‘Reply 1994’ Finale Smashes Records for Cable TV

Reply 1994“, a tremendously popular drama set in the year 1994 and featuring the pop culture icons of the era, has finally come to end. 11.9% of Korean viewers tuned in to watch the conclusion of the gripping love triangle in the December 28th finale, making it the most popular cable drama ever and the second most popular cable broadcast of all time. The finale for the second season of “Super Star K”, which attracted 18.1% of all TV viewers, remains the most popular cable broadcast. Throughout the series, viewers relived the college basketball and music trends that gripped young people in the 1990s.

While online there was some disappointment with the ending, most were sorry to say goodbye to the characters and were happy to have found a completely different kind of drama. “Reply 1994” and its prequel, “Reply 1997”, drew praise for perfectly capturing an era for a generation of viewers just starting to feel nostalgic.

[Note: Spoilers ahead!]

From NEWS24:

“Reply 1994” finale: Comfort for the “youth from the 90’s”.

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An ordinary office worker was once part of the new generation, Generation X. A nagging ajumma was once a passionate fangirl who’d throw herself at her favorite stars. tvN’s drama “Reply 1994” was soothing nostalgia for youth from the 90’s right up until the end. “Reply 1994” launched its time machine in the first episode, “Seoul People”, that aired in October 2013.

In the final episode that aired on December 28th, Seong Na-jeong’s husband was finally revealed, completing the central question of the series. On June 22nd, 2002, when the quarter-final match of the Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup took place, the man who was standing next to Na-jeong (Go Ara) was not Chilbong (Yoo Yeon-seok) but Trash (Jung Woo). The long guessing game of who Na-jeong’s husband might be and the will-they won’t-they tension finally came to an end in the 21st episode.

One day in January, 2000, a teary-eyed Na-jeong headed to Trash’s home after receiving his text message explaining that he’s sick. Due to her working in Australia for the previous two years, she had experienced a “break-up without breaking up” with him. When she received the text message, she was overloaded with emotions. After finally realizing each other’s feelings, the couple kissed each other passionately.

After Kim Jae-jun’s identity was revealed, every clue dropped throughout the series began to make sense. On the day of the wedding in 2002, Trash couldn’t conceal his happy smile while being scolded by his father-in-law Seong Dong-il because of the empty seats due to the unexpected advancement of Team Korea into the quarter final of the World Cup. At the historical moment of advancing to the semi-final, Kim Jae-jun was the happiest groom. Trash decided to become a neurosurgeon in memory of Na-jeong’s brother who died from an incurable disease. Na-jeong’s mother was reassured about her son-in-law’s warm heart.

When time was turned back to January, 2000, another man was preparing for the “beginning of the end”. Chilbong had decided to put an end to an constant games, this person was actually Kim Seon-jun. He decided to let go of his heartbreaking first love and left the hospital despite his injured shoulder. After realizing this later, Na-jeong went to Chilbong and quietly hugged him. For Na-jeong, Chilbong was a pillar of the experience that made her pretty youth shine. Na-jeong revealed her true thoughts saying, “Chilbong, you are the most handsome man I’ve ever known. Thanks to you, I realized how decent person I am and I will remember my 20s as a beautiful time.”

In 2013, Kim Jae-jun and Seong Na-jeong are parents. The special tie of “first love” has become part of everyday life but still remains beautiful. Samcheonpo Kim Sung-kyun and Cho Yun-jin, who were like cats and dogs at first, eventually became a married couple with four children. Bingeure Kim Dong-jun, who was confused about his sexual identity, ended up marrying Die-die Jini, who was his senior student. Haitai Son Ho-jun, who went through an abrupt military conscription and break-up, married his first love Ae-jeong after his tumultuous life in the boarding house. For these country folk, the Sinchon boarding house was the place that encompassed every memory of their youth. It was there that they met each other and ended up forming miraculous ties.

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“Reply 1994” was produced by the team of scriptwriter Lee Wu-jeong and PD Shin Won-ho, who also produced “Reply 1997”. The drama completely broke the sophomore curse and enjoyed phenomenal popularity that surpassed the previous work. Unlike the previous series based in Busan [Reply 1997], this drama portrayed ‘country bumpkins’ who garnered sympathy. The plot begins as students from all over the country gather in a boarding house in Sinchon, Seoul. Guessing Na-jeong’s husband added more fun to the plot. The depiction of popular culture in 1994, such as the pro basketball league and Seo Taiji & The Boys, brought back nostalgic memories.

