Faith (Hangul: 신의; Hanja: 信義; RR: Shin-eui; also known as The Great Doctor) is a 2012 South Korean fusion fantasy-historical-medical television series broadcast by SBS. It is about a modern-day plastic surgeon (Kim Hee-sun) who gets kidnapped and travels back in time to the Goryeo period, 700 years in the past. There, she meets and falls in love with a warrior who is the leader of the royal guard (Lee Min-ho).

Cast and characters

Lee Min-ho – General Choi Young

In the mid-1300s, approximately 1351, Choi Young is a bodyguard to King Gongmin of the Goryeo Dynasty. He is 29 years old and has no regrets in life, no ambition for women or money, and whose hobby is sleeping. Because he lives a life of no regret and gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior, he’s not afraid of death. He is a brave general of the Woodalchi warriors and loyal to the king. Choi Young believes that people who do not fear death need not spin their wheels scheming, so he takes that to the extreme — he’s a warrior with a brain who has the ability to strategize and attack head-on.

Kim Hee-sun – Yoo Eun-soo

A 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. Eun-soo was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day a strange man she thinks is dressed as a drama extra kidnaps her… and takes her back to the Goryeo era. In Goryeo, she is believed to be the apprentice of the famous Chinese surgeon Hua Tuo, sent from heaven.

  • Yoo Oh-sung – Ki Chul
  • Ryu Deok-hwanKing Gongmin
  • Park Se-youngQueen Noguk
  • Phillip Lee – Jang Bin
  • Sung Hoon – Chun Eum-ja
  • Shin Eun-jung – Hwasuin
  • Lee Byung-joon – Jo Il-shin
  • Kim Mi-kyung – court lady Choi
  • Park Sang-won – Sohn Yoo
  • Baek Kwang-doo – Bae Choong-seok
  • Kim Jong-mun – Oh Dae-man
  • Kang Chang-mook – Deol-bae
  • Yoon Kyun-sang – Deok-man
  • Kim Soo-yun – Deo-ki
  • Jung Yoo-chan – Joo Seok
  • Kwon Min – Ahn Do-chi
  • Ahn Jae-wook – Eun-soo’s doctor ex-boyfriend (cameo, ep 1)
  • Oh Kwang-rok – fortune teller (cameo, ep 1)
  • Choi Min-soo – leader of Jeokwoldae (cameo, ep 4)


The title Shin-eui, means faith, as in belief in justice. But in Hangul it also means divine healer or great doctor, a pun on “god” + “medicine”, as a play on the medical and the fantastical, two major elements of the world. Described as the epic story of those that will shape a king and change the course of fate, the series is a re-imagining of a what-if version of history, potentially changed on a massive scale by the actions of two individuals. The taglines for the show: “Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet.”


2012 SBS Drama Awards

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