictures|
|Original channel||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||October 9, 2013– December 12, 2013|
|Preceded by||Master's Sun|
|Followed by||You Who Came From the Stars|
The Heirs, also known as The Inheritors (Hangul: 왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들; RR: Wang-gwan-eul Sseu-ryeo-neun Ja, Geu Moo-gae-reul Gyun-dyeo-ra – Sangsokjadeul; lit. "He Who Wishes to Wear the Crown, Endures Its Weight – The Heirs") is a South Korean television series starring Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye. Written by Kim Eun-sook, the trendy drama is set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich. It aired on SBS from October 9 to December 12, 2013 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.
The series follows a group of rich, privileged, and elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control, except their love lives. Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) is a handsome and wealthy heir to a large Korean conglomerate who is sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality, it's a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home, Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk) schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye), who has arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. Slowly, he finds himself falling for her, never realizing that she's the daughter of his family's housekeeper. When Kim Tan's fiancée, Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won), arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. Meanwhile, Rachel's future stepbrother and Kim Tan's former best friend, Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) goes to the same school as Kim Tan and Eun-sang and starts falling for Eun-sang as well. Troubles arise as the heirs realize the differences between money and the real world.
- Lee Min-ho as Kim Tan
- Jung Chan-woo as young Kim Tan (middle school student)
- He is the future heir to the Jeguk (meaning "Empire") Group. Though hot-headed and at times immature, Kim Tan is warm-hearted and honest. He does not have a good relationship with his father and half-brother, the latter from whom he constantly seeks friendship (but who doesn't gives him any). He is actually the son of his father's mistress, but is listed in the family registry as the son of his father's second wife in order to be a legitimate heir. Prior to returning to Korea, he was exiled by his brother to study abroad in the U.S. Although he is engaged to Rachel Yoo, he is attracted to Cha Eun-sang at first sight and falls in love with her despite her poor background.
- Down-to-earth and somewhat cynical, she diligently works part-time jobs to support herself and her mother, and gets caught in a love triangle between Kim Tan and Choi Young-do. She lives in Kim Tan's home, since her mother is a live-in housekeeper. She grew up with Yoon Chan-young, her best friend, and is enrolled in Jeguk High School on a welfare scholarship. Kim Tan comes into her life and won't stop pursuing her, but though she does reciprocate his feelings, many are bent on splitting them up.
- The heir to the Zeus Hotel Group. He has an IQ of 150, but does not put any effort into his schoolwork. Due to this, he ranks 98th out of 100 in his class during the first Jeguk High School finals. Known for his cunning intellect and volatile manners, he is feared by his fellow classmates, whom he bullies. His father, Choi Dong-wook is mercilessly strict and physically abusive towards him, and engages with him in judo matches to get him to do things. As part of his training as the next CEO of Zeus Hotel, Young-do is often seen washing dishes at the hotel, something he's been doing since he was in middle school. Though former best friends with Kim Tan, the two now have a mutual hatred for each other, which was partly brought about by the departure of Young-do's beloved mother. Young-do begins picking on Eun-sang to irritate Tan but he soon realizes that's not the only reason she's always on his mind.
- Son of the Jeguk Group's secretary. He and Cha Eun-sang have known each other since they were kids and they've been friends ever since. Kind, cool-headed, warm, and smart, Chan-young is ranked number one in his class, and always sees the best in people. Despite being in the social care group, he doesn't get picked on by the "higher social status" students because he is the class president. He thinks that everything his girlfriend Lee Bo-na does is cute, especially when she is jealous.
- She is the daughter of the CEO of Mega Entertainment, and therefore is somewhat spoiled but cute and has a good heart. Kim Tan is her first love and ex-boyfriend, and now they're still friendly and just nag at each other. She is super devoted and possessive towards her current boyfriend, Yoon Chan-young. She dislikes Cha Eun-sang at first for being Chan-young's best friend, believing that "there is no way for a girl and a boy to simply be just friends," but as the time goes by she becomes friends with Eun-sang, although she wouldn't admit the fact.
