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Lee Jae-wook ascends to the top of The Impossible Heir

by lovepark

 

Disney+ has dropped a trailer for The Impossible Heir featuring its three desperate leads looking ferocious and determined. The crime-suspense drama covers the “revolt of the minor league” as the son of a murderer, a RickRoll'D of a chaebol group, and a daughter of a debtor, team up to rise to the top.

Lee Jae-wook (Death’s Game) plays Han Tae-oh, a man who wants to escape. The trailer starts off with a person asking Tae-oh if he made his dad into a murderer, and then his dad calls him from jail, saying how much he missed him. Frazzled, Tae-oh runs to a temple and begs someone to run.

 

Then comes illegitimate third son Kang In-ha, played by Lee Jun-young (May I Help You). All he wants is recognition, but he remains trapped in his opulent room — his very existence denied by his father, Chairman Choi Jin-ho (See You in My 19th Life).

Finishing our trio, there’s Hong Su-ju (Sweet Home 2) as Na Hye-won whose wish is to go up in life. However, even simple dreams are difficult for Hye-won since her debt-ridden mom ran away to gamble, leaving her behind to deal with the loan sharks.

As Hye-won asks Tae-oh if he hopes to live a different life, the battle to reach the top begins. Strutting in a sharp suit, Tae-oh declares that power isn’t all that since he has something stronger: desperation. Whether Tae-oh will become the key to control Kang-Oh Group, we’ll have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure — their opponents won’t go down without a fight, particularly the group’s second son Lee Ji-hoon (Jinxed at First).

With Hye-won also putting her trust in In-ha, the illegitimate son makes his move and propositions the chairman to acknowledge him as an heir if he saves him. No cost is too small for these three if it means fulfilling their goals, and all eyes turn to the coveted seat at the head of the group. The fight for succession commences, but Tae-oh is confident that In-ha will succeed perfectly.

Written by Choi Won and directed by PD Min Yeon-hong (Insider, Missing: The Other Side), Disney+’s The Impossible Heir is slated for twelve episodes and premieres February 28.

 

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Disney+ drama TheImpossibleHeir main poster, release on Feb 28.

 

 

 

New Casting News! :).

 

KoChangSeok confirmed cast for Disney+ drama TheImpossibleHeir, he will act as Chae Dong-wook who was LeeJaeWook's teacher when he was a university professor and became the head of a cooperation center by joining hands with LeeJiHoon. Release on Feb 28.

 

 

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Watch: Lee Jae Wook And Hong Su Zu Plot To Make Lee Jun Young A Chaebol Heir In “The Impossible Heir” Trailer

Watch: Lee Jae Wook And Hong Su Zu Plot To Make Lee Jun Young A Chaebol Heir In “The Impossible Heir” Trailer

 
 

Disney+ has unveiled the main poster and trailer for its upcoming drama “The Impossible Heir”!

 

“The Impossible Heir” will tell the story of three small-timers who join forces in an attempt to take over Korea’s largest conglomerate. Lee Jae Wook will star as Han Tae Oh, the son of a murderer; U-KISS’s Lee Jun Young will play Kang In Ha, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman; and Hong Su Zu will play Na Hye Won, the daughter of a gambler who has burdened her with debt.

 

The newly released trailer begins by introducing Han Tae Oh, who has lived a difficult life at the bottom of the food chain and is desperate to escape his circumstances. When his murderer father calls him from prison and says, “I want to see my son so badly,” Han Tae Oh is visibly terrified, and he later warns someone with tears in his eyes, “Run away! Just run away, quickly!”

 

Meanwhile, Kang In Ha faces his own struggles as the illegitimate son of the chairman of Kang Oh Group, Korea’s largest conglomerate. He is unable to even call his own father “Father,” and someone taunts him, “Looks like you’re locked in your room again today and won’t be able to come out.”

 

Finally, Na Hye Won is accosted by loan sharks who threateningly ask her to pay back the large sum of money her mother—a serial gambler—owes them. Na Hye Won spits back, “Mom? I don’t have a mom.”

