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Can "The Heirs" Live Up To The Anticipation?

BY Joan MacDonald | Oct 03, 2013 11:45 AM EDT

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The anticipation for a kdrama could not be any higher, but that’s what makes some drama lovers wonder if “The Heirs” can ever live up to its advance publicity.
A third teaser trailer offers some evidence that it probably will.
Critics of the drama have said that the storyline will be too similar to “Boys Over Flowers,” with the rich heir Lee Min Ho pursuing the poor girl played this time by Park Shin Hye. In “Boys Over Flowers,” his character Gun Jun Pyo seemed puzzled by his attraction to poor girl Geum Jan Di. When he was finally sure about his feelings, she was interested in someone else.
But the third trailer for “The Heirs” seems to indicate that it will not take Lee Min Ho long to fall in love this time.
The storyline starts in California and by the end of the trailer it’s obvious that the Lee Min Ho’s character Kim Tan has already fallen in love with Cha Eun Sang, the daughter of his family’s housekeeper.
His character seems calmer, more introverted and generally less annoying than Gun Jun Pyo. Park Shin Hye’s character seems more openly interested in him.
But there will be complications. There are always kdrama complications.
You can already see some of the tension that exists between Lee Min Ho’s character and his brother played by Choi Jin Hyuk. It’s also obvious that Kim Woo Bin will also take an interest in the heroine.
When Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye were first cast in the leading roles, some netizens worried that they would not generate enough on-screen chemistry. They had modeled together in the past and seemed awkward with each other.
The trailer shows that there’s plenty of co-star chemistry, even if they do look a little old to be playing high school students.
The drama will air on Oct. 9. The cast also includes f(x)'s Krystal, Kang Min Hyuk, Kim Ji Won, Choi Jin Hyuk, Im Joo Eun, Kang Ha Neul and Park Hyung Sik. The “Gossip Girls” style drama will focus on the love life of the heirs who attend an exclusive school and their friendship with Park Shin Hye's character.
Kim Eun Sook, who wrote "Secret Garden" and "Gentleman's Dignity," is the screenwriter. Kang Hyo Shin, who directed "Tazza" and "Midas" will direct.
What do you think of this trailer? Can the drama live up to the hype? Let us know.

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