Netflix has confirmed the production of 20th Century Girl with the casting of Kim You-jung, Byeon Woo-seok, Park Jung-woo and Roh Yoon-seo. These four actors — who are fresh and youthful, with great acting skills — play characters intertwined in close friendships and first loves, the rites of passage that leave indelible imprints in life for many. The year was 1999, the last year of the 20th century.

For the seventeen-year-old Bo-ra, friendship came before love. Her first love was a sweet but heartbreaking experience, and it comes knocking again in the 21st century. First presented by Director Bang Woo-ri in her short film Mrs. Young, this story is about a middle-aged woman who meets the son of her first love, a young man who is a spitting image of his father. Bang won the Best Short Film award for Mrs. Young at the Blue Dragon Awards, and she pens and directs this full-length adaptation, which is her debut feature film.

Kim You-jung plays the title role of Na Bo-ra, a tough cookie with a taekwondo black belt and a loyal friend with a heart of gold. She diligently watches every move made by Hyun-jin, the object of her friend’s unrequited love. Kim has shown a wide spectrum of acting skills in diverse works such as The Chaser, Thread of Lies and the recently released The 8th Night and Backstreet Rookie. She will portray the complex emotions of a 17-year-old girl who suddenly finds herself caught between love and friendship.

Byeon Woo-seok, who has delighted audiences in dramas such as Record of Youth and Search WWW, plays Poong Woon-ho, Bo-ra’s classmate of the same year in her media broadcasting class.

Park Jung-woo plays Baek Hyun-jin, Woon-ho’s best friend who comes under Bo-ra’s scrutiny as the love interest of her best friend Yeon-doo. Park has been a rookie to watch, with notable performances in the web drama Love Playlist and the drama Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation.

Roh Yoon-seo plays Yeon-doo, Bora’s best friend who falls in love with Hyun-jin at first sight and asks her to find out everything about him before leaving for the U.S. to receive heart surgery. As a model turned actor, Roh is a promising newcomer who demonstrated a perfect fit with the Yeon-doo character during her audition. The compelling portrayal of two friends, each with unique colors as different as lavender and lime, brings life to this story about their first loves and devotion to each other.

20th Century Girl will be produced by Yong Film Inc., the company behind The Call, Believer, Luck-Key and The Handmaiden as well the romance film The Beauty Inside that marked a defining moment in the Korean romance genre. Yong Film Inc. expressed great enthusiasm in reuniting with Netflix after their collaboration on the film The Call. With 20th Century Girl, it hopes to bring a captivating new romance film to worldwide audiences.

A throwback to 1999 and a nostalgic glimpse into friendships, 20th Century Girl rekindles viewers’ hearts with a turn-of-the-century story of unrequited and unattained first loves. 20th Century Girl will be released worldwide, only on Netflix.