Yong-pal[2] (Korean용팔이; RRYongpal-i) is a 2015 South Korean drama series starring Joo Won, Kim Tae-hee, Chae Jung-an and Jo Hyun-jae.[3][4][5] It aired on SBS from August 5 to October 1, 2015, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 18 episodes.[6] Originally slated for 16 episodes, due to the high ratings and popularity of the drama, it was extended by two episodes.[7]

Yong-pal
Yong-pal poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asThe Gang Doctor[1]
GenreAction
Medical
Romance
Written byJang Hyuk-rin
Directed byOh Jin-suk
StarringJoo Won
Kim Tae-hee
Jo Hyun-jae
Chae Jung-an
ComposerPark Gi-heon
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producerMoon Bo-mi
ProducersPark Young-soo
Kim Si-hwan
CinematographyYoon Dae-young
Choi Je-rak
EditorsLee Hyun-ah
Jung Il-won
Running time65 minutes
Production companyHB Entertainment
Release
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original releaseAugust 5 (2015-08-05) –
October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01)

This drama reunites Kim Tae-hee and Jo Hyun-jae who first worked together in the 2004 drama Forbidden Love.[8]

SynopsisEdit

Kim Tae Hyun is a talented surgeon. Desperate for money to pay for his sister's medical bills, he adopts the code name Yong-pal and offers his medical skills to those in need of medical attention but who cannot do so publicly, dealing with criminals and corrupt plutocrats.[9] Joining a team of corrupt physicians Kim rescues "sleeping beauty" Han Yeo Jin, a chaebol heiress, from a medically induced coma, leading to unintended consequences.

CastEdit

MainEdit

A skilled surgeon, who under the alias Yong-pal moonlights as a mercenary doctor for hire, who falls in love with Yeo-jin.
A chaebol heiress placed in a coma by her enemies and get revenge of her, in this who fall in love with Tae-hyun.
Han Yeo-jin's half-brother, who covets his sister's inheritance.
Han Do-joon's wife.

SupportingEdit

Special appearancesEdit

Original soundtrackEdit

Yong-pal OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Recorded2015
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelNeowiz Entertainment
Daum and HB Entertainment

Part 1Edit

Released on August 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."To My Love" (사랑하는그대에게)The One (singer)3:41
2."To My Love" (Inst.) 3:41
Total length:7:22

Part 2Edit

Released on August 19, 2015 (2015-08-19)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."A Nightmare" (악몽)Yong Jun-hyung (Highlight) and Heo Ga-yoon (4minute)3:51
2."A Nightmare" (Inst.) 3:51
Total length:7:02

Part 3Edit

Released on September 2, 2015 (2015-09-02)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Actullay, I'm..." (사실은내가)Jung In4:16
2."Actually, I'm..." (Inst.) 4:16
Total length:8:22

Part 4Edit

Released on September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."So we are" (이렇게우리)Baek A-yeon3:57
2."So we are" (Inst.) 3:57
Total length:4:14

Part 5Edit

Released on September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Come to me" (내게 와줘서)K.Will3:57
2."Come to me" (Inst.) 3:57
Total length:4:14

Part 6Edit

Released on September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Only remember me" (나하나만)Park Hye-soo3:57
2."Only remember me" (Inst.) 3:57
Total length:4:14

Part 7Edit

Released on September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I Hear you" (니가들려)Ahn Se-ha3:23
2."I Hear you" (Inst.) 3:23
Total length:6:46

Part 8Edit

Released on September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Suddenly one day" (어느날갑감자기)Jin Min-ho3:48
2."Suddenly one day" (Inst.) 3:48
Total length:7:22
Disc 2:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Main theme of Yong-pal" (Opening Title)Various Artists3:32
2."Black Room"Various Artists2:36
3."Hero"Various Artists2:09
4."Its not that"Various Artists2:11
5."I never get caught"Various Artists2:35
6."Let's be friend"Various Artists2:48
7."Light of Hope"Various Artists3:07
8."My Mother"Various Artists2:59
9."Persuit"Various Artists3:07
10."Precious Family"Various Artists3:27
11."Run and Run"Various Artists3:30
12."Sleeping Witch"Various Artists2:45
13."The Battle"Various Artists2:22
14."Tae-Hyun's Family"Various Artists2:55
15."Wound of a question"Various Artists2:18
16."Yeo Jin's Destiny"Various Artists2:44
17."Yeo Jin's Theme"Various Artists2:47
18."Yong-pal"Various Artists3:12

