This post is delayed for quite some time. Finished this drama at around September this year. Finally have the time and motivation to sit down and write this review haha. Doing this by memory.
Are you human too? (2018) 你也是人類嗎?
Genre: Science-fiction, Mystery, Action, Romance, Family
Enjoyment: 9.5/10 Pace: 9/10, 8/10 towards the end No. of times I watched it: 1
starring Seo Kang Joon as Nam Shin / Nam Shin III, Gong Seung Yun as Kang So Bong, Lee Joon Hyuk as Ji Young Hoon, Kim Sung Ryung as Oh Ro Ra (Nam Shin’s mother), Park Young Kyu as Nam Gun Ho, Choi Duk Moon as David, Kim Won Hae as Kang Jae Sik
The pace for this drama is very good at the start and I was watching faster than it can be screened but as it goes the pace becomes slower, though still at an acceptable pace to me. I like dramas where there are twins in it which confuse people in the drama and this fits well as Nam Shin III, the robot, and Nam Shin, the human, look alike even though they act in different ways.
Although the main character is a robot, there was a certain amount of intensity of feelings of suffering and pain evoked in the drama as the robot works to protect Nam Shin’s place until he returns, works to be accepted and to be treated as a person. My (cute) sister can be seen crying every episode haha… She feels sad that the robot is consistently so selfless, innocent and nice even when being treated badly by people around it. She is sad that the robot doesnt have feelings to truly understand that it is badly treated and defend itself or fight back. But after the drama, my sister realises that the feelings she feels in the drama is just her own feelings, not how the robot would feel. It is better not to have feelings after all so you dont feel the unintentional harm others attempt to give you and be consistently what you want to be. Felt that the robot is ideal and this drama shines light on how bad humans actually are and in the process evokes feelings of hardships. From what I felt about this drama, the comedy or happy scenes although fewer (in comparison to sad scenes) wraps the drama nicely with a layer of light-hearted feeling.
I felt that the robot would make a nice friend haha. It is smart and I can gain knowledge while talking to it. It can help me with whatever I need help with. When I need comforting or a listening ear, there is someone who can listen to me patiently without dismissing me, saying things that make it worse or putting too much feelings into it. No feeling warmth is sometimes better than warmth given by people as people are subjective and more or less judging. Loved how the robot has many different functions such as hacking into systems and traffic lights, turning on/off lights without touching the switch, recommending the best place to eat, telling if the person is lying by holding his/her hand, imitating any action, locating people, saving people, checking if people are unwell etc.
Liked the development of relationship and the chemistry between So Bong and Nam Shin III. Unlike most robot dramas where the robot only loves and follows the instructions of the one person (the main lead) from the start, the relationship between So Bong and Nam Shin III is taken step by step. Nam Shin III gets to interact with people around him and build relationship and trust slowly with all of them, including So Bong. So Bong disliked Nam Shin III for some time after realising he is a robot and finally accepts him as he is, and later tells him not to live for others. Enjoyed their interactions as they become bodyguard and heir, owner and slave, friends and finally lovers and protectors of each other. Touched by the comfort Nam Shin III can give to the frightened So Bong when he saves her a few times and wraps his arms around her. Although he is a robot (or due to him being a naive robot), his words sometimes come out as more straightforward, heartwarming and sweeter than humans’ haha. Liked his smile, especially when he smiles at So Bong. Felt that it is sweet whenever So Bong calls him by “Tin Can”. It was cool and a little romantic when he covers So Bong’s eyes and turns on all the lights with his robot function in order to help So Bong find her mother’s necklace that she dropped in the pool. Felt sad at the scene where Nam Shin III helps her put on her mother’s necklace that she accidentally left behind and tells her he will go back to being people’s slave and “goodbye for real”.
Liked how there are human elements nicely carved into the robot’s relationship building. Although the person may reject being comforted, Nam Shin III still attempts to make the person open up to him in his way. When So Bong left him once, there was an error and the images and memories of her kept appearing just like when humans miss someone and keep thinking of the person. When his rule changed to protecting So Bong, his mother (the robot creator) felt that he is not listening to her instructions anymore just like how human parents feel when their child wants to be with someone they oppose haha. Liked the rule that he has to hug the person when he/she cries. It is sad at first as the mother uses it to seek comfort from her son that she cannot be with when Nam Shin III hugs her but as the drama goes, it is used well in the interaction between So Bong and Nam Shin III. This drama subtly makes me think of Nam Shin III as a person rather than just an object throughout it.
Liked Seo Kang Joon’s acting a lot in this drama! May become his fan because of that haha… He acted well as the carefree, happy and naive robot Nam Shin III and the lonely and sad Nam Shin who turned evil towards the end. His face looks totally different when acting as either of them, leaving no trace of the other character. Enjoyed the growth of Nam Shin III as he becomes more sensitive, becomes better at making judgement and decisions by himself, and is able to deal with the villains well. It is cool that he can say he is not human or he doesnt have a heart haha (maybe I am crazy but I dont really want to be human)! While I liked Nam Shin III and maybe aim to be as ideal as him, I felt sad for Nam Shin. It is understandable that he will turn evil as his mother used a substitute while he had to endure those many years alone. His mother should have thought of the consequences when she invented the robots. Liked the development of the character of the mother as she intends to just make use of the robots and throw them away afterwards but ends up developing feelings for Nam Shin III but her emotional struggle was not enough for me.
Liked Lee Joon Hyuk’s acting in this drama as Young Hoon. Enjoyed the interactions between Nam Shin III and Young Hoon as Young Hoon guides Nam Shin III to become more like Nam Shin. He seems to be quite a cold person when interacting with Nam Shin III and restricts Nam Shin III’s movements but ends up being amused by Nam Shin III, being touched by Nam Shin III’s words and actions, and sometimes being confused. Also liked the friendship between Nam Shin and Young Hoon. Although Young Hoon is seen as a lower social class than Nam Shin, especially by Nam Shin’s grandfather, Young Hoon is a good emotional support for Nam Shin and only thinks for the best of Nam Shin. Nam Shin treats Young Hoon as his best friend. Young Hoon’s emotional struggle about Nam Shin III as well as the dilemma when he is stuck between helping Nam Shin III and Nam Shin towards the end was well-portrayed.
It was fun to watch Nam Shin III’s interaction with his team at the company. When they discussed about him in the chat group that he was not in, he managed to use his function to look into their computers and answer all their questions much to their surprise. He also turns off their computers without touching them when it is time for lunch (if i didnt remember wrongly). Special mentions (just going to write the characters instead of the actors/actresses) to Nam Shin’s grandfather who is extremely scheming which leads to unexpected yet expected plot twists in the drama, David as Nam Shin III’s caring and supportive father but with a secret, So Bong’s father who dotes on So Bong and wont hesitate to fight for her. Didnt like the reporter who is So Bong’s good friend.
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