Twenty-Five Twenty-One (스물다섯 스물하나) is a Korean drama TV series directed by Jung Ji-hyun and starring Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona and Lee Joo-myung, alongside other cast members. The series has 16 episodes. Twenty Five Twenty One episode 15 has a runtime of 88 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
IN A TIME WHEN DREAMS SEEM OUT OF REACH, A TEEN FENCER PURSUES BIG AMBITIONS AND MEETS A HARDWORKING YOUNG MAN WHO SEEKS TO REBUILD HIS LIFE.
– Twenty Five Twenty One Episode 15 recap contains major spoilers –
Twenty Five Twenty One episode 15 starts with Yi-jin telling Yu-rim about him reporting about her move to Russia. Yu-rim is surprisingly ok about it and also says that it’s only fair that he reports about it first. He tells her to explain things to everyone so that they understand, however, Yu-rim refuses to drag her parents through that situation and implores him not to mention her parents either.
Back to the last scene in the previous episode – Hee-do complains and says that he always hides when he is in pain. Sobbing, Yi-jin tells her that it’s because of him Yu-rim is in so much pain. While people congratulated him, Yu-rim is becoming the victim of hate. Hee-do comforts him and tells him that Yu-rim knew that he was just doing his job and that’s ok. He is allowed to do that and he must accept that. She also apologises for saying what she did the other day.
The next day, Yi-jin tells Jae-kyung that he wants to transfer to the newsroom since he has no objectivity when it comes to Hee-do and thus working in sports is not an option anymore. Jae-kyung understands and says that it’s enough that her mother breaks her heart and welcomes him to the team. When Yi-jin asks her whether she has anything more to say about their relationship, she asks that they not fight.
As Yi-jin starts his first day without getting the time to unpack in his new desk, Yu-rim and Hee-do share emails with one another discussing everything that they are going through, now thousands of miles apart from one another. Yi-jin’s busy schedule makes him late to movie screenings, but hey, Hee-do is smarter than that! It’s entertaining watching this segment. Makes me sad that we only have one more episode to watch these characters wade through life.
As the new year rolls around, Hee-do wishes for a couple’s plan to talk to Yi-jin. Meanwhile, Seung-wan and Ji-woong get into college and he’s pretty much still quite popular. However, although Hee-do enthusiastically sends all of the updates from back home, Yu-rim seems to not be interested to listen to them. She keeps them on unread and looks quite sad.
Later on, Hee-do sees first-hand how Yi-jin’s work affects him. Although his superior asks him to numb it out, Yi-jin refuses and says that he’d rather feel their pain. That sadness, however, is replaced by absolute mirth when Yi-jin finds Hee-do at the bar and immediately hugs her in a drunken haze.
Either way, the next morning, Hee-do is concerned about Yu-rim not replying to her emails. Plus, when a disturbing interview pops up, she is left more concerned. Adding to her stress are comments in her latest interview. Either way, she bears no ill will, since she knows her friend and knows it’s the journalists who always twist the athletes’ words around.
In Madrid, both Yu-rim and Hee-do advance to the finals to face off against each other. It’s a heart-stopping match between the two friends who have both promised to win the title. The background score and the cinematography in this section are absolutely amazing as it adds to the shock and excitement of watching the match. Although it’s not an actual sports broadcast, it doesn’t feel anything less than that.
During the match, Hee-do and Yu-rim both think back to things that they have faced together in their journey in the fencing world. It’s not easy being famous and everyone living their dreams through you. You feel sympathy for both of them when you see them going through all of this crap together and separately. Either way, although you have been told how this match ends, it’s still captivating to watch this go down.
After Hee-do wins, you watch the best friends start sobbing and god is this an emotional moment for us all. Yu-rim apologises to Hee-do, but the latter was never angry with her in the first place. She knows how everything happened. As everyone close to the two cries at what they see on screen, Min-chae desperately searches for the next diary. An adult Hee-do, knowing what her daughter is doing, lets her read her diary so that she is able to experience the passion that she had written down in her diaries.
On the day Hee-do, Yi-jin and Jae-kyung are supposed to meet, Yi-jin cancels at the last minute because of work. On the way back, Jae-kyung asks her whether she’s ok with a relationship where Yi-jin will always be disappointing her. Hee-do, however, says that she’s ok with it. That night, before getting too disappointed, Yi-jin meets Hee-do at her house and they decide to go on vacation for their 600 days anniversary.
However, that vacation never happens because the World Trade Centre catastrophe happens on the day they are supposed to leave, September 9. Yi-jin cancels, understandably, and Hee-do goes back home to find a cake and a sweet card for her. Alone and with gifts all around her with no one to celebrate, Hee-do turns on the news and gets a text from Yi-jin informing her that he’s leaving for New York the next day.
In New York, Yi-jin isn’t having a good time either. People curse at him for being a reporter at such a time and he, too, feels defeated. Either way, Yi-jin calls and tells Hee-do that it’ll take a month for him to come back on the day Hee-do moves into the training centre. As life moves on, Hee-do keeps waiting for her boyfriend to come back and meet her. However, that seems quite unlikely at this point. Yi-jin is also having nightmares from his experiences, which is quite understandable. He just keeps looking worse as time goes on.
As Hee-do comes home for break, Hee-do learns from her mother that Yi-jin has probably applied for a position at the New York office. As another year rolls around, both Hee-do and Yi-jin feel the weight of being and growing apart. This is probably it for the couple we have rooted for, and I am not sure whether I am ready for this heartbreak.
Final Thoughts: Twenty Five Twenty One episode 15
As Twenty Five Twenty One prepares to end the series, I am once again left a crying mess multiple times throughout the episode. The series brings the different feelings a person can feel over the course of one year perfectly and you feel their desperation, longing, happiness and crushing sadness through the 1.5 hours that you watch the episode. There’s hope here as well, and although we know that Hee-do and Yi-jin won’t end up together, I cannot still feel happy, only because I know they won’t end on a bad note.
Either way, the series doesn’t need much to be talked about other than appreciation for bringing for friendship and love in the most wonderful and heartwarming way possible. At no point did the episode feel staged – you will always feel like you’re watching real life unfolding in front of you and for that, I am truly left happy.
Twenty-Five Twenty-One is streaming on Netflix.
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