Netflix has confirmed the production of 20th Century Girl with the casting of Kim You-jung (The Chaser, Thread of Lies, The 8th Night), Byeon Woo-seok (Record of Youth, Search WWW), Park Jung-woo (Love Playlist, Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation), and Roh Yoon-seo. These four actors will play characters intertwined in close friendships and first loves, the rites of passage that leave indelible imprints in life for many.
20th Century Girl takes place in 1999, the last year of the 20th century. Seventeen-year-old Bo-ra, thought friendship came before love. Her first love was a sweet but heartbreaking experience, and it comes knocking again in the 21st century. First presented by director Bang Woo-ri in her short film Mrs. Young, this story is about a middle-aged woman who meets the son of her first love, a young man who is a spitting image of his father. Bang won the Best Short Film award for Mrs. Young at the Blue Dragon Awards, and she pens and directs this full-length adaptation, which is her debut feature film.
Kim You-jung plays the title role of Na Bo-ra, a tough cookie with a taekwondo black belt and a loyal friend with a heart of gold. She diligently watches every move made by Hyun-jin, the object of her friend’s unrequited love. She will portray the complex emotions of a 17-year-old girl who suddenly finds herself caught between love and friendship.
Byeon Woo-seok plays Poong Woon-ho, Bo-ra’s classmate of the same year in her media broadcasting class. Park Jung-woo plays Baek Hyun-jin, Woon-ho’s best friend who comes under Bo-ra’s scrutiny as the love interest of her best friend Yeon-doo.
Roh Yoon-seo plays Yeon-doo, Bora’s best friend who falls in love with Hyun-jin at first sight and asks her to find out everything about him before leaving for the U.S. to receive heart surgery. As a model turned actor, Roh is a promising newcomer who demonstrated a perfect fit with the Yeon-doo character during her audition. The compelling portrayal of two friends, each with unique colors as different as lavender and lime, brings life to this story about their first loves and devotion to each other.
20th Century Girl will be produced by Yong Film Inc., the company behind The Call, Believer, Luck-Key and The Handmaiden as well the romance film The Beauty Inside that marked a defining moment in the Korean romance genre.
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