Hello Monster

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Hello Monster
I Remember You promotional poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Thriller
Mystery
Police procedural
Written by Kwon Ki-young
Directed by Noh Sang-hoon
Kim Jin-won
Starring Seo In-guk
Jang Nara
Choi Won-young
Park Bo-gum
Composer(s) Lee Pil-ho
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) Jinnie Jin-hee Choi
Park Ji-young
Jung Sung-hyo
Producer(s) Hwang Ui-kyung
Lee Na-jung
Park Woo-ram
Cinematography Park Sung
Kim Kyung-ho
Editor(s) Kim Young-joo
Running time 70 minutes
Production company(s) CJ E&M
Release
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i
Audio format Dolby Digital 2.0
Original release June 22 (2015-06-22) – August 11, 2015 (2015-08-11)
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul 너를 기억해
Hanja 記憶
Revised Romanization Neoreul gieokae
McCune–Reischauer Nŏrŭl kiŏk'ae

Hello Monster (Hangul너를 기억해; RRNeoreul Gieokhae; lit. I Remember You) is a South Korean television series starring Seo In-guk, Jang Na-ra, Choi Won-young and Park Bo-gum.[1][2][3] It aired on KBS2 from June 22 to August 11, 2015 every Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.[4][5]

Despite the show's lacklustre ratings, audiences and critics alike praised its story and the performances of the cast, particularly Park Bo-gum's performance.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

Genius profiler Lee Hyun (Seo In-guk), returns home to Korea after something from a case he’s been sent triggers a memory he thought he’d lost forever. Unbeknownst to him, one of his team members, Detective Cha Ji-an (Jang Na-ra), has been investigating him for some time. She is aware that his father was murdered and his brother disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a criminal named Lee Joon Young (Do Kyungsoo) -- whom they both want found and incarcerated. Each seeks to unravel the other, unaware that they’ve been drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse by a master player and that both truth and evil are closer and far more twisted than they think.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Seo In-guk as Lee Hyun / David Lee
    • Hong Hyun-taek[7] as young Lee Hyun
Lee Hyun was a "strange child" who caught the attention of his father, a police inspector, who later confined the child in a small room to prevent him from breeding criminal thoughts. An intelligent child, he later studies abroad and becomes a reputed professor. Strangely, he loses his childhood memories, and a series of events lead him to return to South Korea. There he tries to solve numerous murder cases that seem to be linked to one another.
  • Jang Na-ra as Cha Ji-an
    • Park Ji-so as young Cha Ji-an
Cha Ji-an's father mysteriously disappeared together with Lee Joon-young, a convicted prisoner who was said to have escaped from confinement. She becomes a police inspector and meets Lee Hyun, the boy she has been stalking since her childhood. Their similar circumstances lead them together as they work to solve criminal cases.
Born as a result of rape, Joon-young was neglected as a child. He soon bred murderous thoughts and became a murderer who eventually escaped from prison.
  • Park Bo-gum as Jung Sun-ho / Lee Min
    • Hong Eun-taek[7] as young Lee Min
Lee Min shared a close relationship with Lee Hyun as a child and often confided his darkest secrets to him. He feels neglected later on as he was under the misconception that he had been abandoned by his brother after their father was murdered. He later appears nearly 20 years later using the name Jung Sun-ho.

Supporting[edit]

The leader of the police unit and son of the police commissioner.
  • Min Sung-wook as Son Myung-woo
  • Kim Jae-young as Min Seung-joo
  • Son Seung-won as Choi Eun-bok
  • Im Ji-eun as Hyun Ji-soo
Planning director of the investigation team and Lee Hyun's adoptive mother.
  • Nam Kyung-eup as Kang Seok-joo
Police commissioner and father of Kang Eun-hyuk

Guest and cameo appearances[edit]

