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Best Yeo Jin Goo K-Dramas That You Should Watch

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Introduction

Yeo Jin-goo is a famous child actor in South Korea that bloomed into one of today’s finest young renowned actors. He is highly accomplished in the entertainment field and known as “Nation’s Little Brother” for playing the younger characters of lead roles in movies and television series. When he grew up before everyone’s eyes, viewers couldn’t believe his transformation and realized that this once cute little kid is no longer a kid now. He’s famous for playing young characters in Frozen Flower (2008), Giant (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), Missing You (2012), and his own lead role in the action thriller, Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), where he was awarded Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Films Awards.

From child actor to a 23-year-old handsome young man, he’s been receiving lots of love from ‘noona’ actresses who have openly expressed their great desire to work with him. Noona in Korean language means older sister. Park Bo Young is the most notorious ‘noona’ actress for the many times she has expressed how much she desires to work with Yeo Jin-goo. There’s also Shin Se-kyung, Kim Sun-ah, and Bae Suzy, who have all expressed their interest in working with him in the future. And to add to his list of older female admirers, I’m also a ‘noona’ who appreciates his great talent in acting, so I made a list of his series that I love the most.

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1. Orange Marmalade (2015)

Orange Marmalade is a fantasy TV series based on the webtoon of the same name. Yeo Jin-goo plays Jung Jae-min, a popular boy in high school. Baek Ma-ri who’s played by actress Kim Seolhyun, is a vampire who accidentally kisses his neck because she’s drawn to the sweetness of his blood. He hates vampires because his mother married one, causing him to quit music, but then he falls for Baek Ma-ri, not knowing her true identity.

I love his role here because it suits his age very well, and the tension between a girl vampire and a young high school boy who’s oblivious to her identity, makes this series exciting to watch. Though the concept of human and vampire falling in love with each other is cliché, the storyline is not cliché at all, most especially because music plays a big role in the story, and the backstory is good, too.

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2. Circle: Two Worlds Connected (2017)

Circle: Two Worlds Connected is a science fiction TV series about two parallel worlds set in 2017 and 2037. Yeo Jin-goo plays Kim Woo-jin, a second-year university student in the Department of Neuroscience in Handam University of Science and Technology. He’s in the present time which is 2017, but has a vivid memory that he would never forget. When he was just a kid, he had a great fascination with UFOs and extraterrestrial life. He witnessed a female humanoid alien which he named Byul. He then lost his interest in anything extraterrestrial when his father vanished with Byul. To his dismay, years later, Byul suddenly appeared as a student in one of his classes.

Again, this is a role that suits his age because he plays a student, but what pulled me instantly into this story was his reaction when he saw alien Byul who introduced herself as Han Jung Yeon. He instantly recalled her as the alien who vanished with his father and started to interrogate her when she was just trying to make a conversation. And lo and behold, he questioned her in English! Now, if you love K-Dramas, you know that there’s barely any Korean actor or actress who can speak clear English, but Yeo Jin-goo nailed his English lines with his deep, alluring voice that everybody loves!

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3. Reunited Worlds (2017)

Reunited Worlds is a fantasy romance drama starring Yeo Jin-goo, Ahn Jae-Hyun, and Lee Yeon-hee. Yeo Jin-goo plays Sung Hae-sung, a senior high school student. His girlfriend sets up a surprise party for him and to delay his arrival because they weren’t quite ready for the surprise party yet, she asks him to go back to school because she left her wallet there. But then, in doing so, he walks into a murder scene, gets hit by a car while he was hurriedly looking for help, and worst, everybody thinks that he was the murderer. Because of this, Jung Jung-won, his girlfriend, blames herself for his death and misfortune. Most especially that his death affected his family and their reputation. 12 years later, he comes back to life on the roof of his school building and gets a chance to investigate who the real murderer is, fix his family’s life, and do the things he wasn’t able to do with his girlfriend before he died.

This one’s a tear-jerker! As much as possible, I really don’t like to watch dramas because I’m such a cry-baby, but I can’t help it if it’s starring Yeo Jin-goo. Once again, he plays the role of a student, except in this story, he’s dead and came to life. And since he came back 12 years later, his girlfriend has grown older, which makes it more exciting because of the big age difference. He’s still immature, reacts impulsively, and has way so much to learn in life, while his girlfriend helps him be more matured. Their tandem is really cute and heart-fluttering, but there are many dramatic moments in this story that just breaks my heart.

