Doctor Stranger is a 2014 medical drama starring rising star Lee Jong Suk; forever second lead Park Hae Jin; beautiful Kang So Ra and fairly new and young actress Jin Se Yeon. The drama garners attention not only because of the main casts, but also the supporting casts such as Kim Sang Joong, Chun Ho Jin, Kim Sang Ho, Choi Jung Woo etc. and famous director, Jin Hyuk, who has previously directed a few popular dramas.
I think what lure me to try out this drama is definitely the love I have for Lee Jong Suk. He was great in School 2013 and I Hear Your Voice, so I anticipated more good stuff from him. I also like Park Hae Jin because who doesn’t love Lee Hwi Kyung in My Love From The Stars? Then there is Jin Hyuk who directed one of my favourite dramas – City Hunter, and because of him, the ahjussi actors from City Hunter also joined the show. I definitely couldn’t say no anymore once I found out Kim Sang Joong will make the guest appearance, too!
I have had plenty of things to say right after I watched both episode 7-8, but now that I had let the emotions calm and settle in – I suddenly don’t know where to start. First of all, I think I would like to take back of one thing I’ve said about Park Hoon‘s ability being normal or grounded, lol! Okay it’s not, especially with the way it was done in the latest episodes. But it doesn’t take away the fact that all these fantasy medical scenes are still interesting to watch.
I haven’t been excited about an award show for … let’s just say a very loooong time, and the arrival of tonight’s 50th Baeksang Arts Awards has gotten me all hyped up. I think the main reason being, a lot of the stars that got nominated are the ones I currently like, and think have plenty of potentials in their acting careers. Not to mention I get to see them all dress up, preferbly not in flowery design, please! EXO’s fans also get to see EXO-K performing their new song Overdose and Lyn will sing My Destiny on stage.
There is a saying that usually in the Korean award systems, the stars that announced they will attend the award ceremonies mean they are winning, so it’s pretty much a sure win for the Stars couple then? 😀 Both Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun have confirmed to attend and no news on if they will walk the red carpet together, but I really hope they will. Back in 2012, I had hoped to see the imja couple – Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun walk the red carpet for Faith in SBS drama award, but that never happened so now I’m putting all my hopes in Stars couple because their chances is so much higher, and they should receive the attention and love together as ‘one’, so I’m praying hard and saying pleaseeeee, grant me this wish.
Doctor Stranger continues to give us engaging episodes last week, and I am very satisfied with it thus far. It’s a little slow in the sense that 4 episodes down, we haven’t really seen Hoon fully interact with the Myeong Woo university’s doctors. I am aware having him being recognised, or accepted by colleagues, or board of directors will take time, but it would have been interesting to show doctors-with-doctors interactions a little in last week’s episode, although I am not complaining of his minor encounter with Oh Soo Hyun, LOL! That was hilarious, but he’s still seen mucking around more than saving patients so to speak (I wanna see more medical scenes!). And then it feels like the real storyline hasn’t really unraveled because there seems to be some big conspiracy going on behind the scenes, whereby Jae Hee is now working for the North Korean guy (?) and it’s kind of obvious that she is Han Seung Hee, not some doppelganger.
Doctor Stranger premiered and started off pretty strong last week and it has gone head to head in terms of ratings with its rival The Big Man and Triangle. Personally, I definitely am more taken with Doctor Stranger as compared to the other two dramas. Episode 1 was definitely captivating and an interesting watch in comparison to episode 2 which I thought it spent too much time at the bike chasing scene in Budapest. However, it still kept my eyes glued to the screen wanting more from the show. Kim Sang Joong guest starring as Park Hoon’s dad is definitely one of the main reasons for a very satisfying and enjoyable watch of the show. He gave me so much feels whenever he appeared on screen and unfortunately this time I think I am going to hate Cheon Ho Jin rather than love him as that kind president he was in City Hunter. Sigh… ah well, someone has got to play a villain right? Continue reading
More official posters were released for upcoming SBS drama – Doctor Stranger so I am attaching it in this post. I am quite fond of this one :). A press conference is also held today Apr 29 and attended by its main casts Lee Jong Suk, Park Hae Jin, Kang So Ra, Jin Se Yeon. Continue reading
