These top stars made very noteworthy returns!
With military service being compulsory for South Korean male citizens, most stars complete their service before or during their careers. Making a comeback after getting discharged from the military can be a nerve-racking experience due to concerns about being forgotten and meeting expectations. Picking up your career after almost 2 years of not acting is no easy feat, but some actors have met success with their first project after military service. Check them out below!
Kim Soo-hyun – It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is the hottest new drama of the season. Kim Soo-hyun portrays a kind but weary psychiatric caregiver who takes care of his autistic older brother. He bears a lot of burdens on his shoulders and also deals with the trauma of losing his parents. Featuring an original storyline and sizzling chemistry between Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Yea-ji, the drama continues to grow in buzz and popularity.
Bonus recommendations for more Kim Soo-hyun: My Love From the Star (always fun to rewatch), Moon Embracing the Sun (reached 42.2% ratings in Korea and he also won Best Actor from the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards!)
Lee Min-ho – The King: Eternal Monarch
As one of the biggest Hallyu stars, Lee Min-ho’s comeback was highly anticipated. He picked a big project from hit drama writer Kim Eun-sook and acted alongside award-winning actress Kim Go-eun. The premise of the drama is very unique with great cinematography and visual effects. Lee Min-ho’s natural refined aura suited him well for the role of a monarch. The King: Eternal Monarch was well-watched all over the world.
Bonus recommendations for more Lee Min-ho: Boys Over Flowers (a classic and he won Best New Actor at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards for this role!), The Legend of the Blue Sea (fun mermaid out of water antics)
Song Joong-ki – Descendants of the Sun
Song Joong-ki made the interesting choice of portraying a captain in the special forces after getting discharged from the military. From one soldier uniform to another, his decision resulted in great success with Descendants of the Sun achieving major ratings which peaked at 38.8% in Korea. His character has an epic love story with a doctor while they encounter near-death experiences. The drama was well loved domestically and internationally, so much so that the drama set in Taebaek was remodeled into a tourist attraction.
Im Si-wan – Strangers From Hell
The former boy band member made a bold return in the chilling Strangers From Hell. This role is a much darker role compared to his previous drama roles. Im Si-wan’s character in Strangers From Hell moves to a cheap dormitory where he meets creepy neighbors and mysterious occurrences. His portrayal of the character’s psychological changes received great praise from viewers. You’ll be impressed with his acting!
Kang Ha-neul – When the Camellia Blooms
Kang Ha-neul portrays an adorable, good-natured police officer who falls in love with a single mother in When the Camellia Blooms. His character is a refreshing gentleman who not only cares for Dong-baek, but wholeheartedly respects her despite society’s negative gaze. His honest and diverse emotional acting won him the Best Actor Award at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards!
Lee Seung-gi – A Korean Odyssey
Lee Seung-gi is a thoroughly well-rounded entertainer talented at acting, singing, and variety. Following his military service, the star returned through a drama written by the famous Hong sisters. Viewers especially enjoyed his chemistry with Cha Seung-won who he acted with in his last drama before military service. Such a cute reunion! A Korean Odyssey enjoyed buzz and fun parodies after its run as well.
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