K-drama ‘Twenty Five Twenty One’ premieres on Netflix, places first in ratings in Korea

Published February 13, 2022, 9:11 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The new Korean drama “Twenty Five Twenty One” premiered on Netflix and tvN on Feb. 12, taking first place in the ratings in South Korea.

“Twenty Five Twenty One” stars Kim Tae-ri (as Na Hee-do), Nam Joo-hyuk (Back Yi-jin), WJSN’s Bona (Ko Yu-rim), Choi Hyun-wook (Moon Ji-woong) and Lee Ju-myoung (Ji Seung-wan).

Actress Kim Tae-ri and actor Nam Joo-hyuk in “Twenty Five Twenty One” (Netflix)

In 1988 during the turbulence of the East Asian Financial Crisis in 1998, a 22-year-old meets an 18-year-old. At the time, friendship was passionate; love was overwhelming; and despair, heart-wrenching. At 25 and 21, they fall in love, according to Netflix.

According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of “Twenty Five Twenty One” on Feb. 12 garnered a nationwide rating of 6.37 percent in Korea to place No. 1 among cable TV shows.

Based on the number of viewers in Korea, the first episode of “Twenty Five Twenty One” was watched by 1.53 million people to take first place.

In the Seoul metropolitan area, the first episode of “Twenty Five Twenty One” also took first place with a rating of 7.799 percent. Based on the number of viewers, it was watched by 908,000 people (first place).

Actress Kim Tae-ri and actor Nam Joo-hyuk in “Twenty Five Twenty One” (Netflix)

During the press conference for “Twenty Five Twenty One,” Kim Tae-ri said, “I know there are many popular genre movies and TV series now, but ‘Twenty Five’ is different. It’s a story that makes people feel happy and gives them a fluttering feeling,” Yonhap News reported.

In the drama, she plays a member of the high school fencing team.

“Hee-do is very bright and energetic. She’s different from my previous characters. She’s very confident and determined to do what she likes and what she can do. She’s really like myself,” she added.

She trained to learn fencing for about six months, saying, “It is very exciting, but it frustrates me at the same time. I had some practice games with Bona during the lesson. But I lost to her all the time. I couldn’t stand it and worked harder and harder. When I won finally, I cried.”

Director Jung Ji-hyun said, “I think we all lived in turbulent times in the late 1990s. I was a high school student, as are the characters in ‘Twenty Five.’ Many young students living in the pandemic will sympathize with the turbulent romantic relationships and lives of people of their age about 20 years ago.”