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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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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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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    8man 11 days ago - edited

    i've complete downloaded till ep 6, i haven't seen it yet. Then i see negative reviews here, delete! delete! delete!

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    chiisaihime 11 days ago

    I put off watching this drama for almost a year after downloading all episodes because of the many negative comments i read. NOW I SERIOUSLY REGRETTED READING THOSE COMMENTS. REALLY, THIS DRAMA IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST DRAMAS I'VE SEEN EVER. As always, Lee Jong Suk is the best. I love him so much! The main female lead is not perfect, yes, but i guess she's done just enough to convince why she's park hoon's one great love. <3 THE STORY IS AMAZING. THE OPERATING ROOM SCENES, THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN HOON AND THE QUACK, THE ROMANCE.. REALLY, I LOVE THIS DRAMA SO MUCH.I LOVE HOW THERE ARE SO MANY TWISTS IN THE STORY. IT STARTED GOOD, DEVELOPED WELL, AND ENDED JUST RIGHT. AND LET ME JUST REPEAT, LEE JONG SUK IS THE BEST PROTAGONIST! <3 SERIOUSLY, IF YOU ARE HAVING DOUBTS WHETHER TO WATCH THIS DRAMA OR NOT, DON'T. IT'S A BEAUITFUL DRAMA.

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    shin 13 days ago

    This is the first Lee Jong Suk drama I've dropped. This one is really frustrating to continue.

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    DREAMY Jul 19, 2017

    One of the worst kdrama plots ever I regret every wasted second during this crazy drama . It just didn't make any sense to me.

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    myheartisomg Jul 16, 2017

    This drama was suuuuch a hot mess omg. The plot went round in circles without making any sense, characterisation seemed almost random, and there were lots of jarring tonal shifts. Having said that, I'm still glad I watched it. You just have to lower your expectations going in, then you can enjoy the crazy for what it is and laugh at it all. There are a fair few thrilling moments, and Lee Jong Suk is as adorable and compelling as ever. Just don't expect Jae Hee's facial expression to ever change and you're all set.

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    jesy Jun 26, 2017

    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 Jun 16, 2017

    what was that?a waste

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    Suzaan Gurung Jun 15, 2017

    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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    Fenvear 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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    law 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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    South Korea
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    May 5, 2014 to Jul 8, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 9,564 users)
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