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K-Drama Time Machine: “Healer” Soothes With Impressive Romantic Story Powered By Ji Chang Wook & Park Min Young

Four years ago, Healer Ji Chang Wook made K-Drama female fans forget all the chaebols they fell in love with.

Because who wouldn’t? Healer, even to this date, is one of the best portrayals of Ji Chang Wook; a role defined so well that pushed the series to be a classic fan favorite.

Healer

Title: Healer
Network: KBS
Theme: Romance, drama
Length: 20 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 8 Dec 2014 to 10 Feb 2015
Main Leads: Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young, Yoo Ji Tae
Highlights: Excellent cast portrayal, Polished writing, Addictive romance storyline
Overall Rating: 
Re-watch Value: 
Related Dramas: Pinocchio

Healer

Addictive and engrossing, the night courier, who takes on highly confidential work commissioned secretly and dangerously by powerful men in the society, effortlessly tickles the hopeless romantics. Coupled with an amusingly sweet romance plus a healthy dosage of thrills and a strong plot, Healer is a complete drama package.

Quick Plot Roundup

Meet Joong Ho aka Healer – the best night courier in town.  He lives alone without social interaction aside from his partner hacker and a young lady in their team. Living in a wide space, he dreams of buying an island for his retirement. Skilled in avoiding CCTV cameras, he can crawl, leap and climb from one building to another as he accomplishes impossible tasks, sent to an extraordinary courier service of stealing and delivering items ordered by clients who are usually rich and famous.

As a night courier serving private and expensive missions, Healer’s routine life changes after his encounter with a woman connected to the death of his father.

Highlights

Engrossing hero-centric plot

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Healer takes the brilliant premise about a one-of-a-kind hero who chooses to disconnect from society. But he accidentally grows attached to a woman who draws him out of his hibernation.

Later on, they discover how fate brought them together. Through that destined encounter, they work on bringing justice to the unfortunate events that happened to their parents.

Quaintly linking the furtive relationship of the characters, it builds up the plot’s climax and romance to perfection, leaving sweet aftermath that is hard to erase in one’s K-Drama fan heart.

Healer’s role is one that will sweetly haunt women in their dreams. Ji Chang Wook pulled his impressive character well that it’s hard not to associate him anymore, but with Healer.

Neat writing and well-explained plot

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Focused in threading a cohering story, Healer polishes its narrative without a room to disconnected side narratives. Even with a back story that needs to be fused in the present timeline while connecting the characters, it never loses its sane trajectory.

The writing makes the audience cheer for the characters and even feel the heart fluttering romance that befalls the lead couple, while being excited on how the main conflict will be resolved.

The story’s main conflict dwells on peeling the truth behind the lead couple’s fathers’ death, while journeying on their fated love. It aligns to Healer’s character strengths of unleashing excitement, while he does his gripping missions.

Resolving the contention between the Moon brothers solidifies the supposed heartbreaking love conflict which the hero has to face. No matter how skilled he is, no answer seems to fit in with his dilemma of protecting the woman he loves, amidst a biting reality of how her father might have been killed by his father.

Healer justifies the superb writing with how the characters go passionately, driven to bring out a scintillating storytelling.

While a lot progressed in the story, it never missed its steps in binding the romance, the back story and the conflicts together. It made use of the parallel plot about upright journalists in presenting the same events of the characters in the past and the present.

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Writer Song Ji Na pulled off a modern story that would have made superhero movie romance plots look like a joke compared to Healer and Young Shin’s love line. She had shown a commanding presence by penning how each role-player would give justice to the shifting of the narration. Explaining patiently in the smallest details without losing the thrill of the conflict seems to be a fixture innate to her skills.

Having Old Boy’s Yoo Ji Tae on board was already a reckoning force in the cast. In addition to the impeccable main leads, the supporting characters immersed in their roles efficiently. Hence, it gave off a balanced and impressive blend of portrayals that enriched the story.

Although the blood relationship between Moon Ho and Moon Shik inhibited them to go all-kill on their endless battle of opposing views, their disputes led to a strengthened conflict for the story.

The Master-apprentice relationship of Healer and his father’s friend, although short, brought life to building our main hero’s integral presence as well as tying up the mess of what happened to the friendship circle that he once belonged to.

The ajumma-healer partnership drove the most amusing connection in the drama. It was even more fun because the ajumma who likes making kimbap and knitting wowed the viewers with her invincible hacking tricks that defied the cyber police in the country.

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Afterthoughts

There were small problems that were laid along the way to boost the main conflict of how the protagonists would bring justice to their fathers’ death by ruining the villains through innovative news broadcasts.

In this crime-romantic-drama-thriller premise, the story got so intoxicating because it assimilated Healer’s Promethean skills and heartfelt media coverage to battle the conscience-less power players of the country.

When your cast is smart and the writing is nifty, there is no way the right notes won’t hit home run for the viewers.

That was the case for Healer. I would also like to commend how I enjoyed Healer’s theme music on its placement in the drama, and how the villains even with their old personas masterfully made the lives of the heroes hard by utilizing their vile ways exceptionally.

Healer is one of the best dramas of all time on my list; that type of drama list that I would marathon once a year when I want to have a quiet moment as a K-Drama fan.

 

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Healer (TV series)

2014-15 South Korean TV series

Healer (Korean: 힐러; RR: Hilleo) is a 2014–2015 South Koreantelevision series starring Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young and Yoo Ji-tae.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It aired on KBS2 from December 8, 2014 to February 10, 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.[7]

Though the drama received modest ratings in its home country, it gained a fanbase overseas and made Ji Chang-wook known outside Korea.[8]

Synopsis[edit]

A decades-old incident involving a group of five friends who ran an illegal pro-democracy broadcasting station during the Fifth Republic in South Korea brings together three different people—an illegal "night courier" with the codename "Healer" (Ji Chang-wook) who possesses top-notch fighting skills, a reporter from a second-rate tabloid news website (Park Min-young), and a famous journalist at a major broadcast station (Yoo Ji-tae).[9][10][11] While trying to uncover the truth from that 1992 incident and a series of present day murders, they grow into honest reporters who try to blur the lines of conflict between truth and reality, even if that means fighting media honchos.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Ji Chang-wook as Seo Jung-hu/Park Bong-soo/Healer
    • Park Si-jin as young Jung-hu
    • Go Woo-rim as child Jung-hu
    • Choi Jung-hu as toddler Jung-hu
An illegal "night courier" who works under the alias "Healer". Renowned for being the best in his field, Jung-hu is equipped not only with advanced technology and a trusty hacker sidekick, but also his superb fighting skills. He will perform any task except anything involving murder. His ultimate goal is to save money and buy an uninhabited island off the coast of Panama and to live there alone, but that changes after being given an order by his client, Kim Mun-ho, to find and protect a girl named Young-shin from the people who want her dead but he later falls in love with Young-shin.
  • Park Min-young as Chae Young-shin/Oh Ji-an
    • Kim So-yeon as young Young-shin
    • Shin Soo-yeon as 10-year-old Ji-an
    • Park Ji-so as 8-year-old Ji-an
    • Ku Geon-min as 5-year-old Ji-an
A strong-willed and quirky internet news reporter who dreams of becoming a legendary reporter. However, her dreams are put to the test when she finds out about her hidden past as the lost child Oh Ji-an. Due to her abusive past, Young-shin is traumatized and suffers from panic attacks whenever she sees violence. She later falls in love with her protector, Jung-hu.
  • Yoo Ji-tae as Kim Mun-ho
    • Kim Seung-chan as young Mun-ho
    • Lee Woo-joo as child Mun-ho
A star reporter, and brother to Kim Mun-sik, the CEO of a large news company. His goal is to last each day and to find Oh Ji-an, a supposedly dead child whom he suspects to still be alive. He pays Jung-hu (as "Healer") to find and protect Ji-an (now known as Young-shin) from the people that want her dead out of guilt for not fully investigating the truth about a 1992 incident that ended in the tragic deaths of two out of five best friends, and the crippling of a third.

