Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama Review

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam

Cinderella and the Four Knights is about a young woman (Park So Dam) who is given the opportunity to live at the mansion of a rich chaebol and make some money to go to college. And  if that isn’t lucky enough, the chaebol’s three handsome grandsons (Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, & Lee Jung Shin) also live there as well a handsome bodyguard (Choi Min) who is to look after her.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, Park So Dam, Choi Min Sung, and Lee Jung Shin

Cinderella and the Four Knights was such a fun and easy watch. On the surface, it’s more of a fluff piece where we just get to enjoy watching the poor Cinderella girl get to live in a fancy house and draw the affections of multiple handsome guys. And all of that was definitely fun!

But it’s also a story of people finding happiness by coming to terms with who they are and reconciling past hurts in order to finally become a family. One girl is tasked with helping this fractured family come together. And while she helps them, she also goes on her own journey.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Park So Dam

Park So Dam was fantastic as our leading lady Eun Ha Won. She is the absolute perfect mixture of sweet, cheerful, and strong. She takes no grief from any of the guys and can completely hold her own in any situation.

And Park So Dam is absolutely beautiful and adorable in this role. Her smile just completely lights up every scene, and I always can’t help but smile right along with her.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Hyun and Park So Dam

I also give a lot of credit to Park So Dam for having this effortless chemistry with all of the guys. She just comes off so natural and comfortable with each guy that it really helped bring out the best in each of them.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo

Jung Il Woo was very solid in the role of Kang Ji Woon. This role is very different from other roles I have seen him in. His characters are frequently loud, unique, and overly confident. Whereas Ji Woon is really a very normal character.

He’s that quiet, tortured, rebel who really needs some happiness in life. It took a while for him to really begin opening up, but it was great to see. I really enjoyed Jung Il Woo in this, and it’s definitely my favorite character of his.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Hyun

We have Ahn Jae Hyun in the second lead role of Kang Hyun Min. He’s the cocky playboy of the group, and he’s the one who gets Ha Won involved with his family. I always find Ahn Jae Hyun a bit stiff and awkward, but I think his interactions with Park So Dam helped make him pleasant enough to watch since he got to spend a lot of time with her in the beginning.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Lee Jung Shin

Lee Jung Shin plays Kang Seo Woo. He’s the sweet and fun one of the group. As a popular singer, he keeps busy. It doesn’t take long for him to fall for Ha Won, and the two of them certainly had a cute dynamic.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Choi Min Sung

Lee Yoon Sung (Choi Min Sung) is our resident bodyguard. He has a hard time letting loose and having fun, but Ha Won is even able to bring out that side of him a time or two. He is very loyal to the Kang family, and does his best to look after them.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Son Na Eun

Son Na Eun plays the other woman in our main love square, Park Hye Ji. Ji Woon has had feelings for her for a long while, but she only has eyes for Hyun Min who doesn’t seem to look at her as more than a friend. She added an interesting dynamic to the group for sure.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam

Ji Woon and Ha Won ended up being a completely adorable couple! There was just so much cute! I thought Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam had this wonderful and easy going chemistry between them, and I just couldn’t get enough of it.

I also really loved the progression of Ji Woon and Ha Won’s relationship. It had this very natural flow to it that took its time from moving from bickering to friendship and finally to romantic love.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam

Watching Ji Woon open up to Ha Won and start to feel some happiness in his life was such a joy to see. And these two had some fantastic couple moments! The big confession of feelings by Ji Woon is one of my favorites I have seen in a drama. It was such a sweeping romantic moment that gave me so many feels. I really loved this couple!

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, Park So Dam, and Son Na Eun

I really enjoyed that the drama had an actual love square. I loved the dynamics between the two couples as they all had to work out their feelings for each other. It made for a complex and interesting romantic entanglement.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Park So Dam

Cinderella and the Four Knights also has a wonderful soundtrack that was utilized very well. I immensely enjoyed all of the songs and was so glad that they played them all frequently. It really helped set up a fun, romantic, and heartwarming atmosphere.

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam

Cinderella and the Four Knights is just a good solid drama. It was tons of fun with a lot of heart. Park So Dam was the absolute perfect female lead, and Jung Il Woo really gave a wonderful performance as we slowly watched his character grow. And with one of the cutest couples around Dramaland, I was never short on smiles. All in all, Cinderella and the Four Knights was a joy and has left me with a lot of good memories.