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4. The Crowned Clown (2019)

The Crowned Clown is a historical romance drama series starring Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Sang-kyung, and Lee Se-young. It’s a remake of Masquerade, a 2012 film. The story revolves around two identical men, but of different social status. One is a king, and the other is a clown who looks exactly like him. He put him on the throne in order to escape from the people who plan to assassinate him.

This is my most favorite Yeo Jin-goo TV series of all time! My love for him started with his flawless and bold performance of two very different characters! Everybody knows that he’s a great actor, but after always playing a student in his previous works, he finally portrayed a more matured role, proving himself a versatile actor. This series is what brought me to watch all of his movies, television series, and shows; it’s what made me a big fan!

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5. My Absolute Boyfriend (2019)

My Absolute Boyfriend is a romantic sci-fi comedy starring Yeo Jin-goo, Bang Min-ah, and Hong Jong-hyun based on the Japanese manga series by Yuu Watase. A special effects makeup artist named Um Da-da (Bang Min-ah) accidentally kisses Zero Nine (Yeo Jin-goo), a humanoid robot who is programmed to be a loyal boyfriend to whoever activates him by kissing him. He follows her everywhere, vows to be loyal to her, and loves her.

I was quite shocked at his role here! I’m not used to him being so lovey-dovey and all sexy and hot all the time! With his shirt off on too many scenes, my jaw dropped every single time! Though this isn’t my ultimate favorite, it is of course, one of my favorites and one of his best because I saw a different side of him that I’ve never seen before. I didn’t know he could be funny and sexy at the same time!

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6. Hotel Del Luna (2019)

Hotel Del Luna is a dark fantasy and romance comedy series starring Yeo Jin-goo and IU. Yeo Jin-goo plays the role of Gu Chan-sung, the new general manager of a supernatural hotel whose clients are ghosts. IU plays Jang Man-wol, the short-tempered owner of Hotel Del Luna who’s over 1000 years old. Man-wol forces Chan-sung to be the hotel’s new general manager, and he reluctantly accepts the challenge despite his great fear of ghosts. He then learns about Man-wol’s past and ends up protecting her from committing further sins.

I couldn’t have watched this if it weren’t for Yeo Jin-goo and IU, two of my favorites. I am scared of ghosts, and this series has so many ghosts that I’m always scared out of my wits! I know it’s a comedy series, but still, I get easily scared, so it was truly a big sacrifice for me to watch this! I can’t ever watch it again, but this was one of his best and most memorable series. I did enjoy those moments when he was always scared of ghosts and yet, he had to endure seeing them all the time. Poor Chan-sung!

Well, that was it! I know he has a lot of other series that I didn’t mention, but I did say that I was going to share his best, and these six were definitely the best!

Yeo Jin-goo's Awards

YearAwardCategoryWork

2008

SBS Drama Awards

Best Young Actor

IIjimae, Tazza, Gourmet

2012

5th Pierson Movie Festival

Best Child Actor

Moon Embracing the Sun

2012

6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards

20's Upcoming 20's

Moon Embracing the Sun

2012

4th Pierson Movie Festival

Best Child Actor

Moon Embracing the Sun

2012

MBC Drama Awards

Best Young Actor

Moon Embracing the Sun, Missing You

2012

5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards

Style Icon Rookie

N/A

2012

6th Style Icon Awards

Child Actor to Man

N/A

2012

28th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards

The Rising Star

N/A

2012

21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards

Best New Actor (Film)

Hwayi: A Monster Boy

2012

33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

Best New Actor

Hwayi: A Monster Boy

2014

5th KOFRA Film Awards

Best New Actor (Film)

Hwayi: A Monster Boy

2014

14th Director's Cut Awards

Best New Actor

Hwayi: A Monster Boy

2014

6th Pierson Movie Festival

Trend Choice Award

N/A

2015

4th Marie Claire Film Festival

Rookie Award

Shoot Me In the Heart

2015

KBS Drama Awards

Best New Actor

Orange Marmalade

2016

SBS Drama Awards

Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama

The Royal Gambler

2017

tvN Movies Awards

Most Promising Actor H

Hwayi: A Monster Boy

The Crowned Clown Official Trailer

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