When an actor gives what is surely going to be iconic performance in his own career trajectory, the process is akin to watching a work of art being formed. Its so delicate and organic, so alive and pulsating with energy, when the art of acting meets the right character at the right time in an actor’s life. Seeing Jung Kyung Ho carry the incredible Cruel City (Heartless City) on his slender shoulders is a sight not to be missed. Yes, the drama is wonderfully executed and thrillingly dark, but good crime yarns are aplenty but Jung Kyung Ho’s performance as Jung Shi Hyun/The Doctor’s Son is unique to behold. He’s physically so slight, in the past known for playing beta males or nebbishy nice guys, and even earlier on playing immature self-centered man boys. I always think an actor’s physical stature can limit their acting choices, and easily pigeonhole themselves into a type. Even when Jung Kyung Ho was playing a cop in Time Between Dog and Wolf he was very cute but not even remotely threatening in the least. In Cruel City he’s equal parts scary as all hell yet totally vulnerable and sincere. Last week he threw out the first pitch at a Dinos game. LOL, I know baseball teams in Asia sometimes have the funniest names but this time not only is called the Dinos and the mascot is an actual blue dinosaurs. That’s like something extinct plus fantasy blended into one. It’s so fun seeing Jung Kyung Ho shedding his perfectly tailored suits and back to his usual boyish form here. And the smile on his face! That is what I call a genuine look of joy. I would gnaw off my own toenail if Shi Hyun ever had occasion to beam like that. I never thought Jung Kyung Ho was particularly handsome but ever since that switch flipped for me in TBDAW he’s always sparkled in my eyes. Now after CC he shimmers and glows like the richest darkest gem.