Are You Human Too? Korean Drama Review

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon

Are You Human Too? is a sci-fi melodrama about a robot (Seo Kang Joon) that is brought in to impersonate a chaebol heir who is in a coma during a corporate power struggle. He develops a close bond with his bodyguard (Gong Seung Yeon) as he learns about humans and discovers who he is.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon

Seo Kang Joon plays dual roles as the the human Nam Shin and the robot Nam Shin III. Human Nam Shin was taken from his mom when he was young and was raised by his rich and greedy family. And this resulted in him being a pretty selfish and hot tempered man. But an accident lands him in a coma which jeopardizes his position as well his entire life.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon

Nam Shin III was made to fill a hole in his mom’s heart for her real son. And he is such a kind and lovable robot who seriously likes his mom and wants to please her. He also wants to protect humans and has a habit of hugging them when they cry. So when he is directed to impersonate human Nam Shin, he jumps right in and does what he can to protect human Nam Shin’s life.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Gong Seung Yeon

Gong Seung Yeon plays Shin’s bodyguard So Bong. Life has thrown her a couple curve balls that has resulted in her doing what she can to make some extra cash. Even if it’s by less than honest means.

I like that her character is different from many female leads with her being a bodyguard as well as being a bit cynical and out for money in the beginning. But she’s a good person, and it was nice watching her slowly open up her heart and eventually become Shin III’s biggest advocate.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Lee Joon Hyuk

Lee Joon Hyuk is Secretary Ji Young Hoon. He’s human Shin’s right hand man and also steps into that position for Shin III. He’s incredibly loyal to human Shin which creates some confusion for him as he grows closer to robot Shin III.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Yoo Oh Sung

We have our greedy villain Seo Jong Gil (Yoo Oh Sung) who is out to take down Shin and get more power. I always enjoy Yoo Oh Sung’s performances. He makes a great villain and adds little nuances to his character. And this was a perfect example of an entertaining villain that you love to hate.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Park Young Kyu Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Kim Sung Ryung

And then there’s Grandpa (Park Young Kyu) who is the head of the company and will do whatever he feels is necessary to protect it, even if it requires putting the company before his family.

Finally, we have Shin’s mom Oh Ro Ra (Kim Sung Ryung). She’s the robotics engineer who created Shin III because she was heartbroken without her son. And when she has the chance to help him, she is willing to do whatever she can, even if it dangerous for Shin III.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon and Gong Seung Yeon

I’ve been wanting to check out another sci-fi kdrama since they are few and far between. So Are You Human Too? had me excited on many levels. And lucky for me, I seriously enjoyed this drama!

It ended up being a mix of melodrama and sci-fi with a dash of rom-com. It was a combination that worked well for me. I also got more and more into the show as it went along as the stakes for the characters grew, the tension thickened, and secrets being revealed caused varying levels of trouble. It was a fun ride!

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon and Gong Seung Yeon

Shin III and So Bong are pretty cute as a couple. He’s the sweet one while she is more cynical in the beginning. It’s an ironic relationship in that the robot is the one who starts to make the human feel and experience love in a way she didn’t know. But that also leads to him learning what love is.

Of course, one of my favorite things in the drama was the exploration of Shin III’s humanity. Does he have feelings? How should he treated? Does his life matter? They make Shin III so easy to root for because of his sweet personality, cute smile, and even an awkward sense of humor. Though just because he looks like a human doesn’t necessarily mean he is like a human. But we eventually start to see that he does experience his own type of robot “feelings” such as when he exhibits a sort of sadness over his mom focusing on the human Shin.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Gong Seung Yeon
Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Gong Seung Yeon Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon

Then he becomes more and more protective over So Bong. He becomes attached to her which we know is him beginning to have these robot feelings for her. He doesn’t “feel” in the human sense, but he begins to develop his own unique robot equivalent. Watching him grow and explore that was lovely to see. But he has to go through some serious challenges as he tries to discover himself as well as protect the ones he cares for. My heart really went out to him!

And So Bong is special because she eventually sees him as his own person. He may not be human, but he is sentient, has a personality, and deserves to be treated respectfully. It’s her treating him as his own person that allows him to also see himself that way and begin to explore who he is. And that eventually leads him to care for her.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon and Gong Seung Yeon

But there is ultimately a message that while feelings are important, actions have the ability to carry great weight. Shin’s actions conveyed his “feelings” and values and that is what allowed So Bong and everyone else to know he cared for them. It really is quite beautiful.

There are some interesting family dynamics in the drama as well. Honestly, this is a pretty messed up family. There are also business power plays too. I liked how all of it was laid out, and I was never bored with the business or family stuff.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon, Lee Joon Hyuk, Park Young Kyu

I will admit the drama is a bit messy in terms of execution though. There are a lot of little continuity errors and inconsistencies in the finer details. Sometimes early on I found it a bit cheesy at times too.