Supporting[edit]

  • Kim Mi-kyung as Jo Min-ja, Hacker Ahjumma, a former detective specializing in cyber crimes
  • Oh Kwang-rok as Ki Young-jae, Jung-hoo's teacher (and the first "Healer"), one of five friends from the past
    • Choi Dong-gu as young Young-jae, Motorcycle rider and distractor during the illegal radio broadcasts
  • Taemi as Kang Dae-yong, "Healer's" assistant
  • Ji Il-joo as Seo Joon-seok, Jung-hoo's father, an engineer of the illegal radio station and later a photographer working with Oh Gil-han
  • Lee Kyung-shim as Jung-hoo's mother
    • Song Ji-in as young Jung-hoo's mother
  • Park Sang-myun as Chae Chi-soo, Young-shin's adoptive father, a lawyer specializing in defending clients accused of burglary who also runs a café where he has employed many of his former clients
  • Woo Hyun as Chul-min, a former convict and one of Chae Chi-soo's clients who now works at the café
  • Park Won-sang as Jang Byung-se, head of "Someday News," an internet tabloid news site where Chae Young-shin works
  • Choi Seung-kyung as Yeo Gi-ja, "Reporter Yeo" at "Someday News"
  • Park Sang-won as Kim Moon-sik, one of the initial five friends, now a highly successful CEO of a news agency
    • Son Seung-won as young Moon-sik, driver of the truck from which the five friends ran their illegal radio station
  • Do Ji-won as Choi Myung-hee, Young-shin's biological mother, living in the present with Kim Moon-sik and using a wheelchair
    • Jung Hye-in as young Myung-hee, one of the lead reporters in the illegal radio station
  • Woo Hee-jin as Kang Min-jae, news director at "ABS News," where Kim Moon-ho works at the start of the story and also his love interest
  • Jang Sung-beom as Lee Jong-soo, Kim Moon-ho's assistant
  • Park Sang-wook as Bae Sang-soo, head of a rival "night courier" agency
  • Hong Seung-jin as Yo-yo, employed by Bae Sang-soo
  • Jo Han-chul as Yoon Dong-won, a detective specializing in cyber crimes, formerly Jo Min Ja's hoobae
  • Oh Jong-hyuk as Oh Gil-han, Young-shin's biological father, one of the lead reporters in the illegal radio station and a regular reporter after the fall of the Fifth Republic
  • Jung Gyu-soo as Oh Tae-won, Moon-sik's secretary and agent of "The Elder"
  • Kim Ri-na as Joo Yeon-hee, an actress who turns to Chae Young-shin and her father for help
  • Choi Jong-won as Park Jung-dae, "The Elder," a shadowy figure operating behind the scenes and the CEO of Omega Holdings formerly known as Omega Venture Capital.
  • Lee Moon-sik as Go Sung-chul (cameo, ep 1)
  • Nam Hee-seok (cameo, ep 9)
  • Jeon Hye-bin as Kim Jae-yoon (cameo, ep 20)
  • Jung Hae-kyun as Hwang Jae-gook
  • Choi Jung-won as Lee Jun-bin

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original Broadcast Date Episode Title Average Audience Share
TNmS Ratings[12]AGB Nielsen[13]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital AreaNationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 8 December 2014 I have a dream6.9% (NR)7.5% (NR)7.8% (NR)8.3% (NR)
2 9 December 2014 Fate continues7.6% (NR)8.8% (18th)7.9% (NR)8.4% (NR)
3 15 December 2014 The first kiss that day5.7% (NR)6.3% (NR)7.2% (NR)7.6% (NR)
4 16 December 2014 Because I'm next to you5.9% (NR) 6.4% (NR) 7.4% (NR) 8.0% (NR)
5 22 December 2014 Meaning of You7.0% (NR) 7.4% (NR) 8.8% (19th) 9.8% (15th)
6 23 December 2014 Begin7.1% (NR) 7.6% (NR) 7.7% (20th) 8.0% (NR)
7 29 December 2014 We, under the sunset6.9% (NR) 7.8% (NR) 7.8% (NR) 8.9% (16th)
8 30 December 2014 Cannot be forgotten8.4% (NR) 9.4% (17th) 8.6% (19th) 9.2% (17th)
9 5 January 2015 I trust you7.6% (NR) 7.8% (NR) 8.2% (NR) 8.9% (NR)
10 6 January 2015 Can't it be me?8.2% (NR)9.5% (18th) 9.2% (17th) 10.0% (14th)
11 12 January 2015 In the darkness7.4% (NR) 8.8% (NR) 9.4% (15th)10.8% (10th)
12 13 January 2015 I don't know how to escape8.7% (NR) 10.1% (17th) 9.1% (18th) 9.8% (14th)
13 19 January 2015 I'm waiting'9.0% (18th)9.7% (17th) 10.3% (14th)11.3% (18th)
14 20 January 2015 It's alright even if you cry9.4% (20th)10.6% (12th)9.7% (16th) 10.4% (13th)
15 26 January 2015 I remember7.7% (NR) 8.2% (NR)8.7% (20th) 9.2% (16th)
16 27 January 2015 To you again8.5% (NR)9.6% (18th)8.9% (20th) 9.2% (19th)
17 2 February 2015 Won't you answer me?7.1% (NR)7.7% (NR)8.5% (NR)9.3% (19th)
18 3 February 2015 Just like the others7.3% (NR)8.4% (20th)9.1% (19th)9.6% (15th)
19 9 February 2015 I'll protect you6.9% (NR)7.8% (NR)7.9% (NR)7.7% (NR)
20 10 February 2015 Goodbye Healer8.1% (NR)8.6% (19th)9.0% (18th)9.1% (16th)
Average Rating7.6%8.4%8.6%9.2%

Original soundtrack[edit]

1."힐러" (Healer)Lee Pil-ho & Park Jong-miVarious Artists2:36
2."Eternal Love"Lee Sang Joon, Denzil "DR" Remedios, and Ryan Jhun SewonMichael Learns to Rock4:16
3."When You Hold Me Tight" Yael Meyer3:12
4."눈이 하는 말" (What the Eyes Say) Tei3:36
5."You" Ben3:46
6."그대 때문에" (Because of You) JUST4:09
7."지켜줄게" (I Will Protect You) Ji Chang-wook4:10
8."침묵" (Silence)Lee Pil-ho & Park Jong-miVarious Artists2:40
9."Love and Pain"Im Na-raeVarious Artists3:30
10."코드명 힐러" (Code Name: Healer)Lee Pil-hoVarious Artists2:16
11."멋있다 힐러" (Super Healer)Kim Min-wooVarious Artists2:09
12."김문호 기자" (Reporter Kim Moon-ho)Kim Ji-eunVarious Artists2:32
13."지나간다" (Pass On By)Im Na-raeVarious Artists3:15
14."세상을 품다" (Embrace the World)Ok Jeong-yongVarious Artists3:59
15."정후사랑" (Jung-hoo's Love Theme)Park Jong-miVarious Artists3:18
16."To Battle"Kim Min-wooVarious Artists2:37
17."영신이의 꿈" (Young-shin's Dream)Im Na-raeVarious Artists2:35
18."You Love Me"Kim Min-wooVarious Artists2:08
19."아픔의 흔적" (A Trace of Pain)Kim Ji-eunVarious Artists2:58
20."해킹루트" (Hacking Route)Lee Pil-hoVarious Artists1:43
21."Healing Me"Im Na-raeVarious Artists3:18
22."Trouble"Kim Min-wooVarious Artists3:11
23."그들의 운명" (Their Fate)Kim Ji-eunVarious Artists3:05
24."영원한 기억" (Eternal Memory) Various Artists2:53

Awards and nominations[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

  • It aired in Vietnam on HTV2 from March 17, 2016, under the name Người hùng của em.
  • It aired in Thailand on PPTV starting October 15, 2016.[16]
  • It aired in Israel on Viva (ויוה פלוס) from June 25, 2015 to August 27, 2015. It was rerun from September 1, 2016 to November 3, 2016.[17]
  • It aired in The Philippines on GMA7 as The Healer from July 25, 2016 to September 28, 2016.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^Lee, Sun-min (25 July 2014). "Celebrities consider roles in new drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  2. ^Choi, Eun-hwa (4 August 2014). "Ji Chang Wook to Join Park Min Young and Yoo Ji Tae in Drama Healer". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  3. ^Kim, Hye-in. "Character cuts of Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young & Yoo Ji Tae for Healer unleashed". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  4. ^"Park Min-young puts career over love". K-pop Herald. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  5. ^"Ji Chang-wook wanted to 'shoot to fame'". K-pop Herald. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  6. ^Yoon, Sarah (5 March 2015). "Ji Chang-wook initially nervous of Park Min-young". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  7. ^Kim, Hye-in (16 September 2014). "Photos from the first script reading rehearsal for Healer unleashed". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  8. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2017-01-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^Khelil, Nawael (1 December 2014). "Ji Chang Wook Acts On Weightless Conditions in Healer". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  10. ^Kim, Hye-in. "New still cuts of Park Min Young from KBS 2TV's new drama, Healer, unleashed". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  11. ^Kim, Yena (6 November 2014). "Yoo Ji Tae Returns To The Small Screen". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  12. ^"TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  13. ^"AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  14. ^Chung, Joo-won (1 January 2015). "Park Min-young, Ji Chang-wook snag Best Couple Award". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  15. ^CoCo Kdrama, DramaFever (June 28, 2016). "Announcing the winners of the Fourth Annual DramaFever Awards!". DramaFever. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  16. ^"Healer ปริศนาล่ารหัสลับ – ซีรีย์เกาหลี". korea.tlcthai (in Thai). 2016-11-04.
  17. ^"Healer - הילר". viva.walla (in Hebrew). 10 June 2015.
  18. ^"The Healer: Meet Juno Seo". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2017-08-04.

External links[edit]

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Recap And Reviews Kdrama Healer: Episode 1

Recap and reviews korean drama Healer: Episode 1 -

We're off to a brisk Start with Healer , I am above all for the author (song Ji-nah of Hourglass, Legend, story of a man ) and secondarily for the occupation (if a Search occupation is never enough on its own to lure me). I was very curious to see what the sound would actually, because there are plenty of disparate elements in the descriptions were to keep me guess-it would be an intergenerational melodrama? A conspiracy-driven thriller? cavort A fun action? And while we often get dramas throw us a surplus of genre modifiers that feel too scattered to work well (spy-action medical-political thriller novel, for example, or comedy paranormal-historical-court intrigue) , I actually think Healer lives up to its promo descriptions and keeps things moving smoothly while to imply much more depth below the surface.


