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[HanCinema's News] Han Suk-kyu's Short Running Time Annoys Fans

2020/01/14 | Permalink

One of the major factors behind the success of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" was the charismatic performance of Han Suk-kyu in the title role. While Han Suk-kyu has reprised this role as expected in "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" the actor's short screentime in his own drama has started to puzzle fans.

The third episode marked an especially low point for the actor, as he only appeared on camera for fifteen minutes in the sixty-three minute episode.

The issue was observed from the first episode, but in that case was given a wide latitude because "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" was introducing a large number of new cast members. Doctor Kim himself was already an implied known quantity. But even with basic character exposition now out of the way, the drama has shown itself prone to sidebars and flashbacks that do not involve the lead character. This has led to questions of whether he can really be said to be the main character at all.

For this apparent shortcoming, "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" maintained ratings above 17% throughout its second week. Though "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" has been fairly unsubtly promoted as a sequel series, new characters and conflicts have still proven engaging enough to encourage a strong response from viewers.

Written by William Schwartz

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"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" is directed by Lee Gil-bok, Yoo In-sik, written by Kang Eun-kyeong, and features Han Suk-kyu, Ahn Hyo-seop, Lee Sung-kyung, Kim Joo-hun, Shin Dong-wook, So Joo-yeon. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/01/06~Now airing, Mon, Tue 22:00 on SBS.

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