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Monday, March 28, 2016

I Remember You


너를 기억해 / Neoreul Gieokhae

AKA -  Hello Monster
Genre - Police, Thriller, Mystery
Episodes -  16
Network -  KBS2
Broadcast -  2015, June to Aug
Cinderella -  No


Cast




Plot


Lee Hyun (Seo In guk) is an excellent criminal profiler, but he possesses a spiteful tongue. Cha Ji an (Jang Na ra) is an elite detective. She observes Lee Hyun. They work on solving cases and develop a romantic relationship. ~ AsianWiki (w/edits)

A passionate detective with a strong track record has been investigating a mysterious former FBI profiler for a long while. They both somehow end up in the same investigation crime team which sparks their romance. ~ DramaWiki (w/edits)

Review


I watched this last year and again just recently.

There is no romance.

Well, they kiss in the final scenes,




but the rest of the time it was more like this,




However, it stars two of my favorite actors as the leads and so-called love interests.

This is a crime thriller detective mystery involving the two leads, who knew one another as children and suffered similar fates which tied them back then and now.

Two young boys witness their mother's brutal murder, and later, when their father (an early-days police profiler/psychologist) is left to take care of them, he ends up suffering the same fate as his wife, leaving the boys orphaned.

Lee Hyun (Seo In guk) and his little brother, Jung Sun ho (Park Bo gum) are separated at that point, and Lee Hyun ends up living with a female officer from the same precinct where his father used to work.

Lee Hyun grows up to be a Profiler with the FBI and returns to Korea after receiving a cryptic and unsigned message that takes him back to that fateful time in his childhood.

He's never forgotten his little brother and has every intention of searching for him now that he's returned to Seoul.

Lee hyun joins an elite task force that works homicide, along with their new team captain, Kang Eun hyeok (Lee Cheun hee) and the resident forensics specialist, Lee Joon ho (Choi Won young).

Later, we meet attorney Jung Sun ho, who instantly recognizes his older brother while Lee hyun does not (even if Lee hyun is a genius).




The drama covers a few cases while also delving a bit deeper into the past, and most of the cases involve or are indirectly related to abused children.

This was slow and methodical, so if you're not into that kind of thing, you won't enjoy this story because it was a whole lot of back & forth, rehash, and creeping their way toward the inevitable.

While also working desperately hard to solve a few other crimes that come the task force's way.

Despite the dead father's twisted notions about which of his two sons would eventually become neurotic and psychopath (even if he was a professor of psychology), I wasn't convinced that Lee Hyun could turn out to be as well-adjusted and 'normal' as they made him be.

Even if it was the writer's attempt to show us how cold and unattached he'd become, his inability to conform to social norms would be the least of his problems after everything he endured as a child,
but . . .

Lee Chun hee was there for comedic relief that tended not to work because of the dark undertone of the story line.

There were two red herrings tossed in as well, but I managed to figure out who the real culprit was almost immediately, so the writer's attempt to throw me off the scent didn't work.

Anything not involving a Cinderella plot interests me, so I gave this one high marks for that reason and because the story itself proved really interesting (despite some glaringly apparent reality errors).

The subs were okay, but very childish (Viki team) and with a lot of elementary grammar issues that made me laugh.

Also, in the middle of nearly every episode, they played this high-pitch whine sound that really started to bug me and give me a mild migraine.

The soundtrack wasn't too bad, though.

Oh, and there's this




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