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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


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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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stellybish 07 Jun, 2014
I agree with you. I found episodes 9 & 10 a bit weird.
I don't know where the plot is headed to and what's the point anymore...
Though... I'm still not 100% that Seung Hee is Jae Hee. But if she is... even worse!
They dropped the bomd too soon...

I really hope next week's eps will be better.
zetacmt 07 Jun, 2014
I have to agree with @bayanoh ! I didn't mind Bora's character at first but in the last two episodes I have watched (9 and 10) she's gotten really annoying! And that hyung thing she does is not cute.

Aside from Bora's character, does anyone else feel like the drama is starting to go a bit downhill from here? It's almost like there isn't much of a plot anymore and there is a bit too much focus on the side characters, you almost lose track of who the actual main characters are (Park Hoon and Jae Hee imo).
I feel like now that Hoon knows that Seung Hee is Jae Hee there isn't much to build from there for the next 10 episodes. His doctor career is thrown in the dumps now that he doesn't need the money to get Jae Hee from North Korea. And Hoon doesn't seem as revenge-driven compared to Jae Joon to really continue his doctor career in order to screw over somebody from the past.
bayanoh 06 Jun, 2014
I thought that Jin SeYeon and Kang SoRa would be the most annoying thing in this drama, but I was wrong. Bo Ra is definitely the most annoying one. Sorry for Sistar's and Bora's fans, but she's definitely one of the worst idol-actresses I've ever seen. I've always thought that it's cute when females call their Male friend "hyung", but it was so annoying coming from Bora. I do not hate her or her group, I always thought that Sistar is the best girl-group out there, and I thought Bora was cute when I saw her in Running Man, so I'm sure I'm not being biased here.
rikatokato 06 Jun, 2014
@nyappychiyo me too, i feel the same way.

Each one of the character has someone that they like soo hyun have Han Jae Jun and he is really great i dont know why she started to see park hoon when she have him.

also i find park hoon and Jae Hee are great together perfect match i hope they will stay like that .
erzsy 05 Jun, 2014
@edlyn I totally agree with you!
Actually with my heart I wish Park Hoon find Jee Hee, but what I see Park Hoon and Soo Hyun match better, and have more chemistry, it's better to watch them!!! :)
thefreak 04 Jun, 2014
I ship Park Hoon & Soo Hyun so badly [6]
edlyn 04 Jun, 2014
I ship Park Hoon & Soo Hyun so badly [5]
Even after tenth ep. Hoon-Hee couple doesn't have any chemistry...
nyappychiyo 01 Jun, 2014
I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't like Hoon with Soo Hyun at all.