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 10, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
After watching soooo many High School dramas they all stated to get a bit repetitive and kinda boring after a while as some of the story lines are so cliche.. First when I had a look at this drama I was doubting it a bit but as soon as i started watching it, from the first episode I got hooked straight away! It was just fantastic from the first episode and on. read more I find the story very good in this drama, its very intense! But that makes the drama good! Its also very realistic, so realistic you can relate to a lot of stuff in this drama. I think this is what makes the drama so insanely good, having a too unrealistic story can sometimes be quite hard to relate to and you don't quite understand the feeling that the character is having unlike in this drama, there are so many characters living with different types of families and life situations, an alcoholic and abusive parent, a mom who is really pushy with studies and school, a parent who's never home, divorced parents, no money, bullying, fights, friendship problems, every type of life situation you could think of.
In the drama you don't only see how the students are having it, but also the problems the teachers are facing, making big decisions as a teacher etc etc.
HOWEVER, although this is a high school drama, don't expect romance (as for yet..). If you're a person really into romance dramas (like me!) please don't let this drama down even if there isn't really any romance, you will seriously NOT regret it!

Moving onnnnn.... Starting with the cast of this drama, I don't believe they could've picked a better cast, I simply cannot imagine the characters being played by any other actor. They are all PERFECT for their roles, oh and not to mention a lot of them are very good looking! Not only that, their acting is sooo good too!! These guys can actually cry! And I mean GUYS! Even the bad boy guys are crying (well their eyes are getting all teary and swollen)! Like can you believe that?! Sometimes acting out crying can be very tricky, it either turns out too fake and dramatic or too emotionless, but these guys just hit it spot on! Every time they cry, you WILL cry too because their acting is so emotional and realistic. So prepare to have a pillow to hug and some tissues if you're gonna watch it!
Another very good act they do is jealousy and fear, they don't even have to use their whole face to make the expression, you can see the expression in their eyes! This is also a very skillful thing in acting as many don't completely get this right in some other dramas I've watched.
HOWEVER... There are some characters(very few) who you will find ANNOYING.. In many dramas you will quite often find that one annoying mean girl bitch, but luckily you don't get to see her that much (phew, hate those characters..).
So really about the cast and acting, I was surprised by the amazing acting as many of the actors are very young (not like that makes them any bad, but more inexperienced I'd say) and it seems like this is their first drama they're acting in so I'm quite amazed by their good acting.

As for the music, I don't exactly pay much attention to that so I'm afraid I can't say much about it, except that it wasn't bad..

And Rewatch Value, I will most likely watch this drama over and over again once it ends.

Overall I give this drama a 10 as it has become my favorite drama so far out of all (somewhere over) 70ish dramas I've watched. This is seriously a MUST WATCH drama! You just HAVE TO watch it! It IS an intense and a tear jerking drama, but also has its cute and funny moments every now and then that may make you giggle.
By the way, if you like dramas like Gokusen and GTO you will most DEFIANTLY like this drama. Actually, if you will most likely like School 2013, whichever drama you like, you will like this one too! Oh and not only younger people, even adults!
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Jan 22, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
First off I would like to start with saying I really enjoy his drama.

- I love the the dark and more realistic tone of the drama; unlike many Korean high school dramas that are generally about love lines and light fluffy tales this drama is made in a sense that everything occurring is possible in the real world no matter how far fetched it maybe.

- I love that the supporting read more cast members are given a greater importance and that they are their own individuals as appose to being so and so's friend.

- I love that the characters aren't written to be one dimensional; all/any character are allowed to make mistakes or even being simply bad but are still viewed as humans.

-And lastly I love that it presents real problems just as they are without being candid or showing just a small fraction of the problem.

I would recommend this drama to those looking for that is dramatic without needing to roll their eyes in every episode.
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the film tackles most of the issue tackled in the drama and some of the famous scenes.
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Both dramas involves bullying, friendship and teachers struggeling. Side point, the school in "School 2013" is mentioned in "Who Are You School 2015."
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    anly 6 days ago

    It was really awesome...... i like woo bin frm tis was the first drama lee jung suk....... both friend ship was nice.....

