JTBC’s new Saturday-Sunday drama “Doctor Slump” (directed by Oh Hyun-jong, written by Baek Sun-woo, produced by SLL, HighZium Studio), which will premiere on January 27th, released the still cuts of Yeo Jeong-woo (Park Hyung-sik) and Nam Ha-neul (Park Shin-hye) on January 11th.
“Doctor Slump” is about the growth and love of Yeo Jeong-woo (Park Hyung-sik) and Nam Ha-neul (Park Shin-hye) who had promising prospects, but fell into a slump and quit their jobs as doctors and live in a rooftop room. Directed by Oh Hyun-jong, known for sophisticated and delicate direction in dramas like “Find Me in Your Memory” and “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo”, and written by Baek Sun-woo, acclaimed for witty writing in works like “My Roommate Is a Gumiho” and “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”, the drama is generating high expectations.
The meeting of Park Hyung-sik and Park Shin-hye, who have formed a “romantic comedy dream team” with the director and writer, cannot be overlooked. This reunion, after 10 years since “The Heirs”, has garnered fervent interest and anticipation. Park Hyung-sik plays Yeo Jeong-woo, a plastic surgeon who was popular but suffered from a medical accident. From his days as the top student in school to becoming a star doctor with both skill and personality, Yeo Jeong-woo walked a flower path. However, due to a mysterious medical accident, he falls into the abyss of life in a moment. Park Shin-hye takes on the role of Nam Ha-neul, an anesthesiologist suffering from burnout syndrome. Driven by her sharp mind and relentless efforts, she became obsessed with studying, even after becoming a doctor, turning into an adult who is crazy about work. One day, realizing the breakdown of her life, which had become a “no-fun” adult life of studying and working, she reflects on her life and vows to make a change.
Meanwhile, still cuts showing the 14-year timeline of Yeo Jeong-woo and Nam Ha-neul at a glance, from their first meeting to their reunion, were released. On the first day that Nam Ha-neul transfers to school, Yeo Yeong-woo’s eyes are unusual as he scans her. Following that, a photo of the two youngsters at school with cherry blossoms in full bloom exudes youthful charm.
The reunion of Yeo Jeong-woo and Nam Ha-neul, having passed through their brilliant youth and meeting again as adults, is also captured. The atmosphere is not as welcoming as one would expect after a long-awaited reunion; instead, there’s a palpable awkwardness. Both were top students throughout their school days but are currently struggling with slumps and burnout for various reasons. The curiosity about how these two people will become meaningful and impactful to each other intensifies, heightening expectations for the main story.
The two actors expressed their special feelings about acting together after 10 years. Park Hyung-sik said, “When I saw actress Park Shin-hye again, it felt like time had stopped 10 years ago. I learned a lot while working together with her.” Park Shin-hye shared, “It was comfortable, as if we had met just yesterday. I really enjoyed filming. We shared ideas on set to make it fun. I think you can see a different charm, not the image of Cha Eun-sang and Jo Myung-soo from ‘The Heirs’ 10 years ago.”