K-Drama Review: SKY Castle (2018-2019)

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Sumber: imdb.com, edited by me

Title: SKY Castle
Genre: Drama, mystery
Number of episodes: 20
Director: Jo Hyun-tak
Stars: Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yun Se-ah, Oh Na-ra, Kim Seo-hyeong
Available on Netflix

A satirical drama that closely looks at the materialistic desires of the upper-class parents in South Korea and how they ruthlessly secure the successes of their families at the cost of destroying others' lives.

To be honest, it's been a while since the last time I watched a Korean drama. After I finished watching Lucifer until the latest season, I decided to try to watch SKY Castle.

As we know, SKY in South Korea, especially the term SKY University represents the Top 3 University there, namely Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. Actually, this drama is addressing issues that related to the education system in South Korea.

The story

SKY Castle itself is a luxurious resident area where wealthy doctors and professor live. The wives are determined to make their husband more successful and to raise their children to be the top student. Being accepted to top universities is the parents dream. No wonder if the spend billions of won to hire tutor and pay for academy.

Han Seo Jin (Yum Jung-ah) will do anything to guarantee her daughter, Kang Ye-seo (Kim Hye-Yoon) being the SNU Med School's student. So, when Young-jae (Song Geon-hee) got accepted at SNU Med School, Seo Jin tried so hard to get Young-jae's portfolio. Unfortunately, Myung-joo (Kim Jung-nan), Young-jae's mother refused to give any clue about it. But, she recommended Seo Jin to get a special tutor for Ye-seo, which is Kim Joo-young (Kim Seo-hyung). 

Sumber: imdb.com

At first, Seo Jin felt that the path for Ye-seo to get accepted as SNU Med School's student is very bright. But, after the death of Myung-joo and a lot of incidents happened, Seo Jin is starting to hesitate with the decision that she made. 

The mystery

One thing that I like from Korean drama is the mystery in every story. SKY Castle is not only about the ambition to be the top student, but also about criticize the education system in general. Well, I don't really have idea regarding this matter in Indonesia. I mean, I don't know if such a coordinator is exist in Indonesia--but maybe it does. So, going through the story about how every mother in SKY Castle try their best for their children is kinda open my eyes. 

To be fair, many people will do everything--even though in such a bad way, to get what they want. You could see all of the manipulative action throughout the entire episode of SKY Castle.

Well, I think I have to praise Jo Hyun-tak as the director of this drama. He is able to make such a cliffhanger ending for every episode. It made me want to watch in until the end in one go.

The opinion

For me, this drama has the similar vibe with Pinocchio. So, I really love this drama so much. As a satirical drama, this drama is very stand out and no wonder ever got the highest rating in Korea. 

Every parents that really praised the academic position and status, I think they have to watch this drama. There is no point to push your children that much. You should try your possible best effort to make them happy, not suffer.

9.3 out of 10 for the story.



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