Master of Study

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Master of Study
Promotional poster for Master of Study
Genre Teen
Based on Dragon Zakura
by Norifusa Mita
Written by Yoon Kyung-ah
Directed by Yoo Hyun-ki
Starring Kim Su-ro
Bae Doona
Oh Yoon-ah
Yoo Seung-ho
Go Ah-sung
Lee Hyun-woo
Park Ji-yeon
Lee Chan-ho
Opening theme "Dreams Come True" by 4Minute[1]
Ending theme "Dreams Come True"
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean, English
No. of episodes 16
Production location(s) Suwon, Busan
Running time 70 minutes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Drama House
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release January 4 (2010-01-04) – February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
Preceded by Invincible Lee Pyung Kang
Followed by Becoming a Billionaire
Related shows Dragon Zakura
External links
Production website
Master of Study
Hangul 공부의 신
Revised Romanization Gongbu-eui Sin
McCune–Reischauer Kongbuŭi Sin

Master of Study (Hangul공부의 신; RRGongbu-eui Sin; lit. God of Study or Lord of Study) is a South Korean television series that aired on KBS2 from January 4 to February 23, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes. It starred Kim Su-ro, Bae Doona, Oh Yoon-ah, Yoo Seung-ho, Go Ah-sung, Lee Hyun-woo, Park Ji-yeon, and Lee Chan-ho.[2][3]

Based on the Japanese comic series Dragon Zakura, it is about a determined lawyer who takes up a teaching position at a failing high school. To save the school from the ax, he comes up with the unconventional plan of starting a special class curriculum devoted to getting five students into the country's top university.[4]


When scrappy and abrasive lawyer Kang Suk-ho is put in charge of the liquidating Byung Moon High School, he sees his own troubled past in the problematic students who live their lives with no dreams. He then offers to teach them and proclaims that he will get five students accepted into Cheonha University, the most prestigious college in the country. Everyone—including the teachers, students and the school's director Jang Ma-ri—calls him crazy. Quirky and earnest English teacher Han Soo-jung, who believes that the purpose of education is not about getting into a good college, likewise initially objects to Suk-ho's teaching methods and motivations. But he establishes a special class for the five delinquent students, including Hwang Baek-hyun who bumps heads right away with Suk-ho,[5] to help them prepare for Cheonha University.[6][7]



He is a lawyer who was put in charge of liquidating Byung Moon High School. Initially he was unwilling to do so but he recalled the help he received during his time at Byung Moon High, which helped him change from a delinquent teenager who frequently fought into a relatively successful person in society. Thus, he came up with the plan of setting up a "special class" that aims to get students into Cheonha University to improve the school's reputation. He also intended to reform the teaching staff at the school.
His proposals met with stiff resistance from the staff, the parents and the students of the school. However, his headstrong attitude managed to push through his reforms, and he eventually managed to help the five students from the special class to achieve high grades in the college entrance examination.
An English teacher at Byung Moon High School. She got tricked into becoming a teaching assistant of the special class, though she later became very passionate about this responsibility.
The principal of the school, after the previous principal, who is also her father, was hospitalized. She reluctantly allowed Suk-ho to set up a special class under strict conditions after he threatened that her financial indiscretions would come to light. Later, she took over Soo-jung's classes to concentrate her duties as an assistant to the special class. Eventually, she starts to develop a crush on Suk-ho. After he had left the school, she set up a "special, special class" that was modeled on his special class idea.
His parents died and he lived with his grandmother in a poor house. He was a bad student (Koltong), but after he studied in the special class with the help of Kang Suk-ho, he slowly realized his potential. Later, he went to Tae Pyeong University to study to be a doctor.
She grew up in a single parent, and had problems with her mother who loves a married man. A hardworking student, she entered the top university, Cheonha University.
He loved dancing, but faces opposition from his father wanted him to study abroad. Later, his father finally agreed and Hong Chan-doo chose to give up college to pursue dance.
She had a crush on Hwang Baek-hyun. When she found out that he loves Gil Pul-ip, she lost her way for a short time. However, she came back to the special class and eventually pursued her love for drawing.
  • Lee Chan-ho as Oh Bong-goo
He grew up in a meat restaurant, and his parents don't really care about his education. The actual reason that he joined the special class was to get rid of the bullying because of his appearance. Later, he entered Cheonha University.


