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K-Drama Premiere: “Age Of Youth 2” Promises Adorable BFF Moments, Friendship And Love Adventures
“Age of Youth 2” summons the buoyant girls of Belle Epoque back to their dorm for another dose of love stories and life problems.
Age of Youth 2 cracked me up and made me miss those pyjama nights with my girlfriends of the moments of sisterhood who start bickering with each other. The snappy editing enhanced by the quirky characters washed out all those disappointments from the youth dramas that paraded this year.
Picking up from the events of the ending scene a year ago, Jin-Myung (Han Ye Ri) is fetched by the girls at the airport after her backpacking adventure in China. Expecting a warm welcome, her housemates nonchalantly acknowledge her return.
It turns out that the sour welcome springs from their roller-coaster ride to the airport due to Kang Yi Na’s (Ryu Hwa Young) inexperienced driving skills. They get lost along the way but luckily stumble on a pension house where they haggle the price of the stay.
Unbeknownst to them, the man who opened the door is a psychopath holding the real owners of the pension house as hostages. He intends to silence the girls by trying to induce a road accident. However, the drugged coffee he made for the driver backfires on him as the girls pass along the coffee cup until it becomes an iced coffee given back to him.
The girls celebrate them to be together again but Yi Na announces she wants to move out of the house to pursue a job outside Seoul. It takes a while until they accept a new member as they kept declining prospective housemates. When the house owner gives them an ultimatum, they end up accepting a tall, snobbish and boyish girl to occupy the vacant room.
Age of Youth 2 rolls to an optimistic yet cryptic opening week. Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri) signs up for a new job with a steady relationship. Ye-Eun (Han Seung Yeon), who suffered post trauma from the abusive relationship with her lunatic ex-boyfriend, musters courage to overcome her fears by returning to school again.
The girls welcome a new housemate Jo Eun (Choi A Ra), who appears to have premeditated intention on deciding to live at Belle Epoque. Bubbly Ji Won (Park Eun Bin) is still on a lookout for a romantic fulfillment as Eun Jae (Ji Woo) deals on her first heartbreak.
The upbeat vibe of Age of Youth 2 complements the impeccable chemistry of the girl dominated cast. Even now, I’m amused on how this drama easily captures my attention by playing the reliable tropes. I guess the engaging music, interesting characters and simple yet unexpected plot twist secure an inviting spirit for the viewers. Needless to say, the boys who are lined up for the brewed love stories look endearingly cute to be paired up with the lead girls.
This 12 episode rom-com is a yardstick on how youth dramas should be made. Vibrant with direction, the story is powered by ample surprises that can sustain along the way.
Age of Youth 2 runs on jTBC, every Friday and Saturday at 11PM KST.