[K-DRAMA] School 2013

warning: may contain spoilers

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Honestly, I watched this because of the bromance between Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin. But in reality, the said bromance was lacking in the drama.


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School 2013 revolves around real life problems, struggles and challenges of students. Bullying always happens. There’s always bad students around as well as goodies being bullied. Homeroom teacher(s) come to the rescue and help sort things out. However, there’s always this bad student who doesn’t want to listen and just go against them. The drama showed a reason why these students resort to bullying. One reason was how they were treated at home. They weren’t treated nicely by their parents, or because parents didn’t show a good example to their children. There was also a suicide attempt done by a student because of the pressure and expectation of his mother from him. There’s also the test of brotherhood and friendship in the drama when one of Oh Jung Ho’s friends decided to leave him and change for the better. Also, the rivalry between Go Nam Soon and Park Heung Soo at first, and then constantly drifted to Oh Jung Ho versus Go Nam Soon & Park Heung Soo. Love relationships wasn’t focused in the drama, but emphasized on teacher-student relationships. Jung In Jae is a one of a kind teacher. She’s softhearted and always helped her students despite being despised and how she was treated badly by them. Truly a teacher model; she really had that passion in her. Kang Se Chan is another homeroom teacher but exactly the opposite. He acts professional and doesn’t have a close relationship with his students. He doesn’t care much but his heart eventually softens after seeing and learning from Jung In Jae. These two homeroom teachers eventually turned the bullies into normal and hardworking students.

All, or maybe most of us have become a student once in our lives. We may take the role of a bully, being bullied, a diligent student, or just an average student. The drama is realistic and everyone can relate. I just don’t like the fact that they missed the love ingredient. It wasn’t focused nor emphasized in the drama. Although, it was a good thing that they focused on bullying and friendship as it is still prominent these days. 16 episodes was kind of long for this kind of plot. The storyline was interesting at the start and during the time when Kim Woo Bin appeared. However throughout the middle, the scenes became repetitive and there wasn’t much to look out for. I stayed to watch until the last episode because I was curious whether Oh Jung Ho would turn to be a good student or not. But that was already a given. I mean how could you not the end drama happily? Still, I was quite contented because of Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin’s appearance. It’s a big plus.

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I haven’t seen Choi Daniel and Jang Na-ra in any other dramas. I couldn’t say anything about their acting yet nor could compare them, but it’s obvious that they are experienced actors already. Although Choi Daniel’s acting was natural, I sometimes felt that Jang Na-ra’s acting was quite over. I don’t know if it’s because of the character or just her acting which made me feel that way.

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Lee Jong Suk as Go Nam-soon — I’ve seen him in Secret Garden, and his character was almost similar. Not a cheerful character, but more gloomy. From 2010 to 2012, I felt that his acting improved a lot better. He wasn’t as stiff and awkward like in the past. He definitely has the potential, and he has the looks and of course the height. I’m excited to watch I Hear Your Voice because of him.

Kim Woo Bin as Park Heung Soo — his character in To The Beautiful You was different from School 2013. He was cheerful and a happy-go-lucky guy in To The Beautiful You. In this drama, he was also gloomy and he’s always angry. He rarely smiled. I’d say that he’s more suitable to act as a bad boy. I’m perfectly biased over Kim Woo Bin; I wished he appeared earlier in the drama. I’m also excited to see him in the upcoming school genre drama, The Heirs. Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin indeed is a perfect combination for the drama. With their looks and height, it made the drama much more fun to watch. Don’t forget their acting potential as well.

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Other actors should also deserve a mention.

Park Se Young as Song Ha Kyung — Contrary to her role in Love Rain, I liked her better here. She was tough, intelligent and studies very hard. I think she’s more suitable to act this kind of role. She was quite annoying in Love Rain, I meant her character. Her face doesn’t seem to match the bit*y role.

Kwak Jung Wook as Oh Jung Ho — great acting but lacks the height and looks that Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin have. His acting could be comparable to the both of them. I want to see him act a happy and cheerful character in his next role, if there is.

Nothing particularly special about the soundtrack, though I liked the opening theme song sung by 4 Minute, Welcome To The School. The tune and the lyrics are catchy, probably because of the addition of english lines. Another song would be 혼자라고 생각말기 sung by Kim Bo Kyung. It’s a sad song and it’s always the song when drama scenes are shown. These two are the only memorable songs that I remember from the drama.

Not really a fan of school-related genre dramas. Definitely a must watch if you’re either a Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin fan, or better if you ship them. Quite draggy because of the repetitive storyline, but it’s realistic as there’s always bullies in any school.  Did not dwell on love or romance, but more on friendship, brotherhood and teacher-student relationship. Students can definitely relate. If  you’re looking for a school-related drama, Master of Study (God of Study) or Dream High is a better choice, in my opinion.

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