Hyde, Jekyll, Me

Hyde, Jekyll, Me (2015)

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Gu Seo Jin is a third-generation chaebol who runs the theme park Wonder Land. He seemingly has everything — looks, brains, and fortune. But a traumatic incident in his childhood resulted in Seo Jin having a split personality — one is a cold, ruthless man, while the other is the polar opposite, someone kind and gentle. Because of this, he vows never to date or marry. Seo Jin wants to get rid read moreof the circus show at Wonder Land due to low ticket sales and high overhead costs, but he butts heads with circus master Jang Ha Na. Ha Na insists on saving the failing circus and dreams of revamping it back to its former glory. She soon finds herself falling for both of Seo Jin's personalities. ~~ Based on Lee Chung Ho's webtoon "Dr. Jekyll Is Mr. Hyde".

  • Native title:

    하이드 지킬, 나
  • Also Known as:

    Haideu, Jikil, Na; Hyde, Jekyll, I; Hyde, Jekyll and I;

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maakopla
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Mar 26, 2015
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
First of all, personally I do not recommend this drama to anyone. But I am sure there are people who enjoyed watching too, so who knows maybe you will like it?

The beginning was slow and boring, the show picked up around ep 5 (that's when it was actually really good) and the excitement lasted until ep. 10 or so, then the show turned flat like a pancake and only kept flattening read more towards the ending. The two last episodes were completely ridiculous, the writer had no idea about DID whatsoever! The chemistry between main characters died somewhere along the way. This is weird because Seo Jin and Hana had chemistry, but Robin and Hana didn't; they were like two children playing together.

The Acting

I didn't have much expectations, but for Hyun Bin this was a failure. I think he did great job with Seo Jin but perhaps two personalities were too much for him to handle. Robin turned out to be weird (with overacted expressions) and boring, an extremely dull character with no chemistry with the camera or any other characters. Han Ji Min was quirky at first but soon lost her charm and transformed into a woman of one face. Sung Joon had enough charisma and a powerful aura, but unfortunately he didn't have enough space to shine and suffered from repetitive lines and scenes (and bad directing). What a waste of talent. He is worth so much more than this.

Han Sang Jin pulled it through the whole drama with guaranteed brilliance. His character was interesting, he felt and looked like a man who worked in an amusement park. Sang Jin was the only one who truly brought his warmingly silly character to life and he really shone. Shin Eun Jung had the same dull face throughout the drama and her character, despite being smart and having potential, was ruined with poor script.

All side characters except the secretary Know were completely meaningless and the pathetic little love triangle on the side was purely a filler. Okay, I admit that Detective Na vs Seung Yeon was quite a fun ride and there were not enough scenes of them together. But the cops in general were way too stupid.

The Plot

Yeah, what should I say? The whole implementation of hypnosis and all that, it was a refreshing idea but failed because it was taken too far. The whole DID issue had potential but at some point the DID turned into Robin. I understand where the writer was going with this. She tried to create a conflict between the real man and the illusion, with the illusion being way better than the real deal. However, the writer failed miserably because instead of concentrating on the conflict and bringing out the whole heart-wrenching reality of it all, she concentrated on a ridiculous love relationship instead. This drama could have been brilliant, a struggle between real and imaginary, two realities crashing together and confusing everyone around to the point of madness. This whole idea went down the drains when DID became Robin and Seo Jin was sort of abandoned to deal with his problems alone. I am sure that by writing the ending as it was, the screenwriter tried to go for a fresh image. But the point of the whole show was not love to begin with. It was the conflict, which was forgotten, and the show lost its standing. Hana was one of the dumbest and maddening characters I have ever seen.

The first part of the story concentrated a lot on the problems of Seo Jin and his past. It was interesting until several repetitive flashbacks clogged the episodes. I also wished there were more quirky scenes with Seo Jin and Hana to back up the last episode. The silly grudge of children was taken on a complete new level. The trauma of that grudge was never explored fully and in the end it was pushed aside in a hastly manner. The whole idea of that hatred was that it stemmed from pain and loneliness, but the bad guy remained flat, his character was trapped in a superficial shell and never explored to the depths of his soul. I'm saying that the darker moments could have been way darker and with much more impact had the writer concentrated on the right things. Like the battle within, not what was going on outside.

All in all, this show was either a mess with its characters running around out of control or then flavorless snail-paced boredom wrapped in pink, fluff and all cute with some glitter on the top. There were some loopholes, which could have been avoided easily. And the worst thing of it all: despite being a slow run the ending was still rushed. How? Just how is that possible? You had two freaking hours!
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purplenette
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Mar 27, 2015
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Poor Hyun Bin. I don't even know where to begin with this review. Let's see...if you drop the first four episodes and the last four episodes, then it is a pretty decent drama. The writing is just horrible. I can't write spoilers so I can't go into it all, but if you want to know more, then PM me. First, the female lead character is horrible. I can't stand her from beginning read more to end. Selfless my ass. Everything she did was selfish under the guise of selflessness and she is stupid. The male leads in one person may sound interesting, but it is the stupidest thing I have ever had the misfortune to watch. What was the purpose of the circus or any of those characters that add nothing to the story? What is the purpose of the cousin or whomever he was trying to out Seo Jin? What was the doctor's purpose? Forget it. I'm done.
EDIT: OMG...I forgot about the over used hypnosis. Great idea, poorly executed.

