Title: 뉴하트 / New Heart
Jo Jae Hyun as Choi Kang Gook
Ji Sung as Lee Eun Sung
Kim Min Jung as Nam Hye Suk
Lee Ji Hoon as Lee Dong Gwon
This drama is about the pride and frustration of cardiac surgeons on the job. Lee Eun Sung graduated from a newly established medical school in the southern province and not from an elite one like the Hwang Hee University Hospital where he applied for residency with the hope of becoming a great cardiac specialist. Since he wasn’t a graduate of Hwang Hee University, he was looked down upon by almost everyone at the hospital. Nam Hye Suk graduated with top marks and was regarded as a star student. She was an absolute fundamentalist and proud of herself. Dr. Choi Kang Gook became the new head of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery after being in exile for 5 years for getting into trouble with his former superior. He was a genius but he was also a stubborn surgeon who does not care for hospital politics. It ended up only Lee Eun Sung and Nam Hye Suk were the only doctors who applied for residency and they were accepted with great reluctance after being rejected outright by Dr. Choi Kang Gook.
Lee Dong Gwon, a famous actor, was admitted to the Hospital for arrhythmia surgery. He knew Nam Hye Sook from elementary school and was infatuated with her. Meanwhile, as they worked and study together, Nam Hye Sook fell in love with Lee Eun Sung. However, for his own reason, Eun Sung chose to just befriend with Hye Sook.
My Comment :
This my other favorite medical drama beside Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (SGBDH), a 2007 Medical Drama from SBS. Both have senior actor to play the charismatic doctor in the dramas. If Surgeon Bong Dal Hee had Lee Beom Soo to play charismatic Dr Ahn, New Heart had Jo Jae Hyun as Dr Choi Kang Gook and I think both of the actors played their role really well.
The only flaw that made me give this drama less point than SGBDH is on the ending. Although the ending is good, a happy ending for almost everybody but it was a bit rush. Overall, it is one of the best 2008 K-Drama and recommended for those who love medical drama.
I love the story and the chemistry between Ji Sung and Kim Min Jung. The one and only Ji Sung drama I watched before this one was All In. I am not really a fan of Kim Min Jung but she is a good actress.