Faith (2012 TV series)

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Promotional poster for Faith
Also known as The Great Doctor
Genre Fantasy
Historical fusion
Medical drama
Written by Song Ji-na
Directed by Kim Jong-hak
Shin Yong-hwi
Starring Lee Min-ho
Kim Hee-sun
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Location(s) Korea
Cinematography Seok Deuk-won
Lee Young-cheol
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Faith SPC
Distributor Seoul Broadcasting System
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
First shown in South Korea
Original release 13 August (2012-08-13) – 30 October 2012 (2012-10-30)
Preceded by The Chaser
Followed by The King of Dramas
External links
Korean name
Revised Romanization Sin-ui
McCune–Reischauer Sin-ŭi

Faith (Hangul신의; Hanja信義; RRSin-ui; also known as The Great Doctor) is a 2012 South Korean television drama broadcast by SBS from August 13, 2012, to October 30, 2012, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes. It is about a modern-day plastic surgeon (Kim Hee-sun), who is kidnapped and travels back in time to the Koryŏ period, 700 years in the past. There, she falls in love with her kidnapper, a warrior who is the leader of the royal guard (Lee Min-ho).[1][2][3]


The title Sin-ui, can mean faith, as in belief in justice. The Hanja means Divine Doctor, but in Hangul it also means divine healer or great doctor.[4][5][6]


After King Gongmin of Koryŏ marries the Yuan princess Noguk, they return to Koryŏ. On the way they are attacked and the queen is fatally injured. According to the advice of his royal advisor, the king orders royal bodyguard Choi Young to pass through a mystical portal ("heaven's gate") and find the "heaven's doctor". Choi Young travels to the future and brings back Yoo Eun-soo, a modern-day doctor from Seoul, who saves the queen's life. He makes a promise that he will return her to her world, but the scheming royal advisor persuades King Gongmin to force Eun-soo to stay as she can be useful to him.

As Eun-soo accustoms herself to her new surroundings, gradually she and Choi Young fall in love with each other. But problems arise as others become fascinated with her as the "Heaven's doctor", and Eun-soo becomes a pawn in the political power plays between King Gongmin, the Yuan overlords, the sociopathic nobleman Ki-chul and Prince Deok-seung, King Gongmin's uncle. Constantly risking his life, Choi Young thwarts numerous attempts by Ki-chul and Deok-seung to kidnap and possess Eun-soo, which almost resulted in the death of the king and queen.

Choi Young brings Eun-soo to the portal before it closes so that she can travel back and bid farewell to her loved ones and join Choi Young permanently. Ki-chul attacked them and Choi Young suffers a life-threatening wound. Ki-chul then drags Eun-soo to the portal, and Eun-Soo enters it hoping to save him by gathering medical supplies from the future. When she passes through the portal again, she finds herself in an era a hundred years before Choi Young's time. There, she spends a few years waiting for the portal to open again, while leaving hints for her future self. One day, "heaven's gate" opens again and Eun-soo enters, only to find herself again back in modern-day Seoul. She re-enters the portal and travels to the time period five years after she left Choi Young, a time during which he has brilliantly won a number of military battles and reclaimed lands of Koryŏ. Finally, she and Choi Young reunite.


Main characters[edit]

In the mid-1300s, approximately 1352, Choi Young is a bodyguard to King Gongmin of the Koryŏ Dynasty. He is 29 years old and has no regrets in life, no ambition for women or money, and his hobby is sleeping. As a brave captain and strategist of the Woodalchi warriors, he is not afraid of death.
A 33-year-old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. Eun-soo was originally a general surgeon but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day a strange man whom she thinks is a drama extra kidnaps her and takes her back to the Koryŏ era. In Koryŏ, she is believed to be the apprentice of the famous Chinese surgeon, Hwata, sent from heaven.

Supporting characters[edit]


The drama's theme song, "Carry On", was sung by K-pop singer, Ali and was released on August 21, 2012. The song entered the iTunes Top 100 charts between 2014 and 2015 in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Sri Lanka; the latter being the country where it reached its highest position, number 8.[17]


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[18] AGB Nielsen[19]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 2012 August 13 12.2% 13.8% 9.4% 10.8%
2 2012 August 14 11.8% 13.1% 10.3% 11.4%
3 2012 August 20 13.4% 15.8% 10.3% 11.6%
4 2012 August 21 13.2% 15.5% 11.5% 12.8%
5 2012 August 27 12.9% 14.5% 10.6% 10.6%
6 2012 August 28 13.1% 14.8% 12.2% 13.5%
7 2012 September 3 12.3% 13.9% 9.8% 10.9%
8 2012 September 4 12.6% 13.9% 11.0% 12.4%
9 2012 September 10 11.6% 12.8% 11.8% 13.2%
10 2012 September 11 11.7% 13.0% 11.2% 11.4%
11 2012 September 17 11.8% 13.5% 10.4% 11.3%
12 2012 September 18 11.2% 12.2% 10.1% 11.0%
13 2012 September 24 10.7% 12.2% 9.7% 10.9%
14 2012 September 25 10.2% 11.6% 9.0% 9.7%
15 2012 October 1 11.1% 12.7% 9.3% 9.9%
16 2012 October 2 9.6% 10.2% 9.5% 9.7%
17 2012 October 8 13.2% 14.1% 10.5% 11.4%
18 2012 October 9 11.5% 13.0% 9.9% 10.6%
19 2012 October 15 9.2% 10.6% 8.8% 9.5%
20 2012 October 16 10.7% 11.9% 9.9% 10.9%
21 2012 October 22 10.2% 11.7% 9.3% 10.5%
22 2012 October 23 9.7% 11.6% 8.9% 10.0%
23 2012 October 29 9.1% 10.3% 8.7% 9.7%
24 2012 October 30 10.5% 11.4% 10.1% 10.9%
Average 11.4% 12.8% 10.1% 11.0%

Sources: TNmS Media Korea, AGB Nielsen Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Hee-sun Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lee Min-ho Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim Hee-sun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Yu Oh-seong Nominated
Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ryu Deok-hwan Nominated
Special Award, Actress in a Miniseries Shin Eun-jung Nominated
New Star Award Park Se-young Won
Top 10 Stars Lee Min-ho Won
Popularity Award Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Hee-sun Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Park Se-young Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Lee Min-ho Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Park Se-young Nominated
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Popularity Award Lee Min-ho Nominated
2014 GyaO! Entertainment Awards[20] Best Korean Drama Faith Won

International broadcast[edit]

Due to the pan-Asian popularity of lead actor Lee Min-ho, Faith was sold to 6 Asian countries including Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, with 90% of the total pre-sales amount of ₩4 billion coming from Japan.[21]

The series began airing in Japan on December 15, 2012, on smartphone channel NOTTV.[22][23] It also aired on cable channel KNTV from March 9 to May 28, 2013.[24]

It aired in Malaysia on ONE TV ASIA, followed by 8TV in Mandarin and later NTV7 under the title: The Great Doctor.

It began airing in Vietnam on October 15, 2014, on VTV3

In the Philippines, it is currently available on ABS-CBNmobile's iWanTV! app since October 20, 2014 during the Lee Min-ho Festival.[25] The series was originally supposed to air on TV in 2013, but was later cancelled. However, due to the request of the fans, it eventually premiered on December 8, 2014, on ABS-CBN. The series ended on the said network last January 30, 2015.

It begain airing in Thailand on Workpoint TV beginning September 29, 2014.[26]

It began airing in Iran on January 17, 2015, on IRIB Namayesh TV network.[27]

It is currently available in the United States on the Hulu and DramaFever services.


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