K-dramaYong Pal

Yong Pal ~ Review


“Star-crossed lovers always seem to find one another and fall in love;
The kind of love nobody dreams of.”


I started watching Yong Pal without any expectations and it just happened because i couldn’t think of anything else to watch at that very moment, but the drama’s ambiance eventually captivated me without remorse. The more i was watching the more i was being thrilled while everything was making more sense as the drama was revealing its cards; one step at a time. Not expecting anything in the first place makes the journey more intriguing. If you get disappointed it won’t have the same impact if you had gotten on board with great expectations, but if you get pleasantly surprised it only gets better if the pace of the drama is in a like-minded state of mind and heart.

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Yong Pal managed to partition the ranks of international drama addicts, but it was avidly embraced by the Korean audience, it’s something that undeniably made it the most successful weekday drama of 2015 for now in terms of ratings. Despite the tons of rejection and mud it received from many international fans, Yong Pal never stepped back and maintained the status it started forging from the very beginning. It eventually rewarded those who actually enjoyed it for what it was and definitely not for what it wasn’t or should be.

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Yong Pal presents the story of Kim Tae Hyun (Joo Won), a more than skillful surgeon and scalpel artist at Hanshin Hospital. Once night falls he turns into Yong Pal, an illegal house call doctor who mends the wounds of gangsters in order to pay back his debt and gather enough money to pay for his sister’s treatment. One day he finds himself on the 12th floor of the hospital and his life was bound to change once and for all the moment he met Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae Hee), the rightful successor to Hanshin Group’s throne. Yeo Jin is locked up in the 12th floor’s restricted area, a glass prison where nightmares turn to reality, while her brother from the same father, Han Do Joon (Jo Hyun Jae) who’s married to Lee Chae Young (Chae Jung Ahn), treasures everything that was never supposed to be his own in the first place.

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Yong Pal is the brainchild of screenwriter Jang Hyeok Rin (Reset) and director Oh Jin Seok (Modern Farmer). The cinematography was highly representative of such a grandiose attempt as it was evoking a clinical ambiance inside the hospital, a hi-tech sense of industrial isolation inside the restricted area, a discreet gloom or warmth during nighttime, a golden sense of faded luxury inside the household and a natural and vibrant surrounding ambiance while implementing beauteous landscapes. The closeups were always there to emphasize on the characters’ feelings and the excessive use of a wide variety of angles in emotionally fortified scenes was enriching the overall vibes making each and every moment multifaceted in its very own way.

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Jang Hyeok Rin masterfully weaved a modern fairytale surrounded by a dreadful and distressing aura in a violent playground while in search of its dreamlike safe haven. Occasionally poetic but not verbose, meaningful without unnecessarily perplexing everything he wants to convey, simplistic but not unadorned and symbolic without seeming obscure are some of the screenwriter’s characteristics which he infused in Yong Pal’s gradually expanding universe. Blending together a wide variety of elements from fairytales to the harsh face of reality and from Christian values to common logic and beliefs he managed to present well-crafted dialogues and main figures who were escaping from many drama character development stereotypes while still remaining loyal to their status and points of view, something that was becoming more transparent as episodes were passing by.

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Yong Pal prove for one more time that ill-natured ambitions corrupt people’s souls when it comes to a quest for more wealth and power by any means necessary. Given each and every character’s background, there’s a sense of raging immorality and alienation amid ongoing plotting, but there’s also the struggle of internal conflicts in the middle of ethical dilemmas as uncertainty and fear of the unknown unfold their wings.

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High class society is an enticing world and everything begins once you start feeling indebted to a devouring environment you don’t belong to but you found yourself in. Not everything that shines is gold and the stench of a wide variety of crimes keeps lurking in the background. It’s a luxurious torrent in which lives weigh differently depending on the floor one belongs to and remaining loyal to one’s beliefs despite the omnipresent temptation in order not to be absorbed is an overburdened task which questions one’s consistency and conscience. Being an intelligent pawn while using the puppeteer’s hands to your own accord while the dragnet becomes more asphyxiating sometimes feels like the only way out.

