Origin and release year: South Korea (2022)
I dare to say that this has become my new favorite K-drama of all time. It is definitely in my top three ranking.
The imagery and cinematography was so powerful. I found it fascinating that the cinematographer was able to create romantic shots in moments where economic protests were happening, for example. To create a love story in a world of social change through visuals is no easy task.
I also loved the sound design, it was so enthralling particularly during the fencing matches. The emphasis on a clash of metal, the silence between plays, the sound of the weight hitting the strip. It was gorgeous.
This was a realist drama. I guess the whole drama was a testament to human instinct and how people cannot resist developing relationships despite the future’s outlook.
I absolutely loved the chemistry between the entire cast of this drama. From romance and friendship, to familial relationships; each relationship was imperfect but raw, real, and relatable.
Even the relationships that started off roughly came full circle as we watched the characters grow and realize things about each other. Be it Na Hee Do’s relationship with her mother or Ko Yu Rim (for example) they all had powerful and emotional arcs.
I have to give a special shout-out to Kim Tae Ri for her acting. She made the entire series. Each actor was exceptional, but Kim Tae Ri definitely had drama fans falling for her every charm in this role.
WJSN’s Bona, Lee Ju Myoung, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Choi Hyun Wook all gave stellar performances as well. The same goes for the other support cast members.
I had no qualms with the ending either. The story was beautiful and depicted that one heartbreak that most people go through at least once in their lives.
I do kind of wish they had shown us Min Chae’s dad though, but I think I can deal with not knowing.
I could go on about how fantastic this drama was but you honestly just have to watch it! I highly recommend it. 11/10!
What did you think of Twenty-Five Twenty-One?