Looking back at ‘Reply 1997’

Seeing as I am about to start watching ‘Reply 1994’ as my newest form of procrastination, I thought it only right to take a look back at it’s predecessor, ‘Reply 1997’ – probably the best K-drama I have ever watched.

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For those of you that haven’t heard of it, Reply 1997 (aired in 2012) is focussed around a close-knit group of friends and flicks between their present selves and revealing flashbacks of their senior year of high-school in 1997.

The story is sincere, complex, and somewhat believable, which is a lot more than you usually get from a K-drama.
I’m going to try and write this post so as not to give any spoilers in the hope that you guys will go, watch and enjoy it as much as I did.

The characters of the drama are relatable to and the chemistry between the actors creates a convincing bond of friendship.
The main character, Shi-Won (portrayed by A-Pink’s Eunji) is the centre of the dramas focus, and rightly so. Through Shi-Won the writers show a huge variety of believable relationships, from family to friends and lovers.
However, for me, Infinite’s Hoya stole the show with his portrayal of shy, calm and self-concious high-schooler Joon Hee. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that Joon Hee’s story is heartbreaking, and the only story I have felt myself become emotionally involved with in a K-drama.

Reply 1997 gave me everything I wanted and more – the ups and downs of youth, strength and naivety of friendship, and of course the typical K-drama love triangle.

I cannot recommend that you watch this enough.

Toodle-oo all xx

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