K-Drama Review: A Story About Four Ambitious Family to Get Their Children Into “SKY” Universities in ‘SKY Castle’

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SKY Castle, The Most Anticipated Drama in 2018

In 2018, there have been a number of new dramas aired on the Korean television networks. One of the most famous of those dramas is SKY Castle, which aired on the JTBC network. From the second episode on, its ratings kept climbing. SKY Castle even beat the drama ‘Goblin’ as the highest rated drama on the cable network. In Korea, every new episode of SKY Castle became a hot topic, and each new episode was eagerly awaited. Wanna know more about the drama? Channel-Korea has the article for you!

 

Four Families in the ‘SKY Castle’ Neighborhood

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The drama SKY Castle tells about four ambitious families that live together in the SKY neighborhood. The word ‘SKY’, in this case, is the abbreviation of South Korea’s top universities; Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. The four families that live together are Han Seo-jin’s family, Lee Soo-im’s family, Noh Seung-hye’s family, and Jin Jin-hee’s family. The four families are competing to get their kids into the prestigious university by using many tactics. Han Seo-jin’s family wants their daughter, Kang Ye-seo, to get study medicine at Seoul University.

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To reach their goal, Han Seo-jin hires a private instructor named Kim Joo-young. The instructor has a success rate of 99%, but there are many bad rumors about her past and her teaching methods. The rumors said that she killed her husband and covered it up as an accident. As for her teaching style, rumor also said that Kim Joo-young used brainwashing techniques to get her students to the top.

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While dealing with Kim Joo-young’s rumor, Han Seo-jin also has to face her friend from the past, Lee Soo-im, and her husband’s estranged child named Kim Hye-na. Lee Soo-im knows that Kim Joo-young has bad intentions with her students because of Kim Joo-young’s track record. Then, Lee Soo-im starts meddling in Han Seo-jin’s family and Lee Soo-im gets on Han Seo-jin’s nerves.

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For Kim Hye-na, Han Seo-jin didn’t expect that Kim Joo-young would ask her to put Kim Hye-na in her house. Kim Hye-na, herself, agreed to stay at Han Seo-jin’s house because of her mission to get revenge on her estranged father, who abandoned her and her mother. Before she can get her revenge, Han Seo-jin finds out about it and agrees to let her stay at the house as long as Kim Hye-na beats Ye-seo’s rank at school.

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It’s not only Han Seo-jin’s family that has problems. Another household in the SKY castle also has its own problems. Noh Seung-hye’s family is about her husband’s teaching discipline to the couple’s twin sons. Noh Seung-hye prioritized her son’s happiness rather than grades, but her husband, Cha Min-hyuk, asked his sons to beat Ye-seo in academics. Other than that, the couple’s eldest daughter is lying about being enrolled at Harvard University. Because of those problems, the couple’s relationship is getting worse.

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Jin Jin-hee’s family also has some issues between standing on their own opinions or having to save their face by following people. Jin Jin-hee likes to following Han Seo-jin around to get tips about how to get her son into the prestigious university. But, knowing Han Seo-jin’s dirty way to reach her goal, Jin Jin-hee is in a dilemma. Her husband Woo Yang-woo, who works with Han Seo-jin, feels the same way. While each family faces their own problems, things start getting complicated when Kim Hye-na is found dead at a party. What’s actually happening at SKY castle? You can watch the drama to find out!

tv.jtbc.joins.comSKY Castle is directed byJo Hyun-tak, who previously directed the drama Who Are You, and is written by Yoo Hyun-mi, who previously wrote the drama Bridal Mask. The drama is aired on JTBC network and is available on the streaming site Netflix. Now, are you curious about the cast? Here’s the chart of the character’s relationships to help you understand better!

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The Cast

Han Seo-jin’s Family

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Han Seo-jin/Kwak Mi-hyang

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Han Seo-jin is the lead character in the drama. When Han Seo-jin was little, she used to live in an orphanage with the name Kwak Mi-hyang, and wants to erase her past memories by changing her name into Han Seo-jin. She’s the type of person who will do anything to reach her goals; help her daughter into Seoul University to continue her husband’s family tradition, help her husband’s career, and to keep her household complete, even if she has to do anything outside of her ability. The character of Han Seo-jin is played by actress Yum Jung-ah.

