Hello Dramatics! I am back again with another review for you! This is for the K – Drama Remember. I will be reviewing this drama for DramaFever Drama Club and I am very excited! Remember stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Seo Jin Woo, Park Min Young as Lee In Ah, Park Sung Woong as Park Dong Ho, Nam Goong Min as Nam Gyu Man, Jung Hye Sung, and Han Jin Hee as Nam Il Ho. Without further ado, lets get into the first episode.
We start off with an older gentleman who is being escorted by the police down a dark hallway the way he is dressed and shackled, we see he is a prisoner. They are taking him to be executed. As he begs for his life, on the other side of the window we see a Jin Woo. He looks on in horror as his father is about to be sentenced to death. Jin Woo begs the guards to spare his fathers life. Jin Woo’s father yells “Jin Woo to tell them I am not a criminal”, and “You said you would get me out of here.” Then the noose is tied around his neck and he is hanged to death. But it was all a dream.
In the next scene we see Jin Woo waking up from the dream about his father. We then see Jin Woo visiting his father in prison. As the two begin to talk, we notice that Jin Woo’s father has Alzheimer’s Disease and Jin Woo is his lawyer. It is very sad to watch Jin Woo’s father like this because he does not remember any thing that has happened to him. He does not even remember his own son. Jin Woo will appeal his father case in court. His father is accused of murder and rape of a twenty year old college student, but he has no memory of this incident. We also learn that Jin Woo has a very special talent. He has the ability to remember everything in detail. We learn that Jin Woo’s father has been in jail for four years and most importantly he has been framed for murder.
We flash back to four years ago and we see Jin Woo and his father having breakfast. Jin Woo is preparing to be on a TV show because his memory is spectacular. Then the doorbell rings and we meet a young girl named Jung Ah and her father. The two families are good friends as Jung Ah and her father bring food to Jin Woo and his father.
Next we meet a man who is singing in the shower and he has a large dragon tattoo on his back. We then see a half naked woman emerge from the bed and she follows him into the closet. She begs him to stay with her, but he says he has to go to court. This charismatic lawyer is named Park Dong Ho. He wears flashy bright colored suits and he has a one hundred percent success rate of all the cases he defends.
Jin Woo calls his father before he takes the bus to the TV station for his appearance. As the two talk, we learn that Jin Woo’s father works at a hotel as a janitor.
When Jin Woo is on the bus, an incident happens when a young girl’s wallet is stolen. She accused Jin Woo because he bumped into her when he was getting off the bus. She noticed that her purse is slit at the bottom and her wallet was removed. She demands the driver to stop the bus and drive directly to the police station. At the station, Jin Woo questions the girl named Lee In Ah, about the details of the incident. Of course she does not remember every single detail in every order in which it happened, but Jin Woo does. He remembers in great detail who was sitting next to Lee In Ah on the bus, what they were wearing, the bus number, and the time. We also learn that Lee In Ah is a law student who knows the law by reciting the articles of the law. As the moment is replayed, we find out that Lee In Ah’s purse was slit and wallet stolen before she got on the bus. Jin Woo saw this happen in great detail. The persons wanted poster is on the wall in the police station and he is later found and arrested thanks to the help of Jin Woo. Outside of the police station, Jin Woo confronts Lee In Ah who accused him of stealing her wallet. He basically tells her to make sure she gets her facts correct before accusing innocent people. He also adds that he could have gotten arrested.
As Park Dong Ho is talking to his client he will be representing in court, we learn a little bit about our villian in this drama, Nam Gyu Man. He is rich, powerful, handsome and very mean. He always demands respect where ever he goes. An example of this is when he enters the building to go to his office everyone bows to him. However there was one person who was now bowing low enough and Nam Gyu Man pushed his head down lower. Also when Nam Gyu Man was in the car with his assistant, he scolded him. He wanted to make sure his assistant prepared his vacation home for a party that he wanted to have. He also requested a singer who sings trot music to entertain the crowd. After his assistant made a small mistake in the planning, Nam Gyu Man left him on the side of the road. However, not far behind, we see Dong Ho and his assistant following Nam Gyu Man and taking pictures of his car.