  • Shin Dong-mi as Yang Eun-jung
Cha Ji-an's aunt.
Lee Hyun's and Min's father.
  • Tae In-ho as Yang Seung-hoon
  • Choi Deok-moon as Na Bong-sung
  • Lee So-yoon
  • Yoo Hyung-kwan as Yang Jin-seok
  • Park Gun-rak
  • Lee Won-jae
  • Ha In-hwan
  • Bae Ki-bum
  • Han Young-kwan
  • Yoon Dong-young
  • Dong Yoon-seok
  • Song Ui-joon
  • Shin Jae-ha as Park Dae-young (episode 5)
  • Kim Jong-gu as Shin Jang-ho
  • Jung Jong-ryul
  • Kim Kyu-chul as Park Young-chul (episode 5)
  • Seo Young-joo as Lee Jung-ha (episodes 6–7)
  • Yoo Se-hyung as Lee Jin-woo
  • Ryu Sung-hyun as Lee Han-chul (episodes 6–7)
  • Lim Seong-eon as Ji Hyun-sook (episodes 9–10)
  • Go Kyu-pil as Park Soo-yong
  • Park Jae-woong as Do Jae-shik
  • Lee El as Kang Sung-eun (episodes 9–10)
  • Kim Min-kyung
  • Hwang Min-ho

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[8] AGB Nielsen[9]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 June 22, 2015 Every Child's Story Begins with Their Parents 5.6% 5.4% 4.7% 4.7%
2 June 23, 2015 Hello, Monster 5.6% 5.8% 4.7% 4.5%
3 June 29, 2015 Thou Shall Not Kill, But... 5.2% 5.8% 4.7% 4.8%
4 June 30, 2015 The Suspect, Lee Hyun 4.9% 5.0% 4.0% 4.1%
5 July 6, 2015 Borne Back Ceaselessly into the Past 4.6% 4.8% 4.6% 4.8%
6 July 7, 2015 The Blood of a Murderer 5.4% 5.5% 4.8% 4.9%
7 July 13, 2015 Let's Be Partners? 5.0% 5.2% 4.7% 4.5%
8 July 14, 2015 Remember Me 4.2% 4.7% 4.6% 5.0%
9 July 20, 2015 Stalkers 4.5% 4.6% 4.9% 5.1%
10 July 21, 2015 Find Me 4.6% 4.7% 5.0% 5.0%
11 July 27, 2015 Birth of a Monster 4.7% 5.1% 4.8% 4.9%
12 July 28, 2015 If I Had to Kill Somebody... 4.6% 5.5% 5.0% 5.2%
13 August 3, 2015 What Choice Would You Make? 4.1% 4.1% 4.5% 4.7%
14 August 4, 2015 Lee Joon-young's Room 4.7% 4.9% 5.3% 5.4%
15 August 10, 2015 Is a Happy Ending Possible? 4.6% 5.0% 4.5% 4.9%
16 August 11, 2015 I Remember You 4.3% 4.3% 5.1% 5.3%
Average 4.79% 5.03% 4.74% 4.86%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2015
8th Korea Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress Jang Na-ra Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Seo In-guk Nominated
Best Screenplay Kwon Ki-young Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Park Bo-gum Nominated
29th KBS Drama Awards
Best Supporting Actor Won
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mini-series Seo In-guk Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mini-series Jang Na-ra Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jin, Min-ji (April 25, 2015). "Seo In-guk takes on drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lee, Min-ji (June 4, 2015). "I Remember You Releases Photos of Jang Nara and Seo In Guk". enewsWorld. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Yoon, Sarah (June 16, 2015). "Jang Na-ra 'had concerns' about age gap with costar Seo In-guk". K-pop Herald. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lee, Nancy (June 8, 2015). "Seo In Guk and Jang Nara's Sexy Poster for I Remember You Unveiled". enewsWorld. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Ghim, Sora (June 8, 2015). "Hello Monster Releases Its Couple Poster Of The Leads". BNTNews. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hello Monster: The Discovery of Actor Park Bo-gum". Newsen. 
  7. ^ a b Hong Hyun-taek and Hong Eun-taek are biological brothers.
  8. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 

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