I’m a huge Jang Geun Seok fan. Anyone who’s been following my videos for any length of time knows this fact. Out of all of the younger 20-something Korean actors he’s one of my favorites if not my number one.
I think part of this is because he’s just not your typical Korean actor. While most Korean guys play up their ultra manly or ultra pretty smoldering dark good looks and short hair, he tends to run in the other direction with lighter colored long hair and a look that is certainly not ultra manly though I’d call it more indie-hipster than feminine. His roles are also not really all that typical for a Korean actor. He’s not afraid to take somewhat controversial risky roles and instead I think he chooses roles that he personally just really wants to play. Some of the dramas on this list I’ll admit are a bit kitchy.. and I mean they’re like a bad acted sci-fi and others are so low key and grungy that they remind me of the old US TV show “Freaks and Geeks”.
This guy has been in the business for a long time. He started acting when he was a kid. He’s actually got far more movies and dramas than I included in this list of eight, but I left out all of his movie roles and all of his guest and supporting roles. The ones that he’s starred in though have often been pretty epic. While some only are praised in the indie cult fan groups, there are others like You’re Beautiful that have become so popular and epic that other Asian countries have tried to re-create his role.. to little success.
One of the most controversial choices I think he’s made in his career is turning down the role of Goo Jun Pyo in 2009’s Boys Over Flowers in order to challenge his acting more with his role in Beethoven Virus which wasn’t nearly as popular. But, it’s choices like this that actually make me like and respect him more. Besides while anyone who’s a Jang Geun Seok fan knows that he would have nailed the role, it helped launch Lee Min Ho’s career and I know that there’s very few people complaining about that. Jang Geun Seok’s awesome.. there’s just no question about it!
8. Nonstop 4 – 논스톱 4
7. Alien Sam – 에일리언 샘
6. Love Rain – 사랑비
5. Beethoven Virus – 베토벤 바이러스
4. Mary Stayed Out All Night – 매리는 외박
3. Hong Gil Dong – 쾌도 홍길동
2. Beautiful Man – 예쁜남자
1. You’re Beautiful – 미남이시네요