Okay, so I made a mini post about this series after 4 episodes and now the series is over. As I said previously, this show had me addicted from the beginning and it never stopped being addictive. Every episode was wonderful. The story line is truly amazing and brilliant. The character personalities were also amazing and each actor played their parts to the mark, especially the annoying doctor, even until the final 8 or 6 episodes, then she got better to me. For Lee Min Ho’s first historical, I’d say he plays it really well and I hope to see him in more historical dramas. Even the clothing they were was awesome. I liked the fact that they had Choi Young change outfits when he changed his thinking. I can’t say for sure that I liked the ending, but I’m happy it was a crappy ending. I would’ve raised hell, like seriously. So this was worth watching and even worth buying on dvd to me. Eventually.
The title Shin-eui, means faith, as in belief in justice. But in Hangul it also means divine healer or great doctor, a pun on “god” + “medicine”, as a play on the medical and the fantastical, two major elements of the world. It’s a re-imagining of a what-if version of history, potentially changed on a massive scale by the actions of two individuals. The taglines for the show: “Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet.” It’s described as the epic story of those that will shape a king and change the course of fate.
In the mid-1300s, approximately 1351, Choi Young is a bodyguard to King Gongmin of the Goryeo Dynasty. He’s 29 years old and has no regrets in life, no ambition for women or money, and whose hobby is sleeping. Because he lives a life of no regret and gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior, he’s not afraid of death. He is a brave general of the Woodalchi warriors and loyal to the king. Choi Young believes that people who do not fear death need not spin their wheels scheming, so he takes that to the extreme — he’s a warrior who doesn’t strategize, so much as attack everything head-on. If he happens to succeed, great; if he fails and dies, so be it.
Yoo Eun-soo is a 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. She was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day a strange man she thinks is dressed as a drama extra kidnaps her… and takes her back to the Goryeo era. In Goryeo, she is believed to be the apprentice of the famous Chinese surgeon, Hua Tuo and from heaven. Their love story spans centuries but also warring beliefs.
- Lee Min-ho – General Choi Young
- Kim Hee-sun – Yoo Eun-soo
- Yoo Oh-sung – Ki Chul
- Ryu Deok-hwan – King Gongmin
- Park Se-yong – Queen Noguk
- Phillip Lee – Jang Bin
- Sung Hoon – Chun Eum-ja
- Shin Eun-jung – Hwasuin
- Lee Byung-joon – Jo Il-shin
- Kim pin-bath – court lady Choi
- Park Sangi-nondi – Sohn Yoo
- Baek Kwang-doo – Bae Choong-seok
- Kim puka-mun – Oh Dae-man
- Kang Chang-mook – Deol-bae
- Yoon puk-sang – Deok-man
- Kim Soo-puk – Deo-ki
- Jung Yoo-chan – Joo Seok
- Kwon Min – Ahn Do-chi
- Ahn Jae-wook – Eun-soo’s doctor ex-boyfriend (cameo, ep 1)
- Oh Kwang-rok – fortune teller (cameo, ep 1)
- Choi Min-soo – leader of Jeokwoldae (cameo, ep 4)