 

Pushed to the brink by their respective circumstances, the trio decides to aim for the very top of the social ladder. Na Hye Won asks, “Didn’t you want to live a different life than the one you’re living now?” Meanwhile, Han Tae Oh tells Kang In Ha, “The power you’re talking about? In my opinion, that’s nothing. Because I have something even stronger than that. Desperation.”

 

As Kang In Ha aims to become his father’s successor and inherit Kang Oh Group, the story seems to take a violent turn. Kang In Ha then asks his father outright, “If I save you, please officially acknowledge me as chairman Kang Joong Mo’s son, Kang In Ha.”

 

Na Hye Won declares, “No matter what happens, I’m going to do the things I said I would do,” while Han Tae Oh says, “If you want to achieve your goals, you need to put in at least that much effort.” He then tells Kang In Ha reassuringly, “All eyes will be on you and you alone. Because you’re going to succeed completely.”

 

Finally, the main poster for the drama sums up the story as “the rebellion of the small-timers at the bottom of the food chain,” while the caption captures the trio’s determination by reading, “We’ll show you how far we can go.”

 

“The Impossible Heir” will premiere on February 28. Check out the trailer and poster for the drama below!

 

 

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1642409wpp/watch-lee-jae-wook-and-hong-su-zu-plot-to-make-lee-jun-young-a-chaebol-heir-in-the-impossible-heir-trailer

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by lo_ve, February 14, 2024
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Actor Ko Chang Seok's next project is the upcoming Disney+ K-drama The Impossible Heir.

On February 14, it was officially confirmed that Ko Chang Seok will be starring in his first-ever Disney+ original K-drama. He will be joining the cast of the upcoming thriller business K-drama The Impossible Heir

This will also be his return to the K-drama world after almost two years. He was last seen in the Netflix original K-drama Glitch

Aside from The Impossible Heir, Ko Chang Seok is also joining the upcoming K-drama A Week Before I Die with Gong Myung, Kim Min Ha, Jung Gun Joo, Oh Woo Ri, and Seo Young Hee.

Ko Chang Seok is also starring in the upcoming movie The Match alongside Lee Byung Hun, Moon Jung Hee, Kim Kang Hoon, Hyun Bong Sik, and more. 

 

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The Impossible Heir will be the next work of director Min Yeon Hong (Insider and Missing: The Other Side) and scriptwriter Choi Won (Miss Butcher and Baby & I). 

It will depict the journey of an illegitimate son of a Korean conglomerate and his ambitious childhood friend in conquering the company to be part of the top of society.

The upcoming K-drama will be led by Lee Jae Wook, UKISS Lee Jun Young, Hong Su Zu, Lee Ji Hoon, and Choi Jin Ho

In the series, Ko Chang Seok will portray the role of Chae Dong Wook. He was the university professor of Lee Jae Wook's character Han Tae Oh. He then became the head of the cooperation center and partnered with Lee Ji Hoon's character Kang Sung Joo who is the second son of the Kang Oh Group. 

The Impossible Heir will air its first episode on February 28 through Disney+. It will have a total of 12 episodes. 

 

https://mydramalist.com/article/ko-chang-seok-confirmed-to-star-in-his-first-ever-disney-original-k-drama

 

 

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by Lily Alice, February 14, 2024
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The upcoming thriller K-drama The Impossible Heir dropped its main poster and trailer.  

The Impossible Heir tells the story of people of the low class aiming to acquire the throne of the wealthiest conglomerate in South Korea. The characters are driven by the desire to reach the pinnacle.

The main poster depicts the intense gazes and unwavering determination of Han Tae Oh (Lee Jae Wook), Kang In Ha (Lee Jun Young), Na Hye Won (Hong Su Zu), to confront Kang Jung Mo (Choi Jin Ho), chairman of Kang Oh Group, one of the top business groups in Korea.  

