Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Cinderella’s Sister


Title: 신데렐라 언니 / Cinderella Unni / Cinderella’s Sister
Also known as: Cinderella’s Stepsister / A Modern Story of Revenge
Chinese Title : 灰姑娘姐姐
Genre: Romance, melodrama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2010-Mar-31 to 2010-June-03


I watched this drama about two years ago and believe me, with a memory of mine, it feels like I watched it twenty years ago. But since I really love Moon Geun Young, I’ll try my best to write the best synopsis out of my fading memories of it lol

As an overall, this drama depicts a tale of a modern day adaptation of Cinderella with a twist as our Cinderella, Goo Hyo Sun, is loved by everyone whereas her stepsister, Eun Jo, has a dark past, and struggles with the fact that her mother starts to care more for Hyo Sun than her.

If that is way too simple for your mind, read the following synopsis.

The main character of this drama is Song Eun Jo (Moon Geun Young), Goo Hyo Sun’s (Seo Woo) stepsister. They are of the same age and of the same class at school. Song Kang Sook (Lee Mi Sook) is Eun Jo’s mom and she was married to a drunkard before she met Goo Dae Sung (Kim Gab Soo. Using his pity, she manages to get the way into his house (at that time his wife was already dead). Somehow, Dae Sung starts to like her, therefore they get married. Both Kang Sook and Eun Jo move to Dae Sung’s house although Eun Jo was completely against it. Hyo Sun is a spoiled brat and she’s happy to have a new family, a mom, and an older sister. She mistakes Kang Sook’s fake love towards her as real love. It dives Eun Jo crazy that her mom treats Hyo Sun better than her. What makes her feel more bitter is that even her younger brother (Dae Sung and Kang Sook’s son) treats Hyo Sun better than her.

   Although Eun Jo seems like a dark character, she’s smarter than Hyo Sun and often shrugs her off whenever Hyo Sun tries to talk to her in class. Eun Jo finds that her life at the house is depressing so sometimes she plans on running away. But as one day she tries to run away, her stepdad stops her. Although she hates everything in that house, she doesn’t hate him because he’ the only one who loves her genuinely. His advice gets to her so she stops her plan of running away. Eun Jo’s only friend is Hong Ki Hoon (Chun Jung Myun), a worker at her stepfather’s factory. One day, Ki Hoon goes away for his so-called-military-duty. She feels sad not knowing that he had left a letter for her which he gives to Hyo Sun (but she didn’t give the letter to Eun Jo because she likes Ki Hoon too). 
   About eight years letter, the relationship between Eun Jo and Hyo Sun is still bitter, although Hyo Sun is way more spoiled than ever by his dad. Eun Jo’s mom continues to prefer Hyo Sun over her. Hyo Sun is without a job while Eun Jo works at her stepfather factory. Ki Hoon comes back to the liquor factory. He asks Eun Jo bout why she ignored his letter. She’s shocked by the mention of the letter which she never received, but pretends ignorance over it. She doesn’t reveal the fact that Hyo Sun didn’t give the letter to her. Life goes on but one day Dae Sung collapses and died. Everyone feels sad especially Eun Jo as she knows the only person who loves her in the house is now gone for good. Ki Hoon feels guilty over this because his family (a rich one who sent him to the family to take over the factory) is the one who caused Dae Sung to collapse. Because they manage to interfere with Dae Sung’s business. 

