Hello Monster confirms leads and gets a new title
I Remember You is the new title for the drama formerly known as Hello Monster, which is a change I’m not too excited about, since at least Hello Monster was distinctive. Generic is what I think of when I hear I Remember You, which sounds more like an amnesia melo than an upbeat thriller about detectives. (For instance, I didn’t love the Girl Who Sees Smells title either, but I concede that it’s more memorable than Sensory Couple and therefore understand why the drama switched back to the original name. Is there any hope they’ll do the same for this one?)
In any case, I Remember You has also secured its leads, Jang Nara (Fated To Love You) and Seo In-gook (King’s Face, High School King of Savvy) — both were previously considering, so this is just a confirmation. I was beginning to wonder when the show had trouble nailing down a male lead (after Lee Jin-wook and Lee Sang-yoon were both courted as contenders and ultimately passed), so it’s a relief to know casting is complete.
The drama is about a super-sharp crime profiler (Seo In-gook) who joins a task force alongside with another detective (Jang Nara) who happens to be stalking him, for reasons yet unknown. She reportedly joins the team with ulterior motives, so I’m betting the stalking goes hand in hand with her secret agenda. She’ll stalk, they’ll bicker, they’ll fall in love. Hopefully with a lot of twists (and laughs) along the way.
It’s funny to consider Seo In-gook in the same breath as Lee Jin-wook and Lee Sang-yoon even though he’s certainly graduated to leading man status, because his image is still so young in my mind. I know he’s not actually that young (he’s 28), but after you make your name playing lovable high schoolers, it’s hard to shed that mental image. But I don’t doubt his ability to make the role charismatic and engaging, and I’m happy to see how he and Jang Nara get along in the show. He’s fantastic in funny situations (Savvy really showed his skills off admirably) and she’s great as the straight man, so they ought to be well-matched.
I Remember You is described as a crime-solving thriller mixed with a bright romance, and with the Protect the Boss writer and the Ojakkyo Brothers and God of the Office PD onboard, we can expect some laughs mixed in with the thrills. Really, in this case I would be just fine with more kisses and fewer thrills. The drama follows Who Are You—School 2015 and premieres on June 22.
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