Comments from Naver:
yeti****:

Samcheonpo’s narration at the end struck such a chord with me that I got teary.

abii****:

I choked up hearing Kim Sung-kyun’s narration at the end. Now what enjoyment should I live for…

tmdl****:

It seems nothing in our current times can substitute the nostalgia from the past. Reply 1994 satisfied such a need. A very cool drama.

you9****:

TV dramas so far had three themes: romance, family, and tear-jerking events, and the dramas that successfully covered two or all of these elements were regarded as masterpieces… I think Reply 1994 succeeded in all those plus bringing out nostalgia in the viewer.

rlat****:

A drama that I want to watch again… A heartbreaking but sweet and lovely drama.

affe****:

I really liked Samcheonpo’s final narration… It seems some articles are raising issues about how the drama ended but I was moved by his calm narration. The drama made me feel warm and happy for several weeks. Goodbye, “Reply 1994”. Goodbye, 2013.

bsw5****:

“Do you hear me? If you can hear me, then reply, my 90’s.” [The last line in the drama]

7435****:

I’m 42 years old. I was able to take the time machine to the golden times of my life every weekend. I sincerely thank all the drama staff for letting me visit the best times of my youth.

topi****:

Finally a worthy drama after all those makjang dramas about cheating, heh.

bell****:

Watching the drama, I missed my 20s badly. Thank you, Reply 1994!!!!

From Sports Kyunghyang:

“Reply 1994” PD Shin Won-ho “Trash was determined to be Na-jeong’s husband from the start”

It was almost like a mystery drama. tvN’s drama “Reply 1994” has kept its viewers on the edge of their seat. Drama viewers were busy talking about whether Na-jeong will be with Trash or Chilbong. In the final episode, Trash was revealed to be her husband. After the finale, viewers were curious about the decisions that led to writing the ending.

“The course of the plot was set from the beginning.”

We met the drama’s producer Shin Won-ho at CJ E&M Center. We listened to why he decided on such ending, and why he chose to make a drama starting in 1994.

Shin said, “Chilbong liked Na-jeong, who in turn liked Trash. The course of their romance was never changed in the drama.” He had no intention to flip the pre-determined ending. He said, “Who likes who was also clear in the previous drama ‘Reply 1997’.” He used the love triangle throughout the entire drama as a structure that held each individual episode together. He said, “One episode would talk about married couples and another would talk about friendship. I used the theme of finding Na-jeong’s husband as the pillar of the drama and added the story around it.”

He said he didn’t reveal the husband until the end not to get ratings but in order to tell the story. He said, “In an entertainment show, when one team is leading by 5:0, we would insert slow-tempo segments to make the viewers wonder whether the result will be flipped despite the obviously favorable situation for the winning team. We tried to maintain interest for each episode like that.”

Viewers tried hard to guess the husband. Some guessed it would be Trash because of the towel with the text “It is fate”. Shin said, “We rented a youth hostel instead of a hospital to film the drama. We noticed that a scene in the drama captured a towel in the hostel that had “It is our wonderful fate” written on it. We thought if we say we didn’t put any meaning to the towel, that would create unintended confusion. We just didn’t interfere with anything once it’s aired.”

Shin has now produced two dramas set in the 1990s, including the previous “Reply 1997”. He just wanted to tell a different story. In brainstorming sessions, Shin and the writing staff, including main scriptwriter Lee Wu-jeong, piled a bunch of snacks on the table and talked long into the night about any topic that came into their heads. In a meeting before filming “Reply 1997”, a writer who was a hardcore fan of Tony from H.O.T. brought up her experience. Other writers also had a similar experience so they had a good chat about it. Shin said, “It was new to Wu-jeong and I. It seemed the young staff all had the experience of being a passionate fan, which I found fun to listen to. Why have we never done this theme before?”

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From there on, they began searching for materials about the theme of a “fangirl story” and “retro”. They realized that many events and incidents happened in 1997 and the year was culturally unique. Shin said, “There were many memorable dramas and songs from that year. It was also a historically significant year when Korea went bankrupt due to the financial crisis.” They did not originally intend to do a sequel to “Reply 1997”, but in production meetings they realized that it was necessary to cover the year of 1994. Big incidents happened during that year, such as the collapse of the Seong-su bridge and the serial murder of the Chijon Family, along with the release of many good movies and songs. Before the drama series, he was worried about whether he could portray the 90s as retro. Then he realized that fifteen years is a long period of time. Shin said, “The world changes so quickly now. The changes between 1997 and 1982 are different from the changes between 1997 and 2012.”

As Shin expected, viewers also perceived fifteen years to be a significant period of time. Shin said, “The Reply series basically talks about the times that you can never go back to. It seems our viewers are reminded of their younger days and feel heartbroken about something that we can never get back.” Shin remembers the 1990s as a bright era. He said, “In the 70s or 80s, many young people spilt blood for democratization. But in the 90s, you could be disinterested in politics without fear of criticism. You could feel guilty about neglecting social issues, but you could still enjoy personal hobbies and travel freely without getting blamed.”

Will he continue his “Reply” series? Shin said, “We need to have more discussion about that. At least, we wouldn’t try to force further episodes just because the viewers felt reluctant to say goodbye to the series. I want to produce entertainment shows or dramas that revolve around humanism. Judging by the fact that many people positively responded to ‘Reply 1994′ in how it portrayed multiple characters’ different stories and not just romantic relationships, I think my approach has resonated with the public.”