- Kim Tan's fiancée. The rich, chic and haughty heiress of clothing company RS International, she is also known as "Jeguk High School's Paris Hilton." Her prickly personality of course extends to Cha Eun-sang, especially when she realizes that Kim Tan likes her. Furious and humiliated, she attempts many times to split them apart. Near the end, Rachel begins to have hesitant feelings for Lee Hyo-shin, with whom she has much in common. She also seems to be on close terms with Tan's half-brother, Kim Won.
- Kim Tan's older half-brother, an accomplished and capable young executive who runs his family's giant conglomerate, Jeguk Group. At constant friction with his family, he attempts to rule the company himself, and fears that Tan will get in his way. Due to this, he had never had a real brotherly relationship with Tan, who tries everything he can to win his brother's heart. He and Tan eventually learn to get along. He chooses to concentrate on running Jeguk Group at the expense of his relationship with Jeon Hyun-joo. Although Won attempts everything to save their relationship, Hyun-joo knows there's nothing he can do, and she breaks up with him to allow him to carry out his dream.
- Son of the attorney general. He has a crush on his private tutor, Jeon Hyun-joo. His mother and father constantly pressure him to get into law school, despite his dislike for the profession. Calm and laid back, he runs the school broadcasting system. He is also close friends with Kim Tan. To overcome his family's pressure, he joins the army without telling anyone besides Kim Tan and Rachel, with whom he develops a friendship.
- Park Hyung-sik as Jo Myung-soo
- Son of the CEO of Victory Law Firm, the largest law firm in town. Quick to think on his feet, he's a slacker who doesn't want to inherit the family business. Playful and a joker, he prefers hanging out at night clubs and taking photos of his friends. Although he doesn't understand his best friend Choi Young-do all that well, he still tries to help him. Myung-soo often hangs out in his private studio with Young-do and Lee Bo-na, where there is a wall covered in pictures of his friends and family.
- Im Joo-eun as Jeon Hyun-joo
- A teacher at Jeguk High School, she is cool and collected, while being slightly awkward. She shares the same diligent, earnest personality as Cha Eun-sang. Hyun-joo gets Kim Won's attention for her sharp intelligence, and they enter into a relationship. But she knew it would never work out no matter how much she and Won wanted it to. She was previously the private tutor of Lee Hyo-shin, who had a crush on her.
- Jeon Soo-jin as Kang Ye-sol
- The daughter of a former bar hostess who owns 10 large bars in Gangnam, Seoul. Her best friend is Lee Bo-na, while her mother is friends with Kim Tan's biological mother. Her existence in Jeguk High School was unremarkable until Rachel exposed her mother's profession, which temporarily halted her friendship with Bo-na.
- Jo Yoon-woo as Moon Joon-young
- A victim of Choi Young-do's bullying at Jeguk High School due to his "welfare status."
- Choi Won-young as Yoon Jae-ho
- Jeguk Group secretary. Father of Yoon Chan-young, and previously involved with Esther Lee.
- Yoon Son-ha as Esther Lee
- President of RS International. Mother of Rachel Yoo, and is engaged to Choi Dong-wook, Young-do's father.
- Kim Sung-ryung as Han Ki-ae
- Mother of Kim Tan and the mistress of Kim Nam-yoon, Tan's father.
- Park Joon-geum as Jeong Ji-sook
- Chairwoman of Jeguk High School. Kim Nam-yoon's second wife, and Kim Tan's registered mother. Selfish and controlling, she attempts to take over Jeguk Group when the chairman and her husband Nam-yoon falls ill.
- Kim Mi-kyung as Park Hee-nam
- The deaf-mute housekeeper of the Kim family, and mother of Cha Eun-sang. She lost her voice when she was three years old due to a severe fever. She often gives advice to Tan's mother, and although in the beginning she doesn't treat her well, they end up on friendly terms. She is kind, and wants the best for her daughter.
- Choi Jin-ho as Choi Dong-wook
- President of Zeus Hotel Group. Father of Choi Young-do, and engaged to Esther Lee. He is controlling, and became a womanizer after his first wife, Young-do's mother, left their family.
