I won’t go into philological things with my review but rather I decided to keep it simple and just put out things I liked and didn’t about ‘Kill Me, Heal Me”. In the aspect of acting department, this drama showed how important the casting is and especially how an actor’s confidence in his own skills can be an essential element when creating a story with a complex subject such as DID.
I saw Ji Sung in various dramas along my years of drama watching, in dramas like ‘Kim Su Ro’, ‘Swallow the Sun’, ’Protect the boss’ or ‘Secret, however I didn’t actually think that he could pull off 7 different characters in one single project. I did knew that he was a good actor especially after his character line out in ‘Secret’ yet that still doesn’t compare to the 7 personalities he showed in ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’. There was a clear line between all the personalities and it was clear that Ji Sung put a lot of effort into them.
On the other hand, Hwang Jang Eum isn’t inferior to Ji Sung. She is definably an actress that found her out strong and weak points when it comes to acting and uses them when it’s time to shape a character. I personally find her to be one of the few Korean actresses who just let’s it all go without carrying how it looks on the screen but in fact she seems concerned more of the actual emotion shared through it.
As for Park Seo Joon, even though he is one of the young male actors that I like and rigorously follow, it was certain that ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’ is a learning point for him moreover having co-actors like Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum is somehow hard to shine. Regardless, Seo Joon managed to give a certain flavour to Ri On without being the pitiful second lead but more like a needed character.
If I am to talk about the overall story and writing, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought. In a way, the writer did obtain the focus and pinpointed a lot of issues, even so, probably because of the drama’s length I was slowly starting to lose interest in the whole story. But this isn’t only the problem with ‘Kill me, heal me’ since nowadays Korean dramas tend to be around 20-24 episodes, thing that stretches the plot therefore the enjoyment I got in the beginning fated near the end.
I mean, the way I see it is that the writer went overboard with the family story and forgot about the 7 personalities and as a result, in the end Mr X got a few minutes in the last episode; Chae Yeon and Ki Joon were pushed aside and barely used although in the beginning it seemed that both will be key(ish) characters. Another thing I didn’t like about this drama was the overused flash backs from our main characters’ childhood.
To put it short, ‘Kill me, heal me’ was a good drama with both good and bads but although I enjoyed it, I can’t really call it a favorite since there was barely any commitment from my side towards the story after (around) episode 15. Still, the OST was one of the best I’ve heard in a long time.