The Imperial Doctress

The Imperial Doctress (2016)

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Set in the Ming Dynasty under the rule of Emperor Zhu Qi Zhen, Tan Yun Xian comes from a long line of medicine practitioners, her family having served as court physicians for several generations. However, the practice for female physicians came to a halt when many were framed for abusing the form. Yet, Yun Xian is determined to learn medicine and so she does in secrecy, except things become difficult when her read morepaths cross with the Emperor himself.

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    Nv Yi Ming Fei Zhuan; 女醫 明妃傳; Ming Medicine Woman; 女醫 明妃傳;

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Mar 30, 2016
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
- For the first half of the drama, the balance between romance and medical was really good. However towards the end, the romance got really complicated (rather than love triangle.. it became a square?) and confusing. The medical part of it pretty much got lost after episode 30.
- I enjoyed the medical parts of the drama more since the context of the drama was about how Yu Xian was the read more first imperial doctress and attempt to rid of the negative connotations for female doctors.
- It felt like the drama lost its point and was trying hard to push the romance.
- The ending happened very quickly and weirdly...

- I felt the actors was well chosen
- There was chemistry between all 3 main characters but Yu Xian's personality was predictable - like the typical 'innocent and pure' character.

- i didnt pay much attention towards the music of the drama, but the song that was used during the romantic scenes was really nice

- Overall its a nice drama to watch, at least first half. Its pretty long - 50 episodes, I recommend watching it when you have loads of free time. Since first half the drama got me waiting for the next since I was following it as it aired (2 episodes everyday), so you might get hooked initially. But around episode 30 - you probably will slow down.
- Its a Chinese soap opera - so if chinese isn't you first language you won't be able to enjoy what they say as much since they speak in the 'ancient' way. Even as a chinese speaker, some parts are hard to understand.
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May 14, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
No matter how much I love to watch Asian drama I never wrote a single review on any of them but I have to make an exception for this one. The writer, directors, and specially the main casts surely managed to put on a good show. I freakin almost lost my cool. Felt all kinds of emotion towards the characters. I almost flew to China just to tell Mei Lin to go read more to hell! Urghhhhh!!! Such a b****! Qi Yu is just ughhhhh!!!!! So much for the ending thou!!! Seriously writer and director? You could've added some more to it!! Hug or something!! It seems like everybody like Essen's character and that includes myself. Him and Yun Xian had a bit of chemistry going on! Essen's character was more passionate and we love it! Like seriously, I got mad at the end of the drama..I wish there was more to it!
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-girls skilled in medicine
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    AH 26 days ago
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    iambulletproof Jun 17, 2017

    I love it! its not perfect but i enjoyed this one. The characters at first were annoying AF but as the drama progresses, their character changes and will start to grow on you. With its 50 episodes its not impossible to get attached to the main lead (and some of the characters). More than a drama, it is a journey. It will let you experience how the main lead become one of the known physician in Ming Dynasty. I love how she transformed from being a sweet hardheaded daughter to a fierce passionate physician. If you plan to watch this, get your lifeboats ready cause my ships sank a few times. There were plot holes and life decision here that only work in dramaland. Overall i'm satisfied but not something i will rewatch. 8/10 for enjoyment

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    LPA Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    Really good drama, but I could have easily skipped episodes 14 & 15--didn't like them at all. I think those could definitely be redone--just a little too weird and crazy and a bit boring, otherwise I made it through all 50 episodes without getting bored! The rest of the drama was worth it though and the ending was good, although it could have been a little more drawn out at the end (another 5 minutes?). I hated to see this drama end, and I watched the last 5 episodes over again! I rated this an 8 out of 10 (I love Cecilia Liu--especially in "Bu Bu Jing Xin" ("Scarlet Heart" - Chinese version_Part 1)).

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    LunaMoon Apr 3, 2017

    50 episodes aired in just 1 month??

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    Shivangi Mar 28, 2017

    who is her love interest? yu or zhen?

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    Tiago Feb 7, 2017

    Só digo que meu preconceito com finais de Doramas chineses foi por água abaixo...

    Eu simplesmente fiquei apaixonado por esse Dorama Qi Zhen e Yun Wian é um parte proibido lindo demais... Só digo isso... Mesmo ela tentando esconder os sentimentos em vários momentos e amando o Qi Yu. É impossível não perceber que os sentimentos vão mudando e crescendo com o tempo...

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    Annalisse Jan 25, 2017 - edited
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      Fairth May 30, 2017
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      Annalisse May 30, 2017

      ::sigh:: good idea

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    WhiteCloud Jan 17, 2017

    All episodes are beautiful and interesting. I didn't expect that I would like every episode.

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    John Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    It has how many episode????
    And where can I download can any one tell me which website????

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    Drama4lover Sep 24, 2016 - edited
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      Emily Oct 21, 2016
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      yarnie Oct 22, 2016

      what a rude person -_-... yeah im sure he was the lead lol...

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      Drama4lover Oct 22, 2016
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      Otps4Life Nov 17, 2016

      Thanks so much for ruining who she ends up with-__-- You could have at least put the bloody spoiler up SMH-.-

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      Emily Nov 17, 2016 - edited
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    Dieu Aug 22, 2016 - edited

    Huang xuan made me want to punch him i really liked his character in the beginning at the middle/end he became annoying and an asshole.

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      iambulletproof Sep 20, 2016

      how was the medical in this drama? i mean will the MC be dealing with different medical cases/ saving a lot of people? im looking for something like the horse doctor or jewel in the palace kind of drama. thanks

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      Dieu Sep 20, 2016
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      iambulletproof Sep 20, 2016

      ok thanks. will she (the main lead) turn into something like a very talented doctor?

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      Dieu Sep 22, 2016
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    Athena Jul 26, 2016

    seriously wallace huo and liu shi shi are really stunners .,the story was good in a realistic way and ended classically

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    IsaMeiyo Jun 3, 2016 - edited
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    iambulletproof May 22, 2016 - edited

    this is my first Chinese drama, and i put it on hold. need more reason to watch this

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      Sharon Lee May 26, 2016

      I hope you don't have a bad impression of Chinese Dramas from watching this. haha its really not one of the better ones out there. Try Sound of The Desert?

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      iambulletproof Sep 20, 2016

      ive seen bromance, i think its taiwanese, are taiwanese dramas different from chinese one? i love bromance! its on my top 10. im not sure about chinese historical, i still prefer korean sageuks

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      John Oct 21, 2016 - edited

      Hey try to watch classic of mountain too because that is my 4 drama and I love it

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    MysteryMel-Bookish Apr 29, 2016 - edited

    A long story that just got more frustrating as you watch. YX and YQ have no chemistry. Found him to be a manipulator & abusive for the start - way too much charisma covering all his poo! Bottom-line he got the empress he deserves, QZ needed YX to balance. Ok, just jumped to ep50 per fellow ajumma. Ending was righteous, Wallace is the man...


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    Feb 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
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    45 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 537 users)
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