Korean Series: I HEAR YOUR VOICE

So I just had a two-day binge of “I Hear Your Voice” on my laptop.  It is an 18-episode Korean rom-com series about public prosecutors fighting over legal cases aggravated by their own inherent tendencies brought on by their differing backgrounds and complicated histories.  Saying I really liked the experience would be an understatement.   At the moment I couldn’t think of anything bad about it even though I got a headache reading through the subtitles that flash almost too quickly sometimes.  So I decided it would be the best time to make a review about it

At first, I was afraid it would bore me with legal terminologies and heavy dramas that could very well be the reason for the total shut down of my somewhat simple brain, but it pleasantly proved me wrong.  I do enjoy watching legal-themed series like “Suits”, which I actually love, but they’re usually in a setting I am quite familiar with since we’ve always been weaned with the western kind.  Somehow, this series was able to explain what the Korean courts and laws are by using simple words and expressions without making the viewers look stupid by having to explain every single detail of their plots to us[hello Elementary].

I didn’t have to work hard to understand the stories but you could never accuse this teleserye of being shallow—actually it’s far from it.  There are tv series that put in a lot of characters, creating a lot of plots and too numerous subplots that sometimes you just get lost in them that eventually the story suffers.  Other series, though, shockingly exist peppered with inconsistent characters and absent plots that you know from the very first episode that you’d much rather forego the rest and put your precious time elsewhere.  How do you tell a story about death and revenge without  the melodramatic actors, clichéd lines, and incessant pouring of tears?  It’s quite impossible, I know, but the writer somehow managed it.  I love that they don’t show the entire scene at once, rather, they make you wait before you can truly understand the reasons why they did what they did.  I miss this kind of storytelling where there’s a set beginning and a set ending.  Our series here oftentimes are wringed, twisted and beaten to death until the viewers lose interest and leave the drama altogether.  They would extend it and extend it without consideration and respect to the story’s end.

When I learned that the leading lady would be a lot older than the leading man I was quite wary about it.  We’re used to watching an older man ending up with a younger girl and somehow we don’t find anything wrong with it.  So I was convinced an older woman with a younger man wouldn’t work.  Even the very idea was iffy for me.  But it actually did.  It worked very well for me and I loved that they removed the “double-standard” stigma people tend to put on it.

Over-all, this series shows us the different aspects of justice, particularly the law, its failings and the protection it could provide.  It shows that the law IS a double-edged sword that conflicting hands hold and yet it’s telling us to hold on to it and trust it for the common good.


I Hear Your Voice

Neoui Moksoriga Deulrye, 너의 목소리가 들려
Written by: 
Park Hye-ryun
Directed by:
Jo Soo-won


A drama about public defenders who take on the toughest cases with less than 1% chance of winning. Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) is a bold, sassy, thick-faced, comical female lawyer. She is a prickly edge, sharp tongue who doesn’t have a bit of concept or manners and finds it hard to be enthusiastic about what she does. Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun) is a serious, passionate and macho former police officer who becomes a government lawyer. Meanwhile, Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk) is a 19 years old boy who has the ability or superpower to read the people’s minds. Together they will team up to solve the cases no one else wants, cases that only have a one percent chance of being found innocent.

[from Wikipedia]


Main characters

  • Lee Bo-young

    Lee Bo-young as Lawyer Jang Hye-sung / Kim So-hyun (18 years old) as young Hye-sung – She’s a daughter of a poor, loving mother, and worked very hard in school to become a lawyer. After being falsely accused of causing the firework incident, she gets expelled from high school. After witnessing Park Soo-ha’s father’s death, she acts as a witness. Eventually, she meets Soo Ha ten years later who is an intelligent high school student.

  • Lee Jong-suk

    Lee Jong-suk as Park Soo-ha / Goo Seung-hyun (9 years old) as young Soo-ha – He receives a secret ability of being able to read people’s minds by seeing their eyes after witnessing his father’s death. After Jang Hye-sung testifies in court, he swore that he would protect and guard her if he ever meet her again. 10 years later, he meets Jang Hye-Sung, now a public defender.

  • Yoon Sang-hyun

    Yoon Sang-hyun as Lawyer Cha Gwan-woo[9]– He is a silly, goofy, though intelligent public defender. He helps Jang Hye-sung and later develops a crush on her.

  • Lee Da-hee

    Lee Da-hee as Prosecutor Seo Do-yeon[10]/ Jung Min-ah (18 years old) as young Do-yeon – She’s a capable prosecutor and comes from elite family, her father is a judge and her mother is a doctor. She pushed herself to be a perfect woman as she wants to be a perfect daughter for her parents. Hye-sung was her rival in the high school. She almost lost her sight when a firework exploded and she believed that Hye-sung caused that accident although Hyesung denied it strongly.


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