Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Drama: Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal, set in late Joseon era is a delightful historical-fictional K-drama revolving a female student who impersonates a male in Sungkyunkwan University. Sounds familiar....yes Hanazakari no Kimitachi e!!!

Thanks to the upright and uptight Lee Sun Joon, the pretty female lead, Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) enters the school under her brother's name, disguised as a boy in an attempt to provide for his illness and to escape the clutches of a dirty old minister.

Took a while to warm up to Lee Sun Joon, the righteous son of a powerful minister and leader of the reigning party. Yup! Republicans and Democrats during the reign of King Jeongjo. Staunch and loyal, Sun Joon (Micky) wins friends and viewers.

Playful and playboy Goo Yong Ha scores points with viewers, being likable and heroic. Shedding a disguise of a shallow exterior, Goo Yong Ha emerges solid and sensitive. Song Joong Ki who plays the flamboyant character is undoubtedly the new K-STAR.

Rebellious and moody Moon Jae Shin is endearing as he fights to protect Yoon Hee's identity amidst his growing affection for her. Sloppy but with a winning smile, Yoo Ah In as Moon Jae Shin is winning votes to return in a spin-off drama..

The brother of actress, Ha Ji Won(the star of Hwang Jini and more recent, Secret Garden) plays the bad boy but he is worth mentioning an effective evil emissary, Ha In Soo.

Professor Jung has to be noted because he is the real deal here. Jeong Yak Jong was amongst the earliest converts to Catholicism - a Catholic martyr and father to Saint Paul Chong Hasang.

The hilarious exploits, political struggles and emotional dynamics made Sungkyunkwan Scandal a drama worth watching worth watching in the Top Ten List.

Ranking: 9.2/10.0

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