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K-Drama: 신의 (Faith)


SBS 2012 Fantasy Drama

Begins Monday, September 24, 2012. Mon–Tues. from 9:15p–10:30p. Station LA18.1

(Replaces: The Chaser)

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Title: 신의 (信義) / Shineui
Also known as: The Great Doctor (神醫)
Genre: Historical, romance, time travel, fantasy
Episodes: 24
Director: Kim Jong Hak
Screenwriter: Song Ji Na
Homepages: SBS (Korean); DramaWiki; AsianWiki

Synopsis (DramaWiki)

This drama shows the romance between a warrior from the ancient times and a female doctor from the modern times, their love transcending time and space. It will also tell the story about the process of making a true king. --HanCinema

Cast and Characters

    Lee Min Ho as Choi Young
    Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo
    Yoo Oh Sung as Gi Cheol
    Lee Philip as Jang Bin
    Ryu Duk Hwan as King Gong Min
    Park Se Young as Princess Nogook
    Sung Hoon as Chun Eum Ja
    Shin Eun Jung as Hwa Soo In
    Lee Byung Joon as Jo Il Sin
    Baek Gwang Doo (백광두) as Baek Choong Suk
    Kim Jong Moon (김종문) as Oh Dae Man
    Jung Yoo Chan (정유찬) as Joo Suk
    Kang Chang Mook (강창묵) as Deol Bae
    Yoon Kyun Sang (윤균상) as Deok Man
    Kim Soo Yun as Deo Gi
    Kim Mi Kyung as Court lady Choi
    Kwon Min as Ahn Do Chi
    Ahn Jae Wook as Eun-Soo's ex-boyfriend (ep.1)


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Re: K-Drama: 신의 (Faith)


The Time Traveling bandwagon of K-Drama continues this year - Rooftop Prince, Queen InHyun's Man, Dr. Jin, etc.. - and now Faith.

This is from the Director (as well as the writer) of the fabled Sandglass, and same Director of The Legend.

Like Bridal Mask, this is getting a huge, huge amount of hype and buzz in the English viewer sphere. Although in Korea, ratings are somewhat disappointing (with the three networks almost tied, with MBC's Golden Time in the lead) given the big budget of this series.

This almost looks like a live adaptation of Anime, with the really stylized and some androgynous looking characters... some really weird looking get-ups though, like Yu Oh-Seong in the white robe with really huge and goofy collar.... then there's this...

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The trailer looks good though, at least in terms of it showing that it's a bigger than the average K-Drama budget production. While this will be strictly fantasy, hopefully it's not too over the top or silly as that still shot above suggests.




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Upon seeing the 1st episode, I honestly thought it was a historical drama (the k-drama genre that HATE with a passion), but because it stars Lee Min Ho, my favorite actor, I decided to give this one a try. It wasn't too bad at the beginning, but you could only imagine my joy once he went into the future and I found out there and then that this was a time drama, like Rooftop Prince emoticon

Honestly, the funniest part for me was when the protagonist women said that she could only treat the Queen's cut if she saw it herself, and Min Ho proceeded to slice the guard on the neck; me and my dark humor xD Like Rooftop Prince, it was really entertaining to see how he dealt with traffic in his first ever contact with traffic/cars, and dealing with the time differences in general. I found the electricity and magic stuff silly, like something out of a Fantasy C-Drama, but had a good laugh when I found out that he knew magic xD

I thought the time portal disappeared once Min Ho went to the future, so I was suspecting that he was going to be stuck in the present like Rooftop Prince, but glad that I was wrong and there'd be no repetition since the portal appeared again. Great 1st episode; can't wait to see them go back in time.

& yes SupeRookie my thoughts exactly about the Anime adaption, and laughed at the white haired anime character when I 1st saw him in the opening credits xD Oh the fun you get out of a drama when you know very little about it beforehand.

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I'm neutral on the first episode of Dr. JIN-ette emoticon ... er I mean, Faith.

Right now it seems like the networks are totally losing out to the cable stations in this vein of genre (appealing to females in the teens to thirties demographic) like (Rooftop Prince, Dr. Jin, Faith)... vs. for example, the much better, and universally acclaimed tvN offering of Queen In Hyun's Man. Rooftop Prince, Dr. Jin and Faith seem to be spending a lot of their budget on paying for more well known actors/actresses... but the content on the other hand suffers. Queen In Hyun's Man is much more modest in budget with less big time stars, but has the content and looks to shine. The same problem happened with Love Rain, maybe if they spent more of the budget on the actual show, the writing, and production, instead of spending most of the money on a popular actor/actress, the series would be better.