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Yong Pal brings to the surface the difference between masqueraded loyalty or circumstantial trust and utter sincerity in human relations. There’s a sense of sacrifice and duty against all odds while being adorned by one’s values in life where promises do matter as an extension of the utmost art of unconditional love and caring. Revenge and forgiveness, but also guilt and regret, being fueled by and eventually reflected through a nightmarish or soothing veil respectively is one of the drama’s main cores.


Yong Pal depicts solitude as a concurrent option and forced isolation as an inevitable condition and that’s when familial love and friendship through presence, but mainly through absence, play their own significant part. There’s a multifaceted prison presentation, but there’s also a sense of freedom through life’s redefinition without setting aside the struggle it requires to acquire everything back and the dangers it possesses as opposed to the simple yet most essential joys of life that can’t be calculated by numbers in a bank account or a paycheck.

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Yong Pal offers a more pragmatic aspect when it comes to falling in love. Everyone who embraced love with his/her other half at least once in real life knows that it doesn’t have to take 15 episodes in a drama or a number of years in real life. It can happen all of a sudden and what starts taking place as a mutual and ever-expanding attraction can eventually blossom into something deeper and that was the case here if you take into consideration our main characters’ types of loneliness and emotional background.

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Yong Pal relies more on symbolic parallelism of events rather than the typical excessive use of coincidences one can find in almost every drama. There’s a very specific concurrence from the past which relates our main figures at the present, but then again, it’s an indirect one. The side-stories progressing during the first half of the drama possessed their own vibes, but they were the means that would unfold the drama’s main storyline during the second half along with everything the characters preserved to the fullest.

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Yong Pal was brought to life through characters being so different yet so much alike under different variables and personal experiences which were visually presented through opposing prisms but were flickering in like-minded tones. The drama emphasizes on the impact of one’s decisions and actions in a world full of non-compromising yet intertwined figures where the female element was strong, determined and concrete despite each and every character’s weaknesses or burdens as human beings. The color of the characters’ outfits were either enriching every figure’s beliefs, thoughts and internal world or they were contrasting them depending on the occasion, especially during interactions.

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Yong Pal wasn’t flawless, the flashback technique was overused, but there were times it was spot on and insightful as a matter of timing and due to the in between narrations. The soundtrack didn’t captivate me, it’s usually an essential part of every personal drama journey, but Yong Pal’s very soul and essence could overshadow it any time. There were a few matters of executive consistency concerning parameters that don’t apply in real life and despite not being flawless, Yong Pal was perfect for what it was: a modern fairytale embedding a wide variety of already used characteristics in many classic stories, but in a high-tech and luxurious environment which loses its perilous golden or clinical vibes once the dreamlike aesthetic overruns the drama’s veins.

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Through ongoing examples of emotional intelligence and solid visualizations of unconditional love without neglecting one’s self, Yong Pal gave life to Tae Hyun, a magnificent and ever-shining despite his burdened yet humane past leading figure, and Yeo Jin with her weaknesses and faults, but also the reasons why, and most and above all her course from a nightmare’s hearse to a dream’s embrace and backwards in an attempt to rise anew. Yong Pal was an antihero forced by the circumstances, a necessary etiquette through which we met the real hero of the drama, Tae Hyun.

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Joo Won was stellar while pouring life in Tae Hyun’s character, a character with the potential to elicit one’s intentions and/or feelings with a highly representative sense of internal conflict which was being masterfully crafted upon Joo Won’s face. Even when the circumstances weren’t permitting Tae Hyun to bring to the surface his emotional world, Joo Won’s eyes would do the talking. Joo Won made Tae Hyun an endearing figure beyond repair. He kept on reminding of everything that is precious without having a price and Joo Won was there with Tae Hyun’s concerns and beliefs, his minimal or explosive smiles and subtle or never-ceasing tears to preserve everything to the fullest. Joo Won was an insuperable part of Yong Pal in which he poured heart and soul and surpassed any expectations for one more time.

