Drama series is a remake of the US film, 17 Again.
Hong Dae Young, a middle aged man tired of everything going on with him including family and career problems, went to throw some hoops to release his frustrations. Before throwing at half-court distance, he wished he could go back in time so he could live his life again.
Dae Young found himself in his 18 year-old body as his 37-year old self and assumed the name of Ko Woo Young.
I watched 18 Again with little expectations since I have already watched the US film, 17 Again.
To say that it is good is an understatement because it exceeded my expectations. They added some twists to the film by adding characters and tweaks on plot.
1. More family focused. Maybe because they have longer time to spare but they were able to elaborate more on the dynamics of their family.
Dae Young and Da Jung as young parents.
Dae Young and Da Jung as parents in the present
Their relationship with their families (dad, mom, inlaws)
The other students’ families as well
2. Adding the character of Ye Ji Hoon. His character was a good addition to the series. He’s someone that you can also root for if not for their situation. He’s flawed but his character is warm.
3. Da Jung as a strong woman who pursues her dream despite the hurdles and fights for injustice when she sees one.
The series in all its episodes were packed with funny and heartwarming scenes.
The actors were all superb in their performances especially Lee Do Hyun who really made me cry over and over again in his as a young father, husband, and son.
The drama is full of lessons about life, love, and families.
How married couples need to talk to each other to avoid misunderstandings. Both Ja Dung and Dae Young were having a difficult time, but instead of talking to each other they avoided confrontation until they drifted off. Let’s remember that even when you are together with your partner everyday, they won’t be able to exactly read your mind and know what’s wrong. Open up instead of bottling everything inside.
Be your child’s friend. At times, we really want the best for our children and sometimes we become unreasonably strict and we keep on nagging at them. But doing so creates a wall between a parent and a child so there may be things that they would want to keep from us. Being friends with your child also opens up an avenue for them to include you in the decisions that they will make in the future.
Upkeep of marriage and family is a continuous process and will never be perfect. It will always have its ups and downs. We saw na kahet nagbalikan sila, there are still moments that they argue. But lessons learned, they are mow more open to each other and use that as an opportunity to grow and love each other more.
Happiness is a choice and a matter of perspective. Dae Young thought that his life was wasted because he wasn’t able to achieve his dream of being a basketball player… it was late when he realized that what mattered to him most was his family and that he will choose them again if in the same situation. And it’s true how we sometimes take things for granted because of it’s familiarity. Make best of what we have now.
The story wrapped up well and gave a very heartwarming and satisfying ending.
Story: 5 (not original but tweaked)
Entertainment Value: 5 every episode has funny and heartwarming scenes.
RATE: 5/5 a drama everyone with a family must watch 😉
HALLYU ENTHUSIAST’s WoW:
Happiness is something we choose. Let’s choose to be happy with whatever decision we make.
It was revealed in the last episode that Kang Hyun Chae (played by Nam Gyu Ri) is alive as well as her daughter. Although I already had an inkling of her extra marital relationship with Seo Do Kyun (Ahn Bo Yun) I am still wondering why do they have to go to such great lengths of “torturing” Kim Seo Jin (Shin Sung Rok).
I know that he is not the best person… as a husband and father, he have his shortcomings but he was sincerely devastated about the “lost” of his daughter and wife, even trying to change the past so that he could save his family. Imagine how hurt he will be when he finds out that his wife is part of the scheme.
How about Han Ae Ri (played by Lee Se Young)? Why would they want them dead? We know that her mother tried to connive with someone… I think that’s what got her in trouble.
I am excited to see more 10:33’s and how their one minute talk could change their tomorrow.
Twenty-Twenty tells the stories of 20-year-olds who work to find their dreams as they experience freedom and responsibilities for the first time and also the dream and love of twenty-year-olds who share the realistic problems that they face as they just became adults.
I’m not sure why but this drama gave off a somewhat “sexy” vibe? Is it because most backgrounds are EDMs? I can’t point it out.
It’s a short drama (per timed episode) and most of the casts are new faces for me. I think most of them are new to acting. This is a school, coming-of-age drama that tackled issues like: expectations, being raised by a single mom, divorced parents, bad grades, bullies, and freedom.
Since the characters are close to that of the actors age, I think it was easier for them to be themselves, although I could say that I was a bit concern about the FL’s acting. There’s like a permanent look on her face that is nonchalant or stupefied. It feels like the whole drama is in slow motion when it’s her scene.
My takeaway from this though is the importance of communication between parents and their children. As a parent, always, always take time to listen to your children and not just talk and expect them to
follow your every word. As for the children, listen to ypur parents but if necessary, respectfully voice out your opinion or views if there are things that concerns you… as parents can only guide their children, our life is still ours to live.
The ending is good enough but of course being a youth drama, it is open for possible spin off.
Bong Joo Yi and Ji Yeon Seo are best friends who have been single all their lives and have only studied in all girls school from grade school to college. The two girls suddenly found themselves having to live in a co-ed sharehouse where three good looking men lives.
I have watched it without expecting much since it’s a short drama and I’m just glad I stumbled upon it.
It is a refreshing break from all the stressful full blown dramas so far.