Remember – War of the Son is about a son’s unwavering resolve to save his father and it doesn’t get any more personal than that.
Seo Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho) represents the man on death row and their exchange of words indicate that it is not their first meeting. Seo Jae Hyuk (Jun Kwang Ryul) is incarcerated for murder in cold blood, yet he does not have the slightest recollection of committing the act nor does he recognize the man standing before his very eyes. Flashback to events leading up to the present and we have the makings of an epic drama.
First Impressions: The story is compelling and the stakes are high. I was pounding my fists at the injustice because to exploit a man’s already fragile memories is beyond low. This could have been an emotional rollercoaster by delving into dementia alone, but no, that’s not depressing enough.
The first few episodes are gut-wrenching as Jin Woo’s world crumbles. His desperate attempts at fighting back are crushed by men that have too much power with the only consolation being the overused trope of possessing genius abilities to tip the scales every so lightly.
Needless to say, I was wrong because it is well-made, well-acted and if it follows through, it could certainly be something great.
For synopsis, cast and ratings, see 2016 kdramas.
Release Date: December 9, 2015 (eng subs on viki)