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Youth at Barefoot TV Series (1998)

맨발의 청춘, The Barefooted Youth, Barefoot of Youth, Barefoot Days

genre: TV, Drama
country: South Korea
Broadcast: February 2, 1998 ~ March 24, 1998
Episodes: 16

Starring superstar Bae Yong Joon (The Legend) and the beautiful Ko So Young (Memories), The Barefooted Youth is a 1997 remake of the same-titled 60s film classic that made indelible icons of its original cast Shin Sung Il and Um Yang Lan. The story revolves around a modern-day Romeo and Juliet romance in which Bae stars as a gangster hero who defies class lines by falling madly in love with the city's renowned prosecutor's daughter (Ko). Directed by one of the pioneers of early Korean cinema, Kim Ki Duk of 1967 monster flick Yonggary fame (not to be confused with Breath and Dream director Kim Ki Duk), the drama offers a delightful trip down memory lane to witness young Bae Yong Joon's tough-but-tender charisma. Both romantic and lacerating in its portrayal of youth, this powerful, breathless melodrama stands as one of Korean television's most beloved love stories.

Natural born fighter Yo Seok (Bae Yong Joon) is constantly under the radar of a gangster organization looking to recruit the youngblood. But instead of falling into temptation, Yo Seok leaves his hometown to pursue his dream of becoming a policeman. While studying night and day for his college entrance exam in the big city of Seoul, Yo Seok rescues a girl named Hye Joon (Ko) who turns out to be the daughter of the city's public prosecutor. The two gradually fall in love with each other but tragedy strikes when Yo Seok finds out about his triad family background. Suddenly the same fate that brought them together, now threatens to tear them apart.
Yo-suk has a hard life since his mother died when he was a small child and he was never told who his father is. Being very poor and without any family, he struggles to survive the rigors of daily life. He believes in living an honest life and dreams of becomine a police officer. His life changes dramatically, however, when he eventually learns who his father is.

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Released: Feb 2, 1998

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Production: KBS
Distribution: KBS
Investment: KBS
Public Relation: KBS

Format: Beta-SP
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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