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[Drama Review] – SungKyunKwan Scandal

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Title: 성균관 스캔들 / Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2010-Aug-30 to 2010-Nov-02

This is my personal view of the drama so please note that this review might be subjective. Beware of spoilers!

The reason of watching: I heard that the rating was quite high. This drama was aired together with Playful Kiss in other channel and this drama won over it. Park Min Young and Micky Yoo Chun was two people I know before watching this drama. Park Min Young I know from Secret Garden and Yoo Chun was a DBSK (JYJ) member. P.S. At that time I didn’t think that YooChun was that handsome so I had no expectation of liking the main character. 😛

Review: The drama depicts the social classes which existed at time. I couldn’t recall things in details but the drama was talking about these scholars from 4 different social ranks, Kim Yoon Shik (Park Min Young); Lee Son Jun (Micky YooChun); Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In) and Go Young Ha (Song Jong Ki). Kim Yoon Shik was actually a girl who lives with her mother and her sick younger brother. She works as book copier using her brother’s identity. She almost do anything for money. One day she bumped to Jae Shin who was a “lazy” scholar. Jae Shin is somewhat a hero like person who defend those who are poor. The story rolls along when Yoon Shik met Son Junaccidentally. They kept meeting and got into trouble together. Son Jun was a son of a minister with high position. Everybody respects him highly. However he is really strict and straight. He wanted to put up justice and equality. As Yoon Shik and Son Jun goes to SungKyunKwan university they went through an event where the seniors “play” with the juniors.Young Ha was one of the head seniors. He is a smart student though he is not diligent. Young Ha is a friend of Jae Shin. The story goes on until one day these 4 lead characters were told to search the GeumDeungJiSa, a letter which holds a documentary of what happened during the war. In the war, Yoon Shik’s father and Jae Shin’s older brother was killed.

This drama is very entertaining for me in terms of its political aspects. The way the bad people tries to topple over the good people, the way they want to keep their power, etc are really entertaining to watch. Besides the political aspect I like the way they put some philosophical thoughts from the scholars. Therefore there is something else that I can learn and enjoy beside the romance.

The way they picture some scene are somehow disturbing for me. They still show Yoon Shik as a girl and not so much of the boyish image although she was wearing all these boy clothing and attires. For example the scene where Yoon Shik and Son Jun was chased for buying and delivering the banned books, I feel so wrong with the way Son Jun hugs Yoon Shik. It was not the way guys hug guys, it was clearly a romantic hug between boy and girl. *shivers* Also in the archery practice, that’s not how guys teach a guy how to arrow a bow, well not by hugging from the back. -___-

However the ending was okay. It’s a happy ending. 🙂

The most memorable part:

I’m sorry but I was Jae Shin’s bias so the memorable part was mostly the Jae Shin scene.

1. The crying Jae Shin when he was locked by his father. Jae Shin was lifeless after his brother died. His brother was a big influence to him, so when he died Jae Shin seems lost. Jae Shin goes out at night as this “ninja” like who throw red letters. One day he went out and consciously went into a trap. He was wounded seriously and he became the top wanted criminal. His father tried to lock him up to prevent him going out recklessly. During the chasing the night he was wounded, Son Jun give up himself as the fake “ninja”. Once the guards were away, Jae Shin was taken home. But after a few days Yoon Shik and Yong Ha tries to get him out. Then with the help of one of the professor there, they got the idea to release Son Jun.

2.(Another Jae Shin scene). The part where Jae Shin became really wise by quoting his brother’s advice to a young thief. This thief was forced to stole the goods of the scholars because he was really poor and he didn’t have money to bury his mother. Jae Shin looked really like a big brother to that thief boy.

3. The archery contest. The archery contest was a contest in SungKyunKwan university which is a big event watched by the king. The contest goes per group which has 3 people in each group. Jae Shin, Yoon Shik, and Son Jun were in the same team. Yoon Shik as a girl had never hold an arch bow and arrow before but Son Jun trained and motivated her a lot, so during the contest she did quite well. Son Jun was a really good archer, but because of the cunning method of the rival group of the head of student body, he was injured. He forced himself to train his left arm to draw the arrow. Jae Shin was a really good archer too, as he was the ninja who use arrow all the time. But during the contest he was wounded due to the night before he became ninja and was almost caught by the guards. Thus, he couldn’t perform well. At the final, Jae Shin still couldn’t do well so he lost his round. Son Jun won his round. Therefore, the last person, ie. Yoon Shik, has to win her round to win this contest. However, the cunning opponent team put glasses or sharp things on Yoon Shik’s arrow that her hand bled heavily. But due to her vigorous training, she finally can score well and win the game!

Ending: Expected ending. Yoon Shik and Son Jun married happily ever after. -____- A new world with equality. Jae Shin seems to be a guard or soldier or something. Young Ha still as ever, a playboy. hahaha…

Rating: 4 out of 5


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