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Kim Tae Hee was equally essential and highly representative of Yeo Jin’s demanding role. It was the first time seeing her acting and she earned my trust. While Joo Won was carrying on his shoulders the drama’s weight she was secretly infusing her figure’s arch characteristics and concerns through Yeo Jin’s presentation inside her glass prison. Yeo Jin’s twofold world and emotional maneuvers were masterfully being depicted through Kim Tae Hee’s acting. The way she was moving back and forth from one state of heart and mind to the other was exceptional. Kim Tae Hee wasn’t a porcelain doll, every emotional shift in Yeo Jin’s internal world was being filtered through Kim Tae Hee’s multifaceted stare and her eyes were vividly depicting everything Yeo Jin was going through. Kim Tae Hee was keeping her gleam in the dark side of the moon and when the timing was right she released it in full force. Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee looked irresistibly star-crossed as Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin and their chemistry was omnipresent and triumphant.

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Chemistry wasn’t only Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee’s privilege, all of the actors and actresses partaking in Yong Pal were blending together in a remarkable way according to each figure’s characteristics. Chae Jung Ahn and Jo Hyun Jae were exemplary by presenting two broken figures with their own devastating past which had its own impact at the present, but the way they progressed as characters was the echo of their own ambitions and actions. Jung Woong In is an axiom, he was highly representative as Chief Surgeon Lee and his ongoing transformations. Song Kyung Cheol as Doo Chul and Yoo Seung Mok as detective Lee were delivering tremendous amounts of laughter, especially Doo Chul who was brightening the horizon when you’d least expect it!


Oh Na Ra and Kim Mi Kyung were always spot on as the emergency x-ray nurse and the head nurse respectively. Choi Byung Mo as secretary Min prove for one more time why do ambitious secretary roles suit him so fine! Last but not least and among others, Stephanie Lee shone both through presence and absence. It was only her second acting attempt and she effortlessly delivered the message that she only evolves. As Cynthia, she stole the impressions in Yong Pal with her charming and determined character. A more than bright acting future may be lying ahead and i will be there to witness it in the making.


Yong Pal’s very heart and soul was a utopia in reality’s scarred canvas and the dreamlike aesthetic it reflected against the shades was enchanting. Purple and fragrant as lavenders and spiritually fulfilling, royal and purposeful in like-minded tones, Yong Pal was a seed which managed to reach full bloom with all the intermediate steps parading one after the other in front of our very eyes.

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  1. SomethingToRemember
    October 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm — Reply

    the most boring drama ever/ i dropped it after 4th ep

    • October 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      It’s respectable, if we all liked the same dramas it wouldn’t be that interesting 😛

  2. October 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm — Reply

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  3. October 6, 2015 at 1:23 am — Reply

    Thanks for your review. For me, Yong pal is best kdrama this year. This medical drama is very different. I think it’s combine story from romeo & juliet, sleeping beauty, alice in wonderland, nice guy

    • October 6, 2015 at 1:25 am — Reply

      You are very welcome and thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts! Yup, it has a wide variety of elements from classic stories like Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, etc, they are a part of what offers Yong Pal a fairytale aesthetic!

      • October 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm — Reply

        Loved your review, Kwon-chingu.
        Will read it again and again. Will savor each word that so aptly represents this awesome drama.
        Your recap the best! And you have done so much justice to it.
        I wish the yongpal team will read all your recaps and review.
        Well done!!!

        • October 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm — Reply

          For one more of these countless times, thank you Shuerei chingu not only for this comment but for all throughout the recaps along with your insightful thoughts!
          Let’s hope the Yong Pal team will have a good rest, i can already imagine Joo Won sleeping like there’s no tomorrow if his schedule allows him to do so. As for Kim Tae Hee, i read that she’s going to China or something, so probably not much rest for her :/

  4. October 6, 2015 at 2:09 am — Reply

    Aww excellent review! I’m in team of not expecting anything from this drama so I can enjoy it to the fullest. After several kdrama that I dropped this year, Yong Pal remains and keeps me interesting in each episode. Maybe the cliffhanger in each episode that kept me intriguing or maybe all the characters in this drama that made me so smitten with different layer and subtle nuances. It’s so refreshing and I feel like Yong Pal isn’t like any typical kdrama. It’s like in another level of watching drama experience lol.

