Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Initial Thoughts

19 Oct

I’m about halfway through right now, and I’m really enjoying it. More than I thought I would.

I wasn’t sure how I’d like Park Min Young in this role, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by her acting. Yoon Hee could easily have been only a fish-out-of-water, bumbling heroine — and she is, to a certain degree — but she also has intelligence and an iron will hiding behind her innocent face, and Park Min Young gets that across very well.

From reading other reviews I knew going in that Park Yuchun is an idol and this was one of his first roles, so I was interested to see how he did. I was, again, pleasantly surprised. I’m buying his thoughtful scholar with rigid principles who’s learning that there are shades of gray everywhere.

Also, the bromance between the guys (and girl) is fun to watch, and I love that Gu Yong Ha is becoming one of their four. He’s one of my favorites in this show, and I love how Song Joon Ki portrays him as the trickster troublemaker. He’s just the right combination of bored and very curious and is just poking at people to get a reaction, not necessarily malicious, but definitely not benevolent.

I’m interested to see how the story continues, and what happens after the guys find out she’s a girl — which is totally not a spoiler, because they have to figure it out some time, right?

Synopsis

(via Wikipedia)

Set in a period where society does not allow females to be educated nor employed, Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young from City Hunter) disguises herself as her brother, Kim Yoon Shik, in order to make ends meet for her family. She goes through a series of odd jobs, mainly at a local bookstore, before she gets offered a chance to increase her earnings by becoming a substitute test-taker (an illegal act) for the upcoming entrance examination in the prestigious Sungkyunkwan. She gets caught by the upright Lee Sun Joon (Park Yuchun), who later acknowledges Yoon Hee’s talents, and even encourages her to enroll in the university. There, she must bear with the endless mischief of upperclassman Gu Yong Ha (Song Joong Ki), put up with the constant mood swings of roommate, Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In), avoid getting in trouble with the strict, student body president, Ha I Soo (Jun Tae Soo), keep her secret from being discovered, all the while trying to maintain her growing affections for Lee Sun Joon, at bay.

Where to Watch

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2 Responses to “Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Initial Thoughts”

  1. rainbow October 20, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    it’s my favorite as well 🙂

    • cherrycordial October 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      I’m still working my way through it, but I’m really enjoying it so far.

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