Good Ol’ Review: Charming, Thought-Provoking “Expiration Date of You and Me”

Expiration Date of You and Me

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You can never go wrong with a KBS Drama Special. And Expiration Date of You and Me (너와 나의 유효기간/The Time Left Between Us) is another enjoyable gem. Shin Hyun Soo and Lee Da In’s excellent chemistry power a charming story about the memories of love and youth.

Lee Hyun Soo (Shin Hyun Soo) and Yoo Seung Yeon (Lee Da In) are in their 30s when they run into each other for the first time since college. Heading in the same direction, they hop on the subway together and begin to reminisce about the moments they shared together. From when they first met to when they fell in love, they piece together the fading memories and perhaps realize things they had never realized before.

The title provides an interesting idea. Do memories have expiration dates? It is a simple, yet thought provoking story. Hyun Soo and Seung Yeon have different memories on their own, but are able to paint fuller pictures together during this chance encounter. Sometimes memories do just disappear, sometimes memories last forever. But all of those memories and experiences help to shape who you are today.

Shin Hyun Soo and Lee Da In’s chemistry, first witnessed on the popular drama My Golden Life, bring home the romantic angle of the story. Whether it’s the scenes of young love or the bittersweet acknowledgement of having the right love at the wrong time, the two have an irresistible and effortless rapport. And that sincerity allows you to both believe in their relationship and feel motivated to want to see their love succeed.

Most KBS Drama Specials feel like short films, whether narratively or visually. Expiration Date of You and Me effectively uses that nostalgia and dreamlike quality to accentuate the diary-like nature of Hyun Soo and Seung Yeon’s trip down memory lane. It’s a sort of whimsical, but grounded trip that feels realistic and a bit fantasy at the same time.

Expiration Date of You and Me

Overall, Expiration Date of You and Me is another wonderful entry under the KBS Drama Special banner. Excellent performances from Shin Hyun Soo and Lee Da In provide for a charming, sincere story about the memories and love of our youth.

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