Their firm resolve as they gaze upon him exudes palpable tension. Moreover, the text on the poster, "We'll show what we're capable of," ignites curiosity about the tactics they will undertake to fulfil their desires. 

 

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The main trailer grips viewers with its fast-paced narrative. From Han Tae Oh, the son of a murderer who yearns to break free from his dark past to Kang In Ha, the illegitimate child of the chairman of a conglomerate family, desperate for recognition, and Na Hye Won, the daughter of a debtor who dreams of climbing to the top, the trio form an alliance to plot a rebellion to get out of the dark reality that surrounds them.

The Impossible Heir is set to premiere worldwide exclusively on Disney+ on February 28.

 

 

 

https://mydramalist.com/article/lee-jae-wook-lee-jun-young-hong-su-zu-are-determined-to-rise-to-the-top-in-the-impossible-heir

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Feb 16, 2024
by M. Lim
 

“The Impossible Heir” has offered a glimpse into the uneasy partnership between Lee Jae Wook and Lee Jun Young!

“The Impossible Heir” will tell the story of three small-timers who join forces in an attempt to take over Korea’s largest conglomerate. Lee Jae Wook will star as Han Tae Oh, the son of a murderer; Lee Jun Young will play Kang In Ha, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman; and Hong Su Zu will play Na Hye Won, the daughter of a gambler who has burdened her with debt.

Meeting for the first time during their school days, Han Tae Oh and Kang In Ha forge an alliance fueled by their shared ambition to rise above their humble titles and claim dominion over Kang Oh Group, the top conglomerate group in South Korea, each for their own personal motives.

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Kang In Ha, spurned and disowned by his royal family, is resolute in his quest for validation and recognizes Han Tae Oh as a strategic ally whose intellect and resolve are essential to his cause.

On the other hand, Han Tae Oh, who is aware he can’t escape his lowly life without a partner, meticulously aligns himself with Kang In Ha, leveraging the latter’s status as the illegitimate son of a chaebol. Despite their alliance being rooted in necessity, a delicate balance of mutual respect and lingering suspicion defines their dynamic. As they navigate the treacherous path toward supremacy, their alliance is fraught with tension and unexpected turns, promising riveting drama with each unfolding episode.

 

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“The Impossible Heir” will premiere on February 28.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1643048wpp/lee-jae-wook-and-lee-jun-young-form-an-uneasy-alliance-in-the-impossible-heir

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by Lily Alice, February 17, 2024
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The Impossible Heir has unveiled stills featuring Lee Jae Wook and Lee Jun Young.

The Impossible Heir tells the story of people of desperate people aiming to acquire the throne of the wealthiest conglomerate in South Korea. The characters are driven by the desire to reach the pinnacle.

The most anticipated aspect of The Impossible Heir is undoubtedly seeing Lee Jae Wook (Alchemy of SoulsExtraordinary You) and Lee Jun Young (Class of LiesBadland HuntersBrave Citizen) in one frame. 

Han Tae Oh (Lee Jae Wook), the son of a murderer, and Kang In Ha (Lee Jun Young), the illegitimate child of a chaebol family, form an alliance to seize the throne of Kang Oh Group, the top conglomerate in South Korea.

Abandoned by his chaebol family, In Ha felt the need to prove his worth. To do that, he needed someone with a genius intellect like Han Tae Oh by his side. On the other hand, Han Tae Oh couldn't climb the social ladder on his own and needed an ally like Kang In Ha.

 

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Tae Oh decides to become a dog that raises his owner, and In Ha has set his mind on becoming the owner of Kang Oh Group.

Though they have a give-and-take relationship, there are moments when they grow suspicious of each other.

 

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Evident from their sharp gazes, they maintain a sense of caution towards each other. As the duo form an alliance out of necessity and desperation, their character dynamics promise to keep viewers entertained with twists and tension.

 

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The K-drama is directed by Missing: The Other Side director Min Yeon Hong, and the script is penned by Choi Won.

