Twenty-Five Twenty-One: A Drama That Captures the Essence of Youth and Love


             Twenty-Five Twenty-One is a 2022 South Korean television series that stars Kim Tae-ri and Nam Joo-hyuk as two people who meet and fall in love during a turbulent time in history. The series is directed by Jung Ji-hyun and written by Kwon Do-eun. It was released on Netflix on January 24, 2022.

            The series follows Na Hee-do, a high school fencer who dreams of becoming an Olympic champion, and Baek Yi-jin, a newspaper delivery boy who works hard to support his family after the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The series depicts their romantic lives from 1998 to 2021, as they grow up and face various challenges and changes in their personal and professional lives.

            The series also features Kim Ji-yeon as Go Yu-rim, Hee-do's rival and friend who has a crush on Yi-jin; Choi Hyun-wook as Moon Ji-woong, Hee-do's childhood friend and teammate who has a crush on Hee-do; Lee Joo-myung as Ji Seung-wan, Hee-do's best friend and roommate who is a rebellious singer; Seo Jae-hee as Shin Jae-kyung, Hee-do's mother who is a news anchor; and Lee Kyung-young as Baek Jae-min, Yi-jin's father who is a former businessman.

            Twenty-Five Twenty-One is a heartwarming and nostalgic drama that captures the essence of youth and love. The series blends romance, comedy, drama, and sports genres as it explores themes of friendship, family, dreams, passion, and growth. The series also showcases stunning cinematography and music that create a realistic and immersive atmosphere.

            The series also features a diverse and talented cast of supporting characters, each with their own backstory and motivation. Some of the most memorable ones are Bona as Han Yi-seul, Hee-do's junior and friend who is a cheerful fencer; Kim Hyun-mok as Han Seung-min, Yi-jin's junior and friend who is a hacker; Roh Jeong-eui as Kim Ji-eun, Hee-do's senior and friend who is a pregnant woman; Lee Chae-eun as Choi Su-yeon, Yi-jin's senior and colleague who has a secret crush on him; and Oh Young-soo as Oh Il-nam, an elderly man who has dementia.

            If you ask me, Twenty-Five Twenty-One is one of the best dramas of 2022. It is not only entertaining and thrilling, but also thought-provoking and relatable. It reflects the realities and struggles of many people in today's world, especially those who are young and hopeful. It also challenges us to think about what we would do in such different situations. Twenty-Five Twenty-One is a masterpiece that deserves all the praise and attention it has received.

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