Lee Sung Kyung is one of the most promising actors of the new age South Korean entertainment industry. The actor who completes nine years in the industry this year, has risen to fame and success owing to her versatility in acting and quick adaptability for diverse roles. On the occasion of her birthday on August 10, here is a list of some of the memorable roles by Lee Sung Kyung.
Lee Sung Kyung Special: From Dr. Romantic to Shooting Stars, 5 K-dramas that boast the versatility of the Korean star
1. WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY KIM BOK JOO
If you ask a fan of K-dramas which is one of their most favourite years of K-drama releases, then they will promptly answer “2016!” This is because 2016 brought in a huge variation in stories, genres and overall entertainment factor. Be it Goblin or Uncontrollably Fond, today almost every K-drama from 2016 has found a cult-like fame. One of the prominent K-dramas of 2016 is Lee Sung Kyung’s Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. The drama was not a huge success in its home country, but internationally it garnered a huge fanbase. It is one of the few K-dramas outside of the rom-com tropes of a rich man-poor woman pairing. It is a sport-centric drama which underlines the lives of sportspersons in the weightlifting and swimming fields.
Lee Sung Kyung as the lead Kim Bok Joo is an adorable character. It was a refreshing change to see a female lead who is as ordinary as the next person but is as charming as they come. The chemistry between Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk is endearing to see. Till date, short clips and scenes from the drama can be found circulating online to relive the moments of joy from the drama.
2. DR. ROMANTIC
Medical dramas come and go. The South Korean industry has a few notable medical dramas but one of the dramas which has gained a lot of popularity is Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim. It centers around Doctor Kim who is a master of his craft and also an exceptional human being. The drama grew to such a status that its season three just finished airing. Season 1 featured Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin in the lead. Seasons 2 & 3 featured Ahn Hyo Seop and Lee Sung Kyung in the lead. Lee Sung Kyung as Doctor Cha Eun Jae is quite the steadfast character. If the finale episode of season three is anything to go by, there could be a season four too!
3. MISS AND MRS COP
Lee Sung Kyung as a police officer is another testament to her prowess as an actor. She dons a new avatar with ample comic timing to suit the light hearted nature of the character. Paired with Ra Mi Ran, Lee Sung Kyung displays great camaraderie with her fellow co-actors.
4. SHOOTING STARS
As an actor, Lee Sung Kyung knows both sides of the line - the business side and the public side. Stepping into the shoes of a PR head, Lee Sung Kyung shows a great range once again in the drama Shooting Stars. She puts a good display of what goes on within the PR agencies with her character Oh Han Byeol. Paired opposite Kim Young Dae, she and Kim showed great chemistry on screen.
5. CALL IT LOVE
Apart from Dr. Romantic season 3, the actress also starred in Call It Love this year on Disney+ alongside Kim Young Kwang. This melodrama romance tells the stories of two individuals who are frustrated with their harsh realities. Lee Sung Kyung plays the role of Shim Woo Joo, whose father is dating a woman who hates her (Woo Joo). She is kicked out of the house by the said lady after her father’s death. Frustrated, Woo Joo reaches out to the lady’s son Hang Dong Jin, played by Kim Young Kwang who is a workaholic. As the two get to know each other, unexpected romance blooms between the two. It is directed by Lee Kwang Young who has helmed projects like The Secret Life of my secretary. The story is scripted by Kim Ga Eun and Kim Ji Yeon.
BONUS – HEART ATTACK
In 2020, Lee Sung Kyung starred in Heart Attack, a short film for Samsung, shot completely with the Galaxy S20 phone. The short film is written and directed by Lee Chung Hyun, the name behind movies like The Call and Bargain. The short film finds Lee Sung Kyung going back in time over and over again to make her lover’s heart beat again. She brings her usual upbeat charm to the character and delivers a memorable role. There are fantasy elements in the short film and the film also highlights the versatility of the phone.
In addition to these dramas, Lee Sung Kyung has also appeared in Doctors, Cheese in the Trap, among others. Which Lee Sung Kyung starrer drama is your favourite?
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