As far as Faith - There are some interesting concepts and historical borrowings, but it's so far diluted and mangled with the Records of the Three Kingdoms, as some basis of a connection to the 1000 years into the future, at around the year 1300, into the real thick of the series then with the whole time traveling aspect to bring back a Doctor... that the historical basis is better left forgotten at this point - It's window dressing at best for the intended audience most likely, so it probably doesn't matter what the content basis is.

Like Dr. Jin, a doctor from the future will save what can't be done in the past. While the production values in this one are significantly better, so far there's not much substance to this one; Dr. Jin highly flawed as it is, and at times melodramatic cheese, at least had those cerebral moments, moments of substance and intellectual wonder. I suspect Faith will be more like the summer blockbuster movies, lots of spectacle, but not much underneath. Still, it's only the first episode so I'm going to give it a chance to develop.

So far I'm finding a hard time caring about anything in the series, the characters or what took place. There were some cool moments to show the high budget flair of the series, like the initial action scene with the attack on the King and Princess, as well as when Choi Young (Lee Min Ho) used his energy attack that was akin to Dragon Ball's Kamehameha, but after that flash in the pan... I'm left wanting on whatever else happened in this episode.

The ending was pretty underwhelming, CY flicks a stick at his subordinate while half asleep to demonstrate his combat superiority that he can handle his subordinate without even trying. Understood. However, from a presentation standpoint, that's all? It was incredibly mundane. Not sure what that final scene showed that would encourage viewers to watch the next episode. Nothing apparently, given the second episode ratings dropped in Korea vs the first episode.

A few good and bad, and a lot of so-so. I'll give this several episodes before forming a more solid judgement though. Hoping it gets better...


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Yes, I thought the ending was also sort of bad with Choi young merely flicking a stick at his subordinate half asleep, followed by epic music xD I was like, "wait, that's it?" It would have been better if they did the rewind a bit earlier and ended with the intense staredown between Choi Young and the women in front of the portal; that scene got chills down my spine :3

Even though I'm a HUGE fan of action K-Dramas, I found it ironic that the comedy is what stood out most about this series.

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EnigmaXII, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when they get back into the past, since the bad guys are there, hopefully some action scenes will help pick things up.

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After watching Ep. 1, I preferred the second half to the first. There wasn't a whole lot of substance in the first episode, but let's see where it goes from here.

What I like so far.... Lee Min Ho is the most interesting—and I'm not a big fan of his. I like him cast in this role, however. I do like the supernatural effects—the energy from his hands, the whirling hole through time. I also like seeing him as a serious warrior dealing with life in Seoul 2012. It's a nice change from the other time travelers and the comedic way they've been handled in previous dramas.

It's probably a good thing that I haven't watched anime or get caught up in the historical accuracies of historical dramas. This way, what I'm seeing is fresh and I have nothing with which to compare and be unhappy. I can just watch this one as a standalone story. If it's interesting, I'll like it. If it's not, then it's just another boring dud.

I was very surprised to see Ahn Jae-Wook in the elevator during the flashback to the 10 days prior in Yoo Eun-Soo's life. Wasn't expecting that one!
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Does anyone know where I could watch Episode 1 of this?


Edit: Removed site reference. Please see the post below. Thanks. -SuperRookie

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Kittypaws,

Was there a Ahn Jae-Wook bat sign in the sky? emoticon Yep, as nchristi mentioned above, he has a brief cameo in the first episode!

That site has been shut down for copyright violation. We have stuck thread in the C-Drama, J-Drama, K-Drama forums with a brief rundown of what's going on, including an announcement thread with more info about it and our new policy as a forum: http://bcjkdramasincalifornia.runboard.com/t169776

If anyone has any questions about that or the new policy, please feel free to post in the above link to our announcement thread for this.

Faith can be viewed through DramaFever: http://www.dramafever.com/drama/4123/1/Faith/

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Thank you, SuperRookie. You can take those links off now if you need to. . .I don't know if putting them in violates the new policy, but wouldn't want you to get in trouble. I got Faith, and also made note of the other places we can find dramas. Really appreciate it.
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