Cinderella and Four Knights

I must say there will be a few spoilers if you haven’t seen this drama yet. I really wanted to like this drama very much. It started off very good with a strong female lead, but then she suddenly got all gushy. And I’m not talking about the romance part, that was actually very well done for Ha Won and Ji Woon. However, Ha Won just suddenly became soft. That is the best way I can explain it. Also, you will get tired because somewhere after they introduce Ha Won they introduce Hye Ji and she will get on your nerves to the very end. I wasn’t even happy with her happy ending. The story suddenly became less about Ha Won and more about Hye Ji and Kyun Min, which irritated me and many other fans. However, it still ended pretty well. I give it 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Drama: Cinderella and Four Knights (literal title)
Revised romanization: Cinderellawa Ne Myungui Gisa
Hangul: 신데렐라와 네 명의 기사
Director: Kwon Hyuk-Chan
Writer: Baek Myo (novel), Min Ji-Eun, Won Young-Sil
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: August 12 – October 1, 2016
Runtime: Fri & Sat 23:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Eun Ha-Won (Park So-Dam) is in the third grade of high school. She hopes to become a teacher which her late mother always wished for (her mother died in a car accident). Ha-Won has a bright personality and a strong set of morals, but she is unhappy at home. She’s unattached from her father, step-mother and step-sister and also mistreated. Ha-Won works various part-time jobs to pay for her upcoming university tuition fees. She knows she needs to make more money to pay for the storage of her mother’s ashes at the cemetery. Her mother’s ashes were recently removed because of unpaid bills.

Meanwhile, Ji-Woon (Jung Il-Woo), Hyun-Min (Ahn Jae-Hyeon) and Seo-Woo (Lee Jung-Shin) are spoiled cousins and live together in the mansion Sky House. With their different personalities – Ji-Woon is a tough guy, Hyun-Min is a playboy and Seo-Woo is a musician – they don’t like each other at all. Additionally, Ji-Woon likes Hye-Ji (Son Na-Eun) who likes Hyun-Min.

One day, their grandfather (Kim Yong-Geon) orders his 3 grandsons to attend his 5th wedding ceremony. Hyun-Min doesn’t want to go, but he hires Ha-Won for 3 hours and takes her to his grandfather’s wedding ceremony. His plan is to upstage his grandfather’s wedding ceremony with the surprise appearance of Ha-Won. There, the grandfather witnesses Ha-Won’s no-nonsense attitude towards Hyun-Min and decides to hire her as a live-in butler at the Sky House. He hopes she is able to change the ways of his grandsons.

Notes
“Cinderella and Four Knights” takes over the tvN Fri & Sat 23:00 time slot and will be followed by “Entourage” November 4, 2016.
Based on the novel “Cinderellawa Nemyungui Kisa” by Baek Myo (first published November 4, 2011 by BandiBooks).
Early working title was “Niga Cheoeumiya” (“You’re The First”).
First script reading took place sometime between January, 2016 in South Korea.
Filming began January 31, 2016 and finished May 31, 2016.
“Cinderella and Four Knights” is the first tvN drama series to air Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00PM.

Main Cast
  • Jung Il Woo as Kang Ji Woon (20)
  • Ahn Jae Hyun as Kang Hyun Min (20)
  • Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won (20)
  • Lee Jung Shin as Kang Seo Woo (20)
  • Choi Min as Lee Yoon Sung (25)
  • Son Na Eun as Park Hye Ji (20)
Haneul house
  • Kim Yong Gun as Chairman Kang
  • Kim Hye Ri as Ji Hwa Ja
People around Ha Won
  • Seo Hyun Chul as Eun Gi Sang
  • Choi Eun Kyung as Park Soo Kyung
  • Go Bo Kyul (고보결) as Choi Yoo Na
  • Jo Hye Jung as Hong Ja Young
Special appearance
  • Shin Dong Mi as Ha Won’s mother
  • Kim Kang Hyun as Seo Woo’s manager
  • Sun Woong as Hyun Min’s friend
  • Park Young Soo as Butler Kim (ep 1)
  • Park Hyo Joon as guy who complained at car repair shop (ep 1)
  • Choi Dae Sung as fabric seller (ep 1)
  • Park Eun Ji as TV reporter (ep 1)
  • Jo Kyung Hoon as car repair shop’s owner (ep 1, 2)
  • Moon Se Yoon as convenience store’s manager (ep 1, 2)
  • Jung Soo In as Hye Ji’s senior (ep 14, 15)

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