    Oh and maybe different opinion about the OSTs. The moment OST Part 1 The One – To My Love was released and after that saw the translation lyric, I swear I’m so onboard with OTP. The singer, The One, I knew him before and I saw his performance once. He’s so charismatic on stage and his voice is full of sorrow especially in melo song. So I’m so excited when Yong Pal has The One who will grace the OST. And I can’t help it, this OST feels like how Tae Hyun shout out to the world his feelings for Yeo Jin. I’m such a cheesy woman lmao.

    • October 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much Qy for your words and for loving Yong Pal so much!! 🙂 You chose your team wisely, great expectations can ruin a ride if it doesn’t live up to them but still being decent!
      Yong Pal never slowed down its pace, it was progressing in a distinctive way episode by episode. And it had interesting cliffhangers too! And the good part is that sometimes you really didn’t know what to expect during the next episode! Even though the revenge plan in kdramas is kind of renowned, Yong Pal was much more than a revenge or medical and such drama, it had many elements, but it was focused on the meanings it wanted to convey and the writer as so spot on!
      “I’m such a cheesy woman lmao.” looool XD I am really glad you fell for the OST too and it worked on your feelings for the OTP and you could relate it more to the story making it an even more enjoyable ride, i wish i could too, it just didn’t work for my ears, it’s not like i found it terrible, it was just good, but nothing more than that for me! 🙂 I personally enjoy more melancholic and bittersweet melodies when it comes to k-sound and when kpop songs embed a k-80s vibe then it’s bliss for me! 😀 It was clearly a matter of personal taste for me and while i didn’t start the drama with expectations, i always have expectations from the OST of dramas i’m wathcing ^-^

  5. mrdimples
    October 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    Wonderful review, Kwon! Thank you for doing this, it’s such a nice wrap up for all your observations, analysis and insights for the drama.

    I will take my time and chew on this. I am going to re-watch from ep 1 very soon. Fellow fans have already started and all said that they are discovering new things in the drama. There are precious gems in almost every episode. The writer really delved into the details. Yet, in some places, he chose not to show to the audience, inviting them to think and ponder for themselves. I cannot say he has succeeded fully in this objective because quite a number didn’t get it. But for those who watched with keener eyes and ears peeled, the result is helluva satisfying. Perhaps this is why the audience is divided into those who felt drama fell below their expectations and those who loved it to bits.

    The noise surrounding this drama is as loud as the ratings are high. Inevitably, when a show is successful, this is bound to happen. No one would bother if the ratings were below 10%. I noticed many interesting behaviors among online citizens concerning this drama. There should be a thesis done on fan behavior, LOL.

    As a fan of this drama, I really applaud the writer for veering off the beaten path. There are so many run of the mill dramas in kdramaland. Not just the genre or plot but there’s this deeply entrenched order of things which audience have come to expect. People complained so much of tropes but they don’t realized that they aren’t ready to let go of them or they have been conditioned to take them as some kind of drama laws. That the writer took a risk and surprised everyone in getting ratings unheard of in recent times is a reward for his daring and creative vision.

    • October 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm — Reply

      Wow mr dimples, well said
      +1,000,000 applause

      • mrdimples
        October 7, 2015 at 8:57 am — Reply

        Hi Shuerei

        Thank you for your kind words. More than that, you were one of those who gave me hope that I wasn’t on ethionine just because I enjoyed this drama *winks* Then, I wasn’t at liberty to tell you about my recaps and I hope Kwon would let me just put this here. check out joowoncutie wordpress. I didn’t write for Yong Pal because I was pretty busy this time. Thank God for this blog and Kwon’s awesome recaps 😀

        • October 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm — Reply

          No prob at all mrdimples and thank you once again!!! Shuerei chingu was an awesome and insightful comment-machine throughout the drama and a positive ray in this ongoing hate-wave!

