Faith (2012)

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A 21st-century plastic surgeon Eun Soo gets kidnapped and brought 700 years in the past for her healing powers. Goryeo era bodyguard to the king General Choi Yeong is smart but a little naive, he almost never smiles. He faces conflicts with the female doctor Eun Soo, but soon feels attracted to her.

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    The Great Doctor ; Shinui

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A highly-talented and versatile actor (and director), of such charm and charisma, with a wonderful ability to bring so much depth and personality to any role he performs.
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You can see her everywhere, she's like a chameleon.

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Oct 30, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
While Faith wasn't perfect, it still ended up being obsession-inducing. There were so many good things that helped make up for the flaws.

But let's get the flaws out of the way first. The biggest problems were the directing and editing. There were so many scenes that could've been amazing if they had only been executed another way. The music was edited in awkwardly sometimes, too. And the fantasy aspect was underused read more as well as some characters (Jang Bin, Eum Ja, Hwa Soo, etc). As one of my friends put it "this show doesn't seem to know how good it is."

But let's talk about all the awesome that made up for the flaws. I think the cast was AMAZING. Lee Min Ho did an amazing job as Choi Young. (And I'm only saying that partially out of the fact that I think he's really attractive. ^_^) I think it's my favorite role that I've seen him do. Kim Hee Sun also did an awesome job as Eun Soo. She was funny and quirky and strong without being annoying. And she and LMH ended up having some AWESOME chemistry. The supporting cast was excellent as well. The king and queen, the Woodalchi boys, the baddies, everyone. I think this is one of the few K-dramas that I've watched where I wasn't annoyed with some bad actor.

The storyline was also really good. Not always executed well, but still really unique and interesting. There was a lot of really good character moments and character development. It was unpredictable, funny, touching, action-packed, political, romantic... not always in a well balanced way, but the moments themselves were good.

The music was really good, just not always used well. The costumes and sets were beautiful. So, basically, there's lots to like as long as you can get over the flaws. Faith is one of my new favorites.
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Nov 12, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
To me, Faith felt like a wonderful combination of a great RPG video game and an old anime called Fushigi Yugi. There were times when the show dragged, as pointed out numerous times in other reviews, but for the most part, this drama was really great to watch.

This was my first "historical", and I use the word loosely because I understand that this is by no means a real historical, in read more that there is time travel and magic. The time travel aspect isn't really unique, especially with the recent crop of dramas this year utilizing it. However, the magic was first for me, though I wish they had handled it better, or maybe utilized an explanation a little bit more. No one in the present seemed to be aware that magic ever existed, even when Eui Seon seemed to know a lot about Choi Young from her history books. You'd think that he could control lightning magic would have been a prominent focus.

The cast in this show was just amazing, seriously. Though, as it is my goal to someday have Lee Min Ho's babies, I may be a little biased. I had never even heard of Kim Hee Sun before this, and her acting in Faith has me interested in looking up her past dramas. I can't believe it's been 6 years since she has acted! The supporting cast was also a delight to watch, especially Dae Man, who I am glad we finally got a bit of his backstory later on in the drama. I kept wishing they'd tell us how he came to find Choi Young! I loved Lee Philip in Secret Garden, and I wish he had a bigger role in this drama, though I understand his eye surgery issues may have had a part in that. My main complaint on the cast probably lies more with the script than the actor himself. The King was just so whiny! I understand the idea that Kings are humans too, and I get how they tried to humanize him, but sometimes I just wanted to hit him over the head and tell him to man up already!

I make myself wait a day after finishing something before writing a review, because sometimes, you're just too close to it to accurately describe how you are feeling. And usually by that time, I have forgotten all about the music. But this show had such great music, it stuck with me. It really fit the tone of each scene remarkably well.

