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10 Must-Watch Dramas Starring Sung Hoon

Written by Sera Serinda A

It's quite a surprise to many that this former South Korean national swimmer has made such a splash in the entertainment industry. Sung Hoon, who pursued sports until 2006, switched to acting following a spinal cord injury.

Incredibly, with no prior acting experience, Sung Hoon made a remarkable debut. He even clinched the Best New Actor award at the SBS Acting Awards, a testament to his natural talent.

To date, Sung Hoon, born Bang In Kyu, has featured in a significant number of dramas. Here’s a list of his works!

1. Perfect Marriage Revenge

Year 2023
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Cast Sung Hoon Jung Yoo Min
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The story centers around a family with Han Jin Woong (Jeon No Min) and his wife, Lee Jung Hye (Lee Min Young), who adopt a daughter named Han Yi Joo (Jung Yoo Min). While Jin Woong adores Yi Joo, his wife absolutely despises her, and so does Yi Joo's half-sister, Han Yoo Ra (Jin Ji Hee).

As Yi Joo grows up, she becomes a painter. But her life is far from easy – her mother takes advantage of her talent, claiming Yi Joo's paintings as her own and selling them. Things get even worse when Yi Joo nearly gets killed by her stepmother's assistant.

But in a twist of fate, just when death seems imminent, Yi Joo wakes up a year before the attempt on her life. Armed with this second chance, Yi Joo plots a meticulous revenge, ensuring anyone who tries to harm her pays the price.

Sung Hoon and Im Soo Hyang are acting together again in this drama, after first working together in New Tales of Gisaeng, which was Sung Hoon's first drama. They both have lead roles, playing characters with a complex relationship that gets even more complicated after Im Soo Hyang's character experiences some unusual events.

The story is about Oh Woo Ri (Im Soo Hyang), a devout woman who becomes pregnant with the child of Raphael (Sung Hoon), a CEO of a prestigious cosmetics company in Korea. It happens because of a misunderstanding during a medical examination of Woo Ri's uterus, which leads to artificial insemination with Raphael's sperm.

This unexpected incident makes Woo Ri sad, because she has no physical contact even with her boyfriend, Detective Lee Gang Jae (Shin Dong Wook). Meanwhile, Raphael is furious that the sperm he saved is for his future plans. How will they resolve this problem? Follow the drama "Woori the Virgin" to find out!


3. Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)

Year 2021
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Cast Sung Hoon Lee Ga Ryeong Lee Tae Gon Park Joo Mi Jeon Soo Kyung
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"Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)" is a drama about three women, played by Lee Ga Ryeong, Park Joo Mi, and Jeon Soo Kyeong as the female lead, who support each other through tough times. Sung Hoon also stars as one of the main male characters in the show.

Lee Ga Ryeong (Boo Hye Ryung) is the youngest of the trio. She's juggling her career while being a devoted wife in a small family with her husband, Pan Sa Hyun (Sung Hoon). They face many challenges in their marriage, including their decision not to have children for some reasons.

Then there's the couple Sa Pi Young (Park Joo Mi) and Shin Yu Shin (Lee Tae Kon). At 40, Sa Pi Young balances being a wonderful wife and mother. Although her husband is very romantic, they have some issues in their marriage.

Finally, there's Lee Si Eun (Jeon Soo Kyeong) and her husband Park Hae Ryun (Jeon No Min), who have been married for 30 years. These three women support each other as they try to solve the problems in their families.

4. Level Up

Year 2019
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Cast Sung Hoon Han Bo Reum Baro Kang Byul
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If you're a fan of dramas with an office life theme, "Level Up" is a series you shouldn't miss! Directed by Kim Sang Woo and produced by ANEW Productions, this drama features popular actors like Sung Hoon, Baro, Kang Byul, and more.

The story revolves around An Dan Te (played by Sung Hoon), a director at Yoosung CRC Group and an expert in reviving struggling companies. He's known for being hardworking, cold, and a perfectionist, which makes others keep their distance.

Dan Te's latest challenge is to rescue a failing game development company called Joybuster, led by Shin Yeon Hwa (Han Bo Reum).

As Dan Te starts working at Joybuster, he clashes with Yeon Hwa. But as time goes on, their conflicts start turning into romantic feelings. Will Dan Te and Yeon Hwa end up as more than just colleagues? Watch "Level Up" to find out!

5. I Picked Up a Star on the Road

Year 2018
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Cast Sung Hoon Kim Ga Eun Kim Jong Hoon
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"I Picked Up a Star on the Road" is a fun South Korean drama directed by Kwon Hyuk Chan. Released in 2018, it stars the charming Sung Hoon and tells the story of an accidental kidnapping of a famous star.

Kim Ga Eun (Lee Yeon Seo) works at Bonjour, an entertainment company. Despite working really hard, Yeon Seo never gets the appreciation she deserves. She's often criticized and feels underappreciated. One day, after getting really frustrated, she ends up drinking at a bar.

