Ayushi Dhiman, New Delhi
It has been quite a while since I finished watching School 2015, but the plot has left me longing ever since. “School 2015: Who are you?” is the sixth instalment in KBS’ School series. The plot is full of twists and turns; and keeps you highly engrossed, from the very first episode. It depicts the dark realities of School culture, bullying, twisted love relationships, unrecoverable trauma, and the power of sisterhood. Most importantly, it empowers the audience to stand up against any form of bullying or injustice. Watching this drama was an absolute roller coaster ride, and I went through a plethora of emotions.
In brief, the story revolves around the life of two identical twin sisters Go Eun-byul and Lee Eun-bi (played by actress Kim So-hyun), who were separated at the age of 5. Go Eun-byul was adopted and started living a normal life with her supportive mother figure, while Lee Eun-bi lived in a foster home and spent the majority of her time looking after younger residents. However, she hides the fact that she was getting bullied in her school. She tried to keep herself together until one day she gave up and tries to end her life. Go Eun-byul, being aware of her sister’s tragic life, saved her sister from drowning; exchanged identity with her, and kept it a secret. Lee Eun-bi suffered amnesia and thus started living her sister’s life. Until Lee Eun-bi’s bully Kim Hee-jung (played by Cha Song-joo) is transferred to her new school; and threatens to expose Lee Eun-bi’s truth. Since Go Eun-byul herself had a history and is guilty of losing a friend due to bullying, she supported Lee Eun-bi to overcome her worst fears and speak up against her bully.
Why you should watch?
The drama radiates many strong emotions. I was able to sympathize with Lee Eun-bi; I felt her pain, I was seeking answers with her, and I felt empowered when she finally got the courage to speak up against her bully. Her revival and acceptance of her identity felt liberating to me as well. Go Eun-byul was the most savage character in the drama and her comeback added a lot of depth to the story. The fact that Kim So-hyun was merely 16 years old when she played such strong characters is insane. She indeed is a talented actress. I cannot go on without mentioning that actress Cha Song-joo, has delivered an amazing performance and her skills have contributed a lot to this drama.
Another thing to look forward to in this drama is the love triangle between Lee Eun-bi, and her two classmates: Gong Tae-kwang (played by Yook Sung-jae) and Ha Yi-an (played by Nam Joo-hyuk). Both of them have contrasting personalities, and it is an interesting journey to find out who Lee Eun-bi ends up with. (Spoiler alert) This drama gave me one of the worst second lead syndromes ever! The chemistry between Lee Eun-bi and Gong Tae-kwang kept me hooked up till the end. They shared an ample amount of screen time, and their friendship is pure and innocent, with genuine care and respect. Gong Tae-kwang was also among the first few people to find out about the identity of Lee Eun-bi. He is an adorable character; though he has a family history of his own, he never let his messy personal life reflect upon himself.
I especially love the OST “Reset” by Tiger JK. It served as icing on the cake. This is by far one of the best OSTs I’ve heard in a long time. The song is powerful, with an ethereal blend of delicate yet strong vocals; and rap.
“It’s okay…If you are hurt. Because you are just 18 years old…”
The story ends on a light note and spreads a message of standing up for the truth and following your heart. Teenagers are fragile, but this show celebrates the power of youth. Love interests of this show are complicated, but it overall ends on the note that teenage love is about where your heart bends since they are still young to know the gravity of love, which is completely justifiable.
Overall, it is a beautiful drama with a touch of almost everything; the way story is bound together is nothing but cinematic brilliance. Have you seen this drama yet? What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments
32 Comments Add yours
School series is my fav.. after 2013, i liked this 2015. Watched only for Sungjae. Well written review.
This was a beautiful write up. Bullying is a harsh reality for many teenagers and yes it needs to be stopped. The plot sounds very interesting. I would make sure to watch it.
The article is written well, I Really appreciate the writer hardwork 👏👏👏👏👏👍 and yes I really like this drama 😍😍
Thankyouu ❤️ this is one of my favourites from the school series too
One of my favorite drama😍❤ and beautifully written📝✨
Thankyou !! its one of my favorites from school series too
Well written article 😍😍, i am going to watch this drama 💜💜,
Must binge watch ❤️
It’s one of my favourite drama…. I have seen lots of school dramas but not like thz one.. Its little bit different than all romantic school dramas… The article is really good… Well done… Its truly justifiying
❤️agreed this drama is such a breath of fresh air
I’ve watched this drama and enjoyed it thoroughly. This article reminded me of this drama. I think I’ll rewatch it again after reading this 🙈
awww yess absolutely u should!!
One of the best teen kdrama with a real deal of second lead syndrome 😭✋🏻 Really enjoyed the article 💙
its been years and i still cant get over it 🙁
One of the best teens kdrama with a real deal if second lead syndrome 😭😭 thankyou for this article! Now I’m gonna binge it all over again !!
Bullying is a serious issue in many countries including Korea. I like the character of the female lead and how she overcome her fears. I wish after watching such dramas people will feel brave enough to live a mentally healthy life.
Well written chingu 😍
This drama is so good , loved the article
I really enjoyed reading this article.. it brings back memories..😭 Beautifully written..💙
I really liked the twin concept and storyline in this drama
It was my first drama and now this drama is on top of my favourite list ❤️ I just love the concept of the three characters and the plot is just so amazing it’s too catchy . 💜🦋 I would love to recommend this drama ✨ Who are you? This drama is too good ❤️ thanks for the article.
This drama is one of my favorite.i really like old school dramas and this is obviously the one of them.thanks for writing the article so beautifully.🥺❤
One of my fav dramas , seriously 🤩🤩🤩🦋🦋🦋 the story and character are just …..love hehe do watch it if you haven’t!
Will definitely watch this drama
This was such a wonderful watch♥️ Thoroughly enjoyed this series and loved Kim So-hyun’s acting🔥
I like the article 💜
School 2015 is one of my most favourite K-drama ever. Like the story line, the songs, the plot twists and the very powerful love triangle and romance and thrill and suspense. Everything about this drama is just epic really. I really love this drama and I am so glad that I watched it. Really really an a huge fan of this drama. 😁❤️
The drama was quite a unique one because i expected it to be of romance genre but it turned out differently. To be honest i love such drama and this was no exception. The characters acted their parts really well and it somewhat felt like an emotional rollercoaster to me. I hope that more dramas like this one emerge in the future.
it was in my bucket list for so long but i will watch this now.
This drama is not your high school drama …it deals with serious issues among teenagers and I really liked the story of this drama. Very well written article
This drama is very interesting 💕 Great review 👍