Wednesday, May 10, 2017

REVIEW: Age of Youth

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Minsan talaga ang saya pag nauubusan ng mapapanood kasi kakahanap, I tend to discover underrated movies and shows that end up becoming my favorites. Age of Youth is one of them.

I haven’t watched TV for a long time. Could be because there’s nothing really nice to see lately or siguro yung oras na ina-allot ko for recreation is so late that I prefer to binge watch online na lang. I actually planned to watch Age of Youth early this year but I had to catch up on work and some other things kaya lately ko na lang naalala na papanoorin ko pala siya. After checking out the first episode, ayun na. I couldn’t help but skip a day of my usual routine and burned the couch para magmarathon. Yes, IT’S THAT GOOD.

The story revolves around 5 female characters who live in a dormitory. Sa unang basa ng synopsis, I really thought it will have that sorority vibe na medyo chic and would center on romantic relationships but I was so wrong. The story was well written that even the dialogues hit me really hard kasi hindi lang siya hugot pang-lovelife, hugot pang-buhay talaga. I call it a “life” drama because it was amazingly realistic. They touched so many topics that not all Korean dramas (or television shows in general) would dare to tackle. I learned so many things hindi lang tungkol sa romantic relationships but more on life and how to survive it considering na ang daming issues sa mga tao sa paligid mo at lalo na sa sarili mo.

The five characters may have had a hard time getting along at first because they have different personalities pero the way they show how much they care for each other, sobrang squad goals sila for me. I wish everybody could have their own version of Belle Epoque – a place where you can be somebody else and be yourself at the same time. Hindi ko ma-explain but if you have watched this series, I’m sure you’ll understand. ;) I can see myself in each of the characters kaya nagkaron talaga ako ng attachment sa story.

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The cast was superb especially Han Ye Ri and Ryu Hwa Young. Both of them played such complex roles and they were really able to make me feel how wretched they are pero lumalaban. The show could be melodramatic at times but the writer did a great job sa pagbalanse because during funny scenes, sobrang nakakatawa naman nga talaga. The romance part didn’t disappoint as well (Sunbae Yoon and Chef Park’s chemistry was off the charts!). Character development, yung progression ng story, camerawork, yung locations, lahat. Everything was on point.

If you’re looking for something good to watch, yung tipong maaaliw ka and matututo ka at the same time, I highly recommend this Kdrama. It will make you reflect about your own life and how you treat the people around you. I would have wanted to see more kasi sobrang iksi ng 12 episodes para sa’kin but they wrapped it up nicely and the writers gave the viewers enough room to imagine what’s going to happen next.

If you happen to be a fan of this series (or baka future fan in case mapanood mo), this bit info is a treat. I heard they’re coming back for a second season. It was confirmed by the network that aired the show but JTBC hasn’t spilled yet who among the cast will join its next installment. Sana same writer and director din.

Before I end this, let me share my favorite quote from the series. Just something to ponder on. ;)

“I thought that people only got lost when they tried to go somewhere. And I thought that people’s lives only got hard because they set objectives. But staying in the same place for too long makes you lose your way too.”

Carpe diem!

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11

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