Here are 5 best insights on love and friendship from the Korean series, Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022):
1. Relationships bring more joy than material possessions.
“Neither money nor a medal could give me this kind of happiness.” – Ko Yurim
“Every moment that we spent together made me happy.” – Na Heedo
“I was so lonely and struggling. You were always the one to comfort me.” – Ko Yurim
“When I’m with you, it feels like everything is going to be fine.” – Ko Yurim
“How can I remove my family? My family is my everything.” – Ko Yurim
“You put a smile on my face.” – Baek Yijin
“Remember, not many people win a gold medal in their life. I respect you, not as your dad, but as a person. Your mom and I are already so proud of you.” – Yurim’s father
2. Love far outweighs the troubles of life.
“Even if all you can give me is misery, I’m up for it. I’m fine as long as we’re in it together.” – Jiwoong
“You both sacrificed your entire lives for me. Now it is simply my turn to make that sacrifice.” – Ko Yurim
“When your mom hugged me, all of the hurt and sadness melted away.” – Na Heedo
“You’re a family. How could you be a burden?” – Yijin’s uncle
“I’ll reunite our family. I’ll bring us together.” – Baek Yijin
3. Love sees beyond imperfections.
“I don’t understand you. I simply accept you.” – Baek Yijin
“I can’t stand Yi-jin. I hate him. I loathe him! I like him.” – Na Heedo
“Whatever you do, or no matter what you look like, I’m in love with you for who you are.” – Baek Yijin
4. Love seeks the highest good for the other.
“I don’t want you to be in my misery, Ji-woong.” – Ko Yurim
“I don’t fight for myself in team matches. I fight for us. Us, the people I love.” – Na Heedo
“I want to stay by your side and watch you grow into a great person.” – Baek Yijin
“As your dad, I don’t want my daughter to live with such a heavy burden.” – Yurim’s father
“You should also meet someone like that. Someone that inspires you to improve just by being together.” – Yijin’s mom
“Why do you root for me? Even my mom doesn’t.” – Na Heedo
“Because you give me hope. And I want more for you. And it makes me want to do well, too.” – Baek Yijin
“Even if we’re not together, let’s get back up together. I’ll be your strength to help you back up again.” – Na Heedo
5. Nothing lasts forever. People come and go.
“Heedo, let’s put a distance between us. We were capable of anything. So let’s try this as well.” – Baek Yijin
“Nothing lasts forever. Everything is momentary. They all flow away. And that’s not always a bad thing.” – Mrs. Kim
“The only thing I believe that will be constant in this world is gravity. I don’t believe in anything to stay the same forever. Because believing in something like that sets expectations for how things should turn out. However, gravity is constant regardless of any expectations. That’s why I can believe only in gravity.” – Baek Yijin
“Even though we get it, we’ll end up losing it eventually. Nothing lasts forever.” – Na Heedo
Genre: Romantic, Drama, Coming of age
Synopsis: The series depicts the romantic life of five characters from 1998 to 2021.
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona and Lee Joo-myung
Written by: Kwon Do-eun
Directed by: Jung Ji-hyun
Original network: tvN, Netflix
Date: February 12 – April 3, 2022
Cover photo: tvN Drama