Tuesday, August 25, 2015

[Drama Review] School 2015: Who Are You?

It is the sixth installment of the 'School' series from KBS that aired from 1999 through 2002, then resumed in 2013. This series realistically depicts the struggles and dilemmas currently being faced by Korean youth. 

Go Eun Byul and Lee Eun Bi are identical twins separated at birth. Eun Bi lives at House of Love, an orphanage in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, where the younger residents look up to her as a mother figure. However, she hides the fact that she is bullied at school by a gang of mean girls lef by Kang So Young, while teachers turn a blind eye.

On the other hand, Do Eun Byul is the most popular girl at Sekang High School, the most prestigious private high school in Seoul's Gangnam District. Eun Byul's best friends are Cha Song Joo and Lee Shi Jin, and she shares a mutual attraction with Han Yi An, the school's star swimmer. They have been friends since they were 8 years old.

Eun Bi and Eun Byul look exactly alike, but only Eun Byul is aware of the other's existence. Unlike the cheerful Eun Bi, Eun Byul is prickly and secretive.

One day, on a school field trip to Tongyeong, Eun Byul mysteriously disappears, at the same time, Eun Bi is unjustly expelled from her school and jumps off a bridge in a suicide attempt. Ten days later, the injured and amnesiac Eun Bi is mistaken for her twin Eun byl, and the latter's adoptive mother takes her home to Seoul, where she starts living as Eun Byul.

Secrets get revealed later on when Eun Bi realizes she isn't Eun Byul as she soon gets her memories back, but it is then discovered that Eun Bi's body was found at the site of Eun Bi's suicide. Eun Bi assumes that it is Eun Byul who took her place n dying when she tries to saves Eun Bi from drowning. So she starts living as Eun Byul as Eun Bi is now 'dead'.

Soon, Kang So Young joins the school and finds out that Eun Bi is imposing as Eun Byul. Threatening Eun Bi with his fact, she tries to make her life miserable again, but Eun Bi has changed and she learns to stand up her herself. Gong Tae Kwang, who starts to develop an attraction towards Eun Bi, finds out about her identity and he assists and protects Eun Bi form Kang So Young. He also fights against Han Yi An for Eun Bi's love. Han Yi An later finds out the truth of Eun Bi identity, after Kang So Young shows a picture of Eun Bi school ID.

Kang So Young successfully manages to drive Eun Bi out of Sekang High. However, on the day Eun Bi and her mother were about to move out of the neighborhood and start fresh, the real Eun Byul comes knocking on the door.


Kim So Hyun

Kim So Hyun plays as both twin sister Lee Eun Bi and Go Eun Byul. Lee Eun Bi lives in an orphanage and Go Eun Byul lives with a woman who adopt her. Because of bullying, Eun Bi decide to end her life but she was save by her twin sister. Lee Eun Bi suffered from amnesia after that and the mother that adopted Eun Byul thought that Eun Bi is Eun Byul. Eun Bi then pretend that she was Eun Byul, even after finding out who she really is, thinking she cause the death of her own twin sister. While Eun Byul, not really dead, came back to life after visiting the orphanage she live in when she was younger.

Yook Sung Jae

Yook Sung Jae plays as Gong Tae Kwang, the son of the Director of the school. He is describe by his father as a idiotic and problematic child. His father is the director of Sekang High School and his mother is an actress. His classmates doesn't know that fact that his father is the director and his mother is an actress. He is known in school as the greatest liar. He likes to pick and provoke a fight with his classmate. In school, he is a happy go lucky person who really wants trouble but they don't know that behind his smile is a struggling child with a painful life. He really suffered a lot but everything changes when he meets Lee Eun Bi, in which he always defend Eun Bi from Kang So Young.

Nam Joo Hyuk

Nam Joo Hyuk plays as Han Yi An, the school star swimmer and best friend of Go Eun Byul.

Supporting Cast:

Sekang High School

Lee Hee Do plays as Vice Principal.

Shin Jung Geun plays as Student Supervisor.

