definitely REMEMBER this drama. I must thank Couch-Kimchi’s review about the
if I didn’t read it, I probably will skip this show as the premise is not my
type at all. But, just like what “Kill Me Heal Me” did to me in the first
quarter of this year, I Remember You certainly will stay in that special place
of my heart. This drama is nothing like a typical drama (in a good way). The script is
well-written, the casts are putting their best act, and the production is
well-executed. I highly recommend this drama!
I Remember You
tells a story of a genius criminal justice professor and a profiler Lee Hyeon
(Seo In Guk) who lost his father and younger brother when he was a child by a
serial killer, Lee Joon Young (D.O
EXO). Lee Hyeon decided to open his “paused-story” and
find Lee Joon Young for a payback. In order to find Lee Joon Young, Lee Hyeon
work as an advisor in a Police Special Task Force team where he met his
childhood “stalker” Cha Ji An (Jang Na Ra). Cha Ji An, who also has a bitter past
related to Lee Joon Young decided to help Lee Hyeon in finding the murderer.
During his journey to find Lee Joon Young, Lee Hyeon find out that his younger
brother is alive and turn into something he afraid of.
action-crime drama is absolutely not my favorite, which probably the reason
that make me hesitant to watch this show in the first place. But when I read
Couch Kimchi’s review and other thread about how good this drama is, I decided to
give it a try. And voila! I can’t stop watching it. I finish the drama in only
four days! The
reason why I finished it fast is because I was curious about what the next
episode will tell, will the bad guy came to the surface? Will the good guy
catch the bad guy? Will the good guy’s memory revealed? Everything is
interesting and everything is gripping.
1-3, I thought that the drama is somehow similar to You’re All Surrounded,
where the male lead, who hold a grudge for a person who kill his family, decided to join a police
team to find that killer, and meet his childhood friend that later on become
his significant other. But, I Remember You is nothing like You’re All
Surrounded. If the two dramas are food, then I Remember You will be a
perfectly-cooked dish with a delicious seasoning and beautiful garnish, while
You’re All Surrounded will be a raw bland dish and beautiful garnish. Sure,
they have a similarity but I Remember You definitely lead in front.
Genre wise, I
Remember You certainly hold its grip. From the first episode onward, the drama
sticks to its genre as an action-crime drama with a hint of romance, mystery,
and thriller. From the beginning of the first episode, the viewers have been
introduced to a genius profiler and his background story which exclaimed the “I
Remember You” or “Hello Monster” title. The viewers were invited to know each
of the character’s personality in a smooth and fine way, which makes the drama
easy to follow despite all of its complexity.
As for the cast,
I must say that my first impression when I see the name and picture only, I
feel nothing special. I have no special feeling toward the casts as none of
them were my favorite actor or actresses. But, that “ok” feeling turned into
admiration when I watch the drama. I find myself drawn into the genius Lee
Hyeon (Seo In Guk), even though later on my focus shift to the teenager Lee Joon
Young (D.O. EXO) and Jung Sun Ho (Park Bo
Gum). Hence, the casts were doing their job right in
portraying each character, so kudos for the casting team who choose the right
people to play the shows’ character.
As I mentioned
in the introductory paragraph, despite of its uniqueness, the premise of the
show is not my type at all, but as I dive in deeper and deeper into the show, I
find the story really intriguing and different (in a good way, for sure). I
have to put my two thumbs up for the writer of this drama, Mr. Kwon Ki Young, who
is able to turn viewers’ heart up and down and rode them in a
roller-coaster-like journey for the entire show.
The beginning of
the story is already strong as the viewers were gradually introduced to a
backstory of each character, which is nothing like ordinary people’s story.
What I like from the drama is that each character has a strong personality and
it lasts and stays like it was from the beginning to the end of the drama.
Consistency. That is one of the strong points of this show.
What puts me in
awe is the fact that Min holds a vital role in the show, which really
unexpected, considering his presence in the early episodes. In the early
episodes of the show, Min is only Hyeon’s innocent little brother who likes to
play with his hyung. I never thought that the real “Monster” in the Lee
family is actually him and Hyeon only covers up Min’s evil deeds. To be honest,
I once thought that maybe Hyeon is really a monster, like his father suspected of. What interesting is
that in the finale, Min’s attitudes and statements when he was a child are
showing that he’s the real Monster.