The Impossible Heir is set to premiere worldwide exclusively on Disney+ on February 28. 

 

https://mydramalist.com/article/lee-jae-wook-and-lee-jun-young-form-a-give-and-take-relationship-in-the-impossible-heir

 

 

 

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Lee Jae Wook, Lee Jun Young, And Hong Su Zu Gush About Their Chemistry In “The Impossible Heir”

Feb 20, 2024
 

The stars of “The Impossible Heir” are confident in their chemistry with one another!

“The Impossible Heir” will tell the story of three small-timers who join forces in an attempt to take over Korea’s largest conglomerate. Lee Jae Wook will star as Han Tae Oh, the son of a murderer; Lee Jun Young will play Kang In Ha, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman; and Hong Su Zu will play Na Hye Won, the daughter of a gambler who has burdened her with debt.

Before filming began, the stars of the drama not only shared meals together, but also went on MT (membership training) trips, allowing them to form a strong bond with each other.

Regarding his teamwork with Lee Jun Young and Hong Su Zu, Lee Jae Wook commented, “We share so many of our worries and concerns with each other that it’s difficult to pick just one to mention.”

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Lee Jun Young expressed, “I found it easy to focus on acting when looking into the eyes of actors Lee Jae Wook and Hong Su Zu. Our on-set chemistry was really good, and being able to get to know such great people—I couldn’t ask for more.”

Hong Su Zu added, “I hope viewers will look forward to the synergy among actors of similar ages,” hinting that the chemistry of the three stars is an important point to look forward to in “The Impossible Heir.”

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Director Min Yeon Hong commented, “I hoped that they would quickly become close so they could act more comfortably. After casting, we gathered at a guest house several times for script readings. They quickly became close because their personalities matched well, so I had no worries at all. It was nice to see them creating a pleasant atmosphere on set while also caring for each other and guiding one another in terms of acting.”

“The Impossible Heir” will premiere on February 28.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1643749wpp/lee-jae-wook-lee-jun-young-and-hong-su-zu-gush-about-their-chemistry-in-the-impossible-heir

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Disney+ unveils their 2024 K-content lineup

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Taking a leaf from the Netflix promo guidebook, a new video announcement has come out on Disney+, allowing us a sneak preview into the year’s lineup. It’s actually exciting to see early footage and stills, as many of these shows seem to go behind an iron curtain after initial casting news, making us wait months – or years even – before we can start preparing the popcorn. Note to self: buy more snacks.

 

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Drama: The Impossible Heir
Release date: February 28, 2024
Need to know: In just over a week, the crime-suspense will have our trio of social misfits teaming up, with Lee Jae-wook orchestrating the ultimate plan in order for Lee Jun-young and Hong Su-ju to usurp the chaebol throne.

 

https://www.dramabeans.com/2024/02/disney-unveils-their-2024-k-content-lineup/

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‘Royal Roader’ Special poster created by Naver Webtoon’s representative writer

 

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'Royal Loader' has released 7 special webtoon posters created in collaboration with Naver Webtoon. Disney+'s original series 'Royal Roader', scheduled to be released on February 28th, is the story of minor leaguers trying to take the throne of Korea's top conglomerate, which they wanted to have, become, and steal. 'Royal Roader', which is attracting a lot of attention with the fresh and attractive combination of popular actors Lee Jae-wook, Lee Jun-young, and Hong Soo-ju, is conducting a special collaboration with Naver Webtoon, peaking viewers' interest. Naver Webtoon has released 7 types of special posters created by 7 representative writers who are greatly loved by readers.

 

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This special poster collaboration includes author 'Cheese', who is serializing the Monday webtoon 'Three Meals for an Unemployed Man', author 'Sam', who is serializing the Tuesday webtoon 'I Want to Be You for a Day', and 'Written', who is serializing the Wednesday webtoon 'Trash in the trash can!' Writer 'EDDiERiNG', writer 'Min Song-ah', who is serializing the Thursday webtoon 'Nari in Front', writer 'Aniyoung', who is serializing the Friday webtoon 'So and So in the Wind', and 'Imrina', who is serializing the Saturday webtoon 'Killer Badro'. The participation of the author and writer 'Gyeon', who is serializing the Sunday webtoon 'Lovely In-Laws', is attracting attention.

