Healer (2014)

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Seo Jung Hoo is so-called "errand boy". For a relevant price he may complete any task, only if it's not connected with murder. Under Healer's mask he had run foul of some organizations that now strive to catch him, however no one knows who he really is. He can count on older woman's help, genius hacker responsible for the technical part of their job. One of his tasks is closely connected to read moreone girl, Chae Yeong Shin, second rate tabloid reporter. She starts to have an interest about Healer when he tries to get close to her, which results in the discovery of their common past.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Perfection. That is the only word I can use to describe the absolute treasure that was Healer.

Funnily enough, I almost passed by this drama and, had I not been practically forced to push the play button, I would have missed out on the best drama I've seen in my twelve years of drama watching experience. Even the fact that this is my first drama review on MDL shows how highly I read more think of this drama and how strongly I feel that the overall rating of #2 and popularity of #1 is completely well deserved. Healer has become my top favorite drama, dethroning my previous favorite, which had held onto the top spot for the last seven years. That's the power of Healer.

If strong characters all around, both male and female, are your thing, watch it. If a solid love line without stupid, nonsensical love triangles and noble idiocy break ups are your thing, watch it. If you enjoy a good action, romance, political, and gripping-the-edge-of-your-seat-intense drama, then this is definitely, definitely for you. Watch it.

The acting by the ENTIRE cast is flawless. The OST is amazing and so well suited to each scene that its played in. Healer will make you experience the widest range of emotions throughout its 20 episodes and you'll still feel like you didn't get enough. Heartwarming, touching, beautiful, intriguing, heartbreaking, action-packed, downright hilarious, and so perfect! That's Healer.

In fact, I don't think there are enough words in the world to describe Healer and the effect it has on me and this is coming from a writer. The plot was solid, the pacing was perfectly balanced while never slow, and the characters were so natural and realistic. I walked into this drama unfamiliar with the cast and walked away a fan of all three leads and then some.

If you've ever fallen so in love with someone or something to the point where your heart hurts and throbs with the pain of overwhelming emotions, then you'll understand what Healer has done to me. But, quite frankly, it would hurt more to never experience this drama than to deal with the withdrawal of a perfect in every aspect drama.
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Feb 18, 2015
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I am absolutely in love. Literally. It is the best I've seen since...ever... I think actually. This drama will forever hold a place in my most memorable and favorite dramas. I really hope you watch Healer and enjoy it as much as I did.

It's comedic, suspenseful, romantic (wonderfully), full of action (and awesome fight scenes), character development, and deep/heavy/intricate plot lines.

I usually write a review by covering each of the read more topics I am to rate (e.g. Story, Acting/Cast, Music, etc.), but I feel this drama deserves something more unique. A list of the first things that come to mind when I think of Healer or recommending it to others.

1. Whatever you do don't let this be your first drama.
It can be your second or forty fifth, but don't ruin every other drama by making it your first. It would be like listening to your favorite song for the first time and then only being allowed to listen to "It's a small world" for the rest of your life. (Okay thats a bit of an exaggeration but think of it this way): You won't be able to truly appreciate how wonderful this drama unless you have something to compare it to, and any drama you watch afterwards will fall short of expectations.

2. Whatever you do watch it.
If you have to wait, wait. It's completely worth it. It's ratings are proof of its beauty. I mean its the first drama to break the 9.0, "1 liter of tears" since probably 2006, and the only drama currently in the top 5 (while being surrounded by movies).

3. Relationship goals.
It will become a desire, envy, need, and dream to find a love as wonderful as theirs.
Every time I find a relationship I fall in love with or adore I find certain aspects of that relationship that I want or aspire to, it's kinda like piecing together your dream significant other, but the relationship part instead of the person and what color eyes they'll have.
Healer's aspects: The way they subconsciously recognized each other. The way they looked at each other. How they craved the others' touch. The way they acted like a real couple when they hugged, kissed, and touched each other. The way they spoke to each other. The way you could see how they felt and treasured each other. The reassurance and peace they had when they were together. These are the aspects I personally dream of in a relationship. ( I apologize for gushing, but you'll understand after you watch it).
AKA: the chemistry and acting are A+

4. Plot.
Besides extremely lovable characters, the interconnected relationship and plot lines made me obsess over watching the next episode. I woke up early to get an episode in before school... it was too good to watch while sleep deprived, which brings up point 5..

5. Don't marathon it over night.
The story is basically a drug, it will infest your mind and make you want to marathon the show in 24 hours. Don't let it. Take your time, savor every episode, because it will be over way too quickly.
Imagine your on a diet and your not allowed to eat your favorite food of all time. Now imagine your allowed to eat that food only once (for the last time), don't ruin it by shoveling huge bites into your mouth. Relish every spoonful, forkful, (heck, chopstick-ful) while watching your favorite show, or looking out at a beautiful (your favorite) view. Eat at a leisurely pace: not finishing it in seconds and not putting half into the fridge to save it while slowly letting it go old.
Start, don't rush, savor, enjoy, (possibly cry here or there), finish, and then cry (probably again) because there's nothing left to watch, (then pray your hardest that a drama just as wonderful will air soon), and then (probably) watch it again.

6. There are flaws.
There are probably a ton of flaws in this show, but they are so insignificant that you can't pinpoint them, or they just don't matter to you, because you love even Healer's flaws.

One thing to note: I take rating and reviewing very seriously, because I rely on ratings very heavily as an avid drama fan/watcher. Please don't see my 10/10 rating and just think, "oh it's one of those people who just rate anything they like a 10/10", because that is not the case. My 10 just shows how high I treasure and enjoyed this drama, and I hope you will too.

