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Best Korean Actors of All Time

 

One of the best parts of Korea’s pop culture is its massive domestic film and TV industry. Rather than relying on showing mainly Hollywood-produced TV series and movies on the television or in the cinema, Koreans are constantly creating movies and dramas for its domestic market.

This creates a lot of opportunities for amazing actors and actresses to rise to stardom. There are always new stars rising to fame, but this list is for the best of the best, and our picks for best Korean actors of all time.

 

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1 이민호 Lee Min Ho

2 안성기 Ahn Sung Ki

3 이병헌 Lee Byung Hun

4 김수현 Kim Soo Hyun

5 원빈 Won Bin

6 소지섭 So Ji Sub

7 공지철 Gong Yoo

8 주지훈 Ju Ji Hoon

9 최민식 Choi Min Sik

10 현빈 Hyun Bin

11 Wrap up

 

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이민호 Lee Min Ho

Recommended to watch in: City Hunter

Lee Min Ho shot to stardom overnight when he began starring in the popular teen drama Boys Over Flowers, which is a remake of Japan’s Hana Yori Dango.

He has been among Korea’s A-listers ever since, having starred in other famous dramas such as City Hunter and The Heirs.

At the moment he is serving his mandatory military service, after which we can expect more great acting work from him.

 

 

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 Q: You uploaded photos of autumn leaves on SNS. Are you sensitive to the season?
 A: In my twenties I was indifferent to seasonal changes, but now I can enjoy it every season.  I feel that it makes sense to enjoy and remember what you can do at the moment, like playing in the water in summer, picking autumn leaves in autumn, and skiing in winter. 


Q: Do you like winter?
 A: I like winter most of the four seasons.  You can enjoy something as exciting as skiing, but it also gives you peace.  Looking at the photos of the winter landscape in the snowy countryside, he says that the mind feels calm, but it feels clear in the crush of spring.  So it seems to do more works in winter (laughs)


Q: How do you plan to spend this winter?
 A: I have been busy shooting the drama The King: The Eternal Monarch and I have no plans.  I told the director:  "I want to take a break from Christmas" ... (laughs) I want to spend time with important people such as family and friends.


Q: Last April, everyone was waiting for news of discharge, and the online was filled with relevant news.
 A: Eight months have already passed.  Immediately after the discharge, I spent three or four months deciding and preparing for the next film, and also performed advertising and pictorial photography many times.

 

Q: Do you ever want to go out or take a rest?
A: Like everyone, I always want to take a break (laughs).  I have a lot of desire, so I would like to take a rest for about two years if I want to rest anyway.  Of course I can't do that (laughs)


Q: What do you want to do most if you really want to rest for two years?
 A: I want to live in another country.  A place you do not completely know.  I want to live in a place where nobody knows me.  Do you come to mind somewhere in Europe?

 

Q: Do you think you've decided or changed yourself in 2019?
 A: Nothing special, but I want to maintain my health and work.  When I was in my twenties I was careless about my health, but sometimes I felt the limits of my physical strength. I have been paying attention recently because I think that health management can achieve the desired result with good energy.

 

Q: What was the two-year blank period?
 A: It was time to think seriously about the occupation of actors.  I couldn't tell how much I liked this job when I was in my 20s. After spending the deadlines given in my duty, I realized that the most vibrant moment in my life was at work, and that I really liked the profession of actors.  So I wanted to work passionately.

 

Q: How do you feel about the second act of your actor life?
A: I told you this at a fan meeting before enlisting.  "Thank you for sharing the act of actor Lee Mino."  I was over 30 years old and had a blank period.  I'm going to start again after resetting to some extent. Everything is going to be a rut in the tenth year, but I didn't want to be.  The attitude and feelings toward work are different from those in Act 1. At that time, many fans came to the place I work for daily.  Thank you.  Now I am working hard to meet those expectations.

 

Q: Is there any point to distinguish from Act 1?

A: If there was any impatience or intensity in Act 1, it seems a bit different now. Feelings to enjoy doing their best each time without losing time, to be more resilient and mature, and to be good.

 

Q: When you look back at Act One, what do you think was the most special moment?

