The story will revolve around Ruan Man Jun, who cast away her career and future for the love of Yuan Zheng Min, who in the end betrayed her.
Ruan Man Jun was a lawyer, who fabricated evidence for her boyfriend to prevent him from going bankrupt. Her misdemeanor with law and justice ended with her being disbarred and going to jail.
Her misfortune did not end there as when she finally got out of prison, she walked into her boyfriend’s wedding celebration to someone else.
It looked so exciting that I watched the first episode in its raw form, thus, hardly understand what was going on except that she was in court and the fairly old man on the witness bench had a heart attack while Tong Zhou Yao looked on worriedly with an elderly woman beside him. It looks like Ruan Man Jun was also shown in the court.
Fast forward, Ruan Man Jun with lovely shorter hair walked into a wedding celebration and found her boyfriend married to someone else. He gave her his credit card to keep her quiet but she was incandescent with rage and threw the card at him. This scene was witnessed by Tong Zhou Yao, who is one of the guests.
Ruan Man Jun left the party and followed by Tong Zhou Yao, who gave her a lift in his car. But as soon as they got to a busy motorway, he asked her to get out of the car, left her and drove off.
It so happened that Dai Jing Jie was passing in his chauffeur-driven car. Noticed how dangerous her situation was, he asked her to get in and brought her to her hotel, where she was staying with her friend.
The next time she encountered Tong Zhou Yao was in a bar. She was being accosted by a man, who would not take no for an answer. Tong Zhou Yao seemingly helpful but humiliated her farther by putting his card in her belt like as if she was someone for the highest bidder.
Ruan Man Jun had had enough. She took the card and put it in a glass of water and then pour the lot all over Tong Zhou Yao’s head.
She then decided to leave the place the next day. She was waiting in the airport lounge rather distracted despite the incessant ringing of her mobile phone, which was noticed by Dai Jing Jie, who was also at the airport.
The next thing he saw was that she had fainted, He took her to the hospital.
I have waited to watch this drama after every episode has been subbed in English. My wait has been rewarded because I was immediately blown away after watching just the first episode so far.
This drama has got a heart. There is enough comedy to lighten up a rather emotive subject of a stepmother coming into a family of two.
I love, love, love it. The characters are already fully developed from inception.
Akiko Iwaki is a career woman who has agreed to marry Ryoichi and be a mother to his daughter, Miyuki.
Unfortunately, Akiko is an all-out businesswoman, who presented her business card and resumé to the young Miyuki when they first met much to the confusion of the young girl.
She categorically told her father that she does not want the new lady to come into their family. You can’t really blame the girl as Akiko was all businesslike and exudes little warmth.
Akiko is pragmatic though and devoted time to research about how to win a child’s approval.
Some of her strategies work, so much so that young Miyuki had a change of heart and sent Akiko a formal letter of acceptance.
Akiko was overwhelmed that she went directly to Miyuki ‘s nursery school to show her profound excitement and proceeded to reveal her bare tummy, which she had specially painted with a smiling clown face, which she thought would cheer Miyuki up. But it was the opposite, Miyuki was absolutely appalled.
I have to say this scene was unexpected and rather excruciating embarrassing. I really feel Miyuki’s pain. 🙂 🙂 🙂
I can’t really give an episodal summary because this drama is so good and you just want to continue on watching.
I have to say that if someone asks me for a drama recommendation, Stepmother & Daughter’s blues will be top of the list.
It is a drama that would constantly change you from giggles and laughter to tears. Episode 6 is particularly heartwrenching.
The charm of this drama is really the unexpected being the expected. Japanese dramas usually apply KISS (Keep it simple, stupid) in their formula.
I am really not going to give spoilers as this drama should be seen and be surprised but what the heck!
PLEASE DO NOT READ FROM THIS PART ON FOR MAJOR SPOILERS!
Ryoichi works in sales and had opportunities to meet the buchou, a super elite of a rival sales department. The Buchou was Akiko Iwamoto, who is an all-out career woman. She lives and breathes her career. He admired her business ethics from afar.
One day, Ryoichi approached Akiko. Ryoichi asked her to marry him, which did not only surprised Akiko, it surprised me too.
Given that Ryoichi is really a very handsome man, you just don’t ask a stranger to marry.
Anyway, Ryoichi said that it was mind-boggling but he had to ask her as he thought she was the best mother to his beloved young daughter.
He then told her that he has a terminal illness, he has got stomach cancer.
Akiko had never had a relationship before and she was beginning to feel an ache, a hole in her heart. The thought of having a child is quite a tempting idea.
So they registered their marriage, without the rings, without the ceremony as this marriage will be of convenience only.
Akiko moved in with Ryoichi and Miyuki. It was a trial to begin with but Akiko is a career woman, who put all her logical approach to gain the trust and respect of young Miyuki and the love of Ryoichi. She quits her high salaried job and became a full-time mother.
Ryoichi’s illness is getting more virulent but suddenly he wanted to fight the disease, he is not ready to just give up anymore. He wants to live with Akiko and see Miyuki grow.
Ryoichi was in hospital for three weeks and then he was declared to be getting better. By this time, Akiko had developed a mutual love and understanding with Ryoichi, who took her to a bridal shop to arranged a little marriage ceremony for them. Takenouchi was really gorgeous actor, he made Ryoichi so alive and radiating brightness, the way he smiles, the way he crinkles his eyes in laughter was pure sunshine and joy.
