[KDrama~2011] Brain
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Title: 브레인 / Beu-re-in / Brain
Genre: Medical
Episodes: 16 (to be confirmed)
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Nov-14 to 2012-Jan-3
Air time: Monday and Tuesday, 21:55


A drama that deals with the brain and neurosurgeons.

Lee Kang Hoon (Shin Ha Kyun), who graduated from the top medical school, works at the top hospital, and is the top neurosurgeon around. Basically, he’s Brain No. 1. (And he works on brains, too!) He has ambitions to become the director at his university hospital. He is obsessed with success, which is probably both his greatest flaw and strength, since it makes him steely and fierce.

However, once he meets his sunbae Kim Sang Chul (Jung Jin Young), the prickly genius doctor and world famous neurologist, he turns over a new leaf and becomes a sincere doctor. Seo Joon Suk (Jo Dong Hyuk) is a doctor and will become Lee Kang Hoon’s rival. Yoon Ji Hye (Choi Jung Won) is also a neurosurgeon who grew up in an ordinary family. She is extremely strict in matters of work and study, but has a warm bedside manner with her patients.

Cast :

Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Kang Hoon
Jung Jin Young as Kim Sang Chul
Jo Dong Hyuk as Seo Joon Suk
Choi Jung Won as Yoon Ji Hye
Shim Hyung Tak as Jo Dae Sik
Im Ji Eun as Hong Eun Sook
Lee Hyun Woo as Park Dong Hwa (cameo)
Seo Han
Yoo Ri El
Kwon Se In


Posted 9/13/11 , edited 9/23/11
I loooove medical dramas. I'll definitely be checking this out.

Edit: I don't think I can watch this drama knowing went on behind the scenes. Throwing away the old cast like yesterday's trash was not cool at all. Actors are people too.
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Song Seung-heon in for a Brain replacement?

Whoaaa. The entire announced cast of medical drama Brain is being replaced…and potentially filling the new hero’s shoes is Song Seung-heon.

The official story from Brain’s chief producer is that the drama feels too much like a “youth drama” with formerly cast Lee Sang-yoon (The Duo) and Yoon Seung-ah (Playful Kiss). You know, the stripling young lad a month shy of 30, and the barely-pubescent 28-year-old woman. Forgive me if I’m a little skeptical. (By which I mean: Lee and Yoon are in no way old, but youth drama? Pfffft. Like you could see them playing the kids of You’re Beautiful and You’ve Fallen For Me rather than, say, the teachers.)

In any case, the CP said that they felt it was skewing too “youth” and are reworking things now. You think you could’ve done that before actually casting your show? All is backwards in K-dramaland; the cast had even recently held a script reading. Also out are supporting leads like Lee Hyun-jin (You’ve Fallen For Me) and Kim Soo-hyun (Sophie from Runaway Plan B).

Song Seung-heon is in negotiations to take over the lead role as ambitious brain surgeon, which…pfffft, just makes me giggle. I like Song Seung-heon, particularly after changing up his image in My Princess, and especially after hearing that he’s learned to have some fun and not always try to look cool all the time. But brain surgeon? With Song, nekkid abs and glowering are part of the deal, and sometimes the whole of it.

On the other side of the story, you have the replaced actors, whose reactions are: “This is shocking.” Lee Sang-yoon and Yoon Seung-ah’s agencies are already in drama promotion mode, having thought the deal finalized with the production company and the broadcast station.

KBS’s newly staffed Brain will follow Poseidon and air in November.

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No Brain for Song Seung-heon

Okay, this is messed up. Upcoming KBS medical drama Brain ditched its original cast (Lee Sang-yoon and Yoon Seung-ah) for a chance to score big fish Song Seung-heon as the leading man… and in the end Song turned the project down and walked away, leaving the production with NO cast. Pfft. I hate to say I told you so (Okay, I LOVE to say I told you so), but karma’s a bitch.

So basically, after all that hullabaloo, Brain is back to square one with no cast and it begins shooting at the end of the month. Wait, the end of THIS month? As in, a week away? See, this is what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket. Or, you toss out your perfectly good eggs for a shiny new egg that lands in your face. Omelette, anyone?

The producers reportedly decided that the original cast skewed too young, and then promptly turned all their energies to wooing Song Seung-heon, with enough faith to nix their original stars. Yoon Seung-ah even cut her hair for the role after being cast, only to be edged out by the possibility that Song would star. I’m sure she’ll bounce right back and that she looks great with any hair, but I’d be pissed if I cut my locks for a role and then got ousted.

So, no Brain for Song Seung-heon, and no cast for Brain. There’s a poem in there somewhere. Or maybe just poetic justice.

Brain airs on KBS this November… that is, if it can get a cast together and keep it.

Via Osen

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Anticipated Brain and Choi Jung Won

Here comes upcoming KBS drama, Brain for Monday Tuesday’s slot replacing rating struggling Poseidon. After back to back drama with disappointing rating (Spy Myungwol and Poseidon), there’s a huge burden so Brain’s production team ditched initial confirmed cast Lee Sang Hyun and Yoon Seung Ah and hunt big name Song Seung Heon for the role. Unfortunately the My Princess‘ star turned down the offer and finally Brain settled with Shin Ha Kyun and Choi Jung Won.

Better known as movie actor, Brain will be Shin Ha Kyun’s third tv drama after 2003 A Good Person and last year tvN’s Harvest Villa.
Shin Ha Kyun will play Lee Kang Hoon a man who gained success and becomes a general director of a hospital. Later on, he changes into a real doctor after he met Kim Sang Chul (played by Jung Jin Young).

Brain also starred by Choi Jung Won (Pick The Stars) who will play Yoon Ji Hye, a neurosurgery doctor who has high sense of duty, hard at study and work but a warm and sincere doctor for patients.

Jo Dong Hyuk (Yaksha) also joined as Seo Jun Seok, a handsome , gentle and thoughtful doctor but also the rival of Lee Kang Hoon.

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Medical drama Brain’s teasers and stills

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