A: Every moment. Everything from Boys over Flowers to Heirs and City Hunter, which opened the door to my new life, is special. When I looked back at the explosion of popularity, I was very busy spreading it so quickly that I couldn't remember the memory. At that time, you didn't know how a successful work would affect the leading actor, so it feels like a waterfall? It looked like thunder. Thanks to <Heirs> and <Boys over Flowers>, they gained popularity beyond other countries and were loved and valuable.

 

Q: Have you ever regretted it?

A: I have never regretted. It's frustrating that I couldn't do better

 

Q: According to an interview last September, "I feel that people who live close to their true form are mature." Did you find your true form now?

A: It was not easy to define. I was worried about what kind of thing was like me, but it seemed wonderful to be a person living “in my own way” without losing the heart in a given situation. I spent my 20s intensely and lived without time to look back, or even myself. The blank period seems to be the time to look for such a face. Now that I'm in my thirties, no matter how busy I am, I want to keep an eye on myself. I think I have room to look around. Of course, the process of maturity will not be easy. However, rather than having a purpose, it is still intense, but I want to enjoy it at my own tempo.

 

Q: The next work of 2020, 'The King,'  is scheduled to air. You worked with Kim Eun-suk in Heirs. Why did you decide to appear?

A: There were a lot of other offers, too. After reading the scripts, there was no work that felt “very interesting". But with “The King,” I thought “this was it” as soon as I read it. The material was also fresh. Synopsis had a line like this: "If the same person exists in the parallel world, will you change your life with that person?" I was very attracted. Interestingly, I thought it was a wonderful work that could convey a “message” to the viewer.

 

Q: I heard that you studied to understand not only the characters in the works that appear, but also the culture and history associated with them, but what about <The King>?

A: The King is about a parallel world. In one world there is the Korean Empire, and in the parallel world there is the Republic of Korea. The Korean Empire is a real country, isn't it one of our sad history that disappeared in about 13 years? I was really worried. "What would have happened if the Korean Empire had existed for a long time, and what would have happened if the constitutional monarchy had continued as in that era?" Before I start shooting, I'm always worried about how to represent the characters I play in my work and how to make the characters more alive.

 

Q: What kind of talk did you have with Kim Eun-suk?

A: I was told, “Try what you want to do” (laughs). That's what I trust in me, and I wanted to do it freely.

 

Q: “Lee Gon” is a character of “The King” which is like a fantasy element. How do you want to play him, the emperor who travels between the two worlds against the devil?

A: Lee Gon is a person with wounds and trauma because of the environment in which he grew up. Still, he grew up healthy and became a nice man. Rather than highlighting only a specific part of Lee Gon, I wanted to express it in three dimensions from various angles. As an emperor leading one country, he is a fast-moving person.  He is frank, honest and tolerant of his emotions. And he's humorous and human. Sometimes he's cold.

 

Q: By 2020, it will be your 15th year of debut. Are there any worries for Lee Mino, who has just started a new period after a blank period?

A: There is no major concern because we value faithfulness to reality rather than exaggerating the future. It is not a style that moves with the goal of “must go in this direction as an actor”. That's why I'm less anxious and impatient. However, since I started shooting 'The King,' I want to do better, and I want to express myself as well as I want to prepare. There is more stress than at any time. The actor must grow through the work. 

 

Q: About the life of a star who is loved around the world and supported by fans of different languages and races ... Have you got used to it now?

A: To some extent, it feels like everyday, but sometimes it's too much work and it's empty when the work is over and the interest cools down. What is certain is that the energy of those who love me is the greatest driving force in my life. Loved and raised children will be fine and bright. I think it's really happy to be loved by someone and absorb that love properly.

 

Q: 30s, 30 years old, do you feel these numbers are a little different from before?

A: When I was in my 20s, I was absorbed in the word "youth" for a while, and when I was young I didn't like to be in my 30s. Until the late 20s, isn't it a good age to spoil like a boy or manage an adult? But when I was 30, I was a little different. The sense of responsibility for my actions and words has grown. I think even in my thirties, it's not quite different from what I felt in my teens and twenties. You just try to understand the same emotions. In many ways, my mind and attitude have changed since I was in my twenties.

 

Q: In the 2020s, Lee Min Ho is in his 30s. What are your prospects?

A: Uh ... life may change depending on how much science advances. The new world you saw in science fiction movies may expand (Laughs). You have to adapt well in any age. It's like Lee Min Ho who can't afford.

