Today I decided to do something a little different. Some of y’all might know by now that I’m a K-Drama watcher. If you don’t already know, K-Dramas are Korean Dramas. They usually only have one season and they are pure awesomeness. Now, onto my review!
Title: Reply 1997
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Teen
Broadcasting Dates: July 24, 2012 – September 18, 2012
Source: Watched on Netflix
Synopsis: As a teen, Shi Won was obsessed with a boy band. Now 33 years old, Shi Won and her friends are reviving their memories as their school reunion nears.
This drama would be the third K-Drama I’ve watched (this doesn’t include the Japanese and Taiwanese dramas I watched before). I’ve heard so many great things about this series as well as it’s ‘companion’ series (Reply 1988, Reply 1994).
When Netflix added this drama, I couldn’t click fast enough. The beginning brought you in and never let you go. It begins with a group of people at a restaurant for their high school reunion. Throughout the series we are brought back and forth between the present day – 2012 – and the past – the 1990’s.
Our main character Shi Won is obsessed with a K-Pop group called H.O.T. She lives and breathes this fandom, which tends to get on her father’s nerve throughout the show. We as viewers are shown what it was like to be a die hard K-Pop fan during this time, whether it be sitting out in the pouring rain to buy their new CD or fight fans from rivaling K-Pop groups.
This is the first drama where it takes place in a normal high school (Boys Over Flowers doesn’t count lol) and I always find it very interesting how different schools there are from schools here. Notably, how they put boys and girls in separate classrooms. I’m not sure if that’s how it’s done now since it was set in the ’90s, but I still find cultural differences interesting to compare.
I really loved the friendship group in this drama as well. Sometimes the roughest time for a group of friends is high school and Shi-won, Yoon-je, Joon-hee, Yoo-jung, Hak-chan, and Sung-jae prosper through that and stay friends beyond high school.
This drama is filled with so much laughter, heartbreak, and love. There’s a wonderful coming-of-age story-line that will bring you nostalgia even if you weren’t alive during the ’90s.
I don’t want to say too much more because I don’t want to spoil anything about this drama, but there are multiple cute couples and there is so much heartbreak you’ll be close to tears or sobbing on the floor.
You’ll flail, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and you’ll want to pull out your hair. Reply 1997 makes you feel all of the feels like no other drama and I immediately wanted to re-watch it once I finished it.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Overall, whether you’ve watched a K-Drama before or not, if you love coming-of-age stories and friendship you definitely need to try this one out!
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