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Title: Bujaeui Tansaeng / Birth of a Rich Man
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 20
Director: Lee Jin Suh
Screenwriter: Choi Min Ki
Broadcast network: KBS2 , Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Broadcast period: 2010-Mar-01 


"Becoming a Billionaire" introduces ways to become rich and through the process contains about 80 big and small secrets to success...
Oh Tae-Bong (played by Ji Hyun-Wu) lives in a small room on the roof and studies by himself to become the successor of a chaebol (business conglomerate). He believes that he is the heir to a chaebol and his rich father hid him away in his small room. Tae-Bong turned down an offer to work at a big company, while he got a job as a houseman in a hotel.
Lee Sin-Me (played by Lee Bo-Young) is a real successor to a chaebol, but still uses sample cosmetics and drinks cheap coffee from vending machines. She is driven to receive recognition from her father, who thinks woman should stay at home. She then meets Tae-Bong.
Meanwhile, Bu Tae-Hee (played by Lee Si-Young) has the perfect body and face and is a successor to a chaebol family. Chu Woon-Seok (Nam Gung-Min]) is the perfect prince of the high class.

A man also dreams Cinderella
Here is one man. Man who wants to make his dream a real situation by finding a conglomerate business owner as his father. Do not blame him as a man of low taste. He is same to you. You also may have dreamed a scientist or novelist since you were 7 year old. For him, to become rich man is his hope, dream.

Even a rich man feels heart-breaking when he spends his money.
Korea is a little strange country. Everybody blame rich man, but everybody dreams to become a rich man. We learn at early age that loving money is not so good attitude. But loving money is not a sin. I will break up your prejudice about rich man. Do not think that rich man spend his money without hesitation. Nor a rich man is generous about money. This is the story about rich man who knows the worth of money. Actually good rich man is more than bad rich man in Korea.

Cinderella also can wear sneakers than dress shoes.
If Cinderella wear sneakers than dress shoes, she could be happy more earlier without giving price difficulty. I will daringly take off another side of dress shoes from a man who is wandering searching his lost side of shoes. I will show you the way how to be a rich man through the man who found and wear his sneakers by himself. Through the man, who, at last, become a rich man by himself when he try to find rich father,  I want to help to make korea the place where your child can brightly say “My future hope is the rich man”

Character Description

birth-of-the-rich-cast-11“I am the right conglomerate business man.”
Choi Sukbong /Ji hyunwoo

Bellman of Osung Hotel.
He is studying by himself for preparing to be successor of conglomerate business owner. He repeatedly say to himself “Blood is in the mind” So, He is trying not to lose dignified and elegant attitude even his real situation is harsh. He like
to order high level expensive wine with his small salary, and drink it with half broken wine glass. He does everything to find conglomerate owner father, but, he never lose his warm heart. 

birth-of-the-rich-cast-2“I can put up with rain leaks in my house, But, I cannot bear money leaks.”
Daughter of conglomerate owner, but, she acts stingy/ Lee Sinmi / Lee Boyoung.

Regardless it fit her or not, she likes to wear jin because it is strong. As she do not like to waste money in restaurant, she likes to eat in free service eating corner for new trial food in department store. If my story has no fun to her, she directly stands up and go away. Is the real successor of conglomerate owner? She always likes dutch-payment. She always uses samples for her make-up. She drinks coffee always from automatic vending machine with her secretary’s coin. She is stingy on her money, but, she also has warm heart.

birth-of-the-rich-cast-3“If caviar is cheap food, who would like it?”
Paris Hilton in Korea/ Bu Tae hee/Lee Siyoung

Successor of  Buho group. Her nick name is “ In the car within three step”  She never walk except shopping time and exercising on running machine. Her best weapon is her beauty and sexual attractiveness. For her, nothing is impossible. There is nothing which cannot buy with money in the world. But, there appears one thing that is impossible to her, love. How dare there something exists that I cannot own?

birth-of-the-rich-cast-4“ Sorry,  I love you”
Prince of misfortune. Chu Woonsuk/Namgung Min

Successor of Frontier group.
He has character that can marry with Cinderella. But he has distress that he must succeed his father’s business. He has anger and sense of revenge in his deep heart as a successor of his father. Because he saw many times that his father is humiliated by other big businessman as his father’s business is relatively small.

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KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday offering is the drama Birth of the Rich, which has so far aired four episodes of its planned 16. Ratings-wise, it’s in last place but holding steady with 11-%12% ratings. It’s not a fantastic number, but it’s not terrible.
However, reviews are starting to turn harsh; the first episode had elicited tentatively positive comments about its fresh tone, but now with four episodes aired, a lot of scorn is being dished out. Unfortunately I can’t weigh in too much (I saw one episode and thought it was average, and have neither the time nor inclination to continue), but I came across a number of reviews that might be of interest to curious folks out there.

