Healer || Review ๐Ÿ’ป

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Healer (2014/15) is a drama I have been meaning to watch for years and I’ve finally done it! It’s part of my Valentineโ€™s Rom-Com Watchlist โ™ฅ and thankfully my brain is back into Kdrama’s this September!

Healer aired from December 2014 to early February 2015 on KBS2. It filled the Monday-Tuesday 10pm slot for 20 episodes (each an 1hr long).

Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook) is a man who just wants enough money to buy a private island in the South Pacific. He does this by being “Healer”, a person who will do a job (no matter the law) for the right price. His life gets turned upside down when he takes a job from top journalist Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Jitae). Along with internet reporter Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young) they learn the truth about their pasts and triumph in the present. Moon Ho is able to go through the healing process of making things right for the two children that suffered because of his family.

Healer took a while to actually pick up – plot wise – but once it did I found myself very interested and having fun. The main part I loved the most was the past timeline and how that all played out. I think they did well with interspersing the past into the story and what the current repercussions are.

The characters are what mostly drives this drama, as there were large plot lines that didn’t really go anywhere (like what happened to the actress?? She just disappeared!). Jung Hoo took a while for me to like because he didn’t seem to have much of a personality in the beginning… and when he became Bong Soo, boy that idiot has my whole heart ๐Ÿ˜‚ And then through his relationships with those around him he grew on me as himself.

From the get go I really liked Young Shin (although I hate her job… I don’t like gossip reporters when it comes to people’s private lives ie. relationships) โ™ฅ I loved her perseverance, her kindness and spirit. She is also hilarious! Whenever she danced when she was nervous or upset was perfection! I don’t know how Park Min Young was able to keep a straight face!

Park Min Young’s acting is very natural and I do think that ChangWook is a good actor (he’s just sadly not been picking the best of roles – we aren’t even going to consider the problematic mess that is Backstreet Rookie). Their chemistry together was also wonderful and the way that Young Shin questioned his actions, but always trusted him was honestly refreshing. There was some doubt, but it was short lived and the pair built a lot of their relationship on respect and assurance that the other wouldn’t fail them. Also clingy Jung Hoo was both adorable and annoying ๐Ÿ˜‚

Other characters I loved where MinJa Ahjumma (Kim Mi Kyung). This character was hilarious and super well acted, but she was also thoughtful and concerned in her own way. She truly came alive in the second half of the drama and I loved her inclusion. I enjoyed Moon Ho, even though he sometimes felt a bit boring. His sense of justice was always sure and I enjoyed that.

As for the “villain”, Kim Moon Shik (Park Sang Won) was so interesting. I didn’t really care about the Elder, he was whatever, but Moon Shik was so multi-faceted. At first I straight up disliked him, but over time I was unsure of how I actually felt. He was a bad person, but his feelings for Choi Myung Hee (Do Ji Won) and how we left him in the end was rather pitiful. I’m probably not explaining it well – if you’ve watched Healer, what are your thoughts on Moon Shik?

There are lots of other characters I liked – ie. Young Shin’s dad (Park Sang Myeon), Kang Daeyong (Taemi) and the loser that is Lee Jong Soo (Jang Sung Bum). And for the most part the acting was great! What was less great was the editing… This was more evident in the beginning of the drama. The effects were awkward and outdated (potentially this is because of the year and/or the budget). However, it did get better and the technology and hacking side was pretty decent in general.

What was not decent was that 80’s power ballad sounding English song (Eternal Love – Michael Learns to Rock) that made me laugh/cringe and it played at serious, but also random times! It was awful.

Overall, this drama does well with balancing the serious intense plot points with the humour. There was so many times that I was laughing and that balance is what made it most enjoyable for me. And whoever decided to cast Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young together is a genius and the amount of times I got distracted by their combined beauty was many ๐Ÿ˜


Ratings:

  • Plot: 7
  • Acting: 9
  • Production: 6
  • Enjoyment: 7

Overall Rating: 7.25/10!


Credits:

  • Written by: Song Ji Na
  • Directed by: Lee Jung Sub & Kim Jinwoo
  • Running time: 60 mins
  • Release date: 8th December 2014 โ€“ 10th February 2015
  • Network: KBS2

Have you seen Healer? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments!

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day & staying safe โ™ฅ

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25 yrs old// British// Kdrama loverโ™ฅ

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