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K-Drama Time Machine: “Age of Youth” Brings Fond Memories Of Love & Friendship We Keep Dearly In Our Hearts

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Today, three years ago, Age of Youth sprinted to a charming treat that inspired young women to cherish friendship.

Picking up Age of Youth gave a lot more than what viewers would have expected from it. Because just like the Belle Epoque girls, most women have a lot of regrets and dreams when they were in their 20s. Yet, all of it have shaped them to be women greater than their prejudices.

Age of Youth

Title: Age of Youth
Network: jTBC
Theme: Youth, Romance
Length: 16 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 22 July 2016 to  27 August 2016
Main Leads: Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Ryu Hwa Yeong & Park Hye Su
Highlights: Inspiring message, Vibrantly portrayed characters, well-drawn romance stories
Overall Rating:
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Related Dramas: Age of Youth 2, Just Dance, School 2017, Reply 1997

Age of Youth is a retrospective youth drama that speaks about the lives of young women. Five ladies paraded their love inhibitions, self-esteem issues, school worries, what-happens after-school-disappointments and all the rest of typical predicaments, women in their 20s usually worry about.

Age of Youth

Highlights

Retrospective women-empowering messages

Tailored to show the common faces of women, the series gravitates with its honesty while giving a melancholic resonance. It depicts how the girls progressed to strengthen their bond while living together in a dormitory. While having their own individual baggage from the past, they willingly unload them to stop it from haunting their present lives.

The sassy girls and their friendship take viewers, especially women, to the recesses of their fond and life-affirming memories. Those years when some struggled juggling part time jobs to support their studies, as well as, painful breakups with long-time lovers.

Trudging on lessons about friendship, the series reverberates insights on confronting life uncertainties. Aside from that, the regrets on the wrong choices echoed clearly from the situations narrated by the characters.

Its commanding vibrancy makes viewers smile as it pushes us to recount the pains and bliss of being young. Somehow, it even gives an invisible shoulder tap if you have done a great job surviving those love and life complications.

Belle Epoque Girls

Yoon Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri) has been working a lot of part-time jobs to sustain her school expenses and forcedly shoulder his brain dead brother’s medical bill. Dating is a luxury for her as she hurdles herself to whatever unfortunate event relating to money that life usually throws at her.

Kang Yi Na (Ryu Hwa Yeong) wants to have an easy life. Her near death experience made her settle to an uncomplicated life. She lied to her dorm mates about how she has been supporting her high maintenance lifestyle. Secretly, she through taking on sponsors who gives her money in exchange of casual dating and sex.

Although pretty and having a gregarious personality, Song Ji Won (Park Eun Bin) is unsuccessful with her romantic life as men usually don’t see her as a woman. She dreams of what simple things a woman wants, but sadly she hasn’t fulfilled her love yearnings yet.

Jung Ye Eun (Han Seung Yeon) defined love in the literal “love is blind” manner. She gave all that she has even if her lover is a complete bastard. She overlooked the bad treatment her boyfriend did to her because she can’t imagine herself without him.

Yoo Eun Jae (Park Hye Su) is a freshman in the university and has yet to experience her first romance. Unsure about how to act and express how she feels, her kind-hearted reliable first boyfriend is willing to help her every step of the way.

With an array of characters the audience can empathize, the drama seeps in a kind of warmth that would hit home to anyone who has fond youth memories.

Recommendation

Midway through Age of Youth, there was a swish of meta physical element used to delve on the character development. As I am already sold with its realistic approach on how the dorm sisters take on their personal and love issues, it kind of felt flat and unfitting to its waning moment. Additionally, the story crawled down the last stretch. Good thing that the cabinet ghost presence was neatly explained. It is the representation of the ladies’ personal battles from their past that they bravely reconciled in the present.

How the story put together the strong connection of characters through their growing respect, love and friendship to one another was sketched beautifully in a way that I thought of those moments that led me to my very own circle of lady friends. It was drawn in logical detail, solidified by the attachment of situations that made use of the girls’ sincere understanding of each other’s vulnerabilities.

Belle Epoque girls are fictional reminders that we will get to have different kinds of friendship in our life, most of it will be dependent on time. So it is very important to keep friends who shared you a lot of memories because as time changes, you can never go back to it. But if you cherished the memories, it will always put a smile on your face no matter how much time passed by.

Image Credit: jTBC


ABOUT THE WRITER

abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting K-Drama watching as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Gregory House, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

Recommended Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.

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