    • October 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm — Reply

      You are so very welcome and i am thankful as well for your words and thoughts!! 🙂
      Even though i’m not currently watching i can totally feel your thoughts on that aspect, no matter how observant we were in many aspects of the drama there must be things we didn’t noticed during the first watching process throughout the drama and with a second ride things more things will come to the surface. Given the symbolism aspects of Yong Pal, i am pretty certain there are many things awaiting to be discovered!
      Definitely agree, when ratings are high there has to be an uproar from an opposing side. The behavior varies indeed and if i had the necessary knowledge background on psychology i would have given it a shot FOR SURE! 😀
      “People complained so much of tropes but they don’t realized that they aren’t ready to let go of them or they have been conditioned to take them as some kind of drama laws.” And the funny thing is when commonly used tropes appear they go like “oh, not this again!” but when something different appears “why did this happen? are the writers even serious?” XD
      The writer did an incredible work and so did the cast and the director, everyone worked hard and they were rewarded along with us! 😀

  6. October 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    A modern day fairy tale describes Yong Pal perfectly. I found this drama very fresh and unique from what else is out there. I had high expectations going in, and I wasn’t disappointed. I thought the drama might go a different direction initially, but I am more than pleased with the approach the writers and the entire team took.

    I was never bored, enjoyed the intensity, romance, and makjang elements. I think if you just appreciate this drama for what it is, it is hard to miss how many things truly make this a fantastic drama. Love the review!

    • October 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm — Reply

      Same here, it was refreshing and far away from many cliches! I am glad the drama met your expectations and you enjoyed the overall approach the writer worked upon! It requires some skill to forge a modern fairytale that possesses an olden spirit throughout a modern approach and environment, especially when you want to convey so many strong meanings and metaphors.
      ” I think if you just appreciate this drama for what it is, it is hard to miss how many things truly make this a fantastic drama.” So true, thank you so much Kay for your words and for sharing your thoughts!

  7. October 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm — Reply

    Hi! Popped in to read this review. Love it! I’ve expounded so much about Yong Pal over the weeks that I think you know where I stand. 😆 And I agree about the OST, I liked it, but it doesn’t give me the same deep emotional thrill as Chuno for example, which I find myself humming at any point of the day. I did like the creepy “Circus” type music such as during the funeral. I believed I described it on Facebook as perfect for the “Merry go-round” of revenge the characters are stuck on.

    Thank you for allowing me to participate in the discussions and replying to all my somewhat long winded commentary. I hope to follow along with another review/analysis You write. It’s been really fun. 😄

    • October 7, 2015 at 3:56 am — Reply

      Heya LadyG!!! Thank you so much for one more time! I can’t even count how many times i’ve thanked you along the way! XD Yes, you are one of the haters of Yong Pal, i know where you stand XD XD Yup, same here, it didn’t send shivers down my spine like it happens in other dramas!
      “Thank you for allowing me to participate in the discussions” it is i who is thankful for participating and shedding more light in Yong Pal’s world, so you really shouldn’t thank me! 🙂 Thank you once again for being on board!!! It was a legendary ride! 😀

  8. hariaharia
    October 7, 2015 at 8:50 am — Reply

    Wow..! What a fantastic review! I was a bit in a hurry when I first read it but today I gave it more time and your lyrical, full of emotion words were so touching. Chapeau, caro Kwon-sshi!
    I wish I had watched this drama through your eyes instead , since “the beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
    I still believe that SBS(?) and/or the cast(?) got afraid and, albeit the obvious OCN flair (the writer’s first work “Reset” was so much darker and much more disturbing after all), decided not to go the whole nine yards. The dark fairytale (manga) background, the theological conversations on love and forgiveness versus death and revenge and, last but not least, the anti-hero type of a character of “noir” films,- the facade of a “looser” who has the soul of a righteous guardian angel ready to be sacrificed in the name of love -, were obviously toned down in favour of something far more glamorous.
    YP had a rare opportunity, amidst mainstream themes and shows with mediocre to poor ratings, to present a unique drama to a wider audience. Audiences were ready for anything out of the ordinary but SBS, especially after apisode 6, was not.

