Twenty Five Twenty One [Korean drama Eps 1-4]: Theories about the ending, Nostalgia, What was the IMF crisis? & Why does Hee Do love Full House so much?

Episode 2
43m | Feb 28, 2022

The year is 1998, fall in love with fencing (and the cute guy who works at your local comic book store)... This week we're talking about charming nostalgia drama Twenty Five Twenty One, a series that looks at staying strong in the face of hard times. It's not only a drama with a strong spirited character and a cute impending romance, but also one where everyone is wondering what the future holds for the main character.

In this episode, let's chat about:

1. The fun plot and all the fan theories about what happened between Hee Do and Yi Jin and whether they had a daughter together.

2. The popularity of Nam Joo Hyuk and Kim Tae Ri. We look at their past roles as well as their characters Baek Yi Jin and Na Hee Do in Twenty Five, Twenty One. We also chat about the 3 main side characters as well.

3. Why nostalgia dramas are so popular. We look at the main reasons why nostalgia dramas are so well loved and talk about some of the main technology and fashion throwbacks to 1998.

4. What caused the IMF crisis? I explain the IMF crisis and relate it to events in the drama such as why Hee Do's mum sells her gold and why Yi Jin's family are being chased by creditors

5. The meaning of Full House to this drama. We look at why Hee Do and the girls love the manhwa comic Full House and why this series was included in the drama.

Full House English books:

Try the links below, but if you're looking for international links, feel free to email me and I can suggest links:

Australia Kindle edition

Full House Volume 1

Full House Volume 2

Full House Volume 3

Full House Volume 4

Full House Volume 5

Full House Volume 6

Full House Volume 7

Full House Volume 8

Full House Volume 9

Full House Volume 10

Full House Volume 11

Full House Volume 12

Full House Volume 13

Full House Volume 14

Full House Volume 15

Full House Volume 16

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Other related dramas and films mentioned in this episode:

Nostalgia Dramas

-Reply 1988 [Korean drama]

-Reply 1997 [Korean drama]

-Reply 1994 [Korean drama]

-Someday or One Day [Taiwanese drama]

Other dramas mentioned in passing in this episode:

-Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo [Korean drama]

-Start Up [Korean drama]

-Cheese in a Trap [Korean drama]

-School 2015 [Korean drama]

-Josee [Korean film]

-The Handmaiden [Korean film]

-Space Sweepers [Korean film]

-Little Forrest [Korean film]

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