  • Byun Hee-bong as Cha Ki-bong
  • Lee Byung-joon as Anthony Yang
  • Im Ji-eun as Lee Eun-yoo
  • Ko Joo-yeon as Lee Ye-ji
  • Shim Hyung-tak as Jang Young-shik
  • Park Chil-yong as Ha Sang-gil
  • Lee Dal-hyung as Park Nam
  • Im Sung-min as Bae Young-sook
  • Kim Young-ok as Lee Boon-yi
  • Bang Eun-hee as Han Ae-shim
  • Kim Ha-kyun as Oh Dal-shik
  • Park Chul-ho as Hong Choong-shik
  • Koo Hye-ryung as Hwang Geum-joo
  • Kang Yi-seul as Kim Jung-hee
  • Park Hwi-soon as Sa Do-chul
  • T-ara as cameo (ep 7, 8, 10)
  • Hong Il-kwon


This was Kim Su-ro's first leading role in a television drama (he had previously appeared mainly in films).[12] Kim, who played a humanistic teacher in the film Our School's E.T., yet plays a completely opposite role as Kang Suk-ho in Master of Study, said that "both methods are correct. Kang Suk-ho's method is appropriate for the children in the drama, who want to prove themselves by getting into a good school." He added that the show is not about the obvious cliche—that high school seniors must study for college, but rather about taking on the challenge of getting into the top school just to get back at the credential-obsessed society.[6]

Dragon Zakura creator/artist Norifusa Mita complimented the show, saying, "It is energetic and entertaining. The characters have depth. I am satisfied."[13][14] The popular manga was also turned into a 2005 TBS drama series in Japan.


Master of Study scored solid ratings since its premiere and eventually became the top-rated show in its Monday and Tuesday evening time slot.[15][16] According to daily statistics released by research firms TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielsen Media Research, the drama scored national viewership ratings of 26.8 and 25.1 percent, respectively, for its final episode, the highest ratings the show recorded during its two-month airing.[17]

Episode Broadcast date TNS Ratings AGB Ratings
Nationwide Seoul region Nationwide Seoul region
Ep. 1 January 4, 2010 15.1% 15.8% 13.4% 14.0%
Ep. 2 January 5, 2010 18.5% 19.3% 15.9% 17.0%
Ep. 3 January 11, 2010 23.1% 23.1% 21.2% 22.0%
Ep. 4 January 12, 2010 26.3% 26.7% 23.5% 23.9%
Ep. 5 January 18, 2010 25.9% 26.0% 23.2% 23.8%
Ep. 6 January 19, 2010 24.2% 24.3% 23.5% 23.9%
Ep. 7 January 25, 2010 24.6% 25.0% 21.7% 21.2%
Ep. 8 January 26, 2010 24.7% 24.5% 22.8% 22.5%
Ep. 9 February 1, 2010 24.3% 24.3% 21.4% 21.2%
Ep. 10 February 2, 2010 22.6% 22.6% 22.0% 24.5%
Ep. 11 February 8, 2010 23.2% 22.8% 22.5% 22.6%
Ep. 12 February 9, 2010 23.7% 23.9% 22.9% 22.3%
Ep. 13 February 15, 2010 21.3% 21.6% 20.6% 19.1%
Ep. 14 February 16, 2010 24.2% 23.5% 22.5% 22.2%
Ep. 15 February 22, 2010 25.0% 25.7% 23.2% 22.0%
Ep. 16 February 23, 2010 26.2% 26.8% 25.5% 25.3%
Average Ratings 23.3% 23.5% 21.6% 21.7%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
46th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor (TV) Kim Su-ro Nominated
Best New Director (TV) Yoo Hyun-ki Won
Best New Actor (TV) Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Go Ah-sung Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards
Best Actor Kim Su-ro Nominated
KBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
Kim Su-ro Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Bae Doona Nominated
Oh Yoon-ah Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Byun Hee-bong Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Im Ji-eun Nominated
Best New Actress Go Ah-sung Nominated
Park Ji-yeon Nominated
Netizens' Award, Actor Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
Netizens' Award, Actress Bae Doona Nominated
Best Couple Award Yoo Seung-ho and Park Ji-yeon Nominated

International broadcast[edit]


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