I was psyched when I found out that Lee Hyun Woo would be in this drama and as the main lead as well. His acting is always good but this story seemed just right for him as well. The story line was very good for this type of drama. However, I didn’t really like the ending although it did tie up all of the loose ends and I’m happy that they remained friends in the end. Over all two thumbs up.
- Drama: Moorim School: Saga of the Brave
- Revised romanization: Moorimhakgyo
- Hangul: 무림학교
- Director: Lee So-Yeon
- Writer: Kim Hyun-Hee
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 16
- Release Date: January 11 – March 8, 2016
- Runtime: Mon & Tue 22:00
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Yoon Shi-woo (Lee Hyun-woo) is the leader of the South Korean idol group ‘Mobius’, and he also happens to be an orphan with hardly any recollection of his past or true identity. His rise in popularity and fame made him become arrogant and prickly in nature, but he has a serious problem: he is suffering from painful hearing loss that doctors have not been able to pinpoint or cure. The only possible hope comes from a female fan named Hwang Sun-ah (Jung Yoo-jin) who told him to go to Moorim Institute and have Dean Hwang, her father, heal him. Considering him more trouble than he is worth, Shi-woo’s CEO tries to get rid of him by framing him in a scandal with a female rookie idol. As the public starts to hate him, he decides to come to Moorim Institute in the end in hopes that he would be cured.
Wang Chi-ang (Lee Hong-bin) is the son of Wang Hao, the president of China’s largest enterprise groups in Shanghai. Spoiled and selfish, he acts like he owns the world, yet hides his own wounds: he is an illegitimate son who was born from a Korean mother. Chi-ang’s father also wants him to go to Moorim Institute, but Chi-ang refuses to go until he meets Shim Soon-deok (Seo Ye-ji), a sweet, confident young woman who works hard at several jobs to care for her blind father. Completely enchanted by her, he agrees to his father’s wishes when he discovers that she secretly attends Moorim Institute without letting her father know.
The boys are forced to share a room together and they instantly dislike each other, with them engaging in several heated disputes all the time. With time, however, their relationship does improve as they gradually get closer and learn more about each other.
Moorim Institute isn’t focused solely on high academic scores. The school teaches its students virtues including honesty, faith, sacrifice and communication. The teachers and students come from different countries and each have their own stories to tell. The school is located in a segregated part in the forest and is protected by a special seal to prevent outsiders from trespassing or breaking in, until this seal is unexpectedly broken when Chi-ang and Shi-woo were attempting to find their way to the school.
Everyone has a secret to hide, and after certain anomalous happenings in the school it caused the students to believe that the school has its own mysteries and they are convinced it involves Dean Hwang, who is an enigma to begin with. And all of these peculiar incidents that possess great danger to the safety of the students are somehow related to the Chintamani, which, when in possession, the person attains a puissant and formidable power that allows him to control the world.
As the boys (Chi-ang and Shi-woo) grow in character and strength, they discover that there is more to both of them than appearances suggest: especially Shi-woo, whose hearing loss seems to hide strange and unique powers and after several strange occurrences in the school he is led to believe that his past is the cause. With this, he aims to find out what his true identity is, and how his past as a child could have affected his present predicaments.
Amidst all this an inevitable rivalry develops between both Chi-ang and Shi-woo as both, being competitive, constantly strive to improve and be the best. This, too, involves the pursuing of Soon-deok, with whom both parties are in love with.
- Lee Hyun-woo as Yoon Shi-woo
- Lee Hong-bin as Wang Chi-ang
- Seo Ye-ji as Shim Soon-duk
- Jung Yoo-jin as Hwang Sun-ah
- Alexander Lee Eusebio (ex U-KISS member) as Yub Jung
- Yub Jung is as mysterious as he is self-righteous, thinking that he is better than everyone else but also doesn’t want anyone to give Moorim Institute a bad name, he is focused more on his studies rather than being friends with anyone at the school.
- Han Geun-sub as Choi Ho
- Choi ho is a low ranking student who wishes to become number one and would do anything to become number one, even if it means unethically correcting them himself.
- Park Sin-woo as Ko Sang-man
- Supasit Chinvinijkul (Pop) as Nadet
- With an IQ of 160, Nadet is the scientific genius out of the students at Moorim Institute and has an interest in state-of-the-art technology, including drones which he uses to spy on the happenings around the school.
- Z.Hera as Jenny Oh
- Shannon Williams as Shannon
- Han Jong-yeong as Dong-gu
- Dong-gu is one of the youngest of the boys at the school and is also skilled in Kendo.
- Shin Hyun-Joon as Hwang Moo-song
- The Secretary and Dean of Moorim Institute. In the first episode of Moorim School, he showed his ability to summon fog to hide him away from the chasers. It’s also hinted that he can perform certain kind of magic to create a seal to disguise Moorim Institute, making it impossible for any outsider to trespass into Moorim, until Shi-woo and Chi-and unknowingly break the seal for the first time in the school’s history.
- Jang Gwang as Bub Gong
- Moorim Institute’s Zen teacher.
- Jung Hee-tae as Kim Dae-ho
- Moorim Institute’s cooking teacher and health classes.
- Kan Mi-youn as Yoo-di
- Moorim Institute’s sports and dance teacher.
- Daniel Lindemann as Daniel
- Moorim Institute’s teacher responsible for supervising courtesy, organizing discussion and teaching Hapkido.
- Sam Okyere as Sam
- Moorim Institute’s security officer and dorm manager.
Juk Poong Party
- Shin Sung-woo as Chae Yoon, a martial arts master
- NanNan as Runa
- Unknown as Juk Poong
- Lee Moon-sik as Shim Bong-san
- The sole parent and father of Shim Soon-duk. After losing his eyesight in an accident eighteen years ago, Shim Bong-san, moved to the countryside to live quietly. For some reason, he keeps warning Soon-duk not to go near Moorim Institute, and tries to avoid any possible reason that might cause Soon-duk to go to Moorim Institute, such as helping Chi-ang’s mother delivering foods to him.
- Hong Ji-min as Ko Bang-duk
- She acts as Soon-duk’s step-mother, being deeply care for both Soon-duk and her father. She’s currently the housekeeper of Wang Chi-ang’s mother.
- Hwang In-young as Kang Baek-ji
- The Korean mother of Wang Chi-ang and Wang Hao’s lover.
- Lee Beom-soo as Wang Hao
- The President of the Sang Hae Group; China’s largest enterprise groups in Shanghai, and Wang Chi-ang’s father. He has some deep connections with Moorim Institute, which has not yet been revealed.