High Society ( 상류사회) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Uee, Sung Joon, Park Hyung Sik and Lim Ji Yeon. It aired on SBS for 16 episodes from June 8 to July 28, 2015, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST). Its genre is romantic and melodrama.
Jang Yoon Ha (Uee) is the youngest daughter of a chaebol family, who are a complete disaster. She is hated by her mother and wishes to live a regular life. Yoo Chang Soo (Park Hyung Sik), a young chaebol, is arranged to marry her. She conceals her identity and works as a part-time saleswoman in a supermarket, where she meets Lee Ji Yi (Lim Ji Yeon), who dreams of marrying a wealthy guy. Lee Ji Yi, a poor girl, develops a crush on Choi Joon Ki (Sung Joon), a clever and hardworking friend of Yoo Chang Soo, who comes from a poor family and dreams of becoming wealthy by marrying a rich woman.
Yoon Ha’s attention is drawn to Joon Ki, and he proposes to her. Yoo Chang Soo starts dating Lee Ji Yi after flirting with her. Yoon Ha begins a relationship with Joon Ki, which is successful. He wants to be wealthy, so he dates Yoon Ha in order to get power, but his love for her grows stronger as time passes. Yoon Ha and her brother get along pretty smoothly but he dies suddenly. Yoon Ha’s mother holds Yoon Ha responsible for her son’s death and begins crying and drinking nonstop.
Will Yoon Ha learn the truth about her brother’s death? Will she ever be able to forgive Joon Ki? Is Yoon Ha’s mother ever going to adore her?
Uee as Jang Yoon Ha
A chaebol family’s youngest daughter. She is careful so that no one knows about her past. To cope with her family’s stress, she works part-time jobs. She is afraid of allowing others to get close to her because they frequently hurt or abandon her, yet she falls in love with Joon Ki.
Sung Joon as Choi Joon Ki
He was raised in poverty and has worked hard since a young age to attain his high-ranking position. He wants to be wealthy, so he dates Yoon Ha to obtain power, but his feelings for her become deeper over time.
Park Hyung Sik as Yoo Chang Soo
He is a chaebol and Joon Ki’s boss and bestfriend. He falls for Ji Yi who is Yoon Ha’s best friend since she overlooked his wealth and status. He doesn’t appreciate it when people he thinks his friends use him.
Lim Ji Yeon as Lee Ji Yi
Yoon Ha’s bestfriend and Chang Soo’s girlfriend. She didn’t know Yoon Ha’s identity at first and had a crush on Joon Ki. She had always believed chaebols to be individuals who had it easy and got whatever they wanted, which is why she refused to date Chang Soo. But his genuine love for her persuaded her to reconsider.
Why you should watch this?
Go for it if you enjoy the plot of rich people falling in love with poor ones.
Yoon Ha and Joon Ki, the primary couple, are fantastic. Since as viewers, we know that he has a hidden agenda it is fascinating to observe how he gradually develops feelings for Yoon Ha. This part is difficult for Sung Joon to act since he has a lot of hidden expressions in his eyes and face. The plot of the second lead is so cliched that you may find it in a lot of other shows. As a result, it is not quite exciting. It’s no different than watching any other drama. Yes, it’s adorable and charming, but it’s all the same… A wealthy man falls for a poor woman with a ‘sweet’ personality.
This drama teaches us about feelings that we may not be aware of but even then we may experience it. Life isn’t easy, but you may make it a little easier by making wise decisions.