5 Powerful Movies That Celebrate Youth

Have you ever wished you could go back to your younger days? Or are you enjoying the freedom of your youth right now, but want to grow up faster? We’ve selected five movies of different genres that celebrate youth in their own unique ways: action, romance, friendship, crime thriller, and coming of age. Take a look, you might find something just right for your young soul.

“Midnight Runners”

Ki Joon (Park Seo Joon) and Kee Yeol (Kang Ha Neul) are university students with one dream: becoming kickass police officers. So it’s not a surprise when the duo witness a kidnapping and immediately think to alert the local police. However, to their anger and disappointment, the report is brushed off with a blank, “We’re already too busy.” Ki Joon and Kee Yeol decide to take matters into their own hands and investigate the case further. They eventually find out that they are dealing with a gang running an egg harvesting ring. Have they gotten themselves into something too big for themselves?

These two friends may not be the most educated nor the most experienced; but they have the most youthful passion for justice. What once seemed like an unlikely duo unravels itself into the most professional pair of amateurs, and even heroes. One of the many perks of youth is being reckless and bold, not fearing failure. Watch “The Midnight Runners” to chase your own action-packed, comedy dream.

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Cheese in the Trap

Hong Seol (Oh Yeon Seo) is an ordinary university student, struggling to keep up with classes, part-time jobs, and friends. On the other hand, Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) is extraordinary. Wealthy, handsome, and even smart, he is the ultimate Mr. Perfect. Although he keeps a certain distance from everyone, hiding under his veil, he lights up a romantic interest for someone: Seol. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies for the couple, as they spark jealousy, misunderstandings, and fights with those eyeing them.

Although it may seem like another romance flick, “Cheese in the Trap” digs deeper into the complicated nature of relationships between young university students. Being in university means you’re still a bit immature, while also having the heavy burden of newly found adult responsibilities. Watch this movie as the characters steer their way into maturity while struggling to keep their lovers, friends, and foes just where they need to be.

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“The Last Wish”

What’s a normal day for his friends is a life-long bucket list for Gao Yuan (Peng Yu Chang), a high school boy diagnosed with degenerative muscular dystrophy. When he finds out he hasn’t got much longer to live, he is determined to fulfill his last wish: to not die a virgin. His mischievous friends, Xu Hao (Darren Wang) and Zhang Zheng Yang (Wei Da Xun) hop in his adventure for young love, and the trio start the final chapter of their friendship.

If you love a good movie that makes you cry and laugh at the same time, “The Last Wish” is for you. The trio, although young, have strengthened their friendship through love and giving, willingly sacrificing themselves for the other. Because you know there is an inevitable goodbye coming at the end of the movie, you find yourself cherishing every moment, every scene. This movie is based on the South Korean movie “The Last Ride,” so if you love this one, check out the original as well!

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“Detective Chinatown 2”

When word spreads that the Godfather of New York City’s Chinatown is gathering the best detectives from around the world to find his missing grandson, young detective Qin Feng (Liu Hao Ran) decides to join in on the hunt. With his uncle Tang Ren (Wang Bao Qiang) by his side, it is not too hard for the keen-eyed duo to find the grandson—or the dead body left of him. After realizing that the murder was committed by a serial killer in the city, together they decide to get to the bottom of things while competing against other detectives and making enemies with mobs of thugs.

Qin Feng has a truly brilliant mind and is definitely a breath of fresh air with his bright thinking that balances out the mystery and suspense of the movie. Although young, he does not fall second to any detective out there, proudly living up to his uncle’s expectations. He demonstrates that age does not equal competence, but rather that it’s one’s passion and efforts that determine their potential. Get your popcorn ready, because this hilarious blockbuster is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!

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“My Best Summer”

Geng Geng (He Lan Dou) is filled with doubt as she begins high school: Will she make friends? Will she do well in her classes? Does she even belong there? She must be a lucky girl, because she finds herself quickly becoming friends with her deskmate Yu Huai (Chen Fei Yu) despite her worries. The pair create a bond so strong they become inseparable. But will this friendship stay the same, or is it a stepping stone into budding romance?

For most people, high school is when they meet their first love. It wasn’t so different for this young couple. They are clumsy, awkward even, because it is their first romantic experience, but also innocent and pure for the same reason. This movie of two friends growing into lovers will surely remind you of your own high school days and make you wish you could stay 17 forever.

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Which of these movies are you planning to watch? If you’ve already watched these, which one do you relate to the most?

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