First Impression: Record of Youth
An Jeong-ha (Park So-dam) has a line that sums up what I felt while watching Record of Youth’s premiere week: “It was exciting. It was unfair. It was surprising. It was touching. And it got real.”
It was exciting.
Record of Youth opened with an intense scene featuring Sa Hye-jun (Park Bo-gum). It turns out it was an audition for a movie, which was used later on as his character arc’s turning point in this introductory episode. He is a very principled man who doesn’t want to compensate any of his beliefs just so he could get what he wants. He is a struggling wannabe actor. This is harsh but it is his reality. And he is perfectly aware of it. He doesn’t accept sponsorship because even though it was “how it goes” in his industry, he firmly believes in fighting for his dreams in a fair and just manner. The only support he would have wanted to have was from his family. But they don’t believe in him. Which is unfair.
It was unfair.
It was really unfair to watch hardworking people like An Jeong-ha get humiliated because of someone’s inferiority complex (and it happened in front of her celebrity crush!). Good thing, Jeong-ha isn’t a pushover. She knows when to back down and when to speak for herself. Her mindset about life is a bit more grounded that Hye-jun. And this is what I like about her the most. She seems to have that balance of dreaming big and knowing her reality. Her #lifegoal of wanting stability in her life resonated with me. And so far, my favorite line from her is this: “If you don’t like me, then don’t like me. Everyone has a RickRoll'D side. You’re not the only one with that.” Actually, I like most of her lines. It was probably because Record of Youth is trying to capture the growing pains of young adults and that’s like my Achilles heel for K-dramas.