Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

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Kim Yun Hee is a smart, responsible young woman with an independent drive. Since her father passed away she has worked to support her family, but also managed to do well in her studies. When her younger brother's illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money. In her desperation to support him, Kim Yoon Hee decides to take the men's only national read moreexam under her younger brother's name and disguises herself as a boy. On the day of the exam, Kim Yun Hee meets Lee Seon Joon and becomes friends. Lee Seon Joon comes from a privileged background and also possesses good looks. He is also arrogant. They both pass the national exam and she has to share a room together with him at Sungkyunkwan University, while hiding her true nature. There, she becomes friends with the playboy Goo Yong Ha and rebellious Moon Jae Shin.

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May 30, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
What can I say? I loved this drama! It's, without a doubt, one of the best I've seen so far. It had me hooked from the very beginning, leaving little space for dull moments. Every time a plot twist was resolved, it only meant the beginning of another that would just keep as hooked as the one that just ended.

Some may say it's a mix of Coffee Prince, read more Hana Kimi and Boys Before Flowers. But to me, this falls short to the final product. Even if it uses familiar themes present in these other dramas, Sungkyunkwan Scandal's characters are different and the plot refreshing. It is too simple to describe it as a combination of the aforementioned stories, for its historical setting and character development make it stand on a whole different level. The interaction between students, the plots set about by powerful officials, the displays of affection and the wouldn't have been the same in a contemporary setting.

And, as a plus, for all us fangirls out there, the guys in this drama are so was a joy to watch so much eye candy on screen.
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Jul 19, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This was really an exceptional drama! It's one of the best I've seen so far. Although the whole girl pretending to be a boy thing is not new, the setting and situation is fresh. This gives it a very different style than all the dramas it has been compared to. The beginning is slightly confusing if you have no knowledge of Korean history, traditions or culture. But as you watch, you will read more understand. I like how there is friendship built and emphasized as the characters encounter little twists and obstacles.

The characters play well off each other as their chemistry is greate and the actors are all well suited for their parts. And honestly, the guys are very cute :P

One notable thing about this drama is it gives you room to imagine in details yourself. For example, they don't necessarily give the full backstory of the characters. Instead they hint at many parts and let you create your own story for them in your mind.
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Both historical drama with good blend of lightness and serious/sombre scenes. Has a main girl and many visually pretty/handsome guys. Overall it gives the same vibe but different plot.
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in both dramas, the main girl-lead passes the test to work in the palace. The male-leads both hate the girl-leads but fall in love with them slowly.
both have really good stories and lovely music.^^
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    mickey 2 days ago - edited
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    immortalcupcake 5 days ago - edited

    Yoo Ah in is a cutie. this drama was how he made his breakthrough right????

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    Chuu Feb 5, 2017
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    LPA Jan 27, 2017

    "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" is on my favorites list. I could watch this again--many times! I rated it 10 out of 10.

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    peacewon Oct 3, 2016

    Lee Won Jong is the fortune teller right? I mean I have looked high and low and I swear it looks like him.

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    moondust Sep 16, 2016

    This drama has such a very, special place in my heart. ❤ Yoo Ah In & Joongki are the real show stealers here.

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    souldoc70 Sep 8, 2016

    Who impressed me most and will be remembered in this drama? It has to be Moon Jae Shin (YAI) and Gu Yong Ha( SJK) . Disappointed with the main leads

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    LinLi Aug 21, 2016

    This drama was really good. I liked it. The ending was really funny so if you wondering to watch it. Just do it.

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    xunn Jul 19, 2016

    Moon Jae Shin x Gu Yong Ha.

    Best bromance ever. The main couple was kinda meh though.

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    Senna_BeautyPop Jul 16, 2016 - edited

    Does this drama have a good ending? Almost all the historical dramas I've watched, I didn't like the ending...

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    dhy_wk May 31, 2016

    not my cup of tea....i'm having a hard time to finish this, i don't know why...maybe it's to serious it get boring. but song joong ki and yoo ah in is very good in this drama, not because they're handsome, but because the acting is believable.

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    nightingle May 28, 2016

    I love dis drama ,all has done great job but i like song joon ki more.....

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    jinja b May 7, 2016

    I really love this drama... It's another classic all time favorite (for historical)... A lot of lessons learned, the 4 leads are so amazing I really don't feel watching a saeguk, especially SJk, he's so funny and naughty... Well the romance is OK, but I like more of their classroom setting... And the OST's were great too!!... NO dragging moments..

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    lea Apr 19, 2016
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    Line Mar 22, 2016 - edited

    I'm unsure of whether or not I should continue this drama. I've watched 4 episodes so far and even though I enjoyed (but not loved) it, I just can't warm up to Park Yoo Chun as the main lead. I just don't like him that much as an actor, I don't know why. So I guess my question is if it gets better in terms of the love story, because I can't really picture them as a couple right now. I would love to love this drama because everyone seems to adore it so much, but I fear it just isn't for me because of Yoo Chun. :(


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    Aug 30, 2010 to Nov 2, 2010
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    1 hr. 2 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 12,030 users)
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