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Name That Drama: Rooftops, rich folks, and amnesia squared
by | December 9, 2013 | 61 Comments

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  1. Jonathan asks:

    I am hoping you could help me out. I am trying to remember the name of a Korean drama that I saw on Netflix about a year ago. I think it must have been removed, because I just can’t find anything on there’d that matches.

    It was a miniseries, in which the older head of the family, a lady, owned some sort of food factory. It might’ve been a ramen factory.

    Even though she was really rich, from time to time she would go out selling on the street corners. She was not very healthy and at one point, she fell down some steps, got injured, and developed amnesia. She was befriended by a young lady who took her in and treated her as family. The young girl was fairly poor. The old lady eventually regained her memory, and treated the young girl as if she were her own.

    I would really be grateful if you happen to know the name of this miniseries. My mom and I saw it a while ago, and we have been struggling to come up with the name of it so we could watch it again. Thank you very much!


  2. Kit has two dramas on her list. Here’s the first:

    I’m trying to remember a rom-com from the early 2000s. It was your usual fare of a love triangle where the girl was poor (lived in the top room of an old apartment complex a la Master’s Sun) and at least one of the guys was well off.

    There was one scene that’s always stayed with me: The second lead sits on the ground outside his car listening to his mp3 player (I think they’d just come into vogue, definitely product placement) from late at night until morning, staring at the girl’s rooftop. And he says something like “Did you know, I can go all through the night listening to this list of songs.” He definitely had a possessive streak that could turn violent and/or a bit creepy.


  3. …and here’s the second:

    It’s another romantic drama from the early 2000s, with a melo edge. The title of drama was shortβ€”I remember when mum would bring the rented video tape home, it was 3 or 4 characters. I swear it had something to do with “glass” or a “rose” (it’s not Glass Slipper or Green Rose), but I could be wrong. A lot of the plot I outline below seems similar to Winter Sonata.

    • Love triangle: All three were good friends from a young age, and both the boys liked her.
    • The one she liked disappeared, and before he left, he made the other friend promise to always be there for her.
    • Fast forward to years later, the friend is still pursuing her but she still has her first love in her heart.
    • She falls for a new guy, who’s actually the old guy without his old memories – and he gets really jealous of the other friend forever ruining his chances with her until he gets his memory back. Then, he hugs his friend tightly and says something like “If it had been anyone else, I would have been mad, but I’m glad it was you.”
    • The ending sucked? She may have died 😐 I remember my mother, sister and I were all very dissatisfied with the ending.

    Thank you so much!


  4. Ramsha wonders:

    Actually it’s a movie I am in search of. I saw its trailer on Arirang Channel and was unfortunately unable to catch its name. All I remember from the trailer is that it was a winter movie. The plot was a typical rich man meets poor woman. It was of course a romantic movie. I also remember the female lead eating a burger quite messily. They also bump into each other outside an elevator, which I think was their first meeting. There was also another scene where he helps her sell some stuff out on the street. That is as far as I remember. This movie came out somewhere between 2000 and 2009 if that’s any help. Please help me find this movie.



61 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Qwerty

    Pretty sure the first one is Shining inheritance.

    • 1.1 Rashell

      I was all excited to finally know one! #1 is for sure Shining Inheritance.

    • 1.2 Quaggy

      And it’s still streaming on Netflix. (I know because I happened to be checking out Korean drama titles this morning.)

    • 1.3 Patch

      I finally know one!

      First is definitely Shining Inheritance.

    • 1.4 birdscout

      Also known as Brilliant Legacy

  2. dollkarr

    First one is definitely “shining inheritance” with Lee seung gi. The old lady is his grandma and she owns a soup company.

  3. Smile134

    I’m pretty sure I know drama no. 3 (or Kit’s 2nd drama). It’s “Stained Glass” with Lee Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul. All of them shared some time/grew up in an orphanage. Lee Dong-gun played the friend who disappeared and then came back as really rich boss (if it’s correct, his character was adopted by a wealthy Japanese family).

    • 3.1 luna

      Stained Glass is what I thought of too when I read the description. Korean title: μœ λ¦¬ν™”

      • 3.1.1 luna

        I remember blue roses being very important in this drama, or that’s the only reason why I remembered this drama at all.

    • 3.2 Mandy

      Ohhh… I think you’re right… I remember some of that drama; it was actually depressing as far as my memory goes.

