Age of Youth

Age of Youth (2016)

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University students Yoon Jin Myung, Jung Ye Eun, Song Ji Won, Kang Yi Na and Yoo Eun Jae share a house. Jin Myung is busy supporting herself financially and studying. She suffers from a lack of sleep. Ye Eun is devoted to her boyfriend, she is clear about what she likes or not. Ji Won has a bright personality and likes to drink. Yi Na is popular due to her beautiful appearance. read moreEun Jae is timid, but she has a unique taste for men.

  • Native title:

    청춘시대
  • Also Known as:

    Belle Epoque; Cheongchunshidae; Hello, My Twenties!;

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isuzusan
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Aug 27, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Age of Youth is one of the most precious dramas I have ever watched and I doubt I will ever find another drama like this that has evoked so much emotion out of me. It deserves every single bit of praise, and will remain in my heart as something beautiful and sensational. This drama is pure gold. I know I’m one of many opinions, but to fully understand what I’m talking about, read more Age of Youth is one of those dramas that everyone should at least watch once.

The plot was something that originally drew me in. It sounded very original and worthy enough to watch at least the first two episodes. While watching Age of Youth, there were so many moments that either relatable, touching or just plain hilarious. The writer did a fantastic job of the script. With the characters, it took me a few episodes to love all five of them (especially Jung Ye Eun) but each and every one of them, they had a story to tell and all made massive development with their lives. Yoo Eun Jae I grew attached to straight away because I felt a small connection with her and wanted her to grow stronger. Jung Ye Eun was annoying at first (and still can be), but her passionate personality made her admirable. Song Ji Won is the weirdest but most wonderful housemate, and always made a lot of scenes better. Kang Yi Na seemed to have an easy life, but had problems that she kept to herself and solved herself - her pride is something we should all aim to have. And finally, Yoon Ji Myung. I think everyone who has watched Age of Youth can agree that we all wanted to her to be happy as she deserved it the most. Her issues at work, with her brother and mother always caused her to be unhappy and we viewers did not want to see her suffering. All five of them were perfect, unique and lovable. Also, the boys - thank you for all being beside the girls and supporting them (except Ko Doo Young of course). My only issue with the story was the small ‘supernatural’ element that introduced some of the characters’ problems - I wish that was done in a different way.

The acting was on point and this drama was a huge stepping stone in the actors careers. I know I should talk about each actress individually, but I feel like I expressed my feelings a lot in the previous paragraph as their acting was what helped to make each of the characters the best they could have been. The five actresses were amazing, stunning and won my hearts over. None of them wavered in their acting styles, they consistently stuck with their character and continued till the end. I will most definitely be keeping an eye out for their next dramas because I want to see how they all grow.

Music worked extremely well with each scene and every single track was gorgeous to listen to. If you ever have spare time, just stick on the Age of Youth soundtrack and fully appreciate the audio because it will be worth it. My favourite track is definitely the main one, Butterfly by Sogyumo Acacia Band - it has that perfect, young vibe to it.

There is no doubt about it, I would rewatch this right now if I didn’t have so many dramas to catch up on - but I most definitely will be watching this again before the end of the year.

Age of Youth is worth everyone’s time and for me, is the drama of the year - maybe of the decade/century as well haha. If you love a simplistic and cute story with well developed characters and immersive backstories, this is the drama for you.
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sweetgirl_haz
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Aug 27, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
As soon as I watched the first 2 episodes, I knew this was going to be one of my favourite dramas. I was hesitant about the ending because there have been too many dramas that start off well but slow down in the middle and may rush the ending, and no longer have the same feeling as the earlier episodes. This show surpassed my expectations, and maintained the warm, cosy feeling throughout. read more PLOT:
Anyone looking for a fast-paced action packed drama, should look away now. This show really defines slice-of-life. I am sure everyone watching this drama could relate to one of the girls or even just a situation faced by the girls. I was able to relate to different situations and aspects of many of the girls personally and also have seen other friends/family facing similar situations:
- Jin Myungs hardships! I could especially relate to her feeling lost.
- Ji Wons non-existent dating life
- Friends who have faced similar situations as Ye Eun in their relationships/love life
- Eun Jae's hesitation, timidness
- Yi Na questioning herself and her decisions in the last 2 episodes or so
There have definitely other aspects. I just listed some that were especially relatable to me.
I was really glad that the plot focused on the girls the most and not the boys. It didn't take a detour. It was consistent. Each girl's individual storyline and character growth was moving, and the different episodes focused on different stories perfectly. The show shows us how the girls are important as individuals as well as their relationships with each other. It was very apt and moving that throughout, the relationship between the girls, them as a 5, was way way more important then their relationship with any of the guys/ or any one else tbh. They valued each other and nothing came in between them. It was very realistic in portraying their relationship, even though they lived together, and despite the closeness, each individual has their own personal hardships (defo last ep), and you don't share every single detail with everyone. Another point was that they didn't try to force the 5 girls being close to each other equally, it made perfect sense for some girls to be closer to each other then to others - this never undermined their bond as a 5 though. I could ramble on about this but I'll stop.

CAST/ACTING:
I don't have any complaints. I could imagine the actors as their characters perfectly. Never once did I doubt the acting, or imagine anyone else doing a better job. I was immersed in each and every character and that is partly due to the actors job (also story/director etc). The guys played their part really well, and very convincingly. I didn't think the acting was over the top or anything.

MUSIC:
The songs were so perfect! I have been replaying Sogyumo Acacia Band - Butterfly. There is something about the song that makes me just want to reminisce my youth and think about stuff (lol). It fitted the show so perfectly. It was subtle yet it did its job.