For maximum enjoyment of this drama, you definitely need to turn off the analytical part of your brain. There are so many little things that you need to turn a blind eye to and try not to pick apart. If you can get past that, there really is a lot to enjoy about the story, the characters, and the drama as a whole.

SPOILERS NEXT 4 PARAGRAPHS

Although there are a ton of interesting relationships I could explore, one that I found really intriguing was that of human Shin and robot Shin III. It’s a tricky situation that these two find themselves in. Of course, none of it is Shin III’s fault. He was created and instructed what to do. Then he always tried to put others first.

Well, human Shin is none to happy that there is a robot running around with his face and pretending to be him. His reaction is actually completely understandable. But Shin is a difficult character on many levels. On one hand, he has a pretty awful childhood and has every reason to want revenge and to be not so nice. He feels abandoned and alone. But this causes him to lash out in some truly horrible ways.

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon

I kept trying and trying to have sympathy for him, but it became harder the more I saw of him. Although many of his feelings were valid, he was just so blinded by them that he couldn’t see the potential good in his life. And the way he hurts everyone around him just became more and more difficult to watch.

I was waiting for that moment where he realized the error of his ways, and well, it took until like the last episode to get it. I’m definitely glad he finally came around and was able to do something redeeming, but I still don’t care for him much, lol. At least he helped save our lovely Shin III so he could be reunited with the woman he loves 🙂

END OF SPOILERS

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon and Gong Seung Yeon

Overall, Are You Human Too? was a fun story that took me on some very wonderful character journeys. The romance was sweet and connected well with the overall story. The show was thoughtful with a beautiful message. I enjoyed it’s melodramatic qualities with a dose of action as well as that it was able to build up the tension more and more throughout the drama. There are a few twists and plenty of excitement all the way through the final episode. And all that makes for a pretty great experience all around.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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14 Responses to Are You Human Too? Korean Drama Review

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Well, this one of course was already on my list, but a 8.5 score is definitely a very good rating😀 I always love these kind of stories where whether it’s an alien, robot or something else is asking questions of it’s humanity. I’m not one that is usually bothered by continuity errors unless they are so huge that it completely ruins the series. But that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Overall I’m looking forward to seeing this one! Great post 😉

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    • Kay says:

      Same here! I’m suck a sucker for stories like this where a character explores his humanity as well as the complicated romantic pairing. And I don’t think most of the errors are big. Small stuff here and there. And being the nature of the drama, some stuff is a bit illogical, but I don’t get to bothered by that sort of thing. I hope you enjoy it when you get to see it 🙂

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  2. Oh I didn’t like this one. I thought it was pedestrian and sometimes a little dumb.

    The entire plot was that of every sageuk ever made. The whole thing would have played out exactly the same with ‘Prince’s Poor Doppelganger’ instead of the Robot. There were times it surprised me and even intrigued me. But every time it was original and surprising, it quickly reverted to type in the most pedestrian way possible. There were moments I completely loved but many more in which I was bored or frustrated.

    In particular I thought the final two episodes were particularly bad, especially the random happy ending they slapped on.

    The one reason this kdrama never met its full potential, IMHO, is that it was too busy being a kdrama.

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    • Kay says:

      I can actually see where you’re coming from. Luckily, I’m a big fan of traditional kdramas. That’s why I watch them, hehe 😉 And I agree, I do think the story is very much structured like a historical. I really liked that aspect though. I found it refreshing in that it felt like an older low key style melo with some extras. Of course, I expected we would get a mostly happy ending and figured they would do it in classic kdrama fashion. I just expect it these days, lol. Thankfully, it was a time I was really looking forward to a drama and it paid off. Hopefully, your next drama works out better for you 🙂

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  3. D says:

    Hi Kay – I was waiting for your review on this one as I wanted to share my thoughts. I actually really enjoyed and liked this show throughout the whole way despite of its illogical points. I really enjoyed the characters especially Shin III and even Shin himself because I totally understood how he was feeling. I’m not sure if I’m the minority in this. I actually wanted to seem him change/develop more. However, I am extremely disappointed in the ending though – or in particular the last two episodes. I felt that it didn’t really give me closure on the major point of the story – to be honest – by the end I wasn’t sure what the point even was. In particularly, the last scene to me was extremely disappointing. I felt that they brought Shin III back without any explanation at all just to give a happy ending. This drama reminded me of Misty. I loved Misty until the end. And likewise for this one. But regardless I still really enjoyed the rest of the drama. I even miss Shin III now. What do I do? LOL!!