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A large, abandoned building. Looks abandoned headquarters, but deep inside the industrial areas is a spiffy cave hi-tech, with expensive computers and state-of-the-art lined gadgets. Someone a dusty concrete box in a real bachelor pad is rotated.

inside it, a young, fit man playing a . game of virtual tennis (and is kicked his ass from his computer opponent) we have not yet given a formal introduction, but for simplicity we call him by name: SEO JUNG-HOO ( Ji Chang-wook ).

Jung-hoo ignored his phone, and moments later his tennis game is hacked and a cartoon squiggle burst in. a voice cuts woman, cackling and not to ignore chiding "Oppa" their calls while not hack he recalls in his things.

Jung-hoo to grabs the attention when "Ajumma" mentioned a new job, even though it be she's description of skeptical "really simple" -nothing Ajumma said simple has ever easy. She says to make contact and take a package is easy, and takes him to go to the gig.

Jung-hoo to see breaks in the wall-sized screen sporting the image of a beautiful island, his story tells us that he is a deserted island to buy off Panama dreams. But now work.

The hand-off point is in a subway station, and Jung-hoo keeps a low profile when he scopes the scene from. Adorned with an in-ear line to his hacker partner they JO MIN YES (played by Kim Mi-Kyung ) - he takes the security cameras in its line of sight and Min-ja hacks sent to the system, to direct the material.

Jung-hoo stains easily stationed several-suit wearing goons around the platform they are likely to be complications. too much effort this job is the decision to lean payday, he turns to leave, only to Min-ja remind them that they need the money and that their market pushing with competition. Jung-hoo turns back with a sigh.

First, they have to find out who these people are, and Jung-hoo creeps around a goon and directs it with pictures of bikini women on his phone. While the goon dribbles, steals Jung-hoo furtive cell phone of guy and calls Min-ja with him, then slipped the phone.

With this information Min-ja is able to find out who are working for these suits, and it is one of their competitors, Double S, which they have lost some customers: "They think they are a Gangnam department store, and we are the neighborhood market. "

When the subway car arrives its new customer carries, Jung-hoo ensures prior to get him rivals do, and is likely to calm the arm of the contact and asks, "came the healer to take?" He pulls the man back on the train, but not fast enough; the rivals they jump on the spot and on the car, and soon Jung-hoo found trapped Racquet detail on both sides.

In an apartment building, gets a young woman in the elevator with a deliveryman and commented that the top package it is. She takes it out of the deliveryman and then whiz in a stairwell delivery attracting vest itself to knock the package as an excuse to another apartment. Sneaky.

makes a few lies about requiring signatures Post to deliver, and the residents opened the door reluctantly signed. That's when our fake-delivery couplings to reach her heart and makes a great dramatic gesture for pills to ask for water.

When the woman met our faker grabs to snap a few photos of the entrance hurry her phone, then makes a lame excuse to the woman why the Delivery is the wrong person for. The woman did not buy it because they have a celebrity ( "Do not you know who I on ?") Is and our faker beats a hasty retreat, unmasked them.

But she's got what she came, as it turns out, it is actually a reporter, Chae Young-shin ( Park Min-young ). She puts in a call to its editor; she works her editor attempts can speculate a juicy headline from her photo of men's shoes in the entryway for a celebrity tabloid operating low-rent, as we make out of the way. He complains that he is too weak to be used as evidence of connection, and not worthy of a shovel.

Young-shin looking heads to the parking garage for more to the story, which is where it is of a convertible as parks nearly plowed down. She heads over indignantly to give the driver a piece of her mind, but he does sit up at the mouth of a subway snafu foams and Young-shin, as he that debt to the "healer".

Spidey senses tingling, she listens when the driver takes a photograph and ask you to confirm the appearance of the healer. He throws the picture on the back seat, and in a fraction of a second of pure courage (or stupidity), Young-shin snatches the picture before the driver yells out.

Next we jump on a charged protest site outside the company Samhan Group, where ex-workers and their families illegally protesting layoffs. Reporter swarm the site, including a grave-looking Ernst journalist, KIM MOON-HO ( Yoo Ji-tae ). He is recognized and respected, and maybe even a bit of a loner; the other reporters standing around waiting for the official press conference, but Moon-ho talking heads to the right in the thick of things with the demonstrators.

He interviewed a desperate old woman who begs him to save her son, the self-immolating to protest is placed in the hospital. Moon hoo leaves a colleague at the press conference to handle and immediately forwarded to the hospital, where he finds his son in a dreadful state, burned from head to toe.

The man wrote his story, if should a reporter come, and Moon-ho is:. "Our history Please tell no one will listen to what we have to say. "There is something in Moon-ho demeanor, which assures us that he will handle this with dignity and fairness, and he apologized to come so late.

But back to the underground. For now Healer Jung-hoo is safe enough to wait with bats for their moment. Min-ja hacks in safety at the next metro stop and see the fresh influx of gangster types arrive and to deploy directly to the doors. Meanwhile, the customer is to pee in his shoes quaking about himself, and Jung-hoo tells him to trust him quiet.

When the train approaches the station, Jung-hoo Instructs its clients in the count of three to jump. "One ... two ..." And screeeeeech! The train jerks to stop in the middle of the tracks, and Jung-hoo counts "Three!"

The doors can not be opened. "Three!" He repeats. This time the doors open ... behind him, on the wrong side of the tracks. Pwahaha.

" Seriously , Ajumma!" Healer gripes. Min-ja is whoopsie and corrected their errors, and then Jung-hoo and his clients jump the correct set of doors on the tracks below, while the bats are blocked by closing doors.

When they jog the tunnel down, Jung-hoo asks for "the goods" to confirm that they really, but the customer asks anxiously Jung-hoo, to save him first. That goes against his policies and the time is ticking, with the Double S goons now in the tunnel, the hunt continues. The client clutches his briefcase whimpering that they will kill him, and the gang mighty fast with them comes ...

Jung-hoo asks Min-ja for a hand, and it sends the subway train along, their losing light source. The tunnel is dark and from there it is easy enough for Jung-hoo its super-fly hand-to-hand moves to deal, they pick at a time a. All the while, Min-ja backwards down the seconds count to the next train goes by ...

With less than a minute to spare, Jung- hoo is trying to tell his opponents to pause his friends to vacate before the fight continues, the sounds as stupid as you, if not to think of the very real train heading their way. By the time the lights appear around the curve, he was only second to a way out of this figure.

Jung-hoo breaks free of his grip, knocking his opponent out, only the burly guy country to have him at the head, pinning him to the tracks. Oh Shit Oh Shit! Mooooooove.

The train zooms by, and then stretched a long pause, as we look down into the tunnel. Are these bodies dead, or just out for the count? And then, Jung-hoo stirred out of the stack, have even pushed, and the goon from the rails in the last second. He gasps that this job is so not worth the price tag.

now rich for some people. In his palatial estate, a media mogul takes honchos a conference call with other media. He is KIM MOON-shik ( Park Sang-won ), the chairman of Jeil newspaper, and discuss how to deal with the history of the mass redundancies in Samhan group. Or spinning it, more like, landing on a business-friendly angle, taking the blame for the corporation. Oh, something tells me that we are in some family quarrel about how Moon Shik is the older brother in our fair Star reporter ho Moon.

Then listen Moon Shik by his secretary that "the point" has been transferred, survived an attempt to intercept it. He guesses correctly who was behind this attempt-Moon-ho. Omo. Things got even more interesting.

Double S is alleged to be top-of-the-line, but even so, they were not able to trick the solo Healer. He has never been identified, and one of his trademarks is discretion that he never asks the identity of its customers.

Jung-hoo takes his nervous client in safety to complete the transaction, but the man is so scared that he for a further consideration-she asks send

him to America he not be caught on its own without. He adds that Jeil messages should be able to manage it, and an email is sent to the Chairman Moon Shik.

However, this means that the customer knows that Jeil is involved, and Jeil may not be so exposed. Moon Shik files Healer name away and decides that this must be discussed directly with the old man; they can not go wrong to take risks.

In the broadcasting station, Moon-ho bad news from his boss News Desk Chief KANG MIN JAE on ( Woo Hee-jin ), with whom he is very friendly and speaks gets in banmal. You will the interview be cut with the burnt demonstrators, and he begs him the man to help his promise to honor.

Min-jae understands how he feels, but it also has higher-ups to report, so that it sits on a compromise Moon-ho to to mention allow meeting the man, but. on pleasant in a way glossing Something tells me that he will not be walking, be the last word.

Oh, and as the news broadcast for the mission prepared, we see that the honchos who had called in with Jeil Moon Shik are executives at this station. Min-jae's Moon-ho, the additional warning that they are here to see his mission. "Do not cause problems," she says.

