Moorim School is a South Korean drama that was televised for 16 episodes. The premise of the story is about two young, well off men find themselves in a school that focuses on the martial arts. The two get tangled in the story and the past of the school and its characters. The drama stars Lee Hong Bin of Vixx, Lee Hyun Woo, Seo Ye Ji, Jeong Eu Gene, Shannon, Z Hera, and many more.
18 years prior to the show's beginning, a man (Chae Yoon) and his wife flee the natural world and go into hiding, forming a seal to protect themselves. Juk Poong, an organization of people fighting to misuse the power of the Chintamani, a relic that when one possesses it, it is said to give them all the power in the world, attack Chae Yoon and his wife and burn down the house. The daughter (Seon Ah/Young) is taken away by Hwang Moo Song when he arrives late at the death of his best friends. The son (Shi Woo/Joon) is taken by Shim Bong San, who thinks he has killed the child and leaves him in the woods, buried in leaves. The Chintamani key is broken into three pieces and hidden away.
At current time, Wang Chi Ang is the heir to a large Chinese business his father runs. He is kidnapped and taken to Moorim School but flees his captors. He falls off a ledge into a lake where Shim Soon Deok, a young girl attending Moorim School rescues him. He willfully accepts going to Moorim due to his infatuation with Soon Deok.
Yoon Shi Woo is the leader of a k-pop boy band that begins losing his hearing. A loyal fan, Seon Ah, goes to his concert and notices his struggle while on stage. A large light rafter falls nearly killing Shi Woo, but Seon Ah pushes him out of the way and tells him to come to Moorim, they can fix his problem there.
While traveling there, Shi Woo bumps into Soon Deok and Chi Ang on the way there and incidentally opens up the seal. They are accepted into Moorim, however, Shi Woo and Chi Ang constantly fight due to misunderstandings about each other. They are expelled, but one is allowed to continue his education at Moorim only if he returns with the school marking from the top of Moorim Peak. The two of them travel side by side in order to retrieve the marking and eventually become close friends. Neither retrieves the marking, but instead return together to Moorim School.
Both Shi Woo and Chi Ang are given permission to stay at Moorim. They learn to get along, however, midterms are coming up and both need to prove themselves. They train with the best students at the school, Seon Ah with Chi Ang and Soon Deok with Shi Woo. The midterms arrive and they learn about teamwork and the importance of saving even those who betray them.
It is announced that the Moorim Competition will be opening soon, allowing outsiders to enter the school and participate. Throughout the competition, the four students learn that Dean Hwang may be involved with more than protecting the students and may be after the Chintamani.
Shim Soon Deok is forced by her father to not attend Moorim School. Chi Ang learns that his father is actually after the Chintamani and will do anything to retrieve it all in one piece. Chi Ang learns that Soon Deok possesses one part of the key which Shi Woo gave to her. Seon Ah and Shi Woo discover that they are actually related and in fact the children in the fire from 18 years before. Shi Woo gives the pieces of the Chintamani key to Chi Ang and Chi Ang in turn must give the key to his father. However, in the end, he threatens his own life along with the key near Moorim Peak. His father saves his life instead of going after the key.
Seven years later, all seems good within the walls of Moorim. Soon Deok and Shi Woo are engaged to be married, Yeop Jung, a crazed student determined on winning at all costs has a book published and seems well off, two of their professors are married and have a child, Seon Ah is the new Dean of Moorim and is dating Chi Ang. Chi Ang and Shi Woo go to uncover the pieces of the Chintamani key that had fallen from Moorim Peak. They reveal the Chintamani and open it to reveal a large stone that shows their reflections. The point of the Chintamani was that it reveals the person who has the power to change things for the better, which is themselves.
There's the plot of the drama about as basic as I could make it while still giving details about it. The drama was quite exciting for the most part. It had a great cast that worked great together. I especially loved Seo Ye Ji's quirky personality. However, the drama at times was really slow. It seemed like about every other episode there was a really exciting, action packed episode, and then at the same interval, there were episodes that were really boring that had no interesting part to it. I understand why many fans complained because you need a balance. That's why Descendants of the Sun is such a good drama. Because it has a storyline, but it also has action and a lot of thrill-giving scenes.
Another complaint I would bring forward is the fact that this drama seemed like it was almost bordering on homosexuality in discussion. I don't mind the homosexual thing in my dramas, but please make us aware at all times who the romance is supposed to be referring to. There were times in this drama where I honestly thought the main romance of the show was Shi Woo and Chi Ang. Please specify who the focus is supposed to be on. For example, in Pinocchio, the focus doesn't shift from Dal Po and In Ha to Dal Po and Chan Soo or to In Ha and Yu Rae. It doesn't make sense. And even in that drama when the attention is dragged to Dal Po and Yu Rae or In Ha and Bum Jo, it doesn't last long.
