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It’s finale week for Birth of the Rich, Jejoongwon

This week saw the finales of two Monday-Tuesday dramas, KBS’s comedic Birth of the Rich and SBS’s medical-themed period drama Jejoongwon. The former enjoyed enough of a response to extend its series by four episodes, for a total of 20. The latter began in January and wrapped up its four-month-long broadcast with Episode 36.

Both dramas have fallen in viewership behind MBC’s Dong Yi in recent weeks, which has broken the 20% mark, but viewers have expressed overall satisfaction with their endings.

Warnings to spoiler-phobes: Details about the endings will be mentioned!

 

Jejoongwon started out strong with ratings in the mid-teens, and although its numbers gradually slipped over the course of its run into the single digits, it has been praised for its acting and story. (Its second-to-last episode recorded an 8.8%; the finale drew a 10.2%.)

The drama wrapped with a happy ending; Park Yong-woo‘s Hwang Jung overcame the social barriers of being born into the working class as a butcher and became a doctor, while Han Hye-jin‘s character Yoo Seok-ran overcame the barrier of being a woman to become the first female doctor of Joseon times, specializing of gynecology.

The two characters also married; the couple had a Western-style ceremony that was held in a small church and officiated by hospital director Allen (Sean Richard). However, they soon were pulled apart due to their work, and tearfully separated — he left to be an army doctor for the troops in Manchuria, and although Seok-ran initially intended to go with him, she realized her place was to say with Jejoongwon. In the end, all was well as they came back together (five years later!), reconfirmed their love, and dreamt of building a new home and school together.

Meanwhile, Yeon Jung-hoon‘s acting has been met with some mixed reviews, compared to his colleagues’ solid performances; his character was named chief doctor of Jejoongwon in place of Hwang Jung.

Following Jejoongwon starting next week on May 10 is the period epic Giant, which is planned for 50 episodes and stars Lee Beom-soo, Park Jin-hee, Hwang Jung-eum and Jung Bo-seok.

 

Meanwhile, Birth of the Rich also had a happy ending as Seok-bong (Ji Hyun-woo) reunited with his father. Its penultimate episode drew a 14.2%, while the last had a 16.6%.

In the finale, Seok-bong had been taking care of a sick Jun-tae when he discovered a picture of his mother in the drawer, which led him to the discovery that Jun-tae was in fact his father. After confirming this fact, he raced back to his father’s bedside, but the doctor had warned him to “prepare himself” for the worst, and Seok-bong sat at his father’s bedside to say, “I’m sorry for not recognizing it was you.” And thanks to his father, Seok-bong became a second-generation chaebol after all.

A year later, his father has recovered his health and Seok-bong, who now lives with him, has set up his own company. The love relationships ended happily for Seok-bong and Shin-mi (Lee Bo-young), and Woon-seok (Namgoong Min) and Tae-hee (Lee Shi-young).

The drama has had its ups and downs, but Ji Hyun-woo has earned most of the praise for his acting, as well as Lee Shi-young for her portrayal of a Paris Hilton-esque chaebol. Though I wouldn’t call this drama a work of art, it seems to have done its job consistently entertaining its viewers, earning mostly ratings in the mid-teens.

Following Birth of the rich will be the spy-comedy My Country Calls, starring Lee Soo-kyung, Kim Sang-kyung, Ryu Jin, and Horan.

Via Newsen, Asia Economy, OSEN

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I do not care about ratings and reviews BOTR was very good and entertaining better than pasta or pt all of the four leads did a great jop but I do not agree that JHW was the best the other three gave a better performance LBY was adorable LSY was hilarious and NGM was so damn cool I miss the show already

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Good news. Although I read sort of no good comment before but Birth of the Rich did a good perform in rating. I enjoy watching this series and can say the most memorable Korean drama in this year 2010. Well right now and I have to watch latest drama to know which drama in this year leave a big impact to me.
Peace :)

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I didn't watch either and interestingly I'm not too excited for the dramas following each of them.

Mon/Tues dramas just isn't pulling me in too much compared to the Weds/Thurs variety.

