Seo In Guk ‘Best of the Best’ K-Drama Roundup

Well, I’m pretty devastated that we’re losing yet another 1987 (my birth year as well!) actor: Seo In Guk. (Why does it always seem like your favorites are all going at the same time?)  The adorable and charming singer/actor, will be signing up for his mandatory enlistment on March 28th. And cue the cry heard around the world. (That’s mine if you haven’t figured that out already.) It’ll be a long two years without him as I’ve really taken a shining to In Guk in the past two years.

So in an effort to honor his work until he returns to us on the small screen again, I’ve put together a post with my top three favorite dramas of his. They’re all a little different, so I hope you can all find something to watch and enjoy. Also, they’re not listed in any particular order. Not going to pick favorites between these three. It’ll be messy and you don’t want me to go there.

Note: I’ve only included dramas I’ve personally watched and re-watched. 

Shopping King Louis – Seo In Guk plays the quirky and fashionable Louis. He’s been raised in a very sheltered environment at his grandmother’s behest. Due to his upbringing, Louis doesn’t really have much of a life, so all of his energy is spent shopping — hence the title ‘Shopping King.’ One day, he ends up in an accident that causes him to lose his memory: retrograde amnesia. The story really begins when he meets the strong, determined, hard working and kind Bok Shil who takes Louis in. Together, the two help each other. It’s mostly cute and quirky, but there are some nice serious moments that shine in this series. If you’re looking for something more uplifting, this is your drama. You can read my spoilery overview of Shopping King Louis here.

High School King – This was my very first time watching Seo In Guk. It tells the story of an eighteen-year-old high school senior who is a star ice hockey player. One day, Min Hyuk’s brother convinces him to masquerade as his older brother at the company he’s just got a job at. I always love roles where actors play double duty with two characters as it really shows off their acting abilities. Like Shopping KingHigh School King has a lighter, quirky element to it. Min Hyuk also struggles to be in two places at once, which is comedic as we watch him run back and forth. The only thing that will be hit or miss in this drama is the romance between our leads. I won’t go into details, but there are two camps: too uncomfortable to ship or two adorable not to ship.

I Remember You / Hello Monster – If you’re watching Voice or you’re just a fan of a good crime/police drama, I Remember You is a standout drama for Seo In Guk. It’s darker; it’s definitely gritty. The themes and general darker tones are much more on point with the likings of Voice, but don’t let that deter you. The acting is phenomenal and memorable here. And while the content isn’t for the faint of heart, we do get a broody and intelligent Seo In Guk if that helps. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Park Bo Gum is in this, but I promise his character is much, much different from Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. Here are a few posts about I Remember You: here, here, and here.

And there you have it! Seo In Guk’s done some great work in the past few years. I don’t think there’s anything I’ve watched of his that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. When he leaves, I will be watching Squad 38 to bring me comfort. And who knows? Maybe this summer I’ll binge watch these three beauties with my bestie so that I get her hooked on another one of my favs. Sound like a plan?

And The Winner Is…

In a landslide victory, Producers won the poll. As promised, I will do weekly recaps of this drama.

But, if this drama isn’t the key to your k-drama loving heart, don’t be too discouraged. There are plenty of new dramas coming out that have caught my eye. What does this mean? There are plenty of opportunities for me to give my first impressions of other dramas as well as do one post covering the whole series.

So, what are your thoughts, readers? Are you looking forward to Kim Soo Hyun’s return to k-dramas? Do you feel this was a good role for him to star in after the apparent success of My Love From Another Star? (Disclaimer: I’ve only seen him act in Dream High, so I’m very curious to see what he has to bring to the table.)

Song Jae Rim: Leading Man Material?

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I have to admit — I’m liking Song Jae Rim a lot these days. While his character, Shi  Kyung, from Surplus Princess was intriguing, awkward, and adorable at times, I didn’t  really see, feel or understand the Song Jae Rim appeal. Now, I’m not going to say that  I’ve been converted to a super fan or anything remotely as extreme overnight, but as I’ve  been watching him on We Got Married, I can’t help but really, really, really adore and  admire this actor.

