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 King, High 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?