Surgeons (2017)

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Is it possible to search for answers to a death that occurred almost 30 years ago? Zhuang Su is a successful cardiothoracic surgeon who has been practicing in the United States. He returns to work at a general hospital in China to find answers to a malpractice case that happened 29 years ago that resulted in the death of a patient. Zhuang Su’s mother, the nurse involved in the case, was forced read moreto resign. Then she saw her 4-year-old daughter kidnapped and then died in a car accident herself. Fellow cardiothoracic surgeon Lu Chen Xi happens to be the daughter of the patient who died in the malpractice case. After she stands up to the hospital director, Yang Fan, she is demoted to the emergency department. Can Chen Xi help Zhuang Su find out the truth to what happened nearly 30 years ago that changed both their families’ fortunes forever?

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    Wai Ke Feng Yun; The Surgeons

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May 11, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
To be honest, there were a lot of criticisms directed at the drama in Chinese media. For instance, Lu Chen Xi wearing high heels at work, Zhuang Shu using his hands to touch his scrub, etc. Personally, I'm not too bothered about all these details. Of course, I wouldn't know if they were doing the right thing or not, but I'm not watching a medical drama to learn how a hospital operates, read more or to familiarise myself with operating procedures. I think it's ridiculous to expect 100% accuracy for such professional dramas, and I don't think it's fair to judge it like that.

Surgeons actually follows a pretty standard "format". You have the established specialist, perfect in every way, return from the US to work in his home country as our protagonist Zhuang Shu, the idealistic but highly-talented surgeon who is oblivious to everything outside of work as our heroine Lu Chen Xi, and other side characters whom you can find in practically every other medical drama. Some people call this the modern version of Nirvana in Fire, since Zhuang Shu, like Mei Chang Su, returned to seek vengeance on his enemies. I think the similarities pretty much stop there though (but I never finished NiF so I won't know).

The main plot isn't really prominent in the drama until the later stages. Surgeons actually focuses more on doctor-patient interactions. I don't think it's anything to shout about, but I think the script is pretty well-written in the sense that the dialogues were great. The characters were also designed well, none of them are completely evil, or completely good (other than LCX). Acting wise, I'm not too impressed with Jin Dong. I think he was serviceable, but he didn't come across as an elite surgeon. Imo, LCX is the true protagonist since she is the one who "changed" the most throughout the drama, from someone who is borderline annoying because of how stubborn and unmalleable she is to someone who is, well, a little more flexible and understanding. I was never a fan of Bai Bai He's acting because I think she's herself in every project she stars in, but she was good in this drama. LCX and her buddy Chen Shao Cong showed most growth in the drama (probably because they started out at lvl 0). CSC is freaking hilarious and I think Li Jia Hang played the role well. My favourite character is Yang Fan though. I think you just can't hate the character because Liu Yi Jun is so awesome with his portrayal. You can really see the difference in just acting and good acting when you watch dramas like Surgeons and In the Name of People. I was blown away by the veterans.

Also, kudos to the scriptwriter for making the female characters likeable and "aggressive". LCX and Yang Yu are just kickass when it comes to dealing with their boyfriends. LCX's responses when asked about ZS were so freaking funny as well. The two couples had good chemistry too. I think they did a good job with the romantic development in that it was a slow process but you can see how they come to like each other. Much better than other dramas where you have no idea why they are falling in love with each other, or the dramas where the main couple lacks chemistry so badly (yes, I'm talking about O2O).

In short, I think Surgeons is a good watch. It sort of faltered towards the end, but I think it's just me who's a little exhausted because of its length (44 episodes) and how frequently the episodes were aired. I was completely drawn in by the earlier episodes though and so I'd give it a 8.5. The drama is also rated 7.5 on Douban, slightly lower than what it should have been because of Bai Bai He's scandal.
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24 days ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Surgeons, Chinese drama to the chase of Koreans!
"Surgeons" is a Chinese medical drama that troubled the Koreans, a fact that Korean knows how to make good dramas, even more of the medical genre, but China has been showing growth in its productions, proof was "Surgeons", which came to show that not only Korean He understands medicine.
Obviously, "Surgeons" does not have that dramatic impact of the Korean versions because of the read more more conservative culture of China, however history is high, we have a story very well written by Zhu Zhu where at no time was there a loss of income in what Refers to arresting the attention of the viewer, in fact the drama involves a mystery and an investigation, can often be a bit annoying, but the direction of Xue Li suppressed this annoyance mixing medical scenes like surgical operations and parallel novels as well as administrative intrigues and Personal, not only protagonists but also adjuvants, in the end we end up seeing all the acting and participative cast within small stories but fundamental to set the whole context of the drama.
The cinematography and scenarios, are also the height, cutting-edge technology, medical training mannequins, shows that "Surgeons" did not save money in production, wanted to show their full potential. And they did it.
Soundtrack, well, here we have some divergences, China is still not very good of thinks the right melody for the scene to get emotionally correct. And we all know that a good soundtrack is fundamental to convey all the feeling that that particular scene presents. A pity, but nothing to hinder, is within the acceptable.
In general, the difference between this medical drama and Korean dramas of the same genre is the focus of the story. "Surgeons" focuses more on the medical-medical side, contrary to the Korean version focusing on the doctor-patient.
For those who are fans of medical dramas, this is an excellent suggestion!
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-In both dramas the protagonists have a parent who dies in a hospital with many doctors who care more about research and money. They grow up, change name and go back to the same hospital to look for justice.

