The Heirs

The Heirs (Korean: 왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들), also known as The Inheritors, is a South Korean television series starring Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye and Kim Woo-bin.[2] Written by Kim Eun-sook, the drama is set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich.[3] It aired on SBS from October 9 to December 12, 2013.[4]

The Heirs
Promotional poster
Also known asThe Inheritors
Hangul왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들
Hanja王冠을 쓰려는 者, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 相續者들
Revised RomanizationWang-gwaneul Sseuryeoneun Ja, Geu Mugereul Gyeondyeora – Sangsokjadeul
McCune–ReischauerWang'gwanŭl Ssŭryŏnŭn Ja, Kŭ Mugerŭl Kyŏndyŏra – Sangsokjadŭl
LiterallyHe Who Wishes to Wear the Crown, Endures Its Weight – The Heirs[1]
Created byChoi Moon-suk (from SBS Drama Production)
Written byKim Eun-sook
Directed by
  • Kang Shin-hyo
  • Boo Sung-chul
Creative directors
  • Lee Kwang-young
  • Choi Ji-young
  • Choi Yong-joon
Music byPark Se-joon
Opening theme"I Will See You" by Trans Fixion
Ending theme"I'm Saying" (말이야) by Lee Hong-gi (Episode 1–2, 4–6, 9–10, 20)
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes20
Executive producerYoon Ha-rim
  • Shin Bong-chul
  • Lee Sung-hoon
Production locations
  • South Korea
  • United States
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time58–60 minutes
Production companyHwa&Dam Pictures
DistributorSeoul Broadcasting System
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseOctober 9 (2013-10-09) 
December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)

This was the first Korean drama co-produced by American digital distribution platform DramaFever and Korean production company Hwa&Dam Pictures.[5]

Due to its star-studded cast and writer Kim Eun-sook (who previously wrote Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden and A Gentleman's Dignity), international broadcasting rights were sold to 13 countries.[6] It had the highest selling price in Japan among all the 2013 Korean dramas at US$30,000 for each episode.[7][8] As of January 26, 2014, the series has garnered more than one billion views on Youku, China's biggest video streaming site.[9]

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