D-Day (2015)

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Lee Hae Seong is a surgeon who is transferred, from one of the best hospitals in Seoul to a rundown hospital with no ER, after disobeying his previous hospital director, Park Geon. He then meets Jung Ddol Mi, an orthopedic resident from Busan, who came to Seoul to transfer a patient. Ddol Mi tries to meet professor Han Woo Jin, a cold robotic surgeon who works in Hae Seong's old hospital, before read moregoing back to Busan. However, she is stuck in Seoul after trying to save a patient. Meanwhile, a sinkhole appears in Seoul followed by a big earthquake that blocks all access to the city, causing phones, electricity, and water to not function. Hae Seong teams up with Ddol Mi to treat people, but soon medicine starts to runs out.

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Nov 26, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This is my first review on here and I have watched a number of dramas and thought about writing a review but this is the first one where I knew I had to write one.

I am not sure where to start with this drama as this is an amazing drama. Probably one of the best dramas of 2015 if not the best. I could talk about how great this drama is read more for a long period of time but I will try to make this review as short as I can.

First things first. I started watching this drama as soon as it came out because I found out about it a month or so beforehand. As soon read the synopsis I was hooked. I have never seen or heard of anything like that for a Korean drama. So the synopsis is what drew me in but seeing who was cast as the lead characters made me want to see it more. The only thing I was worried about was where they going to be able to pull off a drama like this. Well my worry went away straight after the first episode and left me blown away. Some dramas start really great but then start to slow down and others take a few episodes to get going. While watching D-Day not once did it slow down, it continued the momentum it started and kept it going through all 20 episodes. I never felt bored or tired and each episode left me wanting to watch the next one right away.

The story for this drama as I said before is something that I have not seen or heard of for a Korean drama. I was worried how it was going to work out but it was done way better than I expected. The special effects and sets they had made it more realistic. What I really like about the story is that it is so believable. This is something that could happen and I think that is what first drew me to it. I am a person who loves romantic type dramas but what I like about this one is romance is not the main feature. The romance is there but it focuses on the disaster a bit more. You get to see how the doctors and other emergency workers deal with a disaster like this. If you are a person who loves romance in your dramas and likes shipping the main leads together then I will say this drama does have that. It does have some sweet and cute moments admits the tragedy that happens. So don’t worry about that.

The cast for this drama I think is perfect. I loved all the actors and their characters even if some characters where not so good. Kim Young Kwang does a phenomenal job in this drama. I first saw him in Love Rain and every time I saw him since he has played a supporting role or played the second male lead. So I loved that he was finally the main lead in a drama and boy did he do an amazing job. He is such a great actor but in this drama you can see just how good he is.
Jung So Min played the female lead and also did a great job. I first saw her in Playful Kiss and while watching this drama you can see how much she has grown as an actress. She plays a doctor in this drama just like Kim Young Kwang and does a great job at it. I really liked her character and also Kim Young Kwang’s. I think both lead actors had great chemistry together and I would love to see them both again in another drama.
Also loved the other actors in this drama. A few of them I recognized and had seen before and loved seeing them again.

The music in this drama was so good. Most dramas have about 4-5 or more OST songs that have music and lyrics but this drama only had 3. But the 3 it had were so good and fit the drama perfectly. One of the best parts about the music was the instrumental/Score soundtrack for the drama. It was amazing to listen to and scored so perfect for the drama. So in all the music is really good and I have already bought the 3 OST songs that were released. I also plan to download the rest of the soundtrack once it’s available on iTunes and possibly buy the physical soundtrack as well. That is how much I just loved the soundtrack.

Rewatch Value
The rewatch value of this drama is so high for me. Actually while I was watching this drama I went back and rewatched a few episodes. This is a drama that I would defiantly rewatch from start to finish a bunch of times. I will probably watch it again very soon and this time introduce it to a friend. Since I watched this drama by myself it would be a great drama to watch with a friend or friends. Also if this drama comes out on DVD with English subs I will defiantly be buying it.

I highly recommend this drama as everything about it was so good. All that is left to say is if you are reading this and trying to decide if you should watch this what are you doing. Go watch it now. It is a must watch drama that should not be missed. One of the best or if not the best drama of 2015.
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Nov 25, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Turns out I've seen 2 dramas by JTBC without knowing (Maids and Falling for Innocence) and i LOVED them, so i kinda had high hopes for this one! Especially as it was a medical romance drama with Distaster based theme!

The special effects were done very well, I was a bit worried at first that the special effects would be awful and it would ruin the drama entirely but thank goodness they read more were good and made the scenes very realistic! It had been a long while since a drama had made me sit on the edge of my seat in suspense and left me watching the next episode straight after until 6am ;'D

Yes there were unrealistic elements and plot holes in the story, some story parts felt a bit unnecessary and rushed, I wanted them to focus on the other minor character's growths, but we only touched on them, the main focus was put on the hospital which I think fair enough, it works but i think it would have worked even better if they had shifted their focus on other characters and their stories!

I hadnt seen Jung So Min in anything since Playful Kiss but she played her role exceptionally well and nailed the Busan accent! The chemistry between her and Kim Young Kwang was adorable, and the romance that we got was cute, I just wanted more! I know I know, its a disaster drama, obviously the medical side of things and saving lives is probably more important to focus on but ahhh they are both so cute! if we had that litttttlleee more i would have been satisfied!

The other actors did really well! They were actors that I hadnt really seen in anything else before and I'm reeled in and want to watch them in their dramas too!

The music was OK, it suited scenes and were soothing to listen to but they werent very memorable, I think i was too invested in watching the actual scenes to pay enough attention to the music!