Comments from Naver:
lkni****:

Although I knew it had to be Trash, it still made me nervous until the end~~ I could sleep well after the finale.

bob6****:

The moment they tried to trick us into thinking Trash was her older brother, I knew he would be the husband, ke ke ke ke ke ke. The plot twist in the second episode surprised me.. *shivers*

raty****:

So Na-jeong’s husband was determined to be “Trash” from the beginning… Now that sounds a bit weird.

leru****:

I think I heard on TV that they had not decided on the husband from the beginning… eh… I don’t know.

vkvk****:

I knew it! Judging from the production staff who were fans of Jung Woo, I guess he had to be Na-jeong’s husband~

snip****:

If it was determined to be Trash from the beginning, wouldn’t it have been better if they were connected earlier and the later episodes showed other events? The biggest interest of the drama was who the husband of Seong Na-jeong will be but I think it dragged on too long. At the end, the drama received mixed ratings.

s_ev****:

Just considering how much airtime was used for Trash should give you an answer. I think the love triangle dragged on too long.

klys****:

After it was revealed that Trash was not her older brother in the second episode, Trash was determined to be her husband and the primary male lead~ he he. Wasn’t that obvious? They added the love triangle for the plot’s development~ I want to see all the Sinchon boarding house people again ㅠㅠ ke ke.

khris5574:

If you just consider Na-jeong’s feelings, the answer was obvious, ke ke. She never give any chance to Chilbong, which was almost cruel. ㅠㅠㅠㅠ The scene where she just handed a fork to Chilbong when he was opening his mouth sent a strong message.

gyum****:

The love triangle dragged on for too long… I really felt sorry for Chilbong at the endㅜ I wish they connected him to Jung Yu-mi and added some episodes about them.

Popular music from the 90’s played an important role in bringing back vivid memories of the 1990s for many viewers. Among the hundreds of songs used in the drama, koreaBANG picked out five of the most memorable, and paired them with modern cover songs.

Seo Taiji & Boys: To You (1993)

Sung Si-kyung: To You (2013)

The Blue: Feeling Only You (1992)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNArY3FrTyI

Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-suk & Sohn Ho-jun: Feeling Only You (2013)

BANK: You Whom I Can’t Have (1995)

Hi.ni: You Whom I Can’t Have (2013)

ECO: Happy Me (1997)

Lim Kim: Happy Me (2013)

Park Ki-young: The Beginning (1999)

Go Ara: The Beginning (2013)

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  • chicken feet

    probably watch this 1 day.

  • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

    I don’t watch Korean drama and I was a kid in the UK, don’t think this will be much nostalgic for me. Korean dramas just don’t do it for me.

  • mei mei

    Go Ah-ra is so pretty

    • dffd

      its called plastic surgery, u look like u need some work too

      • Sillian

        Did you just lose a big sum of money or sth?

        And Ms. Go has been naturally beautiful.

        • dffd

          the words natural and korean dont belong in the same sentence

          • have a nice day!

            you must be a hit the ladies… lol

          • dffd

            well it depends……..does your mom count ,, boo ya ,, burnnnn bro burnnnnn

          • have a nice day!

            Yawn… the come back of a seasoned jerk off master… you need some better lines there… and no it’s not a burn… SMH….

          • dffd

            i dont need to touch myself, your mom is more than i can handle.

          • have a nice day!

            LOL you can’t handle my mom… go home child… it’s way past your bed time… or sit your computer and continue to jerk off on mei mei’s avatar…

            wait… are you even old enough to get it up? LOL

          • dffd

            can i get it up? once again go ask your mom,

          • have a nice day!

            sigh… the limitations of your thought processes is astounding “Bro”

            LOL

      • mei mei

        and you dont even have ava

        • dffd

          dont waste ur time responding. take the next flight to korea, dont be a cheapass though, u need the best surgeon money can buy

          • mei mei

            weird

          • dffd

            thats the perfect word to describe ur face

          • mei mei

            because of my pretty face i have met so much jealous bitches like you

          • dffd

            theres no reason for me to be jealous of you cause im not a woman and i was just fucking with you, i think your gorgeous

          • Torgrim

            Internet fight! If this were Chinasmack there’d already be a crowd around.

          • dffd

            them whiteboys on chinasmack r mad jelly that chinas rising and the west is in decline,,, what can i say haters gon hate

          • Torgrim

            To the contrary, my trolling friend, I believe whiteboys in China don’t be hate’n, they be appreciate’n. Evidenced by them being in China, and also by putting their best efforts into woo’ing attractive Chinese women like Mei Mei (I’m just assuming she’s Chinese by her name) as opposed to them being in the their respective white boi homelands selecting similar looking Caucasian mates. (possibly while sitting in their mother’s basement trolling on Asian-centric sites).

