Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo: Reverse Reverse

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Time travel time! However, this time we are going back in forth between Joseon and Modern times. This drama tells the story of Dr. Heo Im and Dr. Yeon Kyung. Dr. Heo is a famous oriental medicine doctor in Joseon times who has cured many people using his acupuncture skills. However, he is money hungry and enjoys the fame/wealthy his skills have brought him. In an attempt to further his career, he tried to treat the king, but ended up messing up the treatment. He was chased by the royal police, shot by an arrow, and ended up thrown into the future of 2017. He is disoriented by the technology of modern times and is fascinated by the advancements in medicine. It is hilarious watching him figure out what to do in modern times. Meanwhile he runs into Dr. Yeon Kyung, a skilled cardiothoracic surgeon who is the granddaughter of an oriental doctor. However, due to a past trauma, she doesn’t trust oriental medicine and focuses entirely on how surgeries saves people lives. She is not good at comforting or flattering people, but is competent in her ability to save lives. Of course these two clash terribly and many misunderstandings happen. She doesn’t trust his skills and thinks he is creating chaos in her life. Meanwhile, he is just trying to get by in this new world. However, she soon gets a taste of her own medicine when they end up traveling back to Joseon when Dr. Heo is stabbed by accident. Now she is the fish out of water in the olden times and must be careful of her every action.

This drama is really funny almost to a point that is slapsticky. I was expecting a more Faith like approach, but I like this much better. I didn’t know that Kim Nam Gil could be so funny as I only see him in melos where he dies at the end. Kim Ah Joong as Dr. Yeon Kyung is so gorgeous. I really enjoy her portrayal as a doctor who is confident in herself. It is fascinating to watch the differences between oriental and western medicine. Of course oriental medicine doesn’t get as much credit as western medicine does these days, but I know it has its uses! As a ICU nurse, I am inclined to lean more towards the benefits of western medicines, I am interested in seeing the natural ways of how acupuncture and herbs can heal a patient as well. This drama is so heartfelt in the ways it portrays patient and physician dynamics. I look forward to seeing the hijinks of traveling back and forth in time!

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Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim: Gifted Hands

 

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While other people may find medical dramas boring, I absolutely love them…if they are done well. RDTK, for short, is very appealing and gave me all sorts of feels just in the first episode. This drama tells a story of growth and development of three doctors, Teacher Kim, Dr. Dong Joo, and Dr. Seo Jung.

We start the story by seeing how Dr. Dong Joo stepped onto the path of medicine. When he was younger, he saw how corrupt the hospital system was when his father ended up passing away in the ER because a VIP received care before his father did. As a result, he tried to exact revenge by trying to demolish the ER through brandishing a bat and destroying equipment. Luckily, that day, a doctor was able to subdue him and talk him into exacting his revenge in another manner. He told young Dong Joo to become better and more skilled than his opponents instead. He needed to change his environment instead of beating powerlessly against the corrupt authority. Thus, Dong Joo puts his mind into becoming the very best and top of his class. During one of his residencies, he meets Dr. Seo Jung.

Dr. Seo Jung is the illegitimate daughter of the corrupt hospital director. She also has very talented hands and smarts to the point where she became the legend of the ER. It is no surprise that Dong Joo was so impressed by her that he fell head over heels for Seo Jung. However, in a freak car accident between Seo Jung and her then fiancé, Seo Jung ended up injuring her wrist to the point where she had PTSD from the event and could not even practice medicine. In a retreat hike during her period of grief, she ended falling down a mountain the boonies and recovering at a small local hospital. The famous Teacher Kim works at this hospital and used his expertise to help her recover.

We later learn that Teacher Kim was famous at her old hospital for his genius, but due to corrupt hospital directors, had to take the fall for a surgery gone bad. He was banished from practicing medicine, but managed to change his name and restart his career at the local small hospital. In a twist of fate, Dong Joo also had to take the fall for a surgery gone bad due to his greed of trying to reach the top. He was banished to this same local hospital where he meets the grumpy, but brilliant Teacher Kim. At first, they butt heads stubbornly, but gradually Dong Joo’s admiration for his skills won over. He decides to stay and this hospital and learn all he can. Of course, its not a coincidence that Teacher Kim was also the doctor who set him on the path of medicine. Furthermore, he gets to reconnect with his past flame, Seo Jung, who he has not heard from for the last 5 years due to her self-isolation.

