After That Fool, Brain is a Korean series which proves that there’s no need a handsome main character to make this series interesting. But the strong story, character and dedication.


‘Brain’ is a Korean series about neurosurgery. Uniquely, the main character in this series (dr. Lee Kang Hoon) is a big head, arrogant and incomparable obnoxious neurosurgeon. Throughout the series, dr. Lee Kang Hoon is indeed a troublemaker. He came from a poor family but brilliant. He has a very high confidence, tends to be an arrogant, and also ignorance of the ‘guilt’ and ‘sorry’. His ambition to become an assistant professor and a renowned neurosurgeon in Korea make him stuck with many problems. Included with his contemporaries, dr. Seo Joon Suk and Prof. Gim Sang Cheol, the best professor of neurosurgeon in Korea.

Brain does not dwell only on doctors and disease / case, but also political in it, including the stealing of ideas and research journals. So, for an audience that does not work in the medical field, I think this series is still within normal limits 😀

The flow of this series is just like the other Korean conflict. Viewers mind were led to a point, but actually it’s just masking-effect [Tsaaaah …]. Romance? Of course there’s a romance story, but only a small part of the series. Don’t compare it to Grey’s Anatomy or House which can kiss here and there ahahaha. But still, with the Korean style, ‘slow but meaningful’ [grin]

I love the soundtracks. There’s a song that became the theme song for dr. Lee Kang Hoon and dr. Yun Ji Hye. I do not know the title, haven’t googled it yet. And there’s a sad songs sung by dr. Lee Kang Hoon. It seems entitled Sad Letter.

Since there’s an annoying lead character, it’s definitely to be better in the end, isn’t it? Ngahahaha… It seems that this kind of formula has been thrown away by the author. Doctor Lee stayed that way until the end (¬ _ ¬) Maybe you’ll be reminded of dr. House. Doctor Lee’s still a pain in the ass :))

In this series, no one is truly good or evil. There are times when the casts being sly and traitorous.  There’s even a character twist that is quite astonishing. Why people do ‘change’, there must be a background. Well… Someone’s being bad for reasons [aeeeeh…]

Shin Ha Kyun’s acting (dr. Lee Kang Hoon) deserves an award! Maybe I’m a bit too excessive, but just by looking at dr. Lee Kang Hoon, I want to run towards him and struck him with broom. He’s really good at making never-sincere-smile, furiously eyes, and sentence intonation that thousand times sounded sucks. And we would have memorized his gesture in calling someone.

Jung Jin Young’ acting as Prof. Gim Sang Cheol is gorgeous also. Portraying a character who changes in a few seconds is difficult. But you can see how changes in Jung Jin Young eyes can occur dramatically. Salut.

Overall, the Brain series is worth to be watched. If you like New Heart, you might like Brain too. Dr. Lee’s spirit really have to be imitated! In the good context, always optimistic and confident, but do not be arrogant.

“What do we call the area where these complicated feelings reside? It’s called heart. And your heart is located on your hippocampus. Your thoughts, memories, likes, jealousies, hatred… All your feelings are transmitted from hippocampus, part of your brain.“

After watched this series, one time, I would like to do the PET-scan of my head, then look at the colors of love in it ♥ #LovesInTheAir

head scan

Actually, I haven’t watched this until it ends anyway. But it seems there’s a happy ending. Okay. This is my short review. Thank you for reading ♥


Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Kang Hoon
Choi Jung Won as Yoon Ji Hye
Jung Jin Young as Kim Sang Chul
Jo Dong Hyuk as Seo Joon Suk

Supporting Cast

Lee Sung Min as Go Jae Hak
Ban Hyo Jung as Hwang Young Sun
Park Cheol Ho as Park In Bum
Im Ji Eun as Hong Eun Sook
Jo Soo Min as Im Hyun Jung
Kwak Seung Nam as Yang Bum Joon
Shim Hyung Tak as Jo Dae Sik
Kwon Se In as Yeo Bong Goo
Kim Soo Hyun as Jang Yoo Jin
Song Ok Sook as Kim Soon Im
Kim Ga Eun as Lee Ha Young
Kang Ye Seo as Choi Ryu Bi
Lee Seung Joo (이승주) as Dong Seung Man
Lee Hyun Woo as Park Dong Hwa (cameo)

Production Credit

Director: Yoo Hyun Ki, Song Hyun Wook
Screenwriter: Yoon Kyung Ah
Producer: CJ E&M Corporation


2011 KBS Drama Awards: Daesang (Shin Ha Kyun)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Awards, Actor (Miniseries, Jung Jin Young)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Awards (Shin Ha Kyun & Choi Jung Won)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Award (Shin Ha Kyun)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Award (Choi Jung Won)

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