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Deserving of the Name

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The story of a doctor from Joseon era who travels 400 years into the future where he met a cold-hearted modern practitioner.

Heo Im (Kim Nam Gil) is an oriental doctor, acknowledged as the best in acupuncture and moxibustion in Joseon. His success is blocked due to his status as the son of a concubine. One day, Heo Im travels though time and finds himself in present day Seoul. He then meets Choi Yeon Kyung (Kim Ah Joong) who is firmly only believing in modern medicine.


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Zero no Shinjitsu

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2014
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Drama series tells the story of Forensic Medical Examiner Maou Matsumoto (Emi Takei) as she attempts to uncover the truth of the deceased bodies she examines. Maou Matsumoto has begun work as a forensic medical examiner. She doesn’t have parents or friends. Maou possesses extreme intelligence with an IQ of 150. She isn’t interested in having relationships, food or men. She only focuses on her work as a forensic medical examiner and the autopsies she performs


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Yong Pal

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2015
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Kim Tae-Hyun (Joo Won) is an excellent surgeon, but he is constantly harassed by debt collectors due to his younger sister. His younger sister requires expensive kidney dialysis. To make more money, he goes to see patients privately for a high fee. He doesn’t care whether these patients are criminals as long as they can pay him.

Kim Tae-Hyun then meets Yeo-Jin (Kim Tae-Hee) who is in deep sleep in the hospital


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Wu Ying Deng Xia

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2011
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Lu Yanan, Chen Yujing, He Meifen, Pan Jiahui graduated from medical school, entered the hospital safely. Intense work and frequent accidents so that they have a profound understanding of the doctor. Hospital Urology Xiao Keming mature calm, cautious, cynical Zhongli Wei, deputy director, integrity publicity.


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Umi to dokuyaku

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1986
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Although director Kumai’s The Sea and Poisin won a lot of awards(10), both in Japan and Berlin, the uncomfortable nature of the subject matter for most Japanese did not help his popularity at home. Kumai as always tries to paint a completely honest and accurate portrait of the events covered by the film. The result is hard-hitting cinema that indicts the patronage system in Japanese hospitals of the time, the politicization of the medical profession and, most central to the film, the ‘poisining’ by militarization of the ethical culture of the medical profession.

Kumai’s direction is clean and straightforward. The story is told through the eyes of two interns and a nurse, who face interogation by the US Military after the war. Their responses to the interrogation generate flash-backs which show us the events in question. The film gives us a clear description of the system in which the characters found themselves, the varying moral decisions they were forced to make and their reasoning.

The cast is superb and all are seasoned actors. Eiji Okuda and Ken Watanabe are both strong as the two interns. The part of the head nurse, though it’s a supporting role, is played by Kyoko Kishida, who most will remember for her superb role as the female lead in Teshigahara’s “Woman of the Dunes (Sands)”. For the small supporting role of the poor elderly woman slowly dying in the ward who will likely never be considered important enough to warrant an operation, Kumai chose Noriko Sengoku. She has had a long career playing supporting roles, including in several films by Kurosawa and Naruse including The Seven Samurai, Floating Clouds and in Kobayashi’s Kwaidan. Toshie Negishi plays the other nurse with a significant role. She has also had a long career working for the likes of Kurosawa, Imamura, Obayashi and Miike. All give strong performances under Kumai’s direction.

This is another strong film by Kei Kumai. I know I am biased by my admiration for Kumai’s work, but he never lets me down and this is no exception. It’s not a fun flic, but it draws you into the world and psyche of some well developed characters and their times. There are also some well shot and highly dramatic operating room scenes. Enjoy this when you’re in the mood for some serious cinema.


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Time Slip Dr. Jin

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2012
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Jin Hyuk is a genius neurosurgeon with a cold and severe attitude in his interactions with other people due to his personal pursuit of perfection. Through a mysterious power, Jin Hyuk finds himself transported back in time 150 years. He begins treating people there, but the lack of necessary implements and rudimentary medical knowledge of the period forces him to seek new ways to aid the sick. Through this challenging process, Jin Hyuk eventually becomes a genuine doctor.