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Beautiful Mind: Blank Emotions

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Juxtaposed to Doctors, Beautiful Mind feels like the opposite of the other drama. While the other medical drama focuses on the humanity of the field, Beautiful Mind tells a darker story. In this drama, Dr. Lee Young Oh is a doctor who has antisocial disorder. He is unable to emotionally connect or empathize with another human being. Instead, he has learned to read body language in order to figure out how other people are feeling. He decides to return from being abroad to work at his father’s hospital. He is a genius neurosurgeon, but acts very clinically cold to all situations. There, he manages to collaborate often with a cardiac surgeon named Suk-Joo. However, Suk-Joo is suspicious of Dr. Oh’s true intentions in the hospital and why he wants to work with him. One of Suk-Joo’s patients, Jin-Sung, is a young female police officer who is headstrong and persistent. She becomes involved in a suspicious case that is tied with the upper levels of management in the hospital. However, the man she was pursuing ends up being run over multiple times and dying on the operating table as Dr. Oh and Dr. Suk-Joo did a collaborative surgery on him. Jin-Sung ordered an autopsy on the body as she believed it to be a homicide, but the results were suspiciously innocuous. She watches the security tape and blames Dr. Oh for being shady. However, it is a misunderstanding as Dr. Oh was researching a rare fungus in the victims head for a more famous surgery case that he wanted to perform live surgery on. Although he was called to ethics board at first for the misunderstanding and did not get to start the surgery, he ended up being the only person who was able to save the presidential candidate who had a cerebral aneurysm. Dr. Oh also manages to save Jin-Sung’s life as she needed emergency pericardial fluid aspiration due to her previous heart condition. Although this misunderstanding between them was solved, there are still tense feelings between them and now a newfound suspicion of the shady dealings at the hospital.

So far, I am impressed with Jang Hyuk’s cold as the OR acting. He plays this psychopathic character very well and it is frightening as well as intriguing to watch him try to gauge other people’s feelings or his seemingly malicious intents. As for Jin Sung, played by Park So-Dam, this is the first drama I have seen her in. I don’t love her, but I don’t hate her. Her acting is tolerable for me, but I hope to seem some development in her character. However, I guess I am mainly watching for how Jin Sung will be able to change Jang Hyuk for the better or help him adjust more smoothly to society. As for Yoon Hyun Min, he has always been a solid second lead for me. I hope to see him in lead roles in the future!

 

Doctors: Saving Grace

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This drama is everything I wanted and more. For once, I get to see Park Shin Hye play a character different from her previous roles. Here, she is a delinquent who gets a chance to change her future because she met the right kind of teacher. She plays Hye-Jung, a young adult who lived aimlessly and fought often. She lost her mother at a young age and her father abandons her to her grandmother because he feels like he can’t deal with her unruliness. Hye-Jung ends up transferring to a rural school.   At first, she does not even want to attend and uses the money her grandmother gave her to go clubbing. However, her grandmother showed her patience and love which slowly motivated her to go to school. Before even registering at the school, she butts heads with her homeroom teacher, Hong Ji-Hong. He believed her to be a delinquent and did not want to be bothered with her. Unfortunately, he is her next door neighbor and its a small town. However, they slowly warm up to each other after they manage a emergency situation together. A pregnant woman had passed out on the street which spurred Hong into action immediately. He was originally a surgeon who due to a tragic table death, decided to become a teacher instead. Through his quick actions, he was able to save the lady. This gave Hye-Jung the motivation to change her way of life and decide to become a doctor as well. She begins making friends at school, including the cute daughter of the principle, and top student Seo Woo. Seo Woo was the daughter of a hospital vice-president and had her future path decided as a hopeful inheritor of the hospital. She studied well and ended up tutoring Hye-Jung. Hye-Jung, who had a high IQ, grasped concepts quickly and ended up getting scores even higher than Seo Woo. Teacher Hong was impressed by her development and became like a mentor to Hye-Jung. Seo Woo, who had a crush on Teacher Hong became extremely jealous and began to spread rumors about the two having a unsavory relationship. This situation heated up to the point where the board of teachers became involved. Hye-Jung tried to convince Seo Woo to drop the case, but the situation only became worse.

