Faith

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.

  • Native title:

    신의
  • Also Known as:

    The Great Doctor ; Shinui

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Emmers
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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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allyson
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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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Drama is about time travel and medicine. I think that Faith and Live up to your name are matched very well. Both good and fun to watch.
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Both historical romance dramas by the same writer. But Faith involves time-travel.
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    Nic 2 days ago - edited

    I don't know, didn't think it was good or bad, but didn't manage to draw me in and hence dropped it after 8 episodes.

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    Hanna Gothic 6 days ago

    It's my fav and it was amazing great drama since 2012

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    Nesscafe 17 days ago - edited

    What is so great about this drama? I'm asking srlsy because for me it was sooo boring :o I was sure it will be as good as the grade shows.

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      Aakaa 13 days ago

      The little details and noticeable moments, while they have the small talk, and the bigger things are going on in background. e.g. after the long day when she unties her hair, he keeps staring at her hair wanting to touch, and offers a comb when he can't bear to watch any longer, BUT the comb falls, and they both realize his mind is weakening his grip. There are barely any places where it's not detailed. It definitely could cut down 2-3 episodes, but it's not dragging either. And the only thing that I felt bad about was that even though the ending was great and one of a kind, it wasn't overwhelming. It could have been much more heartwarming. I don't feel full after finishing the series.

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      Nesscafe 13 days ago

      I got it but I still don't feel the same way, beside a deep relationship I prefer an interesting plot (for me) while romantic moments are just sweet extras. I didn't like the story since the beginning. I had been watching it bcs I have to finish everything what I've started. Thank you for yous answer, maybe I should paid more attention to that kind of moments.

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      Otps4Life 8 days ago - edited

      I adored this drama..The chemsistry between the leads was amazing...The way he stared at the female lead,without saying a word yet you can still feel the love he has for her....I think we like what we like...I still ask myself what was so great about DOTS xD.....I tried watching that drama 2 times,and I still didn't get it.... I couldn't even make it to episode 5 neither time-.- I heard the love story was epic...For me it was boring and wasn't worth my time-.- This drama might not have seen interesting to you,but to lot's of us it was....

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      Aakaa 7 days ago

      I think more than the romantic moments, it was about the trust everyone had in everyone else. king trusting his retainers for orders, army trusting the general, general trusting his woo dal chi, and so forth. But I do get what you are trying to say too

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    Pinocchio Jul 22, 2017

    Not that great

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    alecsandri14 Jun 3, 2017
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    Otps4Life May 24, 2017 - edited

    It's funny how most people loved City Hunter,and my favorite LMH drama is Faith:D The love Choi Yeong had for Eun Soo was out this World*-*

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      PrinceMicky Jul 10, 2017

      Faith was so good :) I liked him in City hunter but I Loved him in Faith ;)

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      Otps4Life Jul 10, 2017

      IKR.... I just feel like this drama is sooo underrated-.- I actually enjoyed this more than City Hunter

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      PrinceMicky Jul 11, 2017

      Yes I agree with you that this drama is underrated and YES me too I like this drama more then City Hunter :)

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      Otps4Life Jul 11, 2017

      HAHA awesome:D

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    Wednes May 21, 2017

    Ah... I miss Faith. For a while I totally forgot that it's Lee Minho in this one. I keep saying that City Hunter is his best drama, but this one is as good. Gonna rewatch it soon <3

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    Docta Apr 30, 2017 - edited
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    Docta Apr 30, 2017

    It started too lightly, I almost drop it, but then picked up the pace. I really liked the story, the relationship between the two protagonist was very lovely and the one thing that I rescued the most of this drama. The fact that some of the characters and events existed in real life is also one of the most exciting points.
    The acting was very good, the chemistry between the leads was wonderful.
    I really recommend you to look out for the OST, it has some wonderful songs.
    It's a real pity the poor scenery, staging and costumes; as well as the terrible effects and video editing. This could have been an excellent drama if it wasn't for that, but well, that didn't stopped me from watching it.

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    Luna Apr 10, 2017

    Year 2017.. still watching this drama.

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    supertgirl Mar 10, 2017 - edited

    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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      Aakaa 13 days ago

      Go watch personal taste

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    Azarika Jan 30, 2017
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    MrsChoeYeong Dec 30, 2016

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

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    InvalidUser 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..;)
      but ITS NOT A CHEESY DRAMA...

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      Aakaa 13 days ago

      Can you recommend a cheesy drama?

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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.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

    Aug 13, 2012 to Oct 30, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 12,037 users)
  • Ranked:

    #436
  • Popularity:

    #116

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