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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Both historical romance dramas by the same writer. But Faith involves time-travel.
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Both are fantasy dramas and faith has Lee Min Ho :) You get to see time travel and it is a good story.
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    Oct 29, 2015

    Just finished rewatching it and can't wait to start it all over again one of these days :')

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    MokaAkashiya Oct 26, 2015

    awesome start, uhh I don't know about the middle, but the best ending especially when she came back and saw them again.... TOTALLY FILLED WITH TEARS

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    Simplifica Sep 15, 2015 - edited

    great start, but turn to some makjang-ish turbulences in the middle ...

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    joyje Sep 3, 2015

    Truthfully, I never liked historic dramas but this one was exception. Loved the whole casts in the drama and the drama was nice.

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    romcomjunkelee Aug 31, 2015 - edited

    wish I hadn't learn that lee jun ki was originally Choi Young, that he was scheduled for his miltary service so he wasn't able to play the role. now i'm re-watching and always always chincha! ugh imagining him acting :(

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      rutuja Mar 8, 2017

      me too i feel the same i always think how would he portray this when i rewatch this

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    Denny Dennis Aug 13, 2015

    I like it

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    Tsukini Jul 6, 2015

    This was such a good drama, the ending was not what I was expecting...I had to sit and think about it all for a bit hahaha but it was still good.

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    shaghayegh Jun 26, 2015 - edited

    best romance EVER . the love between the two main charectors is just so strong and beautiful. i can watch it over and over again and also best historical drama i have seen . just love it <3

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    NesrineTao May 31, 2015 - edited

    the end was not that great -_- i mean it was a happy ending and all but something is missing....

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      Emmy Oct 19, 2015
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      NesrineTao Oct 22, 2015

      omg i swear i thought the exact same thing :D lol

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      AnicsiRoscoe Feb 15, 2016
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      NesrineTao Feb 15, 2016

      tell me abt it :( disappointment...disappointment -_-

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      Emmy Feb 15, 2016 - edited

      @ Anicsi Roscoe That is sooooo true.

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    Juste May 30, 2015

    I'll never watch medical dramas with blood...

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    Miaka May 29, 2015

    I watched it for the second time, that was not as bad as I remember.
    The whole supernatural powers' thing is such a pity and the plot is boring for the most part.
    But I liked the time travelling, the lively female lead and the tormented king.
    Also, Gi Cheol is one of my favourite villains. Yoo Oh Sung's facial expressions were so funny, but it made Lee Min Ho's blank expression even more obvious.

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    Farshokoof Apr 24, 2015 - edited

    Lee Min Ho doesn't have a drop of talent in showing love and affection.the same goes for this drama, the only things he showed for the leading actress was childish stubbornness! He should act more grown up, it's not a teenage love!
    The plot is a total mess, I'm dropping it in episode 11.

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      DarkuriA May 20, 2015

      That's my problem with him too, he always acts like a teenager.

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    OppaHasLongLegs Apr 13, 2015

    2nd time watching it, i understood it better than the first time. I didnt cry as much but the feels were similar <3 awesome drama

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    Sanaz Amini Apr 10, 2015

    I just watched it, i like it but there was too many Scan that have problem in directing, I mean you watch i actor with a situation and she or he just where different dress in on second later like when first time fire girl attack Eun Soo or first hug

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    moonmystery Feb 16, 2015

    This show honestly disappointed me.....

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 11,914 users)
  • Ranked:

    #430
  • Popularity:

    #115

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