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Cinderella is determined to turn her knights into a happy family

I have no idea why a chaebol chairman would hire a girl to move into his mansion and turn his prickly grandsons into a familial unit, but this is the basis of tvN’s new youth romantic comedy Cinderella and the Four Knights. I guess rich people do all sorts of crazy inexplicable things, so we’ll just go with it, though it seems odd that Grandpa would ignore the inevitable problem — what if they ALL fall in love with her?

Park So-dam (Beautiful Mind) stars as the quintessential plucky Candy heroine, an outsider in her own family who works a million part-time jobs from janitorial work, to waitressing, to dog-walking. One day she helps an elderly man, who decides that he likes her spunk and no-nonsense attitude, and hires her to move into his house and whip his troublesome grandsons into shape. The only rule is that there’s no dating allowed. Pfft, like that’s ever stopped anyone in a drama.

Jung Il-woo (Records of a Night Watchman) plays the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who until very recently never knew he was a chaebol heir. He grew up with a different name without knowing this side of his family, and goes from fixing cars and getting into fights to being the surly outsider among his new cousins.

Ahn Jae-hyun (Blood) is the smooth-talking arrogant cousin who’s used to getting whatever he wants, and changes girlfriends as often as he changes clothes. Lee Jung-shin (Temptation) is the nice cousin, the sensitive musician with a church-oppa demeanor. The fourth knight in the house is Choi Min (Riders: Catch Tomorrow), the chairman’s assistant and the guardian who watches over everyone in the house, and Sohn Na-eun (Twenty Again) plays a design student in love with Ahn Jae-hyun.

The latest teaser finally includes the heroine, who doesn’t take any crap from spoiled rich kids and works hard to earn a living. The chairman is so impressed with her that he asks her to get his grandsons to turn over a new leaf, and she says she’ll turn the three boys into a family yet. She cracks some heads and declares, “You’re all dead!”

Jung Il-woo’s character poster reads: “The thing I want is to go back to the past.” Park So-dam’s tagline is: “I’m going to make you guys into a real family.” Ahn Jae-hyun: “Have you fallen for me? If you haven’t, you’re not a woman!” Sohn Na-eun: “I’m going to make Hyun-min [Ahn Jae-hyun] my man!” Lee Jung-shin: “When I see you, musical notes float around in my head.” And finally, Choi Min’s poster says: “Chairman’s orders.”

I have yet to see a teaser for this show that impresses me, but the premise is frothy and fun, and I’m hoping for a good turnaround project for Jung Il-woo before he goes to army. Do you think this could be it? Am I wishing for unicorns? Maybe it’s best to set my expectations way down just in case.

Cinderella and the Four Knights will premiere in tvN’s new late-evening Friday-Saturday drama timeslot, beginning August 12.

Via Herald Pop

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i know this drama has a typical plot but i'm optimistically excited, i'm hoping for a fun enjoyable watch.

also PSD and JIW <3

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I'm right there with you. This will definitely be a guilty pleasure show, and frankly I'm going to revel in it. Embrace the cheese!

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Now that I read the synopsis it really reminds me of "Atashinchi no Danshi".

I think this casting is weird but let's see if they work out.

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Ikr! I've been saying that since they first revealed the plot. The characters are quite alike too.

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The drama with Horikita Maki and Osamu Mukai, right? The only difference is, in jdrama, the girl married the boys' father so she became their stepmom.

The girl here looks like gouriki ayame by the way.

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I really wish it were as quirky as Atashinshi no danshi, with a crazy mansion and crazy family-building missions! I feel like JDrama are more open to fully embrace the crazy... I miss a really hilarious Kdrama, like You're beautiful.

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"I feel like JDrama are more open to fully embrace the crazy" haha true and i love them for it :D

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Yes! Thank you. I couldn't remember that drama's name. It is very similar indeed.

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YES! When I first read it too, I was thinking, why does it sound so familiar and I couldn't remember the Jdrama name until I scrolled down to the comments section!

