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Loving Kim Soo Hyun in Queen of Tears? 9 movies and K-dramas of South Korea’s highest paid actor that showcase his versatility

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Starring alongside Kim Ji Won, the episode boasted an impressive average nationwide rating of 19.0 percent, surpassing Reply 1988's record.

South Korean superstar Kim Soo Hyun, highest paid drama actor, with his latest venture, Queen of Tears is breaking records. Following the airing of episode 10, the show soared to the third-highest ratings in TV channel tvN history. Starring alongside Kim Ji Won, the episode boasted an impressive average nationwide rating of 19.0 percent. This accomplishment not only marked a new pinnacle for the show but also propelled it to surpass the beloved Reply 1988, securing its place as the second-highest-rated tvN drama to date.

Loving Kim Soo Hyun in Queen of Tears 9 movies and K-dramas of South Korea’s highest paid actor that showcase his versatility

Loving Kim Soo Hyun in Queen of Tears? 9 movies and K-dramas of South Korea’s highest paid actor that showcase his versatility

What sets Kim Soo Hyun apart isn't just his undeniable charm or his chiselled features but also his talent, honed through dedication and passion that truly captivates audiences worldwide. From his breakout roles in cult classics like Moon Embracing the Sun and My Love From the Star to his recent portrayal as a lawyer in Queen of Tears, Kim Soo Hyun's performances have consistently left an indelible mark on the landscape of K-drama.

Recognized as one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea, Kim Soo Hyun's accolades, include four Baeksang Arts Awards, two Grand Bell Awards, and one Blue Dragon Film Award. He has been featured in Forbes Korea's Power Celebrity 40 list multiple times and was selected as Gallup Korea's Television Actor of the Year in 2014.

As Queen of Tears continues to capture the hearts of viewers, one thing is certain – Kim Soo Hyun's reign as the king of K-drama shows no signs of waning. Let’s look at his filmography:

1. THE THIEVES (2012):
It is a heist film where a group of Korean and Chinese thieves team up to steal a diamond worth $20 million from a casino in Macau. Kim Soo Hyun plays Zampano, a skilled young safecracker. The team faces challenges and betrayals, revealing complex relationships and past connections. The ensemble cast includes Kim Yoon Seok, Lee Jung Jae, Jun Ji Hyun, and Kim Hae Sook. This was one of the highest-grossing films of that year.

Won Ryu Hwan, a North Korean spy disguised as a village idiot in South Korea. His peaceful facade is disrupted when new orders arrive, leading to a dramatic conflict. The film balances action and comedy, showcasing Kim's versatile acting alongside co-stars Park Ki Woong and Lee Hyun Woo, who play fellow undercover North Korean spies. The story delves into themes of identity, loyalty, and sacrifice, as the spies navigate their hidden lives amidst growing threats. This was one of the highest grossing films of that year.

3. REAL (2017):
In this action-noir film, Kim essays the role of Jang Tae Young, a fixer in the criminal underworld who dreams of opening his own casino. The film unfolds as he confronts an enigmatic figure who wants to take over his life. The movie navigates through dark themes, intertwining reality with illusion. Real also features actors such as Sung Dong Il and Lee Sung Min. The film wasn't a box office success but it was appreciated for its performances.

1. DREAM HIGH (2011):
The series centered around six students at Kirin High School with dreams of becoming K-pop stars. Kim Soo Hyun plays Song Sam Dong, a country boy who discovers his musical talent and aims for stardom, navigating the challenges of friendship, love, and competition. The cast also includes notable names like Bae Suzy, Ok Taecyeon, and IU, making it a standout project for its portrayal of the trials and triumphs in the pursuit of fame.

The series is a historical drama blending romance, palace intrigue, and elements of the supernatural. Kim Soo Hyun stars as King Lee Hwon, facing political opposition and uncovering the truth behind his first love's death. Han Ga In plays Yeon Woo, a noblewoman initially betrothed to the king but becomes a shaman after a scheme leads everyone to believe she's dead. Their tragic separation and the mysterious circumstances around Yeon Woo's supposed death form the core of the story, set against the backdrop of Joseon dynasty politics.

3. MY LOVE FROM THE STAR (2013-2014):
Kim plays Do Min Joon, an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty. Possessing a near-perfect appearance and enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing, and speed, Min Joon is cynical about human beings but finds himself entangled in the life of a famous actress, Cheon Song Yi, portrayed by Jun Ji-hyun. The series weaves romance, drama, and humour, focusing on their relationship against a backdrop of cosmic secrets and earthly challenges.

Kim plays Baek Seung Chan, a rookie producer navigating the hectic world of a broadcasting company. The series offers a comedic behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry, featuring a blend of real-life variety show settings and fictional narratives. Alongside Kim, the cast includes Cha Tae Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, and IU, each playing roles that reflect the challenges and dynamics within a Korean broadcasting station. The show uniquely mixes documentary-style elements with traditional drama storytelling.

Kim Soo Hyun plays Moon Gang Tae, a psychiatric ward worker with a burdened emotional past and being a guardian of his autistic older brother Moon Sang Tae played by Oh Jung Se, who becomes involved with Go Moon Young, a children's book author played by Seo Ye Ji, who has an antisocial personality disorder. Their relationship evolves from mutual disdain to understanding, challenging societal norms about mental health and healing. The drama is celebrated for its portrayal of psychological themes, complex characters, and the transformative power of empathy and love.

Based on the British television series Criminal Justice written by Peter Moffat, this gripping web series stars Kim as Kim Hyun Soo, a college student who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case overnight. This intense drama explores the intricacies of the legal system and human emotions through the journey of an ordinary man caught in an extraordinary situation. Kim's portrayal of a young man navigating the complexities of justice and survival in a world that seems to have turned against him is both powerful and emotionally resonant.

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