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Korean Drama Review Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho NLJDH

Since one of my friends looked for my review of this drama and asked me about it when she could not find it, I may as well write it before I forget about the drama’s details haha. Doing this by memory.

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho (2016) 鄰家律師趙德浩

Genre: Comedy, Family, Law, Crime

starring Park Shin Yang as Jo Deul Ho, Kang So Ra as Lee Eun Jo, Ryu Soo Young as Shin Ji Wook, Park Sol Mi as Jung Hae Gyung, Kim Gab Soo as Shin Young Il

I sneak peeked into it when my mother was watching and ended up watching the later episodes with her. The prosecutor, Deul Ho, is excellent at his job and has unusual ways of making the truth come to light haha, winning every case that he manages to get his hand on. For example, he throws a fake spider at the defendant to cut short his act of sitting in the wheelchair and acting ill to gain sympathy. After that, his life becomes a mess when he tries to prosecute a rich and powerful man, and he even becomes a beggar because of that. Sadly, the friend he made at that time was killed by the rich man’s son and burnt, and he somehow becomes a lawyer to defend the person who was framed for his friend’s murder. After that incident, he attempts to make a comeback and only takes on cases that is in relation to the rich man and his son to make them pay for the crimes they committed.

It is funny how every case/most of the cases throughout the drama are somehow linked to the rich man and son haha. They really committed so many crimes… Amazed when watching how Deul Ho wins each case by all means using unusual and creative methods, and ways a lawyer should not have done. For example, when defending the person who was framed for his friend’s murder, Deul Ho told the defendant to read what he witnessed from a script Deul Ho writes for the defendant which is not ethically right. However, as the defendant tries to memorise and read out the prepared script in court, he ends up remembering what he witnessed that night at court. It is satisfying to watch the rich man and his son’s anxious looks during or after each case, even though the rich man is still powerful enough to ensure his son and his “safety”. However, I feel that Deul Ho is quite biased, only focusing on cases that can cause harm to the rich man and son but I wont say that what he is doing is wrong since he only has a certain amount of time and attention and he cant possibly take every case.

It is interesting to watch the interaction between Deul Ho and his friend, a loan shark. At first, they meet as prosecutor and criminal. Somehow, the loan shark often commits many minor crimes or is being framed, and keeps going to see him to be prosecuted which is how their friendship developed. For most of the parts of the drama, his friend is the one giving him a place to live and giving him the help he needs to solve cases so it shows that we will never know who will help us in times of need haha. Enjoyed watching Deul Ho’s secretary’s exaggerated reactions and facial expressions, and the way she supports Deul Ho in whatever he does.

Liked the development of relationship between Deul Ho and Eun Jo. For a moment, I thought Eun Jo is his separated daughter that grows up to be a lawyer but that is not the case haha. At first, Eun Jo disapproves of his methods to defend the client when working with him but ends up forming an admiration for him, and eventually works with him after resigning from a law firm that mostly defends the rich and powerful (the law firm wanted to get rid of her for her mistake). Was hoping that she will end up with another prosecutor which is righteous but pressured by his father to help the rich man (not sure if that happens because I didnt manage to watch the last few episodes). He is often compared with Deul Ho by his father which makes him unhappy (happens often in dramas). Glad that he manages to see through the evil plans, and get out of his father’s control to do what is right towards the end. His father is an evil and cunning villain who pretends to be a follower of powerful people but is actually the mastermind.


Liked the interaction between Deul Ho and his young daughter which is heartwarming as they keep each other company, make each other happy, and the daughter gives good advice to her father. It is sad that they have to be separated after Deul Ho’s divorce with his wife. His wife wanted stability for her family, and also to protect her father’s law firm which makes me feel that she does not love Deul Ho enough haha. Glad that his wife and his wife’s father change towards the end if not I wont be rooting for the couple/family to reunite.

When I first saw the poster of the drama, I didnt feel like watching it due to lack of eye candies/actors and actresses I like but it turns out to be a thrilling ride with much unexpected humour and twists.

