Who Are You: School 2015

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Who Are You: School 2015
School 2015 poster.jpg
GenreTeen
Mystery
Written byKim Min-jung
Im Ye-jin
Directed byBaek Sang-hoon
Kim Sung-yoon
StarringKim So-hyun
Yook Sung-jae
Nam Joo-hyuk
Composer(s)Gaemi
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)Jung Sung-hyo
Han Sung-ho
Producer(s)Lee Gun-joon
Yoon Jae-hyuk
CinematographyOh Jae-sang
Lee Min-woong
Editor(s)Choi Joong-won
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)School 2015 Culture Industry Co., Ltd.
SM Life Design Group[1]
Release
Original networkKBS2
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 2.0
Original releaseApril 27 (2015-04-27) –
June 16, 2015 (2015-06-16)
Chronology
Followed bySchool 2017
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
후아유: 학교 2015
Revised RomanizationHuayu: Hak-gyo 2015
McCune–ReischauerHuayu: Hak-kyo 2015

Who Are You: School 2015 (Hangul후아유: 학교 2015; RRHuayu: Hakgyo 2015) is a South Korean television series, starring Kim So-hyun, Yook Sung-jae, and Nam Joo-hyuk. It aired on KBS2 from April 27 to June 16, 2015 every Monday and Tuesday at 21:55 KST for 16 episodes.[2][3] It is the sixth installment of KBS's School series which premiered in 1999.[4]

Unlike the previous School series, the drama received criticisms for its plot and suffered with poor ratings, with only 6.3% average audience share in its run.[5][6][7][8][9] However, it established a following among young viewers worldwide and led to increased recognition for its cast.[10][11][12][13]

Synopsis[edit]

Go Eun-byul and Lee Eun-bi (both played by Kim So-hyun) are identical twins, separated after one is adopted at the age of 5. Eun-bi lives at the Love House, an orphanage in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, where the younger residents look up to her as a mother figure. However, she hides the fact that she is bullied at school by a gang of mean girls led by Kang So-young, while teachers turn a blind eye.

On the other hand, Go Eun-byul is studying at Sekang High School, the most prestigious private high school in Seoul's Gangnam District. Eun-byul's best friend is Han Yi-an (Nam Joo-hyuk), the school's star swimmer.

However, only Eun-byul is aware of the other's existence. Unlike the cheerful Eun-bi, Eun-byul is prickly and secretive.

One day, on a school field trip to Tongyeong, Eun-byul mysteriously disappears. At the same time, Eun-bi is unjustly expelled from her school and jumps off a bridge in a suicide attempt. Ten days later, the injured and amnesiac Eun-bi is mistaken for her twin, Eun-byul, and her adoptive mother takes her home to Seoul, where she starts living as Eun-byul. However, her memory soon returns.

Eun-bi faces many challenges as Kang So-young transfers to Sekang High School and tries to reveal her real identity, as well as using her Dad's authority to make Eun-bi transfer from the school. Luckily, Gong Tae-kwang (Yook Sung-jae), Eun-bi's classmate and the school troublemaker, protects her whenever So-young tries to bully her. Eun-bi also stands up to So-young and disproves her claims about her identity, as well as ruining her plans to have her transferred. Eun-bi tells Tae-kwang her real identity, and he eventually begins to develop feelings for her but Eun-bi sees him only as a friend. At the same time Eun-bi has developed feelings for Han Yi An although she cannot confess it to him as she is living under the guise of Eun-byul and worried that she might lose Han Yi An if she tells the truth. Han Yi An grasps the truth in his heart but not yet ready to face it. Eventually they both find their way to each other after finding out their true selves and feelings.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kim So-hyun as Lee Eun-bi (Go Eun-bi) / Go Eun-byul
    • Kang Ji-woo as young Lee Eun-bi (Go Eun-bi) / Go Eun-byul

Go Eun-byul and Lee Eun-bi are identical twins. Lee Eun-bi lives in an orphanage whereas Go Eun-byul, Eun-bi's twin sister lives with a woman who adopted her. Due to bullying, Eun-bi decided to end her life but she was saved by her twin sister. Eun-bi had amnesia after that. When Eun-byul's adoptive mother mistook Eun-bi as Eun-byul, she starts to assume the identity of her twin sister. She likes Han Yi An and confesses her love to him in the end.

