When Kim Yun Hui's brother falls ill, she disguises herself as a boy and takes his spot in attending Seonggyungwan University in the hopes of supporting him. While there, she befriends Lee Seon Jun, Gu Yong Ha and Mun Jae Sin. As the four become fast friends, Yun Hui and Seon Jun fall in love, except Seon Jun believes that he's falling in love with a man.
The story takes place around the time when King Jeong Jo was ruling (XVIII-th century ?).
The whole plot is actually way more interesting than I thought it was, there is also much more depth in the characters, I just started warming to it from episode 4 onwards.
The actors are doing a very very good job, for a bunch of youths. The higher class politicians are all a bunch of corrupt individuals and some clichés of upright son vs corrupt father surface inevitably.
What I really appreciate from the plot is the fact that it brought something that would be considered as a huge problem back in the day : a woman taking a role of government official and how the whole society would "kill" her if she gets caught red-handed.
The interactions between the four of Lee Seon Jun, Gu Yong Ha, Mun Jae Shin and Kim Yun Hui are so funny and cute. Especially when the boys gradually discover the real identity of Kim Yun Hui. It makes it that much cuter that the boys respond to Kim Yun Hui's natural feminine aspects without realizing it.
It is fair to say that Seonggyungwan seukaendeul is an excellent drama, with an intriguing historical plot combined with well defined roles, cute interactions and good chemistry between the leads. Excellent piece of work, without a doubt :D
I watched this one so fast! The basic story is about a girl, who enters a school as a guy. Her brother managed to pass the hard exam to enter that school, but sadly he falls ill and she takes his place. There she meets her roommate, has to keep her identity a secret and studies a lot. It's basically a school drama in the ancient times.
The drama has 20 episodes, but I was so happy about everything in this drama. I thought that maybe they should've stopped at episode 16, but after seeing the last 4 episodes it was still okay. They managed to NOT destroy the drama with a stupid ending, strange characters or a boring story. The quality was always high and the characters showed some great developement. Even though I don't like main girls that cry too much, Kim Yun Hui was okay. She didn't really cry, it was rather that her eyes were alway teary. It was a bit annoying, but the rest of the characters made up for it.
Mikki might not be an eye-candy (for me) but he did a great job on this role. I was pleasantly surprised. But what made me really happy where the other two guys. Mun Jae Sin has some really nice parts and I love, how he isn't the classical "poor" side guy. At first I thought of him as another Hanazawa Rui, because he was just watching from the sidelines and pushing the main characters more together. But he was actually way different. I don't dare to say, that he really is the side guy... He is just there, watches over that stupid main girl and takes care of his friends.
And the best part of this show is the fourth leading character. Gu Yong Ha. I just LOVE that guy. He is a real beauty, even in that ancient-clothing. And his character is full of so much win. I feel like he had the greatest developement in the whole story.
Other then that, the soundtrack wasn't that overwhelming to me, but it still fitted the drama. I liked the setting, the story, the characters. Even the evil boys were really nice. The main villain should be the Student President. I really like, how they let him be a little bit soft in front of his girl and how they show you a glimpse of his changed character at the end, but leave everthing to your imagination. It didn't destroy everything for me. It was just perfect. And if I had to say it, I really love the father from the main guy. I never saw someone as great as him! He has to be my favorit dad ever!!
So, even though it's an ancient drama, it's totally addicting! Go and watch it!
Both historical drama are about a girl who has to disguise herself as a boy to survive. She meets a boy who is of higher birth than her. Oblivious to her secret, the man and the girl become friends and eventually develop feelings for each other.
The two are romantic comedies set during the Joseon dynasty. Both are lighthearted and have a modern feel to them; history being mostly just a background for a fictional story. In both dramas, the female lead pretends to be a man.