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Legal thriller Remember up to follow Village on SBS

I guess Goodbye, Mr. Black really is gone from the SBS lineup, because the broadcaster is looking elsewhere to fill the slot to follow Village: Secret of Achiara. Currently, the title being considered is a drama titled Remember, and it sounds like a drama with a more serious, possibly mystery or thriller bent, which is similar in genre feel to Village. Maybe SBS wants darker fare in its midweek prime-time lineup?

Remember will be a legal drama, but not your garden-variety occupation drama; it features a hero with an interesting disability, hyperthymesia, which is the condition of being afflicted with an excessively detailed memory. A supersharp memory may sound like a cool talent, but apparently those with the condition often find it more of an impediment, since it becomes burdensome and disruptive to daily life. In this case, the main character feels emotions much more keenly than the average person, and the vivid memories are so strong as to be detrimental.

The hero does manage to overcome his condition and becomes a genius lawyer, working his way up in a successful career, whereupon he sets out to prove his father’s innocence of a crime. But because this is a K-drama, in the middle of that project, he comes to lose his memory.

I know, I know, dramaland never found a motif it couldn’t improve by juxtaposing it with its antithesis, since goodness knows we could never pass up the poetry of pairing diametric opposites. But I’m intrigued by Remember since it’ll come from writer Yoon Hyun-ho of the very well-received Song Kang-ho—Im Shi-wan film The Attorney, for which he won the Best Screenwriting award at 2014’s Grand Bell Awards.

If SBS does finalize this scheduling, the drama will follow Village: Secret of Achiara, which premieres next week. That puts Remember, which is currently in the casting process, at a December premiere.

Via MBN

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Huh? So he has a great memory then loses it? Does he remember things well still....does he remember that he's supposed to remember his great memory?

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attorney who loses his memory ... sounds familiar ... kim myung min redux. Let us hope this will be a more exciting version.

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Kim Myung Min <3.

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Good question! He'll answer if he remembers your question.
I'm really sad for Goodbye Mr. Black and Moon Chae Won :(

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I was so looking forward to Goodbye, Mr. Black. Would they ever have it later?

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The director of Mr Black is now going to direct this new drama. I won't be surprise if some of the cast will end up in this drama.

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lol this sounds right up Lee Jong-seok's alley, considering he's already an old hand at playing characters with extra super-special conditions that may as well be superpowers.

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it would be so damn cool to have him comeback but i'm curious what age will they choose for the hero,if it's more mature...Hope SBS will really give him a love call neverless,i want him back,miss him...or not maybe Seo In Guk be considered or hmmm why not Shin Sung-Rok,i woul love to see him a leading hero...hope the script will be good...But can't let go with dramaland and their fixation and facination with genius characters for real...the key word that made it a special thing became something mundane for real,like every writer takes lesons how to add a genious hero in their story,next can we please have more genious heroines that prove as well are smart and not damsel like,those aren't cool no matter how much they try to sell it

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Oh no I hope it will be someone more mature. A bit Kim Rae Won-ish if possible. They have bunch of talented actors above 30 and the writer has to live up to 'The Attorney' so I hope they cast a good actor. Before LJS fandom attacked me, he's good, but i prefer someone more mature for this.

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The two lead characters are in their mid-20s though.

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Agreed.

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I love Kim Rae-won but info on this drama, as sera pointed out, indicates that the leads are supposed to be in their mid-20s.

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Ouch.
But for me LJS needs to venture outside genius-vengeful type of character. Someone below suggested Jung Kyung Ho and I can picture it already. Or Jo Jungsuk. Or even Im Siwan though I think he's now shooting the film with Go Ahsung.

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Unfortunately there is not a lot of actors in their mid 20s who can do this kind of role convincingly. This is dramaland, if they are looking for a skill actor they are going to pick one from the 30s and I'd prefer that over idols actors who can't act with the right age.

The early 20s group-Lee Min-ho (22) has potential, No Young-Hak (22) can probably pull this off, Yoo Seung-Ho (22)- love him but he's not the best of his age group, Lee Hyun-woo (22) - hit or miss so I don't know.
The 26+ under 30 group. Im Siwan (26), Kim Soo-hyun (27),Yoo Ah-in (28) but he's unavailable. I doubt they 'll get them to commit with short notice but you never know.

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I meant idol actors with the right age but can't act.

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Forgot about Lee Jong-suk (26), Kang Ha-Neul (25).