ViewershipEdit

Since it began airing, Yong-pal recorded steadily increasing viewership ratings, eventually hitting an impressive 20 percent by its sixth episode. It consistently topped other shows in its Wednesday-Thursday timeslot, eventually becoming one of the top-rated Korean drama primetime miniseries of 2015.[12]

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
Nielsen Korea[13] TNmS[14]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 August 5, 2015 11.6% (4th) 12.9% (3rd) 9.2% (9th) 11.2% (5th)
2 August 6, 2015 14.1% (3rd) 16.0% (3rd) 11.8% (5th) 14.9% (3rd)
3 August 12, 2015 14.5% (3rd) 16.3% (3rd) 12.5% (5th) 15.8% (3rd)
4 August 13, 2015 16.3% (3rd) 17.8% (2nd) 15.3% (3rd) 18.8% (2nd)
5 August 19, 2015 18.0% (2nd) 20.3% (2nd) 16.4% (3rd) 19.4% (2nd)
6 August 20, 2015 20.4% (2nd) 22.2% (2nd) 18.1% (3rd) 20.7% (2nd)
7 August 26, 2015 19.2% (2nd) 21.4% (1st) 17.1% (3rd) 21.2% (2nd)
8 August 27, 2015 20.5% (2nd) 22.8% (2nd) 18.4% (2nd) 21.9% (1st)
9 September 2, 2015 17.0% (3rd) 19.1% (2nd) 15.7% (4th) 18.2% (2nd)
10 September 3, 2015 17.4% (2nd) 19.3% (2nd) 16.3% (2nd) 19.3% (2nd)
11 September 9, 2015 19.3% (2nd) 21.7% (2nd) 15.9% (3rd) 18.4% (2nd)
12 September 10, 2015 19.1% (2nd) 21.0% (2nd) 18.2% (2nd) 21.3% (2nd)
13 September 16, 2015 21.5% (2nd) 23.7% (1st) 18.0% (2nd) 21.0% (2nd)
14 September 17, 2015 20.9% (2nd) 22.3% (2nd) 19.5% (2nd) 21.8% (2nd)
15 September 23, 2015 20.0% (2nd) 22.3% (2nd) 17.8% (2nd) 20.0% (2nd)
16 September 24, 2015 20.2% (2nd) 22.3% (2nd) 19.2% (2nd) 21.0% (1st)
17 September 30, 2015 18.4% (3rd) 20.0% (2nd) 16.4% (3rd) 18.2% (2nd)
18 October 1, 2015 20.4% (2nd) 21.6% (2nd) 19.6% (2nd) 21.4% (2nd)
Average 18.3% 20.2% 16.4% 19.1%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015 Grand Prize (Daesang) Joo Won Nominated
Best Drama Yong-pal Nominated
Top Excellence Award, actress Kim Tae-hee Won
Best Screenplay Jang Hyuk-rin Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Joo Won Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim Tae-hee Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Chae Jung-an Won
2015 Hallyu Awards[17]
Best Drama Yong-pal Won
Grimae Awards[18]
Grand Prize Yoon Dae-young, Choi Je-rak Won
Best Director Oh Jin-seok Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Joo Won Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Joo Won Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim Tae-hee Won
Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries Jung Woong-in Nominated
Jo Hyun-jae Nominated
Special Award, Actress in a Miniseries Bae Hae-sun Nominated
PD Award Joo Won Nominated
Top 10 Stars Joo Won Won
Kim Tae-hee Won
Chinese Netizen Popularity Award Joo Won Won
Kim Tae-hee Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Joo Won Nominated
Kim Tae-hee Nominated
Best Couple Award Joo Won and Kim Tae-hee Won
2016 Best Actor (TV) Joo Won Nominated

RemakeEdit

There was a talk that the drama Yong-pal which starred Joo Won and Kim Tae-hee could be remade for American audiences.[20] It was reported in December 2015 that a Russian remake produced by Sony Pictures Studios was in development.[21]

ReferencesEdit

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  18. ^ "Yeon Jeong-hoon and Soo-ae to receive Excellence in Acting Awards at Grime Awards 2015". Hancinema. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
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