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The Heirs
The Inheritors poster.jpg
Also known as The Inheritors
Genre Romance
Drama
Teen
Written by Kim Eun-sook
Directed by Kang Shin-hyo
Starring Lee Min-ho
Park Shin-hye
Kim Woo-bin
Ending theme "I'm Saying" (말이야) by Lee Hong-gi
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Choi Moon-suk
Producer(s) Yoon Ha-rim
Location(s) South Korea
United States
Production company(s) Hwa & Dam Pictures
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 9 (2013-10-09) – December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
External links
Website tv.sbs.co.kr/theheirs/
The Heirs
Hangul 왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들
Hanja 王冠을 쓰려는 者, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 相續者들
Revised Romanization Wang-gwaneul Sseuryeoneun Ja, Geu Mugereul Gyeondyeora – Sangsokjadeul
McCune–Reischauer Wang'gwanŭl Ssŭryŏnŭn Ja, Kŭ Mugerŭl Kyŏndyŏra – Sangsokjadŭl
Literally, "He Who Wishes to Wear the Crown, Endures Its Weight – The Heirs"[1]

The Heirs (왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들), also known as The Inheritors, is a South Korean television series starring Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye and Kim Woo-bin.[2] Written by Kim Eun-sook, the trendy drama is set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich.[3] It aired on SBS from October 9 to December 12, 2013 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.[4]

This was the first Korean drama co-produced by American digital distribution platform DramaFever and Korean production company Hwa & Dam Pictures.[5] The series was a major hit in South Korea and received immense popularity across Asia.[6][7][8]

Synopsis[edit]

The series follows a group of rich, privileged, and high school students as they are about to take over their families' business empires, overcoming difficulties and growing every step of the way.

Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) is a wealthy heir to a large Korean conglomerate called Jeguk Group.[9] He was exiled to the U.S. by his brother Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk), who tries to take control of the family business.[10] While in the States, he meets Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye), who went there to look for her sister.[11] Despite being engaged to Yoo Rachel (Kim Ji-won), a fellow heiress, Kim Tan soon falls in love with Eun-sang. When Kim Tan returns to Korea,he starts going to his former school 'the empire high', meanwhile Cha Eun-Sang also gets admitted to the same school as a welfare student, but then his former best friend turned enemy Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) begins picking on Eun-sang to irritate Tan. Tension ensues when Young-do also falls in love with Eun-sang, and Kim Tan is forced to choose between responsibility of pursuing the family business or love.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

The future heir to the Jeguk (meaning "Empire") Group. [19] He is the son of his father's mistress, but is listed in the family registry as the second son of the wife in order to be a legitimate heir. Though hot-headed and at times immature, Kim Tan is warm-hearted and honest. 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.[20]
Down-to-earth and somewhat cynical, Eun-sang diligently works part-time jobs to support herself and her mother after her sister leaves for the U.S. She lives in Kim Tan's home, since her mother is a live-in housekeeper of the Kim family. She is enrolled in Jeguk High School on a welfare scholarship given by President Kim.
The heir to the Zeus Hotel Group. Known for his cunning intellect and volatile manners, he is feared by his classmates, whom he bullies.[28] He is formerly best friends with Kim Tan, but a misunderstanding made them enemies. 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.

Supporting[edit]

Jeguk High School[edit]

