Reply 1988 – Cast & Summary

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Reply 1988 - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

One of the most legendary Korean dramas, Reply 1988, had aired starting from November 16, 2015, until January 16, 2016.

This drama actually gets inspiration from Three Families Under One Roof, an MBC Korean drama that had aired from 1986 until 1994.

Even so, the characters and the story aren’t related at all to that drama.

This drama began to shoot in 2015 in Gyeonggi Province, so was the script reading process for all cast.

Previously, Hyeri had starred in Seonam Girls High School Investigators (2014) and Hyde, Jekyll, Me (2015) before filming this drama.

Meanwhile, Go Kyung Pyo had become the main actor for Potato Star 2013QR3 in 2013.

Park Bo Gum also once starred in Wonderful Mama (2013) before appearing in this drama.

Reply 1988 was aired on tvN every Friday and Saturday at 19:50 KST to replace the previous tvN drama, Second 20’s.

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Reply 1988 - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review


  • Title: Reply 1988 / 응답하라 1988
  • Also Known As: Eungdabhara 1988 / Answer Me 1988 / Respond 1988 / Answer To 1988 / Respond To 1988 / Contéstame 1988
  • Genre: Family, Comedy, Romance
  • Country: South Korea
  • Director: Shin Won Ho
  • Producer: Shin Won Ho
  • Screenwriter: Lee Woo Jung
  • Production Companies: CJ E&M
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 20
  • Air Dates: November 6, 2015 – January 16, 2016
  • Air Time: Friday and Saturday, 19:50 KST

Synopsis of Reply 1988

This drama tells a story about a family and a group of friends which sets in previous 1988 year.

There are a group of friends who have already become friends since childhood.

Those friends are Duk Sun (Hyeri), Sun Woo (Go Kyung Pyo), Jung Hwan (Ryu Jun Yeol), Taek (Park Bo Gum), and also Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi).

They are all the students of a high school, meanwhile, Taek is one of the go players.

Because they have been growing up together and their families are really close, they usually spend most of their time in Taek’s room.

But their family condition is different from each other.

Duk Sun lives in a semi-basement house and has a poor family. This is because her father, Dong Il, (Sung Dong Il) had to make a guarantee for the debt of someone.

Even so, Duk Sun is really a cheerful and happy person. She loves singing, dancing, and always bickering her sister, Bo Ra (Ryu Hye Young)

This condition is different with the family of Jung Hwan, which is rich.

Meanwhile, Sun Woo has a good family. He becomes a good role model at his school, a good brother, and also a good son.

Dong Ryong loves hanging out and dance with his friends and he didn’t want to give his shot again to go to a college because his academic score is low.

On the other side, Taek dropped out from school and becomes the go player under the name God.

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Main Cast

Reply 1988 - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Lee Hyeri as Sung Duk Sun / Sung Soo Yeon

Duk Sun is a very cheerful, bright, and a bit crazy girl. She loves her friends so much but she is confused about achieving her dream because she doesn’t have any idea.

Even though she’s not smart as the typical ‘smart student’, she really has a high spirit of life.

Reply 1988 - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Ryu Jun Yeol as Kim Jung Hwan

By his friends, he usually is called as Jung Pal. He is a sarcastic guy, but actually has a really sweet and tender heart.

He is smart, athletic, and handsome.

Reply 1988 - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Go Kyung Pyo as Sung Sun Woo

The typical ‘Straight A Student’ and always do his best to be a good son, good student, and good brother.

Park Bo Gum

Park Bo Gum as Choi Taek

A professional Go player and he is quiet enough among his friends.

Lee Dong Hwi

Lee Dong Hwi as Ryu Dong Ryung

Similar to Duk Sun, he loves joking, dancing, singing, and is not that smart to achieve first place in the school exam. Even so, he always has the most surprising insight and wisdom.

Supporting Cast

Sung Family
  • Sung Dong Il as Sung Dong Il
  • Lee Il Hwa as Lee Il Hwa
  • Ryu Hye Young as Sung Bo Ra
  • Choi Sung Won as Sung No Eul
Kim Family
  • Kim Sung Kyun as Kim Sung Kyun
  • Ra Mi Ran as Ra Mi Ran
  • Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Jung Bong
Sun Woo Family
  • Kim Sun Young as Kim Sun Young
  • Kim Seol as Sung Jin Joo
Neighborhood Residents
  • Choi Moo Sung as Choi Moo Sung
  • Yoo Jae Myung as Ryu Jae Myung


  • Lee Min Ji as Jang Mi Ok
  • Lee Se Young as Wang Ja Hyun
  • Lee Mi Yeon as adult Sung Duk Seon
  • Kim Joo Hyuk as adult Choi Taek
  • Jeon Mi Seon as adult Sung Bo Ra
  • Woo Hyun as adult Sung No Eul
  • Lee Chung Mi as Nam Goong Neul Bo
  • Lee Jin Kwon as Bad student
  • Seo Cho Won as Supporting
  • Park Ah Sung as Student
  • Song Young Kyu as Sun Young’s older brother
  • Yong Young Jae as director of Korea Baduk Association
  • Bae Yoo Ram
  • Kim Young Ok as Duk Seon’s grandmother
  • Jung Won Joong as Dong Il’s older brother
  • Kim Su Ro as snack shop owner
  • Lee Moon Sae (voice) as radio DJ
  • Park Ji Yoon as TV interviewer
  • Park Jung Min as Bo Ra’s boyfriend
  • Kim Tae Hoon as Cardiac surgeon
  • Lee Soo Kyung as Lee Soo Kyung
  • Jung Yoo Min as Bo Ra’s friend
  • Jung Hae In as Ho Young
  • Shin Young Jin as Class President’s mother
  • Ahn Sung Ki
  • Jung Woo as Trash
  • Go Ara as Sung Na Jung

OST (Original Soundtrack)

  • Youth – Kim Feel
  • Don’t Worry Dear – Lee Juck
  • A Littel Girl – Oh Hyuk
  • Hyehwa-dong (or Ssangmun-dong) – Oh Hyuk
  • All I Have to Give You is Love – December
  • Violet Fragrance – Wable
  • Together – Noel
  • Everyday with You – Sojin (Girls’ Day)
  • As Time Goes By – Kihyun
  • Let’s Forget It – Yeoeun (Melody Day)
  • 기억날 그날이 와도 – NC.A

Trailer of Reply 1988