At home Young-shin makes Kimchi with her father, about her latest guide chatting called on the top-secret mercenary healers. You know that these types of services can be used to do by the rich and powerful do their dirty work for them, and smelling a top story, and all the riches it would rake in by writing a bestselling exposé.

to borrow

Young-shin wheedles Dad in their best aegyo voice her the money, the healer services contract (near 10 Grand), and he harrumphs that he will do it when a marriage young man brings home. She takes a cabbage and "presents" to him Dad, the super cute dad plays for the way straight together, as they marry Mr. cabbage.

But then it's time for the evening news, and Young -shin to jump to catch the show with Moon-ho. From the way she moonily on their TV in grins, I'm guessing she's a big fan.

Moon-ho goes off script during the live broadcast of the man to tell history to Min-jae displeasure. Moon-ho is particularly vicious, inward turn the criticism, saying that the man sacrificed himself because no one else would hear his story. He admits that the truth he did not ask the man until he burned himself, nor the station care for the plight of workers, noting that the man's extreme act was initially driven mainly by "we the reporters."

and admiration Young-shin of Moon-ho balloons him only in response-not known, but on be him. She tells us that she was not as great in her studies, went to a mediocre university, and failed, all entrance exams for major newspapers, which explains why they toil in such a dinky tabloid. It believes in its drive and passion.

Next we an elegant woman in a wheelchair to meet, looking lovingly at old photos of her daughter and herself with four university friends (photo, that's discovered a few times). It is CHOI Myung-HEE ( Do Ji-won ), and sets them in the middle of Memorial alongside a range that contains the photos, perhaps.

She was connected by her husband, Chairman Kim Moon-Shik, in a nursery, which has been obtained. It grows with sad eyes on the picture "friends, but so that it is reasonable agreement, since their last friend of the father of the deceased daughter. Oy seem these relationships rather complicated. I mean, in a good way, ultimately, but at the moment I'm just trying to keep 'em all straight.

Moon Shik calls his brother to ask why he is not here yet, but Moon-ho in a serious mood and says that he is not in be able to make it. Moon Shik suspects that it's because he another live broadcast was still chewed incident for the production, and the brothers laugh about how it happens nothing ever without knowing Hyung.

It is particularly interesting, given what we know about them today consecutively outmaneuver the back, since they seem to be each other directly so affable. Moon Shik ended the call with a warm "You know I'm always on your side" on the Moon-ho hurls angry his headset off.

Then Moon-ho calls a friend on test results to ask again and for the third time the DNA has asked the two people with no relationship to the test. The friend asks who he is looking for and Moon-ho only responds ". Someone I must find"

When he comes to his big, empty apartment home, Moon-ho thinks strongly that another day has happened in his life, where every day feels like a homework assignment to be solved. He takes an apologetic call from the Double S guard company for the failed task, and suggested that the contract has been interrupted by the healer, "because I had intended initially to hire him." Looks like he'll go next ... if he can beat the competition, that is.

Moon-ho degrades to show his coffee table, that it is a functional chest, and inside is a briefcase with dozens of cassettes and a note that says "HEALER." The bands to 1980 go back, and he says that two in his lifetime points are connected by a hard yarn. 1980 and 1992. Each time he tries to move forward, he turns instead to those times

He takes the old photo of five friends, grow emotionally and it withdraws him to be a little boy:

November 1980 moon-ho riding shotgun in an old truck, driving his brother and heard an underground radio broadcast. A young Myung-hee broadcasts from a narrow space with her (boy?) Friend to talk about news and the media in this fearless manner criticizes idealistic students.

The program is enough of a problem that the police are busy, trying to trace its source and move with sirens. A friend on a motorcycle signals to Moon Shik, and oh! The pirate transmission from the back of the truck comes. The friends get the signal to cut and can quickly sign.

The bulls begin recognize mounted on the truck the antenna and to hunt while their motorcycle buddy does his part in running interference and from the police cars position. Hunting is increasingly dangerous until finally the motorcyclists the awning the loading deducts covers and throws it on the windshield of the cop, to end the persecution.

you drink it today, and to the successful escape. That's when young Moon-ho, a camera captures, and propose the friends together a photo. Moon Shik is the most affected by the five-he is quite dark, while his friends are free-running and overflowing and I feel more to the story than just a love triangle between his old friend and his present wife.

search At present, Moon Shik and Myung-hee keep the monument, and Myung-hee grows teary when she her dead husband asks for her daughter. Moon Shik lends her his literal shoulder to lean on.

Moon-ho wrote an email, while telling us, "My time is trapped in the past, and so I had no tomorrow. If I have to find the child, maybe I could tomorrow." We see him one more request to write for help, and it is addressed to the healer.

The healer, now withdraw for a dinner is committed to keeping his eye on his goal to a private island. His plan sounds both absurd and quite possible, given the way he thinks, the details of any services he would need. He grimaces to a phone call from Ajumma Min-ja, and when he ignored their call (c'mon, you do not learn it?), You hacked into his system to the latest request to check.

Jung-hoo replies that he is already tracked down three girls for the customer, but Min-ja reminds him that they were all false leads , This time, however, she thinks that it accepted 20 years for a girl in front of a good way is, fits the bill. Moreover, it is an attractive option because they are paid for the DNA sample, regardless of whether it is. A game

Jung-hoo hopping not get on the job, but he realizes that he still got to make more money before his dreams of island paradise realized.

And then we cut to Young-shin, who their birth parents explains his to locate its second dream. She loves her father naggy, but like to know who her parents were, asking why they leave, and to meet her again. Just to know.

Morning Young-shin is running on the sidewalk and thinks that both their dreams seem far away and out of reach, but it will be to keep the faith. You will work hard, and when it happens, it will be their fate.

When she drums along to the bus stop, we see through the imagination Info-glasses of the healer that Young-shin is the one for whom he seeks. His reports find that it is of social media accounts strangely absent ( "You can not be normal!"), and her face is voted in favor of the computer software, as it does on the bus.

"Bingo!" Does he think when he boards the bus to her. The bus lurches and falls, quite literally, into his arms.


COMMENTS

I was hoping for good things from Healer , but also expects cautious too much, because that's the story of my life in the past year. Every time a drama comes along I try to temper my hopes and judging even from the way I hold the feeling disappointment, I can never quite fully get rid of. But I do not, because it's worth it when a show meets your standards or exceed them, and that's all the reason to keep looking good in things.

I am not prepared to explain Healer a success story, and I have not quite decided whether the recapitulates to continue (we will the rest of the opening weekend after visiting'll decide) but now I feel optimistic about the world, the characters, and the complicated intertwining of human stories. One thing that drives me crazy in dramas is, if very important things happen by chance (as the lead pair of a rom-com only happens have five meet-cutes (or Meet-hate) in a row ) we can, but to see that the writer's pieces is carefully layering. Things happen for a reason, and I believe that relations are detailed in elaborate detail about what we can see.

I like rates are kept as long as the drama do not exaggerate the cryptic hint-dropping, as it is not annoying when a show things dangling in front of you and tears them away? I like how we imagined see these relationships, with insights into a nuanced story below the surface; There is enough for us to speculate, but it is not so obvious that it does not exist surprises down the line.

An important example of this is the relationship of the brothers, which I already together fascinating find on their one phone call. They do not see each other as in affection or interest faking, and from the flashback, we can assume that Hyung grew up basically his little brother, but clearly there are conflicts in spades between them now. They work in the same industry, are rock stars in their professions, and apparently a good life, but his man, they are a powder keg ready to blow, or what?

Yoo Ji-tae is really wonderful about his character haunted inner life embodies, and I'm so happy to see him again in Wonderland with his quiet intensity. Its gravity is getting better with age, now that he has on the action a few wrinkles, and I am tremendously relieved to see how his character in the storyline characters. I was afraid that they so throw a fantastic actor and could staff degrade him in favor of younger hotshot support (and I say taste Ji Chang-wook); the healer is a cool role, but Moon-ho, this emotional heft that I found really compelling. You can feel the oppressive weight of the past in him, and that all information in the present.

That is, I am happy to see that the healer is not some glossy empty vessel, either-I really like his longing really for the isolation, and find that it completes its character in a fascinating way , He is not only a legendary mercenary for the shots; it is only a means to an end for him, and he is so that end driven track that he is to be in his job has become incredibly well. It seems to me both a wild dreamer and a pragmatist, even though I'm not quite sure where these two edges meet in him. What I know is that I want to know more of this story, and I'm hoping that the drama consistently entertaining, thoughtful supplies in one, and (sure, why not?) Stylish smooth way.

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Healer

Original Title

힐러 (Hilleo)

Genre

Action
Thriller
Mystery
Comedy
Romance

Original release

December 8, 2014 - February 10, 2015

Directed by

Lee Jung Sub
Kim Jin Woo

Starring

Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Park Bong Soo / "Healer"
Park Min Young as Chae Yeong Shin / Oh Ji An
Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho

Country of Origin

South Korea

Timeslot

Monday & Tuesday 22:00 CST

Episode runtime

60 minutes

Previous

Next

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Healer (힐러; Hilleo) is a 2014-2015 South Korean television series starring Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young and Yoo Ji Tae. It aired on KBS2 from December 8, 2014 to February 10, 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.

Though the drama received modest ratings in its home country, it gained a fanbase overseas and made Ji Chang Wook known outside Korea.