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". She dislikes Cha Eun-sang, and attempts many times to split her and Kim Tan apart. She is also on close terms with Tan's half-brother, Kim Won.
Son of the Jeguk Group's secretary. Kind, cool-headed, warm, and smart, Chan-young 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 is also Eun-sang's best friend, and his friendship with her makes his girlfriend, Lee Bo-na jealous. Nonetheless, Chan-young thinks that everything Bo-na does is cute, especially when she is jealous.
Daughter of the CEO of Mega Entertainment. Though somewhat spoiled, she is actually kind-hearted. She is Kim Tan's first love and ex-girlfriend, and now they are still on friendly terms. She is now dating Chan-young. She dislikes 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 became friends with her.
Son of the attorney general. Calm and laid back, he runs the school broadcasting system together with Bo-na and later Eun-sang. He is also close friends with Kim Tan. Hyo-shin is constantly pressurized by his family to get into law school, despite his dislike for the profession. To overcome his family's pressure, he joins the army without telling anyone besides Tan and Rachel. Hyo-shin also has a one-sided crush on his private tutor, Jeon Hyun-joo, but later falls for Rachel.
Son of the CEO of Victory Law Firm, the largest law firm in town. He is quick-witted, playful and often jokes around. He often hangs out at night clubs and take photos of his friends. He is best friends with Young-do and Bo-na (the three often hang out together in Myung-soo's studio, where there is a wall covered in pictures of his friends and family.).
The daughter of a former bar hostess who owns 10 large bars in Gangnam, Seoul. She is Lee Bo-na's best friend. Her existence in Jeguk High School was unremarkable until Rachel exposed her mother's profession, which temporarily halted her friendship with Bo-na. She has a crush on Choi Young-do.
Choi Young-do's lackey.
Choi Young-do's lackey.
A victim of Choi Young-do's bullying at Jeguk High School due to his "welfare status". He later leaves to another school.

Others[edit]

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, despite the latter trying everything he can to win his brother's heart. He is in a relationship with Hyun-joo, whom he later gives up on for the sake of the company.
A teacher at Jeguk High School. Diligent and earnest, Hyun-joo gets Kim Won's attention for her sharp intelligence, and they enter into a relationship. But she eventually broke up with Won to allow him to concentrate on running the company. She is also the private tutor of Hyo-shin, who had a crush on her.
The mute housekeeper of the Kim family, and mother of Eun-sang. She lost her voice when she was three years old due to a severe fever. She often gives advice to Kim Tan's mother. She is kind, and wants the best for her daughter.
Kim Tan's mother and the mistress of Kim Nam-yoon. Though somewhat vain and self-centered, she cares for her son deeply and only wants him to be happy.
President of Jeguk Group, and father of Kim Tan and Kim Won.
  • Park Joon-geum as Jung Ji-suk
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 her husband, the chairman falls ill.
President of RS International and Rachel's mother, who is engaged to Choi Dong-uk, Young-do's father. However, she still appears to be in love with Yoon Jae-ho, whom she previously gave up on to marry someone who would help her business.
Jeguk Group's secretary and Chan-young's father, who is previously involved with Esther Lee.
President of Zeus Hotel Group and father of Young-do. He is controlling and violent, and became a womanizer after his first wife, Young-do's mother, left their family. He is engaged to Esther Lee.
Choi Young-do's mother
  • Seo Yi-sook as Lee Hyo-shin's mother
  • Jung Won-joong as Lee Chan-hyuk
Lee Hyo-shin's father
  • Lee Yeon-kyung as Lee Bo-na's mother
  • Ra Mi-ran as Jo Myung-soo's mother
  • Choi Eun-kyung as Kang Ye-sol's mother

Special appearances[edit]

