Top Lee Dong Wook Dramas and Movies
Since i'm certified trash for him and going on a Lee Dong Wook marathon I can as well do this. For now, I'm only including the titles where he was main lead, no support roles.
Movies and Dramas that I didn't find anywhere to watch (in chronological order):
- Land of Wine 2003
- Merry Go Round 2003
- Island Village Teacher 2004
- Hanoi Bride 2005
- Arang 2006
- The Perfect Couple 2007
- The Recipe 2010
The list is ordered following my personal taste and judgement.
Korean Drama - 2009, 16 episodes
The drama that pretty much set in stone the fact I'd fall in love with Lee Dong Wook's characters no matter who they are. Taejo can't be anymore different than GongChan from My Girl, but he's got the sort of smug and charisma that nobody can ever hate. Very good chemistry with his female partner and a great story progression, always kept me on edge and reawakened my Law and Order-loving soul with a bunch of "partner" related drama.
2. My Girl
Korean Drama - 2005, 16 episodes
I don't know why I never checked other dramas by the Hong sisters after the heartwarming masterpiece that is "You're beautiful" (I know it came later but I watched it first because of Hongki, don't judge me). This didn't disappoint in the least, it was sweet, heartwarming, great acting, incredibly funny. Witnessed Lee Joongi's emo bad boy phase, 100% would watch again.
Korean Drama - 2011, 16 episodes
Initially it was a bit lower, because I think the drama dragged for 3 episodes too many, especially around episode 10-13, but the chemistry between the main protagonists is amazing and I enjoyed it for the rest overall, tried to be quite subversive without falling in too many of the rich chaebol/poor girl cliches, though I think the second female male lead ended up being pointless and the ending rushed. Watching this drama feels as good as it feels bitter, wouldn't go into it without being aware it might make your heart ache a lot. Cancer isn't to be treated lightly, but the drama did a good job.
Korean Drama - 2019, 10 episodes
I have a love hate relationship with this drama. Could have been brilliant but I just thought it tried too much to obtain a reaction than focusing on doing the plot right. Too many questions, too much ignorance regarding psychology and psychiatry (I'm a Social and Formation studies graduate, couldn't close my eyes on psychological inaccuracies since) even if it got some literary research done such as Metamorphosis and Sartre's "Hell are other people" quote with an interesting way of putting them into practice and showcasing the themes of the story. This is hands down one of Lee Dong Wook's best performances, the one that made me fall in love with the actor, and I don't think much can top it. The drama also manages to be highly entertaining if you take it as pure fiction without expecting it to be realistic and one of the reasons for this, and some might hate me for this, is....Jungwoo/Moonjo OTP!! I said what I said! More seriously though, it weren't for the dynamic between these two the drama would have been worthless to me. It has a very Batman vs Joker feel, trying to make a point, dragging the other into madness. Just endearing.
Korean Movie - 2008
It's pretty standard. Happy that LDW and Eugene acted together again after Loving you, but I felt like it was a somewhat unfinished story.
Korean Drama - 2008, 24 episodes
I don't really know what this tried to do. I ended up dropping it after 5 or so episodes and if I pushed myself that much was because Lee Dong Wook was trying something different and he was doing well at it. I just thought the main girl had no chemistry with him all in all and the drama was too vague with people throwing one liners and never actually giving a straight answer.
7. Loving You
Korean Drama - 2002, 12 episodes
It's my first drama from 2002 and oh boy, kdramas REALLY improved so much in 3 years, seeing how My Girl came out in 2005.