18 Again

  1. First, this entry will have photos of select oppas at the end.
  2. Second, this won’t be a detailed review, but it’ll have some spoilers.
  3. Third, I’m not versed on the K fandom. 🏳️ Do not attack.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

18 Again
Genre: Family drama, Coming-of-age story
Director: Hang Byun-hoon
Writers: Ahn Eun-bin, Choi Yi-ryool, Kim Do-yeon

The story is about a 37-year-old divorcee who got his chance to revert to his 18-year-old self. With this biological rewind, he attempts to reclaim his dream from the past that he had to give up after becoming a teenage parent.

While their circumstances can differ from yours, watching makes you ponder on your life and have a look at how you have been treating your partner, your kids, your parents (depending on who you have), and even your dreams and priorities.

I don’t like harbouring regrets but I am not always immune to them. Don’t we all have that point when we asked what if we had done things differently? The story doesn’t ask to overlook faults and simply forgive, but it offers an impartial perspective so you’ll understand all sides.

In terms of casting, the performance, especially of Lee Do-hyun, is just A list. In all K-drama I’ve seen, actors portray emotions genuinely at a level deeper than acting. That quality seems to be the norm. And it’s not just the lead characters performing at this tier, it is (almost) everyone.

Spoiler ⚠️ You can choose not to watch.

Heavy Spoiler ⚠️ | Click for the scene explanation. Skip if you are planning to see the series.

Here, the lead uses sign language to reveal his identity to his father who reasonably doesn’t recognize him because he turned 19 years younger than his supposed age. They can use sign language because his mom used to teach this for work before she passed away (that happened years ago when he was a student playing in a league game). At that time, the lead only learned of his mom’s illness in the morgue and he resented his father for not disclosing it. It was a joint decision of his parents though and it was meant for his good because they wanted him to continue focusing on basketball since it’s his dream to succeed in this field. Shortly after, he becomes a teenage dad, which strained his relationship further with his father. Then he stops basketball and leaves his father for good after a heated confrontation. Now, the lead and his father get a chance to forgive each other (and themselves) in this moment β€” that in the past signaled the downturn of their relationship.

Age regression aside, this is one of the most realistic family drama and marriage story I binged. From what I recall, I started crying from episode 6 onwards. The force of this show is its relatability β€” the concerns are too real. The characters don’t have it easy in life, but they manage to get by tough situations through hard work and trade-offs, which is how it’ll be for most of us in the middle and working class; and not out of some deus ex machina. Also, the narrative depicts women progressively. It fairly defined the prejudice of society (that can still be prevalent especially in other countries) and dismantles it by showing strong women who are just as human and deserving and qualified to decide what they want for themselves.

Spoiler ⚠️ | Click for scenes that made me bawl my heart out:
  1. wife eating snacks by the table, and lead does some monologue
  2. divorce show pilot episode
  3. basketball game: self reveal of lead with sign language
  4. passbook scene
  5. umbrella scene with babies
  6. bus station memory: lead is inside the bus and young wife is waiting in the shed with babies


I’m going to stop talking about this series because it still feels fresh and writing is enough to drown me with emotions. A happy thought about this show: I’m kind of envious of that opportunity to bond with your kids when you’re around the same age as them.

This is random. But as promised, here are photos of some (not necessarily Korean) oppa. They are my only male celebrity crushes and they’re all inestimable actors. Photos are not mine but I collated them together because they look hot in black and white, right? This is the happy ending of this entry.

Male
Appreciation Time

Oo, objectivism talaga eto.
There is no euphemism for this.
But these men are art though.

Play song πŸ’½ to complete the experience πŸ₯°

Yes. I AM 16. Judge the song. Judge me.
Even my children are judging me.
Huwag ka na din babalik dito, okay?
✌️*kidding

In order of appearance, which is based on descending chronological age:

  • Lee Dong-wook | Nov. 6, 1981 | ♏
    *Same birthday! πŸŽ‚
    (photos gathered from Pinterest)

  • Eddie Redmayne | Jan. 6, 1982 | β™‘
    *My top 1 in acting πŸ† (photos gathered from Pinterest)

  • Adam Driver | Nov. 19, 1983 | ♏
    (photos gathered from Interview Magazine)

  • Lee Do-hyun | Apr. 11, 1995 | β™ˆ
    (photos gathered from Esquire Korea)

1 Comment

  1. Relatable – yes!!! Hearing it from someone married, validates my view that the portrayal are made realistic. The only thing I don’t find relatable is Kim Ha Neul’s (the wife) perfect body, height and OOTD. Hahahaaha I finished the series (with half my attention) while finishing a report. I stopped and shed tears from that basketball scene. “Ang sakit sa puso ” but at the same time, it felt redeeming.

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