Youth of May is a twelve episode historical drama set in the 1980’s during the Gwangju Uprising. This drama stars Lee Do Hyun and Go Min Si, who played siblings in Sweet Home. The are couple of the year for me. Their chemistry is phenomenal in this drama.
I’m just going to copy/past the synopsis from My Drama List:
Hee Tae becomes the pride of Gwangju when he enters Seoul National University College of Medicine with top marks. His best friend Kyung Soo, an avid pro-democracy activist, insists that they open an illegal clinic for students on the run from the government. One day, a factory worker is injured during a protest. In exchange for the costs of discreetly transporting himself and the factory worker to his hometown, Hee Tae must go to a meeting with a potential marriage partner arranged by his father. At this meeting, Hee Tae meets Myung Hee, a nurse persevering through the hardships of life. She only agrees to go to this meeting in place of her friend Soo Ryeon, because she needs to come up with the airfare to go study in Germany. However, Myung Hee and Hee Tae end up falling in love. In May of 1980, amidst the heated passion and cries for democracy that reverberated throughout Gwangju, Hee Tae and Myung Hee find themselves in a twist of fate.
This drama does have some clichés, like rich man/poor woman, and forbidden love melodrama, but it’s done so well. The romance is so innocent and sweet. I thought at first, there would be a love triangle, but thankfully there isn’t! I absolutely could not stand Soo Ryeon, Myung Hee’s friend! No spoilers though.
The Gwangju Uprising was a terrible part of Korean history, and this drama shows a tiny bit what it was like. During the uprising, the government beat, tortured, raped, and killed many civilians. In the last four episodes, there are some violent scenes. Thankfully no sexual assault is shown, but there are beatings and death.
This show shattered my heart but made me so happy at the same time. If you’re on the fence about watching it, please do. It’s really beautiful and heartbreaking.