Cha Eun-sang's sister
  • Kim Heechul as music program MC (ep 4) [33]
  • 2EYES as themselves (ep 4)
  • VIXX as themselves (ep 4) [34]
  • BTOB as themselves (ep 4)
  • Jung Joo-hee as announcer (ep 15-16)
  • Wang Ji-won as Yang Da-kyung (ep 17, 19-20)
Kim Won's blind date woman
Lee Bo-na's older brother [35]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[36] AGB Nielsen[37]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 October 9, 2013 9.9% (13th) 12.0% (5th) 11.6% (7th) 13.1% (6th)
2 October 10, 2013 11.2% (13th) 13.4% (5th) 10.5% (11th) 11.8% (9th)
3 October 16, 2013 10.9% (9th) 13.9% (4th) 10.6% (10th) 11.8% (6th)
4 October 17, 2013 12.4% (8th) 15.2% (4th) 11.5% (10th) 12.7% (7th)
5 October 23, 2013 12.2% (9th) 15.6% (3rd) 11.4% (8th) 12.8% (7th)
6 October 24, 2013 13.9% (5th) 17.9% (3rd) 13.5% (6th) 14.8% (5th)
7 October 30, 2013 12.9% (8th) 16.2% (3rd) 13.1% (8th) 13.1% (7th)
8 October 31, 2013 14.1% (4th) 17.6% (2nd) 13.1% (5th) 14.1% (4th)
9 November 6, 2013 13.3% (6th) 16.6% (3rd) 13.4% (6th) 15.3% (6th)
10 November 7, 2013 14.3% (4th) 17.9% (2nd) 15.3% (5th) 17.2% (4th)
11 November 13, 2013 13.9% (4th) 17.1% (3rd) 15.4% (6th) 16.8% (5th)
12 November 14, 2013 14.0% (5th) 17.8% (4th) 15.9% (5th) 17.5% (4th)
13 November 20, 2013 18.2% (3rd) 22.1% (1st) 20.6% (2nd) 22.7% (1st)
14 November 21, 2013 19.4% (2nd) 23.4% (2nd) 22.1% (2nd) 24.6% (1st)
15 November 27, 2013 18.2% (4th) 22.7% (1st) 19.8% (2nd) 21.0% (2nd)
16 November 28, 2013 20.2% (2nd) 23.8% (1st) 21.1% (2nd) 23.2% (2nd)
17 December 4, 2013 21.4% (2nd) 27.6% (1st) 21.4% (2nd) 23.4% (2nd)
18 December 5, 2013 21.8% (2nd) 27.3% (1st) 23.9% (2nd) 26.5% (1st)
19 December 11, 2013 22.5% (2nd) 28.5% (1st) 24.3% (2nd) 27.0% (1st)
20 December 12, 2013 23.5% (2nd) 27.9% (1st) 25.6% (2nd) 28.6% (1st)
Average 15.9% 19.7% 16.7% 18.4%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 18th Anhui TV Drama Awards[38][39] Popular Foreign Actress Park Shin-hye Won
Popular Foreign Actor Kim Woo-bin Won
Baidu Fei Dian ("The Hottest") Awards[40] Best Asian Actor Lee Min-ho Won
21st SBS Drama Awards[41] 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
Park Shin-hye Won
Kim Woo-bin Won
New Star Award Choi Jin-hyuk Won
Kang Min-hyuk Won
Kim Ji-won Won
Netizen Popularity Award Lee Min-ho Won
Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Park Shin-hye Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye Won
Best Dressed Lee Min-ho Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards[42] Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Park Hyung-sik Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Park Shin-hye Won
Best OST MomentLee Changmin Nominated
2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Modern Drama The Heirs Won
Best Leading Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Outstanding Leading Actress Park Shin-hye Won
Best Supporting Actor Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Ji-won Nominated
Outstanding Director Kang Shin-hyo Won
Outstanding Scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook Won
Outstanding Theme Song MomentLee Changmin Won
9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama The Heirs Won
Outstanding Korean Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Park Shin-hye Nominated
People's Choice Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Woo-bin Nominated
People's Choice Actress Park Shin-hye Nominated
Outstanding Korean Drama OST I'm SayingLee Hong-gi Nominated
Only With My HeartLena Park Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Lee Min-ho Nominated
Best Production Director Kang Shin-hyo and Boo Sung-chul Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Choi Jin-hyuk Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actor Kang Ha-neul Nominated
Best Young Actress Park Shin-hye Nominated
Best OST by a Male Artist I'm SayingLee Hong-gi Nominated
MomentLee Changmin Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards[43] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lee Min-ho Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Park Shin-hye Won

International broadcast[edit]

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 were sold to 13 countries.[44] It had the highest selling price in Japan among all the 2013 Korean dramas at US$30,000 for each episode.[45][46] And as of January 26, 2014, the series has garnered more than one billion views on Youku, China's biggest video streaming site.[7]

Remake[edit]

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,[53][54] but this was later denied by Choi and director Li Shao Hong, citing the completely different story and characters.[55] In 2016, it was announced that a Korea-Chinese film based on The Heirs is in the works.[56]

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