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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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 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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    Patketina Feb 5, 2015

    This drama has one of the most intensive love stories, the chemistry is brilliant ♥

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    KMR Feb 1, 2015 - edited
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    homaKP Jan 27, 2015 - edited

    the plot started to go on a little slow from episode 16 or so. and the melodrama always annoys me. but deep, dimensional characters and Lee Minho acting awesome in a historical drama surprised me. i totally hated his performance in modern ones like BOF and "personal taste" so I wasn't going to even watch this one (kind of an anti fan lol). but This Drama completely changed my opinion of him. i'm looking forward to historical dramas he'll hopefully get in future.
    and that musical piece, "I'm a warrior": OH MY GOD. it became my no.1 favorite drama OST piece (and i'm saying that with songs from the kinds of "Beethoven virus" and "my Girl" in mind!).

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    iamsarah Jan 27, 2015

    Watched it the second time and loved it yet again.

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    Huixian Chloe Teo Jan 26, 2015

    A little exaggerated,forced myself to complete the show. Maybe he is not suitable to act in historical movies.

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    Montse Jan 11, 2015

    It is just worth to see LEE MIN HO !

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    Babi Chrystine Dec 28, 2014

    Just perfect! But the end was a bit confuse...

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    Lalitha Syamaleswari Nov 30, 2014

    I really loved this drama sooo much. Especially lead roles did very well. Woodalchi soldiers are superb.And i literally cried a lot during a war in which 24 woodalchi were dead.My respect for korean drama increased after watching this. The king and queen also did very well, we really get invoved in it after watching 5 episodes. The love of choi Young towards Eunsoo made me get jealous. Really this man well suits for such type of charcter. Being a strong warrior and protecting king. At te same time loving a woman and protecting his own woman.

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    shaghayegh Nov 4, 2014

    this drama is sooooo good i loved it so much i khow at first you think its a little boring but it will be so exited and good later,and the love story is so beutiful <3 watch it for sure :)

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    Sblikins Oct 5, 2014

    I didn't like this drama. Plot inconsistent and not original .. love story that doesn't exist .. lee min ho static and with the same expression in every episode .. one of the most boring drama that I ever seen .. I was expecting a satisfactory end and instead it was a disappointment. . I don't understand why everyone speaks well of this drama..

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    Tiihii Aug 23, 2014 - edited
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      makino Oct 5, 2014 - edited

      couldn't agree more !! I HATED the special effects ,It ruined it for me it could've been perfect if they got rid of it and made it more "realistic" and believable. It looked so fake and stupid ! if it wasn't for LMH and the chemistry of the main couple i would've dropped it.

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      Tiihii Oct 6, 2014

      that's (word for word) exactly how I felt about it, hahah :'D

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      KMR Feb 1, 2015 - edited

      They became nonsensical because they didn't exploit them properly in the series. I liked the idea of a supernatural/fantasy side with his powers since the first episode seemed to hint at that...but then I just didn't see how relevant it was to the plot developed afterwards...such a waist...could have been awesome...smh

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      fragmentsofescape Jul 26, 2016

      I agree. Those powers weren't woven into the plot at all - they were prettymuch superfluous. Thise two siblings could have simply been masters at some special fighting skills that weren't supernatural.

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    Blademan2 Jul 2, 2014
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    esraa_adel112 Jun 9, 2014 - edited

    i just finshed ep 2. this drama is so boring will it get better??

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      Hasumi17 Jul 2, 2014

      Well if you found the first two episodes boring then I think this isn't a drama for you, but the relationship and the chemistry between the characters will get better. I just finished it and liked it :)

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    daisies May 11, 2014 - edited

    I'm watching the second episode and up till now the girl has been simply unbearable. She's annoying me to no end!! Will it get better? And if yes, when?

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      Tiihii Aug 23, 2014

      Ulgh sucks! It's not geting any better/different. I felt the same about Kang So Ra in Doctor Stranger. If you're not in love with Lee Min Ho or the plot, I suggest you give up, drop the drama and stop torturing yourself ;)

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    rainruma Apr 30, 2014

    Average...nothing great....The bad guys were the best part.


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

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 11,914 users)
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