I Remember You vs. Pinocchio

Pinocchio and I Remember You both aired this year in Korea. One was about rookie reporters finding their footing morally and professionally while righting wrongs from the past. The other was about police investigating crimes and tracking down a psychopath who has been on the run for decades and directly caused the destruction of our leads’ families. On the surface these shows don’t have much in common, but I am intrigued by the different ways they handle the issue of brothers separated after their father’s tragic death. I am only going to talk about that aspect of these two shows, and items closely related to it, because if I talked about everything I’d have to break this up into at least two or three posts.

Cause of Separation

In Pinocchio the father dies because of a stranger’s stupidity, but the real tragedy hits when those strangers then lie about what happened with the fire and a reporter spins things so the deaths of many firemen are on his shoulders. This causes the family left behind to be reviled by their community. When older brother Jae Myung doesn’t come home one night mom breaks and commits suicide and tries to take her younger son, Ha Myung, with her. Ha Myung is rescued from the sea. Ha Myung thinks his brother abandoned him, and he doesn’t want to live as the son of a criminal, so lies about losing his memory and doesn’t look for his brother.

In I Remember You the mother had already died when the father is killed by psychopathic murderer Lee Joon Yeong, whom he had been studying/analyzing. The younger brother, Min, leaves the house to escape and ends up in Joon Yeong’s car and is kidnapped by him while older brother Hyun is left behind. Hyun ends up with significant memory loss, and since he is a young child he leaves the hunt for his brother up to his foster mom, cop Chief Hyun.

The combination of choice and chance resulting in the separation of the brothers is almost exactly opposite between these two shows. In Pinocchio chance results in the death of the father, but choices by everyone else results in the separation of the brothers. In I Remember You Joon Yeong makes the choice to kill the father but it was chance that had Min end up in his car and separated the brothers.

The one choice that was the same in both shows was the lead not actively looking for his missing brother. Both of them were children at the time and they made the choice for different reasons, but the choice was still made to not look for the missing brother. In time that choice would come back to haunt both of them. Continue reading

Kicking the Evil Second Female Lead to the Curb

Quick, name one show which had fan wars anywhere near the level of the Chilbongie/Oppa debate but with the guy’s romantic options. You can’t do it, can you? It could be partially because the female fans don’t get as tied up in knots about that aspect, but really, there is a distinct lack of shows where there is a viable question or chance for the second female lead (SFL) to get the guy. Instead we get the evil second female lead who schemes, lies and does what ever she can to get a guy who’s really not that interested (think Huan Huan in Fall in Love with Me) .

However, lately I’ve noticed an upswing in the number of SFLs who defy the expectation of the evil SFL who is obsessed with the male lead. I am fully on board this trend of non-obsessed SFLs and I hope to see it continue. We still get plenty of the obsessive evil ones, but there is a gratifying variety in the SFLs from the past year as we see three types of SFL in addition to the evil, obsessed b*%$# SFL. Continue reading