Synopsis

The world we are to inherit is damaged. Youths who live disregarding politics and society have met and fallen in love. And then the truths buried in the past begin to come to light. While fighting against the reality they'll inherit from their parents, their cheeky, passionate romance gratifyingly heals both themselves and the world.[1]

Cast

  • Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Park Bong Soo / "Healer"
    • Choi Jung Hoo as Seo Jung Hoo at age 5
    • Go Woo Rim as Seo Jung Hoo at age 8
    • Park Shi Jin as Seo Jung Hoo at age 13
An illegal "night courier" who works under the alias "Healer". Renowned for being the best in his field, Jung-hu is equipped not only with advanced technology and a trusty hacker sidekick, but also his superb fighting skills. His ultimate goal is to save money and buy an uninhabited island off the coast of Panama and to live there alone, but that changes after being given an order by his client, Kim Mun-ho, to find and protect a girl named Young-shin from the people who want her dead but he later falls in love with Young-shin.
  • Park Min Young as Chae Yeong Shin / Oh Ji An
    • Gu Gun Min as Oh Ji An at age 4
    • Park Ji So as Oh Ji An at age 7
    • Shin Soo Yun as Chae Young Shin at age 10
      • Kim So Yeon as Chae Yeong Shin at age 12
A strong-willed and quirky internet news reporter who dreams of becoming a legendary reporter. However, her dreams are put to the test when she finds out about her hidden past as the lost child Oh Ji-an. Due to her abusive past, Young-shin is traumatized and suffers from panic attacks whenever she sees violence. She later falls in love with her protector, Jung-hu.
  • Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
    • Lee Woo Joo as Kim Moon Ho at age 6
    • Kim Seung Chan as Kim Moon Ho at age 14
A star reporter, and brother to Kim Mun-sik, the CEO of a large news company. His goal is to last each day and to find Oh Ji-an, a supposedly dead child whom he suspects to still be alive. He pays Jung-hu (as "Healer") to find and protect Ji-an (now known as Young-shin) from the people that want her dead out of guilt for not fully investigating the truth about a 1992 incident that ended in the tragic deaths of two out of five best friends, and the crippling of a third.
  • Kim Mi Kyung as Jo Min Ja, a hacker and a former detective specializing in cyber crimes
  • Do Ji Won as Choi Myung Hee, Ji An's mother, who in the present lives with Kim Moon Sik and uses a wheelchair
    • Jung Hye In as Young Choi Myung Hee, one of the lead reporters in the illegal radio station
  • Woo Hee Jin as Kang Min Jae, Moon Ho's boss and the news director at "ABS News"
  • Oh Gwang Rok as Ki Yeong Jae, Jung Hoo's teacher and the first "Healer"; one of five friends from the past
    • Choi Dong Goo as Young Ki Yeong Jae, a motorcycle rider and distractor during the illegal radio broadcasts
  • Park Won Sang as Jang Byung Se, Yeong Shin's boss and the head of "Someday News," an internet tabloid news site
  • Park Sang Won as Kim Moon Shik, Moon Ho's older brother and one of the initial five friends; now a highly successful CEO of a news agency
    • Son Seung Won as Young Kim Moon Shik, driver of the truck from which the five friends ran their illegal radio station
  • Park Sang Myun as Chae Chi Soo, Yeong Shin's adoptive father and a lawyer specializing in defending clients accused of burglary who also runs a café where he has employed many of his former clients
  • Jung Gyoo Soo as Sec. Oh Tae Won, Moon Shik's secretary and an agent of "The Elder"
  • Woo Hyun as Chul Min, a former convict and one of Chae Chi-soo's clients who now works at the café
  • Jo Han Chul as Yoon Dong Won, a detective specializing in cyber crimes
  • Park Sang Wook as Bae Sang Soo, a "Healer" rival
  • Ji Il Joo as Seo Jun Suk, Jung Hoo's father and an engineer of the illegal radio station and later a photographer working with Oh Gil-han
  • Oh Jong Hyuk as Oh Gil Han, Ji An's father and one of the lead reporters in the illegal radio station and a regular reporter after the fall of the Fifth Republic
  • Lee Gyeong Shim as Jung Hoo's mother
    • Song Ji In as Young Jung Hoo's mother
  • Tae Mi as Kang Dae Yong, Jung Hoo's minion
  • Jang Sung Bum as Lee Jong Soo, Moon Ho's assistant
  • Hong Seung Jin as Yo Yo, Bae Sang-soo's employee
  • Choi Jong Won as Park Jung Dae, "The Elder," a shadowy figure operating behind the scenes
  • Kim Ri Na as Joo Yeon Hee, an actress who turns to Chae Young-shin and her father for help
  • Yeo Ho Min as a detective
  • Choi Seung Kyung as Yeo Gi Ja, "Reporter Yeo" at "Someday News"
  • Jo Young Jin as Kim Eui Chan
  • Kim Jin Hee as Noh Sun Jae
  • Jung Hae Kyun as Hwang Jae Guk
  • Choi Jung Won as Lee Jun Bin
  • Lee Gyu Ho as Yong Shik
  • Lee Moon Shik as Go Sung Chul (Ep.1)
  • Wang Bit Na as Oh Sun Jung (Ep.1-2)
  • Nam Hee Suk as Designer Michele (Ep.9)
  • Jeon Hye Bin as Kim Jae Yoon (Ep.20)
  • Lee Seung Woo as Young Jung Hoo's half-brother
  • Han Seo Yeon as an investigator
  • Kang Pil Sun as a police officer
  • Im Seung Joon
  • Soundtrack

    Main Article: Healer OST

    Episodes

    Episode Title Aired Average Audience Share
    TNmS Ratings AGB Nielsen
    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
    Episode 01 "I Have A Dream" December 8, 2014 6.9% (NR)7.5% (NR)7.8% (NR)8.3% (NR)
    Episode 02 "Fate Continues" December 9, 2014 7.6% (NR)8.8% (18th)7.9% (NR)8.4% (NR)
    Episode 03 "The First Kiss That Day" December 15, 2014 5.7%(NR)6.3%(NR)7.2%(NR)7.6%(NR)
    Episode 04 "Because I'm Next to You" December 16, 2014 5.9% (NR)6.4% (NR)7.4% (NR)8.0% (NR)
    Episode 05 "Meaning of You" December 22, 2014 7.0% (NR)7.4% (NR)8.8% (19th)9.8% (15th)
    Episode 06 "Begin" December 23, 2014 7.1% (NR)7.6% (NR)7.7% (20th)8.0% (NR)
    Episode 07 "We, Under the Sunset" December 29, 2014 6.9% (NR)7.8% (NR)7.8% (NR)8.9% (16th)
    Episode 08 "Cannot Be Forgotten" December 30, 2014 8.4% (NR)9.4% (17th)8.6% (19th)9.2% (17th)
    Episode 09 "I Trust You" January 5, 2015 7.6% (NR)7.8% (NR)8.2% (NR)8.9% (NR)
    Episode 10 "Can't It Be Me?" January 6, 2015 8.2% (NR)9.5% (18th)9.2% (17th)10.0% (14th)
    Episode 11 "In the Darkness" January 12, 2015 7.4% (NR)8.8% (NR)9.4% (15th)10.8% (10th)
    Episode 12 "I Don't Know How to Escape" January 13, 2015 8.7% (NR)10.1% (17th)9.1% (18th)9.8% (14th)
    Episode 13 "I'm Waiting" January 19, 2015 9.0% (18th)9.7% (17th)10.3%(14th)11.3%(18th)
    Episode 14 "It's Alright Even If You Cry" January 20, 2015 9.4%(20th)10.6%(12th)9.7% (16th)10.4% (13th)
    Episode 15 "I Remember" January 26, 2015 7.7% (NR)8.2% (NR)8.7% (20th)9.2% (16th)
    Episode 16 "To You Again" January 27, 2015 8.5% (NR)9.6% (18th)8.9% (20th)9.2% (19th)
    Episode 17 "Won't You Answer Me?" February 2, 2015 7.1% (NR)7.7% (NR)8.5% (NR)9.3% (19th)
    Episode 18 "Just Like The Others" February 3, 2015 7.3% (NR)8.4% (20th)9.1% (19th)9.6% (15th)
    Episode 19 "I'll Protect You" February 9, 2015 6.9% (NR)7.8% (NR)7.9% (NR)7.7% (NR)
    Episode 20 "Goodbye Healer" February 10, 2015 8.1% (NR)8.6% (19th)9.0% (18th)9.1% (16th)
    Average7.6%8.4%8.6%9.2%

    International broadcast

    • It aired in Vietnam on HTV2 from March 17, 2016, under the name Người hùng của em.
    • It aired in Thailand on PPTV starting October 15, 2016.
    • It aired in Israel on Viva (ויוה פלוס) from June 25, 2015 to August 27, 2015. It was rerun from September 1, 2016 to November 3, 2016.
    • It aired in the Philippines on GMA7 as The Healer from July 25, 2016 to September 28, 2016.

