In the first episode on November 4, Min Ho-su (Hong Jong-hyun) transfers from the top Gahwa High School to Pungrim High School and finds it difficult to adjust to the new school. Disapproving of a penalty system for those who fail to comply with school rules, Ho-su resists obeying them, clashing with his teacher, who depends on corporal punishment to discipline students. This puts him in a danger of being expelled from school.
Ho-su also tells his girlfriend from the former school, Baek Hyo-an (Han Ji-woo), that he wants to break up with her. Hyo-an, who has never lost the top rank in terms of academic performance at the school, sees her rank tumble down to 50th. Her arch-rival Seo Yool (Ji Yeon) replaces her at the top, but feels something is odd.
In addition to the three stars — Hong, Han and Ji — the drama also features all new faces as leading characters. Lee Jun plays An Ba-u, a dropout from a poor family, Shin So-yul plays Lee Ra-i, a member of an independent music band, Kim Bo-ra plays Yoon Gong-ji and Kim Dong-beom plays Bae Tae-rang.
Expectations for the show are rising even after the first episode, as many viewers say that it reflects the reality faced by youngsters very well.
The previous 2008 show was produced as a pilot program based on a true story where test questions at a prestigious high school were leaked. It won several awards at international competitions including the Peabody Awards and Best TV Youth Award in ABU Prizes.
“Jungle Fish 2” airs every Thursday at 8:50 p.m. on KBS2.
Writer: Sung Hyun-mi
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