Cinderella’s Stepsister: A Real Drama to the Core

I love Korean Dramas! In comparison to our local dramas and telenovelas, I can say that we have a lot of things to work on to make our dramas as good as theirs (Korean Drama). Anyway, I heard quite good reviews about Cinderella’s Sister and winning the Best Actor and Actress in a Drama for the leads in this series were really impressive. I even checked their ratings when it was still running in Korea and they were consistent in getting high percentage of viewers. So I decided to give it a try.

I watched a lot of Korean and Taiwanese dramas but there’s never a series that made me cry from start to finish–not until Cinderella’s Sister. I literally cried a river while watching it. The first four chapters were intense but then when I get to Chapter 10 onwards–the scenes were unbearable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not in a negative way. It’s unbearable because it would turn your emotions upside down and you really can’t help the tears from falling.

Type Her신데렐라 언니 / Cinderella’s Stepsister

KBS2, 20 Episodes
Broadcast Period 3/31/10 – 6/3/10
Romance, Melodrama

Watched in August 2011

Eun Jo, played by Moon Geuon Young, is a girl who has apathy towards life. She has neither aspiration nor emotion and her smile was always sarcastic. She became a cold bitch due to the circumstances in her life. Her mother, who has been living as a single mother for 18 years, who always end up with the wrong partner, finally found the right person to marry and brought Eun Jo into the stepfather’s house.

It’s a decent house and a decent family. Eun Jo felt that everything in this house does not fit her. The most painful thing she faced was her stepsister Hyo Sun who is the apple of her father’s eyes and beloved princess by everyone in the house.

Director: Kim Young Jo, Kim Won Suk
Screenwriter:Kim Kyu Wan

Cast: Moon Geun Young, Seo Woo, Chun Jung Myung, Taecyeon, Kim Gab Soo

 

You guys might think that Eun Jo is some damsel in distress waiting to be saved by a prince. Yes, she needs to be saved but she’s definitely not your typical fairy tale lead character that’s meek, docile and helpless. Moon Geuon Young’s character was neither meek nor a damsel. You would love to hate, pity, curse, sympathize, hurt and help her all at the same time. Moon Geuon Young played the character very well and gave justification to the complicated personality of Eun-jo.

Hyo Sun (Seo Woo) was the exact opposite of Eun Jo. She’s a warm loving person who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She’s also a brat who gets whatever she wants and whatever she pleases. She was spoiled by everyone—from her dad—Goo Dae Sung (Kim Gab Soo), the workers from the winery, the house keepers and her oppaHong Ki Hoon (Chun Jung Myun). The conflict between Hyo Sun and Eun Jo started when Eun-jo’s mom started to care more for Hyo Sun and Ki Hoon fell in love with Eun Jo.

Another notable character in the series was Goo Dae Sung. He’s Hyo Sun’s dad and Eun Jo’s stepfather. What made his character stand out was the way Kim Gab Soo portrayed it. He was able to show distinct emotions as a father to both girls. He’s a fair, just, loving and patient father. Whenever he has scenes with either of the two girls or with both of them, you’ll really feel his presence as a dad. He was really effective and you’ll wish that all fathers be like him.

One of the scenes I loved in this series was when Eun Jo cried in front of her dad’s picture. This was when she finally made a wine that tastes like what their father always made. Since Eun Jo was often emotionless and poker faced, it’s rare that she’ll vent out her true feelings and cry her heart out. In this scene you’d feel Eun Jo’s regret, grief and honesty. This was one of the most heartbreaking scenes of the drama.

The only flaw that I noticed or probably what annoyed me was the way they exhibited the characters look after 8 years. Most of them looked mature and gained age; however, Seo Woo still looks like a kid. They just curled her hair and made her wear skimpy clothes and high heels to make her look an adult. While Moon Geun Young always wear flats since she’s taller than See Woo. Instead of cutting Moon Geun Young’s hair, they should have asked See Woo to do that since her hair makes her look very young.

         eun jo, moon seun young

I’ll give Cinderella’s sister 4 Kiss Marks

Amazing: I’m mesmerized.

and the 4 Drama Awards.

Worthy of my praise.

I didn’t give it a full five since there were instances that I want to drop the series due to the fact that its agonizing to watch and their problems are just running in circles, which could have been easily resolved if they’ve been honest with each other. I remember this was a melodrama so some twist and turns are expected.

If you ever plan to watch this, better prepare a box of tissue with you since by all odds you’d need that.

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Dahee’s Plastic Castle

Drama Details & Photo Credit: KoreanDrama

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