Remember – War of the Son

Remember – War of the Son (2015)

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Seo Jin Woo has the condition of hyperthymesia, which allows him to remember almost every day in perfect detail. To prove the innocence of his father, Jin Woo becomes a lawyer. He struggles to prove his father's innocence, but he begins to lose his memory due to Alzheimer’s.

  • Native title:

    리멤버 – 아들의 전쟁
  • Also Known as:

    Remember-Son's War; Remember; Remember: War of the Son;

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jangdonqwoo
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Feb 18, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
If I could summarize the whole story in one sentence, it would be a sadistic story that really plays with your emotions.

Story: Is there a love story in this? Yes, but it's not the main focus of the story. I thought a love story was unnecessary, because the main focus was Jin Woo fighting against a hugely corrupted company / judicial system that falsely accused his dad, which I thought was read more 10x better.

This story is depressing, melodramatic, and I experienced a lot of moments where I was frustrated with the writers for making the story so sadistic and sad. But this frustration did not prevent me from enjoying the show; every episode was thrilling, intense, and played with my emotions wholeheartedly. There is so much satisfaction when you see injustice turn into justice and how the downfall of the villain is executed. There is always something happening in every episode, and I thought the story was well paced for a show with 20 episodes

Acting: I feel like in this case everyone's perspective on each character will be different based on your own morals, preferences, etc, but I found the cast to be amazing, but a little frustrating to watch as I questioned some of the characters and their significance to the story

Major props to Nam Goong MIn as the evil guy, he really knows how to make the audience's blood boil. I enjoyed Park Sung Woong as Dong Ho, not only did I love his Busan accent, but he is a very rational character that knows what's right and what's wrong, regardless of how the show/audience portrays him. To be honest, I found Seung Ho's character kind of annoying due to his stubbornness, but he is very passionate and ambitious. Park Min Young's character is very civil and determined, and at the same time she also was Seung Ho's emotional support. I felt the chemistry between Seung Ho and Min Young was amazing, but not in a romantic way at all.

Music/Overall: I haven't really payed attention to the music cause the opening theme song kind of overpowered the rest of the tracks and it constantly plays in my head (LOL), but pretty decent OST collection.

I am giving this a 9 for minor reasons (love story, over usage of flashbacks, frustration of characters, etc.), but If you like thrillers, want to take a rest from all those romance dramas, and cry from sadness you should definitely give this a chance.
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Elizabeth
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Jun 22, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
If I could summarize this drama in one word it would be this: painful. This drama is SUPER sad so prepare a box of tissues or you'll end up getting tears everywhere. If you're looking for a drama that is realistic and sad to watch then I wholeheartedly recommend this, but if you don't like watching realistic dramas, this one's not for you. That being said, lets get to the review!

Story: read more This story is very well written even though it does have some typical kdrama elements in it but I really appreciate how there are no plot holes and the pace is quick. A lot of people don't like the love story in this but I think it's refreshing. I don't think I could make it through this drama without some refreshing breaks LOL. I really like the character developments and I don't think In Ha is unnecessary in the drama. It's nice to see the main character have someone to rely on (thats a girl ofc lol). One thing though, the ending could have been tweaked a little better.. well I wanted some magical cure for Alzheimers but its okay I understand lol.

Acting/Cast: Min Young, as always, was great and she did a really good job portraying In Ha as Jin Woo's supporter and noona. Seung Ho as Jin Woo was amazing, I'm in love with his acting. Everytime he cried I cried and everytime he smiled I smiled. His acting is splendid and I'd like to see him as a main role in more dramas :) (happy dramas lol). P.S. he's super handsome so thats a bonus haha. Nam Goong Min as Nam Kyu Man (wow so close... a coincidence I don't think so? haha) was AMAZING as a villain. He really portrayed all sides of the villain. Kyu Man spends his whole life pleasing his father and you can really see that and his anger issues are extreme. I'd have to say he definitely did an awesome job at giving this character dimension. Kyu Man's sister was okay, nothing special about her & lastly Park Dong Ho's character was amazing. His Busan accent and his acting was very good.

Music: what? there was music? lol srry I was too busy crying...

Rewatch Value: yes. definitely. a gem. but I won't watch this when I'm depressed LOL

Overall: overall I definitely wholeheartedly recommend this drama to anyone who wants a sad, realistic drama. This drama is very realistic because in reality the rich really do overpower the poor. I watched this drama for the cast and I was not disappointed. Awesome cast and great storyline.
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these 2 dramas have some similarities. the villain is a spoiled chaebol's son who's the president of a big company. they have issues with anger management and no matter how much evidence the cops have against them, they come clear due to their connections.
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I haven't started Memory yet but based on the description is sounds very similar too remember, both have main leads who suffer from Alzheimer and try to fight for their cases
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    Elfinia 4 days ago

    Underrated

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    Lili 20 days ago - edited

    Is there romance?

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      Maria 18 days ago

      A little just to light our hearts because the revenge is so heart tearing

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      Moon 10 days ago

      Although I watch dramas with alot of romance in it and this one has too little romance but it is a must watch... amazing drama

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    Red 23 days ago - edited

    great drama ! is there a sequel or something?

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    Dia 26 days ago - edited

    whoa...first drama after 6 months that I rated 10/10. I cried from the beginning till the end. a drama full of betrayals and plot twist. I liked it! I thought Nam Goongmin's acting was annoying in the first episodes, but the more I watched the more I fell for it and completely understand it. He's such a good actor.
    I also liked that there was no romance...if it would have been, it would have kept me distracted. But this drama is perfect just the way it is.