If you want something with lots of action, a sweet romance story (with next to zero PDA), and lots of kidnapping, murder, attempted murder, poisoning, subterfuge and court intrigue, then this is the drama for you! The romance remains the key plot point for the drama, so you have to like love stories or I think you might be rather bored by all of the posturing and pursuit of Eui Seon's heart.
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both have time travel genre, there's also a diary involve that owned by main lead actress of this two drama, the difference the way they time travel is that in Faith a doctor is being forced by someone to time travel while in Thousand Years of Love a princess who wants to die, time travel instead. they also have bitter sweet ending
Recommended by keifferodartseam
both are supernatural historical dramas..with a blending of past and present

both have 2 love stories
1-warrior and person from the present.
the love of warrior is pure platonic one with lot of understanding..and he is always try to protect his girl
and the couple always try to overcome their difficulties together
2--king and queen
the love b/w king and queen had lot of misunderstandings though they love each other a lot...

both have bromance b/w king and warrior and the warrior was very loyal to the king

both have good friendship b/w two leading female characters and help each other to develop their love and all..

both have people who are jealous of the warrior and plotting against him and try to brainwash the king

But the theme of the story is completely different

cuz in faith its just one girl who time travels to the Goryeo era..
and in goblin many people from that era come to the 21st-century in different ways..
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    Luna 16 days ago

    Year 2017.. still watching this drama.

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    supertgirl Mar 10, 2017

    Almost five years later and Faith still has me shook. Will always be a favourite of mine and nothing can ever compare to the chemistry Lee Min Ho had with Kim Hee Sun!

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    Azarika Jan 30, 2017
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    MrsChoeYeong Dec 30, 2016

    best drama one and only fantasy is to be that Doctor Yoo Eun Soo:P

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    namopanik Dec 7, 2016

    a shoutout to viki one liners without which I wouldn't make through this show.

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    JaeWookPhillip Dec 7, 2016 - edited

    [HELP PLESAE!!] does this drama have the typical kdrama story that solely revolves around love? im not sure if i should watch it since i dont want to waste my time and might as well watch a better drama during the time. Hystory dramas are hard for me to understand so the story line would have to be strong and there would have to be bigger problems than love, if you know what in mean. Please give me your advice !! :D

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      MrsChoeYeong Dec 30, 2016

      frankly yes its about the romance with the doctor and the bromance with the king..;)

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    Danjo Yambaya Nov 30, 2016

    The Story is good and actors, and acting is best, but the cinematography is terrible. if the cinematography is good this would be a 10/10.

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    Maria Nov 30, 2016

    The best one!

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    ahtaena Nov 5, 2016

    ahhhh...watched it for the third time!!!!! there is nothing like this...

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    UmiAlam Oct 20, 2016

    re-watched it again.... awesome

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    Nams Oct 2, 2016

    It can get very complicated, May be little too dragging, Can also get utterly boring or may even lack any logic whatsoever, BUT watch it for Lee Min Ho, watch it Choi Yeong's unconventional and unconditional love. The only element what kept me through was their tiny bit of romance/protectiveness or friendship or whatever the hell it was! It seemed very innocent, caring and unconditional to me. I won't watch it again. But for such draggy process I felt the ending was worth it!

    Since I watched it once, I actually sat through all episodes hoping to see some Romance, or something much more than just protectiveness. It made me crave for more and more, yet In a simple way, its a good timepass.

    As an addict, I can say its worth a watch if you are a Korean Drama addict, Lee Min Ho fan and love sweet things in between strange situations! :)

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    yarnie Sep 9, 2016

    time to time i still rewatch some parts of this for like 5th time?! :D but the best and my n1 fave moment was in episode 16 (second half of the video where they go and take Ki Chul with them)
    its just so precious and funny i cant xD<33

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    Dieu Aug 29, 2016

    The drama was ok i wished they stayed longer in the modern time it was a bit draggy.

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    Alaa Aug 10, 2016

    i tried...
    it wasnt my type of tea

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    Eugene Tran Jun 15, 2016 - edited

    In my opinion, this is the good drama although the story did go to different direction from viewer's expectation. There are lots of favourite things to praise in the drama like royality, bromance and romance of course. All of them represent "faith". The directing and editing might be not as good as possible but the actings and the chemistries of all the chatacters are great. The way the romance developed is very reasonable and beatiful. It's really worth watching episode by episode, but you will have to be patient enough to understand a political game shown in the show. As u understand it, you will find the plot and characters very interesting. Among Lee Min Ho's 5 dramas so far, i think and believe this is the best one despite not the high rating. His character in the drama is very charming and special in it's own way. who doesn't love a faithful "Choi Young" like him ?!?
    Ps: the music is just my taste, love all the soundtracks specially the song "Carry on".


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    South Korea
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    Aug 13, 2012 to Oct 30, 2012
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 11,378 users)
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