Remember – War of The Son : First Impressions Episodes 1-5 [Every Single Word I Say Fades Out]
Seo Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho) is a high schooler living together with his father, after his mother and brother passed away in a car accident; when his father gets wrongly accused of brutally murdering a young woman and subsequently sentenced, Jin Woo sets out to prove his innocence by becoming a lawyer, putting in use his excellent photographic memory.
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I had high hopes for this drama as soon as I read the plot and saw the wonderful cast, and the first episodes lived up to my expectations. I’ve always liked courtroom dramas, because while they might be heavy at times, they can deal with the variety of human emotions and how those play out under duress and pressure in a more distinctive way than other-genre shows can; that is, if the series does it well, and Remember is doing a great job so far.
Son’s War is truly a befitting title, since Jin Woo is battling against a dark conspiracy against his father, who was targeted to take the fall for the real culprit, powerful Nam Gyu Man; along the way, he finds help from unconventional lawyer Park Dong Ho, and upright law student, Lee In Ah.
Things don’t go as planned though (as it is revealed from the very first episode, since we take a dive into 4 years prior, from where the Pilot scene is set) and eventually Jin Woo sets out on a solo journey to exact justice for his father and punish the real criminal(s).
Yoo Seung Ho, lord, I could praise the guy F O R E V E R; he’s a natural, and he proves it once again with a stellar performance; his expression and eyes can leak million of different emotions at the same time, and he perfectly captures the desperation and despair of wanting to free his father. His determination and borderline-ruthless attitude after becoming a lawyer is as equal impressive, and can’t help but want him to strike down Gyu Man as soon as possible!
Gyu Man.. where do I start with him? He’s simply a character you absolutely hate to hate; he’s a loathsome, detestable man, with absolutely zero redeeming qualities. He’s prone to anger explosions for trivial stuff and always wants to get his way without caring of hurting (or killing in this case!) others in the process. Credit to Nam Gung Min for bringing out to life such a sickening character. Everytime he pops up all I can think of (and sing aloud yelling at my screen!) is Misfits’ song DIE DIE MY DARLING- he’s that nauseating! I can’t wait for the day Seung Ho pawns him!
Mr. Rainbow suits (flawless taste!), Dong Ho, is the eccentric, quirky lawyer that always wins his cases with his intelligence and quick thinking. He has a familiar connection to a local gangster that raised him up after his father died; he often uses somewhat dirty methods to get results, but his heart is (usually) in the right place. He wanted to help Seung Ho and his father, but ended up succumbing to the Gyu Man dark side, when that meant he was gonna help his gangster-“father” realize his dream and when it became evident he couldn’t win the case against such difficult opponents. He was my favorite character up until that episode, and while I understood why he did what he did (..in a way) it still sucked big time; unless he plans to bring down the whole organization from the inside, in which case Rainbow suits please do it!
Apart from Dong Ho, the only other person that wanted to help Seung Ho, was In Ah; her first run in with him wasn’t the smoothest (she accused him of stealing her purse!) but she was intrigued by his ability of precise memory and when she confirmed that his father was innocent, she became bent on aiding him any way she could; his father’s case became a catalyst for her becoming a prosecutor. To her credit, she remains the only one who still wants to support him despite Seung Ho singing his Fly Solo song at the moment.
I love the directing and cinematography- neat, clean shots with emphasis on close-ups when needed. It actually reminds me (the ED frozen shots!) of IHYV and Pinocchio a bit, which is a good thing because both of those series shone at that front.
The music is great as well, with already a couple memorable instrumental tracks, that decorate the scenes nicely, adding to the overall melancholic, somber tone.
Do the wicked never lose then? A Monte Cristo-mood Jin Woo is here to answer that and I’m looking forward to see how everything is gonna unfold. Onwards to episode 6 then!