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Title: 브레인 / Brain
Chinese Title: 脑袋
Genre: Medical Drama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Nov-14 to 2012-Jan-17
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.


Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Kang Hoon
Choi Jung Won as Yoon Ji Hye
Jung Jin Young as Kim Sang Chul
Jo Dong Hyuk as Seo Joon Suk

Chunha University Hospital

Lee Sung Min as Go Jae Hak
Ban Hyo Jung as Hwang Young Sun
Park Chul Ho as Park In Bum
Im Ji Eun as Hong Eun Sook
Jo Soo Min as Im Hyun Jung

Neurosurgery Residents

Kwak Seung Nam as Yang Bum Joon
Shim Hyung Tak as Jo Dae Sik
Lee Seung Joo as Dong Seung Man
Kwon Se In as Yeo Bong Goo

Beauty Clinic

Kim Soo Hyun as Jang Yoo Jin
Kang Ye Seo as Choi Ryu Bi

Kang Hoon’s family

Song Ok Sook as Kim Soon Im
Kim Ga Eun as Lee Ha Young


Choi Il Hwa as Ahn Dong Suk
Lee Hyun Woo as Park Dong Hwa (cameo)
Jo Jae Wan as Park Gap Sul’s son (cameo, ep7-8)
Jung Yoo Chan
Heo Jung Kyu aa Kong Duk Ki

Production Credit

Production Company: CJ E&M Corporation
Chief Producer: Lee Gun Joon
Producer: Moon Joon Ha
Director: Yoo Hyun Ki, Song Hyun Wook
Screenwriter: Yoon Kyung Ah


2011 KBS Drama Awards: Daesang (Shin Ha Kyun)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Awards, Actor (Miniseries, Jung Jin Young)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Awards (Shin Ha Kyun & Choi Jung Won)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Award (Shin Ha Kyun)
2011 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Award (Choi Jung Won)

Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2011-11-14 1 & 2 8.9 (19th) 9.7 (15th)
2011-11-21 3 8.2 9.8 (18th)
2011-11-22 4 10.3 (15th) 11.6 (11th)
2011-11-28 5 10.6 (10th) 11.5 (10th)
2011-11-29 6 10.7 (10th) 11.6 (10th)
2011-12-05 7 12.0 (10th) 12.5 (4th)
2011-12-06 8 12.9 (8th) 13.9 (5th)
2011-12-12 9 13.8 (4th) 14.7 (4th)
2011-12-13 10 14.4 (5th) 15.4 (4th)
2011-12-19 11 13.0 (3rd) 15.2 (2nd)
2011-12-20 12 12.7 (7th) 14.8 (4th)
2011-12-26 13 15.9 (3rd) 17.7 (2nd)
2011-12-27 14 17.7 (3rd) 21.0 (1st)
2012-Jan-02 15 17.5 (3rd) 19.4 (1st)
2012-Jan-03 16 18.7 (3rd) 20.6 (2nd)
2012-Jan-09 17 16.5 (3rd) 19.0 (2nd)
2012-Jan-10 18 17.6 (3rd) 20.6 (2nd)
2012-Jan-16 19 6.1 (see note II)
2012-Jan-17 20 14.8 (4th) 15.6 (4th)

Source: TNmS Media Korea


I) This Drama was original casting by Lee Sang Yoon, Yoon Seung Ah and Lee Hyun Jin, but they all left on 20/Sep/2011 after had their first script reading on 17/Sep/2011.

II) Because of conflict of fee payment between South Korea’s integrated cable operators and KBS (cable operators want KBS, SBS and MBC to lower the retransmission fee of their programs), the cable TV system operators stopped carrying the signal of KBS2 TV station on 16/January/2012, causing the ratings of KBS drama series Brain dropped significantly, falling from top ranking position to last ranking position. The cable operators have announced that if this impasse cannot be resolved, they will consider to stop relaying the signal of MBC and SBS as well (Source)

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444 Responses to “Brain”

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  1. 401
    corrie Says:

    shin ka gyun has a funny face,he don’t convince me at all like a romantic man,he is too ugly for that role! sorry ,you asian people don’t realise that a man with a comic face is not made for romantic drama or movies…

  2. 402
    brainaddict Says:

    All ppl talk about LGH/SHK and how great he is as an actor. Well, it’s not that I’m not a fan of him, but I think there is someone who deserves the same appreciation as the casts, the screenwriter Yoon Kyung Ah a.k.a. Ellen K Yoon. I wonder how she got the idea and how she did her research for Brain, since so many medical terms used in the drama. I hope KBS will continue to air Brain season 2 with the same casts. Can’t wait..!!!

