Boys Over Flowers: Episode 1.
Part 1 of my review.
The show opens to scenes of the Academy and a teenage boy opening his locker that has a red card hanging in it. The camera pans out to show that his classmates have been slowly inching their way up to him, and as soon as they see the card, they unleash hell on his body, and chase him into a bathroom where a deadly beating ensues. The boy breaks away and tries to find a place to hide; finding non-he runs to the top of a building, to end it all.
A young girl on a bike rides into the school, with dry cleaning for one of the students. Her search to find her customer leads her to the roof of the building where the boy is standing. She sees a large group of students all piled in front of the lone student who is on the edge of the building. Talking to him, he admits that he is being forced into ending his life. At first the girl, thinks he is being dramatic, until she sees that he intends to jump. She looks around to see if others will help, and is met with kids showing amused interest as they get out their cell phones and film the whole thing. The boy says that when you get a red card, your classmates hunt you down, and beat you down until you give up.
Jan Di is enraged when she hears this and tells the boy that only cowards and lowlife’s hang out in packs and beat on one person. She then proclaims that if they had done this to her, she would fight for what is right and destroy them. The boy laughs sadly at her and asks, “you’ve never meet the Fab4 right?” At this he jumps off the roof, but Jan Di races and catches him, saving his life.
Jan Di is a hero, but the head of Shin Hwa is not happy with all the bad press her school has gotten because of the incident. Questions about why the boy was jumping, and how people are treated at the school, and if the school is a safe and healthy environment for students to attend. Jan Di is getting great press, Shin Hwa, wants the whole thing put to bed. How can they make the people and press happy and shut up about one stupid insignificant boy?