Reply 1988 Review

Imagine a neighborhood and let’s call it Ssangmundong. And in that neighborhood, you find five friends namely:

Lee Hye Ri as Sung Duk Seon

  • Just like other middle child, Duk Seon always gets the short end of the stick. Even so, she is very considerate, kind, funny and sweet. She’s always at the bottom of the class because she’s not good at studying with IQ mentioned at 79. She always fights with her older sister, Sung Bora, but cannot help but show her affection at times.  She’s confident and knows what she wants most of the time.

Park Bo Gum as Choi Taek

  • He’s the quiet one in the group. They call him a “pushover” because he doesn’t get angry and finds it hard to say “no”. He hates asking for favors and getting asked for favors as well.   His mother died when he was young and was raised by his dad. He’s a genius baduk/go player with IQ mentioned at 139. Since he is famous, his friends always took care of him and considered him their neighborhood’s treasure. He dropped out of school to focus on his career as a baduk player.

Go Kyung Pyo as Sung Sun Woo

  • Always the class president, Sun Woo is a diligent student. Since his father passed away, he assumed the role of head of the family at a young age. He is very responsible, caring and filial son. He is considered the “normal one” among the group.

Ryu Jun Yeol as Kim Jung Hwan

  • What he says is usually opposite of what he feels. He finds it hard to express his real feelings and most of the time sarcastic. In truth, he is actually very observant and considerate especially towards his mother. He may appear stoic or have a “devil-may-care” attitude, but he’s always the one to notice first when his mother/father was feeling depressed and asks Dong Ryong for advice on how to make them feel better.  He jokingly calls himself the “second daughter” of the family. He’s also very smart and even rivals SunWoo at times.

Lee Dong Hwi as Ryu Dong Ryong

  • The others go to him for advice because he is the wise one among the group. He’s a funny guy who loves to sing and dance and has no interest in studying even if his father is the dean of the school. He takes care of the fun while his friends are busy studying and he’s the one to set their activities like going to movies, concerts, etc. Although not obvious, he’s a mama’s boy.

As you can see, they really don’t have much in common. They just happened to live in the same neighborhood and thus became friends. Crazy, right?

I’ve seen this drama the first time before I started my blog and I just  finished my fifth replay.  I love how this drama can make you laugh and cry like crazy. Just like Reply 1997 and Reply 1994, this drama makes you  nostalgic which is the charm that actually draws you in towards the franchise. This drama is about “friendship”, “love”, “youth” and above all “family”. This drama touched every nerve of my heart. It’s a PERFECT TEN!

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