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@1: I agree- I never really took notice of the ratings. I started out watching it and completely enjoyed it. There were definitely some downs in the drama, and some episodes I kinda skimmed over, but altogether the plot was fun to follow and the mystery about his father just.. well, mysterious! The whole drama kept me thinking. It wasn't the best drama ever, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable one to watch no matter of how "unrealistic" or "foolish" it had been. It's a drama and that allows it to be so. :P

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I skipped Jejoongwon completely - Did not feel I'd miss anything if I didn't watch it.

On the other hand, Birth of the Rich was fun. Nam Goong Min is so incredibly cool but he's scaringly skinny... He should put on more weight to regain his healthy look!!!

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I agree with you all on BOTR. I watched Ep 19 last night, and it occurred to me that I never really got bored with the drama thruout despite its overwhelming cliches. It's not the best drama of the year of anything, but it definitely gave me lots of laughs and giggles. JHW and LBY make the best couple of the year for me (because of their sweet and adorable relationship without all those angsty fights and arguments) and LSY make the best mean girl in K-drama this year. I just love how LSY goes all out in her OTT-ness.. it's really very exaggerated, to the point that you'd find it really unrealistic. But really, LSY really pulled it off fantastically. I love her. She's da BOMB!

But still, credits to the whole cast for their entertaining performance.

I think I will miss this drama.

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Well, what's the standard of a good drama?

If judged by the rating, PT and OML did a much poorer job than BOTR.

If judged by the plot and the atmosphere.........I wouldn't call PT and OML work of art either...

but it seems ridiculous to me that you followed both of them every episode, sometimes I can't stop asking myself " is it so unobvious that OML is sooooo boring???"

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i never saw jejoongwon, but i agree about BotR, it is borderly comical, so many OTT scenes, but i find it quite enjoyable
Ji Hyun Woo's acting is really good (well i always like him in everything, though), and Lee Shi-young's bratty princessy behaviour also entertaining (almost annoying, just almost)...

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I must be the only one watching JeJoongWon. I just watched ep25 last night, and so far, I've deeply enjoyed it.
Not too much of a spoiler. I've watched enough SBS dramas to know that the main couple will be blissfully together in the end, after outside forces tear them apart in the middle of the show.
My wife and I have been cracking each other up by saying "So Desu" to each other, in the manner of that comically evil Japanese doctor.

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i didnt watch either, because i watch Dong Yi. but actually i wanted to watch jaejongwoon too, coz i really love historical drama (though i hated history when i was in school). will probably start to watch it, but dont know when.. hmmmph.. that thesis!!

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BOTR was so much fun WATCH IT and yes the writer really surprised me cause like others I thought that the mystery was over after ep.15 but no I was wrong he did a good job with that

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I didn't saw BORT but JJW was a great historical drama i watched till the end.
You can watch it on Viikii.net with subs.

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Good thing for DVR's because I am enjoying both Birth of Rich Man and Dong Yi.

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Lee Shi-young acted very well in all dramas I've seen her. I hope she gets the lead role in a drama soon.

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Jejoongwon has its flaws, mainly in they use the Japanese character in the show. Because the majority of the show is about Hwang Jung's struggle to becoming a doctor, the Japanese characters are depicted as comical villains who are thwarted with one pratfall after another. Which is fine until the show does the time jump, and then puts the Japanese front and center. This leads to the show sort of changing the characterization of various people in a reconfiguration to tell what is essentially a sequel to the original story.

Also, there's kind of a sense that maybe the writers/producers tried to take on too much with telling a turbulent period in history through the development of the Jejoongwon hospital. It doesn't have the decision path novel qualities of Chuno or Conspiracy of the Court. It doesn't have the budget of a MBC event drama.

Having said all that, this has been my favorite drama in probably 4 years. This show has more genuine soul and poetry, more social outrage and humble pride, than other sageuks in recent memory. And above all, Jejoongwon pulls off an awesome, rare magic trick. Some daehas put you into a time and place. This one keeps you here in the modern, and makes you experience that era as memory itself. It is as if you are hearing your great grandparents telling you their story and that this telling is filled with so much emotion that if not the facts, but the soul is what stays in your sense appraisal of this era. That is Jejoongwon.