 

By adding their own unique drawing styles and character interpretations, they make 'Han Tae-oh', the son of a murderer played by Lee Jae-wook, 'Kang In-ha', the extramarital child of a chaebol family played by Lee Jun-young, and 'Na Hye-won', the debt collector's daughter played by Hong Soo-joo, as webtoon protagonists. It creates something new and stimulates interest. Also, “Rebellion of the lowly,” “I will become the dog of an extramarital person from a wealthy family,” “Even if I have to cut down everything to reach the highest place,” “The journey to rise in status is more intense than mountain climbing,” “I was born here to take the leap.” Interesting copies with the imagination of seven authors, such as “The Top Floor Where Three Desires Meet” and “Golden Temptation,” stimulate curiosity about the bold and gutsy run of desire of the three characters that will unfold in ‘Royal Roader’.

 

In particular, 'Royal Roader' is raising expectations with the strong, desire-filled characters played by Lee Jae-wook, Lee Jun-young, and Hong Soo-joo, the unpredictable story they will show, and the combination of attractive and fresh visuals, so this work further upgrades the points of this work. The response to the special webtoon poster is even more explosive. In addition, behind-the-scenes interviews from the seven artists who participated in the collaboration will be released on the 24th. Special webtoon posters and author interviews can be found on the official ‘Disney+ Korea’ channel.

 

https://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=202402201632016310

 

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Choi Jin-ho confirmed to appear in ‘Royal Roader’… Second collaboration with Lee Jae-wook

 

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Origin Entertainment, his agency, announced on the 14th that Choi Jin-ho will appear in Disney+'s original series ‘Royal Roader’. 'Royal Roader' is a work that depicts the story of minor leaguers trying to take the throne of Korea's largest conglomerate, which they wanted to have, become, and steal. In addition to Choi Jin-ho, actors Lee Jae-wook, Lee Jun-young, and Hong Soo-ju have announced their appearances.

 

Choi Jin-ho plays Kang Jung-mo, the chairman of the Kangoh Group, a conglomerate that minor leaguers desire. Kang Joong-mo is an ambitious person who wants to make Kang-oh Group the best, but is also an extremely cold-hearted person to her family.
 
Through this work, Choi Jin-ho plans to captivate viewers with his unrivaled charisma. In particular, in this work, Choi Jin-ho is scheduled to meet Lee Jae-wook, who played father and son in the MBC drama 'Extraordinary Discovery', as an enemy seeking to take his place, so attention is focused on the chemistry between the two.
 
Choi Jin-ho has shown captivating acting based on her solid experience through numerous works such as JTBC's 'Monster' and SBS's 'Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim'. He plans to continue his work as a more prominent character in this year’s ‘Royal Roader’.
 

 

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Lee Jae Wook, Hong Su Zu, And Lee Jun Young Stun In “The Impossible Heir” Concept Photos

Lee Jae Wook, Hong Su Zu, And Lee Jun Young Stun In “The Impossible Heir” Concept Photos

 

Disney+’s upcoming drama “The Impossible Heir” has unveiled concept photos of the cast ahead of the premiere!

 

“The Impossible Heir” will tell the story of three small-timers who join forces in an attempt to take over Korea’s largest conglomerate. Lee Jae Wook will star as Han Tae Oh, the son of a murderer, Lee Jun Young will play Kang In Ha, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman, and Hong Su Zu will play Na Hye Won, the daughter of a gambler who has burdened her with debt.

 

Ahead of the premiere, Disney+ unveiled concept photos of Han Tae Oh, Kang In Ha, and Na Hye Won.

