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Lee Seung-gi is possibly one of the few actors who mostly only gets successful K-Dramas and rarely plays the same role. Since 2009, he’s been the main lead and has practically been in all genres of Korean TV shows. Whether it’s fantasy, mystery thriller, horror, drama, romance comedy, or action, he excels in the field of acting and is considered as one of the highest paid actors in South Korea. He has also won numerous major awards as an actor.
Except for two K-Dramas that I haven’t finished watching, I watched most of Lee Seung-gi’s work. He’s the jack-of-all-trades and I love him whether he’s singing his heart out, being so competitive on variety shows, or melting my heart on K-Dramas.
1. Mouse (2021)
Mouse is a suspense, mystery, sci-fi, and crime thriller series starring Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-joon, Park Ju-hyun, and Kyung Soo-jin. This show has won Lee Seung-gi the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2021 Asia Artist Awards.
Lee Seung-gi plays Jeong Ba-reum, a police officer who’s trying to solve the mystery behind a series of ominous killing by a serial killer. He gets into a confrontation with the son of the most notorious serial killer who’s referred to as the “Head Hunter” for decapitating the head of his victims. Upon fighting with the suspected serial killer, Ba-reum’s head gets smashed, and the suspected killer is killed by Ba-reum’s partner. To save Ba-reum who needs brain transplant, the brain of the suspected serial killer is used to replace his own. When Ba-reum wakes up, he loses his memory, and he becomes a new person.
Amongst all of Lee Seung-gi’s K-Dramas, this is my ultimate favorite because I love thriller and serial killer stories and this is by far the most mind-boggling serial killer series that I’ve ever watched. The concept of being able to identify if the unborn child of a mother has the genes of a future serial killer is out of this world, and the plot twist in this K-Drama left me in awe.
2. Vagabond (2019)
Vagabond is a crime action thriller and romance series starring Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy, and Shin Sung-rok. Lee Seung-gi won the Top Excellence Award in a Miniseries, as well as Best Couple (with Bae Suzy) at the 2019 SBS Drama Awards. He plays as Cha Dal-gun, a stunt man whose nephew was a victim of a terrorist attack that caused a plane to crash. He teams up with the NIS to get justice for his nephew and expose the secrets of the government who covered up the incident.
I love this series because it was action-packed and the tension between Go Hae-ri (Bae Suzy), an NIS agent who ended up being a covert operative, and Cha Dal-gun made my heart flutter. This is their second romantic team up and I love the chemistry between them. The only thing I don’t like about this series is the cliff-hanger in the finale. So far, I haven’t received news of season 2, but I’m really hoping there’s one.
3. A Korean Odyssey (2017)
A Korean Odyssey is a horror fantasy and romance comedy series starring Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Oh Yeon-seo, Lee Hong-gi, and Jang Gwang. Lee Seung-gi plays as Son Oh-gong, an extremely powerful immortal who got exiled in the human world as a punishment for his mischievous acts. With his powers sealed, he is hopeless, but when a little girl named Jin Seon-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) helps him escape, he is bound by a contract to be on the rescue whenever the girl calls his name in exchange for freeing him. The little girl doesn’t remember his name, but 25 years later, they cross paths and the girl finally remembers his name.
This is one of the only two K-Dramas of Lee Seung-gi that I haven’t finished watching because it has ghosts in it and I’m not a fan of ghosts. I get scared out of my wits whenever I watch one, so watching A Korean Odyssey is quite a struggle for me. I know it’s comedy, but the ghosts are hideous and scary and though this series isn’t frightening for many, it is for me. I’ll try to continue watching it once I’m feeling brave enough because so far, the first three episodes were really good and intriguing.
4. You’re All Surrounded (2014)
You’re All Surrounded is an action, crime, and romance series starring Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara, Ahn Jae-hyun, Park Jung-min, Oh Yoon-ah, and Sung Ji-ru. Lee Seung-gi plays Kim Ji-yong, who later on changed his name to Eun Dae-gu to hide his real identity from the killer who murdered his mother. He became a detective for the sole purpose of uncovering the mystery behind his mother’s death.
This is another one of Lee Seung-gi’s K-Dramas that I haven’t finished watching, but so far, it’s action-packed from the start and I’m sure that this one’s going to be good because it stars two of my favorites: Lee Seung-gi and Go Ara.
