Sky Castle

Sky Castle (Hangul: SKY 캐슬; RR: SKY Kaeseul; stylized as SKY Castle) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra and Kim Seo-hyung. It aired on JTBC's Fridays and Saturdays at 23:00 KST time slot from November 23, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Sky Castle is the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history. The drama revolves around the lives of housewives living in a luxurious residential area called Sky Castle in suburban Seoul. They try to make their husbands more successful and to raise their children like princes and princesses.

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Sky Castle
Promotional poster
HangulSKY 캐슬
Genre
Written by
  • Yoo Hyun-mi
Directed by
  • Jo Hyun-tak
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Kim Ji-yeon
  • Moon Bo-mi
  • Park Joon-seo
Producer(s)Joo Sang-kyoo
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60-80 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 23, 2018 (2018-11-23) 
February 1, 2019 (2019-02-01)
External links
Website

Sky Castle (Hangul: SKY 캐슬; RR: SKY Kaeseul; stylized as SKY Castle[lower-alpha 1]) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra and Kim Seo-hyung. It aired on JTBC's Fridays and Saturdays at 23:00 KST time slot from November 23, 2018 to February 1, 2019.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Sky Castle is the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.[9]

Synopsis

The drama revolves around the lives of housewives living in a luxurious residential area called Sky Castle in suburban Seoul. They try to make their husbands more successful and to raise their children like princes and princesses.[4]

Cast

Main

Supporting

People around Seo-jin

Seo-jin's husband. Doctor of the Joo-nam University Hospital.
Seo-jin's elder daughter. Her dream is to enter Seoul National University's medical faculty.
  • Lee Ji-won as Kang Ye-bin[13]
Seo-jin's younger daughter. Cynical and often clashes with her sister.
Seo-jin's mother-in-law.

People around Soo-im

Soo-im's husband. Doctor of the Joo-nam University Hospital. Enemy of Joon-sang.
Soo-im's step son. He likes Hye-na, and is liked by Ye-seo.

People around Seung-hye

Seung-hye's husband. A law school lecturer and former prosecutor.
Seung-hye's daughter.
  • Kim Dong-hee as Cha Seo-joon[16]
Seung-hye's elder son. Classmate of Woo-joo.
Seung-hye's younger son. He likes to play tricks on Ye-seo.

People around Jin-hee

Jin-hee's husband. An Orthopaedics surgeon.
  • Lee Yoo-jin as Woo Soo-han[13]
Jin-hee's son. He is not interested in studying, but still try his best under huge academic pressure.

People around Joo-young

Secretary of Joo-young.
  • Jo Mi-nyeo as Kay/Katherine
Kim Joo-young's daughter.

Others

Sin-ah Secondary School student. She treated as an enemy by Ye-seo. Kang Joon-sang's illegitimate daughter. She and Hwang Woo-joo have mutual romantical interest.[20]
  • Song Min-hyung as Choi In-ho
Medical superintendent of Joo-nam University Hospital.
  • Lee Yeon-soo as Kim Eun-hye[21]
Hye-na's mother.

Lee Myung-joo's family

Former resident of Sky Castle, committed suicide after her son ran away from home.
Myung-joo's son.
  • Yu Seong-ju as Park Soo-chang
Myung-joo's husband and Young-jae's father.
  • Lee Joo-yeon as Lee Ga-eul[22]
Young-jae's girlfriend.

Production

  • The first script reading of the casts took place August, 2018 at JTBC Building in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[4]
  • Most of the filming took place in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.[23]
  • When the series was still in development, its working title was Princess Maker (Hangul: 프린세스 메이커; RR: peulinseseu meikeo).[24]
  • Kim Jung-eun was offered one of the lead roles but she declined the offer.[25]
  • The series was extended from 16 episodes to 20 episode even before it started broadcasting.[26]

Original soundtrack

Sky Castle
OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2018
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelWarner Music Korea

Part 1

Released on November 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Princess Maker" (프린세스메이커)MaRiN, KaiBae Hyeong-ho, MaRiNCheon Dan-bi3:31
2."Princess Maker" (Inst.) Bae Hyeong-ho, MaRiN 3:31
Total length:7:02

Part 2

Released on November 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Time is Always On My Side" (시간은 언제나 나의 편)GamDongis, Seo Jae-haGamDongis, Seo Jae-haRomantic Punch3:30
2."Time is Always On My Side" (Inst.) GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha 3:30
Total length:7:00

Part 3

Released on December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."It Has To Be You" (너여야만 해)ABOUTABOUT, Pch 8umABOUT3:36
2."It Has To Be You" (Inst.) ABOUT, Pch 8um 3:36
Total length:7:12

Part 4

Released on December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."We All Lie"Choi Jeong-inChoi Jeong-inHa Jin3:15
2."We All Lie" (Inst.) Choi Jeong-in 3:15
Total length:6:30

Part 5

Released on December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Comma" (쉼표)GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sungGamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sungWAX4:21
2."Comma" (Inst.) GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung 4:21
Total length:8:42

