Title: Cinderella and Four Knights
Genre: Korean Romantic Comedy
Synopsis: Park So Dam (Because It’s the First Time) and Jung Il Woo (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) star in a steamy spin on a classic fairy tale that is sure to make you believe in love again. Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) is a bright college student who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Unfortunately, she loses her mother in a car accident, moves in with a cruel stepmother, and has no money for her education. One day, she helps an old man and as fate would have it, moves into a gorgeous mansion with three equally gorgeous men, who also happen to be billionaire cousins and heirs to the Kang family fortune. Between the rebel-minded loner Kang Ji Woon (Jung Il Woo), playboy money machine Kang Hyun Min (Bloodlead Ahn Jae Hyun) and the super-sweet singer Kang Seo Woo (Sword and Flower alum Lee Jung Shin), Eun Ha Won finds herself in the middle of the hottest love quadrangle to ever befall a modern fairy tale princess. Rounding out the mansion’s chaebol lifestyle are Lee Yoon Sung (Pasta star Choi Min Sung), who serves as the cousins’ handsome bodyguard, and Park Hye Ji (Apink member and Twenty Again actress Son Na Eun), a gorgeous girl who has her own interests in the Kang family and isn’t above manipulating one cousin to get closer to another.
Cinderella and Four Knights is a light and fluffy fairy tale drama that is funny, sweet, silly, and ultimately full of meaningful moments. It’s a quick watch at only 16 episodes, but I’ve seen some rumors that say there may be a second season in the works thanks to the show’s success.
To begin with, I don’t think you will find a more likable or adorable heroine than Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won (the Cinderella character). She’s smart, persistent, self-sufficient, and ceaselessly cheerful, even after losing her mother and being disowned by her father. Not only that but she is trained in Martial Arts and can handle herself physically. Through some entertaining circumstances, she finds herself living at Sky House, the home of three spoiled young men, known as the Kang cousins, with the mission to make them get along and mature a bit.
This show is 100% a soap opera, complete with the rags to riches storyline, a love SQUARE (that got a teensy bit exhausting), and some political maneuvering with the heir/shareholders of the Kang cousins’ company. Eun Ha Won manages all of the drama quite well, though even she is not perfect and makes mistakes along the way. As this is a fairy tale, you can expect immense character development and maturation that is probably unrealistic, but fun and sweet to watch nonetheless. The romance happened pretty much how I expected it to, especially once the love square died down. And again, because of the fairy tale status, you know to expect a “happily ever after” for all involved.
The target audience for this show is obviously high school girls, as it’s full of cute guys chasing around the “cute girl next door” type. But if you’re looking for light, sweet, funny entertainment, that will occasionally tug on your heartstrings, look no further than Cinderella and Four Knights.