Behind every great drama character, there is a supportive (or sometimes just dramatic) family!
Kim Sejeong’s Ra Eun Ho in “School 2017” is no exception. As she faces down unfair circumstances, low grades, and relationship drama at her school, she’s always sure to find unwavering support at home. Ra Eun Ho’s family also sets up the foundations of her character, establishing why her values are so important to her and why she works so hard to make them proud.
Sung Ji Roo plays her father, Ra Soon Bong, a family-oriented man who does the best that he can for his daughter. He can’t afford to send her to a private tutor, but without the knowledge of his family (at least until Eun Ho spots him one day by accident) he plants flowers on the road she takes to school to make her path easier in any way he can. It’s clear Eun Ho inherits her can-do attitude from a great father, who knows that it’s important not to give up just because the circumstances aren’t ideal.
Kim Hee Jung plays Eun Ho’s mother, Kim Sa Boon. Like so many tearjerking K-drama moms (at least the ones that aren’t scheming to marry their rich sons off), she is willing to throw away her pride for the sake of her daughter. When Eun Ho is falsely accused and on the verge of suspension, her mother goes to the school and begs on her knees for another chance for her daughter. The moment brought Eun Ho, as well as many viewers, to tears, especially contrasted with her tough-love style of mothering that she’d shown before. Although she blames herself for not being able to help her daughter with her schoolwork in a world where high-achieving parents raise high-achieving kids, her unconditional support is just as much a source of strength for Eun Ho as anything else.
Finally, Jang Se Hyun plays Eun Ho’s brother, Ra Tae Sik. As the older sibling, he isn’t afraid to tease and complain about his little sister, but leaps to Eun Ho’s defence when she is falsely accused. Although always cadging money off his little sister, he gives her a 10,000 won bill when she enters an art exhibit. He pretends not to care, but shows his support in all the little ways that count.
Ra Eun Ho’s family make her a more relatable character, because they are completely ordinary. Her parents don’t have major influence in the school and work regular jobs. They argue with Eun Ho and with each other just like any other family but never doubt that underneath they love one another.