 

Han Tae Oh, who uses his talents as a weapon to reach his ambitious goals, captivates in his concept photos with his charisma and sharp gaze.

 

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Kang In Ha, who resolves to become the owner of Kangoh Group in order to be acknowledged for his existence after being tossed aside, portrays a character who is both evil and good with his intense gaze.

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In her concept photos, Hong Su Zu conveys Na Hye Won’s resolve to use anyone if it means reaching the top.

 

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Check out more concept photos of the trio below!

 

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“The Impossible Heir” will premiere on February 28 and air two episodes every Wednesday.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1645125wpp/lee-jae-wook-hong-su-zu-and-lee-jun-young-stun-in-the-impossible-heir-concept-photos

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Lee Jun Young, Lee Jae Wook, And Hong Su Zu Form An Unlikely Alliance In “The Impossible Heir”

Lee Jun Young, Lee Jae Wook, And Hong Su Zu Form An Unlikely Alliance In “The Impossible Heir”

 

Disney+’s upcoming original series “The Impossible Heir” has shared exciting stills previewing the first two episodes ahead of the premiere!

 

“The Impossible Heir” tells the story of three small-timers who join forces in an attempt to take over Korea’s largest conglomerate. Lee Jae Wook stars as Han Tae Oh, the son of a murderer, Lee Jun Young plays Kang In Ha, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman, and Hong Su Zu plays Na Hye Won, the daughter of a gambler who has burdened her with debt.

 

The upcoming stills preview the difficult livelihoods of Han Tae Oh, Kang In Ha, and Na Hye Won, who become deeply intertwined.

 

The stills of the first two episodes not only capture Han Tae Oh and Kang In Ha’s first meeting but also teases a meeting with Na Hye Won at college. Before entering Kangoh Group, these three form an unlikely alliance.

 

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With brains and plenty of guts, Han Tae Oh approaches Kang In Ha with the goal of escaping from his difficult life. Meanwhile, in order to receive recognition, Kang In Ha devises a plan with Han Tae Oh, who reaches out to him under the guise of friendship. The stills portray Han Tae Oh and Kang In Ha’s friendship that begins during their school days as they start their project to get one step closer to Kangoh Group.

 

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“The Impossible Heir” will premiere on February 28 and air two episodes every Wednesday.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1645388wpp/lee-jun-young-lee-jae-wook-and-hong-su-zu-form-an-unlikely-alliance-in-the-impossible-heir

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by lo_ve, February 28, 2024
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Actress Choi Hee Jin is one of the members of the Kang Group in the K-drama The Impossible Heir.

On February 28, it was officially confirmed that Choi Hee Jin is part of the cast of the Disney+ K-drama The Impossible Heir.

The Impossible Heir tells the story of an illegitimate son of a Korean conglomerate and his ambitious childhood friend and their journey in conquering the company to be part of the top of society.

The K-drama is led by  Lee Jae Wook, UKISS Lee Jun Young, Hong Su Zu, Lee Ji Hoon, and Choi Jin Ho.

In the series, Choi Hee Ji portrays the role of Kang Hee Joo. She is the youngest daughter of the Kang family. She is the person who gives Lee Jun Young's character a warm welcome after he finally enters the Kang family. She also falls in love with her tutor, Lee Jae Wook's character, at first sight, but she is rejected by him.

The Impossible Heir premiered its first two episodes today. The upcoming episodes will be released every Wednesday on Disney+.

The K-drama is helmed by director Min Yeon Hong (Insider and Missing: The Other Side) and scriptwriter Choi Won (Miss Butcher and Baby & I).

 

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This is Choi Hee Jin's first project for 2024. 

Last year, she impressed viewers with her acting in Strong Girl Namsoon. She portrayed as the fake Namsoon and tries to steal from Namsoon's mother Hwang Geum Joo, portrayed by Kim Jung Eun.

