It’s pretty ironic to have a career resurgence and breakthrough on a near universally panned drama. But that’s the case with Lee Jun Ki as the sole survivor and conqueror of the hot mess that was the K-version of Bu Bu Jing Xin. Even one of my fave PDs in Kim Kyu Tae failed miserably in directing the drama, and contributed to how narratively bumpy it was, and sadly distance doesn’t make Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo seem more benign in the nostalgic haze. With that said, Lee Jun Ki has to strike while the iron to hot much like Gong Yoo went three-for-three in 2016 with hit movie-movie-drama. Jun Ki’s next movie or drama is going to be even more critical a choice and I hope he does a modern work, both from saturation with his slew of sageuk roles in recent years and a drastic image change from his 4th Prince. Much like this latest Elle Korea pictorial, he can bring the same simmer and sizzle to any modern character.