My Rating: 8/10

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19 Responses to Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama Review

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Another great review 😀 Haven’t seen this one yet, but from what I can tell by reading this, I think it will be one of those kind of feel good kind of shows, and that’s something I usually highly enjoy watching. I’m so glad that I have to work for one more week, and then have a week off from work. Finally time to catch up on some things. Looking forward to the next post!

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I really loved Cinderella. It definitely is a feel good show. I remember you mentioned not being as in to comedies. There’s a fair amount of lighter comedy throughout the drama and plenty of typical kdrama romance type stuff. But there’s also a nice story with some really good characters. It gets a tad more angsty in the second half which is something I always enjoy since I like a little meat in my dramas. But overall, it’s great for a cute, fun watch with some added depth 🙂

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      • raistlin0903 says:

        I’m not into pure comedies, as in real slapstick shows, but a bit of light comedy and a show that has a feel good vibe too it, I don’t mind that all. So I will definitely keep this one in mind 😀

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        • Kay says:

          Ah, well it definitely fits that description then 🙂 I really like comedies, but I’m not into slapstick for the most part either. Luckily, most Korean dramas have lighter comedy throughout or more comedy in the beginning and then transitions to more serious. Hopefully, you find a few good shows to watch during your break.

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  2. Ewonderhub says:

    Wow you really… Expressed your view. I love that drama

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  6. Marlene says:

    After watching this kdrama, I binge watched Park So Dam, she’s great and I like that everyone have a happy ending 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Ooh another Park So Dam fan! I love her sooooo much! She was so wonderful in this drama, and I loved the happy endings all around. I really hope she does another drama soon 🙂


  7. Better than I expected (although I expected the drama equivalent of fairy floss and got, maybe, popcorn instead). A bit too makjang in places for me and a lot of the character motivations didn’t make a lot of sense overall. I blame Boys Over Flowers, of which this is clearly the watered-down, less-crazy version.
    If you want a pleasant, unchallenging piece of fluff that doesn’t require too many brain cells than this is it.
    The one criticism I have is the show’s insistence on biology in family. At first it seemed to be heavily promoting a ‘found family’ philosophy with these four (five) super lonely people brought together by their care and respect for each other.
    But then the show veered sharply in precisely the opposite direction in a way that didn’t resonate with me: that because somebody is biologically related to you then you should do everything you can to have a relationship with that person. This theme really enraged me, especially when it came to the female lead’s awful father and the ‘knights’ grandfather.
    I will say the acting is pretty mediocre throughout, with the exception of Park So Dam. The writing for the characters was pretty thin but she managed to turn Eun Ha Won into a three-dimensional character. That was pretty impressive.

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    • Kay says:

      It definitely helps going into a drama with low expectations and then being pleasantly surprised even if only a bit 🙂 Cinderella is like this fluffy baby melo, lol. Definitely checked the right boxes for me.

      And yes, Park So Dam was amazing! I love her to pieces. She always adds something special to her characters and has great chemistry with everyone she works with. I really want to see more of her in the future 🙂


  8. gift says:

    Cinderella and the four knights is an lnteresting drama in which ha won the female Lead of the drama played the role of Cinderella alongside Co -stars Ah jae hyun, Jung IL woo, Lee Jung shin, Choi min and son na eun.


  9. Fred says:

    This drama is too cheesy! But I love it LOL. It seemed like a subtle version of BOF with a little bit of Heartstrings. This also felt more like a 2008 drama than a 2016 one. You could feel the “old school” vibes – which is a good thing. Cute and cheesy. LOL. I agree with your score of 8.

    P.S. That has to be the stupidest “chaebol house” ever! Just about anyone can go in. OKAAAYYYY…

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    • Kay says:

      It is definitely cheesy! hehe But I loved it too 🙂 I agree, this drama definitely had the old school vibes, which is probably one of the reasons I loved it. It’s just fun with its mix of being cheesy, cute, and angsty. I’d love to see more dramas like it 🙂

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  10. I actually stopped watching this show at episode 7. It was because I so disliked Ji Woon. I was hoping Kang Hyun Min or secretary Lee would win Eun Ha Won. I agree with Kay that Park So Dam is excellent. Based on what has been written about the show I’ll try to go back to it.

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, this drama definitely had people rooting for Ha Won with different guys 🙂 Luckily, I enjoyed her with Ji Woon and their relationship progression, but it was kind of a slow burn.

      And I did think she was great with the other guys too, so I can see why you would hope for her to be with one of them. If you go back to it and still don’t care for Ji Woon after a couple of more eps, you might want to just bale. Sometimes we just don’t like the main lead. It happens to us all, hehe 😂


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