Hyun Bin is great and some of the side actors are good. I don't know what happened to Han Ji Min. Did she always act that horribly and I just didn't notice? Sung Joon was beautifully "bad".

The music was ok sometimes.

I will never ever rewatch this.

Don't watch it. Watch something else!!!
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    Serin 24 days ago

    Watched this when it aired. I still remember the disappointment after finishing it. Felt so sorry for Gu Seo Jin and wanted to kill the female lead. She is annoying af. Don't watch it if you want to just enjoy Hyun Bin's looks cause believe me it will get so annoying that you won't even care about looks. But if you have 20 hours to waste on nonsense, go on and watch it.

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    khjfan01 May 9, 2017

    Honestly, not tht bad of a drama. I gave it an 8. I loved Sung Joon's role.. this is my favorite character I've seen him play. I think this would've been a better drama if they gave us more likable characters. The only likable character to me was Robin. And also, I loved Yoon Tae Joo (can't help it). I don't think this drama deserves all the negative reviews. Although I gave it an 8, I can understand ppl rating it a little lower, but def not lower than 6.5. I'd like to see these ppl's dramalist, they must have VERY high standards.

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    JoJo_KdramaWatcher Apr 22, 2017

    This drama seriously gave me Cancer, felt like wasted whole 20 hours of life. The drama is too slow paced and seriously who though its a good of the idea of giving the main character only 10 minutes of love, at last episode of the drama.

    The drama went downward when they started giving too much attention to Robin character. Liked Robin at first but female lead obsession and denial is too much to handle. Feel poor for GSJ the main character (senpai does not notice him). Last love scene was also because of similarities between the male characters.

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    ValentinaCallus Mar 23, 2017

    This drama was pretty good. I don't know why many have criticised it.

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    Jia Jan 1, 2017 - edited

    I finished episode 16 and at least until episode 15 this drama wasn't outstanding but to me not nearly as bad as some people make it to be. At least until episode 15 I was quite interested in the story between LSH and GSJ (if you watch it you get the name-thing) and how the whole situation will turn out. Yes, the way it was resolved was a little bit boring but so far I expected much worse from this drama. (The lack of chemistry and the problem about Ha Jimin is true though - the only expression she portrays very well is looking dumbfounded and that's what she looks like 70% of the time in this drama)

    *Edit* I finished the drama and while the last few episodes were a little bit slower and not as interesting as the first 16 episodes I personally still don't find it to be really bad even though some of the acting literally sucks and the music in Han Sang Jin's scenes did not work with the drama for me.

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    lea Dec 20, 2016 - edited

    I think the drama could've slightly been better if they'd cast a better actress than Ha Ji Min.
    Not sure if it's too much botox that her face cannot portray emotions or just zero acting skills sorry to say. The rest of the female cast was good. Han Sang Jin's character was beyond irritating he was more of a cartoonish villan just needed a maniacal chuckle while rubbing his hands to complete the look lol. Most people who endured this drama to the end guess Hyun Bin kept them there. Hope he chooses next drama wisely!

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    sakurahimesama Oct 21, 2016

    Argh i have headache from crying to the last episode , this drama was pretty good :)

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    blueguisee Oct 3, 2016 - edited

    I should've listened when they said not to watch this drama. There goes 20 hours of my life. What kind of idiot thought it was a good idea to give all the character/romantic development to the strong, popular, happy second lead instead of the lonely, sad, and broken main lead. And lets not forget how he's shoved away by almost everyone in the series even until the final episode. FFS they only gave the poor guy 10 minutes of romance and it was the final 10 minutes of the show.

    TLDR; Don't waste your time.

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    Nfs Aug 11, 2016

    Where can I read the wbtoon?

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    Mitchinyeoja Jun 1, 2016
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    KMR May 30, 2016 - edited

    I can't stand this actress (Han Ji Min). She always has that lost look on her face no matter what emotion she acts. It's so annoying. I remember how it pissed me off in Yi San, I was wondering back then if it was some kind of signature face for her acting or the consequence of plastic surgery. I notice some Korean actors have this facial expression stiffness problem after too much surgery.
    Hyun Bin on another note is impressive as usual. It's such a delight to watch a good actor perform his art. He truly looks like a totally different person from one character to the other. Even the micro-expressions change! That's how you know acting is serious work and talent. Not easy to achieve this.

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    Tel May 27, 2016

    This drama is about how Jang ha na ssi helps Seo Jin with his personality disorder. Loved Seo JIn and Robin, loved SEo JIn more as he is hotter ;-)

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    wavy3 May 26, 2016

    It literally makes me want to cry that some people watch this and come away thinking it is an accurate and "realistic" portrayal of mental illness. :'(

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    INFIRES May 21, 2016

    Hyun Bin, Hyeri and Sung Joon?? Damnnn

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    wookie1023haji May 14, 2016

    just watched the first episode of this drama and already came to a conclusion that Gu Seo Jin needs Jang Ha Na to cure his illness. Robin is the creation of Seo Jin's guilt therefore he saves and protects anyone. If Gu Seo Jin fell for Jang Ha Na then theres a large possibility that Robin would no longer take over him. Through Ha Na, Seo Jin will learn how to care for someone. And thats whats he lacks and needs to develop here.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Jan 21, 2015 to Mar 26, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.3 (scored by 5,434 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1730
  • Popularity:

    #110

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