Reply 1988 (2015–2016)

TVSeries


Reply 1988 (TV Series 2015–2016)
Eung-dab-ha-ra 1988 (original title)

Follows the lives of 5 families living on the same street in a neighbourhood called Ssangmundong in Seoul. It takes a nostalgic look back at the year 1988.
South Korea
IMDb   9.1 /10
TheMovieDb    8.0 /10
RottenTomatoes
TV.com
FilmAffinity   8.4 /10
Creators
Creator Won-ho Shin
Creator Woo-jung Lee
Information
Release Date2015-11-05
Runtime1h 30min
GenreComedy, Drama, Family
Content Rating
AwardsAwards5 wins & 19 nominations
CompanyCJ E&M
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Sung Deok Sunas Sung Deok Sun
Sung Sun Wooas Sung Sun Woo
Kim Jung Hwanas Kim Jung Hwan
Choi Taekas Choi Taek
Ryu Dong Ryongas Ryu Dong Ryong
Sung Bo Raas Sung Bo Ra
Sung Dong Ilas Sung Dong Il
Lee Il Hwaas Lee Il Hwa
Kim Sung Kyunas Kim Sung Kyun
Ra Mi Ranas Ra Mi Ran
Kim Jung Bongas Kim Jung Bong
Choi Moo Sungas Choi Moo Sung
Sung No Eulas Sung No Eul
Kim Sun Youngas Kim Sun Young
Yoo Jae Myungas Yoo Jae Myung
Sung Deok Sun (older)as Sung Deok Sun (older)
Deok Sun's Future Husbandas Deok Sun's Future Husband
Dj Not Nice
Dj Not Nice
Herro McChinkyas Herro McChinky

Reply 1988

Reply 1988 (Korean: 응답하라 1988; Hanja: 應答하라 1988; RR: Eungdaphara 1988) is a South Korean television series starring Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol and Lee Dong-hwi. Beginning in the year 1988, it revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul. It aired every Friday and Saturday from November 6, 2015, to January 16, 2016, on tvN for 20 episodes.

Reply 1988 is the third installment of tvN's Reply series. It received both critical and audience acclaim with its finale episode recording an 18.8% nationwide audience share, making it the fourth highest rated drama in Korean cable television history.


Cast

Main

  • Lee Hye-ri as Sung Duk-seon/Sung Soo-yeon
  • Park Bo-gum as Choi Taek
  • Go Kyung-pyo as Sun-woo
  • Ryu Jun-yeol as Kim Jung-hwan
  • Lee Dong-hwi as Ryu Dong-ryong

