Lingerie Girls’ Generation (also known as Girls’ Generation 1979) is about teenagers growing up in the 1970’s in a rural town. Relationships are turned upside down after a girl from Seoul transfers there.
I was primarily drawn to Lingerie Girls’ Generation because of its time period setting. There just aren’t many kdramas set during the 1970’s. Most of the ones I’ve seen have only had a portion of the drama set during this period. One of my favorites was the romance melo Love Rain that had its first four episodes set during this time. I’m always interested to learn more about different time periods, so I was excited to jump into this drama.
We have Bona as Jung Hee. She’s a pretty typical teenager who develops a huge crush on a very handsome and popular boy. She very much felt like a regular teenager and had a very endearing quality to her as she pursued the relationship.
Jung Hee encounters some difficulties when the new girl from Seoul, Hye Joo (Chae Seo Jin) moves to town. Hye Joo is as nice as can be and seems perfect in every way. She also wants to be friends with Jung Hee. But Jung Hee becomes quite conflicted when she realizes that Hye Joo has drawn the affections of the boy she likes.
And that boy is Jin (Yeo Hoi Hyun). All the girls at school like him, and he has a pretty pleasant personality to go along with his handsome looks. Pretty much any girl would be happy to have him, especially Jung Hee. But of course the one girl he likes, Hye Joo, doesn’t return his feelings.
Hye Joo has her eye on a young man who works at the local pharmacy, Young Choon (Lee Jong Hyun). He has a bit of a checkered past and just wants to live a quiet and peaceful life. Things change for him when he meets Hye Joo.
And finally we have Dong Moon (Seo Young Joo). He’s the sweet, nerdy guy who has a crush on Jung Hee and has been relegated to the friend zone. He’s the type who is always there for her even though she doesn’t return his feelings. He’s very adorable.
Lingerie Girls’ Generation is very much a slice of life drama. It definitely had me reminiscent of dramas such as Reply 1988. It has that very nostalgic feel to it both in look and tone. It also utilizes a ton of wonderful music from the 70’s from Korea and America.
The drama has a very breezy quality to it. It also feels very simple as we get to know this group of teenagers and go along with them on their relationship journeys.
I always get a kick out of dramas that use the “relationship train” as I like to call it. We end up with one of those scenarios where A likes B, B likes C, C likes D, and D like E. No one likes the right person! lol
I find this fun though as watching the teens pursue their love interests frequently results in a great deal of turmoil and growth. Affections eventually change through all of this, and it’s a fun process to watch.
Yet behind the fun was a melancholy undertone. The drama is more than just a relationship drama. There are some very serious things that the teens are dealing with concerning their families and issues of the time. These issues have far reaching effects on the teens. The drama develops a very bittersweet quality to it as it progresses. It really was quite beautiful to watch.
Lingerie Girls’ Generation delivered at being both a cute and fun relationship drama as well as a thoughtful and poignant look at life in 1970’s Korea. It’s a very moving and heartfelt drama that offers a little something different to enjoy.
My Rating: 7.5/10
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