14 K-Drama Moments That Made Lee Min Ho A Special King In Our Hearts
Spanning a career of 14 years, Lee Min Ho has gifted K-Drama fandom with ample hit stories deserving of love!
Tracing the filmography of Lee Min Ho leads any K-Drama fan girl to a realization that he has gifted all pictures of imaginary boyfriends we could think of.
He can suit up as campus crush then suavely transforms to corporate dapper looks. He is one of those few actors with almost perfect drama portfolio. It vouches to how Lee is committed to deliver ingenious stories while exploring and improving his range as an artist.
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Today we look back on 14 K-Drama moments of Lee Min Ho that celebrate his undeniable gift as an actor.
1. Throwback Years In Youth Dramas
A rite of passage for established South Korean actors, Lee Min Ho has had a fair share of small and supporting roles in campus dramas Secret Campus and I am Sam. He also starred in sitcom Mackerel Run with Moon Chae Won.
2. Breakout Performance in Boys Over Flowers
In 2009, South Korea made its official drama entry to the well-loved shoujo manga, 花より男子, Hana Yori Dango.
Boys Over Flowers reached unprecedented success and gifted fans the character of Gu Jun Pyo, portrayed by Lee Min Ho. On top of that, the series raked in excellent viewership ratings and immense global following reigniting the Korean wave.
3. Gu Jun Pyo – the chaebol heir
With a demeanor complementing his rich son role in Boys Over Flowers, sporting his cool curly hair has been one of the key points of his character. Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun Pyo mesmerized not just teenagers, but even their aunts and moms. He had all of viewers back then in united support to fulfil his love for Geum Jan Di.
4. Noona Romance with Son Ye Jin
Lee’s hard work in Boys Over Flowers yielded a few love calls for his next project. Surprisingly, he took on the role of architect Jeon Jin Ho in Personal Taste.
Starring opposite top-tier actress who is five years his senior, there were qualms in the projected pairing. But Lee Min Ho delivered and matched the charisma of Son Ye Jin presenting a refreshing cohabitation themed rom-com series.
4. Supportive Boyfriend in Personal Taste
At the time when healing stories are not as recurrent in dramaland, Personal Taste displayed it in full swing. For his role as Jin Ho, Lee Min Ho packaged himself as the man who stays by his woman’s side come what may. He embraced her vulnerabilities, ultimately pushing her to become a better version of herself.
5. An extraordinary hero in City Hunter
From romance to action, Lee Min Ho is definitely on board to exploring experiences as an actor. Flaunting his stage combat presence, his role as Lee Yoon Sung in City Hunter produced one of the most polished action dramas worth watching.
6. A Casanova who believes in true love
While Lee Min Ho does not fall short in generating chemistry with actresses he has worked with, his stint in City Hunter with Park Min Young gave the viewers a hefty amount of swoon-worthy moments.
7. Goryeo Era Warrior In Faith
Striding to a beautiful Goryeo era warrior and modern times plastic surgeon love story, Faith successfully established a connection that will not make it forgettable.
Portraying Choi Young for his first period drama, the audience are treated to a new side of Lee Min Ho as an actor. The slowburning narrative leads the viewers to a storytelling that lingers.
8. Time-transcending love of Choi Young
Faith also showcased the fact that Lee Min Ho has proven that he can carry a drama by himself. In the year when most of the things in K-Dramaland involved paranormal activities and strongly portrayed characters, Faith rose to be different.
Having Lee Min Ho in this drama would take his fans to a higher level of adoration. But more than that, it was really the effective way of how the drama sweetly chained viewers through an endearingly sketched narrative. The story made sure that the characters shone memorably, while the characters moved in sync to the story.
9. The rebellious son in The Heirs
The star-studded Kim Eun Sook penned series inevitable received such hype upon announcement. Comparing Kim Tan to Gu Jun Pyo was inescapable since both series depict Lee Min Ho’s character as a son of a rich household who fell in love with an ordinary girl.
Paying homage to his youth, Lee chanelled his youth experiences to paint it in vivid colors. Thus, letting the viewers feel his character’s sentiments, frustrations and happiness. A feat that proved the point of why securing another youth role is not a bad move.
10. A picture of “boy in love”
First love for a man they say is always special. Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan resonated that feeling well. From awkward kisses, campus heart-fluttering bickering and sweet love declarations, Kim Tan still ranks high as favorite campus prince in KDramaland.
11. A one-of-a-kind fantasy romance in The Legend of the Blue Sea
Having a base fairytale approach that seems to be familiar to anyone is most likely the key ingredient to The Legend of the Blue Sea‘s delightful run. The fusion of reincarnation plot and the mermaid-human romance appeared trite on the onset.
But as the plot thickened, it felt like the mythical element was stronger as the driving point than the real-life premise projected in the story. Legend of the Blue Sea makes a warm watch as viewers cheer on the impossible fulfilment of Cheong and Joon Jae’s reincarnated romance.
12. Heo Joon Jae’s incomparable love
Lee Min Ho’s love ride with Jun Ji Hyun was an amusing and love-affirming watch as they learned to understand each other’s flaws and adjust when necessary in appeasing their fears and celebrating what makes them happy.
The series succeeds in a lively pace of intelligent storytelling with smart characters you will not hate as they don’t play dumb at hindrances thrown at them. The saccharine moments modernized the reincarnation plot, by playing the resident drama fix of how love overcomes anything and beyond everything.
13. Reigning charm in The King: Eternal Monarch
Aiming for another memorable character, Lee Min Ho fascinates as Lee Gon in fantasy-romance, The King: Eternal Monarch. Challenging an enigmatic role in SBS high concept series, the post-military project of the actor is a sure gift to his loyal following.
14. Lee Gon’s parallel-world defying romance
Winding down this feature made me realize how Lee Min Ho has been a problem fixer to his previous trouble-laden female leads in the past.*wink Hence, his skills has improved to unimaginable degree that worrying about the looming conflict to be faced by him and Kim Go Eun in their drama seems futile.
Knowing how to appease his fandom, Lee Min Ho vaunted a picture of Prince Charming straight from fairytale book as he rode on a pretty white horse in the backdrop of bamboo forest. He constantly ups the ante by playing suave in seducing the feisty detective who has caught his heart.
For old and new K-Drama fans who love him just the same in every character he portrayed, wish him more drama memories in the future.
Happy 14th Year Anniversary Lee Min Ho!
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