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I agree with this btw. There are plenty of decent actors in their 20s, especially in the 25-30 range, but very few who won't be 'same old, same old' in such a role - which sounds very tropey and 'same old' to begin with.

but I wouldn't fight it if Kang Ha-neul (25), Seo In-gook (27) or Im Shi-wan (26) scored this. Though I suspect Im Shi-wan, at least would be unavailable since I think his movie with Go Ah-sung is filming right now.

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@Pogo
Proof that they should just change the sex of the character!

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Yeah Lee Jong Suk comes to my mind too..
He already have super-hearing/mind-reading and super genius surgeon skills, now super memory? It's right up his alley.

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I think there were 3 writers for "The Attorney". Too bad he can't bring Song Kang Ho with him (impossible dream).

Cast some good actors please like Kim Rae-Won, Kim Mu-Yeol, Jung Kyung-Ho.

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Jung Kyung-Ho would be a very nice choice to be very true being one of my favorites...i'm really gonna anticipate the casting for this drama...still curious if SBS idea with their slot genre being more heavy/dark type one after the other will be a sucess as ratings wise

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Yaaas Kim Mu-yeol, I didn't even think of him! Has Song Kang-ho ever done a drama?

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Song Kang Ho has never done a drama before. He's too good for dramas anyway. (I was just dreaming there lol).
I think he did one stage gig in the early days and that's about it.

I read on X's site that Jung was going to offer him the lead role in Shin Don but he never return his call or something like that. I don't think he had any plans to do dramas or films and he was never properly trained to be an actor. He's just one of those natural born actor.

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I know how you feel lol, reading your post had me dreaming of 20-60 hours worth of Song Kang-ho. He is definitely waaaaay too good for dramas, totally agree...but at the same time, no one is too good for Jung Ha-yeon >:( Having an internal struggle as a fangirl right now haha. Oh well, it's hard to imagine Shin Don without Son Chang-min (or Shin Don being any more perfect than it already is), and imo Song Kang-ho is best in modern-day stuff, so I'm just going to get over it haha.

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When I first read it I was thinking..."what a jerk, you could at least call him back...who do you think you are?"lol.
I can't hate on Song though and it worked out well because Son Chang-min was perfect:). I watched him later in Horse Healer and I swear it took me a very long time to unsee him as Shin Don.

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@Kiara. I will choose to think of Song Kang-ho as absent-minded and/or too busy to pick up the phone. If this were any other actor I'd be all %$&*#[email protected]!. And yeah, really, Son Chang-min was amazing. 'Nuff said.

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Jaebal, bring the good actors, pls!

Either one of u mentioned will be nice.

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I agree that it's kind of ridiculous that he has a zomg perfect memory that zomg gets wiped! And ignoring that stuff, I also agree that this premise has some legs. Anyone ever see that movie Memento? This kind of concept can work.

Does anyone else wish Song Joong-ki was free of Kim Eun-sook so he could do a project like this, that at least has the potential to be okay? But I guess the KES thing is a good career move...idk, there aren't many good young actors, even he's too old. I'd say screw it, it's silly to have a successful lawyer in their mid-twenties anyway, and bring out the big guns. Jung Kyung-ho? I agree with Daehoney up there, Kim Rae-won was cool in Punch, would be a solid choice. Uhm Tae-woong probably has enough left in the tank from his Park Chan-hong/Kim Ji-woo glory days to sleep walk through a role like this. Personally, though, I think it would be awesome to see someone like Choi Min-soo kicking ass and taking names (okay, in the courtroom)--who says 50-somethings can't have parental angst too...lol I do realize that how wildly unrealistic that last suggestion is, and how unlikely the others are. Realistically speaking...I give up all hope of a good actor and will make do with some eye candy. Do your worst, Drama Gods.

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Memento was a great movie! One of those movies that you just can't stop thinking about even after it's over. It's like Poetry..."get out of my head"....

Someone like Guy Pearce can rock this role. Kim Rae Won, Song Joon Ki ... and maybe Ji Sung. He's a bit over the top for my taste sometimes but I love him.

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I honestly have never seen Ji Sung in anything, so I'll take your word for it lol. Lee Joon-ki could probably work too! But obviously I'm dreaming again, because he needs to rest sometime.

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I find him likable in all his shows even if they were not the best out there. He did 3 sageuks and I watched them all. Two were terrible and one was ok but he always stood out. He did one with Seo Ji Hye and sadly they were both completely wasted there. It also came out during the union strike 5yrs ago and they had to stop shooting the drama to support the strike.

I thought he was pretty good in Secrets. If he can do multiple personalities in Kill me Heal me then he can do this kind of role.

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This drama seems to have a good writer although he's still new (3rd project). The director of "Giant" is on board so that's good. Only problem is they are going to rush this and oppa needs to rest :).

