Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is off to a flying start and I’m hooked. The main characters are deliciously unique and layered, with Han Seok Kyu pulling an intellectually charismatic turn as a maverick but genius doctor languishing with delight in a country hospital. It struck me again how “Japanese medical drama” this feels with the emergency scene featuring the medical team trying to save a man impaled with a metal rod. I loved the first two episodes: the straight-talking medical protégé with a giant chip on his shoulder Kang Dong Joo (Yoo Yeon Seok); the sassy Yoon Seo Jung (Seo Hyun Jin)hounded by personal demons; and our rogue hero Kim Sa Bu. The writer has deftly shown how the main characters are intertwined and it makes a very sound foundation for the story. I hope the nifty pace, fluid storytelling and sleek directing holds and stays throughout.
The drama also boasted in its first episode the hottest, most sensual kissing scene on a mainstream network since Kim Tae Hee and Yoo Ah In in Jang Ok Jung: Live for Love. Seo Hyun Jin and Yoo Yeon Seok did wonderfully despite the fact I’m pretty certain it was awkward for them both to feel a kissing scene so early into the drama. The feel was just perfect, infused with a sense of off-kilter rawness that was delicately steamy. LOVE.
Yoo Yeon Seok utilises his simple, boy-next-door charm to the fullest and gotta admit he has sprouted the most honest lines I’ve heard in awhile. It’s so refreshing to have a drama hero so aware if his feelings from the start. When Dong Joo accosts Seo Jung after a tension-filled surgery, she calls him crazy and he replies,” Why can’t I be crazy over you?” They end up making out against a dreamy, filtered background.
After their steamy kiss, they meet again outside the hospital and he confesses candidly, “I saw how awesome you were then (he is referring to the earlier scene where she saved the man pierced by a rod). I want to date you. I want to sleep with you.” Seo Jung is understandably flustered as she rants she is in a serious relationship – but Dong Joo doesn’t seem to hear her. He continues, “I like you, Sunbae. I want to sleep with you.” It’s the practical, nerveless yet sincere way he executes the words that makes Dong Joo an attractive character from the start. But his fearless intensity erodes as he works his up way as a doctor, with the crushing realisation that the world ain’t fair.
Seo Jung has to overcome her own demons from the past and Seo Hyun Jin is such a bundle of quivering emotion that her character is instantly relatable. Han Seok Kyu is every bit the part of the mysterious doctor, Kim Sa Bu. The three main characters all finally come together in the tiny country hospital with the quirkiest staff and I can’t wait to see what else unfolds…