Having played a diverse spectrum of roles onscreen, South Korean actor Song Joong-ki has been delighting viewers since 2010 when he rose to fame as Gu Yong-ha in the historical coming-of-age drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal in 2010 and as one of the original cast members in the variety show Running Man in the same year until 2011.
But his biggest break came in 2016 when he was the male lead in the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize for TV winner, Descendants of the Sun. In 2021, the 35-year-old returns with the tvN and Netflix television drama, Vincenzo—the 15th highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history to date.
But more than the glitz and glamour of acting, Song has become popular for having a big heart. He's been helping children with cancer through the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation (KCLF) since 2011 and has anonymously helped more than 10 children receive treatments in the past years. He has also reportedly donated his pay generated from narrating the documentary Tears of the Antarctic for this worthy cause. Song has since made donations to KCLF annually.
While in military service in 2015, the actor donated 100 million won to the Unicef Korea Committee to help the victims of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. The heartthrob also donated to the House of Sharing in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, a shelter for elderly women who were forced into being comfort women by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. In a report, it says "the actor was likely influenced while filming his movie The Battleship Island, a period action film about Korean workers under Japanese rule." Last year, Song reportedly donated 100 million won for Covid-19 prevention.
These philanthropies alone make this South Korean actor worth swooning over. Here, we list some of his drama shows and movies you can stream anytime.
1. Descendants of the Sun
This 2016 television drama is one of the most successful shows in South Korea, drawing a peak audience share of 38.8 per cent. This action-drama revolves around Captain Yoo Si-jin a.k.a. Big Boss (Song Joong-ki), the leader of a fictional elite special forces team of the 707th Special Mission Battalion in South Korea who was deployed in Uruk for a special assignment, and Dr Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo), a surgeon who works at Haesung Hospital. Kang was later assigned against her will to lead a team of medical volunteers to Uruk. Their adventures began here and so was their true-to-life love story, which led to their marriage in 2017—and sadly to their divorce in 2019. Song-Song fans were in tears.
Descendants of the Sun was named the Most Popular Show of the Year by Korea Broadcasting Advertising Corporation (KBS) and won the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize in 2016.