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!

This is so long.
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    Les 10 days ago

    I really love this show and everyone's different back stories/personalities. I especially like Kang Yi Na's with how she lives her life and everyone's view on her, always looking for a show that's close to her story.
    Season 2~~~!

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    TiffanySentosa 14 days ago - edited

    i've never finished a drama just for 2 days and nonstop, this drama got me first. The story just so heartwarmed, loveable, and have a bunch of things that make you want to cry cause all of the character seriously has well potrayed.

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    sweetmint 20 days ago - edited

    Is there a lot of romance in this drama?

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      egg-mont 16 days ago

      I think that 4 out of 5 girls get their relationship storyline. Some of the relationships are cute, some are problematic. Imo there is a good amount of romance but it is not the only focus of the story

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    LPA 28 days ago - edited

    Best drama ever. Amazing characters and actors--every one! So realistic to real life and very intriguing. Held my interest every minute. Definitely worth watching--more than once!

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    Olga Jul 15, 2017 - edited

    My favorite drama!!! Can't wait for season 2

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    noelhoi Jul 11, 2017

    Heartwarming here and there, realistic and relatable to some aspect of current real life era of modern world. BUT, I find it not my style (maybe coz I don't really get into Slice of Life dramas) and boring on many scenes, EXCEPT when Han Ye Ri is on screen <3. To me her storyline is the only interesting one. Probably would suit many female viewers though.
    PS. if you decide to watch it through, it does get more exciting near end (ep11-12) ;)

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    Aya Jun 28, 2017

    I need more realistic and heartwarming dramas like this one

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    Selty Jun 26, 2017

    Often complaining here and there about Kdrama's cliches and lack of authenticity but this drama is the perfect exemple of the fact that kdrama scene is evolving with its public toward something believable, precious and constantly entertaining.

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    SuperDrama101ohyea Jun 24, 2017 - edited

    Dropped this drama, didn't like the actors at all or the characters, no cool male lead, story was slow and boring and Ryu Hwa Young character was gross, ugh! could not continue this drama

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    Shay Jun 5, 2017

    WE NEED MORE DRAMAS ABOUT SISTERHOOD/GIRL SQUADS

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    Zha Jun 4, 2017

    Watching this on netflix right now. Too good! I love it that it doesn't only focus on the main lead.

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    Sueperstar May 31, 2017

    Love it! Fresh, funny, heartwarming and entertaining.

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    tia May 30, 2017 - edited

    Was wondering if someone can link me to this drama with English Subs that isn't kissasian as that site doesn't really work well on my laptop thank you!!! :)

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      tia Jun 4, 2017

      Thank you so much! ;)

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      Fiona Jun 5, 2017

      There is also myasiantv.se/ which seems to be fairly reliable.

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    aky May 29, 2017 - edited

    What exactly is the premise of this drama? I came across a lot of good reviews from others and MDL, so I started it a little while back but got too busy to continue. I got maybe 10/20 mins. in, and I can't say I hated it, but I can't say it pulled me in either. I suppose that's expected of a drama like this.

    Either way, I'll be continuing it once I've finished the dramas I'm currently watching, but I just want to know what to expect and what not to expect.

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      Shay Jun 21, 2017

      the first episode is a little bit slow but the rest of the show is a bit of slice of life/friendship/realistic problems/girlhood I love it!!! very heartwarming

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    Sairahmay May 23, 2017

    Season 2 is two months away.. huhuhu

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 6,181 users)
  • Ranked:

    #36
  • Popularity:

    #139

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