5. Gu Family Book (2013)
Gu Family Book is a historical romance and action fantasy starring Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy, who’s also his romantic interest in Vagabond. This series won several awards including Outstanding Leading Actor at the 2013 Asia Rainbow TV Awards, Top Excellence Award for an Actor in a Miniseries, Popularity Award, and Best Couple Award (with Bae Suzy) at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards. Lee Seung-gi plays the role of Choi Kang-chi who is half human and half gumiho (a nine-tailed fox). His greatest desire is to become full human. He saves Dam Yeo-wool (Bae Suzy) when she was younger, and they meet again when she grows up. Yeo-wool falls in love with him despite being a divine creature that people fear of.
This is one of those nostalgic historical K-Drama’s about unconditional love and this is the first K-Drama where Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy showed their chemistry. I love that they didn’t get overboard in terms of the visuals, and just made Lee Seung-gi’s role as a gumiho as natural as he can be. His fuming green eyes and sharp claws were enough to make the series exciting.
6. The King 2 Hearts (2012)
The King 2 Hearts is a romance, drama, and action series starring Ha Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi. He plays the role of Lee Jae-ha, South Korea’s Crown Prince. He is irresponsible and arrogant, so to help him grow up and learn how to take responsibility, his brother tricks him into entering a joint military exercise between North and South Korea. He then meets Captain Kim Hang-ah (Ha Ji-won), a North Korean Special Forces officer and instructor, also notoriously known as the “Iron Lady.” Their first encounter doesn’t go well, but Lee Jae-ha falls in love with her during their training mission.
I love this because it not only stars one of my ultimate favorite actors, but also one of my ultimate favorite actresses, Ha Ji-won. Though she’s known for many action roles, she also has a cute personality which sparks her feminine side and that’s what makes this K-Drama so charming. Lee Seung-gi’s mischievous personality doesn’t go far from his personality in real life, which made this series such an adorable, heart-fluttering, and heartwarming series to watch.
7. My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010)
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho is a romance comedy and fantasy series starring Lee Seung-gi and Shin Min-ah. Lee Seung-gi won The Special OST Award for the song, Losing My Mind at the 2010 Melon Music Awards where he also won the Top 10 Artists Award. He also won Excellence in Acting, Top 10 Stars Award, and Best Couple (with Shi Min-ah) at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards. Lee Seung-gi plays the role of Cha Dae-woong, an immature aspiring actor. His grandfather enrolls him in a strict boarding school, but he runs away and ends up at a Buddhist temple where is lured by a woman’s voice to draw nine tails on a painting of a fox. The girl is freed from the painting and Cha Dae-woong finds himself at her mercy, making sure to feed her meat to prevent her from eating him. As they spend time together, he realizes that she is not the scary and dangerous nine-tailed fox as everyone knows through the legend, so ends up falling for her.
This series is one that many Korean Drama lovers has surely seen because it’s a classic romance that will always be on the top list of the most romantic K-Dramas and most famous K-Drama. I’ve watched this so many years ago and watched it again to be reminded of how good it was. It’s addictive and both leading actors showed an infinite charm that’s overflowing with nostalgia. I love this and will definitely watch it again for the nth time.
8. Brilliant Legacy (2009)
Brilliant Legacy also known as The Shining Inheritance is a drama and romance series starring Han Hyo-joo, Lee Seung-gi, Bae Soo-bin, and Moon Chae-won. Lee Seung-gi won Most Popular Actor at the 2010 Baeksang Arts Awards, Hot Male Drama Star at the 2009 Mnet 20’s Choice Awards, Excellence in Acting, Top 10 Stars Award, and Best Couple (with Han Hyo-joo) at the 2009 SBS Drama Awards, and People’s Choice Popular Actor at the 2010 Seoul International Drama Awards.
Lee Seung-gi plays the role of a rich and arrogant successor named Sunwoo Hwan. His lack of compassion for her grandmother’s company and employees prompted her to make a new will and remove Hwan from inheriting the company. Instead, his grandmother decided to give it to a stranger named Go Eun-sung, who saved her when she fell unconscious and lost her memory for a few days. Eun-sung’s compassion for people and dedication for work made her a strong candidate and competitor for the inheritance, and Hwan is not happy about that.
Though this is the oldest Lee Seung-gi K-Drama, this was the most recent series I’ve watched that stars him and one of my favorite actresses, Han Hyo-joo. She’s my new favorite actress after I watched Happiness where she played the main role with Park Hyung-sik and I wanted to watch more of her so I ended up watching Brilliant Legacy and I loved it! Though I cried a lot in this series, I enjoyed the viewing experience because Lee Seung-gi and Han Hyo-joo really nailed their love and hate relationship in this very complex drama series.
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