- Jung Dong-hwan as Kim Nam-yoon
- President of Jeguk Group, and father of Kim Tan and Kim Won. He has Eun-sang attend Jeguk High School, so that she can be told by everyone in her peer group why she and Tan can't be together.
- Seo Yi-sook as Hyo-shin's mother
- Ra Mi-ran as Myung-soo's mother
- Choi Ji-na as Yoo Kyung-ran, Young-do's mother
- Choi Eun-kyung as Ye-sol's mother
- Jung Won-joong as Lee Chan-hyuk, Hyo-shin's father
- Lee Yeon-kyung as Bo-na's mother
- Yoon Jin-seo as Cha Eun-seok ("Stella")
- Cha Eun-sang's older sister. She is nicknamed "Evil girl" by Eun-sang for selfishly leaving their family. (ep 1)
- Kim Heechul as music program MC (ep 4)
- 2EYES as themselves (ep 4)
- VIXX as themselves (ep 4)
- BTOB as themselves (ep 4)
- Wang Ji-won as Yang Da-kyung, Kim Won's blind date (ep 17, 19-20)
- Lee Hyun-jin as Lee Hyun-jin, Bo-na's older brother (ep 19)
- Jung Joo-hee as announcer (ep 15-16)
- Park Young-ji as Da-kyung's father
Original Sound Track
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Genre||Pop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B, teen pop|
Hwa & Dam Pictures
CJ E&M Music and Live
|1.||"I'm Saying... (말이야)"||Lee Hongki (FT Island)||3:50|
|1.||"Love Is..."||Park Jang-hyun & Park Hyun-kyu (Bromance)||3:40|
|1.||"Moment"||Lee Changmin (2AM)||4:03|
|2.||"In the Name of Love (사랑이라는 이름으로)"||Ken (VIXX)||3:22|
|3.||"Two People (두 사람)"||Park Jang-hyun (Bromance)||4:29|
|1.||"Serendipity (세렌디피티)"||2Young (투영)||3:37|
|2.||"Bite My Lower Lip (아랫입술 물고)"||Esna (에스나)||3:43|
|1.||"Story (스토리)"||Park Shin-hye||4:35|
|1.||"Crying Again (또 운다)"||Moon Myung-jin (문명진)||3:50|
|1.||"Don’t Look Back (돌아보지마)"||Choi Jin-hyuk||4:07|
|1.||"Only With My Heart (마음으로만)"||Lena Park||4:25|
|2.||"Growing Pain 2 (성장통 2)"||Cold Cherry (차가운 체리)||3:52|
|1.||"Painful Love (아픈 사랑)"||Lee Min-ho||3:56|
|The Heirs OST 1|
|1.||"I'm Saying... (말이야)"||Lee Hongki||3:50|
|2.||"Love Is..."||Park Jang-hyun & Park Hyun-kyu (Bromance)||3:40|
|3.||"Moment"||Lee Changmin (2AM)||3:40|
|4.||"In the Name of Love (사랑이라는 이름으로)"||Ken (VIXX)||3:22|
|5.||"Two People (두 사람) (Remake)"||Park Jang-hyun (Bromance)||4:29|
|6.||"Serendipity (세렌디피티)"||2Young (투영)||3:37|
|7.||"Biting My Lower Lip (아랫입술 물고)"||Esna (에스나)||3:43|
|8.||"Here For You"||Big Baby Driver (빅베이비드라이버)||3:40|
|9.||"What We Used to Be"||Big Baby Driver (빅베이비드라이버)||3:27|
|10.||"Some Other Day"||Big Baby Driver (빅베이비드라이버)||3:27|
|11.||"I Will See You"||Trans Fixion (트랜스 픽션)||2:54|
|12.||"I'm Saying... (말이야) (Inst.)"||Lee Hongki||3:50|
|13.||"Love Is... (Inst.)"||Park Jang-hyun & Park Hyun-kyu (Bromance)||3:40|
|14.||"Moment (Inst.)"||Lee Changmin (2AM)||4:03|
|The Heirs OST 2|
|1.||"Story (스토리)"||Park Shin-hye||4:35|
|2.||"Crying Again (또 운다)"||Moon Myung-jin (문명진)||3:50|
|3.||"Only With My Heart (마음으로만)"||Lena Park||4:25|
|4.||"Don't Look Back (돌아보지마)"||Choi Jin-hyuk||4:07|
|5.||"Painful Love (아픈 사랑)"||Lee Min-ho||3:56|
|6.||"Love Is... (Acoustic Ver.)"||Park Hyun-kyu (Bromance)||3:10|