    Awards and nominations

    Year Award Category Recipient Result
    2014 KBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Ji Chang WookNominated
    Yoo Ji Tae
    Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Park Min YoungWon
    Popularity Award, Actor Ji Chang Wook
    Best Couple Award Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young
    2015 4thAPAN Star AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ji Chang WookNominated
    Best Supporting Actress Do Ji Won
    2016 4th Annual DramaFever AwardsBest Couple Ji Chang Wook and Park Min YoungWon
    Best Korean Drama – Melodrama Healer

    Trivia

    • This drama took over the timeslot previously occupied by "Naeil's Cantabile" and was followed by "Blood" on February 16, 2015.[2]
    • Yoo Ji Tae last starred in the 2008 SBS drama "Star's Lover".[2]
    • First script reading took place on September 11, 2014 at KBS Annex Building in Yeouido, Seoul, South Korea.[2]
    • Filming began on October 1, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea[2]

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    Healer

    Official Poster

    References

    Sours: https://drama.fandom.com/wiki/Healer

    Episode summary healer

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    My first impressions of Healer after watching episode 1 and 2

    Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young

    After seeing all the stills and gifs from tumblr, I already got a feeling that this would be an action-packed James Bond style drama. I had deliberated whether to watch this or Pinocchio first but this seemed far more exciting. And I was right !!!

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    Right at the start of episode one, you find our main character Seo Jun Hoo (played by Ji Chang Wook) heading into a mission. You see him using fancy gadgets, fighting against an army of bad guys, and almost gets run over by train. While he is doing all of this, he is consistently muttering in his earpiece to his partner  Jo Min Ja (played by Kim Mi Kyung) who is profiler that is responsible for backing him and relays him mission, analyzes scenes and hijack into devices, that he wants to back out of this mission and that it is not worth risking his life for such a measly pay.

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    We get to see our second male lead Kim Moon Ho (played by Yoo Ji Tae) who is a popular news reporter that helps the needy, fights against injustice and reveals all the dirty-covered-up secrets of businessmen.

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    He just so happens to be our female lead Chae Young Shin’s (played by Park Min Young) idol. Chae Young Shin is a entertainment/gossip news reporter who goes through any means to take a photograph like faking sickness to enter someone’s house.

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    However there is also a dark side of Kim Moon Ho as we see that he has a gang of people that works for him to dig up news. He enlists “the Healer”, Seo Jun Hoo’s code name, to bring him Chae Young Shin’s DNA, who he suspects to be his lost niece.

    We then head into episode two, where we see Jung Hoo trailing Young Shin. Of course they need to add some skinship so once the bus moves, Young Shin falls right into the arms of Jung Hoo and he quickly turns his head away so he can’t be seen.

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    Growing up with a bunch of ex-convicts, Young Shin has learned all the secrets of opening a lock and pickpocketing. In combination with her strong sixth sense, she could feel that someone was trailing her so she tries to lose him but “the Healer” being one step ahead of her, steals her backpack. After finding him, she tries to detain him and calls the police but was held hostage and we see a breath taking scene were he smashes the mirror so he can’t see his face.  Thinking that she’s dead meat, Young Shin holds her breath as she watches “the Healer” heading for a cutter knife only to grab a nailcutter to cut a piece of her nail. I had no idea that you could get DNA from a piece of nail but I guess since you could get it from hair, why not from a nail.

    There is also a brief narrative that takes place as Jun Hoo tells others to address him simply as a courier and not a burglar, criminal, entrance breaker etc. while he dons many different outfits to steal information kept under scrutiny.

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    Young Shin is confirmed as Moon Ho’s niece and he then commissions “the Healer” to find out more about her life.

    They bring in an element of hilarity into this drama but starting off a morning with “Sweet not dull” music as described by Young Shin’s father Chae Chi Soo (played but Park Sang Myeon) and we see the father-daughter couple slowly getting into vibe, dancing, sashaying, belching to the music. I especially like the comical aspect of Chul Min (Woo Hyun)  an ex/convict who now works as a cashier at Chi Soo’s coffee shop, who places two coffee cups over his ears to shield himself from the jarring music.

    We then see a bit more into Moon Ho’s background who spent his childhood with his brother running away from cops for revealing truths that no one dares speak about on their radio program. We also see that he is also wiretapped his brother as his brother seems to be involved in some conspiracy.

    “The Healer” continues to follow Young Shin and provides clips to her daily life which Moon Ho likes and tells them to find what her dream is.screen_shot_2015-02-11_at_72351_pm

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    Upon breaking into her house to find a diary, Min Ja tells him to pull out of this job and go into hiding because the police suspects him of murder which he disagrees and says he needs to stick by her side to find out her dream because there is a blurry CCTV picture of him when he held her hostage and a picture of reporter Moon Ho thumb tacker to her wall.

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    I did not want this post to turn into a recap but it has turned into somewhat of a semi-recap so I am retitling this as a highlight recap since I didn’t go into depth about everything.

    After watching about month of cdramas, since all the kdramas don’t seem that interesting, I have finally returned back to the kdrama scene.  Healer proves to be a nice action-packed drama with humor placed in the right spots. This is the type of action and secret service agent quality that I wanted to see in “7th Grade Civil Servant” that they failed to deliver. The mystery and action so far is not as intense as “IRIS” but is definitely on par with “City Hunter” which also stars Park Min Young. I definitely like her character in here more. Our heroine has a goal of being the best reporter, has a sense of righteousness and possesses the skills of a burglar which helps her out take sneaky pictures- traits that are not commonly seen in a female lead. I like that the character is not all too innocent like other the other female characters we see in dramaland.

    This hostage scene feels weirdly romantic to me. It’s the perfect first encounter for our two main leads. It’s intimate since they are the only ones in the bathroom and there lots of skinship since he’s hold her close to him. When he covered her eyes I get the feeling that he is actually protecting her from seeing something wrong. Yet we have to be reminded that both of them are opponents right now since she is being held against her will and wants him arrested for stealing her backpack.

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    My favorite scene would have to be the father and daughter duo singing and dancing to the “sweet” song in their coffee shop in the morning in episode 2.

    This is the first time that I am seeing Yoo Ji Tae and I thinks he portrays image of a righteous reporter well with a hidden side of darkness. I find him to resemble a lot like Lee Ki Woo from “Flower Boy Ramen” and actual mixed them up until I looked up his name.

    Ji Chang Wook revives his name- at least in my dictionary as I skipped the past couple dramas he starred in and could not finish “Bachelor Vegetable Garden” which gave me a bad impression of him. He was able to fit into all his disguises without looking too cheesy and looked badass as a secret agent type character. He’s a lonely person with no friend, yet he carries out his mission trying to hurt the least amount of people and displays compassion when he stops filming Young Shin after  she reveals a sensitive moment in her life.

    All in all I feel that this is a nice drama filled with action, romance, a little bit of comedy, and I suspect some dark secret to be unveiled as we proceed further into the drama. I would definitely recommend this.  🙂

    BTW I love Woo Hyun in here. He’s always played  nasty characters in the past but in this one he’s so sweet to Young Shin feeding her breakfast and he was so hilarious to cover up his ears with two coffee mugs.

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    • An old murder incident involving a group who ran an illegal broadcasting station brings together different people - a mysterious errand guy "Healer" who possesses disguise and fighting skills, a reporter from a second-rate tabloid, and a famous journalist. They will have to deal with the cruel conflict of truth versus faith.

    • Kim Moon-Ho (Yoo Ji-Tae) is a popular reporter at major broadcasting company. One day, he learns the truth of a case that took place in the past. He intentionally approaches people who are related to the case and helps them. While doing so, he agonizes over the truth and beliefs. Meanwhile, with the help of Kim Moon-Ho, internet reporter Chae Young-Shin (Park Min-Young) and Seo Jung-Hoo (Ji Chang-Wook), known as "Healer," grow into real reporters.

      —Miia T. Amri

    • Seo Jung-hoo is a mercenary who will do whatever his clients ask, except kidnapping or killing people. He is known in his field as "Healer", the best night courier in his business. He is given a mysterious mission from a client to monitor a young woman named Chae Young-sin, an online news reporter at a low-level news agency, and report everything she does. Healer applies for a job at Chae's company in disguise to accomplish the mission under a fake name. It starts like any other job for him and never does he think that he will fall for the charming news reporter as they uncover a 20-year-old murder mystery.

      —Alex


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    Healer: Episode 1

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    We’re off to a brisk start with Healer, which I was looking forward to mostly for the writer (Song Ji-nah of Sandglass, Legend, Story of a Man) and secondarily for the cast (though a cast is never enough on its own to entice me). I was most curious to see what the tone would actually be, because there were enough disparate elements in the descriptions to keep me guessing—would it be a multigenerational melodrama? A conspiracy-driven thriller? A fun action romp? And while we often get dramas throwing at us an excess of genre modifiers that feel too scattered to work well (spy-action-medical-political-thriller-romance, for instance, or comedy-paranormal-historical-court-intrigue), I actually think Healer lives up to its promo descriptions, and keeps things moving smoothly, while hinting at a lot more depth beneath the surface.

     
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    EPISODE 1 RECAP

    A large, deserted building. The site looks abandoned, but deep inside the industrial space lies a spiffy hi-tech lair, lined with expensive computers and state-of-the-art gadgets. Somebody’s turned a dusty concrete box into a veritable bachelor pad.

