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Random recommendations for long historical dramas 2 Horse Doctor

I am adding one more to the list! In addition to Jumong and Dong Yi, you can consider Horse Doctor 馬醫.

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This drama tells the story of a veterinarian in the Joseon Period as he goes through various obstacles and becomes a royal physician. Baek Gwang Hyun (Cho Seung Woo) will be the aspiring Royal Physician. Lee Sung Ha (Lee Sang Woo) will be his rival. Kang Ji Nyeong (Lee Yo Won) who has good memory would be the female physician involved in the love triangle. Jang In Joo (Yoo Sun) is a talented acupuncturist interested in Gwang Hyun and knows of his past.

This drama shows the journey of a horse doctor, one of the lowest class in the society that their lives are not even as treasured as that of a rich man’s horse, as he becomes a doctor who heals people. He has exceptional acupuncture skills and is gifted in healing people.

Liked how the drama goes as Gwang Hyun faces many difficulties due to his social class when he is actually the son from the upper class. Ji Nyeong on the other hand tries to hide her identity of being in the upper class in order to be a physician that is treated like others. Unlike normal love rivals, (although Sung Ha disapproves of her being with Gwang Hyun) he only thinks for Ji Nyeong and does not force her to marry him even though their marriage has been set since young.

It is interesting as Gwang Hyun tries to become a doctor who cures human after he is punished severely for attempted murder when he tried to save one of the horse doctors using acupuncture. He may not be good at knowing the patients’ illness due to lack of experience but he is definitely quick-witted, caring and willing to learn. Enjoyed how Guang Hyun uses his knowledge in treating animals to help solve diseases that are thought to be incurable. Although by doing that he may offend the people, especially those in the royal family, he will not give up in trying to treat them. Really admire his determination in this whole drama. When his right hand is severely injured and he has a fever, he still went to take the acupuncture test in his determination to become a doctor who treats human and not being looked down by others. He even used his body to experiment on a new cure for an incurable disease. I admire Ji Nyeong’s eagerness to give up her position and tell the truth when she learns about the truth of her real identity.

Liked Kim So Eun acting as the princess who has a crush on Gwang Hyun after he treated her pet cat. The princess is always being told by the court lady that she can never dream of having Gwang Hyun but the irony is Gwang Hyun is not from the lower class. It is a waste that she have to give up on him even though I prefer Ji Nyeong to be with Gwang Hyun. Haha. It is funny whenever the princess orders her so called bodyguard to do ridiculous things like finding an item (which ends up to be a woman’s underwear) which can give Gwang Hyun luck. The lead couple acted well in this drama and I am glad that the ending is a happy one!

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Favourite MV+ osts: It hurts and hurts by Yaerin  Horse Doctor ost ig post

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Random recommendations for historical dramas with sad endings: Hong Gil Dong, Iljimae and Queen Seonduk

Another 3 historical dramas to consider. If you are just looking for a good plot, you can try Hong Gil Dong, Iljimae and Queen Seonduk. Although these 3 leave a deep impression on me, I am not very satisfied with the ending.

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starring  Kang Ji Hwan as Hong Gil Dong and Sung Yu Ri as Heo Lee Nok.
Hong Gil Dong is a robinhood story with many action scenes involved. Hong Gil-dong is the illegitimate son of a minister. He is very bright and smart but was told that he could not accomplish anything in this world, due to his illegitimate status. Heo Yi-nok is an upbeat, naive and carefree girl. She meets and befriends Gil-dong. Yi-nok has a past she is unaware of: she does not know that her real parents were murdered. She eventually develops feelings for Gil-dong. Lee Chang-hwi is planning a revolution, in which he tries to overthrow the king and takes his place as he believes he is the rightful king of Joseon. He coincidentally bumps into both Gil-dong and Yi-nok. He forges an alliance with Gil-dong which helps him. At the end, there is a struggle between Hong Gil Dong Group and the king as Hong Gil Dong aims to have equality among the people while the king does not.

Iljimae  No. of times I watched: 3

starring Lee Joon Ki as Iljimae / Yong / Lee Geom and Han Hyo Joo as Eun Chae.

His family is framed for treason and the whole family was executed as a result. He managed to escape death and loses his memory. Hence, he is being adopted by his stepbrother’s (once) family. Character by Lee Jun Ki who left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark after robbing corrupted government officials to give to the poor has clever ways of going in and out of the king’s palace and disguising himself.  While he robs to give to the poor, he gets nearer to the truth he has been searching for. The picture on the sword which kills his father will eventually lead him to the person who killed his father. He falls in love with the girl whose father framed his family. Park Shi Ho’s character is involved in the deed to frame the family. To prevent his son from being silenced, his mother lies that he is that family’s son. Thus, Park Shi Ho’s character becomes Eun Chae’s stepbrother. Character by Park Shi Ho, his stepbrother, will be hot on his heels as an official in that era, without knowing the person he is catching is actually related to him.

Lee Joon Ki’s role in this drama as Iljimae is very cool! The starting is really sad but it becomes a thriller after that. As Iljimae, he commits crime cleverly and only leaves a painting behind. Liked how his adoptive father teaches him how to pick-lock and be like a professional thief. The interesting thing is he has an intelligent stepbrother who is an official after his every move. Although his stepbrother misses him each time, he is still able to figure out what Iljimae did and gets one step closer to solving who did it. I feel that the stepbrothers are both very pitiful. Park Shi Ho’s character taken in as an illegitimate son (his mother saved him by saying he is that noble’s son after he was almost silenced for a deed)  is very lonely and not treated like other family members. Iljimae lost his whole family after they are framed and has to try to survive on his own without getting caught. Too bad there is no good ending in this drama for Iljimae… Despite the ending, it is highly recommended!

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starring Lee Yo Won as Princess Duk Man, later Queen Seon Duk, Ko Hyun Jung as Lady Mi Shil, Uhm Tae Woong as Kim Yoo Shin, Park Ye Jin as Princess Chun Myung and Kim Nam Gil as Bi Dam (King Jinji and Mi Shil’s son).
Queen Seonduk will be about the life of Princess Duk Man who was later known as Queen Seon Duk, the first Queen of Silla. As the queen has girl twins, a prophecy leads to her abandonment as a baby. After an unconventional childhood in the Taklamakan Desert, Deokman eventually returns to Silla disguised as a boy and trains as a Nangdo. There, she joins forces with her twin sister and the naive commander Kim Yushin to oppose the villainous Lady Mishil, a royal concubine and high-ranking official who will stop at nothing to rule Silla herself.

Liked how the plot is as Duk Man goes through hardship which makes her stronger and a better person to oppose Lady Mishil with her bravery and quick-witted planning. She even went for a battle as a Nangdo. Duk Mun is an amazing character whose sincerity even makes rain fall on a place with drought and quick-wittedness helps her escape death many times. Kim Yushin’s skills in fighting is more on strength than tactic as he just practises hitting something hard many times without real skills. However, it does pay off afterall… I especially liked the character Bi Dam who is Mishil’s son. He is mischievous but very good at fighting and is able to fool Mishil as he is really difficult to read. Mishil is really the calmest bad guy I have ever seen. Haha. Even though the storyline is very interesting and captivating, I did not like the ending as Bi Dam betrays Queen Seonduk in the end.

Click here to watch Hong Gil Dong (24 episodes).

Click here to watch Iljimae (20 episodes).

Click here to watch Queen Seonduk (62 episodes).

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