Hospital Ship (2017)

Hospital Ship k-drama Ha Ji Won
Koreans love for medical dramas never fades and as such, another drama has premiered this summer offering a more melancholic feel and lots of drama between young Doctors striving for success and recognition.

Song Eun Jae (Ha Ji Won) is af skillful Surgeon and a contender to become the Chief of the hospital she works at located within Seoul. Struggling internally by the pressure of her mother's and aunt's wellbeing, she joins a crew of Doctors on a ship that provides medical services to residents living in far off islands with no major medical access.

She's joined by Kwak Hyun (Kang Min Hyuk) the son of a famous Doctor who decides to volunteer on the ship instead of enlisting in the military - my guess is that he's running away from his family and the expectations required of him. Kim Jae Gul (Lee Seo Wan) an Oriental Doctor who's also a Chaebol is asked to join the team and boards the ship with his friend, Joon Young (Kim In Sik) A Dentist who completes the main cast of Doctors on board the ship. 

Hospital Ship k-drama


Hospital Ship k-drama Ha Ji Won

I was quite surprised about the casting because of the age gap, I know Ha Ji Won has been blessed by the fountain of youth but I could see her chemistry with Kang Min Hyuk easily becoming stale because of awkward acting as a result of an age gap or acting-inferiority as her male co-stars have nowhere near the acting experience as she does. 

Hospital Ship k-drama


Hospital Ship k-drama

However, I've read some positive reviews in terms of chemistry but the plot is something else entirely. It seems highly similar if not an imitation of the Japanese drama, A Clinic on the Sea which I loved and found well rounded in terms of genre and acting. The premise of both dramas is identical, the only major difference being a female as the main lead and centre of attention in this drama along with her group of boys - quite different from the Japanese 'version' but the substance and character struggle remain strikingly similar.

I wouldn't go out of my way to call this series 'one of a kind' but it may appeal to those who love medical dramas or melodramas, and with a cast that's appealing to the eyes why not?

Hospital Ship k-drama




Release Date: August 30, 2017 (Eng Sub available on Dramafever)

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