Kdrama Review: Doctor Stranger (2014)

DoctorStrangerTitle: Doctor Stranger
Episodes: 20
Duration: 60 min.
Aired: May 5, 2014 to Jul 8, 2014
Cast: Lee Jong Suk, Park Hae Jin, Kang So Ra, Jin Se Yeon
Genre: Drama, Medical, Romance, Thriller

The Synopsis: As a child, Park Hoon and his father were kidnapped by North Korea. In North Korea, Park Hoon was trained to become a doctor by his father who was already a doctor. Park Hoon became a genius like chest surgeon.

He then flees to South Korea. Park Hoon begins to work as a doctor in South Korea’s top hospital Myeongwoo University Hospital, but he feels like a complete outsider. To bring back his love from North Korea, he does anything to make money.

The Review: Let’s get this out of the way; the suspension of disbelief is very important in this drama. It gets pretty ridiculous at times, even for kdrama standards. I’m still appalled that they had surgical competitions that gambled with the lives of their own patients, and managed to drag it out for almost the entire drama. Not to mention Park Hoon had this almost supernatural ability to hold a heart and be able to “feel” what was wrong with it. Seriously?

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Top 5 Favorite Korean Actors

Obviously this is in no way objective, but just a list of the male Korean actors that I’ve fallen in love with through their acting (…alright, and hotness).

You Almost Made The Cut: Sung Joon, Lee Min Ki, Lee Sun Gyun

5. Kim Soo Hyun

One of the most popular young actors in South Korea at the moment, Kim Soo Hyun has captured the hearts of many, many viewers. He has a quiet, but strong grasp on the audience in whatever drama or film he’s in.

My Favorite Drama: Dream High

Kim Soo Hyun has been in a lot of really good dramas and movies, but Dream High was where I first saw and fell in love with him. Sam Dong was so adorable and talented, I was immediately hooked. It was the worst case of second lead syndrome I’d ever had. Soo Hyun brought out not only his impressive acting chops, but his fantastic singing voice as well.

Other Popular Dramas: You Who Came from the StarsThe Moon that Embraces the Sun

Films: Secretly, GreatlyThe Thieves

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Thoughts and Obsessions: Doctor Stranger, You’re All Surrounded, and Bad Dancing

So there are two currently airing dramas that I have actually been keeping up with. The first is the new Lee Jong Suk vehicle, Doctor Stranger. I may have been spoiled by Code Blue, but I find myself wishing for more medical and less character moments in this drama. At least then I could makes sense of what’s going on. The whole spy/traitor parts are getting way too complicated. It’s too hard trying to keep track of who everyone’s working for and who’s on what side and the millions of conspiracies going on at once. In other words, this drama is kind of a hot mess. Yet I find myself enjoying it anyway and looking forward to the next episode. I may not know exactly what’s going on or why but I love being dragged along for the ride.

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