High School Return of a Gangster


Kim Deuk-Pal (Lee Seo-Jin) is a 47-year-old gangster, ranked as the #2 man in his gang. Despite his rough upbringing and lack of formal education, Deuk-Pal harbors a dream of attending university. He’s been diligently studying to achieve this goal, but it’s been a challenging journey. 

One fateful day, Kim Deuk-Pal encounters a young man, Song Yi-Heon (Yoon Chan-Young), on the brink of suicide. In a twist of fate, Deuk-Pal’s spirit ends up possessing the body of the 19-year-old high school student. Soon, he discovers that Yi-Heon has been driven to despair by relentless bullying. 

Now inhabiting Yi-Heon’s body, Kim Deuk-Pal decides to confront and punish the bullies who made Yi-Heon’s life unbearable. In the process, he forms an unexpected friendship with Choi Se-Kyung (Bong Jae-Hyun), a model student who seems to have a perfect life. However, Se-Kyung is secretly enduring severe domestic violence at the hands of his father. 

Through these new experiences and challenges, Kim Deuk-Pal, in Song Yi-Heon’s body, navigates the turbulent world of high school, learns about the struggles of youth, and strives to protect and support his new friends while working towards his dream of higher education. 


  • Drama: High School Return of a Gangster (English title) / I, A Gangster, Became A High School Student (literal title) 
  • Revised romanization: Jokokin Naega Godeunghaksaengyi Dweeotseummida 
  • Hangul: 조폭인 내가 고등학생이 되었습니다 
  • Director: Lee Sung-Taek 
  • Writer: Horol (web novel), Jung Da-Hee 
  • Network: WavveTVING 
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  • Release Date: May 29, 2024 — 
  • Runtime: 
  • Language: Korean 
  • Country: South Korea

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