My 19 Year Old Sister In Law

Reviewed by: nauti_ger

December 13, 2005

Rating: three-point-five

Main Cast:
Kim Jae Won as Lin Min Zhe
Jung Da Bin as Zheng Hui Yuan/ Han Yu Min
Yoon Gae Sang as Lin Sheng Zhe
Kim Min Hee as Song Xiu Zhi

I watched it in Chinese, hence the names are all in Chinese rather than korean~!

Four-year-old Zheng Hui Yuan was abandoned by Mdm Lin and Mdm Song, who tried to abscond with the money that her mother left behind. Hui Yuan's father had disappeared and her mother had passed away shortly after that. Out of greed, Mdm Lin and Mdm Song decided to take the money and Mdm Lin left Hui Yuan on the train.

15 years have passed and Mdm Lin is doing well and has three children. Mdm Song is constantly relying on men to get her way and her daughter Xiu Zhi, who was Hui Yuan's good friend, constantly yearns for family love.

Hui Yuan is now called Han Yu Min and she has a younger brother Zheng Biao from her adoptive parents. Her adoptive parents have abandoned both of them and Yu Min is left to take care of her brother who has kidney failure.

By a stroke of luck, Yu Min meets Sheng Zhe, Mdm Lin's second son who was running away from home with Mdm Lin's precious dog ShaSha. He meets Yu Min and ends up staying over at her place as he is unable to pay her money that he owes for causing her to lose some fish that she was planning to sell. They start out hating each other but Sheng Zhe slowly begins to empathise with her tough life and tougher spirit and soon learns about her sad past.

Coincidently, the doctor treating Zheng Biao whom Yu Min is in love with is Min Zhe, Mdm Lin's eldest son. He however is waiting for his first love to come back and ends up making an agreement with Yu Min to pose as his fiancée to stop his mother's matchmaking.

Mdm Lin thinks that Yu Min is a 22 year old graduate but in reality she is only 19. She ends up staying at the Lins' house as she was not able to pay the rent for her house and through Zheng Biao's help manages to attend school again.

Mdm Song has been constantly trying to threaten Mdm Lin into giving her financial help and Mdm Song's daughter Xiu Zhi is disgusted with the life that her mother and her have to live. Xiu Zhi happens to be studying in the same school as Yu Min as well as Sheng Zhe. Xiu Zhi had witnessed what had happened 15 years ago and recognizes Yu Min from a teddy bear that Yu Min's father had given them when they were young. At the same time, Yu Min's father, who had actually met with an accident 15 years ago and lost his memory, learns from his father that he has a daughter and a wife, and manages to locate Xiu Zhi. Xiu Zhi becomes jealous and lies to Yu Min's father that Yu Min had died when she was 10 as she wants Yu Min's father for herself.

Meanwhile, Mdm Lin learns that Yu Min is only 19 and comes from a poor background and she chases both siblings out of the house. Yu Min and her brother disappear for 5 years while Sheng Zhe and Min Zhe search frantically for them.

After 5 years, Xiu Zhi and Mdm Song successfully win over Yu Min's father's trust and love. Yu Min's father treats Xiu Zhi like his daughter and gives her a good job in his company. Meanwhile Min Zhe manages to find Yu Min before Sheng Zhe and this causes Sheng Zhe to feel that he and Yu Min are not meant to be together.

Out of spite, Mdm Song asks Yu Min's dad to do business with Mdm Lin and Mdm Lin, upon realizing Yu Min's father is back, gets a shock of her life.

So the story goes on to tell how all the lies and deceit get exposed and how Yu Min gets reunited with her father. But what pains her the most are that it is the mother of the two men that she love the most that had abandoned her and that her best playmate since young was the one that had betrayed her.

In the end however, Yu Min's dad finally lets go of his anger and allows Yu Min to be with Sheng Zhe, whom she finally realizes that she loves.

As you can see from the above, the plot is one convoluted storyline but as you watch it, everything will fall into place. But this story is rather unrealstic cause there is no way that life is of such a coincidence. Overall, there were not as much laughs as I expected. the story tended to drag towards the ending and I began forwarding them to the important bits.

Comments on the cast:
Jung Da Bin - she's funny, she plays a sassy girl here, but still not that sassy. Her acting is good. I enjoy it and find her very natural. Good performance comparable to that in Attic Cat

Kim Jae Won - he's not really the main guy. There are hilarious moments between him and Jung Da Bin - they make a good couple. But overall, his character is kind of bland and too self-sacrificial to the point that it gets too unbelievable and foolish.

Yoon Gae Sang - new actor, great acting, I must say, cries very naturally. I think he has great chemistry with Jung Da Bin but only as friends. I thought that they didn't look that great as a couple.

Kim Min Hee - plays the bad girl. Quite pretty and has style. She has the killer look. Her character is quite emotionless but you can see true emotions when she is with Sheng Zhe whom she loves.

To watch or not to watch?
Watch it if you can get it on tv cable or borrow it from a friend. I would not recommend buying it or renting it because it's not that great a series. It would have done better if the plot had been less draggy and the producers had spent more effort into tying the ends together. The ending was a bit sloppy and I was disappointed.

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