After watching The King of Dramas, I've been suspicious about how entertainers are picked for awards or lists such as these. In case the selections were not anonymously made, wouldn't the directors have to take into consideration the network and which actors they wanted to earn brownie points with? Did they pick actors who have done the most amount of genres over those who did exceptional work in a lesser amount? Looking into the matter brought me face to face with the fact of how much I'm lacking as far as sheer volume of dramas watched. There is just not enough time in the day!
1st: Lee Byung Hun (20 votes)
What you may have seen him in: Joint Security Area, Bungee Jumping of Their Own, Road, Beautiful Days, My Beautiful Girl, Mari, Addicted, All In, Everybody Has Secrets, Three... Extremes, A Bittersweet Life, Once in a Summer, Hero, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, I Come with the Rain, G.I. Joe, IRIS, I Saw the Devil, Diplomat Kuroda Kousaku
2nd: Jo In Sung (12 votes)
He actually portrayed Oh Soo with more vulnerability than I expected which I came to appreciate, then fall in love with. Also, let me just say, A Frozen Flower. Ohhh A Frozen Flower! He brought us sex, swordplay and serious drama in a role that lesser men would balk at.
What you may have seen him in: School 3, Drama City, Nonstop 2, Public Toilet, Madeleine, Piano, Daemang (cameo), Shoot for the Star, Love of South & North, What Happened in Bali, Spring Day, A Dirty Carnival, Frozen Flower, Kwon Bob/The Art of Fist Duel, That Winter, The Wind Blows
3rd: Song Joong Ki (10 votes)
I became so enamored of him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. He really stole the show for me. And then he was so gracious when he was presented with the Best Couple Award with Yoo Ah In, who looked like he was going to die of embarrassment. Joon Ki is a class act.
What you may have seen him in: Frozen Flower, Love Racing, My Precious Child, Ogamdo, The Case of Itaewon Homicide, Triple, Take Care of the Young Lady (cameo), Will it Snow at Christmas?, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Rio, Many a Little Romance, Tree With Deep Roots, Nice Guy, Wolf Boy
4th: Hyun Bin (8 votes)
This man has charisma! He's so versatile and a joy to watch. I was so excited when he finished his military service, I wanted to push him straight into a studio. I wonder what his first project will be?
What you may have seen him in: Bodyguard, Nonstop 4, Spin Kick, Ireland, Daddy Long Legs, My Name is Kim Sam-Soon, A Millionaire's First Love, The Snow Queen, The World that They Live In, I'm Very Happy, Friend, Our Legend, Late Autumn, Tears of Africa, Secret Garden, Come Rain Come Shine
5th: Kim Soo Hyun (7 votes)
This puppy is pretty impressive with not just his acting, but his singing ability. He contributed to the soundtracks of both Dream High and The Moon that Embraces the Sun, and his voice is as gorgeous as he is.
What you may have seen him in: Kimchi Cheese Smile, Jungle Fish, Will it Snow at Christmas?, Father's House, Giant, Dream High, The Thieves, The Moon That Embraces the Sun
6th: So Ji Sub (6 votes)
What you may have seen him in: Wang Rung's Land, Joa Joa, Cheers for the Women, Delicious Proposal, Law Firm, Can't Live Without Robbery, We Are Dating Now, Glass Slippers, Thousand Years of Love, What Happened in Bali, Sorry I Love You, A Destiny, Movie is Movie, Kitaro and the Millennium Curse, U-Turn, Sophie's Revenge, Cain and Abel, Road Number One, A Company Man, Ghost
7th: Park Yoo Chun (4 votes)
Also known as Mickey Yoochun, this sweetheart is part of JYJ, formerly of TVXQ. I read in an interview that Song Joong Ki modeled his portrayal of Goo Yong Ha on Yoo Chun's light-hearted, jokester personality. You can see that in his acting, but Yoo Chun can get very serious as well.
What you may have seen him in: Banjun Drama, Rainbow Romance, Vacation, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Miss Ripley, Rooftop Prince, I Miss You
8th: Park Shin Yang (3 votes)
I loved him in The Painter of the Wind. He is charming and hilarious and acted with a warmth that created chemistry with his fellow actors, and even though his leading lady was much younger than he is, he made the pairing believable.
What you may have seen him in: Kilimanjaro, Hi, Dharma!, Indian Summer, The Uninvited, The Big Swindle, Lovers in Paris, Shiny Day, Money's Warfare, The Painter of the Wind, Sign
9th: A 7-way tie with two votes each:
I'm pretty happy with this group. They're all versatile swoon-worthy actors who draw viewers in.
10th: An 8-way tie with two votes each:
I'm not sure if Jang Hyun Sung is the Jang Hyun that the article referred to, but I think it's a good guess based on the work that he's done. I'm glad Jang Dong Gun and Gong Yoo made it onto the list. I always look forward to seeing their work. And thank goodness Lee Min Ho is on there as well or Batzy-Chan would have gone wild.
There is one name conspicously missing, though, and that is Jang Geun Seok. I would think that his performances in Hong Gil Dong, Beethoven Virus, You're Beautiful, Itaewon Murder Case and Love Rain were diverse enough to put him on the list. Unfortunately, the single digit ratings for a few of his dramas must have held him back.
