“Live up to your name” – the most “reasonable” 2017 Korean drama to date

I haven’t watched any Korean drama since “Goblin” (2016-2017), nor found any that prompts me to open wordpress and write. I’m not saying that “Live up to your name” is a masterpiece – but it is close to one :). It is the perfect package of everything I can wish for from a Korean drama: a consistent medical-related theme, a moderate amount of fluttering romance, loads of good-hearted comedy, a pinch of absurd TIME TRAVEL, and most importantly, a well-planned story line and character development. While retaining the authentic Korean drama’s traits, this drama removes all the moments of rage and frustration when the characters gets into pure absurd dilemma, or when the antagonist is so devoted to being evil that it annoys the heck out of you.

Live-up-to-your-name-poster

This is the synopsis for the drama copied from Wikipedia: Heo Im (Kim Nam-gil, who starred in the drama “Queen Deokseon”) is a Joseon doctor of Traditional Korean medicine, working at the clinic for the poor during daytime and earning a fortune by making visits to high-ranking officials’ houses at night. He’s famous for his excellent acupuncture skills. One day, he “falls” into a river (a lot of things did happen before he falls into the river lol) and travels to the modern day Seoul. There, he runs into Choi Yeon-kyung (Kim Ah-joong, who starred in “100 pounds Beauty”), a cardiothoracic fellow surgeon at Shinhae Hospital.

The thing I love the most about the main character Heo Im is his identity struggle. I bet the viewers like me were confused about what his personality is like for like half of the drama, and we should be. He is curing hundreds of civilians in the day without getting paid but at night he goes to see kisaeng (women who entertains others at that time) and sucks up to the officials in the bureaucrats. He saves up a lot of gold and money in a disguised tattered shed and we viewers could see how passionately he loves his treasure. Why is he living a double life and what is his “true” character, a mighty doctor or an abhorrent one? The truth is: the character himself was confused about his identity, too, and only discovers where his conviction lies through a series of challenges and experiences. I guess that’s where the appeal of this drama comes from. As I see how the main character Heo Im grows, so does my emotional attachment to the story.

Anyway, enough said, this is a good drama and I would definitely watch it again. It is *only* 16-episode long so it definitely lessens the guilt from watching drama instead of doing homework.

 

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