Angry Mum (2015) 憤怒的媽媽
Genre: Family, School, Politics
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 9/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
I didn’t know what to watch at first and my sister is quite picky about watching dramas and she often drops drama which may make me drop as I usually watch it with her. Well, since this is a school related drama, I decided to try it with her and we managed to finish haha! As a fan of Ji Hyun Woo, I wouldn’t deny that I partially choose it because of that. His character is too ignorant for my liking at the start but I am glad that he grows in the drama from a helpless and naive teacher to a bold teacher who can stand up for the safety of the students and really understand what is going on around him. It is hilarious whenever No Ah treats Kang Ja as a student in need with poor family upbringing (just because she wears an old uniform to fetch Ah Ran in one occasion). It is funny when Kang Ja scolds No Ah with vulgarity or picks a fight once she enters the school and he tries to stop her but to no avail.
It is so “comforting” when Kang Ja beats up the bullies and is not scared of facing any consequences. All types of bullies: the high class, the gangster and the naughty trio cannot really do anything to her. Kang Ja’s friend even pretends to be her mum. There are many scenes that make one feel good after Kang Ja enters the school such as Kang Ja’s friend beating up the vice principal when he wants more money as bribe and Kang Ja knocking sense into many. It is heartwarming how Ah Ran stands up for her friend, Yi Kyung, no matter what. I would be very grateful to have such a friend like Ah Ran. It is heartbreaking when Yi Kyung is pushed to her death by one of the teachers that she once loved (sry for the spoiler).
Liked the students Go Bok Dong and Hong Sang Tae in this drama. Go Bok Dong is a gangster that follows orders from people above. One of the funny things is he likes Kang Ja until he realises her real age. Enjoyed how he decides to go against the powerful people and finds evidence to arrest the person who murdered Yi Kyung. As the drama goes, I seem to like Sang Tae more and more. At the start, he is just a high class bully with cool spectacles. However, when his family background is revealed and his love for Ah Ran is shown more clearly, he becomes more and more likable and his role becomes more active in the drama. He looks better with spectacles though haha as his looks without spectacles reminds me of him in God’s Gift 14 Days. Feel sorry that he has to go against his father who is powerful yet so self-centered and corrupted.
It is depressing when the school collapses due to poor construction (funds for construction material embezzled by corrupted people) and some students pass away. It moves my heart when Ah Ran’s stepfather (at first portrayed as good-for-nothing) ends up dying in the school when he tries to prevent the school from collapsing to save Ah Ran. I wouldn’t want to study in a school so corrupted haha; parents bribe the vice principal to get the type of questions their children will be tested on; the student with high social status creating study groups and giving out samples of the real examination papers before the examinations. Because of that, the students without a good family background or without enough money for bribery are always not doing as well in the examinations. It was touching when Ah Ran says that it is no use even if she tried her hardest as she cannot easily be the top few in class without cheating.
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