7 Lee Min-ho Movies and Shows You Need To Watch This 2021: The Heirs, TKEM, And More
With his iconic role in the global hit, Boys Over Flowers, Lee Min-ho is recognised as the actor that originally brought forth the Hallyu wave beyond Korean shores. He is also one of the biggest endorsers and highest-paid actors in the business. Which of his shows are your favourites?
Hallyu superstar Lee Min-ho has the face of a charming prince ready to brave all sorts of storms for the love of his life — that's what his fans think at least.
Born 22 June 1987, Min-ho gained widespread fame through his role Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (2009), a series based on the Japanese shōjo manga Hana Yori Dango. The show's high viewership ratings across South Korea landed Min-ho several modelling and acting stints that made his career flourish until present time.
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Min-ho's talent was eventually recognised when he was given the Best New Actor title at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. He is the first Korean actor to get a waxed figure at the Madame Tussauds museum and even made it to the list of the highest-paid K-Drama actors of 2021.
In this article, Tatler lists some of Min-ho's most notable movies and series.
The King: Eternal Monarch
A handsome man riding a white horse is a picture you can only see in every girl's fairytale fantasy. Luckily, the producers of The King: Eternal Monarch has brought this dream to life with Min-ho.
Released in 2020, the series follows the mind-boggling time adventure of Emperor Lee Gon (Min-ho), the king who rules the fabled country of Corea. In his journey, he meets and falls in love with detective Jung Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun) whom he recognizes from an identification card he obtained as a child during his father's assassination.
PS: The best part of the series is in episode 11 (wink, wink).
Legend Of The Blue Sea
Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun are Korea's biggest Hallyu stars and if you're wondering how they'll do as on-screen lovers, you should watch Legend Of The Blue Sea. The show circles around the bitter-sweet love story of Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun), a mermaid, and Heo Joon-jae (Min-ho), a con artist.
The Heirs follows a group of rich, privileged high school students who are preparing themselves to take over their respective family businesses. In this series, Min-ho plays the role of Kim Tan, an heir to Jeguk Group, a large Korean conglomerate.
Kim Tan was exiled to America by his brother Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk), who tries to take over the family business. During his stay in the US, Kim Tan meets and falls in love with Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye).
Perhaps one of Min-ho's most underrated shows is Personal Taste, a 2010 South Korean series that follows the story of Park Kae-in (CLOY's Son Ye-jin), a furniture designer who lives together with Min-ho's character, Jeon-Jin-ho, an architect who she assumes is gay.
Okay, we get it. Min-ho's hairstyle in his hit series City Hunter did not age well. But the 2011 action-packed show is still worthy of a rewatch. It follows Lee Yoon-sung (Min-ho) who goes by the codename "City Hunter".
Yoon-sung seeks to avenge his father's death by using the identity of a Korean-American teenager who is later revealed to have died several years ago.
Written and directed by South Korean director, screenwriter, and contemporary poet Yoo Ha, Gangnam Blues is a movie that Min-ho fans wouldn't want to miss. The film is set in the early 1970s when socio-political turmoil and terrorism is rampant in Seoul's Gangnam district.
Childhood friends, Jong Dae (Min-ho) and Yong-ki (Kim Rae-won) struggle to get by until their homes were demolished by local thugs. The two get tested as they find themselves involved in serious political clashes.
Get Up (2008)
It will be quite nostalgic for fans to see Min-ho in a role a little similar to Goo Jun-pyo. In Get Up (2008) he plays the role of a teenager who traverses the life of a regular schoolboy.
The movie is written by Ko Eun-nim who is known for writing Bungee Jumping of Their Own (2001) and R U Ready (2002).