Stars: Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-Hyuk, Choi Hyun-Wook
Twenty-Five Twenty-One is an ongoing South Korean television series directed by Jung Ji-hyun and starring Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona, and Lee Joo-myung. The series depicts the romantic lives of five characters from the year 1998 to 2021. It premiered on tvN on February 12, 2022 and airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9:10 PM. It is also available for streaming on Netflix.
Actor Nam Joo Hyuk, who was last seen in the popular Korean drama Start Up, is back with another romantic drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One. The drama also stars Kim Tae Ri as the female lead. She is known for dramas and movies like Mr. Sunshine and Little Forest.
The drama tells the story of Baek Yi Jin (played by Nam Joo Hyuk) and Na Hee Do (played by Kim Tae Ri) when they were 22 and 18 and later 25 and 21 respectively. The story takes place during the IMF crisis and narrates its effects on the lives of the characters. The drama brings a fresh breeze of 90s nostalgia. The internet and social media were in the early stages, but they were still very, very popular among young people. Twenty-Five Twenty-One premiered on February 12, 2022 on tvN and simultaneously on Netflix.
Na Hee Do is a member of the fencing team, but due to the financial crisis, her team disbanded. She switches to the saber fencing team, after facing various difficulties. Nam Joo Hyuk’s father is a wealthy businessman, whose business is greatly affected by the crisis. The family is forced to give up their life of luxury and live from day to day. Nam Joo Hyuk takes odd jobs to meet the financial needs of his family. Other star cast of the ensemble drama includes WJSN’s Bona, Choi Hyun Wook, and Lee Joo Myung.
The first episode begins in the present day, and soon viewers are transported back in time. This episode is all one needs to get a first impression of the characters. Na Hee Do has a fighting spirit in her and is quite outspoken. Baek Yi Jin, on the other hand, is quite restrained in her mannerisms. The actors fit their roles perfectly. From the opening credits and its music, to the costumes, hairstyles, and even some jargon, the writer has nailed the 90s vision into the drama. Going to a store to buy comics or music CDs is a thing of the past due to massive digitization. Seeing such scenes in the drama gives way to memories that might have seemed long forgotten.
The romance between the couple will not be easy, considering the drastic economic changes that strongly impacted their lives. The first episode shows some discontent between the protagonists, so only time will tell what events transpired between the two. There will likely be pain, healing, and understanding that could eventually lead to a meaningful relationship. The first two episodes of this drama are a joy to watch, despite the heaviness of the impending fight. The characters carry the scenes with ease and comfort, and it feels like the viewer is back in the 90s, just like that!