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  • 2014
  • TV
  • Korea

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romanized doctor ibangin
english Doctor Stranger
literal Doctor Barbarian
aka doctor foreigner, dakteo ibangin


genres drama, romance, medical


language Korean


country Korea
type real
format TV
network SBS


date 05 May, 2014 - 08 Jul, 2014
episodes 20
duration 75 minutes
air day Monday, Tuesday
at 22:00 - 23:15
status released


avg. score 3.58 of 5 by 1069 users
total users 1916
rating 3832
favorites 56



In order to stop a war from occurring between North Korea and America, Park Hun and his father--a famed heart surgeon--are forced to North Korea. There Hun is trained by his father to be a doctor. He also falls in love with Song Jae Hui, a girl he believes to be the love of his life.

In a crazed turn of events Jae Hui is taken away from Hun, and he is taken to a North Korean facility where he furthers his abilities as a doctor and surgeon. When he finds Jae Hui, he saves her life only to have her torn away from him again-- just as he finds sanctuary in South Korea.

Hun works as a 'doctor' in South Korea. He performs a life saving surgery in a top hospital where he also manages to see a woman who looks exactly like Jae Hui. In order to make money, and bring Jae Hui to South Korea, he takes a job at Myeongu University Hospital.




Park Hun
Han Jae Jun
O Su Hyeon
Song Jae Hui
Lee Chang I
Jang Seok Ju


singer, composer


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20 Jul, 2014
The first thing I have to address in a review is the ending...because I loved it so much. I don't have one standard ending that I like to see with dramas, I just want to see one that is appropriate to that specific series, that's with that I couldn't be any happier.

Now as for the storyline...I loved it. I know there are reviews and comments around about how it's choppy or bad and it falls off...and seriously, I just shake my head at that because I realize while reading some of those comments that people really just wanted to see things unfold to suit them, and when that didn't happen exactly - they got fed up. Lol, if you want something like that you need to create your own story and have it televised.

There is nothing I would have changed about this story. It unfolded really well, and as far as how things developed....every single action made sense if not right away, then at some point later. If there is some confusion, its because the writers wanted you to be that way...its not because there is a fault with how things unfold.

Character wise...loved them all as well. From the adorable Park Hun to the disgusting Jang Seok Ju. They were all pretty well developed, not the least bit choppy. Most of ALL, EVERYONE was consistent. And when I say this I don't mean with sides to choose or anything but that for instance Hoon is not a fickle person and no matter what is thrown at him or how he deals with it.....he's not going to suddenly change character in order to do so and leave the viewers feeling as if they stumbled onto another drama. This can be said about every character and I loved it.

Actor wise, they all did darn good jobs, everyone. I'm so happy to see Park Hae Jin and Seok together especially. Then Gang So Ra and Jin Se Yeon who has really improved a lot. Bo Ra too did a job that was very suitable for the character she was given, as did everyone else.

This is a series that has a mind of its own. Its not going to unfold the way you always want it to, it doesn't carter to "popular opinion" THANK GOODNESS. I think its a real gem. Every single element is explained when its necessary to be so, everything falls in place in some way. I loved every episode.
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19 May, 2014
Both series involve doctors who are above average in the way they perform surgeries (i.e. they can visualize the anatomy of a person and know how the surgery should be performed). Though Good Doctor is more light-hearted, both series have doctors who face adversity in the pursuit of becoming a doctor.


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bluediamonds 12 Nov, 2014
So, after finishing the drama and after leaving two comments agreeing with two diffrent opinions(it was before finishing it - i didn't know and after finishing it - i knew then) i decided to leave my comment here too.

First this drama,it really did start as a masterpiece, i was super excited that for once it had different plot from the usual stuff but then things started taking the wrong turn and i was kinda started loosing my excitement. I kept on watching it out of curiousity and because of lee jongsuk - who was amazing by the way :3 , i really wanted to know where it headed too.

There were many things that bothered me for example
Jae Hee never died,was she a cat or something? How could she survive all that she's been through? or Cha Jin Soo, he suffered a lot too but also never died.

Also,Jae Hee, was annoying! Really really annoying. I really hated her character. There were times where i also hated Hoon too
because the thing he had with Jae Hee was not love, anymore. He was obsessed with her! He was like i love her and only her and i'll die with her and blah.
I was like stop we get it.

To sum up: there were many unnecessary things on this drama,so much blah blah and so much hatred. I felt that in some parts
with the competition thing for example
it was so try hard, like the screenwriter couldn't thing of something "easier" to put there and if this hadn't gone so far, then the drama also wouldn't have had 20 episodes which might had been the best.

Anyway,in the end i loved the direction, how things looked (in the medical area) pretty realistic and the actors.
I gave it a 3/5 just for this and the North Korea thing in the beginning.
bluediamonds 12 Nov, 2014
@himitsux33 Oh my god, your comment cracked me up. I agree to everything you said but i'm going to write my opinion too here cause i was dyinggggg so many days. XD
bluediamonds 07 Nov, 2014
@somiboo I totally agree with your comment. I'm enjoying every single episode and actor for the time. I love it and i hope it gets better & better~
sotiffany 29 Sep, 2014
@himitsux33 Amen Amen I'm telling you. And just as thefreak, your first sentence summed everything up perfectly.
xdsmile 13 Aug, 2014
I can't even count how many times they pointed guns in hun's head :O
himitsux33 23 Jul, 2014
@thefreak LOL I'm glad you liked it
thefreak 23 Jul, 2014
@himitsux33 Yeah, because your first sentence already got me hooked and I was all like: "Preach that sister!" *lol*
himitsux33 23 Jul, 2014
@thefreak wow, someone actually took some time to read my rant. Thanks.

oh, and RIP Doctor Stranger