          • dffd

            you dumb or something, i said whiteboys on chinasmack not china and most r them r in china cause there aint no jobs for them in the west, so they go to china to make a living by becoming a english teacher. you dig

          • Torgrim

            Is that your mother calling? She says it’s past your bedtime. It must be easy to lose track of time in the basement apartment with no windows, your only references to time being the time/date stamps of English teacher job postings and your mother’s calls for meals.

          • Torgrim

            This is fun. You’re not very articulate, but entertaining like a popcorn movie.

          • David

            True, he was not much of a challenge but it was cute to watch.

          • David

            Torgrim, I believe you have pegged this troll. Good job.

          • have a nice day!

            dffd… take more notes… Torgrim is give you some good lessons here on how to burn people…

          • dffd

            funny how u say that,you being an english teacher and all making like 8000 rmb a month. you mad that u broke bro,, do i need to make it rain on u bro.

          • David

            You know not all English teachers get paid badly. Most teachers in general do not go into the profession to make money, they do it because they love to teach students. That is where the reward is. While I only make a modest 20K/month, I have friends who make 30,000 RMB/month which is an OK living in China. It does help when you are a real teacher with real teaching certifications and TOEFL certs (and master or doctorate degrees). Of course back in America they start at about $35,000/year and then work up to about $100,000 with advanced degrees and some experience. Is it the same pay as an Engineer? No, but If I had only wanted to make money I would not have come to China or retired from the business I owned for 20 years. There are many more important things in life than money.

          • dffd

            i can respect it if you are teaching for the love of it,, but on the contrary there must be loads of people teaching there without certs and r only there to fuck around.

          • David

            Fair enough, we don’t have a bunch of drunk idiots at our school. Here we only hire teachers who are actual certified educators in their own country. It is much harder to find people who know what they are doing to leave their home country and come to China but in the long run it makes for better teachers here.

          • Torgrim

            My being an English teacher would be a cruel disservice to students and an insult to professional English teachers.

            I run a startup developing a thermochemical decomposition process for waste management and power generation applications. I built the first prototype and fund the startup from a profitable precious metal scrap trading company I founded and own. Now that I think about it, I do provide free English lessons to the four year old daughter of the family that runs the convenience store on the ground floor of my luxury apartment building. So hey, I guess I am a poor English teacher!

            MeiMei, I think what you are referring to is the concept of high expectations ruining reality. You’ve seen regular Asian men your entire life, but growing up you’ve only seen Hollywood images of idealized Western men. You’ve therefore been conditioned to expect average Asian men and idealized Western men. This could be one of the reasons you believe Asian men are more attractive than Western men when you see average Asian men and average Western men.

          • mei mei

            the only atractive whitebois i ever seen was the ones in Hollywood movies, the white boys in real life are mad ugly

          • David

            Really? White men in real life are mad ugly? It is very sad to see someone who thinks they need to say a ridiculous statement like that.

          • mei mei

            sorry, maybe only the ugly ones come to Asia?
            when i was younger because of Hollywood i used to think white people was so beautiful, but now after have met many whities, i just realize their face is so small but nose is too big plus huge forehead and the lips is too thin. oh and their skin….
            suprise me that black people look better in real life.

          • Zappa Frank

            Apparently is just your opinion, I’ve still have to find the white guy who can’t find a pretty girl in china. Despite of that I partially agree with you.

          • mei mei

            which part you agree with me?

          • Zappa Frank

            definitely is true that white people are not like in movies (and if you ask me even in movies some guys are considered handsome but are not), and that, especially among ones in china many are really ugly besides many of them overestimate themselves far too much, thinking Chinese men all inferior while is not the case at all ..so much that surprised me anytime I see a beautiful girl in china with one of them.. but as we learnt Chinese girls really don’t care about appearance (except maybe height), I’ve seen beautiful Chinese girls also with super ugly Chinese men, something like they just need a plate number on their ass to be disguised for a minivan, and in the while really good looking Chinese men with just regular girlfriends.
            About your conclusion that white men are all ugly obviously I cannot agree, but I understand that if you live in a place with a limited samples it may seems, it happened the same in my hometown where people believe Chinese are ugly as asses just because those Chinese we have there are not exactly good looking….the first time in china, in Chongqing it took just 5 minutes to change our mind..
            On the other side I have to add something more. Many white guys in asia or interested in Asians girls are “strange”.. just for example look here:
            http://creepywhiteguys.tumblr.com/
            it is so ridicules that is almost funny.

          • mei mei

            wtf are those messages real? wow. some were just straight racist.

          • David

            True, even guys I consider pretty old fat and ugly can get girlfriends who most westerners consider very pretty. To each their own.

          • dffd

            shes just being a hater,, white boys arent ugly,, but you definitely are.

          • Zappa Frank

            we wait your pictures to see if you can afford to judge other people..

          • dffd

            i thought judgement was free. what ever happened to freedom of speech.

          • David

            Do you really imagine anything you have to say means anything to me. Grow a pair and get a life. Go accomplish something little boy.