    • October 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much haria*2-ssi!! Hope it had captivated you as much as it did to me! But it didn’t work the same way! 😀
      Haven’t watched Reset yet, would you recommend it?
      “The dark fairytale (manga) background, the theological conversations on love and forgiveness versus death and revenge and, last but not least, the anti-hero type of a character of “noir” films,- the facade of a “looser” who has the soul of a righteous guardian angel ready to be sacrificed in the name of love” i will keep that part since it worked more than fine for me! 😀
      It’s one of these dramas that left its own impact on me, but didn’t do the same to you! ^-^ Here’s a song that has captivated me lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00oOfSyabLY 😀

      • hariaharia
        October 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm — Reply

        That’s a lovely song indeed (I wish I knew the title, LOL). Korean singers used to have different tones and scales from the current “nasal” trend. Maybe it’s my own perception of what a beautiful voice is but many contemporary singers use too much of their noses instead of their diaphragm to begin with (yes, Rihanna’s voice is tooooo annoying to my ears). Perhaps I’m too biased in this matter since I’ll never stop believing that our Sea is blessed with wonderful voices, maybe the best on a global scale (well, I can always make an exemption for Ireland, though!).

        Yong Pal’s writer took home the Writing Award at KDA. I’m happy because the industry gave a new writer recognition for his work (they should have done it for Mask and/or MMB as well) but I think Reset is better, albeit the low-budget project on a cable channel. I definitely recommend it, just not during a stressful period. Thank God, I watched it on my the glorious summer vacation and the story still sent chills down my spine. Wow…this is our first disagreement over a k-drama and I guess we worked it out pretty well. Your blog, ragazzi, is so civilised! 🙂 That’s why we all keep coming back time and again…Ciao 😉

        • October 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm — Reply

          “I wish I knew the title, LOL” Highly agree, i like so many k-songs and i don’t even know their titles! XD “but many contemporary singers use too much of their noses instead of their diaphragm to begin with” And i couldn’t agree more on that, every time they’re ill i guess no voice is coming out if the nose is blocked! XD And yes, our sea is definitely blessed with great voices, the Mediterranean temperament just glows!
          I will give Reset a shot in the near future hopefully, you did choose a great period to watch it! I wonder when i will be able to find a non-stressful era in Greece though! XD
          Yush, we can even disagree like humans during our first drama-disagreement and once we disagree again things will work out just fine! 😀 Thank you so much for your words for one more time of the many haria*2-ssi!!! 🙂

  9. YP fan
    October 9, 2015 at 12:34 am — Reply

    Brilliantly and well written review. I’m thankful the writer didn’t waver while writing the script, even when the ratings were going up and down, he didn’t bother. I’ve come to appreciate alot about the drama, every word said by the characters were manifested and proven, like when yeo jin said she don’t lie and she’ll kill everyone who imprisoned her, she really didn’t tell a lie, and killed her jailers except CL who tae hyun pleaded for, not only yj but there are more, i can’t even put in detail. And just like you, i also felt that the plot didn’t slow down, because aside romance, there is no way the plot would develop without enough plot holes.
    Yong pal is still my favorite drama this year, and i’m currently rewatching it, and i seems to not like but love the osts especially the one by k-will.
    Thanks so much for the review.

  10. YP fan
    October 9, 2015 at 12:36 am — Reply

    Brilliantly and well written review. I’m thankful the writer didn’t waver while writing the script, even when the ratings were going up and down, he didn’t bother. I’ve come to appreciate alot about the drama, every word said by the characters were manifested and proven, like when yeo jin said she don’t lie and she’ll kill everyone who imprisoned her, she really didn’t tell a lie, and killed her jailers except CL who tae hyun pleaded for, not only yj but there are more, i can’t even put in detail. And just like you, i also felt that the plot didn’t slow down, because aside romance, there is no way the plot would develop without enough plot holes.
    Yong pal is still my favorite drama this year, even if i didn’t like the cancer introduction to the plot.i’m currently rewatching it, and i seems to not like but love the osts especially the one by k-will.
    Thanks so much for the review.