Part 6

Released on December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."I Do"GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sungGamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sungMIII3:10
2."I Do" (Inst.) GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung 3:10
Total length:6:20

Part 7

Released on December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."It's Good As Long As Only I Live" (나만 잘 살면 되지)Lee Seung-joon, Jo Won-ilLee Seung-joon, Jo Won-ilYook Joong-wan3:06
2."It's Good As Long As Only I Live" (Inst.) Lee Seung-joon, Jo Won-il 3:06
Total length:6:12

Reception

Sky Castle is currently the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television.[9] It was an unexpected commercial hit, rising from 1% viewership ratings to double-digit viewership ratings percentage; as well as topping the Contents Power Index (CPI) rankings as well as the TV popularity ranking in Korea.[27][28][29] Besides its popularity in South Korea, the series also gained immense popularity in China.[30]

Critical reception

The drama series has drawn positive reviews as a dark comedy that casts light on some of the furtive and controversial aspects of Korean society. It has also stimulated explosive responses from viewers due to its relatable storyline over Korea's competitive education system.[31] Culture critic Jung Duk-hyun says the drama has received attention from viewers, because it successfully strikes an uneasy chord while heightening societies curiosities over the lengths to which rich elite families obsess over education. He also says "In terms of education, the drama satisfies people's desire to peek into what those closed rich family circles do for their children. But at the same time, viewers feel uneasiness when watching their stories. Those two conflicting emotions, 'wanting to know but feeling uncomfortable' makes for some interesting chemistry in the minds of drama fans and puts it on the must-see drama list." [32][33][34] The drama is also popular in China, where similar conditions and vexations overlap with those of Korea's education system.[30][35]

Controversies

The drama ignited a controversy for allegedly "inciting" the murder of psychiatrist Lim Se-won, as it aired a scene in which a patient chases after a doctor with a knife in his hand due to a grievance over his operation results.[36]

Following the broadcast of episode 14 on January 5, several Korean netizens on online communities came up with their own theories about what will happen next. One netizen’s theory was supported by what appeared to be a photo of the drama’s cue sheet, and another theory was formed based on the character description in a recruitment notice for a new role in the drama. When episode 15 aired on January 11, these theories proved to be true, making viewers question if the story was leaked.

On January 12, the producers explained that “the story was not leaked. Our viewers came up with many theories. They happened to be correct by chance, which must be why people think they are spoilers."[37]

On January 16, controversy rose again after a netizen uploaded photos of parts of the scripts for episode 17 and 18. The fact that the name “Cha Ki Joon” was left on the script drew much attention, and the photos began to spread on online communities.[38] After an investigation into the rumors, the producers of JTBC’s “SKY Castle” confirmed that the scripts for episodes 17 and 18 (to be aired on January 18 and 19) had been leaked.[39]

The production team was accused of plagiarizing the song "We All Lie" from American musician Bea Miller's song "To the Grave" featuring Mike Stud. However JTBC denied the accusations.[40]

Ratings

  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS AGB Nielsen[41]
Nationwide Nationwide Seoul
1 November 23, 2018 2.2%[42] 1.727% 2.9%
2 November 24, 2018 4.4%[43] 4.373% 4.584%
3 November 30, 2018 N/A 5.186% 6.035%
4 December 1, 2018 7.496% 8.144%
5 December 7, 2018 6.9%[44] 7.487% 8.623%
6 December 8, 2018 9.0%[44] 8.934% 9.754%
7 December 14, 2018 N/A 8.432% 9.667%
8 December 15, 2018 9.539% 10.471%
9 December 21, 2018 9.714% 10.522%
10 December 22, 2018 10.1%[45] 11.298% 13.312%
11 December 28, 2018 9.3%[46] 9.585% 10.296%
12 December 29, 2018 11.7%[47] 12.305% 13.646%
13 January 4, 2019 13.2%[42] 13.279% 14.389%
14 January 5, 2019 15.5%[42] 15.780% 17.254%
15 January 11, 2019 N/A 16.397% 18.443%
16 January 12, 2019 18.6%[48] 19.243% 21.010%
17 January 18, 2019 N/A 19.923% 21.927%
18 January 19, 2019 22.316% 24.501%
19 January 26, 2019 23.216% 24.622%
20 February 1, 2019 23.779% 24.357%
Average 12.500% 12.627%
Special February 2, 2019 N/A 7.319% 7.327%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC & EBS).
  • No episode aired on January 25 due to the broadcast of a match opposing South Korea to Qatar at the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The word SKY is an acronym used to refer to the three most prestigious universities in South Korea: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University.[6][49] The term is widely used in South Korea, both in media broadcast and by the universities themselves.[50][51]

In South Korea, admission to one of the SKY universities is widely considered as determining one's career and social status.[52][49] Many of South Korea's most influential politicians, lawyers, physicians, engineers, journalists, professors, and policymakers (bureaucrats) have graduated from one of the SKY universities.

Notes

  1. Pronounced as sky, but written as SKY (the acronym)

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