Sunday, May 4, 2014
Being in keeping with both the male angst and suspense thriller theme of this drama spring, 'Gabdong - Memories of Murder' is now leaving the introduction phase. Here to bring a more twisted and character-driven look into the genre, 'Gabdong - Memories of Murder' so far manages to be very different in its approach to storytelling and how it handles its plot and characters. But while this approach is still working like a charm, it is more riddled with traps than a more traditional one, so it remains to be seen whether or not it works all the way through.
Right from the start, what makes the series very different to regular dramas is how character-based it is. There is a plot and it is important, so is the mystery of who Gap Dong is, but the characters and how they operate within that plot have the front seat. Dramas usually feature stock characters who simply exist to forward the events, but have little to no divergence from the drama norm. However, the characters of 'Gabdong - Memories of Murder' are not only very flawed, but also carry individual mental and emotional problems and baggage which become the focus of the writing, giving them good potential for development. This keeps things interesting, because the viewer never knows how they will face situations and finding out just what kind of people they are and seeing their characters fleshed out is the biggest appeal the series has to offer so far.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Gabdong - Memories of Murder".