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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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 dramas feature time travel to a different era.
In Tunnel, granted it is just from 1986 to present.(still a big culture shock)
In Faith it is to the Goryeo era from the present.
Both bring a little star power with their Brave and Manly leading men.
Faith's cast is lead by Lee Min Ho playing a General of the army and bodyguard to the King.
Tunnel's cast is lead by Choi Jin Hyuk playing a tough Detective who is not afraid of tackling a dangerous criminal. He is also a respected sunbae for his less experienced partners.
Both have a lead who is faithful while longing for their loved one after being separated by time.
Both are directed by Sin Yong-hwi
Both are really good dramas worth watching.

Where they are different:
Tunnel has a serial killer crime story and slightly dated outfits.
Faith has political intrigue, medicine, and of course the long hair and historical dress.
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The two stories take place in the same historical time. Faith takes place in the last part of Empress Ki, after she gets married.
While in Goryeo reigned King Gongmin and Queen Noguk (Faith), in Yuan did Emperor Huizong and Empress Ki (Empress Ki).
The two states were in constant conflict with each other. In Faith, King Gongmin had to fight against those who wanted Goryeo to be another province of Yuan. And one of those, was the main antagonist, Ki Cheol, brother of Empress Ki.
Both are historical, action and romance dramas. Only that Faith it's a lot lighter, have fantasy and medical themes, and focused in a romance story between two characters. Empress Ki is a darker and more serious story, with lots of tragedies and political themes, that focuses on a longer range of time, and in which the romance is just another one of the many points that has to offered.
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    WednesHwang 2 days ago

    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 23 days ago - edited
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    Docta 23 days ago

    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

    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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    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 11,522 users)
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