      And well, I’m gonna pretend I never tried guessing lol.

      • 3.2.1 Smile134

        Yes, the drama was like a depressing train toward the end, but Lee Dong-gun was so charismatic and such a good kisser πŸ˜€

    • 3.3 coffeenlucia

      yes!! you’re right! I didn’t think of it at first but now the memories of that drama are coming back… πŸ™‚

  4. ikyan

    the first one is shinning inheritance! whoop the first one that I guest right of the bat!! πŸ™‚

  5. luna

    I think the drama Jonathan is looking for is Shining Inheritance (Lee Seung-gi, Han Hyo-joo, Moon Chae-won, Bae Soo-bin). The grandma owned a beef broth factory. Han Hyo-joo’s character helps her out when she had amnesia, and the grandma takes her in to her house later on.
    I hope this helps.

  6. Mandy

    As everyone said – the first one is definitely brilliant legacy with Lee Seung-gi and Han Hyo-joo. Here’s the link: http://www.viki.com/tv/270c-shining-inheritance

    The second one… the rooftop part reminded me of ‘attic cat’ or something, but I don’t remember it having a possessive character. This is throwing a dart in the dark though.

  7. Little Shorty

    Number 1 is definitely Shining Inheritance (starring Lee Seung Gi & Han Hyo Joo)

    Number 2 is Lovers in Paris (starring Lee Dong Gun-the creepy nephew/younger brother, Kim Jung Eun- the poor girl and Park Shin Yang- the awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee rich uncle). I am 1000000000% sure about number 2 cuz I’ve just finished watching it during my exam time (how brave I was =]] )

  8. sara

    woow the first one is definitely Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy. I’m soo happy to guess something I really like! LOL

  9. aweebit

    Is #4 Millionaire’s First Love? . . . hmmm not sure . . .but at least I recognized Shining Inheritance!

    • 9.1 mems

      Yeah, I thought it sounded like Millionaire’s First Love, too.

  10. 10 mary

    #1 is Shining Inheritance

    #2 is Lovers in Paris, I think. :/

    • 10.1 Alicia

      #2 is definitely Lovers In Paris. I JUST watched that episode.

      • 10.1.1 mary

        Wow. Mirae’s Choice made me miss Lee Dong Gun again. :’)

        I’m gonna rewatch LIP this Christmas break!

  11. 11 snow

    The first one is Shining Inheritance.

    • 11.1 middy

      Second- Attic Cat?

      • 11.1.1 Steph

        I was thinking its this one even though I don’t remember a guy sitting outside listening to an mp3 player. It’s been so long since I watched it though.

  12. 12 Kate

    no. 2 is lovers in Paris

  13. 13 Ina

    #2 is definitely, Lovers in Paris. =D

  14. 14 Tee

    Haha 2 and 3 are both from the same person and both are lee dong gun dramas =]]

    Major spoilers for 3

    In Stained glass it’s the second male lead that dies not the female. But the leads don’t really end up together, I mean they might later in life but I think he takes a plane back to Japan and she stays, so that’s why it’s depressing.

    • 14.1 cimri69

      thanks for the spoiler πŸ˜€
      i donΒ΄t have to watch it now…i hate depressing endings!

      • 14.1.1 Patch

        I wish Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies dramas come with a warning label. Especially the ones where the OTP don’t even end up together.

      • 14.1.2 una

        lovers in paris’ ending was sucks too…the whole episode was great except for the last ten minutes of the last episode… πŸ™

    • 14.2 applecrumble

      LOL. I love Lee Dong Gun after watching Mirae’s Choice. Having read what you all said about Lovers In Paris and Stained Glass, I think before he signs up for any new drama, he better make sure it has a good, happy ending! I suppose something like Sweet 18, which I’ve yet to watch.

      • 14.2.1 Dody

        LOL, me too seriously after Mirae’s choice I really fell in love with him, such a fine actor so I checked out his dramas and most people hated the ending of Lovers In Paris and Stained Glass that they still talk about that till now so I was like not cool not cool, I really hated MHIYD ending and even to this very moment I’m still frustrated so I don’t know if I’m gonna watch those dramas unless I’m prepared πŸ˜€ so I’ll guess I’ll stick to sweet 18 for now πŸ˜€

    • 14.3 mel

      For those wanting more of his dramas that are good try when its at night and smile again. Smile again is beyond amazing. ldg was so good it gave me goosebumps

  15. 15 Ramsha

    @aweebit: Not it…but thanks anyways and thank you dramabeans for posting my query.