Jeong Su Yeong plays as Ahn Juri.

Lee Shi Won plays as Jeong Min Young, the student teacher and sister of dead student of Sekang High.

Choi Dae Cheol plays as the swimming coach.

Kim Jin Yi plays as Health Teacher.

Class 2-3

Lee Pil Mo plays as Kim Joon Seok, the homeroom teacher.

Lee David plays as Park Min Joon, the class president, and Sekang's over all #1 student.

Kim Hee Jung plays as Cha Song Joo, Eun Byul's friend.

Lee Cho Hee plays as Lee Shi Jin, Eun Byul's friend.

Jo Soo Hyang plays as Kang So Young, transfer student and bully Eun Bi.

Park Doo Sik plays as Kwon Ki Tae.

Yootoung plays as Jo Hae Na, the girlfriend of Kwon Ki Tae.

Jang In Sub plays as Sung Yoon Jae.

Kim Bora plays as Seo Young Eun, transfer out of Sekang in episode 3 after blaming Eun Byul for the stealing her mother's jewelry.

Kim Min Seok | Choi Hyo Eun | Lee Jin Gwon | Ji Ha Hyun | Park Ah Seong | Seo Cho Won

Jo Byung Gyu | Kwon Eun Soo | Oh Woon Iin | Jung Ye Ji | Lee Seung Ho | Han Seung Yeon

Other Characters

Jeon Mi Seon plays as Song Min Kyung, the adoptive mother of Eun Byul.

Jeon No Min plays as Director Gong Jae Ho, Tae Kwang's father.

Jung In Gi plays as Park Joon Hyung, Min Joon's father.

Kim Jung Nan plays as Shin Jung Min, Min Joon's mother.

Kim Se Ah plays as Shin Yi Young, Shi Jin's mother.

Jo Deok Hyeon plays as Prosecutor Kang, So Young's father.

Jung Jae Eun plays as So Young's mother.

Lee Dae Yeon plays as Han Ki Choon, Yi An's father.

Yang Hee Gyung plays as Park Min Gyeong, administrator of House of Love.

Lee Kang Min and Yoo Se Hyung plays as Yi An's swimming seniors.

Yoo Yeon Mi plays as Yeon Mi Ju.

Cameo Appearances:

Lee Hyeon Gyeong appears as a teacher at  Nuri High School in episode 1.

Lee Jae In appears as Ra Jin in episode 1 and 5.

Park Hwan Hee appears as Kim Gyeong Jin in episode 1.

Shin Seung Jun and Lee Ho Geun appears as announcers in episode 1.

Park Yeong Su appears as the karaoke owner in episode 2.

Kim Min Yeong appears as Lee Su Mi, part of the group that bully Eun Bi in episode 1,4, 5, 6.

Lee Jeong Eun appears as Seo Yeong Eun's mother in episode 2 and 3.

Choi Su Rin appears as Song Hui Yeong, Tae Kwang's mother in episode 4, 12 and 16.

Yeom Gyeong Hwang appear in episode 6.

Kim Ga Young of Stellar appear in episode 6.

Sam Hammington appears as Sekang High's new English teacher in episode 15.

Bae Soo Bin appears as Sekang High 2-3 class' homeroom teacher in episode 16.


I was really excited for this series for a lot of reason. One, because I love the previous series, School 2013, so much that this was a must to watch. Second, because Sungjae and Kim So Hyun and Nam Hyuk was playing the lead roles. I mean, I honestly, can't pick which team to go on but, here the deal. I wanted Go Eun Byul with Han Yi An and Lee Eun Bi with Gong Tae Kwang. That was how it was, but I mean it doesn't matter does it now. Third but not lastly, the mystery to this series added all the excitement and funnest to this series. Also the fact that Kim So Hyun playing twins was amazing already. The story line was great and amazing. And the truth is, I really hated the whole entire bully, but that how school is in life, correct? Okay, not exactly like that but sort of like that right? It was also great to see a lot of people appearing on the show.

Rate: 10/10

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