Review: 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) 

The story is about 5 families living in the same neighbourhood, Ssangmundong in Seoul back in 1988. The families are closest friends amongst themselves, especially the 5 childhood friends from each family. 

It is pretty melodrama-like and slow, for those who are not interested in the lives of Koreans in 1988, it will be hard to pull through the drama. 


For those who wants to avoid spoilers, here’s my first impression of the drama.

The 5 friends

Sung Deok Sun (Girls’ Day’s Lee Hyeri) is the only female in the group of 5, she is a middle child of a struggling family that lives in a half basement. Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) is the genius baduk (go) player who drops out of school and focuses on taking competitions, his father and him moved into the neighbourhood after his mother passed away. 

Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Joo Yeol)’s family earns their fortune overnight and is the richest among the 5 families. Sung Sun Woo (Go Kyung Po) is the perfect student in school and the filial son to his single mother and dotes his younger sister very much. Ryu Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi) is the geek in the group and only interested in girls more than anything else.

3 main families

Families in Reply 1988
Families in Reply 1988

The 3 families that interact the most are the 2 Sung families and the Kim family. They share food with each other during dinner time and the kids are always running errands to different houses. How they will always share things with the neighbours and fruits like bananas was so precious and expensive back then. 

Love line

It is pretty confusing on who is the male lead. At first Deok Sun thought Sun Woo had a crush on her and started to have a crush on him. When she encouraged him to confess during the first snow, she realized that he had a crush on her elder sister, Sung Bo Ra (Ryu Hye Young). 

reply GIF

After that we all know both Kim Jung Hwan and Choi Taek likes Deok Sun. But yes! She end up with Choi Taek and I couldn’t be happier. The times she accompany him and take care of him during the overseas baduk competitions.

this is our youth GIF
Wish there’s more than the last few episodes of them. Missing the hurdle of them breaking the news to their families.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is my 2nd drama from the ‘Reply’ series and have to admit, I prefer ‘Reply 1997’ more.

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