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The secret lives of a Joseon acupuncturist and a modern-day surgeon

Ha, I have high hopes for this show. We’ve got two new teasers for the upcoming time-slip medical comedy Live Up to Your Name and I can’t wait to see Kim Nam-gil (Pandora) in action as the irreverent, mischievous Heo Im who gets thrown into present-day Seoul. There, he’ll meet Kim Ah-joong’s (Wanted) surgeon character Choi Yeon-kyung, who hilariously mistakes him for a mental patient.

The first teaser isn’t really relevant to the plot at all, but it does give off a cool summer vibe, and I hope that light touch is indicative of the show’s actual tone. Kim Nam-gil and Kim Ah-joong strut their stuff in their medical uniforms, him in his Joseon garb and her wearing a doctor’s coat. They get their model poses on as the show’s title appears in the sky. Kim Nam-gil’s mad cackle at the end is hilarious.

We get a closer look at the two medics as they go about their duties in the second teaser, with Kim Nam-gil sticking needles into his patients with precision and intense concentration, and Kim Ah-joong in the operating room, avoiding spurts of blood. However, once off-duty, our heroine relieves stress by letting it all out on the dance floor, and I love that she can hold her own when she’s approached by a couple of sleazy guys at the club, crotch-grab and all. Our Joseon hero, who should be providing his services for free as a member of the Hyeminseo, has his own nightly escapades moonlighting as an acupuncturist-for-hire and amasses a small fortune catering to the rich and privileged: “How could I ask that you receive treatment in such an undignified place, among lowly commoners? But of course, I should serve you separately, as hardworking officials of the government!”

Heo Im somehow gets caught up in some palace politics when he’s called in to treat the king, and later gets an arrow to the chest. He falls over a bridge and wakes up in a stream right in the middle of downtown Seoul. He’s taken to a hospital in an ambulance with an unconscious Yeon-kyung, and when asked, replies that he is her boyfriend, lol. His line delivery is pretty funny because he’s using sageuk diction but says the modern slang word for “boyfriend.” Also, no wonder he’s taken for a mental patient, given his strange hair-twirling in one scene, and the lion-mane mop he has for hair in the next. “Could you do something about that hair?” Heh.

But comedy and club-hopping aside, they both take their professions and its importance seriously: We see a sick, young girl close her eyes in someone’s arms as Heo Im asks, “Do you know when it is most difficult? When you lose someone you wanted to save.” Yeon-kyung goes, “You better keep that promise, to save them.” The two doctors face each other as Heo Im muses that he has arrived in a world with female medics. Well, you sure aren’t in Kansas Joseon anymore, Dorothy.

Live Up to Your Name will start its run on August 12, in tvN’s Saturday-Sunday slot.

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What's one more drama when you already have five you're currently watching? This seems like so much fun and I've laughed in all of the teasers so far which is a good sign haha I'm really looking forward to the first episode!!

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Thanks for even more eye candy, tipsymocha! As if I weren't already sold on watching this show. ;-)

The first clip ended with a Travolta-esque moment on the roof. Heo Im just needed a white three-piece suit. ;-)

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Thank you @tipsymocha !
Aw tbh I can't see KNG with somebody else lol but he's gone too long from dramaland and now he's back I need to gawking at him every Sat-Sun.

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OMG Kim Nam Gil is hilarious! Let's hope the drama will live up to its name!

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Kim Nam Gil and Lee Jun Ki in a drama this year. What more good i ask for?

I'll watch anything with KNG on it. He was like one of my Korean first love. ?

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ikr ! I can't ask for more as I already feel like the luckiest fan girl in this summer XD

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I'll definitely watch this since it seems like forever since I've last seen KNG in dramaland. I can still remember his smile when he first appear in QSD, that was love at first sight for me.?

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Bidam's stern look, him yawning, and sudden wink to Deokman at the cave episode 21 of QSD, I'll never forget that scene.. and he completely stole my heart when he killed the assassins at episode 22. Since then, Bidam has been forever my first love in dramaland..

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looks great! Super excited to see Kim Nam-Gil coming back to a drama that is more than just a melo. Fingers crossed for lots of humor and fun!

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If a drama have Kim Nam Gil in it, that means i'll watch it for sure.. Just please don't die. Again.

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I ship this couple

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Cannot wait for this one to be aired. And from the hints of the teasers, KNG's character won't die. This time it seems he would still alive at the end. But.... please PD and Writer, no separation in the end, a la Rooftop Prince, ok? I need KNG to be alive, happy and in love by the end of the drama.

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This looks good for next weekend. I'll add it to my list.

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This looks really fun!

*Adds to watch list.

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Another Tvn offering that I won't be able to refuse.

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So grateful that this is a TvN show and I'll be able to see it without having to (try to) access kocowa.

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Amen, sister.

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I guess they fooled you (and me). DF at the last minute said they couldn't get the license and it's nowhere to be found. Unbelievable. I thought TvN shows would be on DF. I haven't even seen it on Kocowa.

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I live in Canada and I can't find this on Drama Fever, Viki, or Kocowa. This licensing war is very, very annoying. The Kocowa site is mediocre and they don't have an app for Roku or Apple TV.

This is one of the dramas I was looking forward to. Wah!

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Me too. I feel like calling them and screaming in their ear. Kocowa will be on Roku next year, they say. But I can't figure out why DF wouldn't have got licensing unless TvN was asking too much money. No, pay any amount you have to for licensing.

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what website can i watch this show, dramafever has a licensing issue with this show and i want to watch it so bad!!!

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