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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Felt it similar.
Both r having strong fields of thriller romance and some revenge.
I even thought that both the lead male had very much similarity in some where. Try it ..
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This is truly one of the greatest drama's on earth it would have been wonderful if they had 6 seasons like Game Of Thrones because as a HUGE! GOT Fan Nirvana and Fire Out Wits Out Smarts and all around Out Class Game Of Thrones in every way. Nirvana in Fire is up to par or I may even say far more superior than many high rated American Shows. I was stunned by the Brilliance of NiF in every way plots, screen writing, soundtrack, acting, cinematography etc the directors are extremely talented I would watch anything created by this Magnificent team.
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    Antonin 2 days ago

    I like the main lead when he acts clueless/scared when not in healer mode.

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    geurae 12 days ago - edited

    quite overrated and could've ended within 16 episodes. i like all of the cast and their skills. i like action and ji chang wook was great. i like park min young and she fits her part. i like that yoo ji tae came back to small screens. i just didn't find the whole story that gripping. it was a usual "let's sell this with ji chang wook doing action" and while some parts were so deep, some parts lacked background and closure. i don't feel like ji chang wook's character is a hero here. just a guy with a past, with his life toyed by the older ones from the start. his "destiny" to meet park min young's character was too much. could've just met her in normal circumstances. city hunter was way better but i guess people like this one because it has more romance.

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      jinja b 9 days ago

      City Hunter has a very ambigous ending, boring, not too much OST..... Plot wise, Healer is way way better: balanced with action & romance and the mystery... Actually mystery part is just a "background" for the romance... SO the lesson here is:" Love still prevails (and will move you) no matter how chaotic the surroundings are"..... and the actions scenes are not that brutal, very funny actually...

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      geurae 8 days ago - edited

      maybe i just dont downgrade a drama only by its ending, if i have been liking a drama at, say, 8/10 so far, i wouldn't rate it 6/10 when i get to the "bad" ending. also personally that ending was perfect. what was ambiguous about it? did u not watch till the end? i definitely did not choose a drama obviously promoted for its action just to see the romance, or to learn anything from romance which is pretty much subjective and imaginative. i mean by romance has no correct answer. so, if someone found the romance in healer moving, i can't disagree. to me it felt like that was their "selling" point because they aimed for people who don't normally like heavy actions and mysteries as well because their romance was definitely not something normal in real life

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    SusieQ 18 days ago - edited

    This is still my favorite JCW drama.

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      jinja b 17 days ago

      Sama here... I don't think there could be any Kdrama that would match this, in general... aside from JCW's masterpiece..

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    sanna 19 days ago

    It surprised me how much I liked Healer, because after watching the first episode I wasn't too convinced.. but then, immediately after second episode I was sold. The characters, the story - it all worked for me. One of the best dramas that I've seen for sure! :D

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    Mio 23 days ago

    It was a nice show for a Korean one lol. It wasn't too tragic and was enjoyable overall.

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    God 26 days ago - edited

    Comedy? Not funny.
    Romance? I didn't feel anything.
    Action? I felt like they tried too hard to make the show "badass" and they failed at that... It's was like they were saying "let's make this an action drama so the fangirls will be proud watching this!!".
    Thriller/Suspense? I felt nothing.
    Crime? Boring.
    Story? there is hardly any....Boring.

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      Shay 21 days ago

      to each their own

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      jinja b 17 days ago

      make sure your television is working properly... or make sure, you are watching Healer...;p

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      God 17 days ago - edited

      @jinja b too lazy to make sure.

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    SweetCakes May 6, 2017

    It took me a long time to watch this one. I would watch and then stop in the middle of the episodes and then look for other dramas. Finally I get to finish the first three episodes, after, I can't help but binge watch it. I didn't know what I was missing. JCW and PMY's chemistry is bomb. I still can't get over them both. I hope they get another project, even a movie will do. Or I hope they date for real. ❤

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    KimHyeEun May 1, 2017

    Aaahhhh. What has this drama done to me

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    KimHyeEun May 1, 2017

    Just finished it 2 minutes ago. Loved it. Truly loved it, cherished every moment watching it. Ji Chmg Wook

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    Dec 8, 2014 to Feb 10, 2015
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    Monday, Tuesday
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    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.9 (scored by 17,847 users)
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