In early 2013, at the age of 19, Yoo Seung Ho did something that popular actors usually put off until their late 20s, he joined the army. The year before he acted in 3 dramas (I Miss You, Arang and the Magistrate & Operation Proposal) and amassed several awards, solidifying his popularity. Then he was gone. He quietly finished his service in 2014 and did not rush into any projects until recently. Here are a few to watch.
Based on a web comic, this mini drama has two voices: the cat and her human. Seung Ho plays Jong Hyun, a starving artist who is trying to make his first big break. His cat Bok Gil is his best friend, conscience and security. Their life together is inclusive and safe until Na Woo barges in. She likes Jong Hyun and adores Bok Gil, but it isn’t quite reciprocated. Yet.
It’s a strange little show. Jong Hyun is a cat man. A slightly aloof one. Bok Gil is sassy and adorable. Her narrative voice is one that is heard because she’s a cat, but when they both get each other, it is sweet.
Watch Imaginary Cat on VIKI.
Park Min Young returns to dramas after almost a year since Healer as a junior prosecutor who is a former classmate of Seung Ho’s character, Seo Jin Woo. Jin Woo has a photographic memory and with it he compiles information to help clear his father’s name in a murder he was charged with. The kicker, dad has alzheimer’s and is slowly drifting away.
It’s a melodrama complete with Nam Goong Min playing an evil chaebol and Park Sung Woong as a mob lawyer who is now defending Jin Woo’s father. Will Nam Goong Min be shirtless at least three times? Will all the lawyer’s win? Not sure. What we do know is that the writer Yoon Hyun Ho has dabbled in criminal thriller movies and picked Yoo Seung Ho for the role. I kind of love when a writer makes a show with someone in mind.
I usually don’t throw in a movie in these things, but I wanted to because Yoo Seung Ho is just delivering a 1-2-3 punch for his comeback.
He plays a Joseon era magician who falls in love with a princess (Go Ara). Love! Magic! Drama! WIN/WIN!
Any Yoo Seung Ho favorites? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!
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