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Doctor Stranger (2014)

The Sh'Pill:

When a young South Korean surgeon is involuntarily relocated to North Korea for a high stakes, life or death surgical competition, rising to the occasion can mean more than a win for the patient at stake- it can also mean death for the doctor who loses.

The Pharma 5 Watch Guide!

Best Time To Watch:

There are many moving parts that may be a bit too dark for the dark of night. Try this as an afternoon watch – or maybe even a lazy Sunday morning.

Prescribed For:

Although I watched this as a newbie, I understood it as a veteran watcher. New Kdrama watchers may not understand totally what is happening the first time around.

Side Effects:

My desire to be a doctor is always piqued after watching this compelling drama. Can’t just be me who has these thoughts, right? No? Regardless of whether or not these dramas inspire you to pursue a career in medicine, you’ll be captivated and entertained while you watch them.

Cast & Chemistry:

Lee Jong Suk, as Park Hoon, a playful, cocky doctor, who is also skilled and passionate about his work, really draws you in. His ability to evoke feelings of pain and sadness in viewers as he tries to reconnect with Jae Hee (Jin Se-yeon) is well-developed. The character demanded a lot of him, and he delivered 100 percent!

Addiction Level:

3 Pills: The story has a solid foundation and will keep your interest all the way to the end.


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This romantic medical drama stars Lee Jong-suk, as Park Hoon, a medical guru, who has been taken to North Korea. Park Hoon, a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, must complete an important task in order to save his own life. Although most scenes are far from realistic, the cast’s thrilling performance and surprising plot makes for an enjoyable watch. It’s fascinating to see how “Doctor Stranger” deals with the politics of North-South Korea relations, which adds a new layer of danger and mystery to a plot already packed with a desire for revenge, romance, and high-stakes surgery competitions. The surgical scenes in this drama are so breathtaking, they give me goosebumps! Even the supporting actors are well-balanced throughout the drama. Because of this, Doctor Stranger has been added to my list of favorite TV shows.
Hard Pill to Swallow
There are a few nitpicky issues with the plot, but nothing major. Even when the middle of the drama gets a bit tedious, Lee Jong Suk’s endearing performance will keep you engaged. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you watch this drama just once. Such an enjoyable watch… and even a fan favorite!



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Exam Results:


You can tell that a significant deal of planning and effort went into each episode’s production and presentation, to bring a portrayal of North Korea to light. The director and producer wove every second of the story with precision and care, resulting in a phenomenal drama.

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