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[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Expected to Address Defamation of Heroic Doctor

2020/01/16

While "Dr. Romantic 2" has been setting excellent ratings via the depiction of its idealistic lead character, the medical profession in the real world of South Korea has been taking a beating.

Famed surgeon Lee Gook-jong, best known for saving a North Korean defector, has become a focal point thanks to leaked recordings that depict him enduring verbal abuse from a hospital administrator. Lee Gook-jong had publically criticized his hospital's funding priorities.

Though "Dr. Romantic 2" was not produced with specific persons or incidents in mind, the nature of the leaked conversations unintentionally bring the drama to mind. The main source of contention in the leaked conversation is over the helicopter budget, and helicopters have frequently factored into both seasons of the drama.

"Dr. Romantic 2" is highly likely to weigh in on issues of medical resource allocation on the side of Lee Gook-jong. Cast and crew have been specific in discussing their ideals for better hospital administration systems and how this forms a key aspect of the titular romanticism of the drama's lead character. Any potential plotline directly influenced by recent events, however, is likely weeks away.

Written by William Schwartz

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"Dr. Romantic 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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