She also made a special cameo appearance in the K-dramas Behind Your Touch and D.P. Season 2

Choi Hee Jin made her acting debut in 2018. She has starred in the K-dramas Snowdrop, The Best Ending, Hide and Seek, Lovely Horribly, and more. 

 

 

https://mydramalist.com/article/choi-hee-jin-is-lee-jun-young-s-sister-in-the-impossible-heir

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Premiere Watch: The Impossible Heir

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Time slot: Wednesdays
Broadcaster: Disney+
Genre: Revenge, drama, thriller
Episode count: 12

Reasons to watch: They had me at “Lee Jae-wook,” but then they went and added Lee Jun-young to the mix, and then promised a complicated story of chaebol throne usurpation, revenge, antagonism, loyalty, and betrayal. To make matters even more juicy, there’s also a lucky lady (Hong Su-ju) sandwiched into our boys’ plans. While the cast and premise and PD are all promising, it’s the chaebol household where I’m crossing my fingers that there will be adequate character development and storytelling. We’ve had many a flat villain in dramaland this year (and it’s only February) — still, I think we’ll have fun here either way.

 

TL;DR: Lee Jae-wook and Lee Jun-young team up to usurp a chaebol throne

 

https://www.dramabeans.com/2024/02/premiere-watch-the-impossible-heir/

 

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The Impossible Heir: Episodes 1-2

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The Impossible Heir promises a wild tale of chaebol throne usurpation, and our first week in the drama is mostly occupied by showing us our main players and their history together. The drama moves fast as light, and has loads it wants to accomplish, but as a consequence of the speed and setup, it runs a bit low on emotion so far. But there’s time for that to change. *Rubs palms together greedily*

 
EPISODES 1-2

 

As sometimes happens in dramaland, one learns everything she needs to know from the opening title sequence. And in the case of The Impossible Heir, the OG soundtrack (like the best revenge melos before it) promises a wreck of complicated machinations, emotions, and character histories — and I’m here for it.

We first meet our heroes in high school. HAN TAE-OH (Lee Jae-wook) is our typical dramaland hero archetype: a top-ranking student, living on his own, hiding(ish) a gory parental crime in his past, and full of — in his words — something more powerful than money: desperation.

Our second hero (boy, this dual hero thing is the greatest ever) is KANG IN-HA (Lee Jun-young) of Kangoh Group, and he’s also his fair share of archetypal hero. In-ha is ostracized by his chaebol family for being illegitimate, and his lack of love/belonging/acknowledgement comes out the way you’d expect: unsafe motorcycling, petty delinquency, and bullying Tae-oh the second he transfers to In-ha’s high school.

 

A couple of fights and standoffs later, it’s clear these two are too strong and willful to be on opposing sides. Tae-oh has a proposition: “Let’s be friends. You’ll be my rope that will help me reach the major leagues.” So, they start concocting a years-in-the-making plan, which we’re not exactly privy to, but have to assume has been cooking on the stove when we circle back to our heroes in 2013 when they’re attending Hanguk University. Indeed, that was the start of their agreement: In-ha needed the help to get into the school, and as for Tae-oh, he’s got his eyes on bigger things. But this boy is also good at playing the long game, so it’s hardcore studying and part-time jobs for him.

We settle into the boys’ college years for the bulk of the time, and see how the two make an interesting team. In-ha is living his bank-rolled life in Cheongdam, but he seems to be able to swap from luxury to Tae-oh’s ramshackle rooftop digs without missing a beat. The two have settled into a friendship and partnership that hasn’t (yet) faltered, and a few times we catch them consulting on the next step in their plan. Not gonna lie, the corporate side of their scheming is either not that well-explained, or rushed through too quickly to be able to have a clear picture of what their game plan is just yet. But it’s clear that Kangoh Group’s plans for a “Co-Prosperity Cooperation Center” is the boys’ starting point.