          • mei mei

            i’m not hater James franco is my celebrity crush. he’s hotie and white

          • Rinetto Shii

            Most celebrities look good because they have the money to either get work done on their face or buy brand clothing and the best things in life. The average person cant compete with that. I live in Australia, but I’ve been to China, HK, singapore, Indonesia…etc there are many ugly guys in Asia too. Lots of foreigners who watch East Asian dramas or are into Kpop are often disappointed that guys don’t look like they do in the movies. Hollywood in America is the same way for you and me too.
            I’m not hating, but there are good looking and ugly people of all races lol

          • mei mei

            “disappointed” yeah that’s what i mean, it’s just Hollywood make them look perfect,.. you know as 13-16 teenager girl you believe everything on Dramas, movies *sigh* but then you grow up and reality is so harsh.
            tbt i dont think average asians better whites or any race. But korean guys are the beast, the girls not so much (i went to Seoul)

          • Rinetto Shii

            I agree, I’m 21 now but when i was a teenager I was obsessed with guys from Korean dramas but I know it’s not realistic now, yes reality is harsh hul…

            Really? The Korean guys are better than the girls? That’s interesting, I don’t think I will investigate because my chinese bf will get mad xD

          • mei mei

            Yeah korean boys are daebak but it’s just my opinion. You ma y think different though

          • dffd

            you are correct, to girls korean boys are good looking,, thats because they look like girls too with all that surgery and bb cream. i never knew you liked 13 year feminine looking boys, would that make you a cougar or a pedophile. hmmmmm

          • Rinetto Shii

            ummm it’s only the korean idol boys that look like that. And the only girls that are into them are the teenage fangirls. It’s the same as the fangirls in the West who like Justin Beiber and one direction. Most Korean women (and Asian women in general) like men who are tall, manly, well built and not too pale. Korean (and other Asian ethnicities) don’t look like those type of guys irl.

          • mei mei

            yo girl you’re right. im not interest in K-boys teen pop im not teen anymore, but the regular korean guys are manly and tall becaue most of them have been in military, i guess? plus they dress so well.
            imo Koreans have small eyes even compare to other asians, small eyes can look so cute and sexy on men but not much on girls, that’s why i think Korean guys better than the girls lol.

          • dffd

            how many korean guys have you banged

          • mei mei

            go home and fuck your mom gwai-lo bitch

          • dffd

            you racist but you mad cute still, fuck you im chinese

          • dffd

            im no justin bieber fan but id take justin bieber all day over those feminine korean boys. korean idols are so fukkin lame, they get recruited when theyre like 14 and go into training to become a star, no talent assholes that gotta train like 5 years just so they can debut,,,,lame shit

          • Kung pow chicken

            u seem to be a real tough guy behind the keyboard.Why dont we meet up in Ktown so my korean buddies and i will kick your F!@#$%^& ass.

          • dffd

            did i hurt your feelings bro? stop crying son, youre probably a 5 foot nothing 84 pound crosseyed gook with crooked teeth.

          • kung pow chicken

            u sound like a wanna be gangsta.Was vanilla ice your idol bitch.ICe Ice baby!
            crawl back to your trailer, tralier trash bitch.

          • dffd

            bow down to me son ,i own your soul,

          • kung pow chicken

            so your chinese.Yet u hate people from your own race.there is a special term for peeps like you traitor boy.

          • dffd

            you stupid cunt , just cause im chinese im not allowed to dislike a few chinese people.,,,am i suppose to friends people as long as theyre chinese.,,i should slap u boy ,,

          • dffd=traitor boi

            fuck you u stupid bitch.Your a traitor and that is all.
            traitor.
            There is a special term for people like you
            反骨仔.

          • dffd

            thats right you need you and your boys to kick my ass, gooks tryna jump me cause they couldnt take me one on one….. to my boy 50

          • Rinetto Shii

            There’s lots of idols that have and don’t have talent but are still popular, in Western and Asian media though.

          • dffd

            i dont deny their popularity, im simply stating many of them dont have any talent and r extremely feminine.

          • mei mei

            korean guys are hot stuff right now among asian girls lol

          • linette lee

            You are strange. I am Chinese and know many Chinese folks from all different countries. Please don’t generalize for us. What you said on this thread is strictly your own personal opinion regarding to white guys and Asian guys. Not ours the Chinese folks. Thank you

          • dffd

            you jealous that mei meis super cute and you look like an ogre

          • linette lee

            yeah…lol.

          • dffd

            at least your honest

          • linette lee

            You are honest with your short coming. lol

          • dffd

            never mind short. one look at your face and it becomes shriveled.

          • mei mei

            i bet you’re one of those asian woman in USA who worship white guys than anything

          • linette lee

            What?

          • mei mei

            then just shut up. ok?

          • linette lee

            I don’t worship white guys. I only worship good guys. Nothing wrong with white guys or black guys or purple guys. Men that I worship should be kind, intelligent, and genuine. If he is naturally handsome that’s a plus.

            You need to get out more girl. Plenty men from different color are handsome. White men too.

