You know I should be blogging about Dr. Jang Joon Hyuk or Kim Myung Min from White Tower. I should be raving about how amazing the actor is in channeling the ambition hungry doctor craving for power and success, the tightly woven script, the all-around brilliant acting by the overall cast, the quietly heart-tugging music… etc.
But instead, my brain drifted somewhere else, somehow transfixed on another Jang Joon Hyuk-like character in a recently aired drama BRAIN – Dr. Lee Kang Hoon played by Shin Ha Kyun. Don’t get me wrong, White Tower is still miles and miles better in quality and overall acting compared to Brain, and I love it so very much it will definitely go into my Top 10, most probably my Top 3 if it continues to be this awesome (I’m on Ep 14). Somehow however, for some reason, my brain just came to a screeching halt the moment Shin Ha Kyun appeared in Ep 1 of Brain, casting every single thing (including my love for WT) within aside. It was as if lightning had struck, my brain malfunctioned, my neurons were messed up or so, Dr. Lee Kang Hoon made me stop in my tracks. And had my sight fixed on him and him only.
Brain is quite the typical medical drama. You have medical stuff, internal political struggles, friendship-turned rivalry relationships, mentor-rookie relationships, romance and so on. Pretty much the usual all-in-one packaged medical drama. The plot/writing warrants nothing terribly fresh or new (save for the stuff on brain surgery), acting merely bordering on average (except for Shin Ha Kyun) and directing isn’t anywhere stellar or great.
But I’m sure you know the feeling. When a certain character just appears before you, snaps at you, throws his charisma and presence at you, and you’re totally done for. You’re mesmerized and you cannot take your eyes off him.
Dr. Lee Kang Hoon is one such character. And Shin Ha Kyun is incredibly ()(&)_(*_)*&)^#(&_*) AWESOMESAUCE playing him. If charisma and intensity alone are capable of carrying a drama, no doubt Shin Ha Kyun is the saving grace of this mediocrity.
Lee Kang Hoon is a top neurosurgeon in Cheon Ha Hospital. He is smart, confident, arrogant, aggressive, impassive and most importantly, is utterly hungry for power and success (ala Jang Joon Hyuk style in WT). Almost always bearing a serious and tense expression on his face, he’s constantly feared and intimidated, disliked by many and is perceived to be an incompassionate jerk who has no slightest concern and respect for his patients and colleagues. In a nutshell, you don’t want to talk to this man.
But like most dark and somewhat vaguely antagonistic characters in dramas, there is always an underlying reason and driving force to their unlikeable and unapproachable behaviours. So as much as I get frustrated seeing him scream yell and lash out at his colleagues and juniors for no good reason, I also feel incredibly sorry for him. For beneath the impetuous and undaunted exterior of his, lies a lonely and friendless soul who has noone and noone but himself to rely on.
Shin Ha Kyun is absolutely breathtaking and captivating as Lee Kang Hoon. It’s such a wonder because his character here is a 360 degree turn from his previous nerdy role in Harvest Villa (a total scaredy cat he was LOL). I enjoyed him in there and here he does it again, and does it even better. The volume intensity and vigor he injects into his character is insurmountable compared to any other in the drama. The way he stares at others, retaliates and taunts back at others, it’s all so consuming and intense that you just can’t look away. Everyone automatically pales and slides to the background whenever he’s in a scene. And me? I just swoon like mad, like so so so mad?
The other main leads Choi Jung Won and Jo Dong Hyuk are nowhere near or close to Shin Ha Kyun’s calibre, and IMO they’re not good actors even to begin with. Their performances in Brain do not impress much that it’s a testament to Shin Ha Kyun’s ability for being able to get both of them involved in a scene as much as he is. He’s just that good.
And it’s also a good thing that Shin Ha Kyun and Choi Jung Won have pretty good chemistry together. It’s not the burning and sizzling type, but the slowly gradually brewing type? I don’t actually buy the progress of their relationship that much yet, I think it’s just a bit too abrupt and too out of the blue. But again, I can’t stress and reiterate more that when Shin Ha Kyun works his magic, you just can’t help but fall for him. Perhaps that’s how it happened for Ji Hye (CJW) as well?
6 eps in I’m already hopelessly addicted. I already can’t wait for the next episode to come out. I want more! I think it’s great that Song Seung Hun was dropped from this drama, because I already cannot see anyone other than Shin Ha Kyun in this character. Sorry hand towel, you’re better off doing cute! 😛
Since I’m now still in SHK giddiness, won’t mind sharing goodies.
Brain OTP MV [MAJOR SPOILERS]
Shin Ha Kyun Star Date w/ Eng Subs
Don’t you just love that warm and earnest smile of his? <333 Me thinks I’m developing a huge huge crush on this actor, so I’m so going to dig out all his films after Brain ends. Marathon them in a go. And I so hope he continues doing dramas (he’s only done 3 so far Brain included) so that I can watch him twice every week non-stop.
credits: kbs / video uploaders