Recurring

  • Sung Dong-il as Sung Dong-il (Duk-seon's father) A fraud and security specialist at a bank, Dong-il fell into debt after lending money to a friend who never paid it back. He struggles to provide for his family as he wants to while paying off the debt, but does his best to give everything he can to his children. He and his wife, Il-hwa, argue but love each other very deeply.
  • A fraud and security specialist at a bank, Dong-il fell into debt after lending money to a friend who never paid it back. He struggles to provide for his family as he wants to while paying off the debt, but does his best to give everything he can to his children. He and his wife, Il-hwa, argue but love each other very deeply.
  • Lee Il-hwa as Lee Il-hwa (Duk-seon's mother) Il-hwa is a kind woman who spends much of her time with the other moms and caring for her family. She worries about her children and husband and shows much of her care by cooking massive quantities of food to share with her family and the neighborhood.
  • Il-hwa is a kind woman who spends much of her time with the other moms and caring for her family. She worries about her children and husband and shows much of her care by cooking massive quantities of food to share with her family and the neighborhood.
  • Ryu Hye-young as Sung Bo-ra (Duk-seon's older sister). Bo-ra is a tough as nails college student who wants to become a lawyer. While outwardly stoic, she has a warm heart and shows compassion to those who need it most. Where Duk-seon struggles academically but excels at interpersonal relationships, Bo-ra is a stellar student who stumbles in social and emotional situations. She carries on a secret relationship with another person in the neighborhood.
  • Bo-ra is a tough as nails college student who wants to become a lawyer. While outwardly stoic, she has a warm heart and shows compassion to those who need it most. Where Duk-seon struggles academically but excels at interpersonal relationships, Bo-ra is a stellar student who stumbles in social and emotional situations. She carries on a secret relationship with another person in the neighborhood.
  • Choi Sung-won as Sung No-eul (Duk-seon's younger brother) Dong-il's assistant in his schemes, No-eul is a kindhearted young teen with a beautiful singing voice and a poetic, dreamer's mind. Too bad he looks like he's about 37 years old.
  • Dong-il's assistant in his schemes, No-eul is a kindhearted young teen with a beautiful singing voice and a poetic, dreamer's mind. Too bad he looks like he's about 37 years old.
  • Kim Sung-kyun as Kim Sung-kyun (Jung-hwan's father) Sung-kyun is a kind and humorous man who runs an electronics store. He loves to joke and play with the neighborhood kids, and generally keeps an air of joviality among the adults. He adores his wife, Mi-ran, and hopes for good futures for his sons.
  • Sung-kyun is a kind and humorous man who runs an electronics store. He loves to joke and play with the neighborhood kids, and generally keeps an air of joviality among the adults. He adores his wife, Mi-ran, and hopes for good futures for his sons.
  • Ra Mi-ran as Ra Mi-ran (Jung-hwan's mother) A tough lady with a strong past, Mi-ran is the indisputable empress of the Kim household. Worried about Jung-bong since his childhood diagnosis with a chronic heart condition and annoyed with his constant academic failures punctuated by collecting obsessions, Mi-ran can sometimes come off as short-tempered. This short temper is really an expression of her anxiety and love for her children and family.
  • A tough lady with a strong past, Mi-ran is the indisputable empress of the Kim household. Worried about Jung-bong since his childhood diagnosis with a chronic heart condition and annoyed with his constant academic failures punctuated by collecting obsessions, Mi-ran can sometimes come off as short-tempered. This short temper is really an expression of her anxiety and love for her children and family.
  • Ahn Jae-hong as Kim Jung-bong (Jung-hwan's older brother) A student who failed his college entrance exam 6 times, Jung-bong has a chronic heart condition that made his childhood difficult. He has a sometimes childlike personality and is easily distracted. Nevertheless, Jung-bong is kind, thoughtful, compassionate, and easy to like. He happily cares for the neighborhood kids including Jin-joo, Sun-woo's little sister. He is a surprisingly poetic romantic.
  • A student who failed his college entrance exam 6 times, Jung-bong has a chronic heart condition that made his childhood difficult. He has a sometimes childlike personality and is easily distracted. Nevertheless, Jung-bong is kind, thoughtful, compassionate, and easy to like. He happily cares for the neighborhood kids including Jin-joo, Sun-woo's little sister. He is a surprisingly poetic romantic.
  • Kim Sun-young as Kim Sun-young (Sun-woo's mother) A kind young widow, Sun-young dotes on her children as much as possible, probably to try to make up for their father's absence. She struggles with her mother-in-law and does her best to keep the family afloat. With a sunny personality and an upbeat disposition, she is always looking for the best side of any situation and can make even the most bear-like person laugh.
  • A kind young widow, Sun-young dotes on her children as much as possible, probably to try to make up for their father's absence. She struggles with her mother-in-law and does her best to keep the family afloat. With a sunny personality and an upbeat disposition, she is always looking for the best side of any situation and can make even the most bear-like person laugh.
  • Kim Seol as Sung Jin-joo (Sun-woo's little sister) A precocious toddler in 1988, one can assume Jin-joo was born somewhere between 1983 and 1984. Doted on by everyone in the neighborhood, Jin-joo is adored by all of the adults and teens alike. She loves her older brother but is a bit more reserved with others.
  • A precocious toddler in 1988, one can assume Jin-joo was born somewhere between 1983 and 1984. Doted on by everyone in the neighborhood, Jin-joo is adored by all of the adults and teens alike. She loves her older brother but is a bit more reserved with others.
  • Choi Moo-sung as Choi Moo-sung, also called "Bonghwangdang." Taek's father and the owner of a watch store at the entrance to the alley. Moo-sung moved to the neighborhood at the behest of Sun-young, whom he has known since childhood, after the death of Taek's mother. He was adopted into the neighborhood family as he raised Taek alone. Quiet and reserved, Moo-sung's unassuming exterior conceals hidden depths of emotion and compassion for his son, his friends, and the neighborhood as a whole.
  • Taek's father and the owner of a watch store at the entrance to the alley. Moo-sung moved to the neighborhood at the behest of Sun-young, whom he has known since childhood, after the death of Taek's mother. He was adopted into the neighborhood family as he raised Taek alone. Quiet and reserved, Moo-sung's unassuming exterior conceals hidden depths of emotion and compassion for his son, his friends, and the neighborhood as a whole.
  • Yoo Jae-myung as Ryu Jae-myung (Dong-ryong's father) A dean at the boy's high school, Jae-myung once harbored dreams of being a dancer. Now focused on shaping the men of the future, he does his best to keep his son in check while still enjoying his life.
  • A dean at the boy's high school, Jae-myung once harbored dreams of being a dancer. Now focused on shaping the men of the future, he does his best to keep his son in check while still enjoying his life.

