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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Nana
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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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yankumicho
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Jul 10, 2014
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
The term "wasted opportunity" should have a definition--Doctor Stranger. Doctor Stranger was nothing but a wasted opportunity--a piece of work that started so strong and had a pretty powerful premise combined with corrupt politics and evil machinations with world-altering circumstances, but turned out to be nothing but people piddling around a hospital in a competition which seemingly went nowhere and somewhere at once. In other words, Doctor Stranger felt like it surgically read more removed too many parts and tried to put them back together, but when doing so, it mistook some organs for others and ultimately ended up being a "table death."

That "death" was almost predestined by Doctor Stranger's plot. At first, the show was thrilling; it's focus on Park Hoon and the things a doctor has to do gripped me. Yet, a show that has one weak character from the beginning will often find that weak character to be the cause of its entire downfall. That's what happened here. A weak character was then joined by mediocre characters, and the whole show had to rely on one really strong character (Park Hoon) to bolster the story. That weak character, though, thread through Park Hoon's performance, made a wrong stitch, and unraveled it altogether. (Don't even get me started on the ending.)

Acting-wise, it was either a beating heart or a flat line. Lee Jong Suk, Kang Sora, and Park Hae Jin gave a lot to their roles. In Jong Suk's case, his acting showed more depth than his previous roles and made me feel for Park Hoon in a real way. Unfortunately, the flat-lined actress Jin Se Yeon, brought as much character as character development for her character, that is to say, none. She tripped and stumbled over every scene that required any emotion other than a blank face that clearly said, "I don't know what the hell I'm doing."

Music-wise, I have no complaints.

Instead of asking, "Will you re-watch this?," I would say the question should be, "Do I have to re-watch this?"

Overall, I can't waste any more words than the characters did over dying patients on this drama.
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Make a Recommendation More recs (15)Recommendations

- both the main characters are good at what they do
- both the main characters loved someone they grew up with
- both main characters lives were screwed with by people they knew
- both main charaters were seperated from the ones they loved
- both main characters fathers are dead
Recommended by Zoey
Both are about doctors, even if the stories are differents with one being more on political aspect than the others. There is a competition between doctors and hospital's director who have secrets in both, witch is really interesting I think.
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    jesy 6 hours ago

    despite all the negative comments, i learned to like this drama as it progress to the end. i liked Kang sora here much better than she was in warm and cozy.

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    Rezvaneh 11 days ago

    what was that?a waste

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    Suzaan Gurung 11 days ago

    Love KANG so ra

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    Evi May 27, 2017

    I was not convinced by the main couple, even if it was meant to be an epic love... I felt that the female lead was lacking. I liked the medical part and the dynamics between the rest of the cast.

    It's an okay drama (6.5-7), so I recommend it if you have nothing better to watch.

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    claudya87 Apr 24, 2017

    I love Lee Jong Suk..but no..

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    mathilda Mar 29, 2017 - edited

    I'm so dissapointed. It started so strong and good. I couldn't understand how it became a mess. Nope I can't do it.

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    Kaneki Mar 10, 2017

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

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    tsukihana Feb 25, 2017

    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 Feb 24, 2017

    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 Mar 19, 2017
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      mina Mar 20, 2017

      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 Mar 21, 2017 - edited
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      ChaNee Mar 21, 2017
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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

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 9,206 users)
  • Ranked:

    #809
  • Popularity:

    #88

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