Lee In Ah’s parents own a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant which is not far from where Jin Woo lives. As she enters the shop, the TV is on and a news reporter states that a person was arrested for pic-pocketing. They then show a picture of Jin Woo who was the reason why he was caught. Then she changes the channel and she sees Jin Woo on the TV show because he has a outstanding memory reciting the number for Pi. Lee In Ah is very impressed by him.
Later we see Nam Gyu Man’s assistant bringing a singer to his house. As he is bringing her inside, she notices Jin Woo’s father working. He does not see her, but she hides her face from him. The assistant asked if she knew him and she said that’s her father’s neighbor. Jin Woo tells his assistant to tell Jin Woo’s father to do home for the night, and he does. As they walk further inside, we see a lot of drinking, dancing, and half naked women roaming around. The singer is very uncomfortable and is not sure if she wants to be there. But she has to do it or else she will not get her college tuition paid. So she gets dressed and goes through with the performance.
Meanwhile, Jin Woo is waiting for his father to get home. He calls him multiple times, but he does not answer. His father is at the store buying Jin Woo a new phone because his current one has a cracked screen. When he asks the sales clerk which phone would be best for Jin Woo, she tells him that he was there last week buying a phone. Unfortunately, he does not remember.
As the singer begins to sing at Nam Gyu Man’s party, he suddenly stops the band from playing. He is drunk and yelling at the singer to sing something different. He does not like that song and he asked for a trot singer. The singer, who is very afraid, begins to sing a different song for him. After the performance we see the singer getting changed. All of a sudden, a drunk Nam Gyu Man enters with a bottle of soju and two glasses and asks her to drink with him. We do not see what happens next, but I have a feeling that this is not going to be good.
The next day, Jin Woo’s father calls him. Jin Woo asks his father where he is, but he does not know. His father is wondering in the woods alone with the phone he bought in his hand. Suddenly, Jin Woo’s father finds the body of the singer from Nam Gyu Man’s party. She is obviously dead. He tries to call 911, but he cannot remember the pass code to his phone. Jin Woo finds his father kneeling beside the body of the singer.
In the next scene, Jin Woo’s father is in the hospital. Detectives question him about the dead girl in the woods. The more questions they ask, the more his father does not remember. He tells them he does not know who the girl is and he does not know how he got to the woods. After the hospital visit, Jin Woo goes home and finds that his father has bought multiple phones and multiple of other items. At this point, it dawns on him that his father is losing his memory.
The next day at the hospital, the doctor gives Jin Woo’s father a memory test and he passes it. The detective goes to the prosecutor and tells him he has questioned suspects but found nothing unusual. The prosecutor is threatened that everyone will be fired if he does not find the culprit. He goes to the last page of the list of suspects and it’s a picture of Jin Woo’s father. He has three days to confess to the murder of the Jung Ah.
At Jung Ah’s funeral, JIn Woo’s father is arrested by the police and charged with murder of Jung Ah. Jin Woo begs him not to take his father away. So they drive somewhere that is not the police station but some type of a warehouse. When Jin Woo goes home he finds his house if ransacked and ruined.
It is now all over the news that JIn Woo’s father is charged with murder. When Jin Woo visits his father in jail, his father does not remember him at first, but he finally does remember him. As his father is being bought to court, there are a lot of reporters outside waiting for him. Jin Woo is far behind, suddenly, one of the reporters recognizes Jin Woo and the crowd of reporters rush to attack him. The police hold them back, but people start throwing eggs at Jin Woo as he stands there crying and upset about the events that took place. And that’s where our episode ends. Wow! This first episode was very intense! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next episode! Leave a comment below and let me know what you all think. What do you think about the story so far? Who is your favorite character? Lets talk about it! Don’t forget to check out my review of Remember Ep 1 & 2 on DramaFever and also visit my You Tube channel for updates as well. Until next time Dramatics! Remember To Keep Calm And Drama On!
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