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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)


SIGN (review)

This week, I was preoccupied with watching the Korean series titled ‘Sign’. As I’ve told before, I bought this DVD because the story is about forensic doctors, it seems pretty exciting. Moreover, I’ve ever watched Pathology. I was hoping this series will be a little sadistic too x))


This series consist of 20 episodes. Beginning with the murder of actress Seo Yoon-Hyung, which is the beginning of the meeting dr. Yoon Ji-Hoon and dr. Goo Da-Kyung. Doctors Yoon Ji-Hoon is one of the forensic physician in an institution of the National Forensic Service, known as a fierce doctor, idealistic and have a principle, “We solely aspire for scientific truth”. Meanwhile, Goo Da-Kyung is a general practitioner who are interested in the forensic world. This series plot is a little cliche indeed, just like the concept of Surgeon Bong Dal-He or Team Medical Dragon, a perfectionist-asocial doctor who tended to be paired with a  ’mediocre’ one. But usually, this contrary character such as will cause some chemistries 😉

Seo Yoon-Hyung case underwent hibernation. It seems that a suspect was the daughter of one of the President candidates, Kang Seo-Yeon. And director of NFS at the time, dr. Jung Byung-Do, was pushed by his partner (Dr. Lee Myung-Han) to falsify the results of the autopsy for the ‘interests of NFS’. Lee Myung-Han became the ‘enemy’ of Yoon Ji-Hoon in almost every case throughout the series. Lee Myung-Han actually is not bad people. As I said earlier, someone does something for reasons.

On his way as a forensic physician, Yoon Ji-Hoon assisted by Goo Da-Kyung, Jung Woo-Jin prosecutor and Detective Choi Yi-Han. Case by case is resolved, but Seo Yoon-Hyung case remains a mystery. This case was raised again in the middle of the episode, but failed to be solved, and at last, settled in the final episode.

The flow of this series is quite unique. I could say, this plot was imitating the flow of Sherlock Holmes, back and forth, according to the terms of what needs to be known by viewers ‘at that time’. Imagination of these medical examiners were also played well, from predicting the behavior of the suspects, until the illness that may be owned by them. Internal conflicts also showed up well on each character. That ‘a forensic doctor should eliminate subjective feelings while performing an autopsy on the bodies’ gives some conflicts in Yoon Ji-Hoon and Goo Da-Kyung while they have to deal with his own feelings.

The bodies that used in the autopsy are also very convincing. Reportedly, they spent about 120 million won to make a dummy body (approximately 950 million rupiahs). Maybe I can bring home a dummy, Seo-Hyun Yoon one, as a friend in my room x))

But alas, there should be special training in using forensic tools. Quite simply, the way Goo Da-Kyung holds a scalpel. You should hold the scalpel like holding a pen, rather like squeezing coconut milk. The hair of prosecutor Jung Woo-Jin remains intact after trepanation surgery. Or did (on the story) she use a special hair tonic? [lost focus]


In this series, all of cases rely on the new bodies (dummies). It might be more interesting if the case of drowning, fires, infanticide are also included. There was one case that focused on the importance of the time of death estimation. I would say, that maybe, it would be more complicated if they used drowning, fires and/or infanticide condition, including an estimate of whether the death occurred before or after the bodies of drowned / fire.

This series likely want to touch the romance side less than the other drama. I think, the romance part is quite sweet and romantic. Well … at least for people who are daily engaged in the world of crime, the scenes were able to make you smile. Humors in this series are also quite entertaining. There are parts that actually were predictable, but still funny without diminishing the substance of the story.

What makes this series interesting is actor Lee Myung-Han (Jeon Kwang-Leol, starring Raja Kum-Wa in the Ju Mong series) also have no doubt his acting [try to pay attention on his nose, it’s new x)) ].

The ending of this series … such an emotionally arousing. I still can’t believe, but it seems like there’s no better ending than this. I don’t need to give you spoilers, just watch! Aired in Korea in November 2010, completed in March 2011. Good rating, always enter the Top 5. Worth watching! Overall, I give my rating 4/5 for the series.

Okay. Thank you for reading my review. Happy watching!

The bodies of victims of crime may save a message for those who live, and want them to express it.”


Park Shin Yang as Yoon Ji Hoon
Kim Ah Joong as Go Da Kyung
Uhm Ji Won as Jung Woo Jin
Jung Gyu Woon as Choi Yi Han
Jun Kwang Ryul as Lee Myung Han
Song Jae Ho as Jung Byung Do
Jang Hyun Sung as Jang Min Suk
Ahn Moon Sook as Hong Sook Joo
Jung Eun Pyo as Kim Wan Tae
Im Ho Gul (임호걸) as Jang Jae Young
Moon Chun Shik as Ahn Sung Jin
Kwon Byung Gil as Goo Sung Tae
Lee Jung Hun as Joo In Hyuk
Kim Kyung Bum (김경범) as Park Tae Gyu
Jung Seung Ho as Go Kang Shik
Kim Young Sun (김영선) as Jung Eun Mo
Hwang Sun Hee as Kang Seo Yeon
Park Young Ji as Kang Joon Hyuk
Kim Eung Soo as superintendent prosecutor
Yoo Hee Jung as Mi Young
Kim Han Joon (김한준) as Kang Yong Hwa
Oh Hyun Chul as Woo Jae Won

