[K-DRAMA] Answer Me 1997

warning: may contain spoilers

Forget the storyline – because you can read them anywhere. Let’s proceed with the critics.

I have nothing to complain over this drama. It was simple and short, but the message was clear. I didn’t feel it was draggy at all; there was no dull moment. Every time they tried to make some joke, they made the bird/chicken(?) sound and the story proceeded just like that. The timeline also moved back and forth from 1997 to 2012. Sitting together on a table and reminiscing about their past; then it just flashed back to the past. After some time, it goes back to the present. I think this was a better way of retelling the story rather than just plainly past to the present. It leaves the dull moments in their lives and just focused on the fun and extremes that they’ve done. I think that future dramas can adopt this kind of retelling. The ending was simple yet great. Nothing was left hanging in the air and things just wrapped up neatly. Though they wanted to tease who was actually the husband of Shi Won, it was already predictable from the very start. The drama was not all comedy or heavy drama. It’s a little of everything which makes it interesting to watch. Most importantly was because it was realistic and relatable – reasons why it captured the hearts of many teenage girls especially fangirls (including me).


Most of the actors are newbies but they all did well. A Pink’s Jung Eunji and Seo In Guk are accidentally a good match?! I didn’t expect that they’ll have a great chemistry onscreen. Their acting was so natural and I felt that they’ve known each other for many years already. Eun Ji as Sung Shi Won – I think she was perfect for the role. Boyish, tough and speaks Busan accent spells E u n j i. As her first acting role and also getting the lead role is such a lucky and great opportunity. The staff chose her well and she didn’t fail them nor the viewers.  Seo In Guk as Yoon Yoon Jae – Who could have thought that this guy could also act? I mean he could sing and he has the charisma. I’ve seen him in Love Rain and he was the mood maker in there. In Answer Me 1997, he acts as a serious and typical boy-next-door guy. He simply represented that typical tough Busan teenager. Though I liked him better in Love Rain, he wasn’t bad in here. As a singer-turned-actor, his acting skills are so much better than the others. Big thumbs up to Hoya who played Kang Joon Hee. First acting job and I felt that he has so much potential to be an actor. His being gay in the drama is not something annoying or hateful. Don’t forget the bromance between Yoon Jae and Joon Hee. Other actors, Shin So Yul, Eun Ji Won and Lee Shi Un were great as well. The six of them together had that chemistry I couldn’t explain.


The songs used in the drama were great. Though there was no soundtrack for this drama except for the two songs that were sung by Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk. ‘All For You’ is such a cute song! No doubt they won the Best Soundtrack of the Year. Other songs made me reminisce of the past Korean songs such as H.O.T.’s Candy.

Season two? Nah – I don’t think so. As much as I love this drama, I don’t want an Answer Me 2012/2013. I think it’ll just be as ordinary as other dramas if they will tell the story of the present Shi Won and Yoon Jae. For such a perfect drama, I don’t want it to be ruined so easily. Besides, isn’t Answer Me all about nostalgia and memories? Answer Me 1994 is a good decision with a totally different storyline and cast. Let’s see if this will be a great hit too.


It’s 16 episodes long but you wouldn’t feel bored at all because of the constant switch between present time and 1997. Born in the 90s would definitely reminisce old school desktop computers, tamagotchi, cassette tapes, H.O.T., etc. The youth can definitely relate especially fangirls and those who have experienced first loves. Unique storyline and one of a kind. Simply nostalgic. A must watch! 🙂



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. randomsoju
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 06:43:30

    I would put this drama on a top five K Drama list, not just as a favorite, but as a best top five drama over all, and something I would recommend to others. It’s interesting, it’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s heartwarming, it has moments of suspense and angst and joy, it’s smart, it’s well done, it does not look like any other drama, it’s more earthy and real life than most dramas, and it has it’s own vibe.


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