As top Korean drama screenwriter Kim Eun Sook preps for her next drama airing at the end of 2016, having lined up leading man Gong Yoo (squeeee!), it’s a good time as any to do a catalog of all the K-actors she’s made famous or made even more famous after doing one of her dramas. The most recent two being Song Joong Ki and Jin Goo in Descendants of the Sun, but twelve years ago in 2004 the trend started with Park Shin Yang and Lee Dong Gun in Lovers in Paris.
In those dozen years between, she’s crafted memorable male lead roles that have followed certain actors, such as Hyun Bin‘s iconic Kim Joo Won in Secret Garden, or become a lasting memory in Park Yong Ha‘s beautifully heartfelt performance in On Air. The commonality was that all the male leads were visually gorgeous playing a role that Kim Eun Sook wrote to be as indelible as possible, in ways good or bad or a mixture of both. Enjoy the picture walk down memory lane as we savor the DotS boys for a few more months when their buzz remains high, and look forward to what’s in store for Gong Yoo.
Park Shin Yang and Lee Dong Gun in Lovers in Paris
Lee Seo Jin in Lovers
Kim Joo Hyuk and Kim Min Joon in Lovers in Prague
Park Yong Ha and Lee Bum Soo in On Air
Cha Seung Won in City Hall
Hyun Bin and Yoon Sang Hyun in Secret Garden
Jang Dong Gun, Kim Min Jong, Kim Soo Ro, and Lee Jong Hyuk in A Gentleman’s Dignity
Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin in Heirs
Song Joong Ki and Jin Goo in Descendants of the Sun