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Another thing I
like from the story side is how it took different route from other typical
drama. Just when you thought the story will be like this, the writer turned it conversely, which
makes the drama more interesting and hard to guess and makes me, as a viewer,
can’t wait for another episode of it. The writer also tend to not drag things
out, which makes the viewers less frustrated and decrease the “What the hell
are u doin? Get out of that room immediately” moments.
point I love from the show is that it has a title for each episode, which
enlighten the viewers about what they were about to see in the episode. And the
title is always attention-grabbing! Which makes it more interesting to watch.
I love how
meticulous the writer is. He always pays attention to details and not left
things out. There is almost no “what about him/her/that/this?” moment as long
as I watched the show, because everything told in the drama is clear and
understandable, and the mystery is (sort of) solved in the end of the drama.
Title wise, I
prefer I Remember You than Hello Monster, because the characters in the drama
are desperately want people, or especially Lee Hyeon, to remember them. I’m
serious. It’s a bit silly, though, because almost everyone was longing for
Hyeon’s affection and how they want to be remembered by him.But on the other
side, there may be other factors why the writer decided to title it with I
On the episode
when a high school student died because of his parents neglected him and his
friend bullied him, Jung Sun Ho/ Min pity him and thought that just like him, that
student is someone who is threw away by people around him. On that time, Jung
Sun Ho said that even though people close their eyes to him, he, Jung Sun Ho, will remember him.
That time I realized that the reason why Min and Lee Joon Yeong became a
monster is because they were desperate for an attention, they want someone
remember them, not as a monster, but as a person.
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On a romance
side, once again, the writer took a different road. I guess the romance is not
the core of the story because the drama has only few romance moments between our two leads.
However, I love the writer’s decision to do such route, because I get to see a
sweet romance between two grown-ups, without many passionate moments and
skinships, but once they do it, it succeed in making me smile like a pabo, even
though it only a light stroke on a head or a kiss on a forehead. How the two lead stares at each
other when they realize they have developed their feelings are also as sweet as
a cotton candy. As if they said in their head that they knew and no need for
one to express it in words.
I know there’s a
lot of pros and cons about the finale. I kinda like it though. I love how the
writer leave it to the viewer to decide whether Min/ Jung Sun Ho bought another
new identity or back to his old identity as Min and confess his wrong deeds. I
also love how both murderers Jung Sun Ho and Lee Jon Ho/ Lee Joon Yeong are
alive and well because as I watched, my feelings for these two are growing and
I’m sort of like and pity these two. It’s a “Stockholm Syndrome”-situation-like, maybe.
But it will be sad if one of them is dead or going to jail because I believed
that they’re not bad people in the first place. The fact that they’re only
killing cruel people is another thing to be pointed at. So, I’m satisfied with
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Seo In Guk as
Thank God, it is
Seo In Guk who plays the role of Lee Hyeon, instead of the casting team’s first
choice, Lee Jin Wook. Don’t get me wrong, I like Lee Jin Wook (well, who
doesn’t?), but I thought Lee Jin Wook will not portray Lee Hyeon character as
good as what Seo In Guk did. It proves that Seo In Guk is not entering the
dramaland only because of his fancy faces and body (which, ehem, seems
to get bigger and sexier). He definitely nailed the role.
Jang Na Ra as
Cha Ji Ahn
It’s not that I
don’t like Jang Na Ra, but I find it hard to love her acting, even though I
like her character in this show. She did a good job in portraying Cha Ji Ahn,
but there’s nothing special about her acting, though I salute her
professionalism to continue filming the last episode of the drama after her minor car accident. But
then again, I don’t find anything special in particular about her performance
as Cha Ji Ahn, which unlike how I think about Seo In Guk as Lee Hyeon, in which
no actor will play it as good as Seo In Guk, I think there will be another
actress who will portray Cha Ji Ahn character better than how Jang Na Ra played
it. No offense for Jang Na Ra’s fans.
