When Kill Me Heal Me ended,it left a void in my life that no other drama could possibly replace. Unless they make a sequel.
Kill Me Heal Me is written by Jin Soo Wan. Knowing it’s the writer of The Moon that Embraces the Sun made me optimistic about the show even though it is totally ambitious to think that it would be possible for a man to play seven different characters all too well. But a challenging script needs a capable actor and Ji Sung was simply phenomenal, if he doesn’t get the Best Actor trophy,I’d scream, “INVALIIIID!!!”.
Ji Sung convinced me that his alternate personalities don’t simply exist in Cha Do Hyun’s head. They all played a huge role in this healing journey and I’m having a hard time letting them go.
Just thinking about Perry Park’s farewell is seriously making my eyes well up with tears again.I can’t believe that this carefree, bomb-enthusiast ahjussi is actually the personification of the lingering happy memories of Cha Do Hyun’s father’s pre-abusive days. Aye.
Le vent se lève, il faut tenter de vivre!~Paul Valéry
Smart teenager Ahn Yo Sub represents every man’s conflict: to go on or to let go. The way Oh Ri Jin pacified his suicidal tendencies make viewers reflect on their own lives and make us realize that no matter what happens, as long as you give life a chance, a better day will come.
His twin sister Ahn Yo Na is his complete opposite. She is one heck of a troublemaker. Her first appearance is definitely one of the most memorable scenes in the show. All thanks to Ji Sung’s convincing performance. With his fast,continuous and crass speech pattern,high level of fangirling energy and innate aegyo, I totally forgot that Ji Sung is a 38-year-old man. It seems like a fierce teenager has really taken over him. But in the end, Ahn Yo Na’s heartfelt gratitude towards Oh Ri Jin reminded us that she’s more than just a comic relief.
If there are alters for defense,Shin Se Gi is definitely above them. He is on the offensive side too. Though he may be violent at times, that doesn’t change the fact that he is both Cha Do Hyun and Oh Ri Jin’s protector; and his vulnerability was a delight to watch. It took a while before Shin Se Gi finally accepted that he and Cha Do Hyun are one but when he did, he knew exactly the kind of words to leave him with. “Live Handsomely!”
I was a bit skeptical about the truth of Cha Do Hyun’s past. I was worried that the secret would not be big enough to justify why he developed D.I.D. and the whole thing would end up cheesy and anticlimactic. But I was wrong. His trauma was too serious, there was just too much pain and too much guilt that forces his innocent mind to create separate fragments of himself. I was actually left teary-eyed at the thought of how he endured everything and lived all his life while suffering alone, atoning for his family’s sins. He created Nana based on Oh Ri Jin’s younger self; the teddy bear of the girl he thought he failed to protect.
Mr. X, who appeared briefly at the last 2 episodes, was created based on Oh Ri Jin’s own father. Nana and Mr. X’s appearances may have been short but they have created a huge impact in both Cha Do Hyun’s survival and Oh Ri Jin’s self discovery and acceptance.
Oh Ri Jin’s real identity was something that a lot of people didn’t see coming. The name twist was the talk of the town. And seriously, I was just relieved to know that they aren’t biological siblings.Yay OTP!!
Hwang Jung Eum’s performance is equally commendable.
She may have started a bit over-the-top,with all the screeching and screaming, but the heavy drama moments proved why she’s a perfect onscreen match for Ji Sung and why Oh Ri Jin is a well-drawn heroine who’s worth remembering. The only thing that I couldn’t understand about her character is how in the world she lived under the same roof with Oh Ri On and not fall in love with him.
Saranghanda Oh Ri On! I didn’t want him to go beyond the brotherly love for his sake. But I’m glad that the whole “I’m in love with my sister.” arc was completely explored without having the need to disclose it to Oh Ri Jin and make things awkward between them. Oh Ri On’s decision to remain as the best brother she could ever have was one of the biggest sacrifice he could ever do. Well, next to the sacrifice of being harassed by Ahn Yo Na! haha.
The main characters are well-defined,the show doesn’t run out of humor and the story was neatly wrapped up that I don’t even bother questioning the lapses of logic that occurred throughout the drama.
“Within each person’s heart is a dark basement. If you look away or stand by, that darkness thickens. You must summon your courage to go down and turn on the light. If you’re scared to go alone, you can hold someone’s hand”
Kill Me Heal Me has a cheesy premiere but it ended up as one emotional piece with lots of hysteria-inducing moments in between.