 

Q: Are there any words that resonate recently, such as “Youth” in your 20s?

A: The emperor is working hard to become an emperor in various aspects (laughs)

 

Q: What are your goals?

A: To maintain a healthy balance and live a healthy life as it is now. And focus on the current situation

 

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Thank you so much Syntyche. What an interesting interview and it seems obvious from this one- and the one in Officeil that he has done some deep thinking over the past two years. 

 

I think he is a fascinating person- obviously he is gorgeous and a fantastic actor - but I like how he can be serious and sophisticated one minute and then really playful the next- and I love his loyalty to his fans.

 

I wondered what is it about him that draws you all to him?

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, Lindyloo421 said:

Thank you so much Syntyche. What an interesting interview and it seems obvious from this one- and the one in Officeil that he has done some deep thinking over the past two years. 

 

I think he is a fascinating person- obviously he is gorgeous and a fantastic actor - but I like how he can be serious and sophisticated one minute and then really playful the next- and I love his loyalty to his fans.

 

I wondered what is it about him that draws you all to him?

 

 

Hi Lindyloo, my main reason why I really adore him is - LMH is so very warm towards his fans & this is so real since you can feel the sincerity. :lol:

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE HERE! :heart:

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There’s lots on twitter today that LMH has been picked to advertise  a Cellreturn LED beauty mask. The firm Celiton want to expand into overseas markets and have chosen LMH because of his huge international fan base. Apparently there will be TV ads starting from Jan 20th.

 

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Selected as a global beauty and health care specialist # Cellreturn # LED facial mask new brand spokesperson

In order to expand beyond the domestic market, increase brand awareness in overseas markets, and invest in its own brand status without hesitation, Cellreturn chose Hallyu star Lee Min Ho with a solid international fan base as the brand's spokesperson.

 

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The Return of Female Cosmetics Advertising King...Lee Min-ho as the Cellreturn Model.

 

Cellreturn pick Lee Min-ho to tap into Asian markets.

Lee Min-ho has been selected as an advertising model for the beauty device company Cellreturn. Cosmetics models of popular male stars are expanding from skin care to hair, body care, color, and beauty devices.

According to advertisement and cosmetics industries on the 10th, Cellreturn, which specializes in beauty devices, selected Lee as a new model for 4th generation Platinum LED Mask.

Lee Min-ho, who recently completed his military service, is set to return to the drama "The King:The Eternal Monarch" by Kim Eun-sook after a long hiatus. Lee Min-ho played the role of F4 Koo Jun-pyo in the 2009 drama "Boys Over Flowers," forming a female fandom. He served as an advertisement model for Etude House and Innisfree affiliated with AmorePacific.

Lee will work as a new model for Cellreturn along with existing models Kang So-ra, Park Seo-joon and Yeom Jung-ah. Cellreturn plans to pick Lee Min-ho as an additional model to speed up its efforts to tap into the Asian market.

Advertising industry sources analyzed that the strategy of employing male models in the beauty industry was the result of targeting two key target groups, including men who emerged as new consumers with women age  30 to 40 with great consumption power.

 

https://m.news.naver.com/read.nhn?mode=LSD&sid1=001&oid=277&aid=0004603450

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Takahi weibo update 010820

(Google translated)

 

Mr. Lee Min Ho is really a big boy to me.  Thanks to Lee Min Ho, I met many staff from other brands Lee spoke for and became friends.  Everyone's evaluation of Lee is similar - handsome, long legs, and childish.  I remember that when he came to China to participate in other brand activities, the team was taken to the hotel where he stayed.  As soon as he saw the hotel's big bed, he fluttered, hid himself in the quilt, and then suddenly lifted the quilt to reveal his face and grinned.  In the words of a friend, he never thought he would do this, as if he saw his son.

https://m.weibo.cn/status/4458484014076290

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On 1/9/2020 at 5:30 AM, Lindyloo421 said:

Thank you so much Syntyche. What an interesting interview and it seems obvious from this one- and the one in Officeil that he has done some deep thinking over the past two years. 

 

I think he is a fascinating person- obviously he is gorgeous and a fantastic actor - but I like how he can be serious and sophisticated one minute and then really playful the next- and I love his loyalty to his fans.

 

I wondered what is it about him that draws you all to him?

