Joo Won to star as a doctor (again) for SBS drama ‘Yong-pal’ opposite Kim Tae Hee

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It’s really surprising that after spending almost 4 years in dramaland, I haven’t seen any Joo Won drama to date. His last few works (Level 7 Civil Servant, Good Doctor, Cantabile Tomorrow) were totally unappealing to me and I didn’t get time or mood to watch Bridal Mask, one of his best dramas. Well, he is soon making a comeback with SBS drama Yong-pal, where he is again playing a doctor but the story and his character are as different from Good Doctor as day and night. The show comes from the director of God’s Gift 14 Days, which is reason enough for me to check this out as if we delete the ending of that show, then it’s next to awesomeness, with a fast pace and clarity even if the plot was as complex as a spider web. Anyway, Yong-pal is about a talented doctor (we don’t have any other types, just for the record) who wants to earn more and more money because he has a sister who is sick and needs regular and expensive dialysis treatment. So he starts making house calls to people who can’t visit hospitals, presumably for shady reasons. Kim Tae Hee plays a rich chaebol heiress who is engulfed in mystery and obviously will meet Joo Won when he visits her home. This pairing is surely unexpected but fresh. I really want this drama to be more thrilling than melo or simple medical-episodic show. Also starring is Chae Jung Ahn who will play sister-in-law to Kim Tae Hee and will have a conflicting relationship with her. Interestingly, this is one drama where I have not seen any of the leads’ previous works but I’m well familiar with supporting lead. I really liked Chae Jung Ahn in Coffee Prince and Prime Minister And I. Yong-pal will be written by a new writer and is slated for an August premiere following Mask in the Wednesday-Thursday slot. (And as I have mentioned Mask, I want to inform the readers that the recaps will be posted a bit late this week)


9 thoughts on “Joo Won to star as a doctor (again) for SBS drama ‘Yong-pal’ opposite Kim Tae Hee

  1. Timescout

    Somehow this doesn’t sound very appealing but I guess I’ll at least check out the first fiew epis.

    I’m probably in the minority but I didn’t like Bridal Mask. To me his best outing is still his first in Baker King, after that he hasn’t really convinced me.

    1. snow Post author

      Really! But then it’s you, so I can understand if you didn’t like Bridal mask…haha… 😛
      Of I totally forgot about Baker King…that also starred Yoon Shi Yoon, right. How is it…worth giving a try?

      1. Timescout

        HaHa! Guess you know me and my picky ways by now. 🙂 Bridal Mask just wasn’t very well written, if you take away all Teh Pretty and audience pleasing gimmicks, there isn’t much left. The plot was rather ridiculous with resistance fighters to rival those of Capital Scandal in their stupidity and plenty of Keystone Cops, though they were The Enemy this time. You are awere who the female lead is, I suppose but acting was all over the place in general. There was also too much gratuitous violence. And then there’s the ending…

        Baker King is rather makjang, but if my memory serves me right (it’s been a while since I saw it) it’s not as bad as these type of dramas generally go. The Aaaanngst was spread pretty heavily in places but I did connect with the characters which always helps. Both Joo Won and Yoon Shi Yoon did a good job. JW’s character and the 2nd OTP ended up as the more interesting ones though. It is 30 episods mind you and does get draggy around the middle point but the ending is quite satisfying. Nice bromance too, once the boys get past the stuff that was caused by the previous generation. Loved the ‘bakery family’. 😀

        1. snow Post author

          I think I should add Baker King to my list then…looks like a fun ride. Thanks for the nice explanation for both the shows. Since it has 30 episodes, it really needs a long marathon session..I guess I’ll delay that for now 🙂
          Yeah…Bridal Mask seems to be the case where there is more style than real substance.

  2. mscrazyellie

    He played well in Good Doctor too! I think he is very convincing. I don’t like some of his work but I’m a fan so I’ll still watch out for this:)

  3. Mitta

    I have not seen any of his work but I am a sucker for doctors and chaebols so I will be checking this one out! Thanks for sharing…it wasn’t even on my radar 🙂

    1. snow Post author

      Although I’m not a fan of medical dramas, I like the premise of this one…so I’m gonna give this one a try for sure 🙂

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