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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    Joowonholic Apr 28, 2014
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    KMR Apr 10, 2014

    This drama is such a mess. lol

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    Patti Mar 22, 2014

    After watching this drama, i must say that i was a little.....disappointed.The story drags on endlessly.
    I think 16 episodes would have been enough. And i finished it, just becauce of Minho. But i would never watching this drama again.

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    pepperoni360 Mar 22, 2014

    Rewatching for the 6th time. I don't just know why am in love with this drama

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    Epiphanie Mar 13, 2014

    I don't usually like historial dramas, but this one is on my top 5! It's a must watch! Great!

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    zanzouna Feb 15, 2014 - edited
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    wolfgirl9 Feb 14, 2014 - edited

    I just finished rewatching this for the 5th time! I don't know what it is, but this drama is so special for me. It's not perfect, but still ... there is something in it that makes it very very dear for me! I love it so much!!!

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      inzaratha Jun 12, 2014

      I've watched it twice completely now. :)

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      maeline Jun 24, 2014

      I've rewatched this 4 or 5 times and I've just got it on DVD :D

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      Valier Oct 4, 2014

      Same here. I watched it at least 15 times. I saved it on my smartphone, so whenever I'm bored on the train or having a bad day, I watch it^^ Objectively spoken it is not the best drama, but as you said. There is something in it that simply makes you happy <3

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      solia Oct 29, 2014

      Same here!

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      shaghayegh Jun 26, 2015

      same here. well the romance is also perfect . loved it :D <3

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    darklight Feb 3, 2014

    Finally I've seen this after months and I'm not regret it.
    This is a good drama and worth watching one time but for second time I won't cause the main fetching parameter of this drama is curiosity for knowing the end of the story, so if you know it then it will not be as enjoyable as it should.

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    versaillesyoo Jan 27, 2014

    After months of pushing this drama aside I finally managed to watch the last 4 episodes.
    All in all it could've been better; I wouldn't have watched it at all if I hadn't liked the two main couples and their chemistry.

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    zanzouna Jan 22, 2014

    everytime they refer to our world "the heaven's world", i feel awkward feelings!

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    dreamoffireflies Dec 14, 2013

    Just watched it...honestly not as good as I thought it would be but it was still alright.

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    freyashirou Nov 24, 2013

    This is one of the Best Korean dramas in my opinion! I really love it! Great writing, great cast!

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    Drama-lover1 Nov 17, 2013

    I think that this drama is the best drama ever

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    Addiction Nov 12, 2013

    Is this worth continuing? I feel like it's really repetitive,the plot.

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      KarolK Nov 21, 2013

      it is, but it's worth watching at least because of the ending. and music is just fantastic!!

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    Jupiter Nov 5, 2013

    I miss this drama. I have to rewatch it someday.


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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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