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right, but for me it's like atashitachi no danchi and romantic princess

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Looking forward to this drama. From what I've read, sounds like its going to be my new 'turn-off brain' and just enjoy.
And its got Park So-dam - yey! and Jung Il-Woo double-yey, and ... everyone else.

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looks fun. I'll check it out for some breather. so many dramas,so little time

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sort of off topic, but i'm glad to see jung il-woo's face hasn't changed. i don't know, but for some reason i was expecting him to look dramatically different than from how i remembered him. it's been a long time since i've seen him in anything... ahh high kick #1 were the good old days.

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I'd rather have a knight that can fix cars.
Il Woo-oppa forevaaaa~~~

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JIW can change my oil anytime.

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LMAO myma please XD

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You naughty!!! xD

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Ahn Jae-hyun expression is always the same, i wonder why they still cast him, he's one of the worst actors in korea, well model turned actor, he's a shame for the real actors.

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I haven't seen him in enough dramas to judge his acting abilities (only in MLFAS), but it could be due to inexperience? Hope he improves, then.
What I wanna talk about is his character poster - I know that prints are all the rage for sassy chaebols in suits, and I like them for the most part, but this one is a bit... garish? He looks like he could blend into the wallpaper :D.

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he was the lead in Blood..aand he was awful. I like him but I highly doubt that his acting has improved but who knows.

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Agree, his acting so stiff, so many idols in this drama. I will pass cos too many good dramas to watch

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I think it's because he's mostly cast as cold rich guy, the ones who require stiff expression whatsoever. I think he's good (not great, but not bad either) as rebel high-schooler in MLFAS and some scene in You're All Surrounded when he's home, wear hoodie, and just act like 'normal' people.
It's a shame they recruit him as 'another' rich guy. But since the character is quirky enough (I think he's the mixed of 1st and 4th in Atashinchi no Danshi, so he's weird) I hope he'll entertain us enough :D

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"Chairman's orders"

I feel like his character will make me laugh the most. XD Imagine his deadpan expression while boys literally fly through the air as PSD deals with them.

This show is like a cross between j- and k-drama. Please be good and leave us good memories of JIW...

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Lol! That image alone makes me want to watch it. Does anyone know what 'Church Oppa' means? I don't know why,but it makes me lol for no reason.

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It means a nice, sweet guy.

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"I feel like his character will make me laugh the most. XD Imagine his deadpan expression while boys literally fly through the air as PSD deals with them." LMAO!!!

And yeah, it's been forever since i've seen something decent from JIW, sadly he's made a couple of real bad choices and he was about to disappear from my radar.. But Cha ChiSoo is hunting us back again with this one so yeah, he's got plenty of space in my radar again ^-^

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Any guesses what they mean by calling PSD's character a 'hard carry'? (Konglish up to interpretation)

Now based on the way she handled the boys, a 'hard Candy' would have made a lot of sense to me. ;)

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It means 'Leading well'. Originated from 'Carry' -role who leads to victory in game(League of legend). To emphasize 'Carry', 'Hard' was added in front.

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Ah. Thanks!

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I can't help but think of "You're Beautiful" with the cohabitation, the pretty boys, the musical stills, and the short haired heroine hahaha. Now all I need is a cute dog, where are you Jolie????!!!!

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Oh man is this the season of multiple guys crushing on the same girls. Looks like Park So Dam's character takes the baton from Park Shin hye's character in Doctors, only to pass it on later to IU's character in Scarlet heart.

And i am still single *humph*

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Looks like Scarlet Heart's gonna be passing the baton to Hwarang: The Beginning. From flower boys in Goryeo dynasty to flower boys in Silla empire!

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This drama reminds me of the Taiwanese drama "Romantic Princess." The difference is that the female lead is the granddaughter of the chairman.

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I very desperately want this to be good! WHEN was the last time I saw Jung Il-woo in a good show?! ;_;
I couldn't warm up to PSD's character in BM so I'm really hoping this will be a good role for her. Frankly speaking PSD's character in BM just annoyed the heck out of me.
C'mon show please be good! I really like the plot.

