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Reply 1994
Reply 1994.jpg
Promotional poster for Reply 1994
Also known asAnswer Me 1994
Respond 1994
GenreRomance
Comedy
FormatTelevision series
Written byLee Woo-jung
Directed byShin Won-ho
StarringGo Ara
Jung Woo
Yoo Yeon-seok
Kim Sung-kyun
Son Ho-jun
Baro
Min Do-hee
Sung Dong-il
Lee Il-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes21
Production
Producer(s)Lee Myung-han
Location(s)South Korea
Running timeFridays and Saturdays at 21:00 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channeltvN
Original runOctober 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) – December 28, 2013 (2013-12-28)
Chronology
Followed byEmergency Couple
Related showsReply 1997
External links
Website
 
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Reply 1994
Reply 1994.jpg
Promotional poster for Reply 1994
Also known asAnswer Me 1994
Respond 1994
GenreRomance
Comedy
FormatTelevision series
Written byLee Woo-jung
Directed byShin Won-ho
StarringGo Ara
Jung Woo
Yoo Yeon-seok
Kim Sung-kyun
Son Ho-jun
Baro
Min Do-hee
Sung Dong-il
Lee Il-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes21
Production
Producer(s)Lee Myung-han
Location(s)South Korea
Running timeFridays and Saturdays at 21:00 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channeltvN
Original runOctober 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) – December 28, 2013 (2013-12-28)
Chronology
Followed byEmergency Couple
Related showsReply 1997
External links
Website

Reply 1994 (Hangul: 응답하라 1994; RR: Eungdabhara 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] Its final episode garnered an average viewership rating of 11.9%, an all-time high for a drama on Korean cable channel.[5]

It was written by Lee Woo-jung and directed by Shin Won-ho, the same team behind hit 2012 series Reply 1997.[6][7][8]

Plot[edit]

Set in 1994, six university students from various provincial areas (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 Na-jung. The timeline moves back and forth 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.[9]

The series follows the pop culture events of that year, including the emergence of seminal K-pop group Seo Taiji and Boys and the Korean Basketball League.[10]

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.
A medical student. He was the best friend of Na-jung's late older brother, and grew up with the Sung siblings. (Hometown: Masan, South Gyeongsang Province) Na-Jung's husband.
Although he is only a freshman, he is the number one pitcher of Yonsei University's baseball team. He had a crush on Na-Jung. (Hometown: Gangnam, Seoul)
He looks much older than he actually is.[18] (Hometown: Samcheonpo, South Gyeongsang Province)
His father is the CEO of the bus company Suncheon Transportation Inc. (Hometown: Suncheon, South Jeolla Province)
Chilbong's cousin, and Garbage's lowerclassman in school.[21] (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]

