Sunday, January 5, 2014

38. Sungkyunkwan Scandal 성균관 스캔들 (2010) Korean

Park Yoochun, Park Min Young, Yoo Ah In, Song Joong Ki

Drama Rating: 7/10     Neck Score: A

It's the classic girl dresses as a dude, only it's also a sageuk (historical).  Only the themes of the show are so not traditional that it would have to be called more of a fusion sageuk.  Still it's fun, and it has three really handsome mens in it.  Personally, I fell in love with Song Joong Ki the most (which is totally understandable because he is awesome) but you really just have to love them all.  This was Yoochun's first real acting role (because those DBSK drama specials def totes don't count) and he does a really, really good job.  Also, JYJ all chipped in and did some OST for it, so we get to see Yoochun's face and hear Jaejoong and Junsu's beautiful voices.  Win and WIN!  We've got the main plot of her being a girl dressed as a boy and then forced into taking the entrance exams for Sungkyunkwan, which is basically the royal scholar academy (totally getting in obviously) and having to deal with the peeps who don't like her and are trying to kick her out, and then we have this other mystery plot involving the king and politics (because every sageuk needs that requirement), and then we have the love story that is entangled with everything else. Cheesy, but fun.  Easy on the eyes and as typical sageuks go, very undramatic, which is good.  Also we have a sort of cameo appearance of little Lee Min Ho (not the BOF star) who you might recognize as one of the ducklings in Rooftop Prince, one of Yoochun's later dramas.  Sweet deal.  Lots of moralizing too.  Honestly, the very ending is the worst part in terms of cheese, but in general it's an enjoyable show.

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