Healer (2014) 治愈者
Genre: Thriller, Romance, Comedy, Action, Mystery
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 9/10 No. of times I watched it: 2
starring Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Healer, Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho, Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin.
Plot: Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Ji Tae) is a popular reporter at a major broadcasting company run by his older brother. As he tries all ways to make truth come to light, he helps people who feel wronged. He kept silent about his brother’s bad deeds towards his brother’s very own friends due to his lack of power. With people on his side and the power of media, he finally managed to do something about it. 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.
Zoom into characters: Seo Jung Hoo, code name Healer, is a night errand guy who does any work except murder as long as the payment is sufficient. His dream is to get an uninhabited island in South Pacific (if I did not remember wrongly) and live there until he meets bold and sunny Young Shin. In order to find out more about Young Shin as requested by his client (Moon Ho), he stages as a coward reporter in Someday News. Despite being framed as a murderer and suspected to be near Young Shin, he continues to be around Young Shin on impulse. Young Shin was adopted by a gangster+lawyer after being physically abused by her first adoptive parent. Despite having breathing problems whenever she witnesses violence, she is not afraid to stand up against the bad guys and is protective towards “chicken-hearted” Jung Hoo. She calls herself a veteran entertainment reporter until she gets the chance to learn from her idol, Moon Ho.
I am impressed with Jung Hoo’s extraordinary martial arts skills when fighting. He can even move from one place to another using the rooftops of buildings alone. He also has very outstanding disguise ability (haha), allowing him to sneak into places without being noticed. It is fun to watch the people’s expressions when they finally discover the real him. I especially liked the scene that he saves Young Shin from the crashing elevator. The background music and action are just perfect!
When Ji Chang Wook acts as coward Bong Soo, I almost thought he is like that due to lack of being with people. Haha. I did not expect that it is just a strong cover… It is quite funny that he is doing most of the protecting in face of danger yet make it seem like Young Shin is protecting him instead. He even fakes being upset because of the bugs infesting his house and pretends to vomit but steals a handcuff from the detective. Haha. I enjoyed watching Young Shin break out into weird dances or singing strange songs when she is upset. How I wish I can learn how to pick-lock like Young Shin! I am glad when Young Shin finally finds out that Bong Soo is the night errand guy she has a crush on. The secret date that they only hold hands once without even looking at each other is just too short.
The hacker healer who helps Jung Hoo with his tasks adds humour into this drama. She is often mimicking other’s voice and enjoys her time alone in a room filled with computers. She is really good at hacking, even causing a train to stop from her room. She sends announcements by making characters go into Jung Hoo’s computer screen and talk. The spectacles that Jung Hoo wears as healer is very cool. He can connect it to the hacker healer’s computer and even uses them to read emails or take pictures.
It is tragic that among the friends only one, Moon Ho’s brother, does well. Perhaps if he did not betray, he will also face the same consequence as the others? He should have at least felt sorry for them (did he?) or tried to take revenge with his newly gained power and not just satisfy his greed. It is admirable that Moon Ho tries to uncover his brother’s bad deeds and pay back whatever he can such as helping to find the daughter of one of the friends. While he can just sit back and earn a lot of money with his brother’s “help”, he choose to do things that may make the world a better place.
Why you should watch: Despite it boring me when the scenes do not include the lead couple, there is a good mix of romance and action in this drama. At first, I did not want to watch it as I thought it is just another reporter related drama. Fortunately, I went to read the recaps and liked the characters for both the lead which is why I started watching. It gives great satisfaction and the ending is good! I liked how Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young portrayed their characters, making the drama more memorable.
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