So this groups title is pretty self explanatory. These are the men who don't sleep ever. And I seriously think they might have cloned themselves since I don't see any other explanation for how they got so much accomplished in one year.
Kim Woo Bin
Considering he did not even have a leading character (a co-lead in 2013) he sure took 2013 by storm. Starring in the hit dramas School 2013, Heirs, the hit Movie Friend 2, and Modeling, modeling and more modeling, he still found time to come out to the public about his two year romance with fellow model Yoo Ji Ahn. Many, including the members of this blog, felt that he outshines the other actors (and that is a hard thing to do when you are up against a smorgasbord of khotties) including Lee Min Ho in Heirs. And we are all waiting for him to make that jump to leading man so we can see him finally "get the girl".
Lee Jong Suk
Building up My Resume
So I have noticed that there are actors out there that go for the role's that give them experience regardless on whether it is the B Lead or not. These are actors that have a tendency to avoid typecasting and are in it for the craft. You have to give them props for their efforts even though I wish sometimes they would stick with being the A lead because I swear if Kim Bum does not get the girl in one more drama I might scream.
Jung Kyung Ho
Just off his Military Service Kyung Ho jumped back into dramas by accepting the part of Doc's Son in Heartless City. I personally had known him from his work in Smile You where he played a sweet guy next door type character. So I was very happy to see him take this darker character and run with it. He even finished the last weeks of his drama with a herniated disk but still kept up the action and intensity to the end.
Kim Bum has had a year of really well acted B lead roles. He was the scrappy BFF in Winter Wind Blows and then went straight into the tragic fighter who pines for the unattainable girl in Goddess of Fire. He also was the tragic Gothic mind reader in the movie Psychometry. I appreciate that he is looking to expand his skills by taking character roles rather then just the handsome A list romantic drama roles but I really really want to see him get the girl soon. He has been B lead (I am pretty sure on purpose not because he does not have the chance at A lead roles since he was the lead in Women Who Still Want to Marry) in his last three dramas and I personally really really really really want to see him as the romantic lead. I don't care if it is a Sageuk, Comedy, or Melodrama.... Just please come back to be the star we all know you are.
Yoon Shi Yoon
Beginning 2013 with his role as, Enrique a multi national computer gaming genius, Yoon Shi Yoon spread his acting wings to play the layered character to the fullest (to bad he had the romantic downer Park Shi Hyun as his leading lady......... she really ruined a lot of dramas for me this year). He also put his all into the newest and short lived (thank goodness because there are only so many episodes you can watch on diving and cooking before you go crazy) variety show barefoot friends. And finished out the year as accepting the 2nd lead in Prime Minister and I (which is AWESOME if you are looking for a good romantic comedy). He truly is a Renaissance man............not only is he an amazing actor but he also speaks, Japanese, Spanish, some Mandarin, and Korean..........and it shows in his acting.
This next star is the maknae of the musical group Shinee. Taemin has often been considered the young sweet cute member of shinee. But I am happy to announce that he has finally matured and is branching out. He guest starred in drama Dating Agency: Cyrano as well as helped several friends by being in their MV's. Add to that all that he accomplished with Shinee and it equals into one great year for the young singer. Enjoy the MV's below and notice his amazing presence and dance style.
I'm a Bonafide Movie Star
After having the break out hit of 2012 with Moon Embracing the Sun, everyone was interested to see what Kim Soo Hyun would do next. He decided to try his hand at the big screen and scored two of the largest movies of the year. In Secretly Greatly he played an undercover Korean spy who had to fake being simple minded as a cover. Although the movie on a whole had some issues, he was amazing and I could not have been happier. He also was a member of the ensemble cast The Thieves and I personally think that his character stole ever scene he was in and resulted in one of my all time favorite kisses. He ended out the year by taking on the lead role in the drama My Love from Another Star where he plays an Alien who has lived in Seoul for 400 years and falls for a top actress. All in all it has been a huge year for this amazing actor.
Lee Byung Hun
Lee Byung Hun actually did most of his work here in the US. Starring in the two Hollywood blockbusters Red 2 and GI Joe Retaliation he became the new Asian face in US action movies. He also found time in his busy schedule to marry Lee Min Jung. Look forward to more Lee Byung Hun in 2014 in the movie Memories of The Sword.
Singers Make Women Swoon
The CNBlue boys have been very busy this year. Between all of them doing various dramas (Heirs, Marry Him if you Dare, Sword and Flower, My Daughter Seo Young) as well as world tours and putting out new songs they have been working non stop. But all of this work seems to have payed off as they are more popular then ever. It also helps that they seem to have matured from their guy next door look to something much more sharp and dashing.
GD and Hyung Dong - Going to Try (infinity challenge)
2014 Incheon Asian Games Ambassador
2014 Incheon Asian Games Ambassadoralong with the other two members of JYJ. I also count him as one of my favorite Korean idol dancers because he has some insane energy going on. I am adding a behind the scenes dance rehearsal so you can focus on how amazing he is without being distracted by the MV. Enjoy
Seo In Guk
With Laughter or With Tears MV
I'm Lee Min Ho, I defy the list system
I think that as women we are just predisposed to fall for Lee Min Ho. I don't know why but it is just a part of life, like the rising of the sun. Every year we wait for whatever drama Lee Min Ho decides to put out. Sometimes the are great, sometimes they are so so, but it does not matter since it is Lee Min Ho. This years drama The Heirs was a mix of great moments and shallow writing (feel free to read the Crazy Ahjumma's reviews of the drama) that left me happy if not necessarily fulfilled. But it again proves that it does not matter how many ugly sweaters you put him in, we will still watch.
Welcoming in 2014 and the khotties I want to see more of!Choi Jin hyuk - Emergency couple airs this Saturday and I am excited to see our very own Papa Gumiho as the lead.
Kim Woo Bin - Come on already he deserves to get the girl and not just steal our hearts away from the OTP.
Hyun Bin- I know that he has a movie (The Kings Wrath) coming out this year but is it to much to ask that he come back to dramas. It has been three years and a military service ago since Secret Garden.
Kim Nam Gil - I loved him in Shark (mostly because he is Kim Nam Gil regardless of how lazy the writers got) and I cant wait to see him in Pirate. He is always at his best scruffy and kind of crazy.
And that officially completes my review of the great year that was 2013. Lets cross our fingers that this next year will be equally as entertaining for us Kdrama junkies.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2014