As “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” continued its winning streak in the same time zone for 3 consecutive weeks, the production team revealed the reasons why you cannot escape once you have started watching.
Cable channel tvN’s Saturday and Sunday drama “Twenty-five Twenty-one” (written by Kwon Do-eun/directed by Jung Ji-hyun) is a drama depicting the wandering and growth of young people who lost their dreams in 1998. The 6th episode, which aired on the 27th of last month, recorded an average rating of 9.8% and a maximum of 11.3% in terms of households nationwide, breaking its own highest ratings and ranking first in the same time slot, including cables and general channels. In addition, the viewership of tvN’s main target audience, which is male and female in their 20s to 40s, continues to take a wider step forward, ranking first among all channels including terrestrial broadcasters (based on paid platforms integrated with cables, IPTV, and satellites / provided by Nielsen Korea).
Above all, “Twenty-five Twenty-one” is gaining support as a “sympathetic drama” that transcends generations regardless of gender, gaining special praise from viewers for its “high-quality youth story” that brings laughter, tears, empathy, and touching moments. In this regard, the production team pointed out three “over-immersion points” of “Twenty-five, Twenty-one,” which made viewers enthusiastic.
◆ Over-immersion Point #1 – Synergy explosion between the writer, the director, and the actors to create the “Best Contribution to Perfect Immersion”
“Twenty-five, Twenty-one” is receiving huge love for the way it captures the journey of incomplete youth running for their dreams while experiencing and overcoming hardships and setbacks in such a harsh era. In the meantime, the synergy of the perfect combination of the writer – director – actors added more energy to the story.
Kim Tae-ri and Nam Joo-hyuk, who are showing the wandering and growth of two young people more lively and persuasive with their realistic acting, together with actors Kim Ji-yeon (Bona), Choi Hyun-wook, Lee Joo-myeong, Kim Hye-eun, and Seo Jae-hee, who are doing so well in portraying the characters with their passionate performances, are completing such a fantastic combination.
Moreover, Kwon Do-eun’s well-written script, which has expressed the joys and sorrows of youth thrilling story developments and unique psychological descriptions of the characters, and PD Jung Ji-hyun’s sensuous directing skills, which has created the intense youthful energy with vivid colors and dynamic scenes, worked harmoniously with each other to bring the sense of immersion that didn’t allow the viewers to take their eyes off the show.
◆ Over-immersion point #2 – “Recalling memories & Fresh heart-throbbing moments” is the theme to built the story back in the 1998 era
The background of the 1998 era in “Twenty-five Twenty-one” summons the forgotten longing and memories for people who experienced those days and shows refreshing excitement and new charms to those who are new to them, presenting amusement regardless of generation.
From events that show social aspects at that period of time, such as bankruptcies, protests on protecting the film industry collapse due to the IMF crisis, to the exterior of the buildings, the characters’ styles, costumes and props, every detail are made precisely and attractive.
In particular, the romantic scenes of chatting on the PC’s communication blue screen, or stacking coins on the public phones to hear voice messages on messenger devices, and the moments of reporters rushing to secure landline calls or a person being stopped from smoking in the plane because smoking was prohibited due to revised Aviation Security, were created realistically. In short, all factors made good use of the time theme and drew sympathy from the viewers.
◆ Over-immersion point #3 – “Message of youth” through lines that induce a great empathy and passionate support”
“Twenty-Five Twenty-One” is a masterpiece that has done wonders in combining the charms of a clean and purely “good drama” that is not poisonous and provocative, delivering the message that “You can do it because you are young”. Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri), an 18-year-old girl who is armed with unique positive energy met Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-hyuk), who is standing up silently while enduring the hard and burdensome reality. Their supportive and comforting lines are becoming a catalyst for those who are exhausted.
“You make other people grow beside you. My support is a compliment to you”, “I’ll have all your support. Let’s be great together”, “Let’s be happy without anyone knowing for a while”, “I keep getting greedy. I want to do well too”, “I hope that even if we fail, we already have a strong heart that can help us stand up again”, “Let’s get frustrated as much as we want when we have a hard time. Let’s be sad as much as we can. And let’s stand up together”... Na Hee-do and Baek Yi-jin‘s bilateral support sometimes gives warm comfort, sometimes warm emotion and sometimes excitement, attracting viewers’ eyes and ears.
The production company Hwa&Dam Pictures said, “The response that ‘Twenty-Five Twenty-One’ makes you laugh, cry, feel comforted as well as helps you endure exhausting and difficult times is a great strength to the production team. Please give us lots of support and love in the future.”
Episode 7 of “Twenty-Five Twenty-One” will air at 9:10 PM on March 5th.