          • mei mei

            no, thanks.
            imagine sleep with white guy….ewwww

          • linette lee

            hahahaha….lol ewww then don’t sleep with white guy. I can careless if you sleep with another woman. lol

            You live in China? Where?

          • mei mei

            Guangzhou but im in S.E Asia right now
            how about you?

          • dffd

            im from guangzhou too,,,, wanna go to the pearl harbour and take a boat ride with me mei mei

          • mei mei

            no thanks

          • dffd

            why not,,, im not white , im chinese

          • mei mei

            so what? i have to go out with every chinese in this world?

          • dffd

            of course you dont have to go out with whoever you dont want to . i dont live in guangzhou,,, im saying maybe we can hang out when i go there this summer

          • mei mei

            if you’re half acttrative as this guy..

            then yes

          • dffd

            what guy? i dont see anything,,, i think it be better if it was a surprised on whether you think i look good or not, anyhow im on my way out. peace

          • mei mei

            So Ji Sub google him

          • dffd

            damn , talk about high standards, hes a fukkin celebrity,,you know your just kinda cute, your not all that

          • mei mei

            i said “if you HALF acttractive as him”, hello?

          • dffd

            well summer is a long time from now,, why dont you give me your email or something like that and ill contact you when im in china

          • have a nice day!

            Go nice on dffd… he has shown clear signs of mental retardation… try offering him a baseball… I heard he’s been looking for one he lost a while ago…

            Think a long the lines of you are talking to a 3 year old.

            LOL

          • linette lee

            I was born in HK but now in USA. I travel a bit back and forth.
            Most Chinese can only speak Mandarin. You can speak both Mandarin and Cantonese?

          • mei mei

            nope. why are you in USA?

          • linette lee

            My family moved so I can attend University in USA. I am working now in USA. You were born in China but didn’t attend school in China? I attended school in HK so I can read and write Chinese. I can speak Cantonese fluently and ok in Mandarin. I can speak both.

          • dffd

            judging by your face, asian guys wouldnt date you in north america, but white guys would be all over you. white boys love the ugliest asian girls,, it blows my mind why that is.

          • linette lee

            Isn’t that very sad for me? Cry cry. And I love Lee hom wang and Lee zi ting but no Asian guys want to date me. I guess I have no choice but to date non Asian guys. Cry cry.

          • mei mei

            aw is really that bad?
            i dont think you’re ugly.

          • linette lee

            hahaha..lol. Thank you for telling me I am not ugly. You are sweet.

            I am just joking.

          • dffd

            i hope i didnt hurt your feeling, im just being a dick, your ok in my books

          • linette lee

            I am just busting your chops. I’m joking.

          • dffd

            i get it. with the whole korean wave thing. but please pull up your panties

          • Rinetto Shii

            I’ll take your word for it =]

          • David

            OR he won’t (assuming you mean checking out the girls lol)

          • kung pow chicken

            Korean girls are hot and take care of their appearance.+ they are wild in bed.

          • mei mei

            yeah they’re tall, skinny and nice skin but that’s it to me

          • Kung pow chicken

            O f course you would say that.Your a female I “presume.”
            Dont get me wrong Chinese/mainland girls are cute,friendly,hot,shy. however some portray themselves as innocent,prudish and pure as well.

          • Zappa Frank

            are “beast”?

          • David

            lol You know there is a joke there but I will leave it alone.

          • mei mei

            oh lol i mean “best” looking imo

          • Kung pow chicken

            wrong.white/aussie guys are more likey to cheat on you than Asian guys.In addition they are more chauvinistic and drink and get drunk a lot.However sum aussie girls are quite pretty and less racist than their male counterparts.

          • Zappa Frank

            hahahahaha….or maybe you are just an insecure guy.

          • Kung pow chicken

            If i was a “insecure” guy, why would I be banging aussie girls in the past.
            Lets face it there are very few AM/WF relationships compared to WM/AF in western countries.

            P.S who r u trying to strangle?Your boyfriend?

          • Zappa Frank

            i have a lot of doubts about it, people with happy sexual life don’t need to talk shit about others..
            few AM/WF, true, why? don’t know, you tell me…
            p.s. you were not funny even in elementary school with this kind of jokes, and this make me doubt one more about what you say.

          • kung pow chicken

            I dont have to justify myself to you.I dont give a fig if you belive me or not.
            It seems to me you are are deflecting your insecurities onto me.
            p.s you are your boyfriend make a good couple in that photo.;)

          • Rinetto Shii

            Well I’ve lived in Australia all my life, but I’ve never dated an Aussie guy, I’ve only had one bf and I’m still with him now, so I wouldn’t know. Though I do know that guys in general cheat more, as for getting drunk Asians get just as drunk as Aussies…believe me, especially Koreans and Japanese. Although I believe they get drunk for different reasons. I do think the average Asian guy is less likely to cheat but it all depends on the individual really.

          • Kung pow chicken

            i really hate how the liquor companies are controlling politics in Australia.
            I.E the cross, clubs, bars open all night,more alcohol fueled violence.

