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Answer Me 1997 - Korean Drama 2012

Updated on October 2, 2014

Finally, I've found the perfect drama which owns my heart and soul. Answer Me 1997 is a fun, sweet, nostalgic and beautifully molded 16 mini-episodes drama. Set-up in two different eras (their reunion in 2012 and 1997), Answer Me 1997 gives us these questions: what did we do when we were 18 years old? What did we want in our lives? How did our adulthood begin?

Even though Answer Me 1997 is classified as a sitcom because of its episode length (30 minutes per episode), however, I prefer to classify it as a drama - because sitcom usually has more than 50 episodes (while Answer Me 1997 only has 16 episodes, wish they have more episodes though so I can indulge in the sweetness of this drama longer).

I wasn't into a k-pop back then (but I was a huge fan of American boybands). Most of the 90s culture that I experienced & used (ie. tamagochi, nintendo Game Boy, DDR, VCR, boyband posters that I pestered all over my room!) during the 90s were brought back in this drama and boy, it brought back many lovely memories.

The scriptwriters are genius, and I really enjoy their creativity in writing a simple but meaningful nostalgic drama about friendship, fangirling, family. Every time they flash back to year 1997, I began to reminisce all the things that I've done in that year - my high school year, my teenage year. I truly enjoy my current life, my sometimes I also wanted to go back to year 90s as a carefree young girl. But unfortunately, we can't turn back the time.

Sung Si Won summed it up perfectly, "If our bodies can't go back, at least our souls can. Right now, I'm going back to the '90s." - Sung Shi Won, so let's travel back to the 90s through Answer Me 1997!

Sadly, we are now bidding goodbye to Answer Me 1997. I really love the finale, so glad that the writer spent a bit of time to wrap each character's story. I'm not going to write any spoiler here, in case you haven't watched it; but can I honestly admit that I love cable drama? Because they rarely censor hot kissing scenes ^_^

Answer Me 1997, thank you! What a daebak amazing drama filled with nostalgic memories, love, and warm family story. Going to miss you and all the casts so much.

Have you watched Answer Me 1997? Do you like it?

Teasers, Details, Synopsis & Cast Members


Answer Me 1997
Answer Me 1997


Number of Episodes: 16

Also Known As: Reply 1997 / Response 1997

Original run: July 24, 2012 - September 18, 2012 on tvN every Tuesday 23.00 KST


- Jung Eun Ji (A-Pink) as Sung Si Won

- Seo In Gook as Yoon Yoon Jae

- Shin So Yool as Mo Yoo Jung

- Lee Ho Won [Hoya] (Infinite) as Kang Joon Hee

- Eun Ji Won as Do Hak Chan

- Lee Shi Un as Bang Sung Jae

Sung Family:

- Sung Dong Il as Sung Dong Il (Sung Si Won's father)

- Kang Kyun Sung as young Sung Dong Il (Cameo ep 9)

- Lee Il Hwa as Lee Il Hwa (Sung Si Won's mother)

- Park Cho Rong as young Il Hwa (Cameo ep 9)

Yoon Family:

- Song Jong Ho as Teacher Yoon Tae Woong (Yoon Yoon Jae's brother)

Production Director: Shin Won Ho (Qualifications of Men)

Scriptwriter: Lee Woo Jung (1Night 2Days) & Kim Ran Joo

Official Website: Reply1997

Official Twitter: tvN1997

Official Youtube Channel: tvN1997

Character Relationship

Character Relationship
Character Relationship


Sung Shi Won (Jung Eun Ji) is a junior screenwriter. Back in 1997, she's a huge H.O.T fan, called herself as Tony's wife and is still a loyal fans 15 years later. She lives with her adorable and loving parents.

Her father's diagnosed with a cancer, and it turned her life upside down as now she realizes how much his father really loves her even though they frequently fight over small things, especially over her fangirling obsession.

Entangled between two brothers who fight for her feeling, who will Shi Won choose in the end? And who's her baby's father?

