There’s an unspoken but accepted truth in the Hana Yori Dango fandom that one actor among the F4 in any drama adaptation won’t nearly be as popular as the other three. Maybe it’s the laws of celebrity that says no way the drama gods give that much blessing to one cast. Kim Joon of Boys Before Flowers has turned out to be that lone actor, just like Ken Zhu and Abe Tsuyoshi and Wei Chen. With that said, I distinctly remember that Kim Joon was quite promising after BoF and appeared to have quite a nice contingent of fans watching his future career development.
Did it get stunted by him having to take two years off for the army? I don’t think so since he did two more dramas after BoF and didn’t leave for the army until 2011. I do think whatever is going on with him, he looks way better nowadays with a more mature allure. He was recently in the weekend melo mess Endless Love which I didn’t watch but I’m curious to check out his upcoming cable drama City of the Sun. The latest BNT International pictorial in contrasting black-and-white moods is also visually arresting enough for even a casual viewer like me to sit up and take notice of him again.