  • Moon Kyung-eun as himself (ep 1)
  • Woo Ji-won as himself (ep 1)
  • Kim Hoon as himself (ep 1)
  • Hong Seok-cheon as ROTC cadet (ep 2)
  • Na Young-seok as Yonsei student boarder (ep 2)[22]
  • Huh Kyung-young as interrogatory student boarder (ep 2)
  • Woohee (Dal Shabet) as Ha Hee-ra[23]
  • Kim Min-young as Lee Soon-ja (ep 2)
  • Kim Kwang-gyu as Sseureki's professor at the university hospital (ep 5)
  • Kim Jong-min (Koyote) as doctor (ep 5)
  • Lee Jooyeon (After School) as medical student Lee Joo-yeon (ep 5)
  • Kim Jung-min as himself (ep 5)
  • NC.A as Ssuk-ssuk's girlfriend in 2013 (ep 6)[24]
  • Park Kyung-ri (Nine Muses) as one of Na-jung's friends on the group date (ep 7)
  • Park Min-ha (Nine Muses) as one of Na-jung's friends on the group date (ep 7)
  • Lee Hye-min (Nine Muses) as one of Na-jung's friends on the group date (ep 7)
  • Lee Yoo-joon as one of Sseureki's friends on the group date (ep 7)
  • Ji Seung-hyun as one of Sseureki's friends on the group date (ep 7)
  • Yang Ki-won as one of Sseureki's friends on the group date (ep 7)
  • Lee Kyung-shil as Dong-il's first love (ep 8)
  • Jung Sung-ho as songwriter (ep 9)
  • Lee Jung-eun as Samcheonpo's mother (ep 10)
  • Choi Deok-moon as Kim Yoon-shik, Samcheonpo's father (ep 10)
  • Jo Yang-ja as Samcheonpo's grandmother (ep 10)
  • Kim Han-jong as Samcheonpo's drunk neighbor (ep 10)
  • Kim In-seo as Haitai's crush (ep 11)
  • Kim Byung-choon as Jung Man-ho, Dong-il's friend (ep 12)
  • Jo Jae-yoon as Kim Jae-young (ep 12)
  • Kim Won-hae as Sseureki's father (ep 12, 21)
  • Seo Yoo-ri as Joo-kyung, Sseureki's first love (ep 12)
  • Kim Min-jong as himself (ep 13)
  • Choi Jong-hoon as sergeant (ep 14)
  • Kim Seul-gie as Sseureki's cousin (ep 14-15)[25]
  • Song Min-ji as Min-jung, Sseureki's coworker (ep 16-17, 20)
  • Yoon Jin-yi as Jin-yi/"Die Die" (ep 16-17)
  • Jung Eun-ji (A Pink) as Sung Shi-won (ep 16-17, 21)
  • Seo In-guk as Yoon Yoon-jae (ep 16-17)
  • Hoya (Infinite) as Kang Joon-hee (ep 16)
  • Lee Si-eon as Bang Sung-jae (ep 16)
  • Shin So-yul as Mo Yoo-jung (ep 16)
  • Eun Ji-won as Do Hak-chan (ep 17)
  • Kim Jae-kyung (Rainbow) as "Yonsei's Jun Ji-hyun" (ep 18)
  • Go Woo-ri (Rainbow) as "Yonsei's Uhm Jung-hwa" (ep 18)
  • Jun Hyun-moo as Haitai's junior (ep 18)
  • Yoon Min-soo as married man (ep 18)
  • Yoon Seo as Ae-jung (ep 18-19)
  • Jung Yoo-mi as girl who bumps into Chilbong (ep 21)

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.[26]

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.[27][28] Shin said, "The stories about people moving to Seoul are full of unpredictable incidents."[29]

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.[30]

A novelization was published in January 17, 2014.[31]

Ratings[edit]

EpisodeOriginal airdateTitleAGB Nielsen ratings[32]
Average ratingPeak rating
1October 18, 2013"Seoul Person"
(서울 사람)
2.6%3.8%
2October 19, 2013"We're All Strangers"
(우린 모두 조금 낯선 사람들)
2.3%3.2%
3October 25, 2013"A New Generation's Love"
(신인류의 사랑)
3.0%3.8%
4October 26, 2013"Lies"
(거짓말)
4.2%5.6%
5November 1, 2013"Words I Can't Bear to Say"
(차마 하기 힘든 말)
4.7%5.8%
6November 2, 2013"Introduction to Gift-giving"
(선물학 개론)
5.8%6.9%
7November 8, 2013"The Summer of That Year"
(그 해 여름)
6.2%7.3%
8November 9, 2013"A Moment's Decision Can Change Your Life Forever"
(순간의 선택이 평생을 좌우합니다)
7.1%8.6%
9November 15, 2013"So, the Thing I Want to Say Is..."
(그러니까, 내가 하고 싶은 말은)
8.1%9.8%
10November 16, 2013"It Might Be the Last"
(어쩌면 마지막일지도 모를)
8.8%10.0%
11November 23, 2013"The Only Way to End an Unrequited Love"
(짝사랑을 끝내는 단 한 가지 방법)
9.3%10.6%
12November 29, 2013"The Miracle That Will Happen to Us"
(우리에게 일어날 기적)
9.2%11.8%
13November 30, 2013"The 10,000-Hour Rule"
(1만 시간의 법칙)
9.6%11.5%
14December 6, 2013"The People Who Changed Me, Part 1"
(나를 변화시킨 사람들 I)
9.3%11.8%
15December 7, 2013"The People Who Changed Me, Part 2"
(나를 변화시킨 사람들 II)
8.1%10.6%
16December 13, 2013"Love, Fear Part 1: Reply 1997"
(사랑,두려움;응답하라 1997 I)
8.3%10.1%
17December 14, 2013"Love, Fear Part 2: Reply 1997"
(사랑, 두려움;응답하라 1997 II)
8.3%10.6%
18December 20, 2013"Should I Tell You Again That I Love You?"
(다시 사랑한다 말할까)
8.7%10.9%
19December 21, 2013"Do You Believe in Fate?"
(운명을 믿으세요?)
9.2%11.8%
20December 27, 2013"The Beginning of the End"
(끝의 시작)
10.1%'12.4%
21December 28, 2013"To the Nineties"
(90년대에게)
11.9%14.3%

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 top various korean music charts.