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Quick Picture Recap Doctor Stranger DS


Park Hoon’s father fell into a political trap plotted by Premier Jang and Myung Woo Hospital director. They became North Korea’s citizen and are unable to return.


In North Korea, Park Hoon has someone he holds dear in his heart.


Park Hoon’s father sacrifices himself for Park Hoon’s happiness and future.



Painful separation between Park Hoon and Jae Hee after they fail to escape together.


In South Korea, fate brings Park Hoon as water delivery boy to Myung Woo University Hospital.


Although he is not a surgeon in the hospital, Park Hoon decides to save little girl’s father with 50 cent coin as payment.


Park Hoon and Soo Hyun constantly bickers.


Park Hoon discovers that his girlfriend may not be dead after all.


Park Hoon searches for her but did not manage to find her.


Park Hoon tries to save Soo Hyun’s mother but ends up with a “table death”. Jae Joon is jealous after seeing Soo Hyun cry in Park Hoon’s arms.


Jae Hee now named Seung Hee is here with North Korea official to carry out a mission.


Seung Hee admits she is Jae Hee purposely so that the mission can be carried out more smoothly.


Competition starts. Save the infants with heart problems.


Funny scene when Park Hoon and his “master” are accused of stealing medical record.


2nd competition start!


Jae Joon’s motive of being the best surgeon in Myung Woo University hospital was to destroy it for revenge.


Another competition! This time Hoon faces problem as Dr Yang meddled with the instrument and make Hoon hurt his right hand. He has to continue with 1 hand with the risky SAVER procedure.


Park Hoon is unsure if Seung Hee is really her and doubts her plan and motive.


Park Hoon finally meets his mentally unwell mother.


Park Hoon’s life is spared as he is chosen as surgeon for the president’s surgery due to his care for patients.


Premier Jang’s plot (use Hoon to do a successful surgery and ask Seung Hee to make the president stay in coma so he can take over) went wrong after Hoon told the president in an attempt to avoid losing their lives. However, the president did not punish him due to political reasons.


The couple faces danger again. Park Hoon decides to go down with Jae Hee this time.


Happy Ending

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Korean Drama Review Doctor Stranger DS

Doctor Stranger (2014) 异乡人医生

Genre: Melodrama, Medical, Action, Thriller, Politics

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

doctor-stranger

starring Lee Jong Suk as Park Hoon – Goo Seung Hyun as Park Hoon (child) and Jin Se Yun as Song Jae Hee / Han Seung Hee. Other casts: Park Hae Jin as Han Jae Joon and Kang So Ra as Oh Soo Hyun.

I feel sad that Hoon’s father has to be sacrificed and his mother became mentally unwell. I think it was bad experience for Hoon when he has to cut up real life people to practise and become an accomplished doctor. The North is involved. I did not like it when the North and Premier Jang keeps interfering and trying to kill or separate the couple. They separated at the start and Jae Hee appeared again after Hoon gets a job as a doctor at Myungwoo University Hospital. Politics is involved as Hoon and Jae Joon compete to operate on the President’s heart.

Although some people are supportive of Soo Hyun and Hoon, I still prefer the couple that starts the story. Anyway, Soo Hyun already has Jae Joon to match with. I like what Hoon said “Doctors should be good at healing people while cops should be good at catching people.” It is difficult to decide if they should save the person that may endanger their lives but doctors should still follow their principle and treat each patient equally.

It was quite funny when Hoon 1st goes to the hospital. There are many lines with different colours on the floor of the hospital and patients are told to follow the lines. Hoon accompanied a patient and her father as a water delivery boy and they went round and round the hospital in search for the room. On a side note, I would not want to be patients of this hospital where patients are used for competitions and are not treated seriously by the hospital director. Haha.

MV+ Favourite osts: Stranger by Bobby Kim, Meet you now by Lee Ki Chan and Promise Instrumental, Doctor Stranger ost ig post, Promise ig post

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