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It's just that too many of shoujo romance manga's have the same story and plot. Just Check Baka Updates and you will find more than 3 dozen manga with the same storyline.

Also, physical aggressive female character isn't something new. Quite typical of a Kdrama.

I'm into the show only for Park So Dam. I wish there actually is story worth of 16 episodes.

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Lol! Even though this drama doesn't really pull me, I've gotta say, the taglines are kinda hilarious. I love 'When I See You,Musical Notes Float Around My Head' and 'Have you fallen for me yet? If you haven't,you're not a woman!'. I do declare it!
My favourite has to be 'Chairman's Orders'. So deadpan! Its almost Earnest-bot like.

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"No dating allowed" hahahahha good joke Grandpa!! Sounds like every other inverse harem manga out there... The only good thing is theyre not expecting us to believe that highschooler crap and theyre apparently in college.

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Although not at first, I've become impressed with Park So Dam in Beautiful Mind. I don't know if Jang Hyuk's Lee Young Oh would have been as human -- and certainly not as hopeful -- without Jin Sung.

(I'm trying to decide how to spin the early ending of Beautiful Mind into a very long extension. It's a toss up between reincarnation and alternative realities.)

This new drama sounds like a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it.

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I hope ppl will love Park So Dam more after this. Sad that some ppl think that the low rating of Beautiful Mind is due to PSD which is totally unfair. We all know why the rating is not high, actors who work hard should not be blamed.

I'm not saying Park So Dam is the best actress out there, but she certainly one of good young actress. And.. I hope Kim Go Eun will be back with new drama soon.

Anyway I'm looking forward to this. Hope the rating will be decent.

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I like her acting in beautiful mind, she didn't look stiff, freeze or mutter. She flow nice in the scene and I take that as good review.

but sometimes her char lines doesn't makes sense and her chara does too many unnecessary things

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PSD acting is more qualified than Park Shin Ye,Suzy and Hyeri. and PSD beauty make me thing,this is what korean natural beauty.there is something spesial,that other people don't have.I am boring to see that actress with almost look have the same eyes,chin,lips and even the same nose.miss korean beauty show,make me feel,are they all come out,from the same plastic surgery.or maybe korean have cloning technology.??????

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Tbvh this show sounds a //lot// like a remake of the japanese drama atashinchi no danshi?! (the first j-drama i ever watched) but with slightly different premises that create the same situation tbh and there are 2 less boys...

But seriously if it //is// the remakes of that drama i'm a bit excited cuz of all the //twists// at the end but also heartbreak

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Please avoid whole paragraphs in all-caps. (I know it's your name but...)

And I totally get what you say about AtaDan! So funny and crazy and a bit sad. Though my biggest beef is as usual with jdramas, the romance part is so frustratingly open-ended *pouts*

BTW, Horikita Maki ended up marrying the funny secretary in real life! Hahahaha

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Lol. It was kinda funny reading this calm and normal comment in very shouty voice,you know like when theres background noise from helicopter rotator blades.

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~~Ahn Jae-hyun: “Have you fallen for me? If you haven’t, you’re not a woman!”~~

Pretty sure it's the suit. Specially designed to be hypnotically baffling enough to stun every woman and drop her where she stands!

(Seriously. I mean. Wow. If he stands still and holds a soap dish, people will mistake him for a left-over patch of 70s bathroom tiles.)

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Bwahahahahaha!! ROTF!
But what about the suit in the header pic? It looks simultaneously droopy and skinny. From the waist down,its a nine year old and from the top its a young man who hates that he'r at this fancy party where he knows no one and everyone is so haughty. Perhaps thats the idea, he's not used to the lifestyle and uncomfortable with the opulence.

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...or maybe its just the poor image quality of my phone,coupled with the washiness of the edges.

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Jung Il-woo's suit, right? Yeah, the jacket is too small for him (his wrists are sticking out all over the place! did he borrow this from his 13-year-old nephew...?), and the trousers are completely baggy and shapeless (like they have one pair of black dress pants and just pin it to fit whoever is being photographed in it at that moment, and then they forgot to photoshop).

