Yong Pal

Yong Pal (2015)

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Kim Tae Hyeon is a talented surgeon. Desperate for money to pay his sister's medical bills, he adopts the code name Yong Pal and offers his medical skills to those in need of medical attention but who cannot do so publicly, dealing with gangsters and corrupt plutocrats. It is while making such a house call that Tae Hyeon rescues "sleeping beauty" Han Yeo Jin, a chaebol heiress, from a medically induced coma, read moreleading to unintended consequences.

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    Yongpalyi; Yongpal; The Gang Doctor;

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Oct 3, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
So many people were excited about Yong Pal. I mean Joo Won was in a new drama! The amazing Joo Won! And even Kim Tae Hee was making a comeback, the most beautiful actress claimed by netizens. But even those two couldn't save the drama in the end. I'm quite disappointed about how the quality of Yong Pal just suddenly dropped after the second episode. This drama would have been most definitely read more been a 10/10 drama if that quality remained the same. Also, when I watch a medical drama, I want it to remain a medical drama throughout. And I gave up all hope of that happening even before the half way point was reached.

The story was all over the place. It started off exciting and I loved the thrill, but as soon as Han Yeo Jin became a part of Kim Tae Hyun's life, it started to drop from there onward. I watch medical dramas for the medical stuff (e.g. surgeries, transplants, medical dilemmas, etc.), but we only ever got the occasional one after the fourth episode. I hated how this become a soppy love story between the money-loving surgeon and the suicidal, rich chaebol's daughter. Not only was it really cringy to watch, I felt like that Tae Hyun was the only one who cared for their relationship. Yeo Jin only saw it as something to rely on when her plans failed, and she even put her revenge over Tae Hyun himself. That's not how a love story should be portrayed and I never want to see something like that done again. Also, too many political scenes.

A lot of people I know exclaim how much they love Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee as actors, and I can certainly understand for Joo Won, but not Kim Tae Hee. Her acting wasn't all that well done in my opinion, and I believe she made no more than three facial expressions. Although she did fit well with her character, her acting still can't be accepted for the way it was done. Anyway, Joo Won was so lovely to watch and I am most definitely watching some of his older dramas now.

Hmm, I can't say I enjoyed many of the quiet, relaxed soundtracks that Yong Pal gave to us, but I most certainly loved listening to Come To Me by K. Will. His voice is so beautiful to listen to, and he definitely makes up for the rest of the album. Oh, but I did also really like the action soundtracks. They were so exhilarating to listen to, even if the scene that accompanied it was boring as could be.

Would I want to re-watch Yong Pal again if I was given some free time? No.

Overall, the writers of Yong Pal should be glad that I even gave it a 7 out of 10. If it wasn't for Joo Won and most of the other actors, and the soundtracks, this drama would have definitely been a lower rating.
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Jun 2, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Finally another drama that held my attention all the way through to the end. I've been dropping dramas left and right, so this was just what I needed to get back in the game.

As some other people have already mentioned, the drama truly shines in the first couple of episodes. The comedy, the action, the melodrama, the music and the cinematography – everything is spot on, and you feel like you read more are witnessing the birth of a new masterpiece. However, you flip the page, and the direction of the drama suddenly takes an entirely new turn.
Contrary to other people here, I do not think the story turned boring or bland. While the latter episodes can by no means compare to the stunning start into the drama, they are still above average of what we get presented in K-drama land.
Even though it turns into a revenge drama and you might argue the focus of the main character also changes, it's still a fresh breeze in a chaebol world ruled by men, revenge plots driven by men, where hatred and cold-bloodedness are traits mainly expressed by men. Han Yeo-Jin is a character that breaks with the stereotypes of an idealistic, warm-hearted female lead, who fights for the weak and poor and would never use underhanded means that go against her ideology. Yeo-Jin is tough, powerful, adamant and, at times, even cruel. I loved her in that role, even though my heart broke for her at the same time. The relationship between her and Tae Hyun is one of such deep understanding, that it is even more painful to see them suffer.

The drama definitely has its flaws: repeated flashbacks, too many characters without a conscience (like, seriously, the amount of hateful and spiteful people in this drama is ridiculous), obvious plot-twists, an ending that left lose ends and could have been so much better... But despite all that, I really enjoyed it a lot, and I suffered and laughed with the characters, and Doo Cheol might just be one of the coolest characters in drama history!

Enjoyment is still the biggest factor in a show for me, so I really do recommend the drama.
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Same writer and emits similar vibes.

Yong Pal has strong "Sleeping Beauty" vibes while The K2 is based off of "Snow White."

Both has near perfect characterizations of the male lead.

Lots of political intrigue and strange psycho characters.
Recommended by Irene
Both are medical dramas with great surgeons as leads.
While yong pal focuses on the power imbalance between rich and poor and intrigue, romantic doctor conveys ideals and diverse interactions be ween characters
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    nuka 10 days ago

    it started great with a medical Healer vibe and then the story failed it!

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    Jay Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    I can understand why people might dislike the ending or 2nd half, but still a solid, consistently good drama for me, which is hard to find.

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    Jen Jun 4, 2017

    I liked almost everyone in the cast but the story was a 7.5 for me

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    harukae Mar 6, 2017

    ehhhh still can't get over how much potential this had

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    keifferodartseam Mar 3, 2017 - edited

    woow!!!... this drama is totally amazing. (for me). many of the comments here are negative/disappointed about this drama that I even delete it from my plan list.. well..
    thanks to my big bro whos avid fan of kdrama bcoz of my niece. I was intrigue about this drama again, He said that this drama is better than my first fav medical drama. (I don't want to mention the title of my fav medical drama coz I don't want to choose whos better between this 2 drama.)
    I was hoping if there's a season 2/continuation of this coz I like it so much and the ending is so cliff hanging (for me) that I'm craving for more..
    watch this I'm sure you'll gonna like this..

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    Ich Syt Feb 26, 2017

    YONG PAL is the top best story & i hope wil continue in session 2

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    Kaytoo Jan 10, 2017

    Why i can guess who is the singer of the ost even i am not a korean. Baek Ah + K. will.

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    WinterGale Dec 17, 2016

    This is actually a good drama but the ending was seriously Meeeehhh...

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    Janey Nov 13, 2016 - edited

    Only one question, does it have a happy ending? Does the main couple get together?

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    Eun Kim Hye Oct 31, 2016 - edited

    This drama was good in my opinion. Many people were disappointed because of the sudden change in plot. I finished this drama in two days. If you want solid medical drama dont watch this because after a couple of episode the plot change from medical to revenge/ love story but it still have some medical parts. Overall 9/10 for me. Superb Acting Especially Joo Won and Chief Lee

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    souldoc70 Sep 5, 2016

    Disappointed with this drama- felt cheated despite a strong beginning. I really liked the idea of Yong Pal i.e. anonymous Doctor saving patients all Robin Hood style but it turned out it was only temporary. After that it became a slow so called revenge drama. The veteran's acting i.e. Chief surgeon lee was impressive , Joo Won did not have a chance to show something spectacular here unlike Good Doctor . And I hated the ending the most - so fairy tale . Will not recommend it and will not re watch it

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    Dieu Aug 29, 2016

    It started really great but at the end it became boring and stupid still it was a great drama


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    South Korea
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    Aug 5, 2015 to Oct 1, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 5,110 users)
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