Successful Story of a Bright Girl
- Title: 명랑소녀 성공기 / Myung-rang So-nyu Sung-gong Gi
- Also known as: Cheerful Girl's Success Story / A Bright Girl's Success Story
- Genre: Comedy, Romance
- Episodes: 16
- Broadcast network: SBS
- Broadcast period: 2002-Mar-13 to 2002-May-02
- Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
- Viewership ratings: 42.6%
Jang Na Ra plays a cute and innocent country girl who often daydreams of rescuing her prince. One day, she meets Jang Hyuk who accidentally falls into her bath tub while she was taking her bath. Not off to a good start they started arguing over the matter. However, the story goes on to tell how Jang Nara arrives in the big city due to her plan to settle her irresponsible parents' debts. She moves into Jang Hyuk's house as a hired servant hence begins to teach the rich spoiled brat (Jang Hyuk) some manners through her down to earth scoldings and no-nonsense attitude. This drama gets totally hilarious in many scenes where Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk's combination comes out as refreshingly cute. Jang Hyuk plays a rich and proud man who inherits his father's business (Snowy Cosmetics) but is later betrayed by his own cousin and uncle leading to his downfall. On the other hand, Jang Nara plays a girl that he meets who help him pick up the pieces in his life, from defeat to success. A very well written drama with a story many will enjoy!
- Jang Hyuk as Han Gi Tae
- Jang Na Ra as Cha Yang Soon
- Han Eun Jung as Yoon Na Hee
- Ryu Soo Young as Oh Joon Tae (Gi Tae's cousin)
- Yoon Tae Young as Song Suk Koo
- Choo Ja Hyun as Song Bo Bae (Suk Koo's sister)
- Jung Min as Young Chan (Gi Tae's friend)
- Oh Seung Eun as Jin Joo (Na Hee's friend)
- Lee Hye Sook as CEO, Snowy Cosmetics (Na Hee's mother)
- Hong Yo Seob as Director Oh (Joon Tae's Father)
- Kwon Hae Hyo as Chief Joo (product development chief)
- Choi Yong Min as Chief, Public Relations
- Lee Seung Hyung as Assistant Chief, Public Relations
- Kim Young Ok as Yang Soon's grandmother
- Park Soon Chun as Yang Soon's mother
- Jo Hyung Ki as Yang Soon's father
Review by puccakiss79
Korea's Jang Na Ra and Jang Hyuk unite talents to bring fans the invigorating drama, Successful Story of a Bright Girl (명랑소녀 성공기) Incorporating a plot fueled by greed and deception with the actors' ability to perform with great animation, the series accomplishes a suitable balance between drama and comedy. Also, with enjoyable characters, viewers are inspired by one of the drama's themes; righteousness and determination are rewarded. Successful Story of a Bright Girl is full of laughs and tears and is enjoyable from beginning to end.
First, the balance of drama and comedy creates a lighthearted series. Both Yang Soon (Jang Na Ra) and Gi Tae (Jang Hyuk) experience loss in death and worldly possessions. Conspiracies and alliances are established to cause their fall and distract them from their paths to success. Still, sprinkled though out the drama are scenes of their strong personalities bickering. These scenes are heightened with Jang Na Ra's and Jang Hyuk's lively performances making for fun, comical moments and creating a steadiness between the somber scenes.
Also, this drama shares inspiration through a clear-cut theme and its characters that viewers can relate. Simply stated, success will come to those that are honorable and that never give up, "Fighting!" Fans cheer on Yang Soon because her confidence and perseverance launches her as a delightful heroine. Gi Tae is a round character thanks to his guardian angel, Yang Soon, and her example on living life. His character changes from an arrogant, unfocussed jerk to a more humbled, solidified business man that sets his heart to take back what he lost. Will Yang Soon repay her parents' debts and save her Prince Charming? Will Gi Tae regain losses? What success awaits these characters in both love and war?
With a dynamic cast and characters involved in a balanced plot that revolves around an inspiring theme, Successful Story of a Bright Girl brings a refreshing series to Korean drama fans. Jang Na Ra's and Jung Hyuk's feisty mannerisms bring life to their squabbling characters providing fun and laughs for viewers. Fans are able to attach themselves to the characters and theme even with the series melodrama aspects. All in all, Successful Story of a Bright Girl is a sure hit.
Similar to the drama, the soundtrack is balanced with fun beats and dramatic scores; however, only a few are worth mentioning. Jang Hyuk's Love Song (Track 1) delivers a enjoyable tune with sweet lyrics. "I again protect your smile while I'm not realizing it. Is it because the sorrow behind your smiles are similar to mine? Come to me. Love song, love song, love song to you who made me change," he sings in Korean. Other fun beats on the sound track are tracks 8, Success Story of a Bright Girl; 12, Waltz; and 13, Run, Run, Run. The softer, soothing tracks are songs such as track 2, Waiting for a Reason and track 4, True Bird's It's You. Disappointedly, Korean Pop Star Jang Nara does not contribute a song to this soundtrack. Perhaps if she had a few tracks on the it, the OST would be better.
Rating: See it (4/5)