The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars|
by Jung Eun-gwol
|Written by||Kim Tae-hee|
|Theme music composer||Eom Gi-yeob|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
Kim Seung-ho |
Lee Hyun-mi |
|Original release||30 August– 2 November 2010|
|Revised Romanization||Seonggyungwan Seukaendeul|
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Hangul: 성균관 스캔들) is a South Korean historical drama starring Park Min-young, Park Yoo-chun, Yoo Ah-in and Song Joong-ki. Directed by Kim Won-seok and written by Kim Tae-hee, it is based on Jung Eun-gwol's bestselling 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars. 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, the Joseon Dynasty's highest educational institute. She gets caught by the upright Lee Sun-joon (Park Yoo-chun), 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, Kim, Lee, Gu, and Moon form the "Jalgeum Quartet".
- Park Min-young as Kim Yoon-hee(when girl)/Kim Yoon-shik(when boy), nicknamed "Dae-mul"
- Bang Joon-seo as young Kim Yoon-hee
- Park Yoo-chun as Lee Sun-joon, nicknamed "Ga-rang"
- Yoo Ah-in as Moon Jae-shin, nicknamed "Geol-oh"
- Song Joong-ki as Gu Yong-ha, nicknamed "Yeo-rim"
- Jun Tae-soo as Ha In-soo
- Seo Hyo-rim as Ha Hyo-eun
- Kim Min-seo as Cho-sun
- Ahn Nae-sang as Jeong Yak-yong
- Jo Sung-ha as King Jeongjo of Joseon
- Kim Kap-soo as Lee Jung-moo, second state councillor and Sun-joon's father
- Lee Jae-yong as Ha Woo-kyu, minister of military affairs and In-soo's father
- Kang Sung-pil as Im Byung-choon
- Ji Nam-hyuk as Seol Go-bong
- Chae Byung-chan as Kang-moo
- Kim Ik-tae as Chae Je-gong, chief state councillor
- Choi Dong-joon as Moon Geun-soo, minister of Saheonbu and Jae-shin's Father
- Kim Kwang-kyu as Hwang-ga
- Kim Ha-kyoon as Choi Shin-mook
- Park Geun-soo as Yoo Chang-ik
- Kim Young-bae as Go Jang-bok
- Kim Jung-kyoon as Ahn Do-hyun
- Jang Se-hyun as Kim Woo-tak
- Hwang Chan-woo as Bae Hae-won
- Im Young-pil as Ham Choon-ho
- Joo Ah-sung as Nam Myung-shik
- Kim Mi-kyung as Ms. Jo, Yoon-hee's mother
- Ha Min-jae as Kim Yoon Shik, Yoon-hee' younger brother
- Ryu Dam as Soon-dol
- Sung Hyun-joo as Beo-deul
- Im Yoon-jung as Aeng-aeng
- Jung Hye-mi as Seom-seom
- Park Dong-bin as Woo-kyu's steward
- Jo Yi-sam as Soron Yusaeng
- Bae Jae-ho as Soron Yusaeng
- Eom Bo-yong as Cheon-dong
- Kim Dan-yool as Bok-dong
- Lee Min-ho as Bok-soo, Bok-dong's elder brother
- Oh Na-mi as Mi-hyun, Hyo-eun's friend
- Ahn Nam-hee as Jung-hyun, Hyo-eun's friend
- Nam Myung-ryul as Kim Seung-heon, Yoon-hee's Father
- Lee In as Park Dal-jae (episode 1)
- Lee Won-jong as Shaman (episode 8)
- Park Chul-min as Yoon Hyung-gu (episode 9, 17~18)
- Ki Im-beom as Song Yong-tae (episode 9~10)
- Lee Dal-hyung as Yong-ha's father (episode 17)
- Seo Ji-yoon as retired Kisaeng (episode 17~18)
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
|2010||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|
|2011||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)||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||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: Sungkyunkwan Scandal on ABS-CBN.
- RO - Aired under the title Scandalul (The Scandal) on Euforia TV.
- THA - Aired under the title Bandit Nasai Huajai Wawun (บัณฑิตหน้าใส...หัวใจว้าวุ่น) on Channel 7 and repeat telecast on 3SD (in a network of Channel 3) in same title.
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."
For the drama'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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