It was therefore really sad when we do not see him anymore from episode 6 as he suddenly dies.
Akiko became an automaton, wrapped up in doing every bit, details of the funeral. People are beginning to talk that the marriage was a fake one, that is why she does not cry. Little Miyuki herself did not cry, she seemed to have grown up overnight, washing the dishes and tidying up after the guest, she was scared and sad after overhearing that she was all alone, would her step-mother abandon her.
Someone told Akiko what Miyuki where Miyuki was and went to see her. She heard from Miyuki her concerns about being an orphan. Akiko told her that she will never abandon her as she is her daughter. She might not have given birth to her but she chooses her as her daughter. She was even glad that she does not have a biological daughter because she can’t love her as much as she loves Miyuki. For the first time, Miyuki called Akiko, MOTHER. By this time both are crying and Akiko, once started can’t be stopped. She cried and cried for the longest time. She really love Ryoichi.
Anyway, Miyuki asked Akiko if she had to go back to work. Akiko showed Miyuki her bank book which surprised the girl. Akiko then said, don’t underestimate a woman in high powered job who does not date and don’t go out.
Nine years later, Miyuki is really to enter university but can’t decide what to do. She told Akiko that she wanted to be just like her, stay at home and play with stocks and shares.
Akiko then realised that she was not actually a good role model for the girl. So once again she put her career woman suit and went to look for a job. She actually does not need to look for a job because she is always head-hunted but she wanted to find something challenging.
She found a bakery, which is doing badly, to the point of bunkruptcy.
The owner was a handsome sloth. He would reheat his bread that did not sell for the next day. The only delicious bread he makes was the anpan. But Akiko saw the potential.
The owner/baker was Mugita, a handsome man who was rather full of himself. He thought she wanted to work with him because she had fallen in love with him.
I highly recommend this film as a lazy weekend treat.
It is enjoyable and fast paced. There plenty of comic scenes and the girls are beautiful with different personalities, which you can choose your favourite from. I have to say, I love the character of Ga-bi, she is feisty and does not carry much baggage, so she is just a gorgeous fighting machine.
Jin Ok, Hong Dan and Ga Bi are three beautiful women who all work as bounty hunters for Mu Myeong.
They take on jobs of hunting the most wanted and always get their men. The three women have their individual expertise.
Jin Ok is a sharpshooter and excellent with the yoyo as a weapon. She is also a bit of an inventor and an engineer.
Hong Dan is a married lady but she is more comfortable throwing shuriken (Chinese stars) than doing household chores, which she leaves to her husband.
Ga-Bi is the youngest of the group. She is upfront; what you see is what you get. Her forte is in archery and explosives.
Their biggest mission was to retrieve a stauroscope before it lands into the hand of the Chinese.
While completing the mission, Jin Ok learned that her father was alive and the person, who had supposedly killed him was her childhood love, Sa Hyeon. Though Sa Hyeon tried to kill/hurt her several times, in the end he saved her life and her father’s but died in doing so.
They did accomplish their mission and the grateful King rewarded them handsomely.
Really good film, never a boring moment. Though I am not sure how Jin Ok survived after her father was ‘killed’ and her protector, Sa Hyeon, was taken by the evil Kim Ja Hun.
I am so looking forward to this drama. The premise is so interesting with So Ji Sub in the lead who will play as a NIS agent, who will help his neighbour find the truth about the disappearance of her husband.
Kawin is married to Pattinee. They are for the most part a happily married couple. But Kawin has a history of womanising and Pattinee has a pathological fear of being two-timed due to her father leaving them for another woman.
Everythime Pat sees Kawin with a woman, she would fly off the handle.
Unfortunately, Pat’s PA has a hidden grudge against her and often incite Pat into a jealous rage.
A friend had advised Pat to seek some help from the Buddha temple, where she passed by another woman who was also looking for some peace and comfort. For some reason, their spirits seemed to be connected.
They both got an identical fortune card which says that they had to die to live.
Naluntha is a naive woman, who is married to a man who was two-timing her. He was after her fortune.
The PA arranged for Pat to catch Kawin in flagrante delicto with her friend. (Kawin was innocent but he does make it easy for Pat to catch him as he was just too accommodating with women).
Pat was absolutely devastated by this time and drove off her car. While this was going on, Naluntha received a package containing her husband’s Calvin Kein. She also found out from the mistress where they are at that moment.
The thing with Naluntha is that she is not very well. she has a very weak heart and waiting for a transplant. She went to where her husband was supposed to be and found him in bed with a woman.
She collapsed at the same time as Pat is crashing her car into a truck.
Episode 2 – 16
Both Pat and Naluntha were brought to the same hospital where there seemed to be only one doctor/surgeon. And that doctor was Naluntha’s father.
Pat and Naluntha were both gravely ill, the doctor had to make a choice who to see to. Pat has a more serious case as she has had a brain hemorrhage and would likely to die soon.
The doctor stabilised Naluntha and had the heart of the newly dead Pat transplanted to her with Pat’s family’s permission. The operation was a success.
When Naluntha woke up she was in a state of confusion especially after seeing her image in the mirror.
The woman looking at her was Naluntha but she was Pat.
The doctor immediately realised that something was not right and Pat convinced him that she is another woman in his daughter’s body.
The doctor convinced her to stay as his daughter for now as her own family would not believe her, because their Pat had died and her being in another’s body is not only impossible but utterly ridiculous.