Reply 1994

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Reply 1994
Reply 1994.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as Answer Me 1994
Respond 1994
Genre Romance
Comedy
Written by Lee Woo-jung
Directed by Shin Won-ho
Starring Go Ara
Jung Woo
Yoo Yeon-seok
Kim Sung-kyun
Son Ho-jun
Baro
Min Do-hee
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 21
Production
Producer(s) Lee Myung-han
Production company(s) CJ E&M
Distributor tvN
Release
Original network tvN
Original release October 18 (2013-10-18) – December 28, 2013 (2013-12-28)
Chronology
Preceded by Reply 1997
Followed by Reply 1988
External links
Website program.interest.me/tvn/reply1994

Reply 1994 (Hangul응답하라 1994; RREungdapara 1994) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Go Ara, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Sung-kyun, Son Ho-jun, Baro, Min Do-hee, Sung Dong-il, and Lee Il-hwa.[1][2] It aired on tvN on Fridays and Saturdays at 21:55 from October 18 to December 28, 2013 for 21 episodes.[3][4]

Written by Lee Woo-jung and directed by Shin Won-ho, 1994 is the second installment of the Reply series.[5][6][7] Its final episode garnered an average viewership rating of 11.9%, making it one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history.[8][9]

Plot[edit]

Set in 1994, six university students from various provincial areas of South Korea (Jeolla Province, Chungcheong Province, and Gyeongsang Province) live together at a boarding house in Sinchon, Seoul, which is run by a couple with a daughter named Sung Na-jung.

Like its predecessor, Reply 1997, it follows a nonlinear story telling where it shifts between the past in 1994 and the present in 2013, making the viewers guess who will become Na-jung's husband among the male characters.[10]

The series follows the pop culture events that happened between 1994 and the years that follow, including the emergence of seminal K-pop group Seo Taiji and Boys and the Korean Basketball League.[11] The names of the boys are later revealed to avoid spoilers. They're mostly just referred to by their nicknames listed below.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Originally from Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, she is majoring in Computer Engineering, has an easygoing personality and is a big fan of basketball player Lee Sang-min.
  • Jung Woo as "Sseureki" (meaning "Garbage" or "Trash")
A medical student.[9] He was the best friend of Na-jung's late older brother, and grew up with the Sung siblings. (Hometown: Masan, South Gyeongsang Province)
Although he is only a freshman, he is the number one pitcher of Yonsei University's baseball team. He has a crush on Na-jung.[18] (Hometown: Gangnam, Seoul)
He looks much older than he actually is.[19] (Hometown: Samcheonpo, South Gyeongsang Province)
His father is the CEO of the bus company Suncheon Transportation Inc.[20][21] (Hometown: Suncheon, South Jeolla Province)
Chilbong's cousin, and Garbage's lowerclassman in school.[22] (Hometown: Goesan, North Chungcheong Province)
A fan of Seo Taiji and Boys. (Hometown: Yeosu, South Jeolla Province)
A coach of the baseball team Seoul Ssangdungi, and Na-jung's father.
She runs a boarding house in Seoul along with her husband Dong-il and daughter Na-jung.

Supporting characters[edit]

Guest and cameo appearances[edit]

Production[edit]

Director Shin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jung had originally planned for their previous TV series to be set in 1994, which was the year they entered college (Shin studied chemical engineering at Seoul National University). But they decided to change the year to 1997 after casting Sechs Kies member Eun Ji-won, since H.O.T. and Sechs Kies fandom was at its peak that year, which made an interesting juxtaposition to the failing Korean economy during the IMF crisis.[27]

Shin and Lee felt there was enough material for another series, and in a bid to replicate Reply 1997's success, cable channel tvN announced a "sequel" or "second season" in April 2013.[28][29] Shin said, "The stories about people moving to Seoul are full of unpredictable incidents."[30]

Despite the same writer and director, and the casting of Sung Dong-il and Lee Il-hwa, Reply 1994 is not a prequel of Reply 1997; it uses the same concept of coming-of-age drama combined with 1990s nostalgia, but with a completely new plot and characters.[31]

A novelization was published in January 17, 2014.[32]

Ratings[edit]

Episode Original airdate Title AGB Nielsen

Nationwide Rating[33]

1 October 18, 2013 Seoul Person 2.6%
2 October 19, 2013 We're All Strangers 2.3%
3 October 25, 2013 A New Generation's Love 3.0%
4 October 26, 2013 Lies 4.2%
5 November 1, 2013 Words I Can't Bear to Say 4.7%
6 November 2, 2013 Introduction to Gift-Giving 5.8%
7 November 8, 2013 The Summer of That Year 6.2%
8 November 9, 2013 A Moment's Decision Can Change Your Life Forever 7.1%
9 November 15, 2013 So, the Thing I Want to Say Is... 8.1%
10 November 16, 2013 It Might Be the Last 8.8%
11 November 23, 2013 The Only Way to End an Unrequited Love 9.3%
12 November 29, 2013 The Miracle That Will Happen to Us 9.2%
13 November 30, 2013 The 10,000-Hour Rule 9.6%
14 December 6, 2013 The People Who Changed Me, Part 1 9.3%
15 December 7, 2013 The People Who Changed Me, Part 2 8.1%
16 December 13, 2013 Love, Fear Part 1: Reply 1997 8.3%
17 December 14, 2013 Love, Fear Part 2: Reply 1997 8.3%
18 December 20, 2013 Should I Tell You Again That I Love You? 8.7%
19 December 21, 2013 Do You Believe in Fate? 9.2%
20 December 27, 2013 The Beginning of the End 10.1%
21 December 28, 2013 To the Nineties 11.9%
  • This drama aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC & EBS).