Official posters and 3rd teaser trailer for the upcoming SBS drama Doctor Stranger are released today. I love the blue and white tone employed on the posters, although on a whole it didn’t scream ‘Wow! It’s beautiful’, instead it is rather ordinary. I do like the style Park Hae Jin is sporting even if he’s wearing the 90s style curtain hair, but he still looks damn fine. I do have an issue with curly-noodle-thick fringe that Lee Jong Suk is wearing because I don’t think it suits his character, but I supposed I’ll have to force myself to get used to it now, ugh. ~”~
Judging from the position of the four characters standing in the poster, it does look like the drama centres around Lee Jong Suk’s character Park Hoon and all other three are secondary leads. Whatever happened to dual male leads as advertised before? I do wish this isn’t the case when the drama starts and that Park Hae Jin gets as much screen time as Jong Suk. These two deserves to be male leads in a drama. Continue reading
SBS drops another 30s teaser trailer for Doctor Stranger and this time we get more insight into the story, okay, a little insight. Hey at least we know how Song Jae Hee (Jin Se Yeon) disappear, well, sort of and how much it affects Park Hoon (Lee Jong Suk). Man, my baby must love her very much. *sharpening knife* Continue reading
SBS must be planning to strike while the iron is still hot on Doctor Stranger by releasing more promotional stills of Lee Jong Suk, Park Hae Jin and Kang So Ra this week to attract viewers’ interest. We get first glimpse into a scene where Park Hoon (Lee Jong Suk) is deep in concentration in an operation that was filmed last month Mar 23. That scene is definitely shot while Park Hoon is in North Korea. The clue is the photo frames on the wall (again, ha!). We also get to see the stills of the elite couple Han Jae Joon (Park Hae Jin) and Oh Soo Hyun (Kang So Ra).
Upcoming SBS drama Doctor Stranger starring Lee Jong Suk and Park Hae Jin has released its first teaser trailer and must say, I did not expect to see it so soon. It doesn’t show much on the plot but cinematography-wise like I had expected, looks good. However, these teasers can be misleading so I’ll reserve from expecting too much for now. Continue reading
First glimpse into the newly released stills of the genius doctor Park Hoon – portrayed by Lee Jong Suk in the upcoming SBS Mon-Tue drama, Doctor Stranger. Anddddd it’s looking promising! The picture has captured a really good shot of Lee Jong Suk’s eyes as I interpreted it as him deep in his character and giving someone a cold, icy and heartless glance. The picture also shows Jong Suk giving off an extraordinary yet charming aura around him.
The information I gathered is that Park Hoon was originally born a South Korean but due to some circumstances, he and his father were captured to North Korea so he was raised there. His father is also a doctor and trained his son to become one. Park Hoon used to be the finest doctor with the best surgical capabilities at a research health institute in North Korea. In order to find his first love, Park Hoon does everything he can as long as he is offered with a lonesome of money (there had better be a good conflict and reasoning for this loveline or else it would end up being unconvincing and weak).
The first script reading stills that was held back in February 11 of upcoming SBS Mon – Tues drama, Doctor Stranger is released today. This sure comes out really late and almost gave me a heart attack at first glance because Lee Jong Suk is blonde and my initial reaction is: again?! Then I breathe a sigh of relief that this was taken almost two months ago. *Phew*
From the pictures, we see the main leads – Lee Jong Suk (I Hear Your Voice), Park Hae Jin (My Love From The Stars), Kang So Ra (Ugly Alert, Dream High 2) with experienced supporting casts Cheon Ho Jin (City Hunter), Jeon Kuk Hwan (Empress Ki), Kim Yong Geon (Master’s Sun), Choi Jung Woo (City Hunter, Master’s Sun), little child actors Goo Seung Hyun (I Hear Your Voice) and Kim Ji Young (Vampire Prosecutor 2) etc. actively participating in their first meeting. The meeting lasted for four hours without the actors showing fatigue and were deeply immersed in script reading.
Kim Woo Bin is seriously sweeping the market as the new favourite face for endorsement in Korea! This time he’s the model for clothing apparel brand – Giordano. For a moment there I thought the woman beside him is his girlfriend. It really frustrates me that all Woo Bin’s photoshoot are this good and prompts me to feel guilty if I don’t post them up! > <” So yeah, here it is and there is more later from another brand. Seriously dude, I’ll get sick of you soon if you keep appearing before my eyes non-stop.
Lee Jong Suk‘s agency Wellmade STARM has finally confirmed that Lee Jong Suk will join Park Hae Jin as the casts of Monday-Tuesday SBS TV drama, Doctor Stranger. The drama is slotted to air after Lee Bo Young’s drama, The God’s Gift – 14 Days.
Lee Jong Suk and Park Bo Young are the cover faces for magazine CINE 21 in the February issue, they are united together to promote for their latest release movie – Hot Blooded Youth. I heard that the movie has been doing really well in Korea so bravo and congratulations to the both of them! I’ll be sure to check them out myself.