Alas, the prognosis isn’t good. The most common complaint is that the drama is childish and the acting spotty. While the men are generally accepted as holding their own (Ji Hyun-wooNam Goong-min), the ladies (Lee Bo-young and Lee Shi-young) are not so lucky, and have been criticized for their unsteady performances. and
Despite the fact that the drama is clearly about money, viewers are irritated that there’s TOO much emphasis on money. On top of that, viewers point to the forced plot and cartoonish scenes as big detractors. But what I find curious is that there’s a notable lack of response countering the criticism.

Here’s one review from My Daily:
“With a trite topic like birth secrets… every situation is overrun with irrational setups. It’s like a grade-school drama written with a grade-school imagination.” “Do they mean for all the necklace episodes to be interesting?” “It’s ridiculous that they’re still making this 20th-century-style drama as a current Monday-Tuesday miniseries.”
Viewers are eyeing KBS’s Birth of the Rich, which premiered on March 1, with cold gazes.
Rather than words of encouragement, the Birth of the Rich message boards are full of words of criticism for the PD and writer. The problem is, producers can’t easily counter these viewers’ comments. The weaknesses are revealed in the drama and have to be acknowledged.
The area drawing the most attention is the issue of Seok-bong (Ji Hyun-woo) showing the necklace to the man who doesn’t know that he may be his father, Chairman Lee (Yoon Joo-sang). The pendant is the drama’s most important linking element and of course it can’t be brought out suddenly in the beginning, but the show isn’t able to smoothly stir up conflict through the necklace.
Seok-bong was given the necklace — his father’s — by his mother, who had a fateful one-night stand with a rich man who promised to come for her. Clearly that didn’t happen, and therefore the man never found out that the woman had become pregnant and bore his son.
Seok-bong’s primary goal, then, is to gain access to the chairman so he can show him the necklace. When Seok-bong goes to Chairman Lee’s home, he finds a seal bearing the exact same icon that is imprinted upon the pendant, but through misunderstanding, he is kicked out of the house. He then camps out outside the house and is dragged off by police. He goes through a variety of obstacles and missed opportunities before finally meeting with the chairman.
In the episode that aired on March 9, Seok-bong is just about to take out the necklace to show Chairman Lee, but loses the chance because Lee’s beloved dog falls ill.
The man’s butler bursts in to tell him the news that the dog has collapsed, and Lee rushes out. As another review puts it, “It’s the height of forced and absurd situations to prevent him once again from showing the necklace because a dog suddenly collapsed.”
Afterward, Seok-bong leisurely enters the residence of Korea’s top businessman disguised in black. He trespasses safely to the chairman’s room, and in the end he even blocks the chairman’s mouth [to prevent interruption]. It’s no surprise that this drama ends the episode with him just about to take the pendant out without anyone to stop him.
However, it has been hinted that he has actually lost the necklace, having previously gotten involved in a fight, and this meeting will likely come to nothing. Viewers are getting frustrated with this repetition and the notion that his chaebol birth will be confirmed by the sight of the necklace. And that’s not the only plot point that’s drawing complaints:
In order to get Tae-hee (Lee Shi-young) to overhear Shin-mi (Lee Bo-young) and Seok-bong’s conversation, she plants a bug in a basket of flowers, which Seok-bong discovers and uses to lure her to a false location.
In order to block the release of a video clip of the company’s brand model and her live-in mate, Shin-mi and Seok-bok go on a stakeout. There, they watch a Gag Concert on their cell phones, play along with 1 Night 2 Days‘ “lucky-unlucky” game, and sleep outdoors. It can’t shake off its childish feel.
Aside from this, there’s the problem of Lee Bo-young’s inability to get fully into her character, which has been pointed out from the start. Lee Shi-young’s and Nam Goong-min’s acting feel out of place, too. There are more than just a few problems with Birth of the Rich.
Lately KBS has monopolized viewers’ attentions to such an extent that some have called it a “KBS Renaissance.” Starting with last year’s IRIS and followed by God of Study and Chuno, KBS has had hit after hit, chipping at the morale of the other broadcast stations.
However, Birth of the Rich is in trouble with the ill-will directed at its character of Seok-bong, who boldly declares that he will become rich, and its lazy storyline.
It’s fine for a drama to mix in exaggerated storylines. The problem is when those stories are sewn together with stitching skills that are so lacking.

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