I'm not sure if i would rewatch this again, it made me think alot about earthquakes and kept me up at night or entered my dreams about if it happened to me so i was a bit unsettled in that sense, maybe, maybe one day i would rewatch it but skip through it for the really good parts, im not sure if i can sit through it all again.
The antagonists in this were characters I hated watching! so i wouldnt want to rewatch their scenes!

I also wished that they had shifted the story so that Jung so min's character was the main focus rather than just Kim Young Kwang's character i think it could have been a much more powerful drama.

brb, whilst i go fangirl and watch all Kim Young Kwang's dramas!
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    Rahul Rossi 14 days ago - edited

    I don't ever want to hear the word 'responsibility' again in my life.

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    Megan Jul 6, 2017 - edited

    On episode 9 and while I do like it and plan to finish it, it's more medical drama than I anticipated. I was expecting a Korean drama version of the anime Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 but I guesss the difference lies in the characters. In this show versus in that anime, the main characters are doctors so of course their experience of the earthquake will be focused on their lives as doctors. I should've been looking for a drama that focuses on regular people if I wanted less medical in the genre. I find myself fast forwarding through a lot of the character interactions, I just think with each episode an hour long and there being 20 episodes, it's just too much. I don't like them enough to watch that much of them when I came in looking for something else. I think the characters progression's (I.e. Dr. Han's) is taking too long. Really the story is taking too long, it's definitely more a medical drama than anything else. Each episode focuses on this or that, this patient or that problem, this character or that character, but in the end, it enough progress is made. It's too drawn out is my conclusion. It's a well done show, the acting, the special effects, etc. but I think the story lacks a little. It's plateaus at a point when it should be ramping up for the climax. I'm halfway through and I see no energy.

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    kokonata01 Jul 5, 2017 - edited

    this drama is definitely my favorite medical drama ever! it was really good i loved it so much i'm so sad i finished it i think i even fell for kim young kwang his acting is so good i'm in love and jung so min really impressed me i'm a fan now

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    EmpyreanConqueror Jul 5, 2017

    Not bad. Some aspects could've been improved, overall I give a 8.5.

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    EmpyreanConqueror Jul 4, 2017

    About to start this drama, I am loving Kim Young Kwang in Lookout//The Guardians, please don't fail me.

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    Panda Jul 3, 2017

    Very happy i decided to watch this! Well not happy i'm in tears since episode 18.
    My first disaster/medical drama it was intense INTENSE and thrilling and what made it so good was the acting of the entire cast. You could really feel their anguish and pain. How to survive when you are trapped because of a natural disaster, every place there are humans and there are assholes and this drama delivered everything so well.
    When i reached episode 5, i wanted to rate it 8/10
    At episode 10, i said its 8.5/10
    Now i finished its 9/10
    If you are looking for amazing suspense and good written plot this is for you.
    Lee hae seong is love
    Woo jin is an ass
    Ddol mi busan's chick ♡♡♡

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    ilovemassu Jun 19, 2017

    tried 1st episode, got bored half way. too much drama

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    Elisa Jun 9, 2017

    Very beautiful, although I thought the villain was really too villain to be credible. But on the whole I liked it and the acting was interesting. Every episodes has its climax and you can't stop watching, but it was sometimes too long or they were talking about totally unnecessary things, I'd say it's a 7.8/10 because it deserve more than 7.5, but 8 seems too good lol

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    Whiskas8 May 14, 2017

    Long and tiring because every episode has its climax. I gave it a 10 because it's beautiful. Humanity is beautiful, man

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    Senpai May 11, 2017

    It was because of D-Day that brought me to come to know Fighting fansub, which impressed me beyond the drama was the quality of production.
    D-Day, at the beginning about half an hour I thought, it will be rough, as it was passed there was a surrounding aura that later I could not stop watching. I liked what I saw, recommend watching, well done production, computer graphics that convince and plot elaborate, just the end those final three minutes, did not like, the director could have changed.

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    fayerie29 May 6, 2017

    This is the first medical kdrama I watched staright. It just kept me hooked! D-Day for me is a gem, and so I highly reecommend it. :)

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    Namasya Apr 30, 2017

    Of course, I started watching this drama because of Ha Seok Jin. His character was bit annoying in the beginning just like many other dramas he has played, the arrogant one, but it lasted long in this drama. Still, I love him so much, one of my favourite K-actor.

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    Namasya Apr 30, 2017 - edited

    Instead of saying overrated, I will say exaxerated. Before watching this drama, I only knew that disaster is a theme of this drama, but only after started watching I realized it is earthquake. I can see that the drama also broadcasted within four months after mega earthquake hit Nepal. As I have closely experienced 7.6 Richter scale earthquake and its effects myself, I didn't feel that much fear and anxiety in my real life earthquake experience than that I felt while watching this drama. It is just hard to believe that people like Dr. Park Gun exist in this world. He was the must annoying charactter I have ever seen in Korean dramas.The special effects are very well done so as the characters. But, what I want to say is, condition of Nepal was not so much worst after eartgqauke hit as it was of Seoul in this drama.

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      Rahul Rossi 14 days ago - edited

      Maybe that has to do with Seoul being a very big city with countless sky scrapers.

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      Namasya 13 days ago

      Yeah, I partly agree to it, but I was not only talking about the devastation that I am afraid of, because I also have experienced such devastation over here. But I was more afraid of corrupted mentality of people like Dr. Park Gun, and the Assemblyman. It is easier to overcome physical trauma, but the scattered emotions is way beyond the physical ones. I always believe that Crisis makes people come together to solve it, but if powerful and responsible people become like them, it is really bad.

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    claudya87 Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    The after taste is..also this is a bit overrated.

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    GoblinsBride Apr 14, 2017

    Got so much disgust and hatred towards the director. Ugh! and I haven't even finished the series yet.


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    South Korea
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    Sep 18, 2015 to Nov 21, 2015
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    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 3,015 users)
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