Today, we will have Cheongdam-dong Alice review! Are you excited and expected about our review? Let’s watch this wonderful drama!
Cheongdam-dong Alice (2012) or “Trophy Wife Alice” could be a deeply interesting, compelling, and well-written melodrama combination of romantic-comedy. The show had lots to mention about this structure in Korea, examining the folks that are caught between deciding what’s most vital in life: love or money. The actors all brought freshness and intrigue to their roles; Geun Young Moon, an extended time favorite from the time I first saw her within the classic 2003 A Tale Of Two Sisters film, brings a pleasant mixture of right down to earth sweetness, integrity, and pathos to her role as a poor girl trying to form it within the fashion design field, and also the lead actor Park Shi Hoo brings the foremost humor, with barely of sadness here and there, as movie maker did within the old motion picture days. I fell taken with along with his multilayered character by the second episode, once I puzzled out what made this man really tick. What a charmer! He stole every scene he was in! I’ve got since seen him in other roles but I feel this one is his masterpiece performance.
Alice is extremely much a mix of the Daddy Long Legs, Cinderella, and Alice In Wonderland classic stories, and travels down many roads the K-drama genre rarely explores, and does it with a terrific supporting cast (most of whom I’ve got enjoyed in other K-dramas). I loved Alice substantially and would watch it again during a heartbeat (edit: since 2012 I’ve watched it three more times!).
The Story of Cheongdam-dong Alice
Tenacious Se Kyung Han (Geun Young Moon) could be a young designer wannabe just out of school, who comes from a middle-class background, but who lives her humble life with hopeful big dreams and a good bigger ambition to succeed. She enters every design contest possible, dismissing rejection letters with good grace, then her patience at pursuing her dream seems to pay off when she lands her first job with a large fashion company called Artemis that makes a specialty of handbags and shoes. She enters the Gangnam downtown with high hopes for eventual success.
However, Se Kyung’s dream job winds up being a rude awakening for her when she realizes she’s been hired, not as a designer, but because the go-to assistant of the corporate president’s wife Joon Seo Yoo (Yi Hyun So from Who Are You?), a girl who was once her high school rival and who has since risen to the highest through marriage to an executive named Min-hyuk Shin (Seung Soo Kim), and not by her own toil and efforts (although she keeps stating otherwise, we all know she used sex to induce ahead).
At first Se Kyung looks down at Joon Seo for her choice, until her parents (In Ki Jung and Jong Nam Lee) go bankrupt and should move from their nice home to a run-down apartment owned by Se Kyung’s succor Ah-jung Choi (So Yul Shin from Midas), crammed in together with her and her spoiled younger sister Se-jin (Hye Jeong Shin).
To add insult to injury, Se Kyung’s future boyfriend whom she had loved deeply since high school, In Chan So, (Goong Min Nam from Remember and I Need Romance 3) skips town together with her savings, leaving her penniless and fearful for her future which of her family. Unknown to her an individual of great importance is watching her trials and tribulations from the sidelines.
With massive debts to pay off, Se Kyung feels she can’t wait around from now on to hit the large ranks within the company, and she or he takes advice from the rich Joon Seo to allow up her dreams to accomplish everything on her own and instead hitch a ride with a shining star at the corporate if she will be able to find one. Joon Seo even gives Se Kyung an old diary she had kept, which documented her steps in seducing an executive to realize access to the upper echelons of the corporate.
Although it conflicts with what she previously thought of herself and her good moral ethics, Se Kyung resolves to be more just like the cool Joon Seo: move up the social ladder by marriage into a chic family, to be a married woman daughter-in-law. Joon Seo tells her a person she must absolutely meet and cultivate, who will help her reach her goals, could be a flamboyant designer moonlighting as a matchmaker to the rich, called Tommy Hong (sleazily played by fantastic actor Ji Suk Kim from Chuno, Angel Eyes, and Personal Taste), but her plans backfire on her when at an enormous corporate party Tommy takes Se Kyung for a fake and a liar and has her humiliated ahead of all the guests.
Se Kyung meets a person at the corporate whom she thinks is that the top executive’s male secretary and chauffeur, Secretary Moon, but he’s really the CEO of the whole company, Seung Jo Cha (adopted French name: Jean Thierry, effervescently played to a T by actor Park Shi Hoo). Seung Jo is initially intrigued by Se Kyung when she rams his luxury car by mistake during a fender bender, and when he learns more about her he feels pity for her, which eventually blossoms into attraction. Meanwhile, the 000 Secretary Moon (played by delightful actor Sung-joon Choi from I Hear Your Voice) is initially oblivious that his boss is absorbing his identity when in Se Kyung’s company, and when he’s told the reality he’s sworn to secrecy, which ends in some hilarious mistaken identity moments within the show. In contrast, some poignant scenes arise too during this story due to “Alice’s” poverty – like this one below between father and daughter.
Se Kyung’s “official” boss at Artemis is that the beautiful In-hwa Shin (Yoo Ri Kim from Master’s Sun) who almost from the start seems to be jealous of Se Kyung and her hard-working spirit at Artemis. because the sister of Min-hyuk, In-hwa has her eye on Seung Jo, initially unaware of his growing feelings for Se Kyung. When she finds out that Se Kyung has his heart she plans to viciously sabotage her permanently.
Meanwhile, Seung Cha can’t play the part of Secretary Moon forever. he’s certain to be revealed eventually, so in anticipation of that event he plans to reveal all to Se Kyung himself when the time is true. But what happens when he finds out that Se Kyung has been playing a component too, which she had plans to become a gold-digger to catch a chic man like himself, the precise style of woman he has despised within the past? Will there be any hope for forgiveness and a replacement beginning for them both as …. THEMSELVES?
All the fine acting during this drama will keep you curious about this complicated story without once growing bored. Whoever was responsible for casting for Alice really knew the precise types they wanted for these characters, from the “ground floor up”. Everyone was perfect for his or her role. Another fun aspect of this show is that you simply get to work out plenty of outside cranes and aerial shots of the famous rich Gangnam areas of Seoul. you may want you’re visiting this posh area without having to spend a fortune on airfare to Korea!
I highly recommend this thinking person’s K-drama to only about everyone. confine mind that this is often essentially a rags to a riches fairy tale which will facilitate your keep things in their true perspective and not take it only too seriously, while there are times once you might just cry sort of a baby. Enjoy!