This must be the year of the medical drama. We’ve got Brain airing currently on Mondays and Tuesdays, while Uhm Tae-woong and Kim Hee-sun both have their own medical dramas lined up — Tower and Faith, respectively. We can add Han Hye-jin to the list, who’s set to star in Syndrome on cable.
The drama has some strong actors attached, many of whom have played doctors before: Song Chang-eui in Life Is Beautiful, Jo Jae-hyun in New Heart, and Han Hye-jin in Jejoongwon. Park Gun-hyung (Kingdom of the Wind) is another of the cast members. Directing are Lee Sung-joo (Hello God, Seoul 1945) and Go Jae-hyun. On the other hand, the writer’s previous (and only) drama was the flopped soccer drama Heading to the Ground. Eep!
Furthermore, the plot itself seems terribly familiar. Han Hye-jin’s character comes from a poor background but is a thoughtful neurosurgeon, in her first year of residency. Song Chang-eui will show a different side to his warm doc character in Life Is Beautiful and plays another resident. Park Gun-hyung plays a prickly, perfectionist elite neurosurgeon who shows no interest in anything aside from his patients or surgery. Of course, every medical show needs That Guy. Also, isn’t this drama Brain? How’s Syndrome going to make its mark and set itself apart from the pack?
At bottom are the drama’s first stills, featuring Han in doctor’s coat. Syndrome will be taking over the Monday-Tuesday timeslot on JTBC after Padam Padam ends and premieres on February 13.
Song Chang-eui, Jo Jae-hyun, Park Gun-hyung
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