Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim

Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (2016)

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Kim Sa Bu was once a famous surgeon at the peak of his career at a major hospital. But he suddenly gives it all up one day to live in seclusion and work as a neighborhood doctor in a small town. He now goes by “Teacher Kim” and refers to himself as the “Romantic Doctor”. Meanwhile, Kang Dong Joo became a doctor to make something of himself after growing up poor, and read morehe seeks out VIP patients to achieve the success that he desperately wants. Yoon Seo Jung is a passionate young surgeon who is haunted by a mistake from her past and tries to get over it. When Dong Joo and Seo Jung meet the quirky Teacher Kim, their lives and careers will never be the same again.

  • Native title:

    낭만닥터 김사부
  • Also Known as:

    Romantic Doctor Kim Sa Bu; Doctor Romantic

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Jan 17, 2017
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is a thought provoking and quirky drama that thrives off the strong character development and heart-pulling patient cases that are seamlessly interwoven with the main characters' own storylines.

I should say that I love medical dramas though. As an aspiring doctor, RDTK really made me think about the responsibilities of a doctor that extend past the operation room.
I began to watch RDTK because of Seo Hyun Jin read more but I stayed for Han Seok Kyu. Dr.Kim's complexity and romantic ideals of a character pulled me in, made me curious, and is essentially the anchor of the whole show.

What constitutes as a 'good' doctor? Essentially, the story revolves around that question that seems to have a simple answer; however, there's no real right or wrong answer and everyone has their own definition of a 'good' doctor. Philosophies and ideologies clash and it's just utterly fascinating to watch as morals are questioned and consciences are tested in the face of moral dilemmas.

Asides from the philosophical questions, hospital politics, and the emotional patient stories, the romance also holds its own in this already plot packed drama. The romance, while not at the forefront of the show, is a slow burn that keeps you wanting more, and when it finally happens, it is so satisfying. Gotta love the slow burns that are worth waiting for.

The whole cast of Doldam hospital seems like a big family. Side storylines are interesting, bromances are fun, and the verbal fights are satisfying.

Even if you don't like medical dramas, please don't pass up on this drama. RDTK is a a human drama, about human emotions, actions, and consequences. It poses interesting questions about society and humanity. I really enjoyed this unique drama that is honestly extremely different from other dramas I've watched before. If anything, at least give RDTK a try to see if it's up your alley!
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May 19, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim is very heartwarming and teaches you so many lessons – I finally understood that after I finished watching. Despite the high rating this drama receives on MDL, I did put this one off for months for the fact that the poster and the title suggest a very melodramatic non-romantic drama. How ironic.

I'm glad I finally gave it a try. This one is going to be on my read more top 5 for a very long time. It's a perfect mix of medical, comedy and romance. Yes, there is great comedy if that's what you normally look for. I would vote this as an equivalent to the American TV series 'House MD'.

First of all, out of all Asian medical dramas I've seen, I really think this one has done the best job. It doesn't take medical elements too lightly, yet it doesn't get too obsessed with 'showing off' medical knowledge either. The story sets inside a hospital, it progresses as they treat patients, there's blood, there's surgeries, and they definitely make you believe everything is real and enjoy every procedure at the same time.

The characters are probably the show's forte. Everyone is great at what he/she does. There are a lot of dramas/movies that go for the 'clumsy' or 'unskilled' main characters who get by because of their 'cute' or 'nice' personality and basically 'pure luck'. That kind of characters belong to romcoms. Romantic Doctor's characters are rather smart in a very likable way. They're not too good to be true also. They do make mistakes, and they also teach you a lot of lessons as they fix them. Characters from main to even some small patients develop in a very satisfying way.

At the same time, the titular character Teacher Kim is the gem of the show. His every word combines into countless inspirational quotes. He's witty and funny and can be sarcastic at times, yet he's very dependable like a father figure to so many characters in the drama. The term 'romantic' isn't used that often in the drama to describe him, however. I did expect that to happen since it's the title of the show. But after watching the entire show, I finally understand why he calls himself like so. "Romantic" here is as in his 'positive, idealistic, hopeful yet realistic' view of life. It's not the 'love and relationship' kind of romantic. It's not about him and his love interest at all. I rather find this point refreshing.

There's also comedy in this drama – actually there is a lot more comedy than you can imagine. Teacher Kim's frequent sarcastic remarks are already funny enough, and the quirky supporting characters add a lot to that. It's not the slapstick kind of comedy, by the way. You've got to know that the tone of this drama is not dark or melancholic at all just because it's set in a hospital and the poster looks gloomy. I smiled and laughed a lot.

Compared to other romance-medical drama, I'd say this one has less romance. Still, it's definitely there. In down moments when they take a break from their main medical scenes, the romance will keep coming back to remind you that it's there, and it's really cute and worth the wait.

