Who Are You? 후아유*
This season of K-dramas had two ghost stories. Master’s Sun is one of them, and my preference. This is another ghost story and also a mystery. The main lead is a female cop who nearly died in a shooting six years ago. She ended up in a coma for the last six years, and when she awakes, she has no memory of the shooting itself, or of the job she was working on, or of her co-worker who died. However, as a result of her near-death experience, she sees dead people. She returns to the police force, but her job is now in the Lost and Found, a kind of dead end job (did you see what I did there?). There’s a romance brewing with one of her co-workers in the Lost and Found. The ghosts are associated with the objects in the lost and found, and each episode is a new mystery as she discovers what happened to them (they can’t talk), and clears their cases. But each episode also brings up a new question about the accident six years ago. She’s trying to recover her memories and clear up the six year old case.
Taecyeon, – He plays the co-worker, Cha Gon Woo. Taecyeon is also in the boy band 2pm, and he played a lead role in Dream High and a secondary character in Cinderella’s Sister. I liked him in both roles.
Kim Jae Wook, he is the dead co-worker from six years ago, now a ghost. He also played the second lead in Mary Stayed Out All Night, and while the script for that show was a total mess, he was fantastic in the role. He’s a really good actor- he doesn’t have many lines here (the ghosts can’t speak, or rather, the lady cop cannot hear them. This ghost does find a shaman who hears him)- but without saying a single word he managed to grieve me and squeeze a tear out with only his own heartbreaking expression. He’s very impressive.
So Yi Hyun is our lady cop. She played in Heartstrings (but I don’t even remember who she is), and she was the second sister, Ruby, in Assorted Gems, a fifty episode family drama I haven’t reviewed, but I did find very culturally informative. Unfortunately, she’s kind of forgetable.
I enjoyed this but if I had to choose, I would not hesitate to drop it and go for Master’s Sun. The story is interesting. Kim Jae Wook is really outstanding. The show is clean, and, depending on your view of ghosts in a show, suitable for family viewing for teens on up, younger if you let your kids watch other macabre stuff. But…
It’s likable in a weak tea sort of fashion- it’s cute, but not quite cute enough for a raving recommend. The main problem for me is the relationship between So Yi Hyun and Taecyon’s characters. He’s cute and adorable in a teddy bearish sort of way, but kind of hard to take seriously as a crack police officer. More problematic is that she just doesn’t bring much to their scenes. They don’t have believable chemistry as boyfriend and girlfriend, but seem more like kid brother and older sister, or nephew and youngish aunt. Their age difference is only supposed to be 3 years, but it seems more like 10. He’s too much of a puppy, and she’s just kind of boring. Noona romances are, as I’ve said before, just not my favorite anyway, and especially not when it really does seem like a noona/dongsaeng relationship.
*As long term readers know, I’ve been teaching myself to read Hangul, and if you can read Hangul too, you’ll get a good laugh out of the fact that I struggled hard to sound 후아유 out so I could figure out the Korean title only to realize….
(the above characters romanized are something like hoo ah yoo, or…. who are you?)