    • October 11, 2015 at 7:50 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much for your words! 🙂 I am glad too that the writer remained true to his storyline intentions, the good part of the story was that the ratings were going up and down without any other drama being able to oppose Yong Pal! It was a personal combat and i think Yong Pal won it. 🙂
      Yup, every figure remained true to their words and thoughts and in a manner of speaking, Yeo Jin didn’t commit murder directly, Do Joon could have escaped, president Go took his own life (under pressure, but he made the final choice), only for the fake patient i think that she gave direct orders towards secretary Min who buried him! XD
      The show never slowed down, it was only marching forwards, if some people thought it did so it must be because sometimes Yong Pal was progressing things one step at a time so that we’d be able to get to know all characters.
      It’s not like i didn’t live the OST, i just didn’t love it as much as it happened other times, but it’s just a matter of expectations! 😀
      You are very welcome for one more time and thanks as well for sharing your thoughts!

  11. soshibell
    December 4, 2015 at 12:12 am — Reply

    okay i thonk im latet, but seriously your review was amazing and me as a fan of this drama couldn’t help but notice something else that the writer probably wants to showed us through Yongpal scene. but you noticed it. and you, with your incredible talented romantization words made it so beautifully written 🙂
    and i made a video of Yongpal, would you like to drop a comment maybe ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZnIVib1SQU
    since you encourage me to made one after read all of your review. hehe

    • December 8, 2015 at 3:12 am — Reply

      Love for Yong Pal is never late! 😀 Thank you so much for your words and for loving the drama for what it was! 🙂 I loved your video, brought back many good memories, Kim Tae Hee was highly representative as Yeo Jin! Sorry for not commenting, but i am not active as a commenter on youtube! :O But i really liked your video! 🙂

  12. feronika
    December 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    i couldn’t really understand people who don’t like this drama,probably they just have different taste..i dropped a lot of drama this year but when i found Yong Pal i just couldn’t take my eyes of it..indeed this drama made me fall in love with Joo Won that i went back and watched his other work..i’ve never had a favorite actor before,but after finishing Yong Pal now i say that Joo won made me swoon all over..i’m watching it for the third time now,every time i got bored with another drama

    • December 16, 2015 at 3:49 am — Reply

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, but also for loving Yong Pal for what it is! Joo Won is a great actor, while Yong Pal was airing and i was waiting for the next episodes i marathoned Bridal Mask in just a few days! Is it true from what i read from other people who also loved Yong Pal? You discover more things about it while re-watching without losing its magic?

    • feronika
      December 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm — Reply

      rather than discovering something new,for me it’s like finding little facts like the reactions of each character seems more interesting and have more meaning than it seemed on the first time,even for the supporting characters..and obviously i couldn’t get enough of the romance between tae hyun and yeo jin,despite many people say their relationship just came from nowhere..for me it is what makes their romance more real than the conventional ones..without showing when tae hyun started fell for yeo jin,his church confession just means everything for me

  13. Patrick A. Crawley
    January 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Slow…turgid…plot shocks for the sake of it…terribly terrible long pauses on faces instead of any acting. Awful and self-possessed narcissism.

  14. Amal mohamed Noor
    August 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    I’m from Malaysia, I really like the drama yong pal because there are great actors like KIM TAE HEE and KIM JOO WON then I’ll repeat the drama yong pal … I hope the SBS will release the drama yong pal for the 2nd season … I’ll keep waiting

  15. Lani
    February 13, 2019 at 6:13 am — Reply

    excellent review…i love yong pal very much and i adore joo won so much his a great actor …expecting more drama and movie for joo won my superstar

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