Mo Yoo Jung (Shin So Yool) - Shi Won's best friend since high school and she falls in love with idol / korean artists so frequently that she changes her bias almost every month.

She's adorable and sweet.

She loves Yoon Jae but he didn't accept her feeling & broke her heart. So even though she initially opposed to it, but because of his tender heart, she's dating with a guy from Seoul, Hak Chan. Unfortunately, their relationship is not a smooth-sailing one, as they always break up over crabs.

Yoon Yoon Jae (Seo In Gook) was a very smart student who graduated top of the class from Seoul University Law Faculty and is now a judge.

Deep down, he's a sensitive person.

Shi Won is his first love even though he realizes that he can't compete with Tony Ahn, Shi Won's first love. And he also has to step back as his older brother also loves Shi Won.

Do Hak Chan (Eun Ji Won) - a transfer student from Seoul - he seems perfect, an eloquent speaker and charismatic; but he is incredibly shy in front of woman.

Things change after he saw Yoon Jae's treatment to Yoo Jung. So he cares & tends her broken-heart and becomes her boyfriend.

Kang Joon Hee (Hoya) - Yoon Jae's best friend who conceals a dark secret.

Their friendship shakes as Joon Hee begins to have feeling for Shi Won.

OST List

Answer Me 1997 Official MVs - Seo In Guk and Eun Ji Love Story Part 1 & 2

Answer Me 1997 OST Album
Answer Me 1997 OST Album

Answer Me 1997 OST

Answer Me 1997 Love Story OST Part 1 - Released August 28, 2012

1. All For You by Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Gook

2. All For You (Instrumental)

Answer Me 1997 Love Story OST Part 2 - Released September 4, 2012

1. Our Love Like This by Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Gook

Answer Me 1997 OST Album is now available on Yes Asia. It includes mini photobook & behind the scenes DVD

Seo In Guk & Jung Eun Ji Mnet Countdown Performance - All for You & Our Love Like This

The casts have completed their Answer Me 1997 filming, and I'm so pleased that Mnet gave Seo In Guk & Jung Eun Ji a chance to showcase their amazingly palpable chemistry on & off-screen through their duet live performance of Shi Won & Yoon Jae's love song OSTs at Mnet Countdown.

If you haven't seen their duet, Mnet has graciously uploaded both videos on their YT channel.

Answer Me 1997 - Episode Preview

- Episode 16: "The reason why first loves don't last | Episode 16 Text Preview

- Episode 15: "While Loving You"

- Episode 13 & 14: "Next Time"... No, Now" & "Love is Ordered by the Heart"

- Episode 11 & 12: "The Definition of Relationships" & "The Meaning of a Hand"

- Episode 9 & 10: "The thread of fate" & "The Reason I love You"

- Episode 7 & 8: "Future Hopes" & "D-day"

- Episode 5 & 6: "Life's Counterattack" & "Love Makes You Do Things You Didn't Do Before"

- Episode 3 & 4: "What You See is Not Everything" & "Fair play"

- Episode 1 & 2: "18" & "Becoming more and more different"

Thank You video from Answer Me 1997 Casts

As a viewer, I want to say thank you too to all casts & crew because without them, I wouldn't have one of the best drama 2012. A drama which owns my heart & soul; a drama which brings back many memories, a drama which reminds us once again the true value of family & friendship. So thank you and I'm glad that this drama gets all the love it truly deserved.

Answer Me 1997 - Award


49th Paeksang Awards - May 9, 2013

- Best New Actress: Jung Eun Ji


6th Korea Drama Awards - October 3, 2012

- Best Couple Award: Jung Eun Ji & Seo In Guk


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  • buttercake profile image

    buttercake 4 years ago

    I watched this drama love it.

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    tekaha 5 years ago

    as an ajumma who was a teenager in the 80's, i LOVED answer me 1997. watched it twice. as a non-korean, i also enjoyed it even more reading the recaps along with each episode on dramabeans. Seo In Guk for the win!