Original soundtrack[edit]

Soundtracks for the drama consist of re-arranged popular Korean songs from the nineties. All re-arranged songs are well received by Korean general public and topped various Korean music charts.

OST Part 1[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Seoul, here (서울 이곳은)" (Roy Kim) Kim Soon-gun Jang Cheol-woong 4:24
2. "Seoul, here (서울 이곳은) (Acoustic ver.)" (Roy Kim) Kim Soon-gun Jang Cheol-woong 2:35
3. "Seoul, here (서울 이곳은) (Acoustic guitar ver.)"   Jang Cheol-woong 2:35
Total length: 9:34

OST Part 2[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "To You (너에게)" (Sung Si-kyung) Seo Taiji Seo Taiji 3:50
2. "To You (너에게) (Inst.)"   Seo Taiji 3:50
Total length: 7:40

OST Part 3[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "With You (그대와 함께)" (B1A4) Son Ji-chang Seo Young-jin 3:11
2. "With You (그대와 함께) (Inst.)"   Seo Young-jin 3:11
Total length: 6:22

OST Part 4[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너)" (Hi.ni) Jeong Eun-kyung Jeong Si-ro 2:54
2. "You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너) (Acoustic ver.)" (Hi.ni) Jeong Eun-kyung Jeong Si-ro 2:54
3. "You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너) (Inst.)"   Jeong Si-ro 2:54
Total length: 8:02

OST Part 5[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Happy Me (행복한 나를)" (Kim Ye-rim) Yoo Yoo-jin Park Geun-tae 4:12
2. "Happy Me (행복한 나를) (Inst.)"   Park Geun-tae 4:12
Total length: 8:24

OST Part 6[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Parting for Me (날 위한 이별)" (Dia) Park Ju-yeon Kim Hyeong-seok 5:06
2. "Parting for Me (날 위한 이별) (Inst.)"   Kim Hyeong-seok 5:06
Total length: 10:12

OST Part 7[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Only Feeling You (너만을 느끼며)" (Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun) Jiwoo Seo Young-jin 3:50
2. "Only Feeling You (너만을 느끼며) (Inst.)"      

OST Part 8[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Start (시작)" (Go Ara) Oh Dong-jun Oh Dong-jun  
2. "Start (시작) (Inst.)"   Oh Dong-jun  

Reply 1994 Director's Cut OST[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Seoul, here (서울 이곳은)" (Roy Kim) Kim Soon-gun Jang Cheol-woong 4:24
2. "To You (너에게)" (Sung Si-kyung) Seo Taiji Seo Taiji 3:50
3. "With You (그대와 함께)" (B1A4) Son Ji-chang Seo Young-jin 3:11
4. "You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너)" (Hi.ni) Jeong Eun-kyung Jeong Si-ro 2:54
5. "Happy Me (행복한 나를)" (Kim Ye-rim) Yoo Yoo-jin Park Geun-tae 4:12
6. "Parting for Me (날 위한 이별)" (Dia) Park Ju-yeon Kim Hyeong-seok 5:06
7. "Only Feeling You (너만을 느끼며)" (Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun) Jiwoo Seo Young-jin 3:50
8. "Start (시작)" (Go Ara) Oh Dong-jun Oh Dong-jun  
9. "Fate (운명)" (Kim Sung-kyun, Min Do-hee) Cho Byeong-seok Cho Byeong-seok  
10. "Seoul, here (서울 이곳은) (Acoustic ver.)" (Roy Kim) Kim Soon-gun Jang Cheol-woong 2:35
11. "You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너) (Acoustic ver.)" (Hi.ni) Jeong Eun-kyung Jeong Si-ro 2:54
12. "To You (너에게) (Inst.)"   Seo Taiji 3:50
13. "Happy Me (행복한 나를) (Inst.)"   Park Geun-tae 4:12
14. "Seoul, here (서울 이곳은) (Acoustic guitar ver.)"   Jang Cheol-woong 2:35

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 8th Cable TV Broadcasting Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Reply 1994 Won
50th Baeksang Arts Awards[34] Best TV Drama Reply 1994 Nominated
Best Director (TV) Shin Won-ho Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Lee Woo-jung Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Go Ara Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Jung Woo Won
Kim Sung-kyun Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Min Do-hee Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Jung Woo Nominated
Yoo Yeon-seok Nominated
Kim Sung-kyun Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Go Ara Nominated
Min Do-hee Nominated
Best OST Seoul, Here - Roy Kim Nominated
To You - Sung Si-kyung Nominated
9th Seoul International Drama Awards People's Choice Actor Jung Woo Nominated
People's Choice Actress Go Ara Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards[35] Best Production Director Shin Won-ho Won
Best Screenplay Lee Woo-jung Nominated
Best New Actor Son Ho-jun Nominated
Best New Actress Min Do-hee Won
Best Couple Kim Sung-kyun and Min Do-hee Won
6th MelOn Music Awards Best OST Only Feeling You - Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok & Son Ho-jun Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Jung Woo Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Go Ara Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Sung Dong-il Nominated
Best New Actor Son Ho-jun Won
Best New Actress Min Do-hee Nominated
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST Happy Me - Lim Kim Nominated
2016
tvN10 Awards
Best Actor Sung Dong-il Nominated
Special Acting Award Won
Best Content Award, Drama Reply 1994 Won
Made in tvN, Actor in Drama Jung Woo Nominated
Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Go Ara Nominated
Scene-Stealer Award, Actress Lee Il-hwa Nominated
Best Kiss Award Jung Woo and Go Ara Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

It aired in Thailand on Workpoint TV beginning June 14, 2014.[36]

It aired in the Philippines on IBC 13.

References[edit]

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