I resisted I Hear Your Voice as long as I could.
While I find Lee Bo Young gorgeous, I am not familiar with her dramas. The lead actor Lee Jong-Suk was a virtual unknown to me, and nope, I did not find him cute from pictures. I found a couple of supporting actors familiar, and that was that. Nothing from the cast screamed “Must-watch!”
The plot, as far as I could tell, was ridiculous. A high school student in love with a noona (read: older sister) ten years his senior? He can hear thoughts in people’s heads? Wth.
And just to give context: I have finished fewer than five K-series cos’ my general take of Korean dramas can be described by choice words such as “melodramatic”, “slow”, “boring”, and of course, “ridiculous”.
With that, I am going to come right out and say that I Hear Your Voice is the best K-drama I have seen, not this year, but in so far. I was hooked, watched all 18 episodes, and I am now overwhelmed by an urge to get the original DVDs.
I am now so glad that my boredom drove me to just heck-it and start on the series after doing some research (thank you dramabeans) and reading rave reviews. I was prepared to give up after half an episode, but it turned out that I have never enjoyed any other K-drama quite as much.
In a nutshell, adapted from Wikipedia:
The series blends courtroom drama and romantic comedy with elements of fantasy. Jang Hye-sung (Lee Bo Young) is a public defender who is self-preserving and jaded. Her life changes when she encounters Park Soo-ha (Lee Jong-Suk) a high school boy with the ability to read other people’s thoughts by looking into their eyes, and cop-turned-lawyer Cha Gwan-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) who is cheerful and idealistic. Soo-ha gained his mind-reading ability after witnessing his father getting murdered ten years ago. His father’s death had initially been dismissed as a car accident until Hye-sung, then a high school girl gave testimony in court despite the killer’s threats. As Hye-sung works with Soo-ha and Gwan-woo, she gradually lets go of her pursuit of money and glory. Together, this unlikely team use unconventional methods on their cases, proving that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice.
Ending off with a lovely picture of the main characters. Will blog more when the mood hits me!