Brilliant Legacy

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Brilliant Legacy
Shining Inheritance.jpg
Also known asShining Inheritance
Written bySo Hyun-kyung
Directed byJin Hyuk
StarringHan Hyo-joo
Lee Seung-gi
Bae Soo-bin
Moon Chae-won
Opening theme"Only You" by Kang Ha-ni
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes28
Executive producer(s)Huh Woong
Production company(s)Pan Entertainment
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original releaseApril 25 (2009-04-25) –
July 26, 2009 (2009-07-26)
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Brilliant Legacy (Korean찬란한 유산; RRChanranhan 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.[1][2] 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 20 consecutive weeks and reached a peak rating of 47.1% for its last episode.[3]


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[edit]

Sunwoo family[edit]

Park family[edit]

Extended cast[edit]

  • Min Young-won as Lee Hye-ri (Eun-sung's friend)
  • Jung Suk-won as Jin Young-seok (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-hyeon as Lee Joon-young / Manager Lee (store manager)
  • Park Sang-hyun as Han Soo-jae (store worker)

Original soundtrack[edit]

  1. Only You (너 하나만) – Kang Ha-ni (Opening Title)
  2. The Person Living in My Heart (내 가슴에 사는 사람) – Isu
  3. Crazy in Love (사랑에 미쳐서) – Ji-sun
  4. Love is Punishment (사랑은 벌이다) – K.Will
  5. Spring Rain – Ji-hye
  6. Dear Sister (그리운 누나)
  7. Catch Hwan (환이를 잡아라)
  8. Are We Family? (우리가 가족이니?)
  9. Funny Life
  10. The Road Leading to You (너에게 가는 길)
  11. Smile Working
  12. Last Lie (마지막 거짓말)
  13. Bickering (티격태격)
  14. Memories of Separation (이별의 기억)
  15. Spring Rain (Guitar Ver.)
  16. Destiny, the Second Story (운명, 그 두번째 이야기)


Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2009-04-25 1 16.9% (1st) 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)
Average 31.9% 32.1%

Source: TNS Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards[6]
Hot Male Drama Star Lee Seung-gi Won
Hot Female Drama Star Han Hyo-joo Won
SBS Drama Awards[7][8]
Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Mi-sook Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Lee Seung-gi Won
Bae Soo-bin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Kim Mi-sook Nominated
Han Hyo-joo Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Special Planning Drama Lee Seung-hyung Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama Yu Ji-in Nominated
Top 10 Stars Han Hyo-joo Won
Lee Seung-gi Won
Bae Soo-bin Won
Best Couple Lee Seung-gi and Han Hyo-joo Won
Achievement Award Ban Hyo-jung Won
46th Baeksang Arts Awards[9]
Best Drama Brilliant Legacy Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Han Hyo-joo Nominated
Best New Director (TV) Jin Hyuk Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Lee Seung-gi Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) So Hyun-kyung Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Lee Seung-gi Won
37th Korea Broadcasting Awards[10]
Best Serial Drama Brilliant Legacy Won
5th Seoul International Drama Awards[11][12][13]
Outstanding Korean Actress Han Hyo-joo Won
Most Popular Actor Lee Seung-gi Won
44th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival[14]
Platinum Remi Award Brilliant Legacy Won
17th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Awards[15]
Foreign TV Series Special Award Brilliant Legacy Won

International broadcast[edit]


A Chinese remake titled My Splendid Life (我的灿烂人生 Wo De Can Lan Ren Sheng) starring Jerry Yan and Yedda Chen aired on Dragon TV in 2011.[23] A Turkish remake titled Never Let My Hand Go ( Elımı Bırakma) starring

Alp Navruz and Alina Boz aired on TRT Television in Summer 2018 till Summer 2019.


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  2. ^ Park, Sun-young (16 July 2009). "Brilliant drama leaving its own legacy". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  3. ^ "Lee, Han Picked as Rising Ad Models". The Korea Times. 24 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-12-05.
  4. ^ "Han Hyo-joo: 'Good People Deserve to be Happy'". KBS Global. 5 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Lee Seung-gi Branches Out". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 July 2009.
  6. ^ "이승기, 'Mnet 20's 초이스' 핫드라마스타 男부문 수상". Yahoo! Korea (in Korean). 28 August 2009.
  7. ^ "베스트커플상 한효주-이승기, 깜찍한 하트 환상의 궁합". Newsen (in Korean). 1 January 2010.
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  9. ^ "이승기-윤아, TV부문 인기상 수상 (백상)". My Daily (in Korean). 26 March 2010.
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  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 April 2010). "Shining Inheritance ends run in Japan with flying colors". 10Asia.
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  20. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (6 September 2009). "Korean Dramas Continue to Captivate the Philippines". The Korea Times.
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  22. ^ "เรื่องย่อ มรดกรักฉบับพันล้านวอน". 16 August 2015. Thai: ภาษาไทย
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