Currently Watching; Reply 1988 (응답하라 1988)

In 1988 five friends live in the same alley in Seoul. In 2015 Sung Deok Sun (Hyeri) sits on a sofa with her husband. Who in her friends is her husband?

Sung Deok Sun is the second daughter in her family. She also has a little brother but as the middle child she often feels left out. Unlike her sister, she isn’t a good student. She has a great personality and is loved by her family and everyone who knows her.

In the same alley live her four friends.

Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Joon Yeol) lives in the same house above Sung Deok Sun’s basement apartment. He has a big brother Kim Jung Bong (Ahn Jae Hong) who has tried to get into university for years. Kim Jung Hwan is a good student, but he keeps to himself.

Sung Sun Woo (Go Kyung Pyo) lives with his mother and his little sister. Even though his family doesn’t have much, he is happy living with his mother and sister he adores. In their group of friends he is the most hard working student, often studying late into the night.

Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) lives with his brother. Unlike the rest of the kids in their street, he doesn’t go to high school. He has dropped out to pursue his career as a Baduk (Go) player. He wins most of his matches but unlike his success as a player in reality he is a little slow. He forgets everything other than Baduk and has trouble in basic everyday actions like finding his way.

Final addition to the group is Ryu Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi). He is to one of the school teachers and along with Sung Deok Sun not the best student. He rather sleeps than studies and loves to hang out with his friends and watch films.

In 1988 these friends are in high school and experience first loves and disappointments. In 2015, who is Sung Deok Sun’s husband?

I started Reply 1988 after falling in love with Reply 1997. The drama includes references to 80s culture and society just like its predecessor but unlike Reply 1997 the romance and mystery takes a smaller role in Reply 1988.

Reply 1988 has a lot longer episodes and more of them, so it’s logical that the romance would be slower and the drama would need to have a wider focus. Reply 1988 focuses on whole families, and especially the parents of these students too.

Although I find Reply 1988 enjoyable its longer episodes and wider focus doesn’t make me crazy about it like Reply 1997 did. I hope that further on in the drama the romance and mystery of Sung Deok Sun’s husband will take a bigger role, as for now the drama has focused solely on the lives of these families.

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