This film is one of the monuments of the medical film genre and has been remade many times.
If I had to point out a monument to the medical film genre, for many people, the answer would probably be The Good Doctor. This work is produced by Korea, Joo Won takes on the male lead role, first aired in 2013.
The Good Doctor once created great attraction with a rating of up to 17.4%. And not only in Korea, this work is also loved by international audiences and has many remakes. However, not all remakes are successful. And the most important reason that determines their success or failure is the male lead’s acting.
Joo Won, the original male lead
Joo Won is the male lead of the original. His acting was highly appreciated by the audience.
As mentioned, Joo Won is the male lead of the original. In the film, he plays Park Shi On, a person with autism but possesses super memory and extremely excellent spatial awareness. That’s why he entered the medical path and became a doctor.
Even though he is a genius, Park Shi On still faces many difficulties at work because of his autism. This is a difficult role, but Joo Won’s acting is highly appreciated by the audience. Not only that, he was also nominated for the Best Male TV Actor award at Baeksang 2014.
Freddie Highmore, the best “genius doctor”.
Although Joo Won acted very well, Freddie Highmore is the classic male lead of The Good Doctor franchise
In 2015, the American-produced remake was broadcast and attracted a lot of attention. Taking on the male lead role of Shaun Murphy is actor Freddie Highmore. Not having enough mirror nerves causes Shaun Murphy to lack empathy and have difficulty communicating. However, thanks to his savant syndrome, he pays attention to and remembers very small details. Thanks to that, Shaun Murphy can offer surgical methods that go beyond conventional thinking.
In fact, for many audiences, although Joo Won is excellent, Freddie Highmore is the most classic male lead of The Good Doctor franchise. He interpreted the character very well, showing the special intelligence of Shaun Murphy. Until now, 8 years have passed but no one has yet overcome the shadow left by Freddie Highmore.
Tran Phong, the male lead in the Vietnamese version, is disappointing
Tran Phong’s acting is not highly appreciated.
A few months ago, the audience saw the Vietnamese version called Happy Doctor starring Tran Phong. Of course, the audience does not expect him to do as well as Joo Won or Freddie Highmore. However, what is worth mentioning here is that many viewers judged that Tran Phong did not portray the character’s true nature. Specifically, the exaggerated acting, rolling his eyes and twisting his neck makes the character look silly and stupid, not like a genius doctor with autism. In terms of content, Happy Doctor was also criticized for many errors, with scenes showing a lack of medical knowledge.
Yamazaki Kento, the “hot boy with a blank face” was chosen to receive gold in the Japanese version
Yamazaki Kento acted well but failed to create a highlight.
In the Japanese version, Yamazaki Kento is the name chosen to send gold. He has an attractive appearance, but his acting is erratic. However, in the end, the “stupid-faced hot boy” performed much better than the audience’s expectations before the film aired. However, compared to Joo Won or Freddie Highmore, Yamazaki Kento’s role did not create a different impression.
Truong Van Y, the male lead of the Chinese version, was criticized even though the movie had not been shown yet
Truong Van Y’s eyes were considered not bright enough. However, this is just a trailer anyway.
This summer, the Chinese screen witnessed two male stars who were highly praised by the audience, namely Thanh Nghi and Truong Van Y. If Thanh Nghi performed so well in the role of Ly Lien Hoa in the swordplay blockbuster Lotus Lotus, Truong Van Y gave viewers goosebumps with the character Thuong Huyen in the blockbuster Truong Tuong Tu.
For those who don’t know, Truong Van Y is also the person who plays the male lead in the Chinese version of The Good Doctor named Doctor Phi Pham. However, recently when the movie trailer was released, his acting faced mixed opinions.
A part of the audience believes that Truong Van Y has not shown the character’s intelligence because her eyes are not bright enough. The way he expressed himself made viewers feel that he was an idiot. However, there are also netizens who still maintain a quite optimistic attitude and give the opinion that the movie has not been shown yet, so at this time, there is not enough basis to make an accurate comment.