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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 3.59 of 5 by 1067 users
total users 1913
rating 3827
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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jihye 16 Jun, 2014
Still a bit confused in some parts but I'm in love for this
In the last episode I wanted beat Hoon but at the final scene
I forgave him. For me it isn't boring at all, it's very interesting
limenora 14 Jun, 2014
Wow, I'm suprised that most of you guys find it unrealistic, and a bit boring... I don't. For me it's a masterpiece so far. It's sooo good. It has great balance of medical stuff and romantical stuff.
I haven't been bored so far, and I really like this secretive storyline.
The medical stuff seems more realistic than in other medical kdramas for me.

I can't wait for the next episode. :D
deformedchrist 12 Jun, 2014
hahaha you guys are so crazy! this drama is great! ;-) I need the new episode !!! (13)
zer0taku 11 Jun, 2014
The last two episodes still didn't quite seem as great but they were more enjoyable than the other episodes recently. The only problem is I'm not sure I'd want to be a patient there now...

Doctors: *Cause injury and blood pours out* Omg we have to stop the bleeding!
Patient: *Bleeding*
Doctors: *Look around and then stare at Hoon for a while then a bit of small talk*
Patient: *Bleeding bleeding bleeding*
Doctors: *Casually stare up for a while like nothing's going on*
kiyoshi 08 Jun, 2014
I'm at ep 10 and I find this drama so boring.......
thefreak 08 Jun, 2014
This is turning slightly ridiculous (= unrealistic).
How come no one has noticed Agent Cha in the hospital??!! I mean, you're not a doctor just by wearing a white gown - seriously!
And I thought an operating room is a sterile environment; doesn't seem to be the case in Myeong Woo hospital....

Someone please return the old Hoon-ah! Q__Q I don't want that lovesick fool we have to endure now...
zetacmt 08 Jun, 2014
@stellybish @zer0taku
At this point of the drama, I feel like there is no plot to build on and nothing to really look forward to because the show is so secretive. Like there's two many vague plots and not really any actual story. Each episode passes by and nothing really changes. Like you know when a drama is so secretive and not revealing anything it kinda gets boring and repetitive? Like going in circles...
This is what I mean by secretive (way too many of them):
1. Choi and Seung Hee's mission
a. relationship with the Prime Minister (both)
b. Seung Hee's relationship with the Prime Minister when she revealed her true identity
2. Jae Joon's revenge plan
a. relationship with the bald nurse guy
b. relationship with the Chinese guy
3. Seung Hee and Jae Hee identity crisis
4. Prime Minister's plans for Hoon
a. relationship with the bald nurse guy

I see what you guys mean by that Seung Hee might not actually be Jae Hee and it's just a plot twist to throw us off. But I think it is Jae Hee because the part where Choi was going to shoot Hoon, Jae Hee instinctively pulled Hoon away and saved him. And if my memory doesn't fail me... didn't the Choi guy say to Seung Hee that although Hoon knows that she's Jae Hee she must continue to pretend to be Seung Hee? It's possible that Seung Hee and Jae Hee are actually two different people but I think by now (aka midpoint of the drama) there would be more info on Jae Hee in North Korea if Seung Hee was not her.

If not, then there's still room for the Hoon and Soo Hyun ship to sail. LOL, I actually like that love line, they're cute together.
zer0taku 07 Jun, 2014
It was one of the shows I looked forward to most, but it has been feeling a bit week recently. Hopefully that'll change. As for Jae Hee, I have been wondering still if she is fake after all...

I could be wrong but in an earlier episode when she was watching Hoon's Jae Hee video, if that was the real one, it seemed like the current one was trying to say "Hoon" how it was being said in the video. Unless the real one is dead and the fake one helps Hoon get over her, but then again Choe seemed to think Jae Hee was still alive in North Korea...