First impression: Reply 1988 (2015)

Reply 1988 poster

No. of episodes: 20
Genre: School, Comedy, Romance, Family 

Native title: 응답하라 1988
Original network: tvN (available on Netflix) 

For those who want to find out how Koreans’ day life is like in the 80s, this drama might interest you. For those who are looking out for some exciting script and plots, this is definitely not your cup of tea. 

Story travels back in time, back to the late 80s where we look into the lives of the 5 neighbourhood friends who stay in Ssangmundong, Seoul. The 5 friends lean on each other to survive different challenges in their teenage years. 

Sung Deok Sun (Girls Day’s Hyeri) is the middle child in Sung’s Family. Living under the shades of her smart elder sister and the youngest brother, Deok Sun constantly fighting for attention at home. Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Joon Yeol) only has passion for track and field. 

Sung Sun Woo (Go Kyung Pyo) is the perfect student in school, he is also the student council president and a caring brother and son at home. His mother and younger sister depend on him a lot after the passing of his father. Ryu Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi) is a nerd who knows more about girls than the rest. Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) is a genius baduk (Go) player who dropped out of school and pursued it professionally.  

Living in the same neighborhood, their families are close and gatherings are norm in the neighborhood. The adults will have parties in the living room and the teenagers will have their own conversation and life in the room. 

Flirting begins

Growing up with 4 guys, they did not regard Deok Sun as a female until 1988 after the Olympics. Some of them start to think that she looks cute and Sun Woo is the first one that creates butterflies for Deok Sun. That is Deok Sun’s first love. 

Soon after through an escape, Jung Hwan and Deok Sun were stuck in the narrow gap between buildings and then, he started to feel something. 

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