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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Jan 31, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.5
First of all:
If the only thing that keeps you from watching this drama is the title, just ignore it. Give it a chance and you may be surprised by it. It's a story that tells about doctors who try to protect their ~romantic ideals and about doctors who yet have to come to their own ones as they grow with their difficult tasks day by day (and sometimes have to be read more pushed into the right direction). It's a story that shows what doctors can be like if society and power-ruling wouldn't interfere and darken single souls. Though this doesn't mean the drama is free from money-driven betrayals that go along with the main plot. It's still a k-drama thing.

Some of you may already know Han Seok Kyu and some of his works. If so, you might already belong to his fans. If not, this drama would be an excellent first try to get to know this wonderful, brilliant actor. His acting alone is worth a 10 and I have no doubt that he will also cast a spell over you - like he did with me some time ago.

His co-actors and co-actresses shouldn't be disregarded either. Though they might not yet reach the level of this acting senior, they did a very good job themselves in supporting the story. I liked many of the face to face dialogues as they gave special light to the respective characters and left quite the impact sometimes. But what I really loved and appreciated in this drama were all those small cases that happened all the time (and that helped keeping the pace and suspense of the story). Most times the guest actors were great with their short appearances and their stories really touched my heart. And I was pleased to see doctors deeply care for their patients in a way I imagine a doctor to be.

But although the drama itself was pretty good, I just had to take off a point. I got irritated every time an emergency occurred and they just stood there, arguing with themselves, arguing with others, having the whole staff watching them while nobody is actually working. I do get that doctors are humans, too, and they can have a bad day or feel bad or whatever. But the whole thing doesn't work when everyone plays along and nobody sees the actual emergency right in front of their eyes. A problem many medical dramas face and sadly, Romantic Doctor couldn't escape that cliché either. Although it's not as bad as I've already seen it in other dramas - this one is still bearable.

So, overall a great show worth watching - either you get bothered by the flaws mentioned above or you just ignore them. Your choice on missing out this wonderful drama or not ;)
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The vibe is similar in both dramas as both main guys are looking for answers to the past.
Recommended by Rebecca
Both medical dramas. Both involves doctors who'd rather save lives rather than being a doctor just for the money. Similar plot.
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    Suicidal_Hermit 8 days ago

    Really liked this drama it gave me what I wanted and I finished satisfied. I loved how Seo Hyun Jin and Yoo Yeon Seok interacted with each other and Teacher Kim is dah best!

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    KarolK 19 days ago

    10/10 for me. so many emotions and one of the best kisses ever in the 1st episode. <3

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    ineedtreatment 28 days ago

    Amazing drama. There is more operations and treatment scenes than romance. And that's why this is one of the best drama I've ever seen!

    Finally medical drama about medical!

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    billitsa Mar 25, 2017

    The best medical-human drama ever!!

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    ViviianeUinn Mar 16, 2017

    The best drama ever!

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    Red Mar 1, 2017

    wow I never thought I'd love this drama

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    NadeshikoLi Feb 27, 2017

    I loved this drama!!!!
    The best medical drama!!

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    Annie Choice Feb 25, 2017

    I have no idea why this is so highly rated. Its full of cliche melodrama. Everyone is either crying or shouting or cursing. Its not very well scripted. Though its a fun watch and well directed, the script is pretty weak

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    Annie Choice Feb 25, 2017 - edited

    I have no idea why this is so highly rated. Its full of cliche melodrama. Everyone is either crying or shouting or cursing. Its not very well scripted. Though its a fun watch and well directed, the script is pretty weak

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    _Ahsen_ Feb 15, 2017

    Best medical drama is absolutely Code Blue
    But in Kdrama this may be best

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    JustynaP Feb 12, 2017

    Wow, first episode was so intense! Definitely I'll keep watching!

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    Marina Feb 12, 2017 - edited

    should i watch this???

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      naccu Feb 12, 2017

      Yes! I don't even like medical dramas but I enjoyed this one immensely!

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      SIALJH89 Feb 16, 2017

      Yes it is really good

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    Asianstan Feb 11, 2017

    Best medical drama

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    Drama_Lover Feb 7, 2017 - edited
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      SaeedKhan Feb 7, 2017

      Same here .. Maybe it has to do with the prequel episode that i skipped

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      JoJo Feb 8, 2017 - edited
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    Mic Feb 4, 2017

    I love the way it ended, very realistic honestly.


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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.


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    8.7 (scored by 2,536 users)
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