I think Seo In Guk is a really good actor and this drama is just amazing. Even though D.O. (EXO) is playing the younger version of one of the main actors, he was really good. I think just story line itself was totally amazing. This is one of those rare dramas that get the viewers discussing who is who and why they became that way. That’s one of the good things about watching a drama while it’s airing, because you get to participant in the conversation as the story is happening and not afterwards when the series has ended. I’m not too thrilled about how it ended though, but I am glad it wasn’t another cookie cutter K-drama.
I realized that this drama is all about choices that shape us because the murderer didn’t have to become a murderer even though he was treated badly, just like his mother and family didn’t have to treat him like that. They could have given him up for adoption secretly or done a number of things. And given that he was considered strange as a child just made the situation worse, so when he came across another child that was similar to him he wanted to take him and somewhere in his mind he would be his family because they were similar but they made different choices and circumstances made them different as well. Even with the younger brother, he had a choice as an adult to continue to being how he was groomed but you could tell that he was asking for help, for someone to stop him from killing because he could no longer help himself anymore. It was a really amazing drama, I will probably watch it again someday.
I give it two thumbs up.
- Drama: Hello Monster (English title) / I Remember You (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Neoreul Gieokhae
- Hangul: 너를 기억해
- Director: No Sang-Hoon
- Writer: Kwon Ki-Young
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 16
- Release Date: June 22 – August 11, 2015
- Runtime: Mon & Tue 21:55
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
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.
- Seo In-guk as Lee Hyun / David Lee
- Hong Hyun-taek as young Lee Hyun
- Lee Hyun was a “strange child” who caught the attention of his father, a police inspector, who later confined the child in a small room to prevent him from breeding criminal thoughts. An intelligent child, he later studies abroad and becomes a reputed professor. Strangely, he loses his childhood memories, and a series of events lead him to return to South Korea. There he tries to solve numerous murder cases that seem to be linked to one another.
- Jang Na-ra as Cha Ji-an
- Park Ji-so as young Cha Ji-an
- Cha Ji-an’s father mysteriously disappeared together with Lee Joon-young, a convicted prisoner who was said to have escaped from confinement. She becomes a police inspector and meets Lee Hyun, the boy she has been stalking since her childhood. Their similar circumstances lead them together as they work to solve criminal cases.
- Choi Won-young as Lee Joon-ho / Lee Joon-young
- Do Kyung-soo as young Lee Joon-young
- Born as a result of rape, Joon-young was neglected as a child. He soon bred murderous thoughts and became a murderer who eventually escaped from prison.
- Park Bo-gum as Jung Sun-ho / Lee Min
- Hong Eun-taek as young Lee Min
- Lee Min shared a close relationship with Lee Hyun as a child and often confided his darkest secrets to him. He feels neglected later on as he was seemingly abandoned by his brother after his father was murdered. He later appears nearly 20 years later using the name Jung Sun-ho.
- Lee Chun-hee as Kang Eun-hyuk
- The leader of the police unit and son of the police commissioner.
- Min Sung-wook as Son Myung-woo
- Kim Jae-young as Min Seung-joo
- Son Seung-won as Choi Eun-bok
- Im Ji-eun as Hyun Ji-soo
- Planning director of the investigation team and Lee Hyun’s adoptive mother.
- Nam Kyung-eup as Kang Seok-joo
- Police commissioner and father of Kang Eun-hyuk