On her way home, she mistakes a man for her annoying boss and accidentally attacks him. But, plot twist - the man is actually Kang Joon Hyeok (Sung Hoon), a well-known celebrity in South Korea. Yeon Seo panics, thinking she's hurt him badly, and ends up hiding him in her apartment.

What follows is a hilarious series of events where Yeon Seo finds herself in the middle of a kidnapping she never intended. As the whole country looks for the missing Joon Hyeok, Yeon Seo has to figure out a way to return the star safely without getting caught by the police.

6. My Secret Romance

Year 2017
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Cast Sung Hoon Song Ji Eun
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Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun both star in "My Secret Romance," making it a really exciting drama. It's about two young people who misunderstand each other a lot, but these mix-ups eventually lead to a sweet love story.

In the story, Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) and Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) have a chance encounter at a resort. They quickly connect and end up spending a night together. But, the next morning, Yoo Mi is gone, leaving Jin Wook feeling lost and puzzled. Fast forward three years, and they bump into each other again at Jin Wook's family business.

This unexpected reunion brings old feelings back. At first, Jin Wook sees love as just a distraction, but Yoo Mi's return transforms him.

Their journey is not easy, filled with hurdles they must overcome for their love. But, they manage to face these challenges, finally sharing the deep feelings they've both held onto for so long.

7. Five Enough

Year 2016
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Cast Ahn Jae Wook So Yu Jin Shin Hye Sun
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"Five Enough" is a touching drama about two people with heartbreaking pasts in love, who find themselves drawn to each other. Sang Tae (Ahn Jae Wook), who lost his wife, now raises his two children alone while working as a marketing team leader at a fashion company.

At the same workplace is Mi Jung (So Yu Jin), a manager who has her own sad love story. Her husband left her for her best friend, and now she's raising three children on her own.

Sang Tae and Mi Jung meet unexpectedly and start to develop feelings for each other. Can they unite their five children as one family?

In addition to So Yu Jin and Ahn Jae Wook, Sung Hoon plays a key role in this KBS drama alongside Shin Hye Sun, portraying a charming and lovable couple.

8. Noble, My Love

Year 2015
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Cast Sung Hoon Kim Jae Kyung
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"Nobel, My Love," based on Go Gyul's novel of the same name, is a drama that hit the screens in 2015. It's a must-watch, especially for fans of Sung Hoon. The drama is about an unexpected encounter between a veterinarian and a company heir filled with intense emotions and developing feelings.

The veterinarian, Cha Yoon Seo (Kim Jae Kyung) is known for her bubbly personality. She's admired by everyone, especially her animal hospital's clients. On the other hand, Kang Hoon (Sung Hoon) is the complete opposite – a cold, arrogant, and seemingly heartless company heir.

Their paths cross when Kang Hoon finds himself in a bind, and Yoon Seo steps in to help in an emergency. This meeting marks the start of an unforeseen journey in their lives. Kang Hoon is facing the pressures of an arranged marriage. So, he convinces Yoon Seo to pose as his fake girlfriend. Reluctantly, she agrees, and little do they know, this marks the beginning of their own love story.

9. The Birth of a Family

Year 2013
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Cast Lee So Yeon Lee Gyu Han Lee Chae Young Kim Jin Woo
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In the 2012 drama, Sung Hoon plays the character Han Ji Hoon in "The Birth of a Family." This drama focuses on a girl who is adopted and strives to bring happiness to her new family, despite facing many tough challenges.

Lee Soo Jung (Lee So Yeon), raised by a loving family since she was a child, grows up to be kind and smart. After her father passes away, she works hard to support her mother and younger brother, Soo Ho (Kim Jin Woo), who aren't her biological relatives.

Interestingly, Soo Jung ends up working for a company that, unknown to her, is owned by her biological family. As the story unfolds, fate gradually brings Soo Jung closer to her real family, even though she's unaware of the connection.

10. New Tales of Gisaeng

Year 2011
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Cast Im Soo Hyang Sung Hoon
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In this drama, Sung Hoon began his acting journey. He landed his role by standing out among 1,000 men in the casting process! He portrays Ah Da Mo, a rich guy known for his arrogance and dismissive attitude towards women. The main story is about a Geisha named Dan Sa Ran (Im Soo Hyang).

Dan Sa Ran never imagined she'd become a geisha. After her mother passed away and conflicts arose with her half-sister, Sa Ran chose to study classical dance. Her elegant dancing caught the eye of a Chief Gisaeng, who was scouting for talent for his gisaeng house. This house catered to VIP customers, so only the most impressive dancers were selected.

While working at the Gisaeng house, Sa Ran meets Ah Da Mo (Sung Hoon). His arrival brings significant changes to her life. Will there be a romantic spark between Ah Da Mo and Sa Ran?

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