 

It’s worth noting at this point that the drama does require some suspension of disbelief in this department. Because what we have is a [terribly cute and grave] college student who’s somehow able to predict the moves of Kangoh Group’s Chairman Kang (the perennially bad Choi Jin-ho) and his family and entourage. Whether it’s the olive branch dinner invitation to In-ha, or the inheritance waiver In-ha strategically signs, we must believe that Tae-oh is a master kingmaker/chessmaster, and he’s one step ahead.

The first wave of complication in our boys’ plans happens with the entrance of our poverty-stricken femme fatale NA HYE-WON (rookie actress Hong Su-ju). She’s in a set of dive circumstances practically identical to Tae-oh: parental baggage, absolutely impoverished, working part-time jobs, studying hard at Hanguk – and they even live in across-the-way rooftop apartments.

 

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The Impossible Heir: Episodes 3-4

by missvictrix

 

Another time jump, and our heroes’ game is finally afoot. But with so many games, it’s easy to get lost, and hard to know who to trust. Just when our two heroes might have hit their first snag, the sky clears and an impossible heir appears on the scene.

 
EPISODES 3-4

 

 

This week I am reminded that the problem with deploying lots of time jumps to tell an elaborate story is that you sacrifice all the rich context a viewer craves in order to get further along in your story. That’s exactly the weakness of The Impossible Heir this week. We endure the umpteenth time jump of the story bringing us to the present day (ish), and while I appreciate the “unfurling of the chess game” effect this creates, it also exacerbates the disconnect with our characters.

So what did our three heroes do for the last five years of this time jump? Well, they mostly set the stage for the future plays they have in mind. But for Episode 3, In-ha and Hye-won exist only in the background as vaguely dating-for-marriage and participating in The Master Plan — and it’s Tae-oh who takes the lead.

 

After the five-year time jump, Tae-oh is now the right-hand man of all right-hand men to Chairman Kang. It required him showing all his cards to Chairman Kang (viz., his real name and his family’s murder situation, which seems a bit more convoluted than we first realized)(that is, if you can believe anything Tae-oh says at this point), and passing all of the chairman’s loyalty and mind game tests.

Chairman Kang warns Tae-oh: “If you want to work for me you have to hide your true self” — i.e., your weaknesses — and it doesn’t seem like anything will break that resolve in Tae-oh. Yet? Despite the total lack of character development, we know that somewhere deep down he loves Hye-won (right?), and there’s a mess around his parentage (right?). Either one of these might break him down later, but for now, he’s steely-eyed and determined. (I’m glad Lee Jae-wook is here, because he makes me like Tae-oh even though he’s about as expressive and interesting as a Storm Trooper right now.)

 

While Tae-oh’s become a trusted ally to the chairman, the rest of the Kang family hates him and sees him as a threat — well, except Hee-joo who wants to marry him, and is very likely going to make a rather big mess at some point. For now, though she’s on the sidelines, she’s still the extraordinarily entitled — yet principled — Hee-joo we knew as a high schooler.

As for Hye-won, she and her almost-love line with Tae-oh have all but drifted into the background this week, outside of a few awkward rooftop conversations with Tae-oh. And while I think I’m okay with her disappearing (she’s underused and unnecessary as a character this week), I’m not okay with In-ha disappearing. And yet we only see him in passing in these episodes… until Chairman Kang’s health begins to fail.

What I realized this week is that I actually like the scenes between Chairman Kang and Tae-oh the most right now. The two play off of each other quite well, and it’s fun to see the fake-outs and plays they come up with. Chairman Kang might be a ruthless RickRoll'D, but is he all bad? I am enjoying the nuance of his character here, especially as compared to his throne-stealing wife (Kim Ho-jung), who isn’t exactly bringing anything new to the storytelling table. This week she’s all about manipulating circumstances to pave the way for her son KANG SUNG-JOO (Lee Ji-hoon) to steal the throne from the eldest son KANG IN-JOO (Han Sang-jin). The brothers get on like cats and dogs, but it’s Lee Ji-hoon who’s stealing the show here for me, as he’s excellent at toeing the line between being suave and simpering, powerful and petulant.

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