Nam Joo Hyuk will be back on our screens next month! Two years after his smash series Start-Up, the actor is going to make our hearts flutter once more in a new love drama. Joo Hyuk will feature in the film Twenty-Five Twenty-One with Mr. Sunshine actor Kim Tae Ri, who rose to prominence and critical acclaim for her portrayal in the multi-award-winning film The Handmaiden. We can’t wait to witness their synergy in Twenty-Five Twenty-One, given the brilliance of both their careers. Are you as excited as we are? Continue reading for more details on the program!
Kim Min-chae (Choi Myung-bin) is taken to the audition by her mother Na Hee-do (Kim So-hyun), who encourages her daughter to give it her all. Min-chae is just concerned about winning. Min-chae does not even go on stage when she witnesses a competitor’s audition. She feels stuck and doesn’t want to perform ballet any longer. She visits her grandma, Shin Jae-kyung (Seo Jae-hee), and stays in her mother’s former room since she disagrees with her mother.
We jump back to 1998 when she reads her mother’s journal. Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri) is an eighteen-year-old fencing prodigy who admires a fellow adolescent fencer, Go Yoo-rim (Kim Ji-Yeon), who attends a prestigious high school and earned a gold medal in the previous year’s world championships. Hee-do actually attends Yoo-practice rims at the high school.
When she accomplishes the third item, she runs across Yi-jin, who is with a gang of old rivals from his rich-kid days. When things become a bit raucous, he makes sure she doesn’t drink and takes her out. He informs her that restrictions are in place to safeguard kids who have no concept of what may happen in such settings from adults who are aware of what could happen.
That night, she has a huge argument with her mother, and after her mother shreds a page from the book she needs to return, Hee-do sketches the page in from memory, endearing herself even more to Yi-jin. However, the debate allows Hee-do to make another plea to coach Yang.
The film Twenty-Five Twenty-One is a coming-of-age love story set in 1998. It follows the lives of its protagonists as they struggle with the fallout from a massive financial crisis in Korea in the 1990s, often known as the IMF crisis. At the core of the narrative are Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo Hyuk) and Na Hee-do (Kim Tae Ri), two people who fall in love three years after meeting for the first time when they are 22 and 18. As the title indicates, their worlds meet in unexpected ways now that they are 25 and 21.
Twenty-Five Twenty-One will broadcast on tvN on February 12, 2022. International viewers may watch the program on Netflix at the same time. The streamer described it as “the story of five young individuals who assumed they would be together forever from 1998 to 2001.”
Na Hee-do, a fencing prodigy who competes for her high school, is played by Kim Tae Ri. Her athletic goals are dashed, however, when her team disbands owing to the IMF crisis. Despite this setback, Hee-do is unafraid to pursue her dreams no matter the cost.
Joo Hyuk plays Tae Ri’s leading man, Baek Yi-jin, the diligent oldest son of a family ripped apart by the crisis. He works a variety of part-time jobs in order to achieve his ambition of becoming a reporter. “Sometimes he makes errors, but if there’s something he needs to do, he does it no matter what,” Joo Hyuk stated when asked about his character.
Lee Joo Myung (Kairos), Choi Hyun Wook (Racket Boys), and WJSN’s Bona (Homemade Love Story) round out the cast. Bona will play Go Yu-rim, a fencing gold medalist who is a member of South Korea’s national squad and Hee-nemesis. do’s Meanwhile, there’s Moon Ji-Woong (Choi Hyun Wook), an aspirant social media celebrity, and Ji Seung-wan (Lee Joo Myung), a school president with a secret desire to rebel.
Cast & Crew of Twenty-Five Twenty-One
Nam Joo-Hyuk, Kim Ji Yeon, Choi Hyun-Wook, Lee Joo-Myung, Seo Jae-hee, Myung-Bin Choi, Kim Hye-Eun, Kim Tae-ri, Garrison Michael Farquharson-Keener, Bona, Choi Min Young, Joo Bo Young, Bang Eun Jung, Moon Woo Bin, Lee Yea Jin, Kim So Hyun, Park Yoon Hee, Kim Young Sun, So Hee Jung, Heo Ji Na, Kim Dong Gyun, Kim Nam Yee, Kim Tae Yoo, Park Jin Soo, Jung Yoo Min, Song Young Joo, Lee Ki Bbeum, Jang Young Hyun, Lee Joong Ok,Lee Ha Joo, Ri Min, Jung Yong Ju, Shin Ga Eun, Kyung Da Eun, Ok Ye Rin, Hyun Jin, Im Yong Soon, Ma Jung Pil, Kang Hak Soo, Bae Sung II, Park Boo Gun, Ok Joo Ri, Jung Chung Gu, Jeon Se Yong, Yoo Eun A, Seo Young Sam, Seo Jung Bin, Yeon Seung Bin, Jeon Soo Hwan, Song Jae Saeng, Lee Kyung Oh, Hong Eun Jeong, Koo Ja Keon, Choi Gyo Shik, Jang Joon Hyun, Son Young Sun, Lee Sun Goo, Lee So Yoon, Kim Na In, Lee Bum Chan Kook Joong Woong, Lee Chan Jong, Kim Nak Kyun, park Jung Pyo, Lee Jae Woo, Lee Dong Kyu, Choi Tae Joon, Park Yun, Song Yo Sep, Jung Hyung Suk, Jo Nam Hee, Jo Min Wook, Jung jong Hoon and Kim Ji Ho
Jung Ji Hyun
Twenty-Five Twenty-One has a tenderness about it that sets it apart from the normal romantic K-drama fare. Sure, there will be a love story between Hee-do and Yi-jin, at some time. The true love story of the program, however, is Hee-love do’s an affair with fencing. That’s where we’re interested in this program, and we want to see more of it.
One theory is that Hee-do is a fencing prodigy who has recently been unlucky. Is this due to her mother’s toxic influence and their strained relationship, or something else? And would being on the same squad as Yoo-rim improve her performance?
The major connection we wish to investigate is that of Hee-do and her mother, Jae-Kyung. How did it become so frigid over time, and why was Jae-Kyung always so nasty to her daughter, shattering her hopes without hesitation? Is there something about their family’s disintegration that explains their views toward each other? We also admired Kim Tae-ability ri’s to create Hee-do a lively main character; she has some outstanding physical comedy talents, for example, making us laugh with her tantrums about not being able to be arrested during the gang battle. It’ll be interesting to watch how she handles her new circumstances at the new school, especially as she and Yi-jin become closer. Twenty-Five Twenty-One avoids most of the clichés seen in romantic K-dramas and establishes a series with a large but intimate plot, but you should definitely stream this k-drama!
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