Twenty-Five Twenty-One Review


On the 24th, tvN’s new Saturday drama ‘Twenty-Five Twenty One’, screenwrite by Kwon Do-Eun and directed by Jung Ji-Hyun.

‘Twenty-five Twenty One’ is a drama about the wandering and growth of young people who have lost their dreams in the 1998 era. Twenty-two and eighteen, the two people who called each other by name for the first time became twenty-five and twenty-one and loved and grew together. It brings back memories of youth that were pure and fierce.

Above all, ‘Twenty-five Twenty-One’ is raising expectations with a fresh and fresh ‘youth lineup’ including Kim Tae-Ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Ji-Yeon (Bona), Choi Hyun-Wook, and Lee Ju-Myeong. Here, with writer Kwon Do Eun, who has witty expression of reality and aroused empathy, through ‘Search: WWW’, ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’, and ‘You are my spring’. Director Jung Ji-Hyun, who has been in the spotlight for his sophisticated and sensuous directing, is foretelling the birth of another ‘drama of life’ by completing the combination of writers, directors, and actors who are trusted and watched again after ‘Search: WWW’.

Kim Tae-Ri took on the role of Na Hee-do, a high school fencing dreamer who never gave up thanks to her passion and enthusiasm despite the loss of her team due to the IMF. Kim Tae-Ri is a ferocious youth who runs towards her dream despite falling and frustrated, and Na Hee-do, who doesn’t know about giving up, challenges a new acting transformation. Nam Joo-hyuk takes on the role of Baek Yi-jin, the eldest son of a family that has been destroyed by the IMF and becomes a reporter after living a difficult life, showing the side of a more mature youth, a solution to the four youths with many problems.

Na Hee Do is a member of her high school fencing team. Due to the South Korean financial crisis, the high school fencing team gets disbanded. Getting through all the difficulties, she becomes a member of the sabre fencing national team.
The South Korean financial crisis also causes Baek Yi Jin’s father’s business to go bankrupt. This leads to a life change for Baek Yi Jin, from living the life of a wealthy person to a poor person. While studying, he works part-time jobs like delivering newspapers. Later, he becomes a sports reporter for a broadcasting network.

Kim Ji-Yeon (Bona) plays the role of Yu-rim, a national fencing representative who rivals Na Hee Do, who is her 18-year-old. Kang Hyung is a lovely outsider who becomes a charismatic fencer when he takes off his fencing suit. Choi Hyun-Wook takes on the role of Moon Ji-Woong, an influencer at a time when he claims to be Iljin, with the goal of becoming a Cyworld Two Member (today member) but does nothing. Lee Joo-myeong plays the role of Joan of Arc Ji Seung-wan, who is the top student in school and the class leader but is full of rebellion in his heart.

‘Twenty-five Twenty-One’ is a youth romance in which Na Hee-Do and Baek Yi-Jin, who met when they were twenty-two and eighteen, become twenty-five and twenty-one, fall in love and grow up together. The story of Na Hee-do, who embraces the sparkling light, is expected to maximize immersion by colorfully unfolding the pleasant and young “youth” that we want to see, such as the friendship and growth period of five youths, including Baek Yi-jin, Na Hee Do, Go Yu-rim, Moon Ji-Woong, and Ji Seung-wan.

The production company said, “As much as you send enthusiastic support, all the actors and staff are doing their best to drama ‘Twenty-five Twenty-One’. We ask for your interest until the day we meet at the small screen.”


  • Drama: Twenty-Five Twenty-One
  • Native Title: 스물다섯 스물하나
  • Also Known As: Twenty Five Twenty One, Seumuldaseos Seumulhana, Seumuldaseot Seumulhana
  • Screenwriter: Kwon Do Eun
  • Director: Jung Ji Hyun
  • Genres: Friendship, Romance, Youth, Drama
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 16
  • Airs: Feb 12, 2022 – Apr 3, 2022
  • Airs On: Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Netflix, tvN
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older