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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17 days ago
  • 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 are 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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11 days ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Summary of story-line: A long story of delayed revenge. Sound familiar? Setting in the medical ivory towers in China, but could be anywhere. Procedural and light on romance that could have been much more smoldering.
Acting: The real standout were the leads - they had chemistry. The surrounding cast and stories were credible and supported the main story-line of revenge-love.
Music: no real winner for me. It did not get in the read more way.
RW: Not for a while - too many eps.
Overall: Good story that seemed rushed at the end, felt like the writers were told end here and they just scrambled to tie up. It ended the way it started with the OTP bickering. Wish the writers would have ended it with Xi bickering with Zhang, and he just walk over and kissed the hell out of her. This move would have startled her immensely and given the viewers a bit more of his smexy stares manifested into something besides a hug. Cdrama is getting better.
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Both are stories about medicine and particurlarly surgery. Despite the difference about the summary , you surely will like it too! Both dramas are played with great and charismatics actors!
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The vibe is similar in both dramas as both main guys are looking for answers to the past.
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    Sharn 2 days ago

    I need a season 2.

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    dhaliahn 2 days ago

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

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    dhaliahn 2 days ago

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

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    leemijin 3 days ago

    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 8 days ago

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

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    Panda 8 days ago - edited

    Is it worth watching if im looking for a romance drama

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      jajehenz 8 days ago - 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 9 days ago - 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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    bmore 10 days ago - edited
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      guccigall 10 days ago

      Agree! The ending was appropriate for me. Life goes on. There was (awesome) romance but not the focal point. Its focus was the touching, thought provoking human drama. An underrated drama, for sure.

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      QAS 8 days ago

      The entire drama could have done without the constant drawn out violin (or cello?) music. The ending was a bit blah.

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    leemijin 10 days ago - edited

    Interesting. hope it'll be good. Just started!

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    Ping 11 days ago

    I loved the way they added snippets of Nirvana in Fire (Hu Ge scene), Ode to Joy (Wang Kai scene) and ended with a The Disguiser reenaction. How loyal!

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    Ping 11 days ago

    I loved the way they added snippets of Nirvana in Fire (Hu Ge scene), Ode to Joy (Wang Kai scene) and ended with a The Disguiser reenaction. How loyal!

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    guccigall 11 days ago - edited

    And... That's a wrap. Awesome drama. Great acting from veteran actors especially from Liu Yi Jun (Yang Fan). He was great in NiF, great here,too. Jin Dong, you're my guy.

    What I like about this drama - There were no black and white characters. Conflicts were resolved asap. No grand yelling unlike the other medical drama I had dropped. Just some awesome acting by great actors. Sizzling chemistry between the leads. I want a season 2!!

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    Kanha 11 days ago

    I loved this drama so much, but the ending was a little rushed, probably because they had to cut it down one episode

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    Mighty_Brosia 12 days ago

    Im in episode 5 and im loving it.... at first I was so annoyed to the female stubborn..but she started to change.and that's good... :)

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    Laugarza 12 days ago

    For my first Chinese medical drama this was pretty good. I don't like how they suddenly started skipping weeks and then months in the later episodes though.

    It's amazing how stubborn people get when they don't want to admit they made a bad decision. It is so important to have all the facts right especially in such a serious profession where a single wrong move can cause someone's death.

    LOL at the random guest star appearance in final 2 minutes of drama. ^^


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


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