Wow, wow, wow. I found that Park Shin Hye did not use a stunt double for all her fighting scenes which really impressed me. Her choreography looked very realistic and the character’s personality is very different than her roles before. She plays prickly, broody, and badass surprisingly well when I previously only saw her in squeaky Candy type roles. Mix in a gangster like Ji Soo who tries to pursue to Hye Jung (who, by the way, refuses to even acknowledge him) is even more fun. It is great seeing her try to be her own person and not taking any nonsense from someone else. While the age gap of Teacher Hong and Hye Jung may feel a little squicky right now, I feel like it will feel more comfortable when the drama transitions into their older roles. They have an nice mentor like relationship going on right now. As for Lee Sung Kyung as Seo Woo, I enjoy her non-crazy like character and how she is playing the calm and collected top student in her school.Overall, I am very interested in this drama and hope to see the high school part be played out longer.

 

D-Day – Comes to the Rescue

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As an RN, I thoroughly enjoy medical dramas when they are done well. D-Day is the story of how a natural disaster makes what had been a team of medical staff who had been more focused on prestige and profits grow into ones that are focused more on saving lives using whatever means possible. Kim Young-Kwang plays an ER surgeon, Hae-sung, who rebels against his hospital system and tries to save whatever traumas that come into his center no matter if they have a small survival rate. Unfortunately, the director of the hospital is more focused on the statistics of his hospital and pushes Hae-sung out to a branch hospital because of his “impulsive” actions. Hae-sung also has a mother who is in a coma and he is pushed out to the branch hospital because he refused to compromise his morals. Hae-sung has basically lost his rights to using the scalpel as he is relegated into only doing colonoscopies (using scopes up people’s rectums).

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Yong Pal: Healer on the Run!

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If Good Doctor had a revamp coupled with flavors of Innocent Man, Doctor Stranger, and Healer, you would have the drama baby of Yong-Pal. Joo Won of Good Doctor reprises his role as a doctor, but this time, one of great ability, fearlessness, and genius, rather like Doctor Stranger. Joon Won is Tae Hyun, a gifted resident who works at a famous hospital, but makes money on the side to pay off his enormous debts to a loan shark. Professional by the day, he receives calls at night to go on jobs, mostly to stitch up gangsters, who then pay him loads of money. With this money, he slowly pays off the debts he has from treating his sister’s renal? failure (dialysis treatments). However, his money grubbing doesn’t stop there. He also subtly threatens rich VIP families at the hospital for extra “money gifts” for saving their loved ones. Even with his doctor income, shady surgeries at night, and bribe receiving, he is barely making ends meet and has barely made a dent in his own medical school tuition expenses. At the hospital, he is well known for his skills and even the professors ask him for help, no matter the humiliation from asking a mere resident. However, hidden well in the hospital is a special lady who is kept in a medical coma by her devil of a brother. After her lover had died in a brutal car accident, Yeo Jin played by Kim Tae Hee, tried to commit suicide by throwing herself out the window. She survived, but cannot wake as her brother takes control of the family fortunes. One of the Chief Surgeons is also in on this scheme as he is paid a heavy sum for keeping her under. Meanwhile, Tae Hyun who is known by Yong Pal on the streets, comes across a bad deal. He is forced to save a gangster boss, but has a run in with the police. After a long police car chase, he and the boss end up on the railing of a bridge. Tae Hyun, who must not get caught, decides to inject him and the boss with epi pens in order to up their body function for a mere few minutes and jumps into the river below. Though he is affectionately called the quack doctor on the streets, he is well known for keeping people alive if they can’t go to the hospital.

A thousand times yes for this drama! I LOVE Joo Won, even though I may not love all his projects. However, he is one of those special actors who throws himself wholly into whatever character he is playing. He has a totally different role as a doctor in Yong Pal versus the timid one in Good Doctor. Yong Pal has a Healer type personality (pun intended) where he is tenacious, ambitious, money hungry, and fearless. But he has Innocent Man issues where his little sister requires hospital treatments that are sucking the lifeblood out of him. He is pushed to unsavory actions in order to make ends meet. I not only love the medical aspect, but also the dash of action thriller. Yong pal is sassy and a likable character. When the police were chasing him, I definitely had a flashback to Gaksital. Oh Yong Pal, a mask again? Better not let them find you and keep that double identity!

As for the other half of this story with Kim Tae Hee, at the moment, I have no judgement of her yet. She is breathtakingly beautiful in motion and stillness. I hope to see how her acting career has helped her improve as I have heard that she did very well in that traditional drama. However, the section of the hospital where she is kept is so gorgeous in technology and aesthetics. Really, wow! However, I am not used to this VIP section of a hospital idea. In the US, no matter how famous or rich you are, EVERYBODY is the same and everybody is treated the SAME! So, let this sleeping beauty wake soon!

PS. The posters are just a treat for the eyes. Beautiful graphic design!