The good army taketh, and the good army giveth back. This Summer has seen a steady stream of K-actors returning from military service, from Kim Nam Gil to Kim Ji Hoon, and in 3 weeks Jung Kyung Ho will be joining this group and returning to grace our screens once again. I really really love this guy, having followed his career since he was the whiny entitled younger son in MiSa all the way until he really broke through big time with Smile, You. His acting is really understated but so sincere, and he has this hard to pinpoint quality that makes his onscreen presence an acquired taste. I think he enlisted really at the height of his popularity, but even then he still had a ways to go before totally settling down into the A-list. Before Park Shi Hoo was revealed to be considering the lead in Cheongdamdong Alice, I was actually thinking it would be a great post-MS project for Jung Kyung Ho. No matter what, I’m sure the boy will pick a great project and make me happy.
My favorite Jung Kyung Ho drama, and I’ve pretty much seen them all, is Time Between Dog and Wolf, where his bromance with Lee Jun Ki remains one of the all-time greats. I had high hopes of Ja Myung Go, his first leading man role and a sageuk to boot. But the drama was so uneven, and the romance was really screwed up between the OTP and the ending pretty much made me go WTF and toss things at the screen. Smile, You is probably his biggest mainstream hit and his chemistry with Lee Min Jung remains indescribably perfect, though the drama itself was too shrill and screechy at times I had to FF any scenes the OTP wasn’t in. Too bad Korea doesn’t like to reunite drama couples, because if there is an onscreen couple I would vote to do another drama together, it would be Lee Min Jung and Jung Kyung Ho.
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