Answer Me 1997 / 응답하라 1997***** (2012)
TVN Drama / 16 episodes
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Shin Weon Ho (신원호)
Screenwriters: Yi Wu Jeong (이우정), Yi Seon Hye (이선혜), Kim Ran Ju (김란주)
Cast: Jeong Eun Ji (정은지), Seo In Guk (서인국), Shin So Yul (신소율), Eun Ji Weon (은지원), Yi Ho Weon (이호원), Yi Shi Eon (이시언), Yi Il Hwa (이일화), Seong Dong Il (성동일)
This is the story of Shi Weon, ultra fan of H.O.T., Yun Jae, #1 student, who she grew up with and their friends. In 1997, they are 18. We follow them as they live, love and grow in Busan.
I really enjoyed that. It is very realistic and touching, funny and nostalgic at the same time. Although it reflects Korea’s reality at that time, there is a lot of things I was able to relate to.
The story is made of flash backs and flash forwards between 1968 and 2013. It is built in such a manner that the relationships between the characters is slowly revealed and when you think you have it all figured out, one element makes you doubt again. The main question you will have all along is: “Who the hell Shi Weon got married to???”
There are a lot cameos in this, for the ones I recognized, Shin Bong Seon, An Yeong Mi, Tony An, Jeong Ju Ri and some others whose name I don’t know…
Some scenes are really hilarious. Shi Weon ‘s father is excellent. Ah! I was surprised that I actually understand a tiny bit of Busan dialect! hahaha
This drama is surprisingly fresh and entertaining. 5 stars!!!