    Inside it, a young, fit man plays a game of virtual tennis (and gets his butt kicked by his computer opponent). We aren’t given a formal introduction yet, but for convenience’s sake let’s call him by name: SEO JUNG-HOO (Ji Chang-wook).

    Jung-hoo ignores his cell phone, and moments later his tennis game gets hacked and a cartoon squiggle bursts in. A woman’s voice cuts in, cackling and chiding “oppa” not to ignore her calls, while he reminds her not to hack into his stuff.

    Jung-hoo snaps to attention when “Ajumma” mentions a new job, although he’s skeptical at her description of it being “really simple”—nothing Ajumma’s called simple has ever been simple. She retorts that meeting a contact and taking a package is easy-peasy, and gets him going on the gig.

    Jung-hoo pauses to look up at the wall-sized screen sporting the image of a beautiful island, his narration telling us that he dreams of buying a deserted island off of Panama. But for now, work.

    The hand-off point is in a subway station, and Jung-hoo keeps a low profile as he scopes out the scene. Decked out with an in-ear line to his hacker partner—she’s JO MIN-JA (played by Kim Mi-kyung)—he notes the security cameras in his sightline, and Min-ja deftly hacks into the system to divert the footage.

    Jung-hoo easily spots several suit-wearing goons stationed around the platform—they’re likely to become complications. Deciding this job is too much hassle for the meager payday, he turns to leave, only to have Min-ja remind them that they need the cash and that their market is crowding with competition. Jung-hoo turns back with a sigh.

    First, they have to figure out who these guys are, and Jung-hoo sidles up to one goon and distracts him with images of bikini-clad women on his phone. While the goon drools, Jung-hoo surreptitiously swipes the guy’s cell phone and calls Min-ja with it, then slips the phone back.

    With that information Min-ja is able to figure out who those suits work for, and it’s one of their competitors, Double S, to whom they’ve lost some clients: “They think they’re a Gangnam department store and we’re the neighborhood market.”

    When the subway car arrives carrying his new client, Jung-hoo makes sure to get to him before the rivals do, and quietly grabs the contact’s arm and asks, “You came to meet the Healer?” He pulls the man back onto the train, but not soon enough; the rivals spot them and jump onto the car, and soon Jung-hoo finds himself trapped with goons closing in on both sides.

    In an apartment building, a young woman gets into the elevator with a deliveryman and comments that the top package is hers. She takes it from the deliveryman—and then darts into a stairwell to don a delivery vest herself, using the package as an excuse to knock on a different apartment. Sneaky.

    She makes up a few lies about requiring signatures to deliver mail, and the resident reluctantly opens the door to sign. That’s when our fake-deliverer clutches at her heart and makes a big dramatic gesture of reaching for pills, asking for water.

    When the woman complies, our faker hurriedly grabs her phone to snap a few photos of the entryway, then makes a lame excuse to the woman for why the delivery is for the wrong person. The woman doesn’t buy it since she’s a celebrity (“Don’t you know who I am?”) and our faker beats a hasty retreat, her cover blown.

    But she’s gotten what she came for, as it turns out she’s actually a reporter, CHAE YOUNG-SHIN (Park Min-young). She puts in a call to her editor; she works for a low-rent tabloid operation, as we can surmise from the way her editor tries to fashion a juicy headline out of her photo of men’s shoes in the celebrity’s entryway. He complains that it’s too weak to use as proof of liaison, and not worthy of a scoop.

    Young-shin heads to the parking garage looking for more to the story, which is where she nearly gets plowed down by a convertible as it parks. She heads over indignantly to give the driver a piece of her mind, but he’s foaming at the mouth over a subway snafu, and Young-shin’s ears perk up when he blames this on “the Healer.”

    Spidey senses tingling, she eavesdrops as the driver picks up a photograph and asks for a confirmation of the Healer’s appearance. He throws the photo in the backseat, and in an split-second of pure guts (or foolishness), Young-shin snatches the picture before the driver screeches off.

    Next we jump to a charged protest site outside the corporation Samhan Group, where ex-workers and their families protest illegal layoffs. Reporters swarm the site, among them a grave-looking Serious Journalist, KIM MOON-HO (Yoo Ji-tae). He’s recognizable and respected, and maybe even a bit of a maverick; the other reporters stand around waiting for the official press conference, but Moon-ho heads right into the thick of things to talk with the protesters.

    He interviews a distraught old woman who begs him to save her son, who’s laid up in the hospital after self-immolating in protest. Moon-hoo leaves a colleague to handle the press conference and immediately heads to the hospital, where he finds the son in a ghastly state, burned from head to toe.

    The man has written out his story in case a reporter should come, and Moon-ho reads: “Please tell our story. Nobody will listen to what we have to say.” There’s something in Moon-ho’s demeanor that assures us that he will treat this with dignity and fairness, and he apologizes for coming so late.

    But back to the subway. For now, Healer Jung-hoo is safe enough, with the goons waiting for their moment. Min-ja hacks into security at the next subway stop and sees the fresh influx of gangster types arriving and stationing themselves right at the doors. Meanwhile the client is quaking in his shoes about to pee himself, and Jung-hoo tells him calmly to trust him.

    As the train approaches the station, Jung-hoo instructs his client to jump at the count of three. “One… two…” And screeeeeech! The train jerks to a stop in the middle of the tracks, and Jung-hoo counts, “Three!”

    The doors don’t open. “Three!” He repeats. This time the doors do open… behind him, on the wrong side of the tracks. Pwahaha.

    Seriously, Ajumma!” Healer gripes. Min-ja goes whoopsie and corrects her mistake, and then Jung-hoo and his client leap out the correct set of doors, onto the tracks below, while the goons are locked out by closing doors.

    As they jog down the tunnel, Jung-hoo asks for “the goods” to confirm that they’re genuine, but the client fearfully begs Jung-hoo to save him first. This goes against his policy and time’s ticking, with the Double S goons now in the tunnel, continuing the chase. The client clutches his briefcase whimpering that they’ll kill him, and the gang is coming at them mighty quickly…

    Jung-hoo asks Min-ja for a hand, and she sends the subway train along, losing their light source. The tunnel goes dark and from there, it’s simple enough for Jung-hoo to employ his super-fly hand-to-hand moves to pick them off one at a time. All the while, Min-ja counts down the remaining seconds till the next train passes through…

    With less than a minute to spare, Jung-hoo tries to tell his opponent to pause to clear out his buddies before continuing the fight, which sounds as silly as you think if not for the very real train heading their way. By the time the lights appear around the bend, he’s only got seconds to figure a way out of this.

    Jung-hoo breaks free of his hold and knocks out his opponent, only to have the burly guy land on top of him, pinning him to the tracks. Oh shit oh shit! Mooooooove.

    The train zooms by, and then a long tense pause as we peer down the tunnel. Are those bodies dead, or just out for the count? And then, Jung-hoo stirs from the pile, having shoved himself and the goon off the tracks at the last second. He gasps that this job is so not worth the price tag.

    Now for some rich people. Inside his palatial estate, a media mogul takes a conference call with other media honchos. He’s KIM MOON-SHIK (Park Sang-won), the chairman of Jeil Newspaper, and they’re discussing how to handle the story of the mass layoffs at Samhan Group. Or spinning it, more like, landing upon a business-friendly angle that takes the blame off the corporation. Oh, something tells me we’re in for some family strife over this, as Moon-shik is the older brother to our righteous star reporter Moon-ho.

    Then Moon-shik hears from his secretary that “the item” has been transferred, having survived the attempt to intercept it. He guesses correctly who was behind that attempt—Moon-ho. Omo. Things just got more interesting.

    Double S is reputed to be top-of-the-line, but even so, they weren’t able to outwit the solo Healer. He’s never been identified, and one of his hallmarks is discretion, in that he never asks for his clients’ identities.

    Jung-hoo takes his nervous client away to safety to complete the transaction, but the man is so scared that he begs for one more consideration—that they send him to America, which he can’t do on his own without being caught. He adds that Jeil News should be able to manage it, and an email gets sent over to chairman Moon-shik.

    That means, however, that the client knows that Jeil is involved, and Jeil doesn’t like being thus exposed. Moon-shik files away the Healer’s name and decides that this must be directly discussed with the Old Man; they can’t risk anything going awry.

    At the broadcast station, Moon-ho gets bad news from his boss, news desk chief KANG MIN-JAE (Woo Hee-jin), with whom he is very friendly and speaks to in banmal. They’ll be cutting the interview with the burned protester, and he entreats her to help him honor his promise to the man.

    Min-jae understands how he feels but she’s also got higher-ups to report to, so she settles on a compromise to allow Moon-ho to mention meeting the man, but glossing it over in a pleasant fashion. Something tells me he’s not going to let that be the final word.

    Ah, and as the newscast prepares for broadcast, we see that the honchos who’d called in with Jeil’s Moon-shik are executives at this station. Min-jae gives Moon-ho the extra warning that they’re here to see his broadcast. “Don’t cause trouble,” she says.

