6 Binge-Worthy Korean Dramas Featuring Yeo Jin Goo

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Without a doubt, the former child actor has a number of projects that are worthy additions to our drama binge-list.

Yeo Jin Goo is only 23 years old (by Korean reckoning). But at such a young age, he has already achieved more than his peers. He has been acting for fifteen years, having debuted at the age of eight through the 2005 film Sad Movie. Since then he has gifted fans of Korean movies and dramas with memorable works.

Yeo Jin Goo

He has starred in different movie genres such as the war and period films The Long Way Home (2015), Warriors of the Dawn (2017) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017), among others.

He portrayed a role of a troubled teenager in the 2015 movie Shoot Me in the Heart alongside actor Lee Min Ki. His character is sent to a psychiatric hospital to deal with his mental health issues.

His starring role in the 2013 action-suspense-thriller film Hwayi: A Monster Boy has earned him several Best New Actor trophies from acting award-giving bodies like the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards. For the latter, he made history as the youngest recipient of the said award at sixteen years old.

Yeo Jin Goo Drama Portfolio

Yeo Jin Goo played the younger versions of the lead characters in dramas Iljimae (2008), Tazza (2008) and Giant (2010). As well as in dramas Warrior Baek Dong Soo (2011), Moon Embracing The Sun (2012) and Missing You (2012-2013).

Thereafter, he started playing lead roles Orange Marmalade, The Royal Gambler, Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Reunited Worlds, The Crowned Clown, My Absolute Boyfriend and Hotel Del Luna.

While fans may find it difficult to check out his earlier works, particularly the movies he appeared in, we are fortunate enough to live in the time of video-on-demand (VOD) and streaming sites.

Thanks to these services, fans can now have the opportunity to watch dramas shown in the past decade (or probably way beyond).

It is quite hard to identify which dramas to include in this curated list, since most of Yeo Jin Goo’s small screen works are worth our time, so we just based it on quick-access and availability in popular streaming sites (apps) such as Netflix and Viu as well as VODs.

Orange Marmalade (2015) KBS2

Where to watch: VOD, Netflix, Viu

This vampire teen series based on a web comic of the same name, is his first lead role in a TV Drama. It follows the story of a teenage vampire girl and the popular boy in school.

Set in a futuristic world where humans and vampires mingle but the latter still being shunned by society forcing them to conceal their identities.

Yeo Jin Goo

Yeo Jin Goo portrays Jung Jae Min who developed a hatred for vampires, but eventually falls in love with one (Seolhyun of AOA plays the love interest and young female vampire Baek Ma Ri).

It is an enjoyable watch if you are into school romance with a touch of fantasy dramas and with twelve episodes, you can finish it in half a day.

A little warning though, the drama has deviated from its original source, so be sure to watch without expecting it to follow the webtoon.


The Royal Gambler (2016) SBS

Where to watch: VOD, Netflix, Viu

In this historical drama, Yeo Jin Goo plays the role of King Yeongjo and stars with Jang Geun Suk.

Set in the gambling scenes of the Joseon era and palace conspiracies, The Royal Gambler displays the great chemistry between the male leads. Though not as polished as other saguek, this series definitely has its own charms.

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While people might grumble about some plot holes, there was nothing to complain about the cast and their acting. This stands out because of the actors playing their roles to perfection, despite the not-so-perfect material they were given.

Yeo Jin Goo showcased a strong presence with his portrayal (Jang Geun Suk as well) and that is one major reason to give this drama a try. Watch their characters first meeting in the clip below.

Circle (2017) tvN

Where to watch: VOD, Viu

Sci-fi lovers are in for a treat with Circle: Two Worlds Connected. It has all the elements of a great science fiction themed series.

Exploring two timelines which are twenty years apart. There are glaring differences as the year 2017 serves as the starting point of what has become a dystopian future which is the year 2037.

In the futuristic set, Earth is divided into two. There is a Utopian society known as Smart Earth and the other is called Normal Earth where diseases and crimes are rampant.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Circle”, A Riveting Traipse Of Sci-fi Story That Redefines Thrill-bending Writing

It is beautifully written and well-executed that viewers can overlook the minor shortcomings. Yeo Jin Goo displays a certain intensity in taking on the role of Kim Woo Jin as he nails every emotions.

Pick this up and you would not want to let go, not until you finish watching the last episode.

The Crowned Clown (2019) tvN

Where to watch: VOD, Netflix, Viu

Back in the Joseon era, donning traditional clothes, Yeo Jin Goo shines in this historical drama based on the 2012 movie Masquerade starring Lee Byung Hun. He plays the dual roles of the paranoid King Lee Heon and street performer Ha Seon.

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Arguably his best role to date, the talented actor gives justice to both characters. He immerses and shows the differences between the roles. He is able to humanize King Lee Heon, who has lost his way and has done a lot of misdeeds.

If you are looking for a sageuk that has great characters, fast-paced storytelling and well-placed emotions, this is it. Besides, it is fun watching Yeo Jin Goo switch roles, flaunting his immense acting range.

Hotel Del Luna (2019) tvN

Where to watch: VOD, Netflix, Viu

Yeo Jin Goo’s third drama that aired in 2019, Hotel Del Luna enjoyed high viewership ratings throughout its run. It currently holds the eight spot in the highest-rated Korean drama in cable TV history.

Hotel del Luna

The series, penned by the Hong sisters, follows the story of hotel owner Jang Man Wol. Her hotel caters to a unique clientele – human souls taking a stop before going to the afterlife. Yeo Jin Goo plays Koo Chan Sung, the human manager of Hotel Del Luna.

The series is well-written, and the characters are relatable making it such an engrossing drama to watch.

The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) MBC

Where to watch: Netflix, Viu

The historical drama tells the struggles and the love story between a King and a female shaman. Though he only appeared in a few episodes in this highly-rated series, Yeo Jin Goo gave out a stellar portrayal and imprinted his presence.

A lot of fans enjoyed the scenes with the young actors, most especially the interactions between Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Yeo Jeong. They both portrayed the younger versions of the male and female leads, respectively.

Yeo Jin Goo displayed both an innocence and maturity in his acting in this drama. While watching, viewers could not help but find his antics adorable. When his heart breaks, he takes along the audience with him. Check out the compilation scenes video below and give the drama a go.

Yeo Jin Goo in Manila

The Hotel Del Luna star held a successful fan meeting in Seoul on October 12, 2019. He is currently gearing up to meet his Filipino fans as he stages his first fan meeting in the country. Yeo Jin Goo – Memory Line First Fan Meeting in Manila 2020 is happening on February 1, 2020 at the New Frontier Theater at 6PM, local time.

Be part of this memorable night! Tickets are still available for purchase through TicketNet website and outlets or call 8911-5555 for more information.

READ: Yeo Jin Goo To Create Special Memories With Filipino Fans Next Year

Yeo Jin Goo – Memory Line First Fan Meeting in Manila 2020 is brought to fans by Janus Entertainment and MAXperience together with Wilbros Live.

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