Doctor Stranger

Doctor Stranger (2014)

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As a child, Park Hoon and his father were kidnapped by North Korea. In North Korea, Park Hoon was trained to become a doctor by his father who was already a doctor. Park Hoon became a genius like chest surgeon. He then flees to South Korea. Park Hoon begins to work as a doctor in South Korea's top hospital Myeongwoo University Hospital, but he feels like a complete outsider. To bring his read morelove from North Korea, he does anything to make money.

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Fatooome
10 people found this review helpful
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Jul 11, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This drama was off with a very good start, too good for a start that you'd start expecting the story to get better and better, but unfortunately went downhill as the show progressed.

Some things that happened in the show were not convincing AT ALL!
Because he studied medicine in North Korea, he developed the power to magically diagnose a patient just by touching the heart (sometimes, just touching the chest would read more do)

I was so confused as to who was on whose side and even after finishing the show, there are still blanks and unanswered questions. A long part of the drama revolved around a competition that lead to no where, I know they wanted to show how some hospitals are just so corrupted but that was still too much.

BUT!
for some reason I did not get bored from watching this, although there we no heart-fluttering scenes (I'm a sucker for butterflies) and I was not convinced most of the time, still, it made me cry and kept me wanting to watch more.


I don't wanna give out any spoilers but really, most of the time the show did not make any sense, and some impossible things would happen and you keep waiting for an explanation, so here's a heads up: you will not get any! Overall, I'm in a love-hate relationship with this drama, and I am confused myself for giving it such a high score...
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Nana
13 people found this review helpful
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May 20, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
Overall I thought Doctor Stranger had a unique story line to it.I personally am interested in medical dramas and found this one to be very informative to the surgical aspect to it.This is a drama I don't recommend to people that don't like blood.

The overall story line was about the struggles of North Korea,which was amazing but it was too stretched out.Also the love story get very boring after awhile unless read more you enjoy romance a lot.
I rewatched this drama with my older sister and she also had a similar opinion but she said it was very boring at some points especially with the love story.

Acting was fantastic and the music matched the tension in the drama the majority of the time.I understand that they tried to use a commonly popular pop song to express how the information and freedom of creativity is limited but I found their choice of sound very random ,that's just a personal opinion though.

Personally If i had to rate this separately as medical drama i would give a 8-9 as for the love story i'd give a 4-5 to be honest i'm very bias.The only reason personally why i loved this drama was because the medical portion of it but if it wasn't a medical drama and just a love story, then i would have given a lower score.
If i do decide to rewatch it by myself I can honestly say i would just skip to the surgery scenes directly.
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- both main male lead of this dramas have some misunderstanding with their superior
- both dramas are focus on surgery, even though Doctor Stranger doesn't have a disaster theme
- both main male lead just want to treat the patients fairly
Recommended by keifferodartseam
Both are medical dramas in which the main character is a mysterious surgeon who has unconventional ideas about doctors.
Both have a bit action but focus on surgery etc.
While doctor stranger also focuses on the main characters love interest, romantic doctor focuses on ethics and interactions of the characters.
Recommended by Lyoness

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    Kaneki 13 days ago

    Park Hoon is probably my favorite protagonist of all time :D

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    Beatriz 26 days ago

    It started good, but the writers screwed up later. It had a lot of potential, but it ended with a lot of overdramatic nonsense.
    And I also don't understand why did they bother casting great actors if they were going to give Jin Seyeon the main role. Her lack of acting skills helped ruining the drama.

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    LuckySo 27 days ago

    It left me empty.. I just watched this drama,. and dont even get myself feel what this drama wants me to feel.

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    lea Feb 20, 2017
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    Parknara Jan 26, 2017

    Loved it!

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    Hikigaya Jan 23, 2017

    This drama was good and bad. It is good because of kang sora and bad because of her too.
    Will I like Oh Sung Hyun if another actress played the character? The answer is a flat NO. I watched Ugly Alert before this so I am biased.

    This drama is weird. Oh Sung Hyun should have been the Female Lead. Why the heck they build up the character for being potential romance. That left a bad taste. It feels weird.
    If this have a NTR tag, I will score it 10. This drama become NTR from episode 3 to episode 15. Wait no this is actually a NTR drama for me because Park Hoon ends up with Jae Hee.
    My gosh.
    Nonetheless I gave it 8 for the sake of So Ra.
    If someone told me the directors and writers of this drama was aiming for a NTR vibe.
    I will give it 10.

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    Wifey Jan 16, 2017 - edited

    I haven't watched this drama yet but I'm wondering why is God's Gift - 14 Days listed under related content? It says compilation in parenthesis but I still don't get it? I've seen God's Gift already but how exactly are these two dramas related?

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    KoriNeko18 Jan 12, 2017 - edited

    * the only person in the world who absolutely hated Kang So Ra's character *

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      ChaNee 4 days ago
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      mina19 3 days ago

      Agreed! I don't understand how they turned Jae Hee's character into someone who is only chasing after a guy. Like yes, she is in love with him but she's also fighting for her freedom! I honestly loved her acting so much and her and Hoon will be my favorite ship of all time!

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      KoriNeko18 2 days ago - edited
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      ChaNee 2 days ago
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    Akaisora Jan 7, 2017

    I'm at ep 12 and still loving this, I'm glad I didn't care about the negative comments that said only first few episodes are good. :P

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    Mashiro Dec 27, 2016

    I really like this drama, its very interesting but i didn't like some part of it.

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    ManishaSingh Dec 22, 2016

    I guess i was the only one who throughout the show was rooting for Park hae jin and Kang so ra's character! They both are the only reason I finished this drama in 8-9 months.

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    SweetCakes Dec 18, 2016 - edited

    im still at the early episodes and im confuse, who is the main lead actress?

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      SaltandPepper Dec 25, 2016

      Jin Seyeon.

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      SweetCakes Dec 25, 2016

      Ouch T_T I'm rooting for Kang So Ra, I've been delaying finishing it due to bad feedbacks, I guess I should stop now.. Thanks by the way :)

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    aimperato Dec 11, 2016

    Had a really powerful beginning.. was really awesome.. then suddenly it just took a nose dive around episode 5.... not that I want to add to the bad comments but really wish the drama took a different route. I might go back and re-watch it at some point just to see if I can try giving it another chance. I put it on hold. XD

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    Omocha Dec 8, 2016 - edited

    Stop rooting for doctor stranger in ep9 (been mesmerized by Jung Suk's incredible acting but..), after peeking into summary and since the story didn't go and end on my liking, I would love to if Lee Jung Suk and Kang Sora being reunited in a drama as main lead, love their chemistry in this one, but I end up disappointed ^^

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    SecondLeadQueen Dec 5, 2016 - edited

    So the main lead ends up with the lead girl? No way than why move the lead girl to the side in so many episodes and have the second lead and the main lead share so many moments. I don't have anything against any actresses but Ones again I like the second lead more and is not even a guy. I think they second lead girl and the lead have more chemistry together.
    Who does the second lead end up with?

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    May 5, 2014 to Jul 8, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 8,607 users)
  • Ranked:

    #771
  • Popularity:

    #80

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