October 1, 2016
This was the last episode of Cinderella and the Four Knights.
As with the previous episodes, I will do only a photo / video, behind the scenes recap. For the content of the Episode go HERE. (Spoiler Alert!)
I also give my thoughts on this series as a whole in the last part of the post under WITAT (What I Think About This).
Fan taken: Credit on photos!
Always such a sweetheart to his fans!
This is one of Jung Il-woo’s most beloved dramas. I enjoy how fun and funny it can be at times! Playful… and I love its sound track. I never get tired of listening to it!
Park So-dam was the glue that makes this whole drama stick. She is a superb actress (one of my favorite Korean actresses) and I really wish Jung Il-woo has the chance to work with her again someday. They had great chemistry and they looked pretty perfect together. My favorite part with them (aside from the amazing kisses and dates), was when she was trying to get him angry doing all the mischievous things in Episode 10. She is so cute!
About Il-woo, I thought he was great in his role though sometimes the writing of his character was weak. He was able, like So-dam to give his character lots of strength and emotion and one could see the inner struggle of not knowing what happened to his parents all through out.
Looking deeper, the plot and writing of this drama in general was weak in my opinion. They did not carry out some of the story lines. The general theme of Cinderella is not really there. And we don’t get to know much about all the characters’s lives except for the main four. The secretary… how did he get there? The strong kick-ass woman we see in the first episode is completed diluted as soon as she enters Sky House with her four knights. Why did they have to take her physical strength away? Was there criticism that she was too strong and independent? And as I have seen more and more Korean dramas, the plot of rich boy saves poor girl starts to get old for me. I guess class is really important in Korean culture… because this theme is like motif No. 1 in many Korean dramas. But the reality is that more and more… women all over the world including Korea do not need saving! They need a man that values them as their equal in capacity and intellect and is supportive and caring… as they have their own careers and are self reliable.
I did not like the ending episode of this drama. It was like a rush job, trying to patch everything together in a happy ending in every relationship like old Hollywood movies, even the ones that did not make sense or were believable. For example, the stepmother and daughter treating Ha-won well… what?! Why the change? and the worst: the Chairman forgiving the woman who almost stole his company from his grandsons because he didn’t want any regrets?! Seriously? I can see a person forgiving someone in time… and I understand that they don’t have any more episodes for this drama left but maybe a title that said 5 years later…would have helped me believe these behavior changes! Then that whole back story between Ha-won’s mom dying in the same fire as Ji-woon’s mom was a bit late for me to be believable. (Thought I love movies and dramas about re-encounters… where two people meet and change each other’s lives or they discover they knew each other form the past. The movie ‘Crash’ is a great example of these links and re-encounters.)
I believe every drama has helped Jung Il-woo become a better actor and…
I enjoy watching him in this drama!