OST Part 1[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Seoul, This Place (서울, 이곳은)" (Roy Kim)Kim Soon-gunJang Cheol-woong4:24
2."Seoul, This Place (서울, 이곳은) (Acoustic ver.)" (Roy Kim)Kim Soon-gunJang Cheol-woong2:35
3."Seoul, This Place (서울, 이곳은) (Acoustic guitar ver.)"   Jang Cheol-woong2:35
Total length:
9:34

OST Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."To You (너에게)" (Sung Si-kyung)Seo TaijiSeo Taiji3:50
2."To You (너에게) (Inst.)"   Seo Taiji3:50
Total length:
7:40

OST Part 3[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."With You (그대와 함께)" (B1A4)Son Ji-changSeo Young-jin3:11
2."With You (그대와 함께) (Inst.)"   Seo Young-jin3:11
Total length:
6:22

OST Part 4[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너)" (Hi.ni)Jeong Eun-kyungJeong Si-ro2:54
2."You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너) (Acoustic ver.)" (Hi.ni)Jeong Eun-kyungJeong Si-ro2:54
3."You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너) (Inst.)"   Jeong Si-ro2:54
Total length:
8:02

OST Part 5[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Happy Me (행복한 나를)" (Kim Ye-rim)Yoo Yoo-jinPark Geun-tae4:12
2."Happy Me (행복한 나를) (Inst.)"   Park Geun-tae4:12
Total length:
8:24

OST Part 6[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Parting for Me (날위한 이별)" (Dia)Park Ju-yeonKim Hyeong-seok5:06
2."Parting for Me (날위한 이별) (Inst.)"   Kim Hyeong-seok5:06
Total length:
10:12

OST Part 7[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Only Feeling You (너만을 느끼며)" (Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun)JiwooSeo Young-jin 
2."Only Feeling You (너만을 느끼며) (Inst.)"     

OST Part 8[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Start (시작)" (Go Ara)Oh DongjunOh Dongjun 
2."Start (시작) (Inst.)"   Oh Dongjun 

Reply 1994 Director's Cut OST[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Seoul, This Place (서울, 이곳은)" (Roy Kim)Kim Soon-gunJang Cheol-woong4:24
2."To You (너에게)" (Sung Si-kyung)Seo TaijiSeo Taiji3:50
3."With You (그대와 함께)" (B1A4)Son Ji-changSeo Young-jin3:11
4."You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너)" (Hi.ni)Jeong Eun-kyungJeong Si-ro2:54
5."Happy Me (행복한 나를)" (Kim Ye-rim)Yoo Yoo-jinPark Geun-tae4:12
6."Parting for Me (날위한 이별)" (Dia)Park Ju-yeonKim Hyeong-seok5:06
7."Only Feeling You (너만을 느끼며)" (Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun)JiwooSeo Young-jin 
8."Start (시작)" (Go Ara)Oh DongjunOh Dongjun 
9."Fate (운명)" (Kim Sung-kyun, Min Do-hee)Cho ByeongseokCho Byeongseok 
10."Seoul, This Place (서울, 이곳은) (Acoustic ver.)" (Roy Kim)Kim Soon-gunJang Cheol-woong2:35
11."You, I Cannot Have (가질 수 없는 너) (Acoustic ver.)" (Hi.ni)Jeong Eun-kyungJeong Si-ro2:54
12."To You (너에게) (Inst.)"   Seo Taiji3:50
13."Happy Me (행복한 나를) (Inst.)"   Park Geun-tae4:12
14."Seoul, This Place (서울, 이곳은) (Acoustic guitar ver.)"   Jang Cheol-woong2:35

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