Hierarchy Under Fire for Offensive Script

The excitement for “Hierarchy”stemmed from its star-studded lineup of rising actors including Lee Chae Min, Roh Jeong Eui, Kim Jae Won, Lee Won Jung, and Ji Hye Won. The drama takes place in Jooshin High School, renowned as South Korea’s most prestigious institution, founded by the esteemed Jooshin Group.

At Jooshin High, the most influential students include Jung Jae I (Roh Jeong Eui), who is the eldest daughter of the family in charge of the Jaeyool Group; Kim Ri An (Kim Jae Won), the designated successor of the Jooshin Group; Yoon He Ra (Ji Hye Won), the youngest daughter of the globally-renowned Yoon Trading Company; and Lee Woo Jin (Lee Won Jung), the second son of a prominent political dynasty.


After receiving a scholarship, Kang Ha (Lee Chae Min) transfers to Jooshin High School. Despite his innocent and cheerful demeanor, he carries a hidden agenda – to uncover the truth behind his brother’s death and seek vengeance. As a result, Kang Ha’s arrival causes a stir in the established dynamics at Jooshin High School.

“Prior to its debut, there was much anticipation surrounding “Hierarchy”due to its promised bold content and potential for shocking scenes, similar to those seen in American teen dramas. However, when the first seven episodes were released, the drama received significant backlash.”


Despite being a romantic drama aimed towards a teenage audience, the content of the show is quite shocking. In the second episode, viewers are immediately greeted with a scene of Woo Jin lying shirtless on a bed with a woman. This woman happens to be Han Ji Su (Byeon Seo Yun), who is also Woo Jin’s teacher.

Despite being just a junior high school student and only 18 years old, Woo Jin’s relationship with his teacher shocked viewers. This is due to the fact that in Korea, he is considered underage. The film also depicts intimate and romantic scenes involving other characters, making the topic of teachers dating students a sensitive one regardless of age.

The audience expressed their concerns about the film’s portrayal of high school students and questioned whether Korean audiences would accept its content, particularly the inclusion of nudity. They were curious about the choices being made for our country’s youth.

The script and acting of Hierarchy were also met with criticism. The main cast’s performances were deemed unnatural, and the film’s content and details were perceived as unappealing and peculiar.

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