Even if Song Joong Ki has gotten the lions share of attention from Descendants of the Sun, it’s not a disservice to his leading Song Hye Kyo because she was the bigger Hallyu star going in and has gotten a fantastic current state boost from the drama. For many years she was known for her roles in classic early Hallyu crack dramas like Autumn in My Heart and All In, but coasting on dated works over a decade old didn’t give the younger generation of drama watchers a relatable connection with her.
She was lauded for her recent years performance in That Winter, the Wind Blows, but the drama was really really slow and didn’t generate that much buzz. Which makes DotS her Hallyu reboot and it’s a raring success if you ask me. She’s not my fave but I appreciated and enjoyed her performance in DotS, half for the unparallel beauty visuals and the half for her earnest performance that delivered more than I expected. Kudos for a modern canon shot nearly two decades into her acting career.