Promotional poster for Sungkyunkwan Scandal
|Genre||Historical period drama
|Based on||The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars
by Jung Eun-gwol
|Written by||Kim Tae-hee|
|Directed by||Kim Won-seok
|Opening theme||"찾았다" (Found You) by JYJ|
|Ending theme||"Too Love" by Junsu|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||Kwak Ki-won|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Original release||30 August 2010– 2 November 2010|
|Preceded by||Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho|
|Followed by||Mary Stayed Out All Night|
|Revised Romanization||Seonggyungwan Seukaendeul|
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Hangul: 성균관 스캔들) 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-hee based on Jung Eun-gwol's bestselling 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars, it stars Park Min-young, Park Yoochun, Yoo Ah-in, and Song Joong-ki. It aired on KBS2 from August 30 to November 2, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
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.
- Song Joong-ki as Gu Yong-ha (nicknamed Yeo-rim)
- Seo Hyo-rim as Ha Hyo-eun
- Kim Min-seo as Cho-sun
- Kim Kap-soo as Left State Minister Lee Jung-moo
- Lee Jae-yong as Ha Woo-kyu (Minister of War)
- Kim Mi-kyung as Ms. Jo (Yoon-hee's mother)
- 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-kyu 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)
The series attracted a fervent fanbase that belied its modest mid-teen ratings. Its cult popularity was manifested in the very high online activity on the message boards of its official website and in popular portal DC Inside, the number of episode viewings on the KBS website, as well as units of DVDs and OST albums sold. The original soundtrack, which featured Park Yoo-chun's band JYJ, sold 110,000 copies in a couple of weeks.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||30 August 2010||7.7%||8.6%||6.3%||8.7%|
|2||31 August 2010||7.2%||8.2%||6.3%||9.0%|
|3||6 September 2010||8.0%||8.1%||7.3%||9.3%|
|4||7 September 2010||7.6%||8.0%||7.5%||8.8%|
|5||13 September 2010||7.8%||8.1%||8.0%||9.5%|
|6||14 September 2010||8.0%||7.8%||8.4%||8.4%|
|7||20 September 2010||9.7%||9.0%||8.7%||9.0%|
|8||21 September 2010||8.2%||8.2%||7.9%||9.5%|
|9||27 September 2010||9.8%||9.2%||9.2%||9.6%|
|10||28 September 2010||10.1%||9.3%||10.2%||10.6%|
|11||4 October 2010||9.2%||8.8%||10.4%||10.5%|
|12||5 October 2010||9.9%||9.7%||10.7%||11.1%|
|13||11 October 2010||11.2%||11.1%||12.8%||13.1%|
|14||12 October 2010||10.3%||10.1%||10.9%||10.9%|
|15||18 October 2010||13.0%||13.0%||13.1%||14.0%|
|16||19 October 2010||13.7%||13.7%||14.3%||15.1%|
|17||25 October 2010||12.9%||13.1%||13.0%||13.9%|
|18||26 October 2010||12.0%||11.9%||12.6%||13.4%|
|19||1 November 2010||12.5%||12.2%||11.8%||12.6%|
|20||2 November 2010||13.3%||13.2%||12.8%||13.4%|
Awards and nominations
||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Kim Kap-soo||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Song Joong-ki||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Park Min-young||Won|
|Best New Actor||Park Yoochun||Won|
|Netizens' Award, Actor||Park Yoochun||Won|
|Netizens' Award, Actress||Park Min-young||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Song Joong-ki||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Park Yoochun and Park Min-young||Won|
|Yoo Ah-in and Song Joong-ki||Won|
||Best Drama||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Park Min-young||Nominated|
|Best New Director (TV)||Kim Won-seok||Won|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Park Yoochun||Won|
|Most Popular Actor (TV)||Park Yoochun||Won|
||Outstanding Korean Drama||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Actor||Park Yoochun||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Park Min-young||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Drama OST||"Found You" - JYJ||Nominated|
|People's Choice Award||Park Yoochun||Won|
||Best Drama||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Nominated|
|Best Director||Kim Won-seok||Won|
|Best Actress||Park Min-young||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Park Yoochun||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Kim Min-seo||Nominated|
||Best Mid-length Drama||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Won|
Television & Film Awards
|Bronze World Medal for Best Miniseries||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Won|
- JPN - Aired under the title Tokimeki: Sungkyunkwan Scandal (トキメキ☆成均館スキャンダル?) from September 14 to November 24, 2011 on TV Tokyo in its programming block Ranch Channel.
- MAS - Aired on ntv7.
- SRI - Aired under the title Asaliya Mala (අසලියා මල) on ITN.
- INA - Aired on indosiar.
- PHL - Aired under the title Secret Love on ABS-CBN.
- RO - Aired under the title Scandalul (The Scandal) on Euforia TV.
The series was edited into a theatrical version which screened in Japanese cinemas from May 6–19, 2011 as part of the "Dokimeki☆Ikemen Festival."
Then to celebrate Sungkyunkwan Scandal's first anniversary, Korean cable channel QTV (a joint venture between Turner Broadcasting System and JoongAng Ilbo's affiliate, IS Plus) re-edited the series into a two-hour TV movie which aired on September 10, 2011.
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