Gong Yoo might have shot to international fame after his role in drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, but the actor actually spends most of his time working on movies instead. In The Age of Shadows, which is set in the 1920s, he stars as the charismatic resistance leader Kim Woo Jin. It’s not every day you get to see a man in hiding quite as dapper as Gong Yoo.
Fun fact: My Tutor Friend is Gong Yoo’s first movie back in 2003, and as the hot-blooded best fighter in the entire high school at the time, this is a rare glimpse of the actor’s work in his younger days.
One of the biggest draws of Master is its star-studded cast of oppas: Lee Byung Hun, Kang Dong Won and Kim Woo Bin. As head of the Criminal Investigation team, we must say that Kang Dong Won’s character has got to be one of the best looking cops we’ve seen.
That aside, his acting, as always, is top notch, just like in Secret Reunion, where he played a North Korean spy who is called to action to assassinate someone who was seen to have betrayed their country. Yes, that means action – lots of it.
You read that right – Kim Woo Bin might be on hiatus right now because of his health, but the young actor has proven his mettle with a string of movies, including Master. While he was the youngest and least experienced among the leading males, he managed to hold his own and pulled off a memorable (in a good way) performance.
The Fatal Encounter was Hyun Bin’s first period-era project and he pulled off his role as King Jeongjo with great gusto. The movie was so well-received that it topped the box office for local movies, grossing close to 30 billion won (S$34.8 million) in South Korea alone.
If period movies aren’t quite to your taste, watch Hyun Bin in an almost action hero mode as a North Korean detective in Confidential Assignment.
This is one movie that definitely got our hearts pumping. Jang Dong Gun’s character was raised by the US mafia to become a hitman, and ends up taking on his last mission in South Korea.
The movie is not just about the action, as Jang Dong Gun’s character has to face the biggest struggle of his life: to kill his last target, or risk his own life to pay for the one mistake that he’s made in his past. Choices, choices.
Those familiar with K-dramas of old would probably find Joo Ji Hoon familiar – yes, he played crown prince Lee Shin in 2006 hit drama, Princess Hours (also known as Goong).
Now that he’s put his idol drama days behind him, Joo Ji Hoon has perfected his acting craft and in Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, his performance as grim reaper Haewonmak is nothing short of extraordinary.
We must admit that Lee Jong Suk looks more obiang (unfashionable) than oppa in this getup, but coming-of-age romcom Hot Young Bloods is definitely up your alley if you’re looking for a light-hearted watch.
Also, Lee Jong Suk as a legendary Casanova who can melt any girls’ hearts with a single look? Sign us up.
Some say that Lee Joon Gi looks better in period costume than in the wardrobe that the current era has blessed us with, and we found it hard to disagree when watching The King and the Clown.
As a jester in the king’s court, Lee Joon Gi’s character Gong Gil is subjected to the politics and ruthlessness of the palace. Will he manage to escape unscathed, or end up wishing that he’d never entered the palace? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Song Joong Ki is no stranger to heroic roles, which is why he fit right into The Battleship Island as Park Moo Young, a member of an independence movement who had to infiltrate an island filled with Koreans forced into labour during the Japanese occupation.
If you’re looking for something a little less serious and gloomy, Penny Pinchers, which was filmed when the baby-faced actor was, well, even more baby faced, tells the tale of a broke, unemployed man who learns the ways of penny pinching from his neighbour. It goes without saying that romance and hilarity ensue.
While you might raise your eyebrows at the moral issues with 2014 erotic film Obsessed, there’s no denying that Song Seung Hoon is charming as ever as the decorated war hero that he plays.
Although he’s married, he is enraptured by someone else’s wife, and they end up having an illicit affair. However, with every war, there are goodbyes to be said, and you might end up shedding a tear or two by the end of this movie.