Park Bo Gum as
Jung Sun Ho
Park Bo Gum is
one of the two stars on this drama who catch my attention the most. The way he
depicts that mysterious lawyer is perfect. I hope he will repeat the success in
this drama for his next drama, Reply 1988 (can’t wait!).
Choi Won Young
as Lee Jun Ho
Choi Won Young
is never choosing a bad drama this year, right? First, Kill Me Heal Me, now
this. Even though I Remember You rating is not as good as Kill Me Heal Me, this
drama is definitely something k-drama enthusiasts need to watch. After playing
the role of Assistant to a chaebol, his character in this drama is quite
interesting and different from his previous role. However, I find him lack in
some points in portraying Lee Jun Ho. Too bad.
D.O. as Lee Joon Yeong
Wow, DO! Just,
WOW! I think D.O.
will be the next Park Yoochun or Park Siwan (hence, actor-dol), because his acting is really something.
Even though he only showed up in the early episode, D.O.succeeds in leaving a
memorable acting. Good job, little fashion terrorist!
Honestly, I find
D.O.is creepier as Lee Joon Yeong than Choi Won Young, which makes me think
Choi Won Young lacks that 1% of depicting the monster Lee Joon Yeong.
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It has Lim Kim!!
That was my first reaction when I heard Lim Kim’s voice playing in the show. I adore Lim
Kim’s dreamlike voice and a drama with Lim Kim’s voice in it is definitely not
something to be passed. My favorite soundtrack is certainly Lim Kim’s, even
though I started to love Dear Cloud’s Remember and Hong Dae Kwang’s It Shows recently. But the soundtrack is not disappointing.
A few scenes of
this show have definitely inked in my mind. Those scenes are:
When Dad Deemed Little Hyeon as a Monster (Episode 1-2)
I have to put my
two thumbs up for the child actor Hong Hyun-Taek for giving the viewers such a
solid acting. The expressionless and full of meaning-stare acting that he gave
is a masterpiece considering how young he is. The scene when father accused
little Hyeon as a monster and forced him to live in a basement in order to save
him from the world and save the world from him (this one is really cruel
father) is one of my favorite scenes on the show. Both father- and Hyeon’s
expression in this scene is a work of art. I pity Hyeon so much when he cries
and asks his father why he deemed him as a monster without even asking him
first. And this scene is actually really meaningful since what little Hyeon
experienced that time is similar to what the killer Lee Joon Young experienced
during his childhood, when everyone ignore him and deemed him as a monster.
The Reunion of a “Murderer” Father and a Murderer Son (Episode 5)
The story of
Park Young-chul (Kim Kyu Chul) and his son Park Dae Young (Shin Jae Ha) is
maybe just one of several subplots on the show and appear only in one episode,
but how intense and how subtle this scene has put me in awe. The get-together
between a father Park Young-chul and his son Park Dae Young who have parted for
several years is surely touching. What makes this scene even more heartbreaking
is that these two met again in a prison, a place where the father not belong to
and a place where the son belongs to. The camera angle that captures a sunny
sky as a background of these two reunion is a perfect complement to the already
When Hyeon Finds Out The Truth about Min (Episode 12)
Sure, Seo In
Guk’s cries probably not the best cry if compared to Kim Soo Hyun’s cries, but
the way he cries in this scene and the way he pounds his chest after
finding out the truth about his little brother Min definitely inked in my mind.
The music played in this scene (Remember by Dear Cloud) is a perfect addition.
The Afternoon Stroll & A Selfie (Episode 16 Finale)
mixture of feelings in this scene. There is a sad moment as well as happy
moment. The two brothers finally get the time for themselves in which they
decided to use it for an afternoon walk and finally letting out their true
feelings for each other. The moment when they take a selfie is a sum-up of a
roller coaster journey between these two.
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score for I Remember You is 8.5 out of 10.
days when familiar places suddenly feel unfamiliar. On those lonely days, I
think of you, Lee Hyun. If you think about it, we met because of Lee
Joon-young, as children who’d both lost their fathers to him. When I think
back, even in the worst situations, there were good things that happened
— we got to meet each other. But if we hadn’t lost our fathers to Lee
Joon-young, if such a thing didn’t happen to us, would we have met? I think we
would still have met.”– Cha Ji An (I Remember You)