Described by his father an idiotic and problematic child, Gong Tae-kwang is widely known as a troublemaker in school. His father is the director of Sekang High School and his mother is a famous actress, but his classmates don't know about this. He is portrayed as a happy-go-lucky person who just wanted to cause trouble, but behind his smile, he was actually a struggling child with a painful life. He suffered a lot but everything changed when he met Lee Eun-bi and stood by her side, even when Kang So-young decided to make her life hell. He developed one sided feelings for her and confesses to her later on.

A star swimmer at Sekang High School. He was great childhood friends with Go Eun-byul, and had feelings for her. He is loyal to his friends and although from a poor background, works really hard to help his father at the same time to become a national champion in swimming. He starts to question the identity of Eun-byul (who is actually Eun-bi in disguise), but as time goes by, he falls for Eun-bi unknowingly.

Supporting[edit]

Class 2–3

He is pricked by his guilty conscience after a massive cover-up involving the death of one of his students.

An intelligent and hardworking student who is always at the top of his class. Pressured by his study-centric mother to do well, he feels overwhelmed.

Go Eun-byul and Lee Shi-jin best friend. She is torn between staying loyal to Eun-byul and accepting So-young's friendship advances. After finding out Lee Eun-bi's real identity she also became best friends with her.

She is best friends with Go Eun-byul and Cha Sung-joo. She is jealous of her friends who seem to have a passion and tries to seek out one of her own. After finding out Lee Eun-bi's real identity she also became best friends with her.

A school bully who found pleasure in bullying Eun-bi. Her transfer to Eun-byul's school soon leads to mistrust and problems between the students.

  • Park Doo-sik as Kwon Ki-tae
  • Yooyoung as Jo Hae-na
  • Jang In-sub as Sung Yoon-jae
  • Kim Bo-ra as Seo Young-eun
  • Kim Min-seok as Min-suk
  • Choi Hyo-eun as Hyo-eun
  • Lee Jin-kwon as Jin-kwon
  • Ji Ha-yoon as Ha-yoon
  • Park Ah-sung as Ah-sung
  • Seo Cho-won as Cho-won
  • Jo Byung-gyu as Byung-gyu
  • Kwon Eun-soo as Eun-soo
  • Oh Woo-jin as Woo-jin
  • Jung Ye-ji as Ye-ji
  • Lee Seung-ho as Seung-ho
  • Han Sung-yeon as Sung-yeon
Sekang High School faculty
Parents
  • Jeon Mi-seon as Song Mi-kyung (Eun-byul's adoptive mother)
  • Jeon No-min as Director Gong Jae-ho (Tae-kwang's father)
  • Jung In-gi as Park Joon-hyung (Min-joon's father)
  • Kim Jung-nan as Shin Jung-min (Min-joon's mother)
  • Kim Se-ah as Shin Yi-young (Shi-jin's mother)
  • Jo Deok-hyun as Prosecutor Kang (So-young's father)
  • Jung Jae-eun as So-young's mother
  • Lee Dae-yeon as Han Ki-choon (Yi-ahn's father)

Extended[edit]

  • Yang Hee-kyung as Park Min-kyung (House of Love administrator)
  • Lee Kang-min & Yoo Se-hyung as Han Yi-an's swimming seniors (episode 2, 4–5, 11, 16)
  • Yoo Yeon-mi as Yeon Mi-joo (episode 5–7, 12)

Special appearances[edit]

  • Lee Hyun-kyung as Nuri High School teacher (episode 1)
  • Lee Jae-in as Ra-jin (episodes 1, 5, 14)
  • Kim Bo-ra as Kim Kyung-jin (episode 1)
  • Shin Seung-joon & Lee Ho-geun as announcers (episode 1)
  • Park Young-soo as noraebang owner (episode 2)
  • Kim Min-young as Lee Soo-mi (Eun-bi's bully; episodes 1, 4–6)
  • Lee Jung-eun as Seo Young-eun's mother (episodes 2–3)
  • Choi Su-rin as Song Hee-young (Tae-kwang's mother; episode 4, 12, 14)
  • Yum Gyung-hwan (episode 6)
  • Kim Ga-young (Stellar) as school uniform model (episode 6)
  • Sam Hammington as Sekang High's new English teacher (episode 15)
  • Bae Soo-bin as Sekang High 2–3 class' homeroom teacher (episode 16)
  • Kim Min-kyu as a swimmer.

