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«You Are The Best!» review

A review of «You Are The Best!»

Yohan Yuki Xie

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A review of the family K-Drama entitled 《최고다 이순신》 (《You Are The Best!》), starring 이지은 (Lee Ji Eun) as Lee Soon Shin, as she embarks on a journey in finding success in a cruel world; together with 조정석 (Jo Jung Suk) as Shin Joon Ho, the owner of a talent agency trying to make a big break in a challenging industry.

A lovely drama about families, aspiring to be an actor/actress, and falling in love.

A Korean drama about family relationships, finding love, and aspiring to be an actor or an actress. While there were many comedy scenes these were not 2% of the 1-hour 50 episodes, though the show is generally classified as a “romantic comedy” or “comedy”, I advise not to approach this drama with that expectation as it is not and is more than that.

The story

At first it appeared that this is a story about Lee Soon Shin (played by IU) and Shin Joon Ho (played by Jo Jung Suk), the poster, synopsis, and first few episodes were about them. However, as we enter deeper in the series, it became clear that the series was not about them but about the family relationships.

Shin Joon Ho, and in particular Lee Soon Shin, were only used as an anchor to be able to tell the amazing stories of each of the “supporting characters”. While this was good overall, without watching the last few episodes, the stories were all over the place. There were too many stories told it was no longer possible to identify which stories qualified as “main” and which were “side” stories.

All 50 episodes should be watched completely to fully appreciate this series. A series about family relationships. The bond that we share with each other. The ups and downs we go through. The love that still triumphs over resentment and hate.

《You Are The Best!》 is about “YOU” (yes, YOU the reader) being the best because you fight despite all the trials and tribulations that comes in our lives.

I’m giving it an 8 out of 10 stars.

You Are The Best! (2013) Lee Mi Sook as Song Mi Ryung (front left); Lee Ji Eun ('IU') as Lee Soon Shin (front right); Lee Ji Hoon as Jo In Sung (back left); Lee Seul Bi as Park Chan Mi (back right)

You Are The Best! (2013)

Lee Mi Sook as Song Mi Ryung (front left); Lee Ji Eun (‘IU’) as Lee Soon Shin (front right)
Lee Ji Hoon as Jo In Sung (back left); Lee Seul Bi as Park Chan Mi (back right)

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The acting/cast

The cast were perfect. The acting they gave to the show were natural, it was as if watching the life of a neighbour or our own. There were no unrealistic acting common in other drama series which is a distraction when watching. Special mention is Kim Hwan Hee for her superb acting, it is rare to see a young kid with that kind of talent in acting. Another special mention is Lee Seul Bi, she should have been given a more active role and more dialogues as she is capable to give the proper emotions and expressions need for her line.

All of them combined, it’s 9.5 out of 10 stars.

The Music

It is not easy to grade this one because the emotion-filled drama is far more memorable and powerful. The music were mainly used to be the scene. Meaning, when the music is removed, the scene will not stand on its own. The impact wouldn’t be there. The emotion reaction would have been lacking. It would have been better if the scenes with the music can stand on its own–without the music background–because this would’ve allowed the music to pull out a far more powerful emotional response.

I’m giving this 7 out of 10 stars.


Overall, I’m giving the series 8 out of 10 stars. It was a great show and it was very moving. The multiple main stories are relatable and memorable, especially its focus on family relationships instead of a romcom or romance between two love birds. While having multiple main stories was good, it diminished the focus and impact of the main story between the two main characters. It was also slow at first and took ten to twenty episodes to reach the meat of the main plot. Regardless, the acting given by all the actors and actresses were so good and natural that overall it is worth watching again.

[Trailer] You Are The Best! (최고다 이순신) - ENGLISH

«You Are The Best!» (2013) trailer

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