Overall, this drama was really good and I was excited to watch it every time an episode became available. Is this my favorite drama or anywhere near the top of my dramas? It is definitely in the top of my dramas, however, it is not my favorite drama. Pinocchio, hands down, is the best drama I've watched to this point. It is original and while many of the typical drama motifs exist in it, Pinocchio tried to break bounds. I think Descendants of the Sun might be my number 2 though. I enjoyed Moorim School, but it didn't grab my attention nearly as much as other dramas. Not to mention, this drama held many tropes of k-drama in one show, such as the k-pop idol and the normal girl and the rich guy/poor girl motif. I don't mind those, but please I want originality, not a repeat of Boys Over Flowers or Heartstrings.
That was my review of Moorim School. I hope you enjoyed it and won't get to mad at me for my words. Also, I hope you stayed awake during this reading because I know it is long. I'll end it here. I give this drama a rating of 7/10.
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To the Beautiful You is a South Korean drama that is your typical gender bender drama. It stars Sulli of f(x), Minho of SHINee, Kim Jiwon who appeared in the Heirs, Lee Hyun Woo, and even Onew of SHINee makes a cameo appearance. The drama is set around a girl, Gu Jae Hee (Sulli) who leaves America to meet her idol, Kang Tae Joon (Minho) and watch him high jump again after rumors of an injury that could end his career have been circulated around. The problem, however, is that Kang Tae Joon attends an all boys school, so to be by his side, Gu Jae Hee cuts her hair and poses as a boy.
Following the typical gender bender genre, Kang Tae Joon finds out early on and there's a guy, Cha Eun Gyul (Hyun Woo) that falls in love with Jae Hee but thinks that she's a guy therefore making him confused. There are many things that happen within this drama but I won't bore you with the details. If you really want to know what happens throughout the series, go watch it. If you really want an episode by episode review, I might do that at a later point and time.
The theme throughout this drama seems to be healing. There are three different instances where it is mentioned that people who are in the top spot of their sport get injured and then make a comeback. Healing is an important theme to focus on because while everyone is working on healing themselves, Gu Jae Hee is essentially suffocating herself and making herself more and more sick with the bandage around her chest.
The ending is a little weird, I'm going to get into it, so here is where those who haven't watched it yet should stop reading.
In the end, Gu Jae Hee is found out by her entire dorm and she is forced to return to America. She spends one last day with Kang Tae Joon. This scene is very typical in k-dramas. There is always, it seems, a scene at the end when a character is leaving. This scene usually includes a montage of the two hanging out, enjoying a last day together. One of the characters doesn't know it's the last day, but just goes along with it. There's usually a sunset somewhere in the scene to symbolize the ending of a relationship. Then the scene ends with the main character acting all reminiscent and saying things they normally wouldn't say.
Along with this scene, the drama ends with Gu Jae Hee returning to America and Kang Tae Joon making the jump, which shouldn't have worked. All these emotional things getting in the way of his jumping ability, but when he finds out the one girl he loves is leaving Korea he's still able to make the jump? It just doesn't add up right. And one theme of the show was “remaining by my side”. How does this convey this theme correctly? It doesn't. It says that you need to remain by my side in order for things to turn out right. She leaves, things still turn out right. I get what they were trying to do. They were attempting to prove that you don't need certain things in order to succeed, but it was just inconsistent with the rest of the series.
A year later, Gu Jae Hee, in California, receives a video email from Cha Eun Gyul that reveals the endings for many of the main characters. I'm really glad they all seemed to have good endings. But Cha Eun Gyul kind of had a sad ending. I mean, yeah he scored a goal in his game, but compared to Kang Tae Joon, that's nothing. Speaking of Tae Joon, he walks up right after she's done watching the video. They embrace and that's the end of the show. I personally hate it when dramas do this. They spend all this time panning over a sad Gu Jae Hee in the dorm room when they could be developing the story more. The fact that the epilogue happened with 3 minutes left in the show makes me upset. They ended things well, but I want to know if Seol Han Na goes back into gymnastics, I want to know what happened after the interview with Kang Tae Joon at Nationals. There are so many things I would have loved to know that they could have easily made an entire additional episode from. And the fact that Tae Joon and Jae Hee hug at the end seems to me like the ending of an episode, not the ending of a series, but that's just me.
Okay, so now that I'm done with my ranting overall I thought this was a good drama that kept my attention throughout. There are other dramas that I've watched that keep my attention about half of the time, so this was a very good drama. This definitely wasn't my favorite drama. It's probably not even my favorite gender bender drama. I mean, the instant Tae Joon saw Jae Hee in the shower with a towel wrapped around her entire body, how did he not know she was a girl? It was a good drama though and I enjoyed it. It definitely makes me want to watch more Sulli dramas and Minho dramas. Well, do you like this drama? What's your thoughts on gender bender dramas? Let me know what you think about all of this? Did you like the ending?
Kdramas are an important part of K culture, and therefore I use this section of my website to give my overview and review of certain Kdramas I have watched. I am really bad at keeping this segment up to date, but I try.