  3. 403
    LILI Says:

    wwoooowww keren deh filmnya,hebat bgt Shin Ha Kyun (Lee Kang Hoon) miss you so much…

  4. 404
    Tata Says:

    I realize that a good drama does not have to be a handsome heroes. Dr lee I like your acting

  5. 405
    julia Says:

    shin ha kyun i really like your acting ……..even he not handsome ….but that not what we need….we need to see their acting skill not their face…..shin ha kyun the best….^^

  6. 406
    sabrinasam88 Says:

    @405 julia

    agreed.Its not the look that count its the quality of his performance in Brain.with the dissapearance of dr.cheol,intrigued most of the brain followers and I find that rather an easy escape for the director to end the drama with the summit of dr.lee career without his rival.Mr director BRAIN SEASON 2 please.

  7. 407
    sabrinasam88 Says:


    iya deh,pokoknya sinetron indonesia kalah total sama brain.kagak ada yang satu pun bisa ngalahin brain.sinetron2 kebanyakannya temanya sama aja,jadi sebel mahu ngikutin.pokoknya kagak asyik nongkrong di tv.

  8. 408
    vic Says:

    hahahahaahha corrie’s comment made my day! i swear to god i’m still laughing

    [quote]shin ka gyun has a funny face,he don’t convince me at all like a romantic man,he is too ugly for that role! sorry ,you asian people don’t realise that a man with a comic face is not made for romantic drama or movies…[/quote]


  9. 409
    harper Says:

    Well he’s not handsome but saying that he’s ugly is just too much 🙁 I think he looked really good in Welcome to Dongmakol, maybe I’m mesmerized and lose my consciousness LOL

  10. 410
    mimi Says:

    Shin Ha Kyun may not have the hearthrob matinee good looks but he certainly can act! That to me is more important than mere external appearance.

  11. 411
    taylor Says:

    Good looking actors & actresses are a dime a dozen nowadays, what with popular boy and girl bands crossing over to acting and plastic surgeries being so easily accessible. But real acting skills takes true talent coupled with hard work. So it’s really a breath of fresh air when we get to see real talent at work such as Shin in this drama and Jung in Padam2.

  12. 412
    Edith Says:

    SHK is great actor…he’s blended with the character he plays in Brain. The drama itself is worth to watch. I watched twice though…The producer really did some study well to produce such a medical drama. After New Heart and Obgyn, Brain is really something…Hopefully more great medical story will be filming later! CJW is great too….both actor and actress are note the handsome and pretty stars but they really PLAY well…and there’s a chemistry between them…I wishe I could scan my brain and gove the image to my husband like CJW did…;o)

  13. 413
    SYIMA Says:

    Shin ha kyun…
    I & my family like you acting..good job.

  14. 414
    Jessie Says:

    It’s one of the greatest medical drama, after White Tower of Jap drama, both of the drama got some similarity: a twisted mind surgeon. But the last episode can do much better, should emphasize on the speech, how a twisted man change to care and love about others. If this is how the surgeon live, they live a very stressful life, basically they have to excel in their skill and research, focus in surgery, alert in emergency, care about patients, and survive in hospital politic, what a life they live! Salute to the doctors and surgeons with great heart and great skill !

  15. 415
    coralou Says:

    i feel sad that one of my favorite drama has ended. but what a turn of event because at the end of the day the one’s who walked down the aisle is Haeyong instead of Doctors Lee & Yun. and ms. hong finally has found his prince charming, ha!ha!ha!:D

    i hope that i will see once again the cast of brain at some future drama.:) congratulations on a very successful show.

  16. 416
    ernie ray riq Says:

    i want brain season 2 pleasee,,,,, i love BRAIN
    i like your acting Dr Lee

  17. 417
    cubitusebby Says:

    this is why i love kdrama, it doesn’t have to be a handsome or beautiful actress to attract the viewers’ hearts. Two thumbs up for Shin Ha Kyun as well as the scriptwriter!
    while for the lead actress, somehow, i wish for more firm & charming one..

  18. 418
    kiki Says:

    story, actor and actress are very good!
    shin ha kyung..luv u..

  19. 419
    pika Says:

    sumpah,suer,gak boong ini drakor keren bgt…
    pa sutradara bikin BRAIN season 2 dong..
    penasaran sama love story dr.lee n dr.yun..
    trus ending’y ngegantung bgt,bkin pnasaran aja.
    poko’y buat pecinta drama korea wajib nonton BRAIN:-)
    shin ha kyun <3<3<3 you're a good actor,what ever they say about ur face..
    Saranghee oppa<3<3<3

  20. 420
    reny Says:

    i dont like the ending.. and why should shin ha kyun ..he’s bad character …i dont like this movie..even i the story very good..