I really liked the cast in this one. Everyone has done an amazing job at portraying their roles. I'm so glad they don't go for the unrealistic good-looking doctors. Honestly, this might be a disgrace to the actors, but I'd say they're good-looking just enough to look believable as doctors – not as models walking around the hospital like some medical dramas go for.

Also, after finishing this, the drama special 'Master Kim's First Love' is a must-watch. It should even be considered the 21st/final episode of this series because a lot of unanswered questions will be answered there. It makes the entire show complete.

I don't remember any song from this drama, but I still think it's a medical drama, so OSTs aren't their main point. I also don't choose to re-watch a drama very easily. I wouldn't choose to re-watch this one so soon also because I personally don't need to see all those technical scenes over again. I gave it a fairly high 8/10, however, to honor such a great drama.

I had an amazing experience, and you will as well.

EDIT: I just found the full OST album of this drama, and, wow, it's got an entire album full of quality compositions. If you take time to appreciate them one-by-one with headphones, you'll feel the passion of this drama from it. Still, I'm not changing my scores because this good music barely received spotlight during the show.
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Both dramas have characters with great chemistry and detailed personalities. But more importantly, they both teach us valuable lessons that can actually be applied in real life. Both dramas are also centered around the workplace. In Misaeng, it is a trade company, while in Romantic Doctor Kim it is in the hospital.
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I can feel that the stress medical level is the same. I really love how they mentioned the medical term with deep explanation. Even though i am not a person from medical field, these two dramas gave me so much fun despite of medical genre.
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    TeemaLo 14 days ago

    This Medical Drama was very Captivating, the episodes Just Flew By very Fast

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    jesy 21 days ago

    very heart-warming drama. i truly enjoyed every episode...exciting to watch what's gonna happen next. kudoos to all cast; they were all awesome and each fits for their roles. i love master kim's words..they were remarkable.

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    Pari 22 days ago

    Is Seo Jeong elder to Dong Joo in the drama? I am planning to watch it, from few scenes I have watched in Youtube, He keeps calling her Sunbae.. So I just wanted to know if Female lead is elder to Male lead?

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    Wednes Jul 15, 2017

    It's been two months since I finished this drama, and whenever I stumble upon short clips from this one, I still find myself loving it so much. This one has a special place in my heart.

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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017

    not that captivating but really nice to watch :)

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    NewKDramaAddict Jul 5, 2017 - edited

    The special grabbed me. Now I'm ready to watch the drama!

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      OliCT Jul 10, 2017

      :O but the special was pretty much the ending of the drama.

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      NewKDramaAddict Jul 10, 2017 - edited

      It was but RomCom/Romance dramas are something I hardly watch. I love medical dramas but I tend to watch the JDrama ones more. I loved previous KDramas like Brain more. If I hadn't liked the Special, I sure wouldn't have watched the other 20 ep

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      Wednes Jul 15, 2017

      I salute you. That was a bold move! Hope you enjoy the 20 episodes :D

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    EBN Jul 4, 2017

    How beautiful , I love it so far ❤
    & what an amazing acting from "Han Seok Kyo"
    the character "Kim Sabu" is so interesting for me .
    another cast is so talented too ~
    I rate it 10/10 . Highly recommended ^_^

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    OliCT Jun 28, 2017

    I've learned so much from watching this show. Every word from Master Kim's mouth was noteworthy. The poster of the drama in MDL is misleading. Honestly, when I heard about this drama back didn't attract me. I'm glad that I ended up watching it though!! The character development were beautiful, and the characters were so cute...they had great chemistry.

    "As you live, there are things you can finally see after a long time has passed. Why did those things happen to me? Why did I meet those relationships? Why did those coincidences happen?" -Master Kim (김사부).

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    Jemerald523 Jun 26, 2017 - edited

    I love this show. Never had a dull moment while watching it.

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    Wednes Jun 25, 2017

    Missing Master Kim so I'm here again <3 ;___;

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    Mary28 May 23, 2017 - edited

    For the first time, I didn't care for the romance even though it wasn't bad. I just loved seeing master Kim on screen. So if you ask me what I love about this drama my answer is Master Kim and yea I liked the story and the rest of the cast. 8:)

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    Mary28 May 19, 2017 - edited

    BRRRRRRAH that first episode was really filling like ok, so maybe this might not be overrated. I hope I can say the same when I get to the middle or end. But I'll take it ep by ep and just enjoy the flow.

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      MarjieJoseJavier May 20, 2017

      I've just finished watching this 20-episode drama, and I've learned a lot. 11/10

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    Wednes May 19, 2017

    Ah... my heart. I finally finished it. This is worth a 10-page review. Damn. 10/10 medical drama.

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    Rae May 18, 2017 - edited
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    twinsizedmattress May 18, 2017

    lol had no idea what I was in for when I started this! the episodes fly by!


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Nov 7, 2016 to Jan 16, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 3,246 users)
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