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      KoriNeko18 8 days ago

      same for me w/ NGM as first! but then it struck me that wow, NGM has never played a really out of control character (all the roles I've seen him in he plays someone really in control of their emotions and calm), so I was like, wow he's amazing w/ the whole childish/loose cannon role.

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    Sukkie 29 days ago - edited

    I really loved this drama!! Omg this was so exciting and sometimes so hard to watch for my heart ahh >_< But I couldn´t stop watching omo... and Seung Ho is so handsome!
    But be warned... this drama can be very frustrating, but still it is sooo good I am deeply impressed by this drama and the acting! <3
    Definetly one of my favorite dramas ever!

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    elli Nov 9, 2016 - edited

    Wow I got my eyes and heart for park sung woong. Wow

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      shoetsukiyama Nov 11, 2016

      exactly what i'm planning rn ;; nice dp btw papa franku

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      5Clivi Nov 16, 2016

      ive only seen 2 episodes so far and i find it really good, without spoiling anything major plot for me can you tell me if justice will be served at the end of this? that's all i need to know. thanks

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      elli Nov 16, 2016
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    Seung225 Nov 8, 2016

    This drama is going to kill me, right? I shall prepare my feelings, they'll be destroyed, I know it!

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    souldoc70 Oct 21, 2016 - edited
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      Dia 26 days ago
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    Rand z Oct 8, 2016 - edited

    This is one amazing drama.. flawless cast each one delivered his/her role so well, great plot even though it was unbearably unfair and sometimes felt unreal the amount of people who were greedy and into money and willing to cover a murder and at some points i was bored i felt it was a bit prolonged. But i loved this series so much and i would recommend it without a second thought.

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    KoriNeko18 Sep 26, 2016 - edited

    Some dramas are great when you watch them, but looking back, they're not that good; and others are okay when you watch them, but when you look back, you continuously begin to love it more.

    I dunno why, but for some reason I really love Remember. It's not perfect, but it was just so touching and heartbreaking at the same time. The whole father theme throughout the drama just ties the theme together so well, and the different dynamics between each father-son relationship are interesting. I thought it was good/okay when I was watching, but the more I think about it, the positives really stick out for me, and the more I love the drama. <3
    Yoo Seung Ho and Park Sung Woong are both definitely on my radar after this, too...

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    JayRandom Sep 24, 2016 - edited

    This became one of my fav (if not my fav) revenge/tragedy drama. It compares well against other drama of similar genre. What I liked about it is that it's very revengy/tragic but at the same time it doesn't make the mistake of going so deep as to lose the integrity of the main character. Unlike most revenge drama that start out intense and becomes either too relaxed or too repetitive over time, this one stayed consistent throughout, and got even better near the end. The ending was beautiful yet realistic, it's a bit open-ended so some people may not like this.

    However, after thinking about it I can come up with 3 complaints:

    1. Main character did not abuse his "superpower" enough, he showed off at the beginning of the drama but afterwards it was non-existent, he succeeded based on his wit, rather than his power, which may sound good at first, but it's very inconsistent from the beginning of the story and would be cool if he used his power more. It also contributes to the theme that having a power comes with a cost, or the "with great power comes great responsibility", which is popular in most stories about heroes, but I guess the drama wasn't trying to label him as such, and it was more of an internal struggle to take revenge for his father. Arguably, maybe he didn't use the power in order to prevent his disease from progressing, but this should've been explained to the viewer.

    2. Main character's disease had little to no impact on the outcome of the plot. Every time it had affected him, it was only a minor setback, i.e. court was paused for a while and resumed normally. In relation to 1, if the symptoms were worse, we could see YooSeung Ho get pushed to the limit as he uses his power and tries to retain the necessary memories to tackle the cases. This would be so much more dramatic and heartbreaking :D, and keep you in suspense for how the good side will win if their leader is in such a condition. Keep in mind, I agree the memory loss had a huge impact on the characters, but I'm talking about plot right now.

    I find this really bad because the drama is called "remember", so the theme of memory loss could have been emphasis more so with the memory loss of the main character as the events unfolded.

    3. The villains didn't take advantage of Lee In Ah's relationship with YooSeung Ho despite the heavy foreshadowing. It's easy to miss this.

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    Tsuyu Sep 17, 2016

    Great drama! As usual, I am impressed with YooSeung Ho - I will watch anything in which he stars. An incredible and attractive actor.
    I was so impressed with the antagonist. What can I say, a self-centered, privileged narcissists, I loved to hate him. He was an @$$ to the very end. Nam Gung Min I will have to watch for in future dramas.
    As always, it's a pleasure watching Pak Min Young in any drama.
    I highly recommend this watch.

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    Jacko Sep 13, 2016

    i start watching it because of park min young and ahn dan tae but i cant believe that he is the antagonist here he is so warm in beautiful gong shim. And it is my first time to notice his mole in his face.

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    Dieu Aug 29, 2016

    It was a good drama with a great cast the end was realistic.

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    jlaii Aug 20, 2016

    i came here cause of park min young and loved it, shame In Ah was sort of a weak character :(

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Dec 9, 2015 to Feb 18, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 3,378 users)
  • Ranked:

    #278
  • Popularity:

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