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 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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    Purple_Starlight Jun 30, 2013

    Amazing drama ,it could be my new favorite!! I'm loving Min Ho in this drama!! <33 And Eun Soo is soo cute *u* I am absolutely obsessed with time trave dramas!

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    Yossarian993 Jun 21, 2013

    This drama got me out of my slump. Utterly stunning, and leaving me with a warm, fuzzy feeling not too cheesy at all.

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    mahae Jun 20, 2013

    i'm watching it now, just finished ep 10. i find the lead female really annoying and stupid. ugh, and the drama is so depressive,i hope things change soon or else i'll have to drop it

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      Mary28 Jul 5, 2013

      did u ever finish it or did u drop it

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      mahae Jul 5, 2013

      i finished it :) it's not bad but i expected it to be better than that

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    Hugz_4_mE Jun 9, 2013

    I keep putting this off FOR ONE REASON ONLY! LMH as a warrior in whatever era I mean he's way too pretty-looking to be one. I mean if they had someone else I will def watch without a doubt...DONT GET ME WRONG I THINK HE'S GORJ TOO but Im not really convince that he suits this role..'MY OPINION OF COURSE'

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      diana_list Jun 15, 2013

      I kept putting off watching this for the same reason. WATCH IT. He is excellent in this drama

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      Hugz_4_mE Jul 1, 2013

      Still cant bring myself to watch this! hehehehe

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      WonByungHoon Sep 12, 2013

      umm i put it off for the longest time too until i got flooded with gifs on tumblr that i had to watch. if u've seen city hunter then its the same i mean he's bad ass at fighting which is like every episode, u gonna love the fight scenes and the chemistry. i dint think i would watch a sageuk again but lmh got to me.

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    mylittledecoy Jun 8, 2013

    Can't believe I've put off watching this incredible drama. Definitely one of my favorites!

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    vandinhaaddams Jun 5, 2013

    This drama is soooo good! and the ending is so beautiful <333
    Now, I'm officially obsessed with time travel dramas

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    Kromesta Jun 1, 2013

    Im planning on watching this but before i do. Is this all historical era or modern days? Also is this similar to dr jin. all about surgeries..

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      anusathiya Jun 4, 2013

      this is an historical drama and yes their are scenes that have surgeries but comes only in very little scenes!!! the story is centered around surgeon eun soo who has been kidnapped back to 700yrs by general choi young and she gets stuck their witnessing all the history which she read in her school...though it is historical the story and the cast will keep you hooked:)

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    Soulnishka May 29, 2013

    I loved this drama, it kept me interested the whole time and honestly I got slightly obsessed with it and it was hard to wait for it to get subbed, so I ended up holding off until the series was finished so I didn't have to wait. Impatient person I guess. The ending wasn't amazing but I didn't leave me upset either.

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    catcute May 25, 2013

    what is the name of the guy with white hair?????i looked for him but didn't get him...

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    julzjoongki May 23, 2013

    it was wonderful from beginning to end hooked , the story was awesum
    no boring moments at alll, amazing drama

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    supercheney17 May 19, 2013

    This is honestly my FAVORITE kdrama i have ever seen. The plot was so clever and well written! I was on an emotional roller coaster the entire time! I was drenched in tears at the end of it because i didn't want it to end! >.< also, Lee Min Ho is so friggen hot! Every time he smiled, i literally fell out of my chair and cried. EVERY TIME!

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    I finished watching this drama just within 5 days..I really can tell that i'm so, so addicted to LEE MIN HO (???)..he's so cool in this drama! well,in all his dramas..hehe!XD his actions and stunts were so awesome!He's the best Korean actor for me! anyway, I love the story..general and eui seon(high doctor) was very compatible..I'm so amazed on how they act..and I thank the director of this drama very much because he chose lee min ho for the role of choi young..:DD

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    Patketina May 7, 2013

    This drama was my very first drama (and I've never heard of Lee Min Ho or Korean dramas before), and around 20 dramas after this is still my number one and it generally got me hooked up at dramas. The story is amazing; action, romance and court intrigues are all at a perfect parallel, acting is great (especially LMH - you'll notice how his character changes as the story progresses) and its historical plot makes it even greater :) enjoy!

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      WonByungHoon Sep 12, 2013

      well since you liked this drama then u need to watch "queen in hyuns man" u gonna love it even more and prepare for tissues too. its the same concept only its half modern half historical and time travelling too

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    Sara Apr 28, 2013

    Reeaaallly good drama i loved it :D !!

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    lamome Apr 27, 2013

    Good, but not the best :D


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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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