REWATCH VALUE:
I gave it a high rewatch value, because I'll probably rewatch this at some point - probably after university finishes and I miss my college days. Though I don't know if I'll be able to handle it. It has already made me feel so much, and taught me a few life lessons, I don't want to rewatch it and make it less impactful on 2nd watch. Its too soon now.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The highlight of this show is definitely the girls. The only negative I have is the shortness, but they sure packed a lot in 12 episodes. I know each girl's story didn't complete (in kdrama completeness - happily ever after sense), esp YE EUN at the end, but in true fashion of this drama and its genre: life isn't start and stop, its ongoing for them, they don;t all need to have a boyfiriend or everything figured out, because thats what life is for. They only showed us a snippet of their life and so we can't expect everything to end completely and perfectly.

[A lot of comments going around earlier about when Jin Myung will develop her backbone. Speaking from life experience, I know someone in similar situation who had and still has many many hardship, but keeps quite and deals with it all. It took her many many years before she finally came to realise that this is her life, and she needs to live it her way, that she need to speak up for herself and not put up with people who hurt her. So people don't just change overnight. It takes a lot of self-realisation and growth. And I'm glad the show touched on this the way it did, for everything to reach a limit before you finally break down]

Age of Youth was definitely one of the best written, acted, and directed kdrama I’ve seen so far this year (this and Signal). And I sincerely pray for a second season!

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If you enjoy the storyline, concept, and the soundtrack in Age of Youth then you will get the same vibes and experience in Soulmate. Although the latter is made for adult and mature audience I think the concept in Age of Youth was taken from this drama. While watching this series it truly reminds me of Soulmate with awesome advise about love, dating and marriage.
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    SuperDrama101ohyea 9 hours ago

    Is this show really funny or only some funny moments?...

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    fiflydramalover 2 days ago
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    Joanne03 4 days ago

    Woaa daebak !! Love it so much~can definitely relate to it

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    cherry 5 days ago - edited

    is there a happy ending!?

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      fiflydramalover 2 days ago
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      cherry 2 days ago

      Thanks!

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    ZaneAraki 8 days ago

    Age of Youth speaks from the bottom of the youths’ hearts, while manage to keep things low key. It’s the kind of show that didn’t hesitate to show the most mundane part of our everyday lives, and turns it to a brilliant slice of life that takes you along with the journey through the perspective of our Belle Epoque girls.

    The arc of each girls were done with love and care, and their journey of growing just felt real and too relatable to be ignored. We root for them, and we did think that some of their decisions would just rot away one’s future, probably, but in the end, just like what Eun Jae said, “My situations right now, feels kind of like Russian Roulette, with a fully loaded gun”, could represent the fact that no matter what kind of choices we made, we still have no idea of the outcome, and sometimes we fear for what to come from it.

    Yet, the ending gives a very hopeful and reassuring feeling that, no matter what the girls are going through again, they will, with all their youth spirit, survive it all and all over again.

    Age of Youth reached its goal in the end. If slice of life has always been their end point in this game, then they’d just nailed it. There is no climax. The world keeps on going, and so does the world in Age of Youth. I do sense that these girls’ amazing friendship will last until their Age of Oldies. Definitely. 9/10

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    Makaela 8 days ago

    Amazing drama. I could relate to many of the characters, especially Eun Jae. I share the same personality in many ways. I will definitely watch this drama again.

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    BriannaElizabeth 14 days ago
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    rosyprincess 16 days ago

    ❤❤❤

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    forever_shawol 18 days ago

    The ending song is life and I am falling in love with each character's story as every episode goes by, My favorite characters has to be Jin Myung and Ji Won. I really like Yi Na too because she cares about the girls so much. I love their friendship!

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    forever_shawol 19 days ago

    I'm so glad this is on Netflix, from the synopsis alone, I know I would fall in love with this one!

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    peacewon 25 days ago

    this is on netflix under the alt title Hello My Twenties!!

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    SchnickelFritz 25 days ago

    This was a lot darker than I expected, but I still loved it. Unfortunately, it's too short, which is not something that can be said for most kdramas. Would have been an easy 10 if it didn't leave so many plot threads unresolved.

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    maki 30 days ago

    Gente, como eu amei esse dorama! Meu Deus do céu*------* tornou-se um dos meus favoritos

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    ajo_94 Dec 18, 2016 - edited

    A wonderful drama which depicts today's reality and hardships. Not everyone will like this drama coz it just takes a little more to relate to this drama. The ones who have gone through or are going through some kind of hardships which actually appreciate it. And learn a lesson or two from it, The lesson I learnt was " NEVER JUDGE ANYBODY / OR YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE ANYONE CASUALLY" every episode makes peace within you, watch only one episode each week to actually enjoy it fully,Please let me know what are your thought about this priceless drama, AGE OF YOUTH, I AM already missing it,

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      BriannaElizabeth 15 days ago

      I tried to take your advice and watch only one episode a week, but it kept getting better and better!!! I couldn't stop and I would end up watching 3-5 episodes in one sitting towards the end! It is a truly beautiful drama.

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      ajo_94 14 days ago

      It is indeed a very beautiful and heart warming drama.

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      ajo_94 12 days ago

      make sure to watch WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY KIM BOK JOO. I RATE IT BETTER THAN GOBLIN.

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      BriannaElizabeth 12 days ago

      I added it to my list! Thanks for the recommendation.

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    2013started Dec 13, 2016

    What kind of ending is that? I thought there was some more episodes and then it was done. There was some moments that it was getting borderline boring... but yes it was a good drama but not great for me.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    12
  • Aired:

    Jul 22, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    jTBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 3,828 users)
  • Ranked:

    #31
  • Popularity:

    #202

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