Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind (2016)

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Lee Yeong Oh, who is a genius neurosurgeon, is the best at what he does but because of an accident in his frontal lobe, he lacks sympathy for his patients and has erratic personalities. When a series of bizarre patient deaths occur at the hospital, police investigators converge around Yeong Oh. Rookie cop, Gye Jin Sung, who is a detective in the violent crimes division, is sent to investigate Yeong Oh.

  • Native title:

    뷰티풀 마인드
  • Also Known as:

    Dr. Frankenstein; Doctor Frankenstein; Dagteo Peulangkensyootain; 닥터 프랑켄슈타인

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CrusadingAngel
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Aug 2, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Overall this was a very interesting drama. Never would I have thought that someone would end up making a medical mystery drama that would be this well written. The concept really drew me in. One thing that I really enjoyed about this show was that it was never predictable. I never knew what was going to happen next in Beautiful Mind. It was really a shame that this show ended up airing read more at the same time as Doctors. As the ratings ended up being lower than Doctors. I believe 2 episodes were cut from this series as a result of low ratings. It went from being 16 episodes to 14 episodes. This caused the pacing at the very end of the story to be a fast-paced, but it was still well written nonetheless. One of the few Korean dramas that I wished was a few episodes longer.

Story: [9/10] I really liked the concept of a medical mystery. As it really adds another layer to what may be a typical medical show. You are seeing the doctors take care of patients in a stressful situation as in most other medical dramas. At the same time you have a group of murders going on that continues to keep you curious. These murders add a layer of complexity to the drama. The surgeries and the mystery together pretty much keeps you on the edge of your seat for most of the drama. The main characters are also very well written. The characters do not stay flat and act the same the whole time. The characters learn from the events in the series and some of them grow more as a person. I didn't give this show a 10 for two reasons. The first is because the shows pace ended up being sped up because of 2 episodes getting axed. I feel like the extra episodes could have answered a lot more questions and made the show and the pacing better. The second reason is because I feel like the ending was slightly flat. The show had so much action that each and every single episode (okay maybe not every single one) seemed like the climax. However at the same time, it also made me feel like the ending didn't have much as an impact as I would see in other endings. Hence I couldn't really give it a 10 for the story. Of course that's just my own opinion though. Although I did give the show a 9 for being very action-packed and having good character development.

Acting/Cast: [8.5/10] There's nothing much that I can say about the acting and cast. For the most part no one really stood out to me other the Dr. Lee Yeong Oh. I thought that his acting was really good and that he portrayed his character really well.

Music: [8.5/10] Music is pretty likable. It uses an array of different tunes for different situations.

Overall I recommend you watch the series. This season was very good in general. Beautiful Mind was definitely the dark horse of this season and it ended up proving that it was worth my time. It was a 14 hour well spent :)! I suggest you watch it too if you haven't already.
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Neel
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Aug 3, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Forget the cheesiness and the cliches....
If you are into serious acting and are looking for a real good story this will exceed your expectations! A roller-coster ride of emotions and a series that takes medical drama to a whole new level! Also unlike majority of the dramas out there, but like good old wine this gets better with time.

Story~
The actual plot is simple enough (even more so if you read more are used to Korean Melodramas :p). But it's the storytelling that gives the show an entirely different dimension! This is the most well wriiten drama I have come accross! The crew worked hard on the material and it shows thoughout the drama.
Underneath the suspence and thrill this drama explores how people have both sides to them- the good and the bad. Every person has his or her own difficult circumstances and does their best to cope with it. In the process they fight their prejudices and beliefs, or succumb to them and fight the righteous....
One lie leads to another... evil breeds more evil... and over time there is no road back. During the course of this one track 'difficult journey' people tend to forget its purpose. .
When truth comes up against better opportunities or even the greater good it's truth that always fights a loosing battle..... or maybe not?

I felt this drama to have many layers to it and if you are patient enough you may find a Beautifully Different understanding of this.

Cast~
The series boasts an incredible cast and everyone seems to have their moment...
The entire series is quite heavily built upon the acting of the Dr. Lee Young Oh and Jang Hyuk just shattered the roof with his quality and showed why he is one of the best 'Actors' out there! With KDramas being mostly about preety faces these days, this series came to me as a huge relief!

It's interesting to see that the supporting and guest actors getting considerable screentime and even the debuters are surprisingly good actors! I intially felt the female lead to be a bit stagnant but she too turns up nicely as the series progresses.

Music~
Bernard Park's 'Dirt' is on repeat on my phone! :D
I am not a talented judge of music per say. This had the right music for the right scene.
However the Title Track always seemed to up your emotions for the scene! That felt Beautiful!

Re-watch Value~
Over the course of the last few weeks I have gone back and watched the previous episodes a lot. And will surely rewatch the entire series again.

Overall~
The story tends to speed up at the end but the crew managed to wrap it up Beautifully despite 'the unfortunate peril' (the true villain of the series - you know who)
Anyway, this for me is by far the best drama for me this year.
Highly recommened for patient, mature audience willing to try something different. I guarantee you that you wont be dissapointed.

Good Luck n God Bless!
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    Juls 1 day ago - edited

    To me this was so-so. I think it would be much better if they had ditched the romance and the weird medical mystery/clinic shenanigans that i don't even want to call a 'thriller' and just focused on father/son relationship. Both Jang Hyuk and Heo Joon Ho can pull their weight.

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    Venus 16 days ago

    This is one of the best dramas I've ever watched, literally. This drama is like a rollercoaster ride. I don't understand why this is so overrated, like I'm not into medical and melodramas, but this is literally a masterpiece!