  21. 421
    Salome Says:

    I like Brain KBS drama and the act of Shin is so wonderful! Hope to see you more on drama series!! To me the story is ended early, so please work on BRAIN 2. Thanks

  22. 422
    monic Says:

    I love this drama so much! 🙂 Perfect drama with perfect couple. 🙂 I really hope there will be Brain 2. 😀

  23. 423
    via Says:

    I can’t believe I love this drama, when I saw the casting its not really promising, but when I watch this drama, I was captivating by the story and how this Dr. Lee Gang hun character being presented by Sin Ha kyun, I cant believe I love his character, since I think he is such an arrogant human being and an arrogant doctor, but he proves himself as a capable doctor even the best one. He confident about himself because he is really the best doctor not just talking one. I just feel amazed with this character, but personally I think I wouldnt be dating this kind of person, LOL since he is all bout perfection and have trouble to express his feeling for others, so I wouldn’t know whether this man really love me while all he ever do is scolding you and critizes you a lot.
    As many other medical I watched I just cant stand to watch the part when they doing the surgery, its too scary I guess, how they make your head get shave and get drill by a tool, and how you can see your brain, I always FF whenever surgery scene appear, cant watch it, too scary.. hehe..

  24. 424
    eunmi Says:

    d best korean drama i’ve watched. 2 thumbs up! 3 sleepless nights. Dr. Lee Gang hun character – very well portrayed. awesome plot development.

  25. 425
    Rifka Says:

    Ampyuuuunnnn………Dr Lee Gang Hun….!!! Ga tahan…keren banget, ganteng. bener benar aktor Watak….!

    Wajib Hukumnya ini drama di Tonton kalau kalian penggemar drama Korea….ga bakalan Rugi….16 Episode…Kuranggggggg….!!! Harusnya lebih banyak lagi……!!!!

  26. 426
    Hay Says:

    Vic and Corrie !! I don’t know how you two can give comment on someone special like that ^^ Are you two mentally disorder !!! At his age, it has to be say that he is so smart and handsome. And how can you prejudge someone before know him so well. Are you two guys have self-confidence in your own image?? I am imagine ^^hopefully not like a f* bitch !!! You are telling he is ugly to be this role……?? Huh^^ Both of you f* U

  27. 427
    Lily Says:

    Each time i watch a Korean drama i say that this was the best Korean drama ever, but now and really this was the best worldwide drama that i ever seen in my entire life , this was a brilliant drama, the script, the characters, the actors and actresses were all excellent, especially Shin Ha Kyun he deserves an award for this brilliant acting. I don’t know why people are obsessed with American dramas while there exist such a great dramas from Korea. Thank u Korea for this brilliant drama.

  28. 428
    corrie Says:

    Hey you ,you are from an fanatic state,where the right to have yourself opinions is forbidden? You must make mental control quick,if not,you will be insane soon! Ah ,by the way ,your english is ridiculous ,you must make your lessons first,not to post this shameful words here,on this free-for- -comments site!

  29. 429
    Puspa Says:

    Love this drama…Love Shin Ha Kyun

  30. 430
    vicky Says:

    two thumbs up for this drama.. the best medical korean drama. it’s so great to mix the neurosurgery things with the story. as a physician i don’t hv many words to say.. just WOW… it’s so amazing. hope this drama could be an inspiration for all doctor- not for being so arrogant but for the patience, hard working, friendship, and professionalism. shin ha kyun, you’ve done a really good acting. from now on, i have shin ha kyun fever.. hahaha..
    but honestly.. i wish a more romantic ending..

  31. 431
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  32. 432
    Sheny Roselle Says:

    This is really a very good KD series. Congratulations to all the casts. I learned a lot of neuro things on this drama. Mr. Shin is really remarkable. He was able to establish his character on this series. Deep values learned, of course as always, on this KD. 🙂

  33. 433
    glitterstar Says:

    i love and enjoy this drama so much. Especially, Shin ha kyun act excellently. Love all charactor of all doctor in this drama too. Good ending but need more romantic scene. Highly recommend to see, it is worth for watching.

  34. 434
    YYL Says:

    Shin Ha Kyun did excellent job in this drama. Frankly speaking, I am addicted to korean drama and people call me a drama queen just because I have watched so many korean dramas. But among so many dramas, I think this is the best and most meaningful drama I have ever watched. I love how this drama shows all the professionals explanation, and they really showed people the real image of brain and how the surgery goes on. Also, the love story is the best part, he expressed the love to ji hye without needed to say ‘i love you’. It is so difference compare to other drama.

    p.s. I have watched this drama for more than two times. So compelling!

