Dr. Brain (2021) Review


‘Dr. Brain’, the first Korean work of Apple’s original, is a sci-fi thriller based on a popular Korean webtoon. The Apple original drama ‘Dr. Brain’, which is currently filming in Korea and scheduled to be released worldwide on Apple TV+ later this year, follows the emotional journey of a neuroscientist obsessed with new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain. A sci-fi thriller that deals with. When the family gets caught up in a mysterious incident, the protagonist accesses the brains of those involved in the incident, including his wife, and begins to collect memories in order to unravel the mystery of what happened to them and why.

Director Kim Jee-Woon directed ‘Dr. Brain’ said: “The setting itself of accessing the brain and reading memories was interesting. Events can be reconstructed if they can see what they saw, heard, and experienced, which is stored in the brain under the name of memory. The protagonist’s journey, looking from their point of view and following a mysterious event as if solving a puzzle through memorized moments, is an interesting story in itself, and it seems to be able to show a new and interesting genre of a sci-fi thriller. In addition, I liked the theme of the protagonist growing up by looking into the self remembered by others, realizing the lack and contradiction within himself, and recovering from the broken relationship. We are also looking forward to collaborating with Apple, which has special know-how and respect for original content.”

In the drama, Se-won or Doctor Brain (Lee Sun Kyun) decides to become a brain scientist after losing his mother in a hit-and-run accident as a child. He has a genius brain that once seen he will never forget, and 20 years after the accident, he is doing his PhD at Boston University. Then, one day, he receives a request from a mysterious person to access the brain of a person who committed suicide and extract information. Intrigued by this, Sewon immediately accepts the offer and attempts to access the brain of a dead man named ‘Jacob’.

However, after failing to extract information from the field, he is discouraged, arguing that his theory does not fit into practical application. Se-Won, who spends a few days in despair, feels a sense of incongruity that he has been acting differently from his original self for the past few days. Curious about this, while searching through the case files, he realizes that his new behaviors are exactly the same as those of the suicide researcher Jacob, and he realizes the side effects of brain access.

Lee Kang Moo (Park Hee Soon) is a private detective. Evaluating Lee Se-won’s ability highly, he commissioned him to extract information from the brains of the dead. Lieutenant Cho (Seo Ji Hye) who Boston Police Department detective. She feels suspicious about the actions of Go Se-won and Lee Kang Moo and begins an internal investigation.


  • Drama: Dr. Brain
  • Native Title: Dr.브레인
  • Also Known As: Dakteo Beurein, Doctor Brain, Dr. 브레인, 닥터 브레인, Miseuteo Robin, Mister Robin, Mr. 로빈, miseuteolobin, Mr. Robin, 미스터 로빈, Alfa Romeo, Alpha Romeo, 알파로메오
  • Screenwriter & Director: Kim Jee Woon
  • Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Medical
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 6
  • Airs: Nov 3, 2021 – Dec 8, 2021
  • Airs On: Wednesday
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older