 

@Lindyloo421  It sounds like an easy question, but for me, it is not.  After following him for years (geez, has it really been that long?lol), I think that he is amazingly humble, despite his popularity.  I also find his shyness really cute.  And there's something about him that draws you in.  

cr:  Sarah Yustika

Spoiler

MACKEREL RUN EP 1

 

I'll be honest, this episode was a hard watch for me.  It's trying too hard to be funny with the exaggerated expressions.  So Cha Gong Chan has been at the school for 2 years and because he lost a soccer match, everyone wants him out of the school?  I like the Baek Hyun character.  LMH was sure skinny.  

 

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On 1/11/2020 at 9:57 AM, syntyche said:

Takahi weibo update 010820

(Google translated)

 

Mr. Lee Min Ho is really a big boy to me.  Thanks to Li Gefu, he also met many Li Ge staff who spoke for other brands and became friends.  Everyone's evaluation of Lee is similar - handsome, long legs, and childish.  I remember that when he came to China to participate in other brand activities, the team was taken to the hotel where he stayed.  As soon as he saw the hotel's big bed, he fluttered, hid himself in the quilt, and then suddenly lifted the quilt to reveal his face and grinned.  In the words of a friend, he never thought he would do this, as if he saw his son.

https://m.weibo.cn/status/4458484014076290

 

Sorry that I made a little revision.

Thanks to Li Gefu, he also met many Li Ge staff who spoke for other brands and became friends.
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Thanks to Lee Min Ho, I met many staff from other brands Lee spoke for and became friends.

 

 

By the way, Takahi is a top manager of innisfree China.

 

 

@Lindyloo421  I was drawn in by his interviews. :D The first video about him I download in my computer was his QQ interview in China. But definitely because of his acting, his acting pushed me to search everything about him on internet, and after I saw his interviews on Youtube, I liked this boy very much.

 

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Considering the comedy (slapstick, even) genre of this kdrama, I don't know if it was intentional and he was directed to have those exaggerated facial expressions. But the actor LMH as we know now can be seen in the serious parts. He did already have that acting prowess even at the early stages of his career. It must be fun for him to act in a drama about his favorite sport.

 

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LMH in Mackerel Run episode 1:

 

Thanks for all your comments!  

 

K-dramas have come a long way.  :lol:  The raw material of LMH has come a long way too.  That's one thing I like about him:  he works diligently and keeps getting better and better!

 

(I hope South Korea has moved away from corporal punishment.)

 

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22 hours ago, CarolynH said:

@Lindyloo421  It sounds like an easy question, but for me, it is not.  After following him for years (geez, has it really been that long?lol), I think that he is amazingly humble, despite his popularity.  I also find his shyness really cute.  And there's something about him that draws you in.  

cr:  Sarah Yustika

 

. I am drawn to him because for such a top star with millions of fans, he is so down to earth and humble

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I saw this previously, it is really bad but I blame the directing as it is awful. Making it slapstick and silly. They all have to make to funny faces to be funny. The only ones that did not have to act stupid is the female lead and Baek Hyun character.

Even then, there are parts where LMH is adorable. When he told his mom that he wanted to stop school and his mom gave him the look. His response was cute. His laugh is cute too. He was skinny then. He was skinny in BOF too actually.

This series was supposed to be 16 or 24 episodes but it was bad so they ended it at the 8th episode.(low ratings) It was not a good time for LMH. They treated him badly and probably short-changed him. Wonder how they feel about how they treated him then. He once said that on one of his dramas, the crew left without informing him and he was waiting alone. That was rude. I have a feeling it might have been Mackerel Run. I do like the story line though. It could have been good if it had a better director. I guess it was small budget drama because they picked a no-name rookie actor. His first lead role. I wonder if it was Moon Chae Won's first lead role and  Park Bo Young's first role too? She got more famous later on and I do like her. Park Bo Young also got famous. Park Bo Young acted with LMH twice. They must have thought he had potential to give him a lead role.

 

Interesting tit-bit from Wikipedia:-

 

Mackerel Run (Korean달려라 고등어; RRDalryeora Godeungeo) is a 2007 South Korean television series that aired on SBS from May 12 to June 30, 2007 on Saturdays at 16:40 for 8 episodes.

