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Best Ji Chang-Wook K-Dramas

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Introduction

Ji Chang-wook is a South Korean actor and singer who started his career in music theatre, and made his onscreen debut in the movie, Days. From playing minor roles in movies and series, his first lead role in the drama series, Smile Again as a Korean-American short track speed skater, made him rise to popularity. His great performance in the series was awarded Best Actor in a Daily Drama at the KBS Drama Awards. He is one of my favorite actors, but I am yet to watch his earlier works. So far, I have watched most of his recent K-Dramas and here are the best ones:

1. The Sound of Magic (2022)

IMDb Rating: 8/10

IMDb Rating: 8/10

The Sound of Magic is a musical fantasy and coming-of-age series based on Annarasumanara, a webtoon by Ha II-kwon. It stars Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, and Hwang In-youp. The series is a Netflix original released on May 6, 2022 with six episodes.

The story follows the wearisome life of a girl named Yoon Ah-yi, whose mother is gone and her father only comes home once in a long while just to cause her more trouble. She is left to take care of her younger sister when she can hardly even take care of her own self. Her many challenges as a high school student and as an older sister forced her to accept her reality, making her want to grow faster and become an adult. With only the tough things occupying her mind, she has lost her belief in magic, until she meets Lee Eul, a magician who claims to be a real magician and wants to remain a kid. Despite their different views in life, they somehow develop a friendship, along with Yoon Ah-yi's classmate and secret admirer, Na II-deung who at first didn't like the magician because of his jealousy, but then ends up falling for his magic tricks. Soon, the two high school students start to believe in magic.

Ironically, I love music but I hate musicals because they make me cringe. For some reason, it feels awkward for me to watch and listen to people singing in a drama as I grew old. I didn’t have issues with it when I was young, so I don’t know when it started, or why I even started to hate musicals. I can only remember trying to watch La La Land because I like Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but couldn’t continue watching it. I hated it so much. I also didn’t care to watch Les Misérables, even if I like Anne Hathaway.

Then, The Sound of Magic happened. I didn’t like to even try watching it because it’s a musical, but it stars one of my favorite actors, Ji-Chang-wook, and I never knew him as a singer. My great curiosity to find out if he can really sing led me to watch the musical series. And I’m glad I did because I was instantly blown away! I couldn’t stop watching it because it felt magical and the musical parts of the series didn’t make me cringe even one bit. I was mesmerized by the songs, by the actors, especially Choi Sung-eun. I had no doubt about Ji Chang-wook because he’s always been a great actor, but Choi Sung-eun’s portrayal of her role was phenomenal! I love everything about the series; it has the right level of eccentricity that brings out a nostalgic and magical feeling. Oddly, the series feels familiar, yet unfamiliar.

2. Backstreet Rookie (2020)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Backstreet Rookie is a romantic comedy and a slice-of-life series starring Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung. The series is based on Convenience Store, a webtoon by Hwalhwasan. It premiered on June 19 and ended on August 8, 2020 with 16 episodes. The series is available on iQIYI and Rakuten Viki.

The story revolves around Dae-Hyun, a store manager to a convenience store that doesn't make enough money. Restless for being the only one attending the store because his family is unreliable, he decides to hire a part-timer for the late-night shift. Saet-Byul whom he had already met years ago and whom Dae-Hyun remembers as a delinquent, applies for the job. He is about to reject her, but when she brings more customers to the store, he decides to give her a chance, not knowing Saet-Byul's hidden agenda to get closer to him.

3. Melting Me Softly (2019)

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Melting Me Softly is a fantasy and romantic comedy starring Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah, and Yoon Se-ah. The series premiered on September 28, 2019 and ended on November 17, 2019 with 16 episodes.

In dire need of money, Ko Mi-ran participates in a 24-hour experiment called cryogenic freezing, a project that Ma Dong-chan is determined to do. However, things don't go as planned, and instead of waking up in 24 hours, the two participants wake up from the frozen capsule 20 years later. The world has changed a lot, and the people around them have aged. As Ko Mi-ran and Ma Dong-chan do their best to survive the side effects of their cryogenic sleep by following some guidelines to maintain their body temperature at 31.5 degrees Celsius, and keep their heart rate normal, they end up developing feelings for each other.

4. Suspicious Partner (2017)

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

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Suspicious Partner is a legal, crime, and romantic comedy starring Ji Chang-wook, Nam Ji-hyun, Choi Tae-joon, and Kwon Nara. It premiered on May 10, 2017 and ended on July 13, 2017 with 40 episodes.

Ji Chang-wook plays the role of a prosecutor named Noh Ji-wook, and along with him, Eun Bong-hee who is played by Nam Ji-hyun, is a prosecutor trainee. Together, they work on a mysterious case that involves a psycho killer, and along the way, they uncover something in the past that connects them.

5. The K2 (2016)

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

The K2 is an action, politics, and melodrama starring Ji Chang-wook, Im Yoon-ah, Song Yoon-ah, and Jo Sung-ha. The series was released on tvN on September 23, 2016 and ended on November 12, 2016 with 16 episodes.

Ji Chang-wook plays the role of a former mercenary soldier for the PMC Blackstone. He uses the alias, Kim Je-ha, and has a lover in Iraq named Raniya who was murdered. Kim Je-ha gets framed for the murder which prompted him to run away and become a fugitive. When he returns to South Korea, he is offered to work as a bodyguard for Choi Yoo-jin's stepdaughter Anna who returned to South Korea from Barcelona. In order to gather resources for his revenge on the man who ordered Raniya's killing, he accepts the offer. Soon, Anna and Kim Je-ha develop feelings for each other.

Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryRecipient

2016

31st Korea's Best Dresser Swan Awards

Best Dressed Actor

Ji Chang-wook

2017

5th Annual DramaFever Awards

Best Bad Boy

Ji Chang-wook

6. Healer (2014 - 2015)

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Healer is an action thriller and romance starring Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young, and Yoo Ji-tae. The series premiered on KBS2 on December 8, 2014 and ended on February 10, 2015 with 20 episodes.

Ji Chang-wook plays the role of an illegal night courier who uses the alias, Healer. He is known for being the best in his field, equipped with high-end technology and has exemplary fighting skills. Money is his main goal as he aims to purchase an uninhabited island and live in solitary. However, his plan changes when he is hired to find and protect a girl that he later on falls in love with.

Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryRecipient

2014

KBS Drama Awards

Popularity Award (Actor)

Ji Chang-wook

2014

KBS Drama Awards

Best Couple Award

Ji Chang-wook and Park Min-young

2016

4th Annual DramaFever Awards

Best Couple

Ji Chang-wook and park Min-young

2016

4th Annual DramaFever Awards

Best Korean Drama (Melodrama)

Healer

7. Empress Ki (2013 - 2014)

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Empress Ki is a historical romance starring Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo, Ji Chang-wook, and Baek Jin-hee. The series premiered on MBC on October 28, 2013 and ended on April 29, 2014 with 51 episodes. Though Ji-Chang-wook isn't the main lead in this series, I think this is one of the best K-Dramas I've watched, so I had to include it. You'll be surprised with the role he portrayed in this series.

Set during the Yuan Dynasty, the story revolves around SeungNyang, born in Goryeo and ascends to power despite her lowly background. Instead of marrying her first love, she ends up becoming the wife of the emperor and becomes a powerful empress.

Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryRecipient

2013

MBC Drama Awards

Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama

Ji Chang-wook

2014

9th Seoul International Drama Awards

Best Series Drama

Empress Ki

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