kdrama, reply 1994
Go Ara Yoo Yeon Seok
When "Reply 1994" airs in the fall, viewers may be surprised at howmuch of it seems familiar. Not only will the tvN show recycle at leastpart of the formula that worked so well for their hit "Reply 1997" butthe storyline is expected to feature a generous helping of 1994nostalgia.
"Reply 1994" will follows the story of several students from aroundKorea who come to Seoul to attend university. Since it's 1994, they willno doubt listen to music by Seo Taiji and the Boys, Lee Seung Chul andKim Gun Mo, watch the drama "Star In My Heart" or "Last Match" andfollow the Korean Basketball League.
Several members of the cast will also be familiar to kdrama fans asthey have recently wrapped up or are currently appearing in populardramas.
Yoo Yeon Seok who played Park Tae So in "Gu Family Book" and Jae Wookin the film "Architecture 101," will play one of three men living in aboarding house while attending Seoul University. Playing his roommatesare Jung Woo, who played Seo Jae Wook in "You're the Best Lee SoonShin," and Kim Sung Kyun, who has a cameo role as a detective in "I HearYour Voice."
The female lead is actress Go Ara, whose last drama appearance was in"Who Are You?" which she acted in with Yoon Kye Sang. In the last fewyears she has focused on making films, with her most recent role beingJoon in the film "Papa."
Making the drama even more appealing to kpop fans is the addition ofBaro of B1A4. The rapper of the group, Baro is the one whose namecontributes the B1, as he is the only group member with type B blood.
"Reply 1997" centered on the lives of five friends in Busan, who meetat a high school reunion dinner. The 16-episode story moved back andforth between their lives, starting when they were 18 in 1997. It endedin 2012 when one couple announces they are getting married.
"Reply 1997" was a surprise hit, earning decent ratings and makingstars out of its cast. So, there was naturally some discussion on how asequel might work and what year it might be set in. No one is sure why1994 was the year chosen for the sequel but there is some speculationthat it happened because that was the year director Shin Wo Ho attendeduniversity in Seoul. Shooting this film would provide a greatopportunity for Shin to indulge in some nostalgia about his ownuniversity years.
Shooting for "Reply 1994" begins in a few weeks.