P.S. sorry for the length, I hope it was helpful :)
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this is more comedy, but I would say the romance part is really worth swooning... A one sided love that starts from childhood that he chases her till adulthood... It's more of a noona romance but the Chemistry is a big surprise!.. There's also, action and mystery.. And a great OST's as well... Very fun to watch!..
Recommended by jinja b
The action scenes, the mystery, the actors, the writing, and the character development. All excellent. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions.
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    ReilaNimu 5 days ago - edited
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    xcrystalstarx 30 days ago
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    jinja b Mar 26, 2017

    This is really the best K-drama ever made.... Comedy/humor, mystery, action and Romance... Of course the OST's never fails on KBS.... Awesome casts, from leads to supporting roles...

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    MrBanana Mar 26, 2017

    Sorry but overrated, didn't like the main actress either.

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    guccigall Mar 17, 2017 - edited

    I really don't get this drama

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      jinja b Mar 19, 2017

      make sure the subtitles are on, unless u understand korean..

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    sickofme Mar 12, 2017 - edited

    So yeah, I'm rewatching this again and I just want to say... AGAIN, that I insanely love this drama - the entire plot, the characters, the chemistry. It's just pure perfection to me. I especially love all these throwbacks to the past, when their parents were young. I feel like I'm gonna go back to this drama from time to time. This never gets boring.
    So guys - if you haven't watched it yet - just do it, give it a chance and watch it cause for me it is my favourite drama.

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      silvermcv Mar 13, 2017

      I started rewatching it too. I have seen it six times already. It doesnt get old <3

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      jinja b Mar 19, 2017

      I think this drama was really made to re-watch all over again.. just like a wine, and it's ageless...

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      Dana 13 days ago

      i watched this drama at least 3 times & i dont even like the main actress! but this drama is really amazing!!!

      Ps: im not the type who would rewatch dramas at all!!

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    sickofme Mar 12, 2017

    rewatching this for the SEVENTH TIME, zero respect for myself

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    PabboStell Jan 31, 2017 - edited

    The first 10 episodes were kind of slow for me, that's why I stopped watching the drama while it was still airing but I'm glad I completed it now because it was worth it!
    The story was interesting but some things really did bore me (at first). Then it really got better!
    Chang Wook's job was a masterpiece!!! As usual! I always have high expectations for him xD
    There were many supporting characters that I rooted for like Min Ja, Uri Sabu *-*, Chi Soo and others.
    Jung Hoo & Young Shin... wow what chemistry! They looked great together!
    I'm really glad that there was never unneeded drama. Things always got solved pretty quickly.
    I also liked the action scenes and the OST.
    Nice developement of the story but so much happened in the last episode yet there were too many unasnwered questions...
    So the ending didin't quite satisfy my needs.
    But nevertheless, it was a really good show and I regret not finishing it earlier but better late than never :)

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      Eiyhin Feb 1, 2017

      ♥ ChangMin couple has the most natural chemistry of all and their character is mature enough to handle issues, No "push and pull" thingy ♥

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      xcrystalstarx 30 days ago

      agreed, I didn't really like this show at the beginning, the show was more fast-paced after that elevator rescue scene (ep 8) last episode seemed a bit rushed, I wanted more :/ I was rooting for Myung Hee's character after she spoke up against Moon Shik and left him. But even if the ending didn't answer other questions no one really cares huh everyone just wants a final romantic/kiss scene :/

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    Evie Jan 28, 2017
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    jinja b Jan 24, 2017 - edited

    Seriously, Healer is way way way way better that K2... Plot, OST, execution,logic and chemistry... You will ask and think, "ohhh, is there such a drama as K2, does it exist?"... lol... Nothing beats Healer up to now, seeings tons of Kdramas since 2002....

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      Pelin Feb 22, 2017

      Comparing those two is like an insult to healer :)

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      sickofme Mar 12, 2017

      it is so true, I feel exactly the same. I couldn't even finish the K2.

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    JaeWookPhillip Jan 23, 2017 - edited

    upto ep 5, honestly started watching for ji changwook after seeing the k2. this drama is alright but k2 was better. ill finish this drama hopefully but ill give this one (so far) 7.5-8.0 out of 10. I gave the k2 10/10 for the great tragedy and action, i recommend the k2 :)

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      Angela Jan 31, 2017

      K2 was so boring for me though? it had good action but everything was so boring. No chemistry, meh ost, boring and predictable plot.

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      JaeWookPhillip Feb 1, 2017

      haha, I guess it just different taste. I felt that yoonas character really clicked with me despite that I'm not a snsd fan haha healer was alright I just watched this right after k2 so it took me a while to accept jung hoo with yeong shin~~

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    xcrystalstarx Jan 17, 2017 - edited

    am I the only one who thinks Park Min Young looks kinda weird in that poster lol she looks prettier with long hair/no bangs :P EDIT: I just didn't like her weird messy hairstyle in the beginning of the show, her shorter/simple bob cut looked much better during the later half episodes

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      ArvisJaggamar Feb 7, 2017

      The whole point is for her to not be that pretty (which she sort of fails at, let's be honest).

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      xcrystalstarx Feb 11, 2017

      I liked her look better in City Hunter than in this drama

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      ArvisJaggamar Feb 14, 2017

      Yeah, she was prettier there. But again: the whole point of her character here was to not be that pretty. She was supposed to be a normal, plain young Korean woman. Not a glamour model like she was in CH.

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      xcrystalstarx Feb 16, 2017

      yeah I get that she's just an ordinary character, I just meant she (as an actress) just looks better with her old hairstyle. Maybe she cut/dyed her hair to differentiate her role here from City Hunter... there are just some actresses who I think look better with long hair and vice versa

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      ReilaNimu 5 days ago

      She looks a lot better with bangs, I think.


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    South Korea
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    Dec 8, 2014 to Feb 10, 2015
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.9 (scored by 17,037 users)
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