    • 15.1 aweebit

      sorry :/ Good Luck!

  16. 16 OnewCondition

    Finally one I actually know! But everyone’s already mentioned it xD Shining inheritance was such a cute drama, I might rewatch it over the Christmas holidays :3

  17. 17 M4RY

    Hello, my name is mary. This is my firts comment in hiar, so please help me. ^^ I want know if somebody can tell me the name of the song Da hee caracter(Kim NaNa) is dancing on Monstar, if is possible
    Thanks in advance.

  18. 18 angskeet

    The first drama is easy! It’s Shining Inheritance and no, it’s not a ramen factory LOL!

  19. 19 Kit

    All the thanks! And to think Lee Dong Gun starred in both of them heh. (How is he still so pretty ten years later ;;;)

    • 19.1 applecrumble

      I think he’s even prettier/more handsome now πŸ™‚

      And Kit, maybe your mom is a fan of LDG! Heehee

  20. 20 Asmara

    @Mary/M4RY: it’s 10 minutes by Lee Hyori

  21. 21 Aracely Andaverde

    The first one is Shining Inheritance

  22. 22 Juhina

    The first one is Shinning inheritance/Brilliant Legacy!

  23. 23 sabrina

    pretty sure # 1 is shining inheritance
    #2 is lovers in paris
    #3 is stained glass
    #4 no idea

  24. 24 My2Girls

    A possibility for #4 could be Penny Pincher with Song Joong Ki and Han Ye Seul. I have never seen it but I remember it came out near the holidays and I think her character sells stuff on the street.

    • 24.1 sia

      It can’t be penny pinchers as Song Jong-Ki’s character in the movie is not rich instead in the movie he’s jobless and he lives in a rooftop apartment.

  25. 25 My2Girls

    Oops! Didn’t see the 2000 to 2009 part so not Penny Pinchers that was 2011.

  26. 26 Sue

    For some reason I feel like the second one could be shut up flower boy band. Idk….. the main heroine was poor and lived on the roof and the main male lead was into music and the mp3 and music had a special meaning between them. Also the main male lead could also get violent, he would get into many fights. The second male lead was in love with the heroine except it was a one sided love and he was rich. Idk I just thought of it.

    • 26.1 sia

      It can’t be shut up flower boy band. I finished re-watching it 2 days back and i don’t recall any scene where the 2nd lead is sitting in the car for the whole night outside the girl’s rooftop apartment. But yes, he definitely had a possessive streak in him.

  27. 27 Cheliwel

    yeah I finally know one. #2 is definitely Lovers in Paris. lee dong gun was so sad in this scene.


    #1. Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance.
    who knew i’d recognize one – finally.

  29. 29 Ree

    #1 – brilliant legacy

  30. 30 Every Idol's Noona

    #1 is Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy… I think? The Grandma sells beef soup instead of ramen, tho.

    #2 definitely Lovers in Paris, my all-time favourite K-drama. Han Ki-joo… *swoons*

  31. 31 makoto

    The first one is Shining Inheritance or Brilliant Legacy with Lee Seung Gi as the grandson of the old lady and Han Hyo Joo as the poor girl.
    Second is Lover in Paris, an old drama. That guy mentioned above as second lead is Lee Dong Gun.

  32. 32 laura

    #1 Shining Inheritance is also available on Amazon Prime instant video.

  33. 33 M4RY

    OMG !!! thanks a lot for the answer to Brian and Asmara and thanks for the link to. =)

    (BTW I love this site.)

  34. 34 Wileecoy

    I thought number 3 would be a Time of Wolf and Dog… ( Love Triangle, Main Lead Dissapears, Friend/Brother falls for girl/ Lead Girl mopes for Lead Actor/ Lead Actor gets amnesia/ Lead Actor remembers….) and the ending sucked too… πŸ™

  35. 35 hangooksonya

    Kit #1: Attic Cat/Cat on the Roof/Rooftop Cat… one of Jung Dabin’s most remembered work rip

  36. 36 LangitBiru

    I can’t help with this but I thought the rooftop remind me of Attic Cat. RIP Dabin-ah.

    Anyway bout the Brilliant Legacy, suddenly the heroin made me think of Najung from AM1994.

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