School 2013

School 2013 (2012)

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Seungri High School ranks as one of the worst of the 178 high schools in Seoul based on academic scores. Seungri High School is now busy preparing presentations for its new students. Class 2 is at the bottom of grade 2 at Seungri High. Nam Soon is elected class president for grade 2, thanks to the support of Jung Ho, who is a member of the school gang.
Se Chan is the read moretop Korean language teacher at a famous institute in Gangnam. In order to improve the student's scores at Seungri High School, the school hires Se Chan. When Se Chan appears at the school's opening presentation, Nam Soon becomes embarrassed.

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Jan 29, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
School dramas are definitely my favorite kind, but this one was special.
Mostly centered on the rise and fall of an unfixable friendship, it doesn't stretch out the same one plot for sixteen episodes risking to make it lame and repetitive. Different stories are told, just like different stories happen in one high school class. Each of these plots lead back to friendship in the end, but none of them is like read more the previous one, as they all touch a second different topic, reminding us we're never the only ones who suffer although not everyone has to face the same kind of hardship we're going through.
This drama is original, true, bitter, at times shocking, but also inspiring, hopeful and fun like the age of its protagonists.
I appreciate the complete absence of romance, not because i don't enjoy it but because it's a nice change in kdramas standards.
At times it seems ridiculous the ability this school has to find a reason to expell someone every other day, but nevertheless the screenplay keeps the suspence up until the very last minute.
And there's no reason to deny or hide it: the bromance will kill you over and over again.
This drama is a jewel.
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Jan 29, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
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Ok let me get started with one of he best dramas that HAS NO ROMANCE (I know shocked right especially for being a romance buff)! To all you people who love romance in everything and don't really know whether to watch this or not let me put your heart at ease.....:watch the dang thing or regret it! Lol not to be too harsh..... It is an amazing drama!
The acting was phenomenal, read more the characters were so well oriented with each other and the actors all seemed to be living the life of the character as they were on screen! I cried for all the right reasons watching this drama and I might even watch it again so that I can get that feeling! The bromance was so well developed that it maybe sometimes gave me this big goofy smile that I usually wear when I see the main couple interacting it's each other in other dramas! Haha! Nam Soon and heung soo are seriously he best ones in this drama! Also the teacher student relationships are really unique and also described perfectly!
The story it elf is a deal brake because all these school dramas that we love to watch no matter how much we dream they aren't really realistic, even though they dramafy everything in this drama this stuff happens at school everyday and we all know it! This school drama Is perfect and I know the some of you who don't want to go through a school drama are missing out on every thing you have ever wanted to watch.
All In all this drama is with every second and very tissue that you use! Even for those of us who like romance don't miss out on this show amazing actIng and an amazing storyline! I believe you people will savor evey second of it!!!!!
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The story talk about school live and friendship .
Both of them are amazing drama ~
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Same idea of trying to help a class of troublesome students, a life-changing school experience, array of characters and so on. Strongly recommend.
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    Elle 10 days ago

    so ... i would consider myself a pretty loyal Lee Jong Suk fan. I've watched most of his more recent works ... Is School 2013 a must see? I've heard great things about Lee Jong Suk's BROMANCE with Kim Woo Bin?! Is it worth it?

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    Chuu Feb 10, 2017 - edited

    I just finished watching Baby-faced Beauty last week, and surprise! The main leads star in this drama too! Nice!! So... Any romance in here?? (At least a little bit?)

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      Ola Feb 16, 2017
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      Chuu Feb 16, 2017

      Thank you for telling me!! :) Will watch this soon.

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    AlyssaRose Nov 17, 2016

    i'm 9 eps in and i mean i know there is technically no romances in this but nam soon and heung soo are pretty......intense. I would loved to have seen a drama with just them and their "bromance"

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    ArvisJaggamar Oct 10, 2016

    Started this over the weekend and am 4 episodes deep. A couple things...

    - Coming off Baby-Faced Beauty recently, it's cute to see Daniel Choi and Jang Na Ra at each other's throats here. Great casting, since these two play off each other really well, romance or no.

    - Thus far, Hyo Young is my favorite "new" actor in the show (meaning, an actor/actress I haven't yet seen in anything, personally). Perhaps it's because she's younger than her costars, but she brings a buoyancy to her role that is missing in the other student characters. Plus, I love the tomboy haircut and attitude.