          • David

            Now THAT is a common sense answer. Unfortunately being an old ugly guy I can not really challenge Mei Mei’s statement (but then I am not in China to pick up women so it does not matter how I look) and even though I do not make it a habit of judging how good looking men are, I know there are several young, tall, athletic and good looking men who work right here in my school (as confirmed by both the young female Korean/Chinese teachers and all the young female Chinese employees. OF course on the same subject, standards of beauty do differ across cultures. I have seen many women I considered quite lovely (some of them movie stars) only to be told by Chines women that they were too brown, too short, too small of eyes or not thin enough. And some of the people I have been told were ‘so beautiful’ would be considered by many western men to be pretty plain because the eyes were round which does not impress me. .

          • Rinetto Shii

            Haha thanks! I agree, depending on the culture beauty standards are always different. In Asia, pale skin, long legs, big double lidded eyes, slim figure and an oval face shape is the ideal standard of beauty. Even though I know many Asian girls who don’t fit that standard but look gorgeous anyway. It seems Western beauty standards are tan skin, tall, voluptuous figure and blonde hair paired with blue or green eyes. Even though it’s a cultural difference, I feel people in general shoudn’t be put into a pre-made mold of what is deemed attractive or not.

          • linette lee

            “Most celebrities look good because they have the money to either get work done on their face or buy brand clothing and the best things in life.”

            hmmm….9 out of 10 good looking Chinese men never had any work done at all on their face and body. The same goes to Chinese women. If you see a good looking Chinese person on the street most likely they are all natural. So this myth that Asians are good looking because of plastic can’t be applied on Chinese. Thank you. I bet Mei Mei never had any form of plastic work done. I live in USA and I do run into good looking Chinese folks quite often.

          • Rinetto Shii

            If you read my post correctly I’m talking about all “celebrities”. I’m not talking about people on the street. And I mentioned ‘work done’ that doesn’t only mean plastic surgery, it also means hair treatments, skin treatments, botox, hair removal, makeup, dye jobs…etc

            You’ve interpreted my whole comment wrong. Obviously you feel attacked because you’re Chinese, which is silly because you cannot speak for the entire Chinese race. ” So this myth that Asians are good looking because of plastic can’t be applied on Chinese.” And when did I say all good looking Asians had surgery? And why is this not just applied to Chinese? Why not Japanese or Malaysians or Koreans or Indonesians?

            Here is something for you:
            “According to statistics from the International Society of Aesthetic
            Plastic Surgery in 2011, China ranked third in total number of cosmetic
            procedures performed with 1.05 million, following Brazil (1.47 million)
            and the US (3.11 million). Surgeons have also noted an increasing number of male students undergoing elective surgery. A First Time
            spot survey of plastic surgery hospitals in Shanghai revealed young men
            accounted for an average 25 percent of total summer clientele, a rise
            of some 20 percent compared to last year.”

            Don’t you know many Chinese get surgery due to the extremely high competition for jobs? Most Chinese probably have not had surgery, I agree on that. But you should not act so defensive when I wasn’t even focusing on China in my previous comment.

          • Rinetto Shii

            Sorry If I came off as rude btw, that wasn’t my intention.

          • linette lee

            No I wasn’t offended. No need to apologize. You are sweet.

            I don’t know if you live in USA or Chinese countries. Those reports don’t really reflect reality on Americans and Chinese regarding to plastic surgery.

          • Rinetto Shii

            I often write/rant too much, sorry again =.=”

            I actually live in Australia but have many Chinese relatives. Because there are many delusional people on the internet I often don’t take chances when I rant. But I can see that you’re sensible. The number of surgeries in China number the millions but overall its really only close to like 1% of the entire population.

            btw we have the same first name xD

          • linette lee

            Your first name is Linette? Lee is my real last name.

            Are you part Chinese? Never been to Australia but I really wanted to go. Want to go to Sidney and Melbourne.

          • have a nice day!

            dffd… take some notes… this is what you call a burn…

          • guest

            Dude, there’s more men than women in China as a result of the One-Child Policy. With China’s rise, and the West in decline, it’s the white girls that will flock to Chinese men.

      • A Pinky Promise

        PS or not, she was pretty good-looking from birth.

        • dffd

          i never said she wasnt good looking, comprehension problem bro? u mad bro?

          • have a nice day!

            bro, bro, bro, bro… smh… I can already picture what kind of douche bag you are… uuughhh… probably still sporting Ed Hardy T-shirts… lol

          • dffd

            ed hardy is for amateur broke bitches like you, bro dont you have a class to teach?

          • have a nice day!

            It is absolutely astounding that you know how to work a key board because you strike me to be a very simple minded individual… Your first go to responses are “your mother” and second is “you must be an English teacher”…

            Mix that up with “Bitches, bro, you broke…”

            You should be very proud that a person with your mental aptitude is capable of utilizing the internet.

