Netflix’s Teen Romance ’20th Century Girl’ Evokes ’90s Nostalgia










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Netflix’s Teen Romance ’20th Century Girl’ Evokes ’90s Nostalgia

From left, Park Jung-woo, Roh Yoon-seo, Kim Yoo-jung and Byeon Woo-seok attend a press conference for the upcoming Netflix original movie
From left, Park Jung-woo, Roh Yoon-seo, Kim Yoo-jung, and Byeon Woo-seok attend a press conference for the upcoming Netflix original movie “20th Century Girl” at CGV Yongsan on October 19. Newsis


Netflix’s upcoming original film “20th Century Girl” is a sweet teen romance set in 1999 that will make audiences nostalgic for the ’90s with retro items, fashion and music, its director said Wednesday.

The story centers on a 17-year-old girl who closely watches a boy at school on behalf of her best friend and she finds herself in her own love story.

Set against the backdrop of the 90s, Bora (Kim Yoo-jung) secretly records Baek Hyun-jin (Park Jung-woo) on a camcorder and befriends his friend Poong Un-ah (Byun Woo-seok) to learn more information about Baek.

Director Bang Yoo-ri said she wrote the script based on her own experience exchanging diaries with her friend, thinking the story might resonate with a wider audience.

“It all started with a diary that I exchanged with my friend,” the 39-year-old told a press conference. “About 80% of the paper was about a boy I liked.”

Bang said the film was set in 1999, a year filled with nervous excitement before the new millennium, to reflect a turbulent phase of emotions experienced by teenagers.

A scene from the Netflix original movie
A scene from the Netflix original movie “20th Century Girl” / Courtesy of Netflix.


“I was a little worried that the actors wouldn’t understand the sentiment of the past, but all of them shared a similar sentiment and loved it,” Bang said.

Kim Yoo-jung, born in 1999, said she discovered that old things could always be trendy and hoped young viewers could feel the 90s vibe.

“I saw a floppy disk for the first time while filming the movie. I also thought it would be nice to have video rental stores,” she said. “We all especially loved wearing 1990s clothes.”

The Netflix original premiered during the Busan International Film Festival held earlier this month.

“20th Century Girl” premieres Friday on Netflix. (Yonhap)






































































































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