    Thanks for the review. 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Well, I’m glad to hear it was at least a mostly enjoyable experience for you 🙂 I also really enjoyed the characters in this drama. Of course, Shin III the most. I do think a lot of people really disliked Shin, including me, lol. Like you, I did totally understand his feelings and why he was acting the way he did, but it was just one of those cases where he just wasn’t coming around. And it seemed like the things he did just got worse and worse. I wish they would have given him more time to change.

      Aww, sorry the ending disappointed you. I’ve seen several people mention being disappointed in the last couple eps. That surprised me because I loved them. As for the ending, well, it was exactly what I expected. I just knew this was the kind of drama that would give a happy ending. Then they went about it the classic kdrama way. So many dramas love to use the trope of “killing off” the lead, having a time skip, leaving the romantic interest to grieve, and then randomly pop back up alive and well. I think I’m just used to that since I’ve seen it so many times, hehe.

      But what I usually do is just fill in the details they leave out on my own since I think they are usually implied anyways. I just figured that Shin III powered off and fell into the water, but since he was powered off the kill switch didn’t work which was stated before. Plus, he’s resistant to water. So Bong thinks he died. Shin and David eventually get him up, but David has to figure out how to properly restore him and probably deal with some damage. They don’t want to get So Bong’s hopes up so they don’t tell her until they know he is fixable. And then surprise! He’s fixed and shows up for a romantic beach encounter. And just because it was meaningful to Shin III, David gave him some tear ducts so he could express himself better. The end 🙂 As soon as Shin III fell in the water, that’s what I imagined would happen, and I think it fits pretty well. So there’s my take on it, lol.

      But you definitely need a good one to follow this. I do too! Good luck to us both 🙂

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      • D says:

        Wow ok. Thanks for telling me your thoughts about the ending. It does make me feel better somewhat. Clearly I’m not much of an imaginative person. And I did really like the drama a lot. One of my favourite ones in 2018. You are right also that it is a typical kdrama ending and I knew it was going to happen before it did but in this series I just could not accept it. Yes good luck to us for the next good one. 😊 May I please ask which one will you be checking out next?

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        • Kay says:

          Haha, sorry for such long comment. I started telling a story and ended up with a new post 🙂 But I seriously understand why endings like that bother most people since they let a lot of things happen off screen, don’t explain them, and can be somewhat open ended. Ideally, things like that really should be included for a more proper ending. But I am glad we both enjoyed the drama 🙂

          I’m currently watching Handsome Guy and Jung Eum. 7 eps in. I’m pretty mixed on how I feel about it. Not sure that I would recommend it at this point, lol. Have you decided on a new drama or still looking?

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          • D says:

            Lol it’s ok. I enjoyed reading your long post. Re Handsome guy – I wasn’t going to watch it and your comment just confirmed it for me. I checked out the first episodes of Gangnam Beauty, Thirty But 17, and familiar wife. I liked all three of them particularly Gangnam beauty. So I’m thinking of leaving them all to binge watch later. Currently watching meteor garden 2018 and will be picking up Mr Sunshine soon.

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            • Kay says:

              Good call! Handsome Guy isn’t bad per se, but it’s very generic and plot light. Go for better things! lol All of the dramas you mentioned are on my watch list. I feel like we just came off of a pretty good batch of dramas and then we have another nice batch to enjoy.

              What do you think of Meteor Garden? I have not so great luck with most other Asian dramas, but occasionally I have success with one. I’ve had several people recommend it, and I really liked Boys Over Flowers so I do plan to give it a try.

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              • D says:

                Yes – you are right. We just came off a good batch of dramas and now there’s another batch which is awesome. I am looking forward to 100 Days Husband. So, there’s another one to look forward to.

                I did also very much like Boy Over Flowers and I actually did not watch the other versions. The one thing I really disliked about Boys Over Flowers was the female lead. She was extremely annoying. I definitely like the female lead in this version so much better. So, I feel like I’m re-watching a drama that I really liked minus the annoying female lead. It’s definitely a light watch and I’m enjoying it so far. But I keep thinking how Lee Min Ho’s main lead was so awesome. Can’t help but compare. 🙂

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                • Kay says:

                  I can’t wait for Hundred Days’ Husband too! I’ve been looking forward to that for one a whole now 🙂

                  Glad to hear you’re enjoying Meteor Garden. I think I got lucky in that I din’td find Jan Di annoying and just ended up completely enamored with everything about Boys Over Flowers. It was only my third drama though, so I think that helped a lot of things. I still didn’t mind her even when I rewatched a a couple years later though. Nostalgia 🙂 I do think I will miss Lee Min Ho. I tried Hana Yori Dango and it didn’t click. So here’s hoping this one does!

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  4. Hey Kay! Just four more episodes and I’m done with this. I skipped reading the “spoilers part. Maybe I’ll read it after finishing the drama. ❤ Glad you enjoyed it!

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