Whether it’s all part of a script, improv, or otherwise, I find him so adorable, charming,  quirky, cheesy, random, and thoughtful. I could probably include a myriad of other  descriptive adjectives, but I think I’ve gone far enough.

And he loves cats. Particularly, he loves his cat. And it tugs at my heartstrings as a fellow cat lover/owner. Seriously, I could just watch an entire episode of We Got  Married with SJR doing things for/interacting with his cat.

And, as far as We Got Married goes, he’s proven to me that he definitely has the appeal and talent to be leading man material. He’s so charming, random, funny and awkward. Regardless if it’s true of his personality or not, he sells it really well. And I do believe he has  the acting chops and talent for a leading role. Hopefully, this will be a departure from the Shi Kyung character as I’d love to see more range from this actor.

All of these things combine to bring good news. Song Jae Rim snagged the leading role in upcoming drama Unkind Women. The big question: what’s this new drama about? Or maybe you’d rather hear about the female lead? Lee Hana. You might remember her as the dorky, awkward Soo Young from King of High School. I had a love-hate relationship with this character on King of High School, so I’m looking forward to a bolder, more extroverted role from her this time around.

From what I’ve gathered from the internet and official website about this series, it seems the premise is revolving around three generations of hot-headed women that live together. So, it will be especially interesting to see how SJR’s character fits in.

I just hope the script-writing and his character helps exhibit this guy’s talent — because he appears to have plenty of it. At the very least, Unkind Women is a family drama scheduled for 24 episodes. So, as long as this drama does well, it means we’ve all got 24 episodes to sit back and enjoy with SJR as the lead. Not bad either way, right?

Here’s what you need to know:

Unkind Women (aka Unkind Ladies, Bad Women) is scheduled to broadcast on KBS2 on February 25th at 10:00 PM. It will air an episode every Wednesday and Thursday, which is great for those of us that cannot bear one episode a week.

Oh, k-dramas, how you’ve spoiled me with two episodes in one week. How could I possibly accept anything less than that?

Anyone else care to chime in? What do you think of Song Jae Rim? If you’re more familiar with his work than I am (I’ve only seen him in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Surplus Princess, and We Got Married), do you think he has the abilities to hit a home run with his first leading role in a drama?

Man Crush Monday: Ji Chang Wook

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JI CHANG WOOK.

If the name Ji Chang Wook doesn’t ring any bells for you, it’s okay. I had no idea who he was until I started to watch Healer.

His acting is top notch, his smile is beautiful, and he can cry so freaking well. Okay, I won’t leave out that he’s also really, really attractive. And tall. And he just has this calming voice that you could listen to all day. Aside from being attractive, I sincerely mean that this guy can act. If you’ve been unsure about watching Healer, check out at least the first four episodes and you will quickly understand how and why Ji Chang Wook became my Man Crush Monday. And long after Healer ends, I have the sneaking suspicion that I’ll have to keep a close eye on Chang Wook’s future endeavers.

As a shortcut, you can either watch the drama on drama fever or viki. Also, here are my top 10 reasons why you should be watching Healer.

Time To Marathon Some Lee Min Ho!

Lee Min Ho is all over my blog. In case you didn’t know, he is my favorite Korean actor for a variety of reasons. I know that watching two of his dramas doesn’t qualify me as an expert, but there’s just something about him that continues to stand out and impress me. No matter how many k-dramas I watch, Min Ho is always a name and face that stays in the back of my mind. That said, I am not discrediting other Korean actors. There are quite a few that have wowed me, but I’d be lying if I said that Min Ho didn’t wow me a little bit more.

(I actually dread the thought of watching more of his work because it’s one less drama I’ll have to watch with him in it. That’s a big indicator of how much I enjoy his work.)

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