During Christmas break, seven students and a teacher are left in their private high school because they decided not to leave for the break. Apparently, the students received a threatening note which caused them to stay at school and investigate.
White Christmas is an introspective show that delves into the darker side of humanity; pondering the question of whether monsters are made or born.
Taking high schoolers and setting them amidst a mystery and horror, the show hits the trifecta. The directing is simple, there's nothing fancy, no gimmicks, but there's clear thought put in and the shots are designed to push the story along. The writing is tight (it only really weakens in the end and only momentarily) with no scene or line wasted. And the acting elevates the scene as all the nuances are played to their cues.
White Christmas is a dark drama, that leaves you pondering. While not perfect, it's about as close as possible and possibly the best drama of the year.
This show was unbelievably spectacular. I literally could not stop watching it, and ended up marathoning all 8 episodes within two days. The plot is fascinating, the actors do an amazing job at portraying extremely messed up characters, the cinematography was stunning and added another layer to it, and the OST was very delicately interlaced with the narrative; so much so that some of the characters now embody certain songs to me. The plot was incredibly intricate and no stories were left ignored or unfinished. I'm honestly not one to like psychological thrillers normally, but this show had just enough dark humanity to keep me on my edge the entire time. Honestly, if I could say anything bad about it, I'd say that I want more than just the eight episodes there are. However, the story is so perfect at the moment, I think if there were more episodes they would just ruin it and bog down the fast pace of the story.
I absolutely fell in love with all the characters in this drama, as well as the dark, melancholic feel it gave me. I would recommend it to anyone, and it has quickly rocketed into my favorites list.
Though a different in format (an anime with a semi-fantasy setting and a Korean drama with a realistic setting), both deal with people put into extreme conditions and whether or not they come out of them as monsters.