The high school sitcom was originally planned as a 24-episode series, but low viewership ratings in the 3-4% range led to its early cancellation.[1]

After cast members Lee Min-ho (Boys Over Flowers), Moon Chae-won (Painter of the Wind), and Park Bo-young (Scandal Makers) rose to fame in 2008-2009, cable network tvN aired reruns of the show at 11:00 beginning February 28, 2009.[2]

Lee, Moon and Park would later work together again in the 2008 comedy film Our School's E.T.; they were cast because director Park Kwang-chun had reportedly enjoyed watching Mackerel Run.[3]

 

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I found the first episode of Mackerel Run to be funny and LMH to be endearing. Whatever hardships he went through in this series and his other earlier efforts gave him good experience for what came later. He had to be very determined and tough to succeed. I read that he gave his mother lots of credit for encouraging him when he was going to audition after audition with no callbacks. Then many ups and downs of series like MR that were less than successful, at least in terms of ratings. I was recently reading some early reviews of the big hit BOF, and people were talking about this unknown newcomer who was making a big splash in the role of Jun Pyo. I just had to laugh; he'd fought his way through years of experience in the industry by time BOF became a hit.

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Thanks everyone for your comments on ep  1 of Mackerel Run.  For me, I think he improved tremendously (although I should wait to see the end of MR) in terms of acting, by BOF.  More on my thoughts when we get to our favorites.  @CallieP  I also wonder how the PD and whoever treated LMH badly, feel now.  I guess it goes to show, that you should never treat anyone badly, you never know what may happen in the future. 

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2 hours ago, CarolynH said:

Thanks everyone for your comments on ep  1 of Mackerel Run.  For me, I think he improved tremendously (although I should wait to see the end of MR) in terms of acting, by BOF.  More on my thoughts when we get to our favorites.  @CallieP  I also wonder how the PD and whoever treated LMH badly, feel now.  I guess it goes to show, that you should never treat anyone badly, you never know what may happen in the future. 

 

Hi CarolynH,  ohhhh..... was there a PD who treated him badly? You know, my principle in life is this : Treat everyone with kindness--not because they are kind-hearted, but because you are. One of the greatest gifts we can give another is kindness. If someone is in need, lend a helping hand. Don't do it only for the people you like and respect--that's easy--but also for the ones who drive you crazy and those you don't even know. True kindness lies in the act of giving without the expectation of getting something in return. Don't try to make yourself great by making someone else look small. Treat people the way you want to be treated and life will instantly get better.  I can see that LMH is such a very warm & kind person - that's why, he's blessed! :lol:

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Just finished the 1st Ep of Mackerel Run for the first time..haha he's come a long way indeed ! He was funny in some parts, I almost laughed off my chair in his heroic rescue to Moon Chae Won's red scarf but fell into the sea of Mackerel fishes. Now i wonder if that's why the drama was named Mackarel Run.  I agreed that the overall dramas were a bit exaggerated, i guess partly it was required to produce the comedic effect .

 

It's fun to see LMH's younger self, totally different from who he is today. Nevertheless the anger portrayed through his eyes when he was beaten up and forced to leave the team and school...that bit to me is still what he was good at and has developed to become his strength (reminds me of his eyes acting in the ending of Ep10 LOTBS when he regained his memories and ran off the street looking for SC)

oh dear.. i miss him terribly. can't wait to see his eyes acting again ! 

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Cellreturn (CEO Kim Il-soo), a beauty & healthcare company, has unveiled a new commercial scene in which its brand model actors Lee Min-ho, Park Seo-joon and Kang So-ra appear.

 

The newly released film features an interview with the three celebrities taking the commercial seriously while shining even in the dark background. Cellreturn selected actor Lee Min-ho, who has been expanding his profile on the global stage, as a new model for the brand, and raised expectations for his collaboration with existing brand models Park Seo-joon and Kang So-ra.

 

Cellreturn's new TV ad making film will be available on the official website of Cellreturn and on its YouTube channel. The new TV ad, which will feature existing brand models Kang So-ra, Park Seo-joon and new brand model actor Lee Min-ho, will air on January 20.

 

"With the addition of the new brand model Lee Min-ho, we will be able to present the images and concepts that we seek with more variety of charms. We hope that the new TV commercials, which are filled with the appeal of the three models of the brand, as well as the global beauty and health care company, will show a lot of interest and expectations." said a representative for the company.

 

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