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10 Best Movies & Dramas of Cha Eun Woo

Written by Gerryaldo

Did you know "Cha Eun Woo" is just a stage name? His real name is Lee Dong Min. Besides being successful in the music industry with his group, ASTRO, Cha Eun Woo has also appeared in various films and Korean dramas.

Born in Gunpo, South Korea, this handsome man started his acting career with a cameo in the film "My Brilliant Life" in 2014. A year later, he bravely made his drama debut and since then, he has been very active in starring in numerous Korean dramas.

If you're impressed by Cha Eun Woo's acting, here are some of the latest dramas he has been in.

1. A Good Day to be a Dog

Year 2023
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Cast Cha Eun Woo Park Gyu Young Lee Hyun Woo
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The story is based on the popular webtoon "A Good Day to Be a Dog" by Lee Hey. It's about Han Hae Na, a woman who turns into a dog every time she kisses a man. This change happens every night until sunrise. To turn back into a human, the man she kissed must kiss her again, but this time while she's a dog.

Hae Na's curse is actually a family curse, which is why she chooses to stay single.

One night, Hae Na, who is a high school teacher, accidentally kisses her coworker, Jin Seo Won (Cha Eun Woo), while she's drunk. Jin Seo Won, a maths teacher, is known for being cold and distant. Plus, he's afraid of dogs due to a bad experience in his childhood.

Can Hae Na get Seo Won to kiss her while she's in her dog form?

2. Island Part 2 (2023)

Year 2023
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Cast Kim Nam Gil Lee Da Hee Cha Eun Woo
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The sequel to "Island," titled "Island Part 2," promises more twists and exciting storylines over six episodes. Directed by Park Kwang Hyun, it features a stellar cast including Cha Eun Woo, Lee Da Hee, Kim Nam Gil, and Sung Joon. Wondering what's in store this time?

The story continues with Mi Ho, forced to teach at Tamra High School on Jeju Island. She's struggling with the despair of people disappearing because of devils. But Mi Ho refuses to give up. She's trained by Geum Baek Joo (Ko Du Shim) to become Wonjeong, a guardian who once protected Jeju Island from demons.

Meanwhile, Van and priest Johan (Cha Eun Woo) are keeping a watchful eye on Mi Ho as she awakens her dormant powers. Goong Tan (Sung Joon), observing all this, starts to worry and gets angry. He's set on defeating Mi Ho and is threatening to plunge the world into darkness and chaos.


3. Island (2022)

Year 2022
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Cast Kim Nam Gil Lee Da Hee Cha Eun Woo Sung Joon
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"Island" is a drama based on a webcomic created by Yoon In Wan and Yang Kyung Il. The story revolves around three people, Van, Won Mi Ho, and Johan, who come together to fight crime. Their goal is to keep the world safe from various dangers.

Van is trained from a young age to be a living weapon against evil. On the other hand, Johan (Cha Eun Woo) is a Catholic priest who specializes in exorcisms. Both find themselves on Jeju Island, ready to battle the demons lurking there.

Wo Min Ho, in a twist of fate, ends up on the island too, but for a different reason. She's there to teach as a punishment from her father, the owner of Daehan Group, because of a serious mistake she made.

As Wo Min Ho starts her teaching job, she crosses paths with Van and Johan. Together, they're bound by destiny to join forces and fight off the demons threatening Jeju Island.

Lim Ju Kyung is a student who felt insecure and was bullied because of how she looked, leading her to switch schools.

At her new school, Ju Kyung completely changes her appearance into that of a stunning "goddess". She learned makeup skills from online videos and her hard work paid off. She went from being mocked to becoming the most beautiful and popular girl at school.

But there's one student, Lee Su Ho, who knows what Ju Kyung really looks like and still likes her. Han Seo Jun, who is Su Ho's rival, also has feelings for Ju Kyung. So, who will Ju Kyung choose?

In the drama adapted from this webtoon, Cha Eun Woo portrays Lee Su Ho. He's depicted as an ideal man, adored by many women and also an outstanding student at school.

Loyal fans of the group ASTRO are most likely familiar with the storyline of their drama series, "Soul Plate." In this six-episode drama, all the members of ASTRO come together to entertain their fans. They play a group of angels who build a unique business that aims to help those who feel sad.

These angels are descendants of the Archangel Raphael, who is known for his healing abilities. They descended to Earth and opened a restaurant where visitors usually seek solace for their problems.

Every time visitors dine at their restaurant, they find healing, as these seven angels listen attentively, provide entertainment, and serve them sincerely. All in all, this moving drama is surely going to warm the hearts of the viewers!

6. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

Year 2019
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Cast Shin Se Kyung Cha Eun Woo Lee Ji Hoon Park Ki Woong
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This drama became one of the top-rated Korean shows in 2019 and aired on MBC TV. It stars Cha Eun Woo and Shin Se Kyung and is a hit romance set in the 19th century in South Korea!

"Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung" tells a story about a noblewoman who tries to become a historian in the 19th century Joseon era. She is aware of how women were often looked down upon during that time.

In the kingdom, she faces similar treatment. Women were expected to agree to arranged marriages, sometimes with men they truly love.

To change this, Goo Hye Ryung fights back strongly. She boldly rejects her arranged marriage, refuses to be held back, and chooses to follow her own path as a historian. She's fearless, even in the face of the king himself.

7. My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Year 2018
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Cast Im Soo Hyang Cha Eun Woo Jo Woo Ri Kwak Dong Yeon
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Almost every woman dreams of looking beautiful, and they often go to great lengths to achieve it. This is the main theme of the drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty," starring Im Soo Hyang and Cha Eun Woo in a 16-episode story.

The drama is about Kang Mi Rae, a girl who faces constant bullying because she doesn't fit South Korean beauty standards. Fed up with the cruel treatment, Mi Rae decides to undergo plastic surgery that transforms her into a stunning woman. This change initially makes her happy.

However, when Mi Rae starts college, her past, before the surgery, gets exposed, and she becomes the talk of her college mates. Now, she's stuck in a dilemma; she faced bullying for being 'ugly,' and now she's judged for being 'beautiful.'

But the new Mi Rae is tougher. She starts rebuilding her confidence and becomes more resilient. This change is especially significant when she reunites with her handsome childhood friend, Do Kyun Seok (Cha Eun Woo).

School life in South Korea is known to be quite tough and strict, and sadly, it's also a place where bullying is common. But imagine if a bullied student could get revenge with the help of a magical app?

This is the intriguing concept of the drama "Sweet Revenge." The story follows Ho Goo Hee, a high school girl who's often picked on in middle school. She's so fed up with the bullying that she wishes for a miracle to solve her problems.

Then, one day, Ho Goo Hee discovers a mysterious app on her phone. It promises to get back at anyone whose name she enters into it. From being a quiet girl, she suddenly finds herself in a position of power. Will Ho Goo Hee turn into a mean girl after getting her revenge?

In this drama, Cha Eun Woo plays the role of Eun Woo, who is Ho Goo Hee's childhood friend.

In 2017, director Yoo Ho Jin made his first drama debut on South Korean TV with a 32-episode series called "Hit the Top." This drama, starring Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Se Young, Kim Min Jae, and Cha Eun Woo, is about a South Korean pop idol who unexpectedly travels to the future.

Yoo Hyun Jae was a famous idol back in 1993. However, he's thrown into a bizarre situation when he time travels to 2017! Everyone thinks Hyun Jae has vanished and is presumed dead, but he's actually stuck in the future, trying to figure out how to get back.

Meanwhile, in the present, a young man named Ji Hoon dreams of becoming a musician and idol. But his extended family wants him to be a civil servant instead. So, Ji Hoon pretends to study for civil service while secretly chasing his idol dream.

By chance, he meets Hyun Jae, who ends up helping him on his journey. Ji Hoon joined Star Punch Entertainment as a trainee, an agency known for representing idol groups. One of these groups includes MJ, a character portrayed by Cha Eun Woo.

10. My Romantic Some Recipe

Year 2016
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Cast Joo Ah Reum Cha Eun Woo
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Cha Eun Woo, known for his charm both as a solo artist and as a member of ASTRO, always leaves fans enchanted. In the 6-episode drama "My Romantic Some Recipe," he shines again alongside the lovely Joo Ah Reum and Ahn Ji Hoon.

The story centers around a college student named Ahn Mi Nyeo. She has a crush on a regular customer at her favorite restaurant, but sadly, he doesn't feel the same way about her. Trying to get over her heartbreak, Mi Nyeo ends up drinking too much and even rips up an advertising poster featuring her idol, Cha Eun Woo. Then, something magical happens – Eun Woo steps out of the poster!

Rather than overwhelming Mi Nyeo, Eun Woo decides to help her win over her crush. He guides her on cooking, self-care, and how to charm other men. Just when Mi Nyeo seems to have learned a lot from him, Eun Woo vanishes, leaving her to discover her own strengths.

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