'Who Are You: School 2015' Revisits An Infamous 'Boys Over Flowers' Bullying Scene

Who Are You - School 2015
Kim So Hyun
Gu Hye Sun
Boys over Flowers
Nam Joo Hyuk

KBS recently released the first photos from the highly anticipated youth drama, “Who Are You: School 2015” which depict Kim So Hyun as the victim of bullying. She will portray dual roles in the series, with the photos depicting her character Lee Eun Bi. To escape the students who have repeatedly bullied her, Eun Bi transfers to Segang High School, a prestigious private school. Her twin sister, Lee Eun Byul, also attended the school but mysteriously disappears before Eun Bi arrives. Eun Bi capitalizes on the absence of her sister, who was one of the most popular students at the school and assumes her identity.

In the teaser photos, the actress is covered in flour and eggs, evoking the disturbing imagery of Gu Hye Sun as a bullied student at Shinhwa High School in “Boys Over Flowers.” Gu Hye Sun won over the hearts of viewers as Geum Jan Di, a scrappy poor girl who was initially on the receiving end of brutal bullying from her privileged classmates at the private school. While the scenes were difficult to watch, they contributed to the appeal of Jan Di with K-Drama audiences.

Model-turned-actor Nam Joo Hyuk (Surplus Princess) will portray Han Yi Ahn in the series. The young cast also includes BtoB’s Sungjae, Yooyoung of Hello Venus and Lee David (Gu Family Book).

The scenes teased in the photos from “Who Are You: School 2015” were reportedly filmed at a high school in Busan. The show is the sixth installment in the KBS teen series which aired through the late ‘90s through 2002. The series was revitalized in 2013 with “School 2013.”

“School 2013” was incredibly successful, bolstering the careers of Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk. Jang Nara and Choi Daniel starred as struggling teachers who wanted to improve the lives of the students at Seung Ri High School. The school, which ironically bore name of the Korean word for victory, was a faltering institution with students whose problems ranged from bullying, suicide and the controversial issue of high-priced private tutors.

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