D-Day is a medical drama consisting of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) that pushes to save the lives of citizens who are injured from a massive earthquake. Including the government and politics, D-Day shows realistic sides of people in dealing with a national crisis, whether it be helping others or survival of the fittest. This drama has got to be one of my top favorites!
Lee Hae Sung (Kim Young Kwang) is a surgeon who values every chance of survival. He has a strong desire to save or attempt to save each injured person he meets, even if it means risking his life. However, his good heartedness challenges the hospital rules and his position. He is left with a younger brother and a vegetable state (Comatose) mother. He and his mother are moved to a small hospital as a result of his rebelliousness.
Immediately, I fell in love with his character. I didn’t think much of him when I watched Pinocchio, but in D-Day, he is a very good actor. He does a good job in portraying a talented, compassionate surgeon and a caring hyung (older brother).
Jung Ddol Mi (Jung So Min) is a slacking 3rd year orthopedic resident from Busan. Afraid of making a mistake, she gets scolded by Hae Sung for not saving a life at the risk of losing her license. As the two start to get along, a 6.5 earthquake strikes, destroying Seoul.
She’s so cute and her high kicks are hilarious!
With thousands of people heading into the rich and private Mirae Hospital, Hae Sung returns and continuously challenge Director Park Gun(Lee Kyoung Young) to save lives. With ill motives, the director allows Hae Sung to stay.
Lee Kyoung Young is a veteran actor, and I have got to say he still has his acting down. His character was annoying as he could possibly get.
(LEFT) His daughter, Park Ji Na (Yoon Joo Hee), is a nurse, who had been seeing Dr. Han. Just like Hae Sung, she is devoted to her job and more courageous than most doctors that surrounds her.
(RIGHT) Eun So Yool (Kim Jung Hwa) is a psychiatrist, who might be one of the less popular medical profession in treating disaster injuries. However, she is still a doctor and immediately turns into a surgeon’s assistant despite her inexperience.
Han Woo Jin (Ha Seok Jin) is another surgeon. He was once saved Ddol Mi’s life and was her inspiration, but he later practices only on patients with high survival rates. Upon Hae Sung’s return, the two challenge each other on the treatments and the methods of running the hospital.
An Dae Gil (Lee Sungyeol from Infinite MY FAVORITE BOY BAND) is an intern who often put himself in front of others – to the point where I would cringe from second hand embarrassment. He’s still a rookie actor, but I have high hopes for this one in the acting department! **I love how he was whistling Infinite’s song, “Bad,” in one of the episodes. It was so cute and funny at the same time.**
Yoo Myung Hun (Ko Kyul Pil) is an incompetent surgeon. He always makes up an excuse to get out of surgery, or if he does get involved, he makes the situation worse. IF YOU CAN’T DO YOUR JOB GET OUT!
Kim Hyun Sook (Kim Jae Hwa) is a close nurse to Hae Sung. They both refer each other as “Brother” and “Sister” in English. She always complains to herself that she is tired out or she should leave, but she always end up choosing to stay to help others. She is so cute and hilarious.
Chief Choi Il Sub (Kim Sang Ho) directs firefighters in rescuing those trapped and injured from the disaster. He is devoted to his job and just like Hae Sung, he wishes to save every injured person as possible. With the dropping resources, he is force to not fully perform his duty.
**There’s so many characters that are involved in this drama, I feel awkward if I just list the top leads **
The acting was pretty good, and I love the fact that the drama was not a 100% medical drama. It included the struggles that the fire department have to face. It also included how the government tries to solve national issues in times of desperation. It showed the characteristics and behavior each person faces in times of a disaster.
There were many emotional moments, but one of these moments that spoke out to me is that Hae Sung is a filial son towards his comatose mother. In addition to his care, most of his medical team, whether they are free or troubled, would care for his mother with the same dedication.
There were quite a few funny and heartthrob moments aside from the depressing, stressful disaster. Hae Sung and Ddol Mi are definitely one of the cutest OTPs! If you’re not someone who can watch an entire drama based on the lovely-dovely, this one is for you. There are only a couple of scenes of lovely-dovely scenes, for the drama is based on the disaster.
I realized the pressure emergency doctors have to endure. Not only do they have to make a correct diagnosis, they also have to quickly treat the patients. Watching a lot of medical dramas (including Doctors at the moment!), I’ve been really interested in surgical professions.
I give this drama a 9.9/10. The reason why it lost .1 is down below!
Forgive me for the long review. This drama was too good to not share~
I might have or might have not left a puddle of tears.
The ending was great, but the part before the ending was not so great. Hae Sung and Ddol Mi did not get together until at least 2 years after the disaster and Ddol Mi’s completion of her residency. At least 2 years! Don’t start something and wait! 2 years is a long time! Aish.