Kim Seok Ju is a lawyer, for whom only winning the case counts. Fraud, playing on emotions, or taking prosecution, which generate a lot of excitement among the public opinion, are his daily life. One day, because of an unfortunate accident, he loses a part of his memories. What will happen to Kim Seok Ju, who tries to recollect his memories, and also sees the world in new colors? Who is friend and who foe? And who, for real, is Kim Seok Ju?
A New Leaf takes a common drama cliche (that of amnesia) and gives it a new twist. Whether it's successful or not...is up for debate.
The show starts off with a cold hero who practically has you begging for the amnesia to kick in and make him a better person. So when it does, there's a great moment where we start seeing glimpses of the man he could have been, and the man he's becoming.
And that's where the show starts falling short. In the beginning, we watch as Seok Ju struggles with his amnesia as much as coming to grips with the man he was before - the man Seok Ju is finding harder and harder to swallow. It's rife with possibilities and character growth for all parties involved.
Unfortunately we get knotted up in legal cases, which could act as catalysts, but more often just allow for typical courtroom scenes. We see the genius that is Seok Ju, but as the show progresses, there's less growth and more legal jargon.
So we see relationships change and evolve, but unfortunately not as much as they could have.
For a show about a amnesiac trying to discover himself, there's less discovering and more courtroom. It's not terrible, but the missed potential does hurt a bit.