    At home, Young-shin makes kimchi with her father, chatting about her latest lead on the top-secret mercenary called the Healer. She knows that these kinds of services are employed by the rich and powerful to do their dirty work for them, and smells a top story, as well as all the riches she’ll rake in by writing a bestselling exposé.

    Young-shin wheedles Dad in her best aegyo voice to lend her the money to contract the Healer’s services (in the vicinity of 10 grand), and he harrumphs that he’ll do it when she brings home a marriageable young man. She picks up a cabbage head and “introduces” him to Dad, which is super cute for the way Dad just plays along like she’s marrying Mr. Cabbage Head.

    But then it’s time for the evening news, and Young-shin leaps up to catch the broadcast featuring Moon-ho. From the way she grins up moonily at her television, I’m guessing she’s a big fan.

    Moon-ho goes off-script during the live broadcast to tell the man’s story, to Min-jae’s chagrin. Moon-ho gets particularly scathing, turning the criticism inward, saying that the man self-immolated because nobody would listen to his story otherwise. He acknowledges that truth—he didn’t interview the man until he burned himself, nor did the station care for the plight of the workers—and states that the man’s extreme act was driven first and foremost by “we the reporters.”

    And Young-shin’s admiration of Moon-ho just balloons up in response—not to date him, but to be him. She explains to us that she wasn’t so great in her studies, went to a mediocre university, and failed all the entrance exams for the major papers, which explains why she’s toiling away at such a dinky tabloid. Still, she’s confident in her drive and passion.

    Next, we meet an elegant woman in a wheelchair, looking fondly at old photographs of her daughter and of herself with four university friends (a photo that’s been spotted a few times now). She’s CHOI MYUNG-HEE (Do Ji-won), and she sets out a lavish spread with those photos at the center—a memorial, perhaps.

    She’s joined by her husband, Chairman Kim Moon-shik, in a child’s room that’s been preserved. He grows sad-eyed at the friends’ photo, but agrees that it’s appropriate since their bygone friend was the father of the deceased daughter. Oy, these relationships seem pretty complicated. I mean, in a good way ultimately, but right now I’m just trying to keep ’em all straight.

    Moon-shik calls his brother to wonder why he isn’t here yet, but Moon-ho’s in a heavy mood and says he won’t be able to make it. Moon-shik guesses that it’s because he got chewed out for making yet another live broadcast incident, and the brothers laugh about how nothing ever happens without hyung knowing.

    It’s particularly interesting given what we know about them outmaneuvering each other behind each other’s backs, since they seem so affable to each other directly. Moon-shik ends the call with a warm “You know I’m always on your side,” to which Moon-ho angrily flings off his headset.

    Then Moon-ho calls a friend to inquire about test results yet again—and for the third time, the DNA has proved the two people unrelated. The friend wonders who he’s looking for, and Moon-ho just replies, “Someone I have to find.”

    As he comes home to his spacious, empty apartment, Moon-ho thinks heavily that another day has passed in his life where every day feels like a homework assignment to be solved. He takes an apologetic call from the Double S Guard company for the failed task, and guesses that the job was interrupted by the Healer, “because I had initially intended to hire him.” Looks like he’ll be going there next… if he can beat out the competition, that is.

    Moon-ho dismantles his coffee table to reveal that it’s a functional chest, and inside is a briefcase housing dozens of cassette tapes and a note that reads “HEALER.” The tapes date back to 1980, and he narrates that two points of time in his life are connected by a tough thread: 1980 and 1992. Every time he tries to move forward, he returns instead to those times.

    He takes out that old photo of the five friends, growing emotional as it takes him back to being a young boy:

    November 1980. Moon-ho rides shotgun in an old truck, his brother driving and listening to an underground radio broadcast. A young Myung-hee broadcasts from a cramped space with her (boy?)friend, talking about news and criticizing the media in that fearless way that idealistic students have.

    The broadcast is enough of a problem that the police are busy trying to track its source and move out with sirens blaring. A friend on a motorcycle signals to Moon-shik, and ah! The pirate broadcast is originating from the back of the truck. The friends get the signal to cut out, and they quickly sign off.

    The cops spot the antenna mounted on the truck and start to chase, while their motorcycle buddy does his part in running interference and heading off the police cars. The chase gets increasingly perilous, until finally the motorcyclist pulls off the awning covering the truckbed and flings it onto the cop’s windshield, ending the chase.

    They make it out today, and drink to the successful escape. That’s when young Moon-ho picks up a camera, and the friends suggest taking a photograph together. Moon-shik is the most concerned of the five—he’s rather dark, whereas his friends are freewheeling and ebullient—and I’m sensing more to the story than a mere love triangle between his old friend and his current wife.

    In the present day, Moon-shik and Myung-hee hold the memorial, and Myung-hee grows teary as she asks her dead husband to look after their daughter. Moon-shik lends her his literal shoulder to cry on.

    Moon-ho writes an email while narrating for us, “My time is caught on the past, and so, I had no tomorrow. If I find that child, perhaps I might have a tomorrow.” We see him writing another request for help, and it’s addressed to the Healer.

    The Healer, meanwhile, sits down for to a dinner for one and keeps his eye on his goal of retiring to a private island. His plan sounds both outlandish and entirely feasible, given the way he’s thinking out the details of all the supplies he’d need. He grimaces at a phone call from Ajumma Min-ja, and when he ignores her call (c’mon, do you not learn?), she hacks into his system to check on the latest request.

    Jung-hoo retorts that he’s already tracked down three girls for the client, but Min-ja reminds him that they were all false leads. This time, though, she thinks she’s got a good possibility for a girl adopted twenty years ago who fits the bill. Plus, it’s an appealing option since they’ll get paid for the DNA sample regardless of whether it’s a match.

    Jung-hoo isn’t hopping to get on the job, but he realizes that he’s still got to make more money before his dreams of island paradise are realized.

    And then we cut to Young-shin, who explains her second dream being to locate her birth parents. She loves her naggy dad, but is curious to know who her parents were, ask why they abandoned her, and to meet them once. Just to know.

    In the morning, Young-shin runs along the sidewalk and thinks to herself that both her dreams seem distant and unattainable, but she’ll be keeping the faith. She’ll work hard, and if it happens, it’ll be her fate.

    As she barrels along to the bus stop, we see through the Healer’s fancy info-glasses that Young-shin is the one he’s looking for. His reports find that she’s curiously absent from social media accounts (“She can’t be normal!”), and her face gets positively matched by the computer software as she makes it onto the bus.

    “Bingo!” he thinks, as he boards the bus after her. The bus lurches, and she falls, quite literally, into his arms.

     
    COMMENTS

    I was hoping for good things from Healer but also wary of expecting too much, because that’s been the story of my life this past year. Every time a drama comes along I try to temper my hopes, and yet judging from the way I keep feeling disappointment, I can never quite get rid of it entirely. But I wouldn’t want to, because it’s worth it when a show meets your standards or exceeds them, and that’s all the reason to keep looking for the good in things.

    I’m not ready to declare Healer a success story, and I haven’t quite decided whether to continue the recaps (we’ll be deciding after seeing the rest of premiere week), but for now I feel optimistic about the world, the characters, and the intricate interweaving of people’s stories. One thing that drives me nuts in dramas is when very important things happen by coincidence (like the lead couple of a rom-com just happening to have five meet-cutes (or meet-hates) in a row), but we can see that the writer is layering the pieces carefully. Things happen for a reason, and I believe that the relationships are fleshed out in elaborate detail beyond what we can see.

    I like to be kept guessing, so long as the drama doesn’t overdo the cryptic hint-dropping, because isn’t it infuriating when a show dangles things in front of you and yanks them away? I like how we see these relationships presented, with glimpses at a more nuanced story underneath the surface; there’s enough for us to speculate, but it’s not so obvious that it won’t present surprises down the line.

    One key example of that is the brothers’ relationship, which I already find fascinating via their one phone call together. They don’t look like they’re faking affection or interest in each other, and from the flashback we can presume that hyung basically raised his kid brother, but clearly there is conflict in spades between them now. They work in the same industry, are rock stars in their professions, and have what appear to be good lives—but man, are they a powder keg ready to blow or what?

    Yoo Ji-tae is really wonderful at embodying his character’s haunted inner life, and I am so happy to see him back in wonderland with his quiet intensity. His gravitas just gets better with age, now that he has a few wrinkles to add to the effect, and I am mightily relieved to see how his character figures into the plotline. I had worried that they cast such a fantastic actor and might relegate him to support staff in favor of the younger hotshot (and I say this liking Ji Chang-wook); the Healer is a cool role, but Moon-ho provides this emotional heft that I find really compelling. You can feel the oppressive weight of the past in him, and that informs everything in the present.

    That said, I’m also happy to see that the Healer isn’t some glossy empty vessel, either—I really, really like his yearning for isolation, and find that it rounds his character in a fascinating way. He isn’t just a legendary mercenary for the kicks; it’s just a means to an end for him, and he’s so driven to pursue that end that he’s gotten to be insanely good at his job. He seems to me both a wild dreamer and a pragmatist, even though I’m not quite sure where those two edges meet in him. What I do know is that I want to know more of this story, and I’ll be hoping that the drama delivers it in a consistently entertaining, thoughtful, and (sure why not?) stylishly slick way.

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