Doctor Stranger (2014)

The SHORT 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.

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Best Time To Watch:

Anyone who needs a little extra motivation before surgery or just wants to see how actual surgeries are done can check out this drama at any time of day or night. Avoid seeing it right before going to bed if you want to avoid having a bad dream.

Prescribed For:

A must-see for Lee Jung Suk fans and anyone who likes dramas about doctors in general. It’s a must-see for anyone thinking about going into medicine because it’ll give you some great insight.

Love And Romance:

One of the story’s most endearing elements is the relationship between the lead characters. Most people can’t understand their connection because it’s so simple, sincere, and genuine. Their relationship is free of any social constraints; they’re just two free spirits who enjoy teasing and being there for one another. It’s a strange and peculiar relationship that attracts attention and is the most fabulous ever.

Cast Chemistry:

Lee Jong Suk plays Park Hoon as a playful, cocky doctor who is also skilled and passionate about his work. 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. I can attest to Lee Jong Suk’s ability to consistently exceed expectations. Because the character he played demanded a lot of him, 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:


The portrayal of North Korea was accurate throughout. A significant deal of planning and effort went into each episode’s production and presentation. The director and producer have woven every second of the story with care and precision, resulting in a phenomenal drama.

Side Effects:

My desire to be a doctor is always piqued after watching a compelling medical drama on television. That doesn’t seem to be the case for anyone else. No? Who else has these thoughts? 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.

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