Birth of a beauty is a 2014 Korean drama. Sa Geum-ran married into a well-to-do family, but her husband Lee Kang-joon was living in United States for his business for 7 years, and she lives with his mother and sisters who treat her badly. Geum-ran learns that Kang-joon has been having an affair with a broadcast announcer Gyo Chae-yeon, and he asks for a divorce. When she sees her in-laws welcoming Chae-yeon with open arms, Geum-ran threatens her husband, who follows her and causes her to drive her car off a cliff. Everyone assumes that Geum-ran committed suicide and attends her funeral, not knowing that she’s still alive. In order to get revenge, Geum-ran begs Han Tae-hee (Joo Sang-wook), whom she thought was the plastic surgeon of extreme-makeover television show to transform her, and he reluctantly agrees because of his own ulterior motives.
Sara/Sa Geum-ran acted by Han Ye-seul was overweight but kind-hearted. Although she live separately from her husband, she does not complain but helped to take care of his family members especially his dementia grandmother. One day, she received a phone call telling her that her husband was back in Korea. Geum-ran was shocked to know about it as her husband did not return home. She went to the hotel that he was staying at and realized that he had an affair with Gyo Chae-yeon, a broadcaster. Her husband wanted to divorce with her but she refused and even threaten to announce their relationship to the public. Her husband follow her and caused her to drive off the cliff. She decided to undergo plastic surgery in order to take revenge. After the surgery, Geum-ran emerges from the full-body makeover as a stunningly beautiful woman, and she begins calling herself Sara.
Han Tae-hee acted by Joo Sang-wook was a heir to Winner corporation but decided to hide his real identity as per his father’s instruction. Geum-ran begged Han Tae-hee to transform her.Tae-hee helped to transform Geum-ran to become a slim and clever woman. With a common goal, they scheme to ruin Kang-joon and Chae-yeon’s upcoming wedding in three weeks. As they spend more time together, Tae-hee fell in love with Geum-ran.
Lee Kang-joon acted by Jung Gyu-woon married Geum-ran when he was in debt because Geum-ran had a piece of land under her name. He “murdered” his wife and forged a suicide note to make everyone believed that his wife commited suicide. Kang-joon fell in love with Sara without knowing that she was his ex-wife.
Gyo Chae-yeon acted by Wang Ji-hye had an affair with Kang-joon. She knew that Kang-joon “murdered” his ex-wife and threaten him when Chae-yeon realized that Kang-joon was in love with Sara.
This drama does not has an interesting plot and I have seen drama with similar plots before. However, what is worthy to watch is their acting skills.
Liar game is a 2014 Korean drama. Nam Da-jung acted by Kim So-eun is a college student who passes a hidden camera audition and is invited to join the reality show “Liar Game”, a psychological survival game wherein participants trick each other and the one who ultimately succeeds wins the prize money of ₩10 billion (US$9.3 million). Tempted with the chance to pay off her debts, Da-jung joins the game and gets conned by her ex-teacher in the first round. Her debt collector ask her to find a genius ex-con swindler and former psychology professor, Ha Woo-jin acted by Lee Sang-yoon to help her win the game.
Nam Da-jung acted by Kim So-eun was walking along the street one day when an elderly lady asked her for directions. She rejected initially as she was in a hurry but seeing that noone was willing to help the old lady, Da-jung decided to help her. The elderly lady went to the toilet and left her luggage with Da-jung. After waiting for a few hours, Da-jung realized that the elderly lady did not come back at all. Da-jung realized that the luggage contained ₩10 billion. She was tempted to keep the money to pay off her dad’s loan and school fees but she decided to bring the luggage to the police station. At the police station, “Liar game” host informed that she had passed the audition. Her debt collector asked her to participate the show so that she can pay off her dad’s loan. However if she lose the game, she need to pay the TV station 50% of the game money. After realizing that she was conned in the first round, she seek helped from genius ex-con swindler and former psychology professor, Ha Woo-jin who eventually helped her to win every round of the game.
Ha Woo-jin acted by Lee Sang-yoon was a former psychology professor. He was the youngest psychology professor at the university. He was arrested for murder as he seek revenge on the person who drove his mother to commit suicide. Woo-jin decided to help Da-jung because Da-jung was similar to his mother, who are willing to help other in need even though they are poor and they trust other people easily. Woo-jin helped Da-jung in round one and decided that both of them should stop joining the show but was persuaded by Kang Do-young, “liar game” host , to continue the game if Woo-jin wanted to know who was the real person who make his mother committed suicide.
