Lost at sea for tvN human drama Memory
Wow. That’s what I call an evocative poster. The premise of upcoming tvN drama Memory may sound familiar in light of other dramas with similar themes (not to mention titles) — a man losing his memory, getting in touch with what’s important in his life — but one look at Lee Sung-min standing alone with the vast sea behind him establishes a mood that sets it apart. He’s smiling, but it feels melancholy and lonely, and makes me want to stock up on Kleenex before venturing into this story.
In Memory, Lee Sung-min plays a lawyer at a large-scale firm who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He puts his remaining time on the line to defend one last case, and in the process comes to realize the preciousness of life. He’ll start out as a taciturn workaholic, but as his memory starts to fade, we start to see his earnestness emerge through his desire to take care of his family. The line on the poster reads, “The more [it] disappears, the more the precious things began to appear.”
The premise brings to mind dramas like Remember—Son’s War (a son fights to defend his Alzheimer’s-stricken father against a wrongful accusation) and A New Leaf (a high-powered lawyer suffers amnesia and turns over a new leaf), and I’d wondered if this story would feel like the same old stuff by the time Memory rolled around. But if the tone of the show follows in this vein — moody, poignant — it’s likely the dramas won’t feel very similar at all. With the Devil and Resurrection director at the helm, I’m expecting something a bit dark and weighty, though Memory also promises to have a warm human drama side, mixing in “a joy and happiness that’s difficult to express.” Still: Get your Kleenex ready!
Memory also stars Kim Ji-soo, Park Jin-hee, Lee Ki-woo, Yoon So-hee, Jeon No-min, Song Sun-mi, and 2PM’s Junho. It will follow tvN’s current Friday-Saturday drama Signal, premiering in mid-March.