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Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Hangul: 성균관 스캔들; Hanja: 成均館緋聞) is a 2010 South Korean fusion historical drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty‘s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. Directed by Kim Won-seok and written by Kim Tae-heebased on Jung Eun-gwol‘s bestselling 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars, it stars Park Min-young, Park Yuchun of JYJ, Yoo Ah-in, and Song Joong-ki.It aired on Korean Broadcasting System (KBS2) from August 30 to November 2, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Plot

Set during an era when society does not allow females to be educated nor employed, Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) disguises herself as her brother, Kim Yoon-shik, in order to make ends meet for her family. She goes through a series of odd jobs, mainly at a local bookstore, before she gets offered a chance to increase her earnings by becoming a substitute test-taker (an illegal act) for the upcoming entrance examination in the prestigious Sungkyunkwan. She gets caught by the upright Lee Sun-joon (Park Yoochun), who later acknowledges Yoon-hee’s talents, and even encourages her to enroll in the university. There, she must bear with the endless mischief of upperclassman Gu Yong-ha (Song Joong-ki), put up with the constant mood swings of roommate Moon Jae-shin (Yoo Ah-in), avoid getting in trouble with the strict, student body president Ha In-soo (Jun Tae-soo), keep her secret from being discovered, all the while trying to hold her growing feelings for Lee Sun-joon at bay.

Together, the four form the “Jalgeum Quartet” (sometimes affectionately called the “Joseon F4” by fans).

Cast

Main cast

Supporting cast

  • Kang Sung-pil as Im Byung-choon
  • Kim Dong-yoon as Seol Go-bong
  • Chae Byung-chan as Kang-moo
  • Park Geun-soo as Yoo Chang-ik
  • Kim Ha-kyoon as Choi Shin-mook
  • Kim Young-bae as Go Jang-bok
  • Im Young-pil as Ham Choon-ho
  • Kim Jung-kyoon as Ahn Do-hyun
  • Jang Se-hyun as Kim Woo-tak
  • Hwang Chan-woo as Bae Hae-won
  • Joo Ah-sung as Nam Myung-shik
  • Lee In as Park Dal-jae
  • Kim Ik-tae as Prime Minister Chae Je-gong
  • Han Yun as Kim Yoon-shik (Yoon-hee’s brother)
  • Choi Dong-joon as Moon Geun-soo (Minister of Justice)
  • Park Dong-bin as the Minister of War’s steward
  • Kim Kwang-gyu as Hwang-ga
  • Ryu Dam as Soon-dol
  • Sung Hyun-joo as Beo-deul
  • Im Yoon-jung as Aeng-aeng
  • Jung Hye-mi as Seom-seom
  • Lee Min-ho as Bok-soo (petty thief)
  • Kim Dong-hyun as Bok-dong (page boy)
  • Park Chul-min as Hanseongbu official
  • Lee Dal-hyung as Gu Yong-ha’s father
  • Bang Joon-seo as young Kim Yoon-hee
  • Lee Won-jong as shaman Bak-soo (cameo, ep 8)
  • Oh Na-mi as Hyo-eun’s friend (cameo, ep 10)
  • Seo Ji-yoon as retired gisaeng (cameo)

 

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