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Brain is a medical drama television series released in South Korea. The show tells the story of Lee Kang-hoon, a celebrated neurosurgeon passionate about being the best in his field. His ultimate goal is to become the hospital's director. Over the course of his everyday life as a doctor, Lee Kang-hoon battles with his colleagues for a higher position at the hospital and pursues a workplace romance.

Brain was written by Yoon Kyung-ah and directed by Yoo Hyung-ki and Song Hyun-wook. The series stars Jo Dong-hyuk, Shin Ha-kyun, Jeong Jin-yeong and Choi Jung-won.

Brain stars Lee Kang-hoon, played by Shin Ha-kyun, who is an egotistical 30-something neurosurgeon working in a large hospital. Lee Kang-hoon is a valedictorian graduate of Korea's top medical school. His father passed away when he was young. Because he comes from an underprivileged, uneducated family, he made it his dream to become a success. He knew he wanted to be a doctor from an early age, and ultimately decided to pursue neurosurgery as a way to work his way up to the top position in the hospital. He develops a romantic interest in Yoon Ji-hye.

Seo Joon-suk, played by Jo Dong-hyuk, comes from a privileged family. Lee Kang-hoon sees him as his greatest competition for the position of director. Kim Sang-chul, played by Jeong Jin-yeong, is a middle-aged thoughtful and compassionate neurosurgeon and the hospital chief, who advises Yoon Ji-hye, a doctor played by Choi Jung-won. Seo Joon-suk wishes to pursue a relationship with Yoon Ji-hye, but she is already involved with Kang-hoon. Kang-hoon is stunned to discover that Kim Sang-chul was responsible for the death of his father.

Brain won four awards at the KBS Drama Awards in 2011 and was nominated for two awards at the Baeksang Arts Awards in 2012. The show airs on KBS2 in South Korea. It is preceded by Poseidon and followed by Dream High Season 2. The first season ran from November 2011 through January 2012 over the course of 20 episodes. The show earned generally positive reviews.

Monday, Tuesday, 9:55 PM et/pt on ViKi
1 Season, 20 Episodes
November 14, 2011
Korean Drama
8.1/10
Cast: Ha-kyun Shin
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  • After the surgery, Lee Kang Hoon thinks that Kim Sang Chul is regaining his eye sight however soon realizes that Kim Sang Chul had been fooling him...

  • Lee Kang Hoon starts the surgery on Kim Sang Chul and because of Kim Sang Chul's request, they start a wake up surgery even though it is very dangerous.

  • Lee Kang Hoon is banned from visiting Song Min Woo after the surgery and he finds this very frustrating.

  • Lee Kang Hoon gets to operate on Song Min Woo in place of Kim Sang Chul and Kim Sang Chul is very uncomfortable with this.

  • Lee Kang Hoon came back to Chun Ha University Hospital as an assistant professor and he talks about his great ambition and dreams during his first conference.

  • Lee Kang Hoon takes the president of Hwa Song group to Tae Yang hospital to operate on him himself even when Kim Sang Chul told him to stop.

  • As Lee Kang Hoon is spending a very sad day due to his mother's death, there is one package delivered to him from Dr. Kim Shin Woo...

  • Su Im loses consciousness and Lee Kang Hoon insist on starting a surgery to Kim Sang Chul.

  • Sun Im is getting worse by the day but because Kim Sang Chul is unable to gather enough research fee, the research doesn't show much progress and Lee Kang Hoon gets more anxious by the time.

  • Lee Kang Hoon pleads to Kim Sang Chul to save his mother even when he holds such a great grunt against him.

  • Lee Kang Hoon and Kim Sang Chul confronts each other with different memories about the past...

  • Lee Kang Hoon fails to become the new assistant professor of Hye Sung University Hospital and to make things worse, Soon Im, his mother falls down and comes into the emergency room.

  • Ji Hye preps for a very hard surgery while Lee Kang Hoon is away in Hye Sung University Hospital operating on a patient there in place of Dr. An Dong Suk who fell down.

  • Yoon Ji Hye tells Lee Kang Hoon about how she feels toward him and they even kiss each other yet Lee Kang Hoon is still very cold and rational, just the way he was.

  • After being scolded by professor Kim Sang Chul, he decides to apply for an assistant professor in Hye Sung University Hospital Neuro department, which is a rival hospital of Chun Ha University Hospital.

  • Lee Kang Hoon goes through a very hard time since he failed to become the new assistant professor and now has a money lender threatening him.

  • After the surgery, there is a hearing about what had happened in the surgery room.

  • Suh Joon Suk, who is Lee Kang Hoon's rival gets accepted to Stanford Medical University but hides this from everybody since he is afraid to be apart from Yoon Ji Hye whom he loves.

  • Kim Sang Chul and Lee Gang Hoon confront each other for what happened on the critical patient and Kim Sang Chul punishes Lee Kang Hoon by forbidding him of surgery for a week.

  • Lee Kang Hoon from Chun Ha University hospital is a very talented neuro surgeon who was therefore was able to gain the trust of Go Jae Hak, the director of the department.

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