    - Watching this alongside W, I sure am seeing a lot of LJS getting bloodied up. He does action well, though, as both shows prove. However, I had no idea that this was Lee Jong Suk's first ever Main Role in a 16-episode drama. Considering Doctor Stranger was my 3rd-ever drama, I just finished W, and Pinocchio is one of my all-time favorites, this feels pretty awesome to be able to go back to and see early LJS.

    - Not particularly impressed with Park Se Young's acting so far, as she feels a bit like a female Jung Gyu Woon (ie, one facial expression the whole time). However, knowing that she is 25 and playing a 16/17 year old high school student is impressive, since I completely believe that she's a teenager here. She's one of the oldest actors playing a student in the whole show.

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    IUfanboy Sep 10, 2016

    Why it is so hard to ask for forgiveness?

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    crazygal Aug 22, 2016 - edited

    i luuved it.after watching this i had bromance fever and i remember searching a LOT for other bromance centered dramas like this and let me tell u i never found anything that could even stand next to this.

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    Taylor Aug 8, 2016

    I wanna write a full review soon but this drama is great!! Love Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin, the bromance is SOO REALLLLL 9/10 just because I love romances but bromance is second best (:

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    khjfan01 Aug 7, 2016

    Lee Jong Suk + Kim Woo Bin = FIRE!!!! Amazing combo!! Loved all their scenes. Also I ttly shipped Nam Soon and Kang Joo!

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    nour093 Jul 13, 2016

    it's been almost 3 years (?) since I watched that drama and I'm still legit obsessed about it
    every week I keep going back to it

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    Syranus Jul 11, 2016

    "SCHOOL 2013", a 16-episode Korean drama, is more than satisfying. I love slice-of-life dramas and this one is filled with candid and warm feelings mixed with youthful fun and conflicts. "School 2013" is one of the few dramas I put in my Favorites list. Overall, it's 10/10. I miss it already. If you enjoyed God of Study, then you'll surely love this one.

    But let me point this out. This school is really scary. I had never been to a school as violent as the ones I've seen in Korean dramas. The parents seem like the ones controlling the school system. What?! Parents are even sniffing on what should be the type and/or level of questions in tests. And students command and disrespect teachers. Alas, the teachers seem afraid of them. It's depressing!!! I hope the real situation in Korean schools is not as dire as they portray on TV.

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    cirmosneko Feb 18, 2016 - edited

    I gave a shot to this drama,because the comments and the plot was so promising,but now I'm really dissapointed. All the caracters irritate me,they are so incompetent. I'm probably the only one with my opinion, but for now I dropped this serie.

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      Syranus Jul 11, 2016 - edited

      If you dropped it at episode 1, then I suggest you continue. If you still wouldn't enjoy it after episode 3, then you may move on to another drama. Just give it a try. :-)

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      Hayley Aug 30, 2016

      I have watched 5 episodes, but I haven't been able to feel attached to the story myself yet. It's not the lack of romance, it's not because of there being any bad acting nor is the plot a bad one... but somehow it still didn't grip me. =/

      I am really curious and like Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin.. but overal, I felt bored watching those 5 episodes. I guess it's just not the drama for me either? Though I kind of hate to admit that.

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      Syranus Sep 1, 2016

      That's fine. We have our own likes and dislikes. :-)

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      cirmosneko Sep 16, 2016

      Yup,same here...I could endure because of Lee Jong Suk, but after 5 episodes I became really irritated. For me the whole situation between the teachers and the students was the cause of my dislike, despite the fact that I normally really like this kind of stories. Unfortunately here couldn't work for me.

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    tomanii Dec 13, 2015

    I think this one is going to air soon on KBS World

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    ThanLanggao Nov 30, 2015 - edited

    Where's the sub?

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    BaoziCactus Nov 6, 2015

    I don't get why no romance is a bad thing. I love romances but romance in everything is tiring. I need a break once in a while, and a drama like this that still has strong, emotional relationships without is a keeper. The boys' friendship, and the girls' made me so happy, especially since a lot of romance are so full of "rivalry" that there's little time for things like this. I love it.

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    Gabriela Oct 8, 2015

    It's the first time I watch a drama that doesn't have romance but instead it has bromance. I have to say that I took a lot of time to start watching this one, but when I started I didn't stop. It really gets you, the feels here are real. There's a lot of moments between these too boys where I almost cried. The story itself is good and the fact that the teacher always tries to help the students even the hopless ones is really nice, sometimes in our lives that's all we need, someone who doesn't give up on us and believes in us!
    Best school drama I've watcted so far.


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    South Korea
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    Dec 3, 2012 to Jan 28, 2013
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    1 hr. 5 min.


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