Extended

  • Lee Min-ji as Jang Mi-ok (Duk Seon's friend) A wealthy student with a shadowy father. A good friend to Duk-seon and Ja-hyun, she is practical and excitable.
  • A wealthy student with a shadowy father. A good friend to Duk-seon and Ja-hyun, she is practical and excitable.
  • Lee Se-young as Wang Ja-hyun (Duk Seon's friend) A constant friend to Duk-seon and Mi-ok, Ja-hyun is focused on boys and becoming a hairstylist.
  • A constant friend to Duk-seon and Mi-ok, Ja-hyun is focused on boys and becoming a hairstylist.
  • Lee Mi-yeon as adult Sung Duk-seon
  • Kim Joo-hyuk as adult Choi Taek
  • Jeon Mi-seon as adult Sung Bo-ra
  • Woo Hyun as adult Sung No-eul
  • Lee Chung-mi as Nam Goong Neul-bo
  • Lee Jin-kwon as Bad student
  • Seo Cho-won as Supporting
  • Park Ah-sung as Student
  • Song Young Kyu as Sun-young's older brother
  • Yong Young-jae as director of Korea Baduk Association
  • Bae Yoo-ram

Special appearances

  • Kim Young-ok as Duk Seon's grandmother (ep. 2)
  • Jung Won-joong as Dong-il's older brother (ep. 2)
  • Kim Su-ro as snack shop owner (ep. 3)
  • Lee Moon-se (voice) as radio DJ (ep. 6)
  • Park Ji-yoon as TV interviewer (ep. 7)
  • Park Jung-min as Bo-ra's boyfriend (ep. 8)
  • Kim Tae-hoon as Cardiac surgeon (ep. 8)
  • Lee Soo-kyung as Lee Soo-kyung, No-eul's girlfriend (ep. 8)
  • Jung Yoo-min as Bo-ra's friend (ep. 8)
  • Jung Hae-in as Ho-young, Deok-sun's middle school friend (ep. 13)
  • Shin Young-jin as Class President's mother (ep.14)
  • Ahn Sung-ki (ep. 17)
  • Jung Woo as Trash (ep.18)
  • Go Ara as Sung Na-Jung (ep.18)

Production

Reply 1988 marked the third collaboration between director Shin Won-ho, screenwriter Lee Woo-jung and actors Sung Dong-il and Lee Il-hwa after Reply 1997 (2012) and Reply 1994 (2013). Kim Sung-kyun, who co-starred in 1994 also joined the cast. The first script-reading was held in August 2015. Choi Taek, played by Park Bo-gum, was loosely based on the real-life Go player, Lee Chang-ho.

Unlike the previous Reply series, 1988 focused more on filial bond than romance between characters with director Shin saying that most of the story was about family, and only a small fraction was about Duk-seon's love.


Original soundtrack

Like its predecessors, the soundtrack for Reply 1988 also consists of remakes of old songs.

Part 1

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Youth (청춘) (Rock Ver.)" (Kim Feel)Kim Chang-wanKim Chang-wanSanulrim4:27
2."Youth (청춘) (feat. Kim Chang-wan)" (Kim Feel)Kim Chang-wanKim Chang-wanSanulrim3:40

Part 2

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Don't Worry Dear (걱정말아요 그대)" (Lee Juck)Jeon In-gwonJeon In-gwonJeon In-gwon3:51

Part 3

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."A Little Girl (소녀)" (Oh Hyuk)Lee Young-hoonLee Young-hoonLee Moon-sae3:33

Part 4

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Hyehwa-dong (or Ssangmun-dong) (혜화동 (혹은 쌍문동))" (Park Bo-ram)Kim Chang-kiKim Chang-kiZoo4:22

Part 5

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."All I Have to Give You Is Love (네게 줄 수 있는건 오직 사랑뿐)" (December)Ji Geun-sikJi Geun-sikByun Jin Sub3:31

Part 6

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Violet Fragrance (보라빛향기)" (Wable)Kang SusieYoon SangKang Susie3:44

Part 7

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Together (함께)" (Noel)Do Yoon-kyungPark Kwang-hyunPark Kwang-hyun4:33

Part 8

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Everyday With You (매일 그대와)" (Sojin (Girl's Day))Choi Sung-wonChoi Sung-wonDeulgukhwa3:16

Part 9

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."As Time Goes By (세월이 가면)" (Kihyun)Choi Myung-subChoi Gwi-subChoi Ho-sub3:49

