My Thoughts : Reply1997


Drama: Reply 1997
Revised romanization: Eungdabhara 1997
Hangul: 응답하라 1997
Director: Shin Won-Ho
Writer: Lee Woo-Jung, Lee Sun-Hye, Kim Ran-Joo
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 24 – September 18, 2012
Runtime: Tuesdays. 23:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea



The drama shows us happenings in the characters life from 1997-the present (2012). The story starts with the reunion of a particular batch of Busan High School students in 2012. And through flashbacks we get to see how their high school life was.


Reply 1997 is a 2012 drama and has has garnered praise from audiences and critics for being well-researched, refreshing, genuine, and full of humor and heart. The last episode had the highest rating ever for a cable channel. I can, because of the cliff hanging story. Who will marry who?


Why I Enjoyed Watching :

The Cast. Yes! I love all of them. Honestly, I didn’t know Seo In Guk was first a singer than an actor. I thought he really is a full time actor same with Eunji. Both of them, nailed their characters.  But aside from the lovable main cast I have to give separate praise to Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa, who played Shi Won’s parents. They were so good.

The characters made this drama. Shi Won nailed it as the crazy fangirl willing to camp out at her idol’s house or take part in epic fanwars. I can relate. HAHAHAHA fan girl obsessions. This really made me love the story.

Yoon Jae, he could melt me in just a second. He begins to fall for his childhood friend Shi Won. His feelings was well written all over his face. He’s great!


Flashback. I enjoyed going back and forth between past and present. Most dramas only go forward but here there’s also a feeling and thought of nostalgia that I find endearing. Although I’m too young to really understand the feeling as the story intends, there’s something about going back into the past clips and knowing that years later they’ve succeeded in some way that makes me smile. There is only around the end where the writers when a little overboard with the changes from past and present.

Family and Friendship. I love how much work was put into the depiction of non-romantic relationships between the characters. The story might have revolved around romance, but there was just so much heart in the interactions between friends, siblings and parents.




“They say that people are born with a red string that they can’t see, tied to their pinky fingers, and the end is tied to the one you’re fated to be with. But the thread is twisted this way and that, making it hard to find the other end.People’s countless threads, all tangled together. But when I start to unravel it, I end up face to face with my fate, without even knowing it. If the red thread of fate really exists, then who is the one tied to my red thread?”

“An age where you feel like you could love anyone, where you put everything on the line for the smallest of things. Eighteen. Adults say that it’s an age where we laugh if a leaf tumbles by. But back then, we were more serious than any adult, more intense, and had our strength tested. 1997. That was how our eighteen was beginning.”

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