Let’s enter the realm of High Society that depicts the world of the rich and the poor plus the irony behind the facade. It’s interesting to see how the leads live their own life and achieve their dreams. Amidst the turmoil of their circumstances, two people found love. But is it a real one??
Things are getting better in Week 2. So before we deal with Week 3, let’s get to know the characters further and look back at previous events that made me happy enough to continue giving this show a chance.
Week 1 and 2 Highlights:
Yoon Ha: Does having a lot of money mean you don’t lack anything??
Jang Yoon Ha (UEE) is working as a part-time employee at an upscale food market. She’s a chaebol and doesn’t need to work a day in her life but she finds true value in working hard for her own money. Her family isn’t an ideal one to have – wealthy yet wrecked, complete yet divided. She’s the youngest and the least favourite among the four siblings. Yoon Ha is bold and she never succumbs in her parents will and go against it. She’s a rebel but has the softest heart. She is very close to his older brother, Kyung Joon (Lee Sang Woo). She has found a confidante in him and a true family. With just two of them, I feel they are complete.
Yoon Ha doesn’t disregard the importance of money. She needs it, everybody needs it. But more than acquiring wealth, its her happiness enveloped in a dream that’s more important. What’s her dream?? To love and be loved not because of her riches. She’s determined to find that one man who can accept her as is. This is where Joon Ki comes in.
Joon Ki: You can never be happy when you are poor.
Choi Joon Ki (Sung Joon) is a Deputy Manager of a Grocery owned by the Yoo Family. Joon Ki is snotty and he’s using a woman to become rich. He isn’t content with what he has and works hard to live a more comfortable life compared to his poor parents. He has the talent, the intelligence and the attitude to be a successful employee but it seemed that his hard work is just in vain. I find that there’s a contradiction to his attitude. He is mysterious and I know that what has been shown to us is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s much more to uncover. I don’t even see his heart yet. One thing is for sure, a man who loves his mother is a gem.
Yoo Chang Soo (Park Hyung Sik) is Joon Ki’s best buddy. Chang Soo is filthy-rich and conceited but I find him adorable and interesting especially paired with Lee Ji Yi. They have the type of contrast that has potential to enrich each other in the long run. He’s the typical rich boy who loves to play more than work. Ji Yi complements him well and he finally see reality in her. Chang Soo is always caught off guard hearing Ji Yi’s banter. Obviously, he is totally smitten by her charms.
Ji Yi: You shine more when you encounter problems.
Lee Ji Yi (Lim Ji Yeon) is the bestie of Yoon Ha. She’s a hard worker who struggles in daily life yet finds happiness in small things. She’s cheerful and has no time to add drama in her love life. Ji Yi is special and there’s nothing complicated about her. Even the way she deals with things. She apologises when needed, she’s blunt about her crush, she has no time to be a Cinderella, and she makes the best kind of friend you’ll ever need.
The story became interesting when Yoon Ha and Joon Ki started to interact more. At first Yoon Ha didn’t care much about Joon Ki. Since he is her bestie’s crush, she didn’t pay attention to him. One day, Joon Ki had an argument with Yoon Ha that led him to share his childhood that he never told anyone. He’s also starting to show little hints that made Yoon Ha feel otherwise. I love the scene at the samgyeopsal restaurant where her co-workers held a company dinner. Joon Ki poured her some water and refilled her side dish without being told. It felt natural to see Joon Ki do it! *giddyheart* He is being a gentleman but we know better. How can we simply ignore this gesture?? It’s cute and sweet. Of course their so-called love story blossomed from there.
I felt that their relationship was rushed and didn’t really had a foundation to merit a break-up that’s heart wrenching. It’s too early. I mean, the build up towards the break-up was a bit lacking. Then again, this provided an honest conversation between Yoon Ha and Joon Ki. At least Yoon Ha admitted about her chaebol status, we don’t need to go around in circles with that. Anyhow, who are we to question if they choose love for the moment? Well, I can’t wait to see more of this!
I like it! I find the world of Yoon Ha so interesting and worth digging more into. I never thought that the youngest child would be the black sheep because usually they are the favourite. I guess Yoon Ha is too strong to be one. She goes against the flow and I find that very endearing. She knows that the value of money comes from earning it using her own strength. I love her depth, how she views her life and live it in her own terms. She’s independent who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, she never allows anyone to mistreat her and she’s fiercely incorrigible.
Joon Ki is mysterious and I think his view is tainted wrongly. His parents are poor and he thinks that finding happiness and contentment staying like his parents, is something he’s not aspiring to be. He wanted to be rich and he thinks being born poor is a disadvantage. There’s a misconception of what being rich and poor truly means for him. I hope someone will knock his head because life is not all about the money or success. That aside, I want him to gain the respect he deserves at work not just because he’s the best friend of a chaebol that he works for. He has the potential to be successful using his own abilities. He can built his own empire if he wants to. Then again, money is needed for it. The heck, he can make it happen!
I see where Yoon Ha and Joon Ki’s world collides. Both have strong personalities that rub each others pride. I already love the conflict I’m seeing. Yoon Ha’s acerbic wit penetrates him. I honestly think he is attracted despite knowing the fact that she’s rich. I like that all secrets are out in Week 2. All I hope to see now is where the truth will lead them. Yoon Ha have fallen in love with Joon Ki already, but does he have the right motive to love her back? Or he’d just continue doing so with his plan in mind? Well, if one is born a chaebol, getting married isn’t easy especially when a background check is on speed dial. I hope the hurdle we’d deal with is more than this kind of conflict.
What’s interesting about the world of the wealthy presented here isn’t the money or how lavish they live. It’s actually the emptiness they have despite of the alluring wealth. The problems surrounding the Tae Jin group isn’t something you’d deal with as a norm. No wonder Yoon Ha behaves the way that she is. Her family isn’t the type you’d want to spend good conversations with. There’s no love found in their house so she seeks for it outside. Yoon Ha felt like a prisoner in her own home, she just wants to break free.
Week 3 is up next! See you all again.