High School King of Savvy Korean Drama Review


High School King of Savvy is about a high school hockey player who ends up having to impersonate his older brother and go to work as a director at a company. While living a double life, he falls for a temporary employee that he works with.

High School King of Savvy was such a fun office comedy! It’s filled with quirky characters that always keep things interesting. Watching an 18 year old high school student suddenly be thrown into the corporate world was definitely entertaining. The romance is also adorable, and the love triangle was filled with tension. Fun to be had all around!

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk

Seo In Guk wonderfully plays our lead Lee Min Suk. He gets put in the difficult position of pretending to be his brother. Of course, he is completely awkward when first arriving at the company and watching him have to wiggle his way out of being discovered was fun.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk

And Seo In Guk is completely hilarious! His comedic timing is impeccable, and he puts so much into his mannerisms and facial expressions. He really made me smile so much. But he also brings plenty of depth to the character, and he’s quite adorable as he falls in love.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Lee Ha Na

Lee Ha Na plays Jung Soo Young, a temporary worker at the company. She is naïve and awkward socially, but she is as sweet as can be. I really got a kick out of her exaggerated facial expressions and how she would react to situations around her. She was just a fun character all around.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Lee Soo Hyuk

We have Lee Soo Hyuk in yet another second lead role as Yoo Jin Woo. But as always, he was wonderful and really brought this character to life. Jin Woo is the son of the company president, but that is a secret kept from everyone else. While he seems to have it all together on the outside, his family issues have brought him a lot of heartache.

As the object of Soo Young’s affections in the beginning of the drama, he makes up the third leg of our love triangle. In many ways, he is the villain of the drama and causes plenty of problems for both Soo Young and Min Suk. But luckily, he had plenty of depth, and it was easy to see that there was a nice guy underneath. His character journey was an interesting one.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Lee Yeol Eum

Lee Yeol Eum is Soo Young’s little sister Jung Yoo Ah. She goes to school with Min Suk and has a stalker level crush on him. I found her stalker behavior pretty off putting for a large part of the drama, but she does tone down, and it was nice to see her slowly mature.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk, Kang Ki Young, Lee Tae Hwan,

Of course, I have to mention Min Suk’s best friends, Duk Hwan (Kang Ki Young) and Tae Suk (Lee Tae Hwan). I adore Kang Ki Young and always find him to be hilarious. And he definitely shined in this role. I also really enjoyed the close bond between the three guys. They have the kind of friendship we all aspire to have.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Soo Hyuk

Min Suk and Jin Woo have the rivalry in the drama. Soo Young ends up caught in between them with her shifting affections. And Jin Woo quickly notices something off about Min Suk and is always working to discover his secret.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Soo Hyuk High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Soo Hyuk

These guys have some serious tension between them, and it was so fun to watch. They played off each other so well. Sometimes their fighting was more humorous, and other times they had full on fist fights. It was always exciting with these two!

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na

Min Suk and Soo Young made one completely adorable couple! It was so much fun watching them fall in love. And when they do become a genuine couple, they are as cute as can be! They are so cheesy in the best kind of way.

I just loved watching them be together. But they also really supported each other through life’s difficulties. Min Suk was always ready to protect Soo Young, and Soo Young always wanted the best for him. I really loved this couple.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na

This drama is definitely a noona romance with a 10 year age gap between our couple. During most of the drama, Soo Young thinks Min Suk is 28, but in reality he is 18. I thought the drama dealt with the situation really well.

With a drama like this, we all know that at some point Min Suk will be discovered. And for Soo Young, that means learning that her boyfriend is actually a high school student. She is understandably shocked, hurt, and confused. But the drama does take time to explore both of their feelings regarding the matter and ultimately make a decision about their future together.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Lee Ha Na

Spoilers Below

I have to say, I loved the ending! It deviated from the norm of most kdrama romantic comedies. I thought for sure there would be a time skip where Min Suk would leave and have a chance to “grow up”. But to my surprise, that is not what happened!

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na

I found it very refreshing that neither of them had to go off and fulfill some other dream before they could be together. While I appreciate that some people have other things they want to accomplish before they get married, for some people, love really does come first.

For this couple, they were each other’s most important dream. Yes, they had other things they wanted to do, but they wanted to do them together. And even though their relationship was unconventional and seemed illogical, they defied the odds . They genuinely loved each other, and for them, true happiness started together. After that, everything else slowly came into place.

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na

And they handled everything very responsibly. They talked through their doubts and concerns about their relationship, got permission from their parents, and then we actually got a lovely wedding between our happy couple.

We did eventually get that time skip, but it simply showed that they made the right decision to be together. Min Suk was going to school, Soo Young was doing well at her job, and the couple was still blissfully in love. What a beautiful love story!

High School King of Savvy Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na

High School King of Savvy was so much fun overall. An adorable couple, a tense love triangle, and lots of humor made for an all around good time. It was an easy watch, and the romantic in me was very happy and satisfied.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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12 Responses to High School King of Savvy Korean Drama Review

  1. artisticlady says:

    Great review I will have to watch this.

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  2. Hmm… I’ve tried watching this before, had a good impression but never finished it. Now I’m looking for something funny and light to watch with a friend–I was going to go with Falling for Innocence. But maybe this would be better?

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    • Kay says:

      High School King of Savvy is definitely an easy and funny watch. That’s a hard choice though. I personally liked High School King of Savvy a lot better, but lots of people loved Falling for Innocence. Jung Kyung Ho is really funny in that, but I found a lot of the drama boring because of too much company politics. It’s also more of a mixture between comedy and serious. So I guess it’s just whichever one is calling out to you, hehe 🙂


  3. raistlin0903 says:

    Strange…must have missed out on this one. For some reason can’t remember seeing/reading anything about this series before. Then again with the amount of shows out there I should not be too surprised in the end lol 😂😂 Great review as always,and also probably not to big a surprise that I now want to watch this series lol 😂

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    • Kay says:

      Well, it did come out in 2014, so maybe its not being talked about as much. But like you said, with soooooo many shows out there, it’s hard to keep track of them all, lol. It was definitely a fun drama. Maybe add it to your list for when you’re in the mood for something lighter and funny 🙂

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  4. kwenzqoatl says:

    I liked this drama. Another noona romance I remember watching before this one was I love lee tae ri. Except that one involves a 14year old who gets the body of a 25yr old. lol

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  6. I am such a sucker for a Noona romance.

    When I watched this, it was exactly what I was in the mood for and I really enjoyed it. The acting was good, the pacing was good, the plot was well-executed. It was funny, romantic and dramatic. I liked the fact that out protagonists were unwittingly the “bad guys” and the “bad guy” was the one rushing to save the day at the end. The show was clearly the victim of an episode extension but managed to pull it off.

    If I have one gripe, it’s the character of Soo Young. I could handle her being a weird fruitcake, a ‘space alien’ who didn’t quite fit in anywhere. But she was also immature and incompetent. I hated her character in the beginning, then she grew on me a lot, then they digressed her and I hated her again. But apart from those times when I wanted to kill the female lead, I really enjoyed this. I would also give it 8.5/10.

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    • Kay says:

      I’m right there with you! I love a good noona romance too 🙂 And yes, I too loved so much about this drama, the acting, the pacing, the humor, and so much more. And the main couple was just so cute together! It was just a light and fun time that gave me a fantastic ending. Any time I see 18 episodes, I know an extension must have happened. But I thought it handled it pretty well. Out of all the older dramas I watched this year, it is definitely my favorite 🙂


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