  35. 435
    roxy Says:

    shin ha kyun ..amazing acting as dr. Lee…one of d best med drama ive ever..a daesang award gves proof that ths s really worth watchng..a drama ruled into 1. It shws hw doctors life looks like jst 2 save lives..thr sacrifices..emotions..personal life,.treating patients and fam members..its realy base on reality thts hw great job wel done by d scrpt writer n director..med terminology are wel rseach n presntd..u learnt a lot wyl njoyng watchng..exciting brainy story line. Actors /actress not so hndsome/beautiful but wht makes thm good lookng s hw they beautifuly potrayd thr roles n actng superb. Eng sub perfect. Prodctions n cast realy exert great effort to have thr award winning outcome of ths drama. They realy used thr brains to have ths brain. Congratulations guys. Addng 2 that resident doctors r all awesome actng too! Fighting!

  36. 436
    Angelia's Says:

    Never know I would fall for such actor like shin ha kyun

  37. 437
    Marie ♡♥♡ Says:

    This is the best medical drama…. Up to now, I still think of this drama and still in love with Mr. Shin Ha Kyun!!! A very nice and humble guy in real life…. different from the roles he played. A great actor!!! I will watch all his movies and dramas. Right Now I’m currently watching All About My Romance. So good!!!!

  38. 438
    suelli Says:

    fantastic!i love this drama so much 100% especially lee kang hun!he is awesome and inspires a lot.i like him in this drama!thank you anyway.

  39. 439
    Sam Says:

    Dear KBS, realisators , scriptwriters, producers, writers , composer, actors, actresses, Yeoju Institute,

    BRAIN, is undoubtedly the best drama ever created, produced, directed, played and aired. With this unforgettable and priceless drama, through its plot and its outstanding actors, actresses and musicians so touching, and incredibly realistic, you have blessed each human soul. Here is not an exageration. You’ve made a great job, incredibly human ! Such a benediction, a gift for everyone. Thousands Warm Thank You. Please, invest to create and produce a continuation to this priceless drama. You will invest money and time, and … you will earn an international gratitude from each human soul. Dr Kim Sang Chul said beautifully that our brain is our true heart, so please do not forget that using your brain as your heart, investing in a such new work would be a great benediction for you, for us, for everyone across the world.

    Shin Ha Kyun’s character of course is probably the one that was the most touching one, in which every human being struggling every day, was able to recognize. His mother was also the incarnation of the deep love that each mother accross the world has for her children inside of her, despite of the universal hardness of life. 20 episodes were already a huge blessing from each of you , but please believe me, this drama still deserves episodes , a season at least. Please. The following plot could be and should be, I honestly think, be centered on the new explicit romance between Dr Lee and his beloved Dr Ji Hye, because it could allow another perception of the main character, a new stage in his human life, in which so much have already been and would still recognized themselves. The staging of their true romance should be the occasion to bring some sweetness and humour afther such difficulties, I do not think that it would change the serious spirit of drama and its previous success. Besides, the others main characters should be also highlighted through the plot: Ji Hye’s love, Matron Hong, etc. The following plot should also deals with Dr Kim Sang Chul and the academic and medical researches, like previously.

    Once again : Please, invest to create and produce a continuation to this priceless drama. You will invest money and time, and … you will earn an international gratitude from each human soul. Dr Kim Sang Chul said beautifully that our brain is our true heart, so please do not forget that using your brain as your heart, investing in a such new work would be a great benediction for you, for us, for everyone across the world.

    Warm greetings from France.

  40. 440
    sonya Says:

    This is really a drama that titillates the brains of the viewer – to think, to learn, to appreciate, etc. One of few korean dramas which understands deep human emotions, and dramatize these emotions in real, true-to-life, and very convincing ways. The dialogues are not street-type and neither are they over dramatized… in fact some thoughts are brought out without using words but mere expressions in the face, or eyes, or body language of the characters. All these are possible only with superb script, director, and actors. I give this a “10” for outstanding. (by the way, i haven’t finished the drama at this point, but comfortable enough to give this rating).

  41. 441
    sonya Says:

    I was a bit surprised that this drama is not only an intriguing medical or technology-laden topic, but also covers very deep emotions of the characters that are true-to-life, subtle in expressing the wide range or emotions from a complicated human relationship, and able to keep up the high level suspense in the developments of the story and character interplays. I suppose this should be expected for the subject matter itself requires “intelligence” and lots of research. I really enjoyed the way the drama kept me involved and attentive… rather than hohummmm of other inferior cartoonish korean dramas. Congratulations.

  42. 442
    ye Says:

    Hi.good luck.I like this film please continue to this …

  43. 443
    anb Says:

    I really love Shin Ha Kyun as dr. Lee . Very charming and sexy with his gaze! Brain season 2 is a good idea to develop their love 😀

  44. 444
    tigerb Says:

    this is first korean drama that impressed me since i started to watch korean dramas 3 years ago. i’m no doctor and what baffled me then was how the top neurosurgeon being operated on could currently watch his own brain during surgery.

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