Seo Jeong Hu, also known as 'Healer', is something like an errand boy. He would do anything from stealing to delivering things -- anything aside from murder. Chae Yeong Sin was adopted when she was little and her dream is to be a a reporter who always reveals the truth, much like her reporter idol, Kim Mun Ho, who is a famous reporter loved by the people and hated by the higher ups whose truth he always reveals.
Kim Mun Ho hires the Healer to find an adopted missing girl. As the three of get involved with each other, their pasts that connect them come to light.
Healer is a show that proves that when the trifecta of a show (acting, directing and story) are at their best, how amazing the end result is.
The show starts off with sleek action, intrigue and characters that are slowly unraveled. The directing plays to all its ques, letting you get submersed. And with it manages to keep the show's quality, and it never loses sense of what it was when you started.
The acting is top notch, with Ji Chang Uk and Park Min Yeong showing off why they're such popular actors. This is definitely Chang Uk's best role to date and Yu Ji Tae proves why he's a leading actor.
And the plot is amazing. The story zooms along, never losing it's pace but never missing the emotional beats. And there are twists galore, enough to keep things interesting without proving to require the viewer to jump through mental hoops to keep up. Misunderstandings are resolved by people talking to each other, can all the angst be resolved by blankly saying a sentence to someone? Then that sentence will be said by the end of the episode, which is frankly refreshing and also allows for the plot to move along, never letting it get bogged down. Secrets are kept when necessary and told when not.
Healer is a must watch not only for fans of action but also for the general drama watcher who wants something to remind them of why they keep watching.
Both are about news reporters seeking the truth and feature strong female leads (stronger in healer). Secondary characters play a prominent role in both. Male lead character development as well as the plot in general is deeper and more interesting in healer however.