|7.||"In the Name of Love (사랑이라는 이름으로) (English Ver.)"||Ken (VIXX)||3:22|
|8.||"Growing Pains 2 (성장통 2)"||Cold Cherry (차가운 체리)||3:52|
|10.||"I'm Saying (말이야) (Piano Ver.)"||Various Artists||2:02|
|11.||"Dream Catcher"||Various Artists||2:30|
|12.||"Love Is... (Comic Ver.)"||Various Artists||1:25|
|13.||"Logical Love"||Various Artists||2:44|
|14.||"Weight of the Crown"||Various Artists||3:08|
|15.||"Aim at the Crown"||Various Artists||2:11|
|16.||"(별을 세는 아이)"||Various Artists||2:12|
|17.||"Portents of War"||Various Artists||1:58|
|18.||"Dream of One Summer Night (한여름 밤에 꿈)"||Various Artists||2:31|
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||9 October 2013||9.9%||12.0%||11.6%||13.1%|
|2||10 October 2013||11.2%||13.4%||10.5%||11.8%|
|3||16 October 2013||10.9%||13.9%||10.6%||11.8%|
|4||17 October 2013||12.4%||15.2%||11.5%||12.7%|
|5||23 October 2013||12.2%||15.6%||11.4%||12.8%|
|6||24 October 2013||13.9%||17.9%||13.5%||14.8%|
|7||30 October 2013||12.9%||16.2%||13.1%||13.1%|
|8||31 October 2013||14.1%||17.6%||13.1%||14.1%|
|9||6 November 2013||13.3%||61.6%||13.4%||15.3%|
|10||7 November 2013||14.3%||17.9%||15.3%||17.2%|
|11||13 November 2013||13.9%||17.1%||15.4%||16.8%|
|12||14 November 2013||14.0%||17.8%||15.9%||17.5%|
|13||20 November 2013||18.2%||22.1%||20.6%||22.7%|
|14||21 November 2013||19.4%||23.4%||22.1%||24.6%|
|15||27 November 2013||18.2%||22.7%||19.8%||21.0%|
|16||28 November 2013||20.2%||23.8%||21.1%||23.2%|
|17||4 December 2013||21.4%||27.6%||21.4%||23.4%|
|18||5 December 2013||21.8%||27.3%||23.9%||26.5%|
|19||11 December 2013||22.5%||28.5%||24.3%||27.0%|
|20||12 December 2013||23.5%||27.9%||25.6%||28.6%|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Anhui TV Drama Awards||Popular Foreign Actress||Park Shin-hye||Won|
|Popular Foreign Actor||Kim Woo-bin||Won|
|Baidu Fei Dian ("The Hottest") Awards||Best Asian Actor||Lee Min-ho||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Park Shin-hye||Won|
|Special Acting Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Kim Sung-ryung||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Lee Min-ho||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye||Won|
|Popularity Award||Lee Min-ho||Won|
|New Star Award||Choi Jin-hyuk||Won|
|Best Dressed||Lee Min-ho||Won|
Due to its star-studded cast and writer Kim Eun-sook (who previously wrote Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden and A Gentleman's Dignity), international broadcasting rights have been sold to 13 countries. Notably, it had the highest selling price in Japan among all the 2013 Korean dramas.
- Philippines - ABS-CBN
- China - Sohu.com and Youku.com
- Thailand - Workpoint TV
- Malaysia - ONE TV ASIA
A 2014 Chinese television drama titled Billion Dollar Heir (亿万继承人) starring Yu Xiao Tong, Kan Qing Zi and Korean singer-actor Choi Siwon was originally reported to be a remake of The Heirs, but this was later denied by its director Li Shao Hong, citing the completely different story and characters.
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