I would have also liked to see Kim Myung Min make the cut. He's won many awards for dramas in a variety of genres including Beethoven Virus and Closer to Heaven.
According to the article, (I think, because my Korean is horrible) less actresses were chosen than actors due to considerations such as sales in the Japanese market. I guess the majority female viewership make male actors the more influential factor when it comes to sales and ratings. However, without our charismatic and talented actresses, dramas would not be nearly as charming.
1st: Ha Ji Won (12 votes)
This woman can do anything. Action and romance? No problem!
What you may have seen her in: Nightmare, Truth Game, Ditto , The Scissors, Secret, Life is Beautiful, Phone, Sex is Zero, Days in the Sun, Reversal of Fortune, Love That's Bigger Than Love, Damo, 100 Day with Mr Arrogant, Quija Board, Love So Divine, What Happened in Bali, All For Love (cameo), Daddy Long Legs, Duelist, Hwang Jin Yi, Miracle on 1st Street, Sex is Zero 2 (cameo), His Last Gift (cameo), Fool/BA:BO, Seven Remedies, Haeundae, My Love By My Side, Sector 7, Secret Garden, As One, The King 2 Hearts
2nd: A 2-way tie:
Kim Tae Hee
Her beauty combined with her bright personality really reminds me of Anne Hathaway. They're both so talented and graceful.
What you may have seen her in: Last Present, New Citizen, Let's Go, Screen, A Problem at my Younger Brother's House, Stairway to Heaven, Nine Tailed Fox, Love Story in Harvard, The Restless, Quarrel, IRIS, Grand Prix, My Princess, Boku to Star no 99 Nichi, Jang Ok Jung
Go Hyeon Jeong
What you may have seen her in: Spring Day, Woman on the Beach, What's Up Fox?, H.I.T., Like You Know It All, Actresses, Queen Seon Deok, Dae Mul
.3rd: Son Ye Jin (6 votes)
I loved her in Personal Preference. She plays slovenly very well! I'm excited that her next drama is a thriller, pairing her with Kim Nam Gil of Bad Guy. Incidentally, he had a cameo in Personal Preference.
What you may have seen her in: Delicious Proposal, Sun-hee and Jin-hee, Secret Tears, Chihwaseon, Daemang, Lover's Concerto, The Classic, Crazy First Love, Summer Scent, A Moment to Remember, April Snow, The Art of Seduction, Alone in Love, Yobi the Fox, My Wife is Married, Spotlight, Into the White Night, Personal Preference, Secret Garden (cameo), The Tower
4th: Song Hye Kyo (8 votes)
Song is seriously one of the most gorgeous women ever! Even when she's in pajamas and goofy hair. She's so expressive and a joy to watch.
What you may have seen her in: Autumn Tale, Hotelier, Guardian Angel, All In, Shining Days, Full House, My Girl and I, Hwang Jin Yi, The World that They Live In, Fetish, Camellia Love for Sale, Nobody Somebody, The Grandmaster, That Winter, the Wind Blows
5th: A 3-way tie with 3 votes each:
Han Hyo Joo
What I especially like about her is that she disappears into her character so that you're left wondering, "Is that the same actress?"
What you may have seen her in: My Boss, My Teacher, Nonstop 5, Ad-Lib Night, Spring Waltz, By Land and Skky, Ride Away, Iljimae, Shining Inheritance, Soul Special, Dong Yi, Postman to Heaven, Only You/Always, Love 911, Masquerade
Gong Hyo Jin
Gong Hyo Jin is one of my favorite actresses because of the thoughtful depth she brings to each role. I'm so excited that she will be in a Horror/Rom Com opposite So Ji Sub, written by the Hong sisters later this year.
What you may have seen her in: Last Present (cameo), Guns & Talks, Volcano High, Drama City, Surprise, Emergency Act 19, Taekwon Girl, Conduct Zero, Wonderful Days, Ruler of Your Own World, Snowman, Sang Doo, Let's Go To School, Heaven's Soldiers, Hello My Teacher, The Birth of a Family, A Day with My Son (cameo), Happiness (cameo), M, Thank You, I Like It This Way, Crush & Blush, Dajjimawa Lee, Sisters on the Road, Rolling Home with a Bull, Pasta, The Greatest Love, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (cameo)
Moon Chae Won
I'm not surprised she made the list after winning Top Excellence and Best Couple awards for her last two dramas, along with a Netizen's Award and a Popularity award. All well deserved, of course!
What you may have seen her in: Mackerel Run, The Painter of the Wind, Shining Inheritance, Take Care of the Young Lady, Road Number One (cameo), It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, The Princess' Man, Nice Guy
Receiving one vote each:
I can't say I fully agree with this list. Soo Ae's emotions never seem authentic, so she always brings a cold feeling to her roles. Moon Geun Young's work was excellent through 2008, but she seems to have lost her expressive style and ability to connect with her co-stars. It's surprising that Suzy made the list considering her limited filmography and awards. It may be a mistake in my translation.
I think Jung Ryu Won deserved to be on this list. She's worked in a variety of genres, however perhaps she was overlooked because of single digit ratings for some of her dramas. She has received awards for her work in The King of Dramas, History of the Salaryman, Two Faces of My Girlfriend and My Lovely Sam Soon
**Please note that in this article I've listed only productions each actor has done from 2000 to the present.
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