Kang Do-young acted by Shin Sung-rok. Host of the show “liar game”. He is a financial consultant and one of the key person who created this show. in actual fact, he created this show because he hate Woo-jin’s mother and decided to seek revenge.
A not so typically drama that I have seen before as the plot is quite unique. You can never guess the ending. A must watched show for those who loved challenging games.
Ae ra fall in love with Jung woo while working at her family restaurant. Jung woo was an engineering graduate who is studying to enter civil service. She wants to become a housewife and he promises that she will be, they get married. During their 100th day wedding anniversary, Jung woo announced he has quit from his job and wanted to set up a business. Jung woo’s businesses keep failing and Ae ra struggles to keep them afloat by working multiple jobs. After suffering a tragic event from the stress of being the sole breadwinner and living in poverty, Ae ra divorces Jung-woo after four years of marriage.
Ae ra later learn that Jung woo has became a successful businessman and decided to become an intern in his company as she wanted him to apologize to her. But, Jung woo thought that Ae ra wanted to go back to him as he is rich.
Seung hyun was tutored by Jung woo when he was a high school student and became ‘brother’ with Jung woo. Upon returning to Korea, he gets hired at Jung woo’s company despite his resistance to working a desk job at his father’s company. He hide his real identity to avoid special treatment. He got attracted to Ae ra despite their age gap of 8 years. Seung hyun tried to confess to Ae ra but was stopped by Jung woo as he realized that he still love Ae ra.
Seung hyun’s elder sister, Yeo jin who work as a Director at Jung woo’s company. She nurses painful scars from a past love and hate her father, but falls for Jung-woo because of his warm personality, becoming Ae ra’s rival for his heart. Yeo jin tried to stop Ae ra from accepting Jung woo’s love but Jung woo told Yeo jin that he does not like her.
The ending is expected from the start that Ae ra and Jung woo will get back together. There are not much surprises in this show but some laughter though.
Jung woo went to the police station and clarified it. The victim even congratulated Jung Woo for divorcing with Ae Ra.
Min young asked Ae ra to thank Jung woo for helping her but they both ended up quarreling and promised not to see each other again.
Yo han asked why didn’t he give Ae ra alimony when they divorced. Jung woo recalled that he wanted to give Ae ra alimony but Ae ra said that he was broke and has no money to give her. Ae ra asked Jung woo not to contact her just to give her alimony and wanted him to quietly disappeared from her life.
That night, Ae ra went to the sauna and overheard a group of aunties’ conversation. Their conversation was about a couple who divorced and got back together as they realized that their ex-husband/ex-wife was the best. Ae ra started to harbor thoughts about getting back together with Jung woo.
Ae ra was sleeping when she received a text message from Jung woo asking her to meet up with him.
Ae ra dolled herself up to meet Jung Woo. Jung woo gave her alimony and asked her to sign a contract indicating that she has received alimony. Ae ra was so angry that she torn up the contact.
Jung woo contacted Ae ra’s brother and gave him the alimony. Ae ra’s brother took it.
Yeo jin’s brother, Seunghyun returned back to Korea.
Yeo jin asked Jung woo why did he change the founder day of his company. Jung woo recalled that 3 years ago after his divorce, he went to the sea. Byung joon spotted him and thought that he wanted to suicide. He went to his rescue. Byung joon brought Jung woo to Yeo jin’s house where they first met each other. Yeo jin’s father decided to invest in Jung woo’s company.
Ae ra’s brother told her that he received the alimony from Jung woo. Ae ra was very angry and wanted to return the money. Ae ra’s brother told her that he was heavily in debts and needed that sum of money to pay them. Ae ra went to find Jung woo and told him to treat that she has received the alimony. Ae ra doubt about the founder day of Jung woo’s company. Jung woo told her that after they got divorced, he received a large investment.
Her lovely heels is a 2014 drama by SBS plus. Shin Ji Hoo acted by Seung Yeon is a 24 year-old woman who’s afraid of love because she was hurt by her ex-boyfriend who love her friend instead. Oh Tae Soo acted by Jong Hyun a 28 year-old man who has lots of dating experience and is rather cynical about love, but slowly transforms as he meets Ji Hoo. They first met each other in a shoes shop. Ji Hoo mistook Tae Soo as a salesman who brought her shoes to let her try. They later met each other in the same office where Tae Soo is her superior. Their love story slowly progress from here.