Vincenzo Cassano has won the hearts of many – men and women alike – ever since he set fire to our screens with the K-drama, ‘Vincenzo’.
But, the man behind the character (that we’re inclined to call Inzaghi’s dad) is more than just his role as the smart consigliere. In fact, 35-year-old (HOW DOES HE ONLY LOOK LIKE HE’S IN HIS 20s?!?) Song Joong Ki has been in the South Korean entertainment industry since 2008, having been scouted on the subway. Ever since “Descendents of the Sun” became the most talked-about K-Drama – and with his growing repertoire of ‘Space Sweepers’ and ‘Vincenzo’, fans who didn’t recognize actor Song Joong Ki then, now can’t get enough of him!
If you’re one of them (it’s okay to admit that you are, this is a safe space ?) then here’s to watching more shows and drama of this talented actor. And if this is your first time hearing the name, here are worthy series and movies to watch, anyway!
1. Werewolf Boy (2012) [IMDb: 7.3/10; Rotten Tomatoes: 100%]
Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman named Sun Yi visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her. This fantasy romance sees teenage girl Sun Yi (Park Bo Young) befriend and attempt to civilize a feral boy (Song Joong Ki) she discovers on the grounds—but the beast inside him is constantly waiting to burst out.
2. The Battleship Island (2017) [IMDb: 7.1/10; Rotten Tomatoes: 67%]
The Battleship Island is based on a true story toward the end of World War II when hundreds of Koreans attempted to escape forced labour on the Japanese island of Hashima. It stars Hwang Jung Min as Lee Kang-Ok, a father who goes to Japan to protect his daughter but is drafted into Battleship Island by force, being deceived by talk to send him to Japan. On Battleship Island, he does anything to protect his daughter. So Ji-Sub is Choi Chil-Sung, the top fighter in Kyungsung (the old name for Seoul ). Song Joong Ki plays Park Moo-Young, a member of the Korean Independence group who sneaks onto Battleship Island to rescue a member of the group. He discovers that the Japanese have plans of blowing up the island and attempts to save everyone there.
3. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) [IMDb: 7.8/10]
This South Korean historical drama is based on Jung Eun Gwol’s bestselling 2007 novel, ‘The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars’. Set during an era when society does not allow females to be educated nor employed, Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) disguises herself as her brother, Kim Yoon Shik, in order to make ends meet for her family. She goes through a series of odd jobs, mainly at a local bookstore, before she gets offered a chance to increase her earnings by becoming a substitute test-taker (an illegal act) for the upcoming entrance examination in the prestigious Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute. She gets caught by the upright Lee Sun Joon (JYJ’s Park Yoo Chun), who later acknowledges her talents, and even encourages her to enrol in the university. There, she must bear with the endless mischief of upperclassman Gu Yong Ha (Song Joong ki), put up with the constant mood swings of roommate Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In), avoid getting in trouble with the strict student body president Ha In Soo (Jun Tae Soo), keep her secret from being discovered, all the while trying to hold her growing feelings for Lee Sun Joon at bay.
4. The Innocent Man/Nice Guy (2012) [IMDb: 7.8/10]
The drama is a typical melo-drama that depicts the passionate but tragic love of a man named Kang Ma Ru (played by Song Joong Ki). Ma Ru devotes his whole life to Han Jae Hee (played by Park Si Yeon), the woman who he loves, but is betrayed by her later and pledges revenge against her. Then Ma Ru meets another woman, Seo Eun Gi (played by Moon Chae Won), who instantly falls in love with Ma Ru. However, Eun Gi gets into an accident when she loses her memory after a traumatic brain injury. Now, Ma Ru uses Eun Gi’s lost memory to take revenge on Jae Hee.
5. Arthdal Chronicles [IMDb: 8.4/10]
In a mythical land called Arth, the inhabitants of the ancient city of Arthdal contend with power struggles, while some encounter love along the way. Eun Seom (Song Joong Ki) goes through hardships to bring his tribe back to life and learns of his true origins in the process. Regarded as the first Korean ancient fantasy drama, the story takes place during the Bronze Age and is loosely based on the story of Dangun, the founder of the first Korean Kingdom of Gojoseon.
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