Review of KDrama: Faith (aka The Great Doctor)

faith-the-great-doctor-aka-faith-32024424-1280-720At the moment, I am currently watching “Faith” (also known as “The Great Doctor”). It is a Korean Drama that is still airing, and it is too good to wait til the end to watch. If you are thinking about watching a KDrama, this is a great one to start with.  It airs on Mondays and Tuesdays in Korea, so you can usually see it by Tuesday and Wednesday in America.

Here’s the stats:

Genre: Historical, Romantic Comedy
Number of Episodes: 24 (but at this point in time, 10 have aired)

Story Premise: A Young Warrior General from the Goryeo era travels through a time portal, kidnaps a modern-day female plastic surgeon, and drags her back to his time to save his Queen’s life.

Synopsis: Lee Min Ho (one of my favorite Delicious Korean actors) plays General Choi Young from the Goryeo period.  He has been a personal guard to the past several kings and he has always obeyed the current ruler no matter what his personal feelings were about that person.  However, there is a new young king in power and it is Choi Young’s hope that the king will release him from his duties so he can live the rest of his life as a normal man.  Unfortunately, the new king has no intentions of letting him go, and so Choi Young serves the king grudgingly, but with all the honor he has learned as a warrior.  When he’s not fighting to protect the king, his favorite thing to do is sleep.  (I kid you not…the man LOVES to sleep.)

Yoo Eun Soo is the doctor that is dragged into the past.  All she wants is to marry a rich man who will take care of her and she basically doesn’t even practice medicine anymore.  When she first meets Choi Young, she thinks he is some kind of terrorist and she doesn’t believe that he actually dragged her into the past; instead, she thinks she’s on some fancy movie set.  Yet as her life is put in danger again and again, she soon comes to realize that she has gone back into the past.  When everyone around her seems to believe that she is a doctor sent from the actual heavens (and she gets the nickname “The Heaven’s Doctor”), she soon finds herself being used as a pawn between the new King and the Villain who wants to dethrone him.

What I like about this K-Drama:  This is not your usual Historical Drama.  It is a blend of contradictory principals that makes the show absolutely fascinating.  For example, there is a really good blend of the Past and the Present.  The show also seamlessly blends together Magic and Medicine.  The fighting scenes are also fantastic; they are fast-paced with a very interesting use of “Magical Energy.”  For example, Choi Young is able to harnass electricity and use it as a weapon.  Another character uses music to kill, another uses fire as her weapon, and yet another can use energy to freeze things.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama:  So far, the only thing I am not liking about the show is the Heroine’s character.  She goes from being a whining, crying gold digger to a competent doctor, to a woman who will stand up to the Villain and tell him “F– You” in her modern day language.  At times, you really want to smack her, but then you also find yourself cheering her on.  My only wish is that the writers would have made her strong from the beginning and not so greedy about money.  But then again, it seems the K-Drama way to create an unlikable character and then eventually make them lovable.  They are doing an excellent job with that over this heroine.

Favorite Scene(s):  So far, I am fascinated by all the Martial Arts scenes (and pretty much any scene with Lee Min Ho).  Choi Young’s character is awesome, but watching him do Martial Arts with some magic mixed in is truly intriguing.  I can’t help but watch the scenes again and again.  Plus, his character is so calm and controlled, and he just has no idea what to make of the heroine.

If I had to pick a scene so far, it would have to be when they are walking in the forest after Choi Young has just told the Villain that he is in love with the Heroine.  Choi Young was lying in order to save her from the villain, but Eun Soo thinks he was serious, so she keeps teasing him about it.  The way she teases him drives Choi Young absolutely crazy, but as much as he obviously wants to strangle her, he just grits his teeth and bears it.

There is also a great scene where the Eun Soo offers to “watch over” Choi Young so he can sleep.  At first, he just thinks she’s crazy, but then you see a bit of a turning point between them as he gives in.

Rating:  I definitely give this one five stars all the way and I wait for it with a lot of anticipation each week.  It is a total Must-Watch if you like Korean Dramas at all.

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Review of Korean Drama “Personal Taste”


Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes: 16

Story Premise: A woman accepts a male roommate into her home under the mistaken assumption that he is gay.

Synopsis: Park Kae In is a woman who has just been dumped in the worst possible way. She finds out her boyfriend is about to marry her long-time friend and roommate on the day she attends the actual wedding. Desperate for money, Kae In has to find a roommate immediately in order to pay back a loan her employee borrowed against her house and under her name.

Enter Jeon Jin Ho. Jin Ho is an architect who is bidding on a big construction project that could make or break his company. The man who is awarding the project just happens to be a huge fan of an old eccentric architect – an architect who happens to be Kae In’s father and who happens to have designed the house Kae In lives in. Jin Ho wants to move into Kae In’s house so he can search the house for the old blueprints and find out why his client likes this house so much.

Through a series of misunderstandings, Kae In comes to believe that Jin Ho is gay and so she agrees to let him be her roommate. While at first Jin Ho tries to tell Kae In he is not gay, she assumes he must be “in the closet” and she tries to soothe his pride by saying she understands and will keep his secret. Eventually, Jin Ho stops trying to convince her and begins to build a friendship with her that soon turns into romance.

What I like about this K-Drama: Lee Min Ho as Kae In…period. He is so yummy and so good in everything he does. Even acting as an uptight architect, Lee Min Ho is still delicious to watch.

But other than my little crush on Lee Min Ho, I did like the way his character was developed. When he gets “out-ed” by the heroine as gay, he is horrified, until his business partner convinces him it’s for the best to go along with the act. Throughout the story, I truly felt like the character’s actions were true to the part and not forced or altered in order to make him look good.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama: The Heroine’s character was often difficult to stomach. In the first episode, her ex-boyfriend describes her as a soaking wet puppy and that is exactly what the character is throughout the entire story. Even when she is kicked around and humiliated, she still remains steadfast and loyal to her friends. In many places, it was admirable, but more often than not, I found myself wanting to shake the heroine and say “grow a pair.”

Favorite Scene(s): Without a doubt, my favorite scene was the first night that Jin Ho moved into the house. He was exploring the house late at night and looking for the blueprints when he ends up in the father’s office. Earlier that day, the heroine had warned him about wandering through the house and that she would “chop it off,” so he is doing it secretly without the lights on when the heroine discovers him. I don’t want to spoil the scene, but let’s just say, she scares the crap out of him in a big way that sends him running while screaming like a little girl. It was hysterical. (Episode 2 – 57-minute mark to the 59-minute mark)

However, I could not find that on YouTube to show, so here is my second favorite scene.  It is where Lee Min Ho’s character is first thought to be gay and it is hysterical.  The hero’s friend and business partner (the guy with the glasses) totally eggs on people’s belief that the hero is gay just because he thinks it’s funny.  Enjoy.

Why I Gave It 4 Stars: While I do love watching Lee Min Ho in action, and while the chemistry between the actors seemed genuine, there are only a couple of scenes that I could watch several times. For me, if I can’t watch the story over and over again, but I could watch it at least once more or watch certain scenes several times, than it is a 4 star show. This is one of the shows that I could watch certain scenes over and over again, but not the whole story more than twice.

What Other People are Saying About Personal Taste:  

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