Love in Memory
러브 인 메모리 2013 Naver TVCast 6 Episodes
Romance / Melodrama, Short Drama Grade: A
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA
I loved Love
in Memory. I have watched it
several times and it always lifts my spirits. It's
beautiful, heartfelt, and short, like reading a love poem.
Each of the six episodes last about 14 minutes long.
They're like little vignettes peering into the romantic
thoughts of three people in conflict. The three actors are
all lovely to look at and perform their parts impeccably.
There are no bad guys in this drama, just regular folk at
a crossroad in their lives.
The writing is dreamlike and awash in visual imagery. The
drama asks the question: can a practical woman, who cannot
forget her first love, an artist, build a life with such a
dreamer when she comes back into contact with him years
after their relationship ended? Or is she better off with
a man who is more similar to her own character: practical,
thoughtful but businesslike? Do opposites attract, and
even more importantly, can they stay together? Watch Love
in Memory and make up your own mind.
The drama begins in a bookstore where a woman named Hyun
Joo (Yoon Hee Jo from Nine: Nine
Time Travels and The
King's Face) is shopping and her fiance named
Ki Soo (Won Young Choi from Heirs
and The Night Watchman's Journal), a successful
publisher, comes to meet her. After a brief amusing
conversation between the two we get an immediate sense
that this relationship is not quite as secure as it looks
from the outside.
A few moments after that, when the fiance is distracted
with a customer, who should walk into the store but her
old lover, the artist, named Man Sae (Gyu Woon Jung from God's
Gift: 14 Days), whom she hasn't seen in about
a decade. He's so much into his own world he doesn't even
notice her staring at him in shock. She thinks to herself
that he hasn't changed a bit and remembers a past
frustrating conversation with him in the same exact
bookstore years earlier. He's still in his own dream world
and oblivious to the people around him. She follows him as
he leaves the store and goes to a favorite park to draw.
She watches him from a distance, and then gets a call from
the fiance. "Where are you?" and she rushes back to the
bookstore, not saying a word. The fiance buys her a
snowglobe with a dancing couple inside. He says to her
that the woman is her, but then asks himself if he is the
man ... and no answer comes to him. He senses she is
thinking about someone else. She keeps remembering when
she was happy with Man Sae, and also when she was not that
happy with him.
Ki Soo falls deeper
into depression when he realizes his fiance seems unable
to let go of her memories of her old love, Man Sae. He
sees her backing out of dates with him to reconnect and
spend time with Man Sae. He even tries to confront Man
Sae, but he's nothing but polite to Ki Soo.
Three polite people, no bad guys, but Hyun Joo has to
make a decision between the two men. Whom does she
really love? Whom does she wish to spend the rest of her
life with? Is there some practical way she can help Man
Sae with a job opportunity, since he remains poor as a
church mouse and is still late on his rent as he was a
decade earlier. Unknown to Ki Soo, the practical Hyun
Joo has been realistically examining her life over the
past ten years, and still has not rejected him for her
old love. Time is running out. It's obvious both men
love her and want to be with her: it's the woman who has
to make the final decision.
For a short drama this carries a lot of wisdom in its
storyline, and some humor too. I also was surprised when
I heard several musical pieces from one of my favorite
Days (2011). Usually I would object to
something like that, but here I accepted it because
those musical pieces were absolutely perfect for the
scenes in this drama that take on a rather mystical
If you love thoughtful and unique romantic short dramas
you can't do any better than Love In Memory.
It's exquisite, and I just adore this actress Yoon Hee
Jo from Nine:
Nine Time Travels
Face. I'll watch her in anything. She feels
like a real person in all her dramas, and not a flashy