-In Surgeons the main point is not the revenge. If you really want a story about revenge in hospital, watch "Alice no Toge".

-In "Alice" the protagonist takes down each one of the nurses and doctors involved!
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Golden Time and Surgeons are on the same line for me...very realistic with great acting...actually Golden Time is a lot more detailed but Surgeons had a satisfying romance element...if you like one you should definitely check the other.
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    MuriloGallani 2 days ago - edited
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    Yonezu 7 days ago

    I liked this one a lot, the acting was really good imo.

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    leemijin 10 days ago - edited

    i finally finished this drama and its 9.0 !!!! love it so much everyone should watch ! but dont forget to read reviews they r true as well hahaha

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    dramelu 11 days ago

    I love this so much, it was so easy to watch, i saw every single episode without skipping anything.

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    Momoi 11 days ago

    Loved it!

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    Aman1 15 days ago - edited

    Great show but it could have used 1 more episode because in the last 2 episodes some scenes were rushed. Even though we got a happy ending, a little more closure would have been nice.

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    UltimateFangirl 15 days ago - edited

    omg guys how come i didn't know about this drama sooner?? Someone was just mentioning it on another site and i thought i should check it out! IT IS TOTALLY AWESOME!! everything just flows nicely. Nothing feels forced. And it's just different, in a good way:)

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    QueenCherry 30 days ago

    JIN DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sharn May 25, 2017

    I need a season 2.

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    dhaliahn May 25, 2017

    Such natural story! Episodes flow when you watch and you don't feel it!

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    dhaliahn May 25, 2017

    Such natural story! Episodes flow when you watch and you don't feel it!

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    leemijin May 25, 2017

    this is more fun than i expected..
    the only think that keeps bothering me is that the doctors are too goodlooking to be true XDDD

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    Mighty_Brosia May 20, 2017

    why it became 8.8? it must be 8.9 at least....

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    Panda May 20, 2017 - edited

    Is it worth watching if im looking for a romance drama

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      jajehenz May 20, 2017 - edited

      Here's my take on the romance. If you're looking for a drama where romance is the driving factor and centre of the plot then this is not it. But I think that's what makes the romance here 10 times better. You get to see WHY they fall in love and the slow process of them falling in love. It's all about the small moments but that's what I think makes the romance in this drama that much better. So while the romance may not take up a ton of screen time, it rings truer than many other dramas with romance at the centre.

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    sunflower63 May 19, 2017 - edited

    I just finished watching this drama and the first thing I feel like saying is...C-dramas are back for me!! After a long period of not finding anything of my taste I finally found a drama that got me really addicted especially in the first half.
    The aspects I enjoyed the most here were the dialogues and in particular those amongst the main leads...finally a couple that falls in love because of their intellectual connection more than their physical attraction !! Every time the two leads argued medical cases with each other they were really becoming that much closer psychologically.
    Unfortunately I can't rate this drama with a full 10 as I would have wanted as for me it had a sudden drop towards the middle when medical problems/jargon were the only focus of the episodes. I understand this was a medical drama, but what made it different for me were the personal problems perfectly mixed with the every day life at the hospital, so its politics/dynamics were not that interesting for me.
    The cast was great and I enjoyed Jin Dong's portrayal of the tormented genus surgeon although I would have been happier if he were a little less stiff in the very few romantic moments with Lu Chen.
    On the whole however it was an amazing drama which I highly recommend...hoping that there will be more like this from now on. :)


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    Apr 17, 2017 to May 11, 2017
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    40 min.


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