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    Lil_Sara8 Dec 16, 2016

    cant get over the kid in the first ep, i still have teary eyes although am in ep 4. He needs to win sth cause that blown my mind!

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    EunSoo Dec 8, 2016 - edited

    I like Jang hyuk but I hate medical dramas. Should I watch this?

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      XingBack Dec 18, 2016

      I didn't know Jang hyuk (I'm a fan now) and I don't like medical dramas, but I loved this drama...
      and it's more psychological than medical though....

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      WATERMELONLORD 18 days ago

      It's worth it.

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    sugaryday Dec 7, 2016 - edited

    IM IN LOVE WITH JANG HYUK

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    ladytristeza Nov 28, 2016 - edited

    first four eps were dreadful and i hated main female lead with ultimate force...just to see her on my screen was enough for me want to rip my hair from frustration...i was going to drop this drama like a hot potato but i just couldn´t do it because acting concert of jang hyuk...well fortunately it´s did get better and even main female lead started to be likeable when she finally stopped act like a dimwit...drama has poor writing as whole but again there were parts when writing was almost excellent, so i´m not sure what to think about it...anyway i can understand why it´s did get bad ratings in korea, but i seriously can´t understand why it´s did get so outstanding rating here on MDL

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      RhopalocerA Nov 29, 2016

      I also couldnt understand it. Believe me, I've tried :I

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    heavenlene Nov 14, 2016
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    kdramaftw Nov 13, 2016 - edited

    Should i watch this? Im not a fan of Jang hyuk but i love yoon hyun min

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      ImaNe Dec 17, 2016

      U Should, absolutely ..

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    usagi Oct 25, 2016 - edited

    Jang Hyuk is awesome in his role, and the great supporting cast brought a ton to so many of the great secondary characters. I may be in the minority here, but did anyone else wish they'd cast someone else in Park So Dam's role? Not only did she look like his 15 yr-old daughter, but she played the role exactly like the rom-com roles I've seen her in. I'm sure she brought all she could to the role; I just felt the casting choice was incredibly weird. She made it hard to believe what could've been a much more compelling relationship.

    I found myself wondering if this drama, which was well-written and fresh for this genre, would've had the ratings it deserved, had an actress with more comparable acting chops/depth (and who doesn't look like a teenager) had been cast opposite JH.

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      Neel Nov 2, 2016 - edited

      I would have preferred a more mature actress. But I got used to her after a few episodes.. maybe more so coz this drama deals with so many social aspects n prejudices

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    Elfinia Oct 23, 2016

    I think, It is very meaningful drama. I like the final episode so much.

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    Humbledaisy Oct 18, 2016

    I didn't feel like the the cropped length did much to change the story - halfway in we already knew the results of the medical cover-up, the second lead and the criminal medical experiments. I would have liked more twists in the plot to keep the story going. Loved the side characters, though.

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    LPA Oct 17, 2016 - edited

    I would really like to watch this drama, but I really hate bad endings and rushed ending--same thing! Too bad--now I won't get to see it !!

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      usagi Oct 25, 2016 - edited

      The ending isn't bad at all. I felt like they did their best to rewrite it two episodes shorter and tie up loose ends. I think what they actually did was just cut most of their planned scenes down to be shorter. The only negative effect of that is a tiny bit less dramatic tension, but there are tons of dramas that do the opposite, which drags things out! If anything, this just moves the plot along faster. I (and most people, it seems) was satisfied with the ending...even though I wasn't a huge fan of where the relationship went due to the casting of the female lead. However, I don't think two more episodes could've changed that for me--in fact, it would've probably just dragged it out--and I *did* like where the plot went, which I seriously doubt was changed to accommodate for two less episodes. And it seems like lots of people loved the relationship in spite of the weird casting choice, so you might too! You should check out the drama if it's been one you've been wanting to see. Don't worry about the 'reworked' ending.

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    rationalbeings Sep 29, 2016 - edited

    this drama was ok, the first few episodes were a little odd, i couldn't seem to get in to it. But by the 4/5th episode I was really enjoying this drama, however the last episode seemed a little ridiculous and kind of ruined it for me, too many things were rushed and the relationship between father and son seemed to have been just waved off. The leading lady also never felt like main lead to me. Overall though, it was pretty good. Would watch when you are in between dramas.

    Loved the power rangers though! and the younger doctor and nurse Jang! so cute.

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      YanFaisal Oct 13, 2016

      Perhaps that is because the drama originally had 16 episodes. Though the drama was critically praised, the number of episodes were brought down to 14, because of low viewer ratings. if they had kept the original number, the end might be different.

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      rationalbeings Oct 14, 2016

      that would make sense then, why do they cut episodes like that!

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    RhopalocerA Sep 26, 2016

    Maybe I'm one of the few (mybe I'm the only one? ) who did'nt like this drama. I found it to be boring. Can't wait for it to end while watching. Nevertheless,I'm still a fan of Jang Hyuk. Hope his next drama catches me.

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    Sawlie Sep 23, 2016

    This is the most amazing drama I have ever set my eyes on. Everything feels naturally beautiful, slow but steady pace in the romance that never took over the show and yet made my heart flutter every time. Fantastic way to portrait the mind, the feelings and the life of everyone on that hospital - every secondary character got developed in some way, how rare! It's, hands down, beautiful. A shame it got cut short...!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    14
  • Aired:

    Jun 20, 2016 to Aug 2, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.5 (scored by 2,792 users)
  • Ranked:

    #143
  • Popularity:

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