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"Are monsters born? Or are they made?"
White Christmas (화이트 크리스마스, Monster) is an 8 episode 2011 Korean Drama Special which aired on KBS2.
Susin High is an extremely exclusive and prestigious private Boarding School, open to only the top 0.1% of the nation's students and secluded in the snowy mountains, far away from civilization. Most of its students consider the stringent school to be more like a prison and the eight days of Christmas break (the only time they are allowed away from their studies) their only chance to escape all year. This year however, seven students choose to stay at Susin during the break, chaperoned by the P.E teacher Yoon Jong Il. They are:
- model student Park Moo Yul
- troublemaker Jo Young Jae
- Yoon Eun Sung, "the prettiest girl in Susin"
- the cold genius Choi Chi Hoon
- hearing-impaired aspiring journalist Yang Kang Mo
- quiet, unobtrusive Lee Jae Kyu
- and Yoon Su, who is nicknamed "Angel"
On Christmas Eve, the psychologist Kim Yo Han gets into a car accident on the icy roads near the school and the students take him in. He soon discovers that all is not as it seems: the students have each received a mysterious letter accusing them of committing specific sins and containing an ominous warning about the end of the break. As they try to find out who sent these letters and why, the students are thrown into a dangerous fight against a psychotic killer, their own inner demons and even each other. How many of them can survive these eight days with both their lives and their sanity?
This series contains examples of:
- The Ace: Choi Chi Hoon.
- Adults Are Useless: And the ones who aren't are either psychotic or don't live very long.
- A House Divided
- Air Vent Passageway
- The Beautiful Elite: The entire student cast.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Black and Grey Morality
- Boarding School: with an element of Elaborate University High.
- Chekhov's Armoury: Mi Reu's bandaid, a cell phone, a certain phone conversation, the school's television screen, the detention room, and many other seemingly insignificant objects and pieces of dialogue gain importance long after they have been first introduced.
- Closed Circle
- Dysfunction Junction
- Even the Girls Want Her: Eun Sung.
- Failure Hero: Moo Yul, who constantly makes what would be good and rational decisions, but always ends up being screwed over because fate seems to hate him and his peers.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Played With.
- Hidden Depths
- Hope Spot: Episode 6.
- Lack of Empathy: Choi Chi Hoon.
- Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: All you need is a hanger, an air freshener, a lighter, and Choi Chi Hoon!
- Mexican Standoff
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nice job saving the serial killer's life, Moo Yul.
- Not So Different
- Psycho Psychologist: Kim Yo Han.
- Pyrrhic Victory
- The Sixth Ranger / The Lancer: Kang Mi Reu
- Serial Killer: Kim Yo Han
- Snow Means Death
- Stalker with a Crush: Several.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork
- Xanatos Speed Chess
- Yank the Dog's Chain