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Drama: My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 52
Release Date: September 2, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Runtime: Saturdays & Sundays 19:55

Plot
Ji an’s sad life gets an unexpected fortune when she is revealed to be the long lost daughter of Haesung Group. She leaves her family to join her real family and meet her brother, Choi Do Kyung. But what happens when she learns later on that she is not the really the daughter?

Cast

Shin Hye Sun as Seo Ji An
Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung
Lee Tae Hwan as Sun Woo Hyuk
Seo Eun Soo as Seo Ji Soo

First impressions
So I was looking for a weekend drama to watch and I read somewhere that My Golden Life had a great run in the earlier part of 2018 so I thought i’d try to catch a few episodes and see if it was worth watching. first up, I’ve only watched a handful of dramas where Shin Hye Sun starred as a supporting actress but never the lead. On the other hand, I missed Park Si Hoo, I’m glad he’s back and hopefully slowly gaining back favor in Korea’s eyes after his scandal a few years ago.
On to the drama. Hmm, first, I don’t really like Ji an. I know she works very hard and how difficult her life has been but she can also be arrogant and feisty that sometimes it’s not in the right place. thus, it was hard for me to sympathize with her or wish she has a better life. It’s quite ironic that she’s the greedy one while the actual rich daughter, Ji Soo, grew up to be sweet and kind. I dont know if it was the way they were brought up. Maybe the mother doted on Ji Soo more or maybe Ji Soo was really just a sweeter girl by nature. I think the ultimate flaw in this drama is that the Chairwoman just believed in the Mom when she asked which one is her daughter without asking Ji an to take another DNA test. After how easy it was for her to do a background check on everyone, she misses to do a DNA to confirm which kid is hers. Lol.
As for Ji an’s mom, i also dont like her that much. The actress kind of overacts when she cries and she always blames the husband for their misfortune. Wow, instead of supporting her husband, she just stays home all day doing nothing, scheming and crying. I feel bad for the father. He must feel so guilty for ruining his family’s life, his wife keeps telling him every single time what a loser he is, and now he’s even losing his real daughter. I’ve always seen the actor playing the bad guy or the bad father, so it’s nice to see him play a poor guy this time. As for Ji soo, i like her, she is a sweet but not too bright girl – i love her optimism. She is kind of cute with Hyuk, even though he ignores her. I actually like to see her grow up more than see Ji an’s character be successful. I wonder how she would feel once she finds out she is the real rich daughter, not Ji An. As for Hyuk, he is such an eye candy, but i just can’t seem to like his character too. He may be too nice and a gentleman to Ji an but he acts like a big jerk to Ji Soo, and that kind of shows what kind of person he is – and i dont think he is going to be a nice boyfriend if this was real life. I’m actually hoping Ji soo does not end up with him, or they end up together but Hyuk is totally begging and under Ji soo’s control. Ha! As for Do Kyung, he is a bit of an oddity. He is so funny and weird, i like him a lot. He is such a nice guy for a third generation chaebol. However whenever i see him and Ji an fighting, i just want to slap Ji an for being so arrogant. Why can’t she just accept his gesture and be thankful that there are still people out there who are good and willing to help?

Do i still want to continue watching this show? To be honest, i’m not sure. I’m just at that point where Ji an finally moved in to the big house, and i’m interested to see how well or bad she does adjusting to her new life. I am guessing that she will be bad – probably taking revenge on the people who belittled her and acting haughty – which is going to be something i probably dont want to see. however, i’m curious to keep on watching just to see how they will reveal the switch, and how the twins will handle this revelation.

 

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