Park Seo Joon speaking in Spanish. Need I say más?
Alright: it’s the one where a few actors get thrown together for a pop-up restaurant.
Jung Yoo Mi, Park Seo Joon, Lee So Jin, and Yoon Yeo Jong team up in Youn’s Kitchen Season 2 in Tenerife, Spain. Oh..Spain…plus PSJ…
Who I crushed on in 2017. Who made you swoon?
Guk Doo ya…we fell in love with his dark and brooding Bok Dong way back when on Angry Mom, the lovelorn prince on Scarlet Heart, and that earnest meathead on Page Turner. Ji Soo continued to break hearts as the second lead (sigh) on Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.
Jang Ki Yong
Full disclosure: pretty sure most of Jang Ki Yong’s draw is because he looks so…tall. Throw him in a uniform and GAME. OVER. The very tall and very handsome actor popped up in Go Back Couple, crushing on Jang Na Ra’s character something fierce.
Park Seo Joon
PSJ had a good year, that 2017. There was feature film Midnight Runners, co-starring Kang Ha Neul, there was Fight My Way, with solid chemistry between him and co-star Kim Ji Won. (And there was that time he took off his shirt.) And yes, there was that Hwarang which people seem to want to forget. You can catch him these days on Youn’s Kitchen Season 2 – hellloooo PSJ speaking to me in Spanish. Swoon.
Woo Do Hwan
If anything, 2017 was the year of Woo Do Hwan. He was the bona fide breakout star of Save Me, with an enviable onscreen presence and charisma to match. He then took on an even bigger role in Mad Dog opposite Yoo Ji Tae (for which he snagged a 2017 KBS Best New Actor Award).
Yang Se Jong
As a relative newcomer to our kdrama screens (and hearts, heh), Yang Se Jong took on his first leading role in 2017, opposite Seo Hyun Jin (Let’s Eat 2, Another Oh Hae Young) in Temperature Of Love. Although its strong start and notable kiss scene couldn’t save the show from its later lukewarm tension and dragging storylines, the thesp held his own as headstrong, naive-in-love chef.
And, on the silver screen:
Midnight Runners (청년경찰)
The s&h duo (sexy & handsome, y’all, get with me here) all over one feature length film. I already told ya so. Kang Ha Neul and Park Seo Joon play two bumbling police academy cadets that witness a crime. Buddy cop comedy with these two? I’m in. If only it could get to the US faster..sigh.
The Battleship Island (군함도)
Veteran’s helmer Ryu Seung Hwan returns with some familiar friends for a graphic and violent feature portraying the forced labor of Koreans by the Japanese during that war which split a nation in two, and provides seemingly endless cinematic fare, of late.
Hwang Jung Min’s the desperate father, trying to save his daughter from the danger and uncertainty of life during colonial occupation. Song Joong Ki spends much of his time bloody and dirt-faced (as most of the characters do) as a soldier secretly sent to free an independence fighter. Particularly impressive are a beautifully choreographed and gut-wrenching fight scene with So Ji Sub and Kim Min Jae (both nearly naked in the shower), and the visual artistry of Song Joong Ki’s first reveal on the island.
And, a reason to look forward to September:
I Can Speak
Lee Je Hoon’s gonna be there. ‘Nough said.