Kang Joon-sang

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Kang Joon-sang is Han Seo-jin’s husband, who works as a neurosurgeon and works together wtih Jin Jin-hee’s husband, Woo Yang-woo. Before marrying Han Seo-jin, Kang Joon-sang used to date a girl named Kim Eun-hye. Without his knowing, Kim Eun-hye gave birth to a daughter named Kim Hye-na after the couple broke up because Kang Joon-sang’s mother didn’t support their relationship. Later, Kang Joon-sang married Han Seo-jin. He is the kind of husband who doesn’t have strong opinions and easily gets swayed by other things. The character is played by actor Jung Joon-ho.

Kang Ye-seo

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Kang Ye-seo is Han Seo-jin and Kang Ye-seo’s eldest daughter. Since she was little, Han Seo-jin has showered her with love and made Kang Ye-seo a spoiled child. Even though Kang Ye-seo is spoiled, she always has good grades, which makes Han Seo-jin love her even more. In school, Kang Ye-seo’s rivals are Kim Hye-na and Hwang Woo-joo. To get the first position and enroll in the medical school, she’ll do anything, including hiring Kim Joo-young as her tutor and following any instructions that she gave, which makes her into an egotistical person. The character is excellently played by actress Kim Hye-yoon.

Kang Ye-bin

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Kang Ye-bin is Han Seo-jin and Kang Joon-sang youngest daughter. Unlike her sister, Kang Ye-bin hates how her mom treats her and wants to have more freedom. Kang Ye-bin becomes best friends with Woo Soo-han, Jin Jin-hee’s son. The character is played by young actress, Lee Ji-won.

 

Lee Soo-im’s Family

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Lee Soo-im

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Lee Soo-im is the second mother in the SKY castle. She’s married to Hwang Chi-young, a neurosurgeon who becomes Kang Joon-sang’s rival. Before moving to SKY castle, the couple used to live in the countryside. After moving, the couple had to adapt to the competitive culture. For Lee Soo-im, a grade doesn’t matter for her kid as long as her kid is happy. To change the culture, she’s trying to find out what’s actually happening in the neighborhood and exposing the truth. Eventually, she gets hated by people in the neighborhood. The character is played by actress Lee Tae-ran.

Hwang Chi-young

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Hwang Chi-young is Lee Soo-im’s husband, who works as a neurosurgeon. As soon as he moved to Seoul, he was favored by the hopsital director, earning the hatred of Kang Joon-sang. In the drama, Hwang Chi-young’s character is a husband who loves his family and has strong opinions about things. The character is played by actor Choi Won-young.

Hwang Woo-joo

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Hwang Woo-joo is Hwang Chi-young’s son and Lee Soo-im’s stepson. In the drama, he is a bright kid who likes Kim Hye-na. This matter becomes a problem after Kang Ye-seo gets jealous, and made her hate Kim Hye-na even more. Like his mother, Hwang Woo-joo lives in a leisure family who didn’t really care so much about his grades. The character is played by the member of boy group SF9, Chani.

 

Noh Seung-hye’s Family

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Noh Seung-hye

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Noh Seung-hye is the third mother in SKY castle. She appears to have a beautiful face and kind personality. But, because of her husband’s greediness with academics, she has to appear strong to make her children happy. The character is played by actress Yoon Se-ah.

Cha Min-hyuk

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Cha Min-hyuk is Noh Seung-hye’s husband. He works as a professor and is a former lawyer. Because of his upbringing with military style, Cha Min-hyuk is very strict about academics. He teaches his twin sons in a secluded room, with the of having them beat Kang Ye-seo’s grades. The character is played by actor Kim Byung-chul.

Cha Se-ri

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Cha Se-ri is the first child of Noh Seung-hye and Cha Min-hyuk. She becomes Cha Min-hyuk’s favorite child when she gets into Harvard University, but things take a turn when she got caught not actually enrolling in the university, but instead becomes the manager of a nightclub. Since then, her relationship with Cha Min-hyuk deteriorates. Noh Seung-hye, as the mother who understands her child, helps her reconcile her relationship with Cha Min-hyuk. The character is played by actress Park Yoo-na.

Cha Seo-joon

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Cha Seo-joon is the oldest twin. He has a kind heart and innocent personality. Since his dad is very strict, he has no choice but to follow his dad’s orders. The character is played by actor Kim Dong-hee.

Cha Ki-joon

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Cha Ki-joon is the youngest twin. Unlike Cha Seo-joon, Cha Ki-joon is braver about giving his opinion. He also appears to be more strong than Cha Seo-joon. The twin will do anything to protect their mom from Cha Min-hyuk’s anger. The character is played by actor Jo Byung-gyu.