   Kang Sook starts to show her true nature and she starts to treat Hyo Sun badly. She even fires the housemaid who’s close to Hyo Sun. Hyo Sun, being an idiot she is, assumes that her stepmother is just too depressed over her father’s death and that she’ll get to her normal self again soon. Eun Jo sees that Hyo Su is pretty sad and hurt but she stops herself from being nice to her just because she finds that it’s not her nature. But Eun Jo does advise her to be strong and tells her that the mom she used to know is now gone (in a harsh way which I think is her trademark).
   The liquor factory starts to face a huge problem when the workers fail to produce a liquor of the same taste as Dae Sung used to produce. Eun Jo tries hard to produce the same liquor but fails multiple of times. She then manages to produce the liquor despite others negative thoughts of her and this scares Hyo Sun as she realizes that she is no longer needed in that freaking house. Kang Sook tries to throw Hyo Sun away but is stopped by Eun Jo who tells her mom that Hyo Sun is the one who owns everything and not them. He tells her mom that Hyo Sun has loved her and will always do despite knowing that she has been faking everything for the past years (she does this because she feels guilty for what her mom has done to Hyo Sun although she does it in a pretty weird way). She tells her mom that in order to keep everything; they’ll have to keep Hyo Sun in the house.
    With the help of Ki Hoon, Eun Jo and Hyo Sun manage to restore the glorious factory back to how it used to be.  But then it is revealed that Ki Hoon is the one who’s responsible for the death of Dae Sung. Eun Jo is the first to find about the truth and although she is mad at him, she tells him to treat Hyo Sun nicely considering that she likes him to repay for what he had done. He refuses to because he loves her, and she knows that. He tells Hyo Sun to stop expecting him to like her because he won’t. Hyo Sun accepts this with tears telling him that he should stop being nice to her because it confuses her.
   When Hyo Sun finds out about the truth behinds  Dae Sung’s death, she doesn’t accept it as calm as Eun Jo did. She throws a tantrum at both Ki Hoon and Eun Jo. Eun Jo then runs away and the three of them go their own ways. 
    Two years later, Eun Jo becomes a successful professor (?) and Ki Hoon manages to find her. At first she shrugs him off and tries to run away but then they end up facing each other. (WTF IS WRONG WITH MY GRAMMAR??? sorry for that lol)


Moon Geun Young as Song Eun Jo
Seo Woo as Goo Hyo Sun
Chun Jung Myung as Hong Ki Hoon
Taecyeon as Jung Woo
- Yoon Suk Hyun (윤석현) as Jung Woo (adolescent)
Lee Mi Sook as Song Kang Sook
Kim Gab Soo as Goo Dae Sung
Kim Dong Hyun as Goo Joon Su
Kang Sung Jin as Yang Hae Jin
Choi Il Hwa as Chairman Hong
Yun Woo Jin as Dong Soo
Go Se Won as Hong Ki Jung
Seo Hyun Chul as Kang Sook’s true love
Kim Chung as Ki Hoon’s mother
Seo Ji Eun (서지은) as Nam Yi


Producer: Lee Sang Baek (이상백)
Director: Kim Young Jo (김영조)
Screenwriter: Kim Kyu Wan


- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actress (Moon Geun Young)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actor (Kim Gab Soo)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Moon Geun Young)


I am such a huge fan of MOON GEUN YOUNG and MELODRAMAS. As an overall, I find that this drama is a pretty great drama with such a very interesting theme. I love that this drama does not choose a perfectly nice character as the main character. You know, it really annoys the fuck out of me every time I watch a drama with an extremely nice character that forgives people easily and thinks that everyone is good.
   Now let’s move to the main character, Song Eun Jo (Moon Geun Young). She’s a tough girl but when people treat her nicely, she becomes a little girl again. Although she hates her stepsister, she’s not evil enough to just ignore it when her mom starts to treat her badly. She’s kind of stoic and never shows others how weak she really is inside.
    In this drama, the second lead is unbelievably easy to hate. She’s a spoiled brat, an idiot, kind of evil, pretty dumb, gullible, and immature, she has all the qualities that I hate. The main reason why I really hate her is that she’s so damn SPOILED! I guess she has reached a level no brat has achieved before, she’s just that spoiled! Although she was abused in this drama, I can’t cry even a tear for her. I find that she deserves to be treated that way for being such a terrible brat! I think that Seo Woo is pretty great at delivering her character, so congratulations to her for that.
    Well enough for the bad parts (aka the annoying parts), now let’s go to the lovely parts. I love the stepsister-stepfather relationship between Go Dae Sung and Song Eun Jo so FREAKING much! Unlike the relationship between the bratty Hyo Sun and the fake Kang Sook, I find their relationship is way more beautiful. The relationship isn’t a fake one like the one Hyo Sun has with Kang Sook (I kind of believe that the naïve Hyo Sun is the one to blame!) because it consists of loving and being loved back. Dae Sung is nice to her (even nicer than her BIOLOGICAL mom!) and he never treats her like an outsider. When she tries to run away from home, he stops her. Although she’s determined to run away, she’s moved by Dae Sung’s soft approach. And when he dies, she’s more heartbroken than ever, although she appears as strong. Even though he’s just a stepfather to her, she loves him just like a real one, and she works hard to keep what once used to be his, the factory.

    Now let’s move to the ending, it’s undoubtedly wtf-king. 

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