Hyde Jekyll, Me

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Hyde Jekyll, Me
Hydejekyllme-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asHyde, Jekyll and I
GenreRomance
Comedy
Drama
Based onDr. Jekyll Is Mr. Hyde
by Lee Choong-ho
Written byKim Ji-woon
Directed byJo Young-kwang
StarringHyun Bin
Han Ji-min
Sung Joon
Lee Hye-ri
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Lee Yong-suk
Producer(s)Hong Eui
Jang Jin-wook
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)ONDA Entertainment
KPJ[a]
Release
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original releaseJanuary 21 (2015-01-21) –
March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26)
External links
Website

Hyde Jekyll, Me[1] (Hangul하이드 지킬, 나; RRHaideu Jikil, Na) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Hyun Bin and Han Ji-min.[2] It is based on Lee Choong-ho's webtoon Dr. Jekyll Is Mr. Hyde (Hangul지킬박사는 하이드씨), which gave a romantic comedy spin on the literary character.[3] The series aired on SBS from January 21 to March 26, 2015 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

Gu Seo-jin (Hyun Bin), is a third-generation chaebol who runs the theme park Wonder Land. He seemingly has everything — looks, brains, and fortune. He is also in line to become the next CEO of Wonder Group, the conglomerate his family owns, though his cousin Ryu Seung-yeon (Han Sang-jin), who oversees Wonder Hotel is his rival for the position. But Seo-jin has dissociative identity disorder. Whenever his heart rate exceeds 150, another personality emerges, and unlike Seo-jin's usual cold, cynical and ruthless self, Robin is kind, gentle and has a savior complex. This split personality began 15 years ago, and Seo-jin's doctor Kang Hee-ae believes that Robin is a manifestation of his guilt regarding a traumatic incident then. Because of this, Seo-jin avoids anything that might cause him to have a strong physical or emotional reaction which could trigger Robin's reappearance, even if that means shutting himself away from the world and eschewing any meaningful relationships.

Jang Ha-na (Han Ji-min), has just returned to Korea after spending several years in the United States with Cirque du Soleil. Like her grandfather and father before her, she is set to take over as circus master of the circus show at Wonder Land, which had once been the park's primary attraction. Ha-na vows to save the failing circus and dreams of revamping it back to its former glory, but she finds herself butting heads with Seo-jin, who wants to get rid of it due to low ticket sales and high overhead costs. But with every antagonistic encounter with Ha-na, Seo-jin notes the alarming spike on his heart monitor, and the two become further embroiled with each other. After Dr. Kang tells Seo-jin she has found a cure for his condition, she gets kidnapped by a mysterious assailant who almost succeeds in killing Ha-na, making her the only witness. However, the traumatic experience has caused Ha-na to block out the man's face, and she goes to Dr. Kang's student, hypnotherapist Yoon Tae-joo (Sung Joon), to help her remember. With Ha-na's life in danger, the more Robin appears and the more she falls for him, to Seo-jin's dismay.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series received low percentage of ratings for a prime-time television series.[7] It received mainly negative reviews, particularly for its inconsistent plot.[8]

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[9] AGB Nielsen[10]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 January 21, 2015 10.2% 13.2% 8.6% 9.6%
2 January 22, 2015 8.8% 11.7% 8.0% 8.6%
3 January 28, 2015 7.2% 8.5% 7.4% 8.6%
4 January 29, 2015 7.7% 8.6% 6.6% 7.1%
5 February 4, 2015 6.2% 8.5% 5.9% 6.3%
6 February 5, 2015 6.7% 8.7% 5.3% 5.4%
7 February 11, 2015 5.5% 8.5% 5.1% 5.2%
8 February 12, 2015 6.9% 8.8% 6.2% 7.0%
9 February 18, 2015 5.4% 8.5% 4.7% 5.0%
10 February 19, 2015 5.5% 8.7% 5.4% 5.3%
11 February 25, 2015 4.9% 8.7% 5.6% 6.4%
12 February 26, 2015 5.7% 8.5% 5.2% 5.6%
13 March 4, 2015 4.0% 8.5% 3.8% 4.1%
14 March 5, 2015 5.3% 8.8% 4.7% 4.6%
15 March 11, 2015 3.9% 7.9% 3.8% 3.2%
16 March 12, 2015 5.1% 8.4% 3.9% 3.5%
17 March 18, 2015 3.6% 4.5% 3.5% 3.9%
18 March 19, 2015 4.5% 5.3% 4.4% 3.3%
19 March 25, 2015 3.4% 8.6% 3.4% 3.6%
20 March 26, 2015 4.7% 5.6% 4.3% 4.6%
Average 5.8% 8.4% 5.3% 5.5%

Controversy[edit]

Author Lee Choong-ho, who in 2011 wrote the webtoon Hyde Jekyll, Me was adapted from, alleged on his Twitter account that the screenwriter of Kill Me, Heal Me plagiarized his work. Both TV series are about a woman who falls in love with a man with multiple personality disorder, and air in the same timeslot. MBC denied the plagiarism accusation, while SBS clarified that Lee's statement was his personal opinion and did not reflect the stance of the whole production team.[11]

Thailand's Channel 3 television drama Song Huajai Nee Puea Tur [th] received criticism that its plot was too similar to Hyde. However the producer insisted that there was no plagiarism involved.[12]

International broadcast[edit]

  • It aired in Thailand on PPTV HD starting March 27, 2016.
  • It aired in Malaysia on TV2 from February 3 to March 30, 2017.
  • It aired in Philippines on Cine Mo! (September 10 2017) replay on Jeepney TV February 17, 2018 replay on Asianovela Channel November 12, 2018.
  • It aired in Myanmar on Channel 7 (4ty) (October 15, 2017 , Sunday 08.20)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Acquired by and became a subsidiary of Studio Dragon in September 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ 현빈, 착한 남자 로빈으로 변신..한지민 구했다 @하이드 지킬, 나 (HYDE JEKYLL, ME) 1회 150121. YouTube (in Korean). SBS Drama. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Sung, So-young (October 31, 2014). "Han Ji-min, Hyun Bin together again". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (October 7, 2014). "Hyun Bin to Make Drama Comeback through Hyde, Jekyll, I". enewsWorld. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Sung, So-young (October 8, 2014). "Hyun Bin will star in Hyde". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (October 29, 2014). "Han Ji Min to Transform into Circus Master and Hyun Bin's Love Interest in Jekyll, Hyde, I". enewsWorld. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Jeong, Jee-won (December 1, 2014). "Sung Jun Confirmed for New Rom-Com Hyde, Jekyll, I". enewsWorld. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  7. ^ ""Hyde, Jekyll and I" breaks record for lowest percentage". Hancinema.
  8. ^ "Korean drama 'Hyde Jekyll, Me' has a case of identity crisis". The Star Online.
  9. ^ "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 January 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "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 January 21, 2015.
  11. ^ Sung, So-young (January 23, 2015). "Kill Me accused of copying Hyde". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "'ชุ'โต้ก๊อป'สองหัวใจฯ'จากซีรีส์เกาหลี". Komchadluek (in Thai). October 15, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2016.

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