But wait!! I've got it! Clearly this symbolizes that he doesn't know how to wear the clothes of a chaebol yet... They are simultaneously too small and restrictive for him, curtailing his freedom, and too big, as he doesn't yet know how to be a rich heir and has to grow to fit these shows. Err, pants. Whatever.

Very subtle, drama! Nice! Or possibly very bad costuming, but let's go with the other explanation. ;-)

What't the explanation for the playboy dressed like an eye-assaulting bathroom wall, though? Hmmm...

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Shoes! Grow to fit these shoes, not shows. Though that fits too. ;-)

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Lol! You're definately on to something.

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Is that a pretty-bachelor-rebel-chaebol-heir Cha Chi Soo that I smell here for Jung Il Woo ? No that I complain, at all.

Lets give him his Pororo blanket, and i'm sold.
(oh, and just had some lips bitting kisses on that list, no one would complain)

By the way, i wonder if there is one ugly chaebol heir in Korea.. ?

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I'm achingly anticipating this one, I've been a fan of JIW since FBRS/49 days but his last dramas were painfully awful, I'm dying to get stuck with him again from day one and all through the end in a real good production. I'm counting on this one only and just only for him, even though there are also some familiar faces.

I also believe that he needs to make a serious upgrade in the 'characters' department, there's Cha ChiSoo vibes all over again here and although I liked him in FBRS, I'd love to see him portraying another interesting, mysterious and layered character (although that would mean Scheduler vibes all over again too, but THAT I wouldn't complain :P). And also, please PLEASE stay away from fusion saeguks, specially the ones that do not have "Mirror Of The Witch" vibes on it ;)

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Whose that in that in scrubs and why does he look so damn fine? Or maybe its just my poor image quality...again.

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Jungshin why your role is so similiar to yonghwa in real life, and why his band mate minhyuk and jungshin take a roles of a musician on this year on dramas, when my precious yonghwa don't want to play a role as a musician on dramas again, bcz he don't want to be lipsing, he want to live performs ayeeehh, then again the cinderella title can help but suddenly CN blue - cinderella song playing on my head... bcz that song is ost of Bad guys always dies Son yejin x Chen bolin movie... Cinderella na honja dujima to night oh wetoriya babyyy, somebody help me, somebody help me, somebody help me yeah yeah yeah yeahhh...
But then again Park so dam catch my eyes why her is so freaking cute dayumm!!!

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The plot seems kind of meh but I'll watch for JIW and PSD. JIW's last project, High-end crush, was somewhat disappointing because his female counterpart didnt really seem to like him imo. She finally confessed when she heard he was going to China and to me it felt like if he didn't have to go she wouldn't have done so at all.

Anyways, I hope this drama comes out really well even though it has a typical plot. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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I thk this is a drama that doesnt want to take itself too seriously. Thk if the cast has good chemistry and can deliver the fun and cheesiness with aplomb then it will be fine. Just hoping the plotline will be effortless.
Im hoping there wil be a good secondary romance. It will be better not all the guys fall for the lead girl.

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"Changes girlfriends as often as he changes clothes". Ha! Like what my Mom always says about playboys, "They change girlfriends like they change their underwear."

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Lol! You're on a roll with the interpretation of this stills. I love how puzzled you are by Ahn Jae Hyun suit and keep trying to make sense of it. BTW, I'd love to see what Ahn Jae Hyun would look like in a different hairstyle.

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Yeeee! That was @Alex above

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I only read the synopsis, so it could change, but am I the only one getting a "Boys Over Flowers" vibe to it? I liked watching that drama years ago, so I might take a look (even though I promised myself not to watch more dramas after the summer is over, oh dear!)

Also a random statement but I love Park So Dam's visual! The dress looks lovely on her <3 Jae Hyun's suit, on the other hand...

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Excited about this cuz I quite like the cast of JIW, PSD, AJH & LJS and the premise. So, I'll be tuning in for sure. Just that when Moonlight Drawn By Clouds and Scarlet Heart: Ryeo start airing, this might take a back seat. XD

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