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Hello Monster/ I remember you (2015) 記得你
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Psychopath
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 9/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
starring Seo In Guk as Lee Hyun, Hong Hyun Taek as Lee Hyun (Child), Jang NaRa as Cha Ji Ahn, Park Ji So as Ji Ahn (child), Lee Chun Hee as Kang Eun Hyuk, Choi Won Young as Lee Joon Ho, Park Bo Geum as Jung Sun Ho, Hong Eun Taek as Sun Ho (child)
Plot: This drama is a romantic thriller that centers around a criminal profiler, Lee Hyun (Seo In Guk) who previously worked as a consultant at the police department in New York. He returns to South Korea in search of his hidden memory. At the same time, he is asked to join a special criminal investigation team due to his skills. Due to his special insight, he can analyze the crime scene and the suspect at one glance. He works together with an elite detective, Cha Ji Ahn (Jang NaRa) to solve the crimes and they develop a romantic relationship.
Zoom into characters: Lee Hyun’s father, a psychology professor, misunderstands that Lee Hyun has psychopath tendency and locks him in the basement. What his father does not know is that Hyun is trying to keep his brother’s abnormal behaviour a secret. Hyun gets to know about Lee Joon Yeong, a psychopath, due to an encounter at the interrogation room. After that, Lee Joon Yeong manages to escape from jail and frees Hyun by killing his father. In the process, he kidnaps Hyun’s brother before leaving. Cha Ji Ahn becomes a stalker of Hyun after her father is framed for being involved in Lee Joon Yeong’s escape. Determined to prove his father’s innocence, she holds on to the only string related to Lee Joon Yeong: Hyun. They meet when Hyun returns to South Korea to look for Lee Joon Yeong, searching for clues about his past and ends up in her team.
Felt really sorry for young Hyun who is misunderstood and even called a monster by his father. This would have hurt any child deeply. Although his father is a psychology professor, he is not able to answer his child’s question of why it is wrong to kill another or decipher his child’s intentions which in my opinion makes him a failure as a parent… Was interested in this drama due to the character, Hyun. Hyun is such a good criminal profiler and his exceptional ability to draw dots between different features and events attracts me to watch this drama. The dark starting note of this drama further captivates me to watch the drama as it explores the theme of psychology and psychopaths.
Liked the interaction between the police team which consists of a weak but upright and determined team leader, a member who admires Hyun, a member who detests Hyun, a member who is neutral with a hidden background, Cha Ji Ahn and Hyun. It is fun to watch how the member who hates Hyun, calling him by other names and countering Hyun whenever he gets the chance, slowly starts to like Hyun. Liked how the members depend on Hyun but at the same time do their best in the investigation, especially the team leader who is overshadowed by Hyun. The cases are effectively used to provide insights into Hyun and Ji Ahn’s past and experience.
Enjoyed the chemistry between Hyun and Ji Ahn. Liked how Hyun mischievously disturbs Ji Ahn like telling the taxi driver to slow down and then asking the driver to speed up when she is about to catch up. It is funny how they take turns to seek refuge in each other’s house. Hyun is simply a perfect boyfriend haha. He can cook, does housework chores and cannot stand it when the house is messy. Liked Park Bo Geum’s portrayal of Hyun’s brother (cute! haha). Despite his psychopathic trait, he is like a child who yearns for love, care and understanding from his brother (which his brother is keen to provide). It was touching when Hyun realises his brother is actually the defence lawyer that is involved in his police cases and blames himself for not recognising him earlier. Hyun’s brother’s job suits him well haha since he has to defend people who are murderers. It is a waste that Hyun and his brother cannot have a good ending straight away as his brother is a murderer after all.
Personally, I like the title “Hello Monster” more even though “I remember you” fits the drama well as Hyun remembers Ji Ahn and then his brother. D.O. (Do Kyung-soo) acted quite well, injecting a great impact on the atmosphere of the drama. Did not expect Lee Joon Yeong (older version) to be so close to them haha. Shall not give any spoiler. Despite him killing many, I only dislike him for separating the brothers but feel sorry for him because of his past. He is not able to put his gift and intelligence into good use because of his parents. Environment seems to be able to determine how people with a lack of empathy will turn out to be as it affects their choice in life. Fortunately, Hyun uses his natural gift in the right way.
Why you should watch: If you are interested in psychology and want to explore something dark you can try this. The cast acted very well and I enjoyed the drama right from the start. Liked the development of relationships between the characters and the drama’s twists that makes me suspect and wonder about who the evil villains really are.
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Favourite MVs+ osts: Remember by Dear Cloud
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