Ratings[edit]

  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[15] AGB Nielsen[16]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 April 27, 2015 4.8% (NR) 5.1% (NR) 3.8% (NR) 3.4% (NR)
2 April 28, 2015 4.8% (NR) 4.8% (NR) 4.2% (NR) 3.8% (NR)
3 May 4, 2015 6.5% (NR) 6.6% (NR) 4.1% (NR) 4.1% (NR)
4 May 5, 2015 6.3% (NR) 6.8% (NR) 5.9% (NR) 5.7% (NR)
5 May 11, 2015 6.7% (NR) 7.4% (NR) 5.0% (NR) 5.6% (NR)
6 May 12, 2015 7.1% (NR) 7.8% (20th) 6.0% (NR) 6.5% (NR)
7 May 18, 2015 7.3% (NR) 8.0% (NR) 6.0% (NR) 6.4% (NR)
8 May 19, 2015 7.6% (NR) 8.0% (NR) 6.7% (NR) 7.2% (NR)
9 May 25, 2015 7.8% (19th) 8.9% (18th) 6.8% (NR) 7.0% (NR)
10 May 26, 2015 7.4% (17th) 8.2% (15th) 7.1% (17th) 7.1% (19th)
11 June 1, 2015 8.2% (17th) 9.2% (15th) 6.9% (NR) 7.9% (NR)
12 June 2, 2015 8.1% (17th) 8.9% (14th) 7.0% (19th) 7.6% (18th)
13 June 8, 2015 8.9% (16th) 10.3% (14th) 7.7% (19th) 8.1% (15th)
14 June 9, 2015 8.6% (14th) 9.9% (11th) 8.1% (14th) 8.6% (18th)
15 June 15, 2015 9.2% (16th) 10.0% (12th) 7.5% (NR) 8.1% (18th)
16 June 16, 2015 9.7% (10th) 11.7% (6th) 8.2% (16th) 8.5% (15th)
Average 7.4% 8.2% 6.3% 6.6%

* The series aired on KBS World, two weeks after its initial broadcast, with English subtitles.

Soundtrack[edit]

OST Part 1[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Reset" (Tiger JK feat. Jinsil)4:02
2."Reset (Inst.)"4:02
Total length:8:04

OST Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Blow Away (바람에 날려)" (Baechigi feat. Punch)3:11
2."Blow Away (바람에 날려) (Inst.)"3:11
Total length:6:22

OST Part 3[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."I'll Listen To What You Have To Say (너의 얘길 들어줄게)" (Yoon Mi-rae)3:14
2."I'll Listen To What You Have To Say (너의 얘길 들어줄게) (Inst.)"3:14
Total length:6:28

OST Part 4[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Remember" (Byul)3:37
2."Remember (Inst.)"3:37
Total length:7:14

OST Part 5[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Pray (기도)" (Younha)4:18
2."Pray (기도) (Inst.)"4:18
Total length:8:36

OST Part 6[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Named (그 이름)" (Jonghyun and Taemin (SHINee))3:37
2."Named (그 이름) (Inst.)"3:37
Total length:7:14

OST Part 7[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Return" (Wendy (Red Velvet) feat. Yuk Jidam)3:48
2."Return (Inst.)"3:48
Total length:7:36

OST Part 8[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Love Song" (Yook Sung-jae (feat. Park Hye-soo))3:25
2."Love Song (Inst.)"3:25
Total length:6:50

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2015
8th Korea Drama Awards
Best New Actor Yook Sung-jae Nominated [17]
Nam Joo-hyuk Nominated
Best New Actress Cho Soo-hyang Nominated
Star of the Year Kim So-hyun Won
4th APAN Star Awards
Best New Actor Yook Sung-jae Nominated
Nam Joo-hyuk Won
KBS Drama Awards
Best New Actress Kim So-hyun Won
Cho Soo-hyang Nominated
Best New Actor Yook Sung-jae Nominated
Nam Joo-hyuk Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Kim So-hyun Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nam Joo-hyuk Won
Best Couple Award Yook Sung-jae and Kim So-hyun Won
Nam Joo-hyuk and Kim So-hyun Nominated
2016
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (TV) Yook Sung-jae Nominated

References[edit]

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