Production Credits

Producer: Choi Moon Suk
Director: Jang Hang Joon (장항준) (1-10), Kim Young Min (김영민), Kim Hyung Sik (11-20)
Screenwriter: Kim Eun Hee, Jang Hang Joon (11-20)

Surgeon Bong Dal Hee

bong dal hee

Beberapa bulan yang lalu, saya cukup jenuh dengan kegiatan jaga-pulang-jaga-pulang-jaga-pulang. Rasanya perlu semacam distraksi. Kemudian, iseng-iseng saya mencari serial Korea yang berhubungan dengan medis. Ya setidaknya, ada sesuatu yang saya peroleh saat menikmati serial tersebut. Entah ilmu atau pemandangan aktor-aktor Korea yang menyegarkan *nyengir*

Karena di Probolinggo sangat susah mencari toko DVD, maka saya memutuskan untuk pesan via online shop. Sebenarnya cukup nekat, dalam artian saya belum pernah punya kenalan yang pernah memesan di OL-shop ini. Tapi saat membaca testimoni, saya kira cukup oke. Dan dari sekian judul, saya tertarik pada satu seri berjudul Surgeon Bong Dal Hee. Kenapa saya tertarik? Karena pemeran utamanya adalah Lee Yo Won, pemeran Seon Deok di Queen Seon Deok. Aliran yang saya yakini adalah, saat seorang aktor/aktris bermain bagus dalam sebuah film/serial, kemungkinan besar mereka akan mengalami kesuksesan yang sama. Ya walaupun ndak semua seperti itu. Seperti Johnny Depp dalam The Tourist, menurut saya tidak terlalu spektakuler. Kedua, saat googling tentang serial ini, rupanya ratingnya cukup bagus. Dan resensi yang diberikan cukup menjanjikan. Ketiga, saya lebih tertarik dengan alur cerita kedokteran dengan banyak tindakan medis, seperti Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, Team Medical Dragon, New Heart, Code Blue, dsb. Karena (menurut saya) lebih seru dan konfliknya lebih kompleks. dari ketiga alasan itu, mungkin, ndak ada salahnya jika saya memesan serial ini. Oke. Done.

Ndak sampe seminggu, pesanan saya datang. Dan setelah saya nonton semua episode, SAYA SUKA BONG DAL HEE!!! 

Sedikit spoiler. Bong Dal Hee adalah dokter umum yang bercita-cita menjadi dokter bedah thoraks (chest/dada), namun ibunya melarang karena Bong Dal Hee memiliki kelainan di jantungnya. Bong Dal Hee bukanlah dokter yang cemerlang, malah cenderung ‘bodoh’ dan sering mencelakakan pasiennya (duh!). Namun karena tekad yang kuat untuk menjadi spesialis bedah thoraks, Bong nekat pergi ke Seoul dan menjadi residen di salah satu universitas (tentunya setelah berbohong pada ibunya). 

Dalam perjalanannya menjalani residensi bedah, tentu banyak masalah. Terutama saat Bong secara tidak langsung bersalah karena menyebabkan satu pasien dengan serangan jantung meninggal. Dari situlah ia belajar. Dan semangat dr. Bong ini boleh dibilang jempolan. Dokter Bong yang sama sekali tidak mampu mendiagnosis tamponade jantung menjadi brilian dalam memasang Central Venous Catheter

Tentunya ada kisah percintaan. Menurut saya, cukup manis tanpa mempengaruhi pesan dan alur cerita. Ada dua dokter bedah dalam serial ini, yaitu Lee Geon Wook yang seorang dokter bedah umum, dan Ahn Joong Geun yang seorang dokter bedah thoraks. Dokter Lee adalah dokter yang manis dan dicintai Bong. Sedangkan dokter Ahn adalah dokter yang culas dan membenci Bong karena kebodohannya. Sepertinya sudah bisa ditebak arah percintaannya. 

Tapi saya cukup terkesan bagaimana penulis serial ini memaparkan kisah-kisah dibalik sikap setiap tokoh. Termasuk cerita-cerita pendek tentang rekan-rekan seperjuangan Bong, yaitu Jo A-ra, Park Jae Bum, dan Jang Ji Hyuk. Cukup simpel dan tidak bertele-tele.

Oke. Sekian review singkat tentang serial Surgeon Bong Dal Hee. Semoga bisa mempengaruhi orang lain untuk ikut menonton *nyengir*

Kemarin saya membeli serial Korea berjudul SIGN, tentang dokter-dokter forensik. Sepertinya bagus, pemerannya belum pernah kenal sih. Tapi ratingnya cukup menjanjikan. Semoga DVD player saya ndak ngadat. Ciao.


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