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The Virus

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2013
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Chief Detective Lee Myung-Hyun lead a “special infectious disease crisis response team” as they investigate a mysterious infection case where the virus has a 100% fatality rate. Lee Myung-Hyun faces the truth and fights against the power of evil.


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The Last Breakthrough

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2004
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Dr. Albert Wong Fu Fun (Nick Cheung) joins “Life Force”, an international medical humanitarian organization, to carry out the unfulfilled wish of his deceased girlfriend, Ha Hiu Tung (Gigi Leung). He also set up “Lung Sing Medical Center” (Dragon City Medical Centre) to help the poor.

When Fu Fun was working with the organization in Kenya, he met a young doctor named Ken Chai Pak Hang (Raymond Lam), who works at a private hospital name “Ling Siu” in Hong Kong. Influenced by Fun, Ken joins “Lung Sing” later. Hong Kiu (Sonija Kwok), a nurse at “Grant Hill Hospital”, is impressed by Fun’s principle of putting patients first and develops feelings for him. However, Fun cannot get over Tung. Meanwhile, Ken meets a volunteer Ha Hiu Ching (Leila Tong) when he is in Africa and takes an interest in her. When they meet at “Lung Sing” again, Ching Ching tries to stray away from Ken because of the existence of Yoyo Go Siu Yau (Sharon Chan), who comes from a wealthy family, and who is also a patient of Ken.

Working with Fun at both “Lung Sing” and “Life Force”, Ken learns that apart from giving patients medical treatments, doctors should also help patients to live a meaningful life. However, when Ken and Fun face their own challenges, they feel weak and helpless…


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The Hippocratic Crush

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2012
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Cheung Yat Kin (Kenneth Ma) recently graduated and started his practice in neurosurgery at Yan Oi Hospital. Kin is a goal-driven individual who took his work seriously and strictly followed the rules. Although his medical interns were afraid of his strict rules and high expectations, they respected his exceptional skills and experiences. Kin initially studied medicine because he was grateful to the doctor (Yu’s father) who saved his younger brother Cheung Yat Hong’s (Nathan Ngai) life after a bad traffic accident. Kin took great care of his brother and worked hard to earn enough money to send his brother for an overseas’s education. Because he was worried that his brother will be unable to take care of himself as his legs are paralyzed, Kin decided that his mother shall accompany his brother overseas. Thus Kin had to work doubly hard to enough money to support both of them. Kin’s incredible work ethic enabled him to work hard and save enough money to support his brother financially. For that reason, Kin did not consider being committed into a relationship until he met Fan Chi Yu (Tavia Yeung). Yu, a reputable doctor, worked on several projects with Kin and found herself falling in love with him. However, when she found out that her long lost sister, Fan Mei Suet (Mandy Wong), also liked Kin, she decided to give up on pursuing him. Subsequently, Kin realized that he also had feelings for Yu when she stopped talking to him and confessed his love to her. Shortly after Kin and Yu started their relationship, Hong got into accident and tragically died. Kin’s grief over his younger brother’s tragic death greatly influenced his attitude towards his interns, especially Yeung Pui Chung (Him Law), who Kin had always considered him as a younger brother. To make matters worse, Kin suddenly finds out that Yu suffers from tumor in her spine and that it may become life-threatening. Yu actively searched for treatment and her persistent spirit motivated Kin to get back on his feet to support her. Unfortunately, Yu’s condition worsened, and she took the risk of undergoing a dangerous surgery. As a doctor and Yu’s boyfriend, Kin and Yu’s father took on the challenge to do the surgery on her. After enduring the hardships together, Kin and Yu’s feelings grew deeper and got happily married.


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Swan

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2017
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A web drama about a genius plastic surgeon and his ex-wife who run a beauty clinic. “Swan” is a Korea-China co-production.


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