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I Hear Your Voice (너의 목소리가 들려 / Neoui Moksoriga Deulryeo, I Can Hear Your Voice) is an 18 episode Korean Drama which aired on the network SBS in 2013, starring Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk, and Yoon Sang Hyun.

As a young boy, Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk) gains the ability to read minds after both he and his father are injured in a car crash while on a trip to the aquarium. The crash was in fact premeditated by the other driver Min Joong Gook, who bludgeons Soo Ha's father to death once he discovers that the crash didn't kill him. Soo Ha is saved from a similar fate when the teenage girl Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) interrupts the scene. Later, Hye Sung's testimony in court puts Min Joong Gook in jail for murder, and he swears revenge against Hye Sung and her family.

Ten years later, Hye Sung is now a very jaded and lazy lawyer who lands a position as a public defender along with the dorky Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun). Soo Ha is now a high school senior, who still has his telepathic abilities and has been looking for Hye Sung for the past ten years. He is extremely disappointed to meet the dispassionate person Hye Sung has become, but with Min Joong Gook recently released from prison, that is the least of their worries...


This series provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Soo Ha is the best fighter in his school and tops all his subjects. Hand Waved since his telepathy makes understanding subjects and predicting your opponent's moves easier.
  • Always Identical Twins: Hye Sung's second case as a public defender involves a pair of these.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Soo Ha for a few episodes.
  • Awful Truth: Soo Ha's father essentially stole a heart transplant needed for Min Joong Gook's wife to live, resulting in her death.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening Hye Sung in any way is Soo Ha's.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Min Joong Gook's cell mate, Hwang Dal-joong, proves to be a valuable witness on at least two cases. He also turns out to be Do Yeon's father.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Soo Ha has the telepathic variant.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Cha Kwan Woo, who is extremely idealistic.
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  • Crusading Widower: Min Joong Gook.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Poor Soo Ha. He lost both his parents when he was only eight years old, and was later abandoned by his uncle. Add to that his supernatural ability to read minds, which while helpful, has also caused him a lot of suffering over the years.
  • Downer Ending: In the backstory. Min Joong Gook works tirelessly to get his wife a heart transplant, and just as she's about to have the operation, the transplant is given to Soo Ha's mother. Min Joong Gook goes to prison for killing Soo Ha's father, and his inability to support his family results in his mother and son dying. Oh, and Soo Ha's mother rejects the transplant.
  • Fainting: Hye Sung upon hearing of her mother's death, and also upon witnessing Soo Ha fall off a rooftop.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Lawyer Cha.
    • Soo Ha actually renders Hye Sung temporarily speechless when she sees him in a suit for the first time.
  • Heel Realization: Soo Ha when he accidentally stabs Hye Sung.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Hye Sung, Kwan Woo, Do Yeon and Yoon Chang are all working in the legal field and all very attractive. Do Yeon's unnamed prosecutor partner is pretty cute too.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: How Hye Sung tries to dissuade Soo Ha from killing Min Joong Gook.
  • Killed Off for Real: Hye Sung's mother.
  • Loophole Abuse: Happens frequently as part of courtroom drama.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Choong Ki likes Seung Bin, while Seung Bin likes Soo Ha, who likes Hye Sung, who doesn't see him as a possible love interest and is interested in starting a relationship with Kwan Woo, who is a Dogged Nice Guy for her.
  • No Eye in Magic: Soo Ha's telepathy. Hence, why knowledgeable characters keep wearing thick sunglasses around him.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Hye Sung reassures herself that Soo Ha would never lie to her, when he got his memories back a while ago.
  • Parental Abandonment: Soo Ha's parents died when he was young, and his uncle abandoned him, only providing him a monthly allowance, and not even a little bit of genuine affection.
  • Psychic Powers: Soo Ha's telepathy, as well as Hye Sung's mom's premonitions.
  • Rescue Romance: An interesting variation as it's the girl who saves the guy, resulting in a 10 year long crush.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: How Hye Sung got her job as a public defender, despite being completely unprepared for the interview and being less qualified than her competitors.
  • Telepathy: Soo Ha's abilities apparently require direct eye contact to work, and seems to be due to brain injuries sustained in the car crash.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: Hye Sung kicks a teenager's ball into the street because it splashed water against her legs. Later, the teen complains it got squished by a car.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: A rare physical variant. Soo Ha's psychic powers come from being in a car accident.
  • Undying Loyalty: Soo Ha for Hye Sung, though he tries to cover it up by being a Sarcastic Devotee.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lawyer Shin gives Hye Sung one for conspiring with the prosecutor.

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