Lee Min Ho is all over my blog. Beware of the GIF spam.
He is one of my top Korean actors for a variety of reasons. I know that watching a few 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, Lee 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 Lee 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.)
Below are just a few reasons of why I adore him. (In no particular order, of course!)
Charisma. Lee Min Ho oozes charisma, fellow k-drama fans. Whether it be his smile, acting, or voice, he’s got plenty of charm that continues to dazzle me. I’m 200% sure I’m not the only one. Am I right or am I right?
His choice of roles. Again, you could scold me for even saying this as I’ve only watched a few of Min Ho projects, but City Hunter was such a radical departure from Boys Over Flowers. After following up Boys Over Flowers immediately with City Hunter, I knew this guy was talented. And he was quite good in The Legend of the Blue Sea as well.
Going from a spoiled rich kid (Boys Over Flowers) to a trained mercenary (City Hunter) was pretty impressive. Both characters had their degrees of difficulty, but after seeing him play Yoon Sung, I was convinced by his acting abilities. Plus, I’ve read that a lot of physical fight scenes can be tricky and difficult with someone who has long legs. He made it look easy, but I can just imagine the amount of work and training that went into that role. And in The Legend of the Blue Sea, he plays a con artist.
Dedication to his roles. If he could seamlessly make his fight scenes in City Hunter look so natural, you know it took tons of hard work and dedication. So, I have a large amount of respect for him.
Genuineness and sweetness. Have you ever watched a video where Min Ho passionately talks about acting and his fans? Either, he really cares or he’s just a damn good actor. I honestly believe he cares. He’s always laughing and smiling.
I remember watching a video where he was in America and he bought the crew or personnel with him hamburgers. (This was during some of the early filming of The Heirs that took place in California.) I think there were at least ten people, too. I’m sure he can afford it, but it was a really thoughtful gesture. 2 gold stars to Lee Min Ho!
Now is the perfect time to marathon some Lee Min Ho dramas. He’s played a variety of different characters over the years, and I think his work has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.
I’ve linked all below with summaries and where you can watch, legally.
Boys Over Flowers: Jan Di, the Heroine, is the poor but bright girl who has a strong sense of justice and full of vitality. She transfers to an exclusive high school where only the rich go. In there, she encounters with the four rich and quirky boys and experiences love and friendship. –MyDramaList
My Thoughts: The most makjang drama Lee Min Ho’s starred in. Boys Over Flowers was 25 episodes full of crazy tropes, endless high school drama, a scheming mother, and so much more. If you think you’ve watched a crazy makjang drama, think again.
Personal Taste: Jeon Jin Ho is a straight guy who is mistaken as gay when he applies to become Park Gae In’s roommate. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out a women’s feelings. Gae In is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However, that doesn’t stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin Ho is no different. How will Gae In react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her?
City Hunter: Lee Yoon Sung is a talented MIT-graduate who works on the international communications team in the Blue House. He plans revenge on five politicians who caused his father’s death with his surrogate father Lee Jin Pyo and eventually becomes a “City Hunter”. ~~ Based on the manga “City Hunter” by Tsukasa Hojo.
My Thoughts: One of my favorite dramas, to date, is City Hunter. It’s full of action, some bad ass fight scenes, and a sweet romance. There’s also great characters and a sizzling chemistry between LMN and PMY. Let’s not forget there’s an awesome original soundtrack and plenty of clever twists. This was my second back-to-back drama staring Lee Min Ho. This series is what I dub a “repeat offender.” One watch is never enough.
Watch: Viki (not licensed in all regions)
Faith aka The Great Doctor: A 21st-century plastic surgeon Eun Soo gets kidnapped and brought 700 years in the past for her healing powers. Goryeo era bodyguard to the king General Choi Yeong is smart but a little naive, he almost never smiles. He faces conflicts with the female doctor Eun Soo, but soon feels attracted to her. –MyDramaList
Heirs: Kim Tan is the heir to Empire Group who has been sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it’s a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan meets Cha Eun Sang, who arrived from Korea in search of her older sister.
He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she’s the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. When his fiancée Rachel Yoo arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. –MyDramaList
Watch: Viki (not licensed in all regions)
I Am Sam/I Am Your Teacher: The story focuses on the conflicts between the young teachers and the problems that high school students have. Jang Yi San is a timid and incompetent homeroom teacher who has to teach the only daughter of a highly dangerous mob leader, Eun Byul. Eun Byul is a new student at MyungMoon High with little drive to succeed. –MyDramaList
My Thoughts: I haven’t watched this drama yet. But I will note that Lee Min Ho is only part of the supporting cast. He is not the male lead in this drama.
The Legend of the Blue Sea: How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a noble man from the Joseon Dynasty.
But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world. –MyDramaList
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