Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review: Should You Be Watching The K Drama?

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Twenty-Five Twenty-One is a South Korean coming-of-age show, that you can stream right now on Netflix that displays a blend of core friendship, sports, family drama, society, and of course unconditional love. The series has 16 episodes each running for 70-75minutes. The show is deep, intricate, yet simple, and very homely.

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Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

So, have you watched Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022)? Well, this is what TOTT thinks about this coming of age series-

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022): The Cast

  • Kim Tae-Ri playing Na Hee-do
  • Kim So-Hyun playing adult Na Hee-do
  • Ok Ye-rin Playing young Na Hee-do
  • Nam Joo-Hyuk playing Baek Yi-jin
  • Bona playing Ko Yu-rim/Julia Ko
  • Kyung Da-Eun playing young Ko Yu-rim
  • Choi Hyun-Wook playing Moon Ji-Woong
  • Lee Joo-Myung playing Ji Seung-wan
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

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The Direction

Jung Ji-Hyun is the man who formulated this relatable, homely, competitive, friendly and of course, warm show that you will love. It was minute, simple yet complex, showcasing the composite human attribute that we find in every home. Besides, the fine direction will let the non-athletes enjoy the fencing montages without dropping a sweat.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

Those were some brilliant sequences from the show, which will pump you up. Jung Ji-Hyun created the drama in such a beautiful way, where you will feel the characters, you will be pushed to walk in their steps, thus apprehending their emotions. You will laugh with them and definitely cry with them. Additionally keeping in mind the slow transitions of the years, was also something we need to talk about, from gadgets to trends, the direction was too good.

And if you pay a close eye on the moments from the show, you will be amazed that Jung Ji-Hyun put a detailed look on practicality. For instance, when Ko Yo Rim leaves for good in Russia, we can watch from a distance, her mother turns away, showing how a mother is unable to watch her only daughter leave. It was neat and definitely to the core.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

Further, each of the characters in the show grows up. From Na Hee Do to her mother, yes, even parents grow and develop as the series advances and progress with the needed events. It was really nice.

The Music

Let us begin with the OST; each of the tracks has its own specialty thus they rock. Now if you listen to the sweet yet invigorating background scores, they were apt, detailed, and definitely lovely. Besides being perfectly fitting to the scenes, the music added a vintage touch to the plot while adding some significant depth to the episodes.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

Although very familiar, yet very unique, the soothing background scores amazingly let you connect with the scenes, also, letting you immerse completely with the show. All credit goes to Lim Ha-young, who is the person behind those gentle yet intense tunes.

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The Characters

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) is a coming-of-age drama that portrays some of the common yet distinctive characters. With the progression of the plot, each develops beautifully and shows brilliant character developments which you will enjoy.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

Talking about the leads, they will grow on the audiences, they are immature yet in some instances break their typical characteristics making them some notable individuals which you would admire wholeheartedly.

Other than the leads, the side characters also, made an impressive spot in the drama. Again, each of the characters on Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) is inspiring, motivating, positive, flawed, nice, good, competitive, ambitious, practical, and very relatable and will not let you down.

The Actors

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

The actors of Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) were too good. They are convincing enough to let you watch the show from their perspective. They were brilliant, definitely, Kim Tae Ri and Nam Ji Hyuk were amazing, but the other actors also wonderfully represented that they are skilled, hence the leads shone the brightest.

The Story

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) is a modern Korean drama that sets off in 1998 with a girl Na Heed Do and her ambition to become the rival of her idol, Ko Yu Rim. Her ardent admiration for sports and her ultimate goal to achieve what is in her hand, that is becoming a rival to her fencing Idol is what lays the base of the series. What sidetracks the main theme is the core friendship and later romance that blooms in between Na Hee Do and Back Yi Jin.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

They suddenly become a friend but not just regular friends, they suddenly turn into friends who share a special, deep, and strong bond. Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) is a brilliant story that shows us friendship, goals and ambitions, family dramas, career, school life, and love all in one place. With talented directions by Jung Ji Hyun, the story is amplified with richness and vitality. Additionally, this ’90s story will inspire you without a doubt which is another plus point. In one word, Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) is realistic.

The Script

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

The dialogues written for Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) were superb. Again, the lines were too intense, relevant, practical, inspiring, positive, nice, warm, homely, and educative too.

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The Relationship

When the strong relationship that Na Hee Do and Back Yi Jin shared turned into romance, things seemed slightly pushed. However, you will get used to the pace; again because of the direction.

Also, you may not like, is the reasons for their break up. It was to simply end the relationship, which was not potent.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

The leads loved each other which was evident. They shared something pure and too strong to end in that way. It was nowhere meant to end actually if something is so deep and lively. Sure, distance makes humans grow apart(which Ko Yu Rim and Moon Ji Woong surpassed beautifully though) but the love each of them gleamed which was something intense and can never fade. It was painful, harsh, and to some extent forced.

The Ending

The audience is left with, too many questions that need answers. Of course, Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) is one of those Korean tv shows that are profound, hence, too many open strings are there that need closure.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix
Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) Review/ Picture Credit: Hwa&Dam Pictures, tvN, Nextflix

For instance, why did Na Hee Do get married all of a sudden? What happened to the immeasurable friendship that the kids shared even as adults, are they still in touch? Did Back Yi Jin also get married? Yes, we need answers, since we profusely spent a bottomless amount of time in this impressive drama, thus we need answers.

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TOTT’s Take On Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022)

It is an emotional and intense sensitive Korean drama that will generously give you the entertainment package which you look out for. It is nice and warm which will make you both happy and sad.

TOTT gives the show, Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022) 4.5 Stars

But have you watched the show yet? What’s your take on the drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One(2022)? Do tell us everything in the comment section below.

So, this is it for today, hope to meet you all very soon in our next publication, BYE-BYE…

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