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This maybe irrelevant but can someone here tell me

What did NAM GOONG MIN write on the palm of LEE SHI YOUNG at their last
scene, i.e. when she visited him in prison?

Greatly appreciate your response....

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I think he wrote I am sorry

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I started watching BOTR with a clean slate, I stumbled upon it on Viikii and started to watch it, but after the 4th episode I was demanding the time I wasted back... I definitely could not stand the " My father was a chaebol therefore I am a chaebol" attitude from Seok-bong and Shin Mi ´s excessive waste not want not mentality that was almost pathological so I stopped watching it...then i read some reviews about it so I went back and tried to watch it... what I ended up doing was skipping through most of Seuk-bong´s and Shin Mi´s parts and watched anything that had to do with Tae-hee- for me she was the only likeable character...which is strange because I´m normally one of those people who can´t stand princessy type girls and has no patience with them.

Another funny thing was that I was predisposed to dislike Tae-hee simply for the fact that I haven´t liked Lee Shi-young ever since the We Got Married days... I don´t know why I disliked her, I know it wasn´t because of Jun Jin because I hadn´t really been interested in him when he was in Shinhwa so it wasn´t my jealousy as a fan, (my fave was always Andy, and I loooved Solbi in WGM) anyways the antipathy I felt for LSY carried over and was justified in LYATT because she was a b**** (in BOF I was glad she was only there for a couple of episodes), but here she became so adorkable as Tae Hee that I have completely gotten over that antipathy I had for LSY and I´m looking forward to whatever new project she takes on :)

Anyways thanks for the news and review Javabeans :)

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YES! I don't give a damn about rating! I was attracted at BOTR since the first time i saw the commercial. Ji Hyun-woo did a really great job! he looks so smart & cool, so different from his role in "taming of the heir". I really love his role (almost perfect guy). I also like the way that all jealousy written in Lee Bo-young's face =D and she has great looks. But Lee Shi-young really, i mean, her hair is perfect (omg!) and her clothes fit just fine! i really dislike her character at the first episodes, but later i realize she brought life in this drama. i hate Woon-seok (not Nam Goong-min, that means he delivered the character well for me). i want to cut his pony, and he is so annoying.

I am so rooting for Seok-bong and Shin-mi and their barley-rice game ^^

although i haven't finished it yet, i think BOTR is ENTERTAINING! Watch it, seriously!

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unlike #19, i found myself forwarding through the other parts to get to Seokbong and Shinmi's parts! i think they're so cute together, there's just something about them that clicks :)

that's not to say i'm not interested in the rest of the show.. the twists were really interesting. i'll be watching it again with my mom ;)

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BOTR was not bad. LSY (bu tae-hee) was the only reason why i watched this drama till the end. her role is great and her stupid yet annoying character is the most entertaining ones. congrates LSY!!!.. Seok bong and Shin mi character is just so-so, plus it's such a stereotype when the hero keeps fightin and argue with the heroin. so bored. whereas NGM played the role so cool.

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No No No.

"Park Yong-woo’s Hwang Jung overcame the social barriers of being born into the working class as a butcher and became a doctor"..

No. Butcher is not considered an working class. It was considered lowered than animals. They were not considered people. That's why some last names today that are believed to be from the butchery people still face many bias.

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Lee Shi-young stole the show for me. She was freak'n hilarious and adorable.

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i love jejungwon.i've just finished the last episode and thanks really for after so many challenges the two lead characters were together in the end.first time to watch park yong woo.i love the way he played out his character as a young butcher and as dr. hwang.i'm a fan now of this talented actor.hope to see him in more dramas.

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don't care about the ratings.. TBOTR is just wonderful. Agree with #19 & #20: Choi Seok Bong and Lee Shin Mi are just adorable ^_^ & Bu Tae-Hee is soo hilarous! Good job, JHW, LBY, LSY, and NGM!

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