Review: Itaewon Class – A must Binge Watch

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The same name webtoon-based K-drama is worth to add in your list. It is the first webtoon-based series to be produced by the film distribution company Showbox in 2020.

Itaewon Class has won the Best Drama Series at the 25th Asian Television Awards. It is the third-highest viewership rating on JTBC and the tenth-highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.

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Plot

Itaewon Class

On the first day of attending his new high school, Park Sae Ro Yi punches his classmate Jang Geun Won, who was bullying another classmate. The bully is the son of CEO Jang Dae Hee. The bully’s father runs restaurant business Jagga where Sae Ro Yi’s own father works. CEO Jang Dae Hee demands to Sae Ro Yi that he apologizes to his son, but Sae Ro Yi refuses. Because of his refusal, he gets expelled from school and his father gets fired from his job. Soon, an accident takes place. Sae Ro Yi’s father dies in a motorcycle accident caused by his ex-classmate Jang Geun Won. Burning with anger, Sae Ro Yi viciously beats Jang Geun Won. He is soon arrested and receives prison time for violent assault. Sae Ro Yi decides to destroy the Jagga company and take revenge upon CEO Jang Dae Hee and his son Jang Geun Won. Once Sae Ro Yi is released from prison, he opens a restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul. Jo Yi Seo, who is popular on social media, joins Sae Ro Yi’s restaurant and works there as a manager.AsianWiki

Main Characters

Itaewon class
  • Proprietor of DanBam, a bar-restaurant in Itaewon. In his youth, Sae-ro-yi gets expelled from high school for punching CEO Jang’s son Geun-won, who was bullying a classmate, and becomes bereaved when his father is killed by Geun-won’s reckless driving. Angered by the loss, he attacks Geun-won, leading to his three-year imprisonment. Following his father’s steps, Sae-ro-yi opens his bar-restaurant DanBam in Itaewon seven years after he is released from jail, with the aim of expanding it into a franchise and defeating CEO Jang’s food company Jangga Group. In 2020, he becomes the CEO of his company IC Group.
    Manager of Sae-Ro-Yi’s bar-restaurant DanBam. Yi-seo is a multi-talented and intelligent girl with an IQ of 162. She moved from New York to continue her studies in South Korea. She is also famous on social media as a power blogger and social media internet celebrity. Having a crush on Sae-Ro-yi, she offers to become the manager of DanBam. Her lack of empathy and callous behavior has many people believe she is a sociopath, but she does end up caring for her DanBam coworkers. She especially has a breakthrough with Hyeon-Yi after initially criticizing her cooking and believing her transgender identity would impede DanBam’s business. Despite being declined by Sae-ro-yi, Yi-seo remains by his side as DanBam’s manager. In 2020, Yi-seo becomes the CFO of Sae-ro-yi’s company IC Group. Eventually, Saeroyi realizes his feelings for Yi-Seo and he confesses his love for her.
    • Yoo Jae-myung as Jang Dae-hee
    • CEO of food company Jangga Group. CEO Jang is a self-made man who, despite the odds, succeeds in turning his once small bar into a large franchise company. In his years of experience leading Jangga, he develops a strong belief in power and authority as a means to achieve his goals. He meets Sae-ro-yi when the latter has a fight with his son Geun-won in high school and expects him to kneel as a submission of his power. However, Saeroryi always resisted kneeling and made his life harder for it. In 2020, he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and doesn’t have much long to live. Unfortunately, his illegal activities under Jangga was exposed and ruined his company. Despite kneeling before Sae-Ro-Yi for help, Sae-Ro-Yi absorbed Jangga into his company, leaving Dae-Hee with nothing.
    Head of the strategic planning team in Jangga Group; Sae-ro-yi’s former classmate and first love. Abandoned by her mother, Soo-ah grew up in an orphanage and became close with Sae-ro-yi’s father Sung-yeol. She becomes acquainted with Sae-ro-yi, who has a crush on her. After Sung-yeol’s death, she receives a scholarship offer from Jangga Group and soon becomes an employee in the company. Though passionate about her work, she is torn between her allegiance to Jangga and her love for Sae-ro-yi. Due to their conflicts of interests, the two would hold a long term emotional relationship, but never a true romantic one. Eventually, Soo-ah realizes Saeroyi’s feelings have changed and the two remain as friends. She later became a whistle blower to the authorities on the crimes that Jangga have committed in the past during her time in the company and later starts her own restaurant.

Supporting Characters

The illegitimate son of the Jang Dae-hee who works as a part-timer in the Danbam. He is a classmate of Jo Yi-soo and to get her attention he starts working in Jangga Group to inherit it.

He is the cellmate of the Park Sae-ro-yi and respects him the most. He also works in the Danbam.

Chief chef of Danbam. She met Park SAE-ro-yi in the factory where they work formerly.

Son of CEO of Jangga Group. A former classmate of Park Sae-ro-yi in high school bullied his classmate..

  • Chris Lyon as Kim To-ni

He is the Guinean-Korean part-timer in the Danbam. His grandmother helps Park Sae-ro-yi to get an investment.

Original Soundtracks

The soundtrack of drama is divided into a four-part album which is released on March 20, 2020. Parts 1 and 2 contain the theme songs and their instrumental versions, whereas parts 3 and 4 contain the musical score of the drama.

Gaho: “Start Over” wins the BEST HALLYU OST and SONG OF THE YEAR award in 2020 wheres BTS’s V OST “Sweet Night” wins the BEST OST award in 2021.

Also Read: 10 K-Dramas That Are Made Even Better By Their Fantastic Soundtracks

Conclusion

This drama is both romantic and adventurous. As all the episodes are linked, it’s hard not to binge-watch it. It teaches me – There’s no harm to sacrifice your beliefs for the sake of your loved ones. It also inspires in some ways and I hope this drama also inspires you.

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