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    pandaxgirl 20 days ago

    the 2015 version is much better i think (: i dunno why, but after i watched the first episode of the 2013 version, i get super bored. like there's no romance and ya nothing is happening at all. school 2015 my favorite drama got me at the second ^^ <33

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      pandaxgirl 19 days ago

      Didn't know that. Actually, I know Kim Woo Bin from The Heirs, and Lee Jong Suk - I Hear Your Voice (: But you should start Who are you: School 2015 right now :D Believe me,you gonna love it, totally. like I said, one of my fave dramas <33

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      Samurajka 16 days ago

      I finished it in 3-day marathon. And my opinion is:
      2013 is more about students and they relationship with teachers and story is told from a boy's point of view. Slow-paced with a lot of focus on a psychological state of a person. It was very popular drama at that time, that it even got it's own special. Not to mention rising Won Bin and Jong Suk to stardom.
      2015 version is more about relationship between students and the problems they face told from the girl's point of view. Full of mystery and thrills. Although it's a pretty good drama and I like it, it kinda leaves a bad aftertaste... I don't know why exactly... :/

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      pandaxgirl 16 days ago

      Tell me honesly :D were you for Tae Kwang or you were for Yi Ahn? :DD

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      Samurajka 14 days ago

      I asked myself that question too, while watching. But I knew she was gonna choose Yi Ahn, it was kinda natural. Although I was hoping that Yi Ahn will end up with Eun Byul, and Tae Kwang with Eun Bi. :)
      But I think if it's real life, I would pick Tae Kwang. I kinda like guys with masks and secrets. xD And you? :)

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      pandaxgirl 14 days ago

      Tae Kwang for sure. Thanks to this drama, I found Sung Jae oppa and he's my ultimate bias now :D :3 :)

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    Sani May 29, 2015

    in this drama there are NO romance -_-'

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      Isuzu May 31, 2015

      Because this drama is trying to base it off the struggles that Korean students go through. Romance has nothing to do with it. If you want some love, check out Who Are You: School 2015 or put up with the bromance between Jong Suk and Woo Bin. And plus, romance was never mentioned in the genres section, so why would you assume there is romance in this drama? Not every drama has romance in it, you know.

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      snuwyz Jun 3, 2015

      well the genre said Drama, Friendship, Life, School, Youth. So what do you expect?

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    chante May 21, 2015

    Still love this drama from episode 1 - 16. I would like to see a School 2013 Class Reunion. I wish I had connections cause it will definitely happen.

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    joyje May 14, 2015

    Liked the bromance especially Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin but the drama only got interesting the 2nd half. The first half was kinda boring. The drama was overrated.

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    Tiffany Apr 29, 2015

    Completely love the bromance

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    Cupcake Apr 5, 2015

    I watched the first episode and i really found it boring there is no story going on.. should I keep watching ??

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      LeeMeymon Apr 9, 2015

      I thought exactly the same but later Kim Woo Bin appears and everything is better^^

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      Cupcake Apr 12, 2015

      thanx , i'll give it a try ^.^

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    beloved89 Mar 30, 2015
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    SilentRevelation Mar 28, 2015

    I honestly don't know why I put this off for so long.. It's amazing so far!

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      Banana-chan May 3, 2015

      Same here. It was on my on-hold list for so long, cuz I didn't really like the first episode. But I kept watching after some time, and the magic happened :) AND I looove 2nd season: School 2015 for now! It's really interesting.

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    Darkbloom Feb 25, 2015

    Anyone else thought that the show went a little downhill after Heung Soo and Nam Soon made up? I liked Min Ki's storyline but episodes seemed dragged and a little boring.

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    heartbreaker17 Dec 27, 2014

    Relatable story.

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    CmgKpop Nov 26, 2014

    YESYESYES! Watch this drama now!
    This is the bromance story so strong it almost takes the 'b' out of the word. Lee Jong Suk and Woo Bin were great together, their friendship and its struggles was really beautiful, and I loved seeing them slowly patch things up!
    I actually liked that the drama didn't focus on any romantic pairing, since Heung Soo and Nam Soo's friendship and the struggles of the teens in the school was a great focal point. I loved it!

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    Youlie Nov 13, 2014

    Oh my... that bromance will make you shed some tears!

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    Christy Nov 12, 2014

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. The only thing I was kinda disappointed in was the dropping of the romance storylines - bc there was tons of cute that could have been had - but alas it was not meant to me, I guess.


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    South Korea
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    Dec 3, 2012 to Jan 28, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 7,410 users)
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