            Good for you! (slow clapping of hands)…

            Now, aren’t you late for class? remember to wear that helmet your given and don’t forget to wipe your mouth when you drool… it looks bad if you don’t…

          • dffd

            youre the real fool to take these forums on a serious note.

            you mad bro

          • have a nice day!

            AMAZING! “youre the real fool to take these forums on a serious note.” really? I have to admit you got me curious as to how you find my responses “serious”. It really looks like I am going to put on my “Captain Obvious” hat here… um… how do I break it to someone with your mental aptitude… sigh… here goes nothing….

            You’ve been trolled by one with an obviously higher IQ than you…

            Have a nice day!!! BRO!

        • Zappa Frank

          sorry but that is just a regular baby, not even better than most

        • David

          What a pretty little girl. Who is she?

          • Sillian

            That’s the female lead in the drama.

          • David

            Thanks for the info. As a women she is cute and all but as a little girl she was adorable. Reminds me of my daughter 20 years ago. It is all perspective. Nobody needs to take time out of their day to tell me they think she is ugly, to show how cool you are. Give it a rest.

  • Gerhana

    Oh Korean drama. It reminds me of my first year in university (undergraduate), I had a roommate. At the time I do not know much about Korean drama, but this one weekend night, my roommate was watching this drama about “Witch Yoohee” forgot the title. Anyway… it was awkward to see a grown man cry watching drama while youre there beside him. I was also watching but because he is crying I dont know if I should leave or stay. So I just pretend as if he didnt cry so we dont have to have that intimate talk at the end. For me, the first time i was introduced to Korean drama was mesmerising in a way because it was so different than the usual show like Prison Break and such. There was a time where I purposely search for Korean drama to watch. Good memory *sigh* =).

    • saltynuts

      my first k-drama was the popular boys over flowers… but i grew up watching a lot of asians films, so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary i guess. just longer than the usual 1-3hrs movie.

  • dffd

    korean dramas r overly dramatic, the actors actresses r always overacting

    • saltynuts

      actors (and actress) are expected to exaggerate their emotions. people don’t watch shows to see a mundane life with dull reaction.

      • dffd

        if your a good actor actress, emotions dont need to be exaggerated,

      • Not too exaggerated… I feel that I enjoy movies the best when I can sympathize with the characters, not when they are simply there for comical effect (insert recorded laughter here)

    • Butsu

      This is my biggest gripe with a lot of other asian dramas as well.

    • gokun

      u madam r an

      imbecile.

    • Guest

      this drama is not like that though
      it’s very simple and the actors do not overexaggerate/overdo it

  • David

    I am waiting for “Reply 1980, Gwangju edition” I think we can get some people being nostalgic about that.

    • Chucky3176

      It’s been done already several times. For instance, you never heard of “Moreshigye”?

      • David

        Heard of it, not seen it but wasn’t that a while ago (OK googled it and it was 95)?. Umm been almost 20 years. My point was all the ‘reply’ shows seem to be in the 90’s, Korea was rocking. It was enjoying an almost real democracy (much better than anything earlier), it was growing and expanding economically. It was a pretty good time for all (well most). I have not seen the shows but I am glad the people born between 1970 and 1980 had a show that made them smile.

        • chucky3176

          It came out 20 years ago, but it’s still considered a classic. I have all the episodes in mpeg format. There have been few dramas in the past, in the mid 2000’s, which I can’t recall anymore that deals with 1980 democracy movements. The nostalgic look back to the mid 1990’s is a recent look back, when those who were young teens at that time hit their mid-30’s and 40’s age.
          The pop music that they played back in those days seems very different from the kpop that we get today.

          • David

            Yes, I would imagine it is different. I will check the show out. The more I read about it the more it seems to me to really be considered a classic (like ROOTS, it has been 30 years but you will not find a better movie about slavery).

          • chucky3176

            I think this drama will hit a strong cord with Koreans who were living in Korea at that time, but for others, they probably won’t have much ideal why some of the scenes were so significant for Koreans.

        • Sillian

          The 90’s wasn’t all rosy. The Asian financial crisis hit South Korea hard in 1997, which was also depicted in the Reply drama. The strength of the drama is that it convincingly portrayed ordinary people’s ordinary life of the period that many ordinary viewers can personally relate to and reminisce about.

          • David

            Than it sounds like an interesting show that I should check out. Forgive me but my initial reaction is always cynicism until proven otherwise. : )

          • Sillian

            Simply put, it’s like a sitcom with some sociological value.

            You can find reviews and discussions here.
            http://www.dramabeans.com/?s=answer+me+1994

          • David

            Thanks.

  • HaydenG

    how can anyone watch these Korean shows. The acting is terrible. Every character has the exact same facial expression and tone in every drama.

    • Sillian

      And you haven’t watched this show. I don’t understand why some people always try to lump good ones with bad ones just because they are in the same language and from the same country.

      • HaydenG

        ive watched a lot of them. Is this one different?

        • Sillian

          It seems most people, Korean or foreign, who watched it enjoyed it at least until the half point.

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