The Penthouse: War in Life is a South Korean television series starring Lee Ji-ah, Kim So-yeon, Eugene,Um Ki-joon, Yoon Jong-hoon, and Park Eun-seok. The series, directed by Joo Dong-min and written by Kim Soon-ok,spins the story of a real estate and education war, a desire to be number one. It depicts the solidarity and revenge of women who turned to evilness to protect themselves and their children. It premiered on SBS TV on October 26, 2020.

At the end of the first season, the series with 5.354 million viewers is placed at 9th rank in the Top 50 Korean television series per nationwide viewers. The series achieved the number-one position in all-channel mini-series, 21 times in a row from its first broadcast on October 26, 2020, to the last episode on January 5, 2021.

As of the ending of the second season on April 2, 2021, the series with 5.69 million viewers is placed at 8th rank in the Top 50 Korean television series per nationwide viewers. The series achieved the number-one position in all-channel mini-series, 13 times in a row from its first broadcast on February 19, 2021, to the last episode on April 2, 2021.

As of the ending of the third season on September 10, 2021, the series with 3.77 million viewers is placed at 18th rank in the Top 50 Korean television series per nationwide viewers.

The Penthouse series, which swept up 2020 and 2021, was ranked the best and worst drama with 43 votes from 200 industry experts due to the ridiculous ending of Season 3 and criticized for its scattered storyline and inconsequential events.


Season 1

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Penthouse tells the story of wealthy families living in Hera Palace and their children at Cheong-ah Arts School.

Shim Su-ryeon (Lee Ji-ah) is an elegant, wealthy woman who has a tragic past. Her husband is Joo Dan-tae (Uhm Ki-joon), a successful businessman. She later learns that he is hiding a secret from her.

Oh Yoon-hee (Eugene) comes from a humble family background. She has had bad blood with Cheon Seo-jin (Kim So-yeon), a famous soprano whose father is the head of Cheong-ah Arts School, since high school. They get involved in a love triangle relationship with Ha Yoon-cheol (Yoon Jong-hoon).

All of them have grand ambitions and desires for their children and would do anything for them. However, their lives begin to crumble as a young mysterious girl named Min Seol-ah (Jo Soo-min) falls to her death during a party at Hera Palace. While the Hera Palace residents try to cover up the fact that she died on the premises, they cannot help but suspect each other for the murder.

Season 2

Penthouse 2 focuses on Shim Su-ryeon’s secrets and the aftermath of her death, Oh Yoon-hee’s revenge, Cheon Seo-jin’s downfall, and the Hera Palace kids who want to be the best and win the grand award at the Cheong-ah Arts Festival.

After successfully framing Oh Yoon-hee for murder, Cheon Seo-jin and Joo Dan-tae decided to get married. Their engagement party is interrupted by Oh Yoon-hee and Ha Yoon-cheol, who have just come back from the United States. As the secrets unveil, the relationships among the people at Hera Palace are entangled, yet another mysterious figure appears and confronts them.

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Season 3

Penthouse 3 focuses on the residents of Hera Palace after their trials and their kids who prepare themselves to take the college entrance examination.

Just when Shim Su-Ryeon, who faked her death in Season 1, thinks she can finally live happily, Logan Lee (Park Eun-seok) dies right before her eyes. Meanwhile, the Hera Palace residents get out of prison and attempt to get their lives back together. This starts the final lap of greed, corruption, justice and redemption.

This movie has quite complex content between each character, and able to carry out the matter intensively. Make it interesting to watch until the end, when this movie is conducted with a group of scraps who do everything to get what they want, regardless of the method. This has a negative effect on others, and in many cases, there will be various problems arising from the irresponsible actions of these people. The plot focuses on showing the power of money. At present, money is part of the basics of life. and is known as the god of the modern world. The never-ending greed and selfishness of human beings will always lead to problems.

The film is filled with the smallest details created by the writer’s attention. In the matter of inserting the dilemma that can occur in everyday life into our heads to think accordingly, There is also a good selection of all the actors. All the actors are good. excellent understanding of the script and acting. It makes the audience, including myself, feel very immersed in this movie. But this movie may not be suitable for those who have less free time. If you want to relax by watching a movie, each episode is quite long, but with the intense content, you might not be able to wait to watch the next episode until the sun comes up. He may not be able to go to school or work late. And with this intense content, it may stress you even more. Instead of unwinding from relaxation, watch movies as you like. When I watched this movie, It took me less than a week to watch all the episodes and chapters without skipping.

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I feel excited, thrilled, heartbroken, sad, or satisfied at times while watching that.For me, this movie is one you shouldn’t miss. If you like drama movies or Korean series like me,

5/5 - (6 votes)

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