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Finding love at the movies in MBC’s 20th Century Boy and Girl

Thirtysomethings acting like teenagers in love? Done right, I find it to be the cutest thing ever, and I have a niggling feeling that 20th Century Boy and Girl will show us how immaturity can be an endearing quality in the context of romance. This show, about childhood sweethearts who reunite as adults, is populated by a cast of likable, charismatic actors led by Han Ye-seul (Madame Antoine) and Kim Ji-suk (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People), and I’m happy to see that the recently released posters, stills, and teaser suggest an easy, comfortable rapport between the entire cast.

I look forward to what looks like a cute, breezy watch, especially because there are so many catnips to love in this show’s premise, from first loves that started out as childhood friends to reunited lovers. If the first teaser gave us a nostalgic, almost melancholic take on the childhood sweethearts who become separated, this newest teaser focuses more on their adult lives. Han Ye-seul’s character is a much-loved actress and former idol, and the teaser is narrated throughout by what sounds like an interview with her character.

The teaser starts with Han Ye-seul shyly saying that she thinks that love begins by going to watch a movie together, because you’re hyper-aware of your date’s presence and that’s when you discover that you might come to like that person. We see the high school versions of the leads on just such a date, followed by some adorable couple-y teasing, and younger Kim Ji-suk going in for a kiss. Present-day Kim Ji-suk is just as smooth, nonchalantly handing over some roses and joking that he found them on the ground.

Our hero might have some competition in the form of Lee Sang-woo (All’s Well With a Happy Home), who will play a fellow idol-turned-actor, though his career path has pretty much gone the opposite way of the heroine. Han Ye-seul was and is still a die-hard fan, though, as shown by her shielding him from the rain with an umbrella, completely oblivious to the fact that she’s getting drenched. There’s something so painfully relatable about that, regardless of age; she tells herself that there’s no bigger star than her “oppa.”

Inevitably though, the interactions between Kim Ji-suk and Han Ye-seul outshine her fangirling, and it’s pretty adorable how both of them light up when Kim Ji-suk corrects her about his relationship status: “I’m not married. Don’t go around spreading fake rumors.” Han Ye-seul continues with her interview, saying that living as a thirtysomething single woman in Korea hasn’t changed much, although it’s accepted that marriage isn’t the happy ending anymore: “But I don’t want to blame myself. And I hope those of you listening do the same.” I love the ending shots of the main couple with Han Ye-seul’s girlfriends, played by Ryu Hyun-kyung (Empress Ki) and Lee Sang-hee (Our Love Story), both as children and then as adults.

The recent strikes at MBC and KBS have delayed the premiere of 20th Century Boy and Girl, which was originally set to start its run next week, but will now premiere October 2. This date is still subject to change, tentatively, but let’s hope the producers make good use of the extra week. In the meantime, MBC will air a rerun of Romance Full of Life next Monday and Tuesday, which is the web and TV drama hybrid the station aired earlier this year, starring Yoon Shi-yoon and Jo Soo-hyang.

Via Naver TV, iMBC (1), iMBC (2), iMBC (3), Osen

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That first poster is soooo cute! And all the other images make this look like it will be a fun watch. All the actors look like they are having so much fun together. I can feel the chemistry just in the pictures alone! I hope that translates to the drama!

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The teaser and the first poster are so adorable. The leads definitely have cute, easy chemistry and I look forward to their reunited-childhood-sweethearts story.

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This looks so cute! I like how our main couple only has eyes for each other in the second poster.

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It's so adorable oh my God! I'm hoping so much that this doesn't end up like One More Happy Ending that had a very cheerful and upbeat teaser only to be a meh show. Han Ye-seul is gorgeous, Kim Ji-suk is gorgeous, Lee Sang-woo is gorgeous and I'm ready for this. Between this show, This Life Is Our First, and Revolutionary Love, I hope that the drama drought is coming to an end.

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This looks cute. I can sense they'll have good chemistry together. Looking forward to this one and the drama with Siwon and Kang Sora. Hopefully one of these (or both) will be able to replace the Live Up To Your Name -shaped hole in my heart after that gem of a drama ends. :')

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This looks so cute and ooh! they're going to Hong Kong!

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Seems like my Mond-Tues will be filled with some romantic stories -Temperature of Love and now this one😍 This Life is Our First also seems to be something that I would watch as well.

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If the other promos haven't reeled me in, the new teaser and posters sure did!! I'm too hyped now and I'm not sure if I'll be satisfied. I guess I'll just dive in to it and hope it'll be good. (is this what's it like to be in love? lol)

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The title looks exactly like the one for The Package.

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Oh Holy Moly! How will I be able to watch so many good shows which are airing (or gonna air soon) now? There is the one starring Seo Hyun-jin, this one has Kim Ji-suk.. and the Package has Yonghwa in it!

Awww.. my heart

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It's been forever since I watch LSW in One Warm Word XD

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Love main couple <3

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I really love the cast
Its too cuteeee ❤️❤️❤️

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This looks cute! Will start with little expectation because I'd rather be pleasantly surprised xD
Oh, the poster kind of remind me of Fight My Way. Maybe because it's taken on a rooftop

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This looks awesome!

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Love the posters and cast for this drama! Looks like a cute, light-hearted romance. Can't wait for the premiere!

http://www.thekimchikorner.com

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Thanks for the update on 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, tipsymocha!

Very appealing. I'm still recovering from SEVEN DAY QUEEN, and this ought to help. ;-)

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Ms. Han is a true beauty. I hope this Drama gets a good writer.

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I love The Beach Boys music in this, gives is a summery, breezy feel. Makes me happy. Hope it doesn’t go too angsty!

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