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I had to watch Memento twice to finish it. Considering Nolan brothers' recent works it sure looked like a high school project but that's the charm!
Oh I so agree with Jung Kyung Ho. And I agree about a successful lawyer in mid-twenties. Like, seriously? As much as I know mid-twenties for lawyers are where they work like dogs for the company/ lawfirm.

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Not even just mid-20s. They're looking to cast a early-to-mid 20s actor. So hell, even Jongsuk and Siwan are at the older end of the age group. That's why I think these 30 year olds people are naming don't have a chance no matter how youthful they might look.

If it's not Jongsuk or Siwan, my best guess would be Yoo Seungho.

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What.... yeah in early to mid 20s Yoo Seungho might be a good choice. Kang Haneul is okay too. But I still don't think it's plausible for an early 20s to have a successful career. He might as well just graduated 6 months ago, unless he's so genius he attended college at the age of 12. That's just ambitious and desperate move from the writer to have a central hero. I, for once, want to get rid of oh-he's-born-genius from dramaland.

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Unless law school in Korea works very differently, you're totally right--at that age his career is just beginning, and no matter how much of a geeenius he is, he can't start out at the top.

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Well being born with a super memory, you can be successful in anything as an adult. Hoping for a talented rather than the most popular cast. Why can't it be about a geeeenius female lawyer anyway??

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+1. I want to see a female geeeenius for once too!

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Right!

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i still sad loosing goodbye mr black, my interest in this drama depend on the cast, i'm quite bore with flower boy actor.lately i'm quite bore with kdrama, i only watch yongpal n haven't see upcoming drama that quite interesting.........is goodbye mr br black really not gonna be made

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BRING BACK GOODBYE MR. BLACK OMFG. I NEED MCW IN MY LIFE. SOME OTHER NETWORK PICK IT UP PLEASE OMFG.

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I'm hearing LJS and MCW

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Moon Chaewon? That would be hilarious considering how the PD for this drama was originally supposed direct Mr Black too. That would mean everyone (SBS, PD, and lead actress) was jumping ship for this one.

Last month, Jongsuk said the movie he wanted got its production postponed and that he's super bored right now, so I can see him pulling out of the movie to take this instead lol.

I think I'm getting ahead of myself though. I don't want to get my hopes again since he's rejected so many this year.

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Ji, is it really happening or its just all those gossip again.

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LJS and MCW? Is it true?

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yas!!! gimme lee jong suk asap. I need to erase all my bad memories from that yong pal ending which is screwing my brain at the moment.

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So Mr. Black is not happening.. Not cool.

The show sounds good, interest depends on casting.

What about Hyun-Bin??

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Am i only the one who feels that this is somehow similar to KBS' 'I Remember You'?

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I mean, with being genius and all. The memory.

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Poor Goodbye Mr Black.

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Me too. Feels so sad for MCW and the others actors.

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Ooh I'm actually pretty damn psyched up for the story plot. Despite being obvious and all with the diametrically opposite I'd like to see the hero grapple with losing the one thing that has carried him thus far in life... don't we all have that one thing we place too much of our confidence/self-identity in?

I just hope the script stays ever faithful to logic and consistency hah

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Can't it be a heroine instead of a geniuuuuuuuuuus super memory hero again and again and AGAIN??!!!

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I think that geniuuuuuuuuuus hero will go to Siwan

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I was actually wondering why no one brought up Siwan in the comments yet seeing how he was right on the Attorney poster up there and he fits the character's age. At least that's a better guess than the 30-50 year olds people are naming here lol.

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Would be nice to see a Im Siwan and Kang Sora reunion.

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Doesn't he have a movie with Go Ahsung? I don't know when they'll start shooting though. I'd be glad if he can reunite with the writer if possible.

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I'm not certain since I don't follow him closely, but on the asianwiki page for the movie it says--

Filming began May 18, 2015 at Aqua Studio at Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea and finishes August, 2015.

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So, is the film writer really, really ready for SBS (or any other TV channel for that matter)? He'll most definitely need a doctor's prescription for various medication, from blood pressure regulators to anti-stressing treatment and, of course, antidepressants (since there's still no pill for Overexposure to PPL and Live-shooting System Syndrome, as far as I know).
Good luck to him, he's going to need it sooner than he thinks...

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Very disappointed. Me and my Mom were looking most forward to Goodbye Mr. Black out of all the upcoming dramas. Even though Remember has some interesting ideas it still sounds the same as many other shows out there. Hopefully they get some good actors in it.

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