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In drama 'Memory,' tragedy to inspire miracles

All Headlines 16:32 March 10, 2016

By Park Sojung

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- The upcoming TV series "Memory" will explore the irony in which a tragedy gives rise to life's small miracles, its producer said Thursday.

"Memory," which replaces crime thriller "Signal" in the Friday-Saturday night time slot on tvN, tells the story of a high-flying lawyer in his 40s, Park Tae-seok (Lee Sung-min), who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"Alzheimer's is a tragedy, and quite many people experience tragedies," producer Park Chan-hong said at a press conference in Seoul. "But what's ironic is that the greater your tragedies and hardships, the greater your happiness and joy becomes. That's a miracle."

As Park's short-term memory declines, the lawyer finds himself visiting his ex-wife Na Eun-seon (Park Jin-hie) with greater frequency.

The two had divorced after losing their only child in a car accident, and Park's failure to remember the child only adds fuel to the fire of Na's frustration.

Meanwhile, Park's current wife Seo Yeong-ju (Kim Ji-soo) turns a blind eye to her husband's "philandering" and tries to protect him from further distress caused by the disease.

Although Alzheimer's may seem like a banal topic, producer Park, who is known for his revenge trilogy -- "Resurrection," "The Devil" and "Shark" -- says "Memory" stands apart because its protagonist is a relatively young patient of the disease which commonly affects those older than 65.

"What also distinguishes this show is the quality of the acting," he said, adding Lee's portrayal has been so convincing that it even affected the direction at which the show is going. "In the past, I used to arrogantly teach the cast how to act, but this time, I'm learning a lot from the actors."

"Memory" premieres on March 18 at 8:30 p.m.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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