I marathoned this the first time I watched it. It was so brilliantly done that I sat in front of my screen in a daze when it was through. Then I searched the ‘net to see what other people thought of it only to find that reviews were few and far between. So I’m going to one up a review – I’m going to recap all eight, awesome, action-packed, well-acted episodes!!!
This show’s cast is POWERHOUSE and each cast member has gone on to do bigger and better things. Not to mention that the production value, the cinematography, the direction and the writing are all stellar.
Basic premise: It is winter break at Soo-shin, a prestigious high school in the mountains where students get but one break a year. Seven unfortunate students stay behind for winter break as the rest of the kids flee. One student has received a letter that suggests the possibility of a murder on the last day of break…
Actor: Baek Sung-hyun (Damo, Queen Insoo)
An honors student at the prestigious private high school, Soo-shin. He received an angry letter that threatens murder and so he stays behind, worried for the future.
He is a fastidious student and a former love interest of Eun-sung. He takes a special interest in investigating the dark letter.
Actor: Kim Young-kwang (Triple, Take Care of the Young Lady, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store)
Nicknames: The Plague
A hot-headed kid who likes to tease and bully to hide his cowardice. His special victims are Kang-mo and Yoon Su.
Actor: Lee Soo-hyuk (Tree Deep with Roots, What’s Up?, Vampire Idol)
A withdrawn teen who gets picked on by Young-jae and who finds salvation in listening to music. He takes medication, probably for depression, and uses harder drugs to cope with his hallucinations of “the corner monster”. He is from a rich family and was nicknamed “Angel” for donating the money to build the dorms.
Actor: Kwak Jung-wook (The Devil, Queen Seon Deok, Shut Up: Flower Boy Band)
He is mostly deaf and requires the use of a hearing aid. He videotapes everything that’s going on but feels isolated from the world. Young-jae often picks on him and he always verbally fights back.
Actor: Hong Jong-hyun (Oh! My Lady, Warrier Baek Dong Soo, Wild Romance)
Moo-yul’s friend who is a rather quiet boy. He seems uncomfortable in his own skin. He is Moo-yul’s right hand man in the investigative process.
She is the lone female of the seven students who stayed behind and rarely seems to smile. She loves to pick on Young-jae and has a complicated past with Moo-yul.
Actor: Sung Joon (Lie to Me, Shut Up: Flower Boy Band)
A robotic genius who seems apathetic towards his peers.
Actor: Kim Hyun-joong (Vampire Idol)
Nicknames: Mad Mi-reu
He’s nuts and he hates Young-jae.
Actor: Jung Suk-won (The World that They Live In, Shining Inheritance, Dr. Champ, Midas, Rooftop Prince)
The lucky teacher chosen to stay behind and watch the kids who didn’t go home for break.
Actor: Kim Sang-kyung
The victim of a car accident who was found by the kids by the gate of the school.
Actor: Lee El (The Princess’ Man, Wild Romance)
An extreme hiker who happens upon Crazy Mi-reu as he’s leaving the school.
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 1.30.11 to 3.20.11
Director: Kim Yong-soo
Screenwriter: Park Yeon-sun
Recaps of episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8