Part 10

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."Let's Forget It (이젠 잊기로 해요 )" (Yeo-eun (Melody Day))Lee Jang-heeLee Jang-heeKim Wan-sun3:58

Part 11

No.TitleLyricsMusicOriginal SingerLength
1."기억날 그날이 와도" (NC.A)Oh Tae-hoOh Tae-hoHong Song-min3:45

Ratings

In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep.Original broadcast dateTitleAverage audience share
AGB NielsenTNmS
NationwideSeoulNationwide
1November 6, 2015Hand in Hand6.118% 6.509% 6.5%
2November 7, 2015The One Thing You're Mistaken About Me6.600%7.600%6.7%
3November 13, 2015Not Guilty If You're Rich, Guilty If You're Poor7.777%8.697%8.6%
4November 14, 2015Can't help ~ing7.800%8.600%8.0%
5November 20, 2015Ready for Winter10.145%10.282%9.6%
6November 21, 2015The First Snow Is Coming8.900%9.800%8.8%
7November 27, 2015To You10.200%11.200%10.2%
8November 28, 2015One Warm Word10.900%11.100%10.7%
9December 4, 2015Crossing The Line11.563%11.861%10.2%
10December 5, 2015Memory13.365%13.793%12.5%
11December 11, 2015Three Different Prophecies12.228%11.772%12.3%
12December 12, 2015Loving Someone Means13.060%13.046%11.8%
13December 18, 2015Superman Has Returned12.858%13.277%12.2%
14December 19, 2015Don't Worry, Dear15.133%16.082%13.2%
15December 25, 2015Between Love and Friendship15.192%16.834%13.6%
16December 26, 2015Life is Ironic – 115.372%15.771%12.6%
17January 8, 2016Life is Ironic – 215.472%16.005%15.5%
18January 9, 2016Goodbye, My First Love17.191%18.615%16.2%
19January 15, 2016You Did Your Best17.597%19.368%17.9%
20January 16, 2016Goodbye, Youth
Goodbye, Ssangmun-dong
18.803%19.421%18.4%
Average12.314%12.982%11.775%
0October 30, 2015Guide2.996%
SpecialJanuary 2, 2016Behind7.021%6.7%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).
  • The series set a record by receiving over 200 million cumulative views within a month of its official online premiere in China.

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResultRef.
2016
16th Top Chinese Music Awards
Best International ArtistPark Bo-gumWon
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best DramaReply 1988Nominated
Best DirectorShin Won-hoWon
Best ActressRa Mi-ranNominated
Best New ActorRyu Jun-yeolWon
Ahn Jae-hongNominated
Lee Dong-hwiNominated
Best New ActressRyu Hye-youngNominated
Lee Hye-riNominated
Best ScreenplayLee Woo-jungNominated
4th Annual DramaFever Awards
Best Rising StarPark Bo-gumWon
Best KissPark Bo-gum & Lee Hye-riWon
11th Seoul International Drama Awards
Best MiniseriesReply 1988Nominated
5th APAN Star Awards
Best DirectorShin Won-hoWon
Best Supporting ActorChoi Moo-sungNominated
Best Supporting ActressKim Sun-youngNominated
Best New ActorPark Bo-gumWon
Best New ActressLee Hye-riWon
9th Korea Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, ActorPark Bo-gumNominated
Best New ActorAhn Jae-hongNominated
Lee Dong-hwiNominated
Best New ActressLee Hye-riNominated
Best Original SoundtrackLee Juck ("Don't Worry Dear")Nominated
tvN10 Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang), DramaReply 1988Won
Best Content Award, DramaWon
Best ActorSung Dong-ilNominated
Special Acting AwardWon
Asia Star AwardPark Bo-gumWon
Rising Star Award, ActorRyu Jun-yeolWon
Rising Star Award, ActressLee Hye-riWon
Scene-Stealer, ActorKim Sung-kyunWon
Lee Dong-hwiNominated
Scene-Stealer, ActressRa Mi-ranWon
Kim Sun-youngNominated
Lee Il-hwaNominated
Ryu Hye-youngNominated
Made in tvN, Actor in DramaPark Bo-gumNominated
Ryu Jun-yeolNominated
Made in tvN, Actress in DramaLee Hye-riNominated
Two Star AwardGo Kyung-pyoNominated
Best KissPark Bo-gum & Lee Hye-riNominated
8th Melon Music Awards
Best OSTOh Hyuk ("A Little Girl")Nominated
18th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Lee Juck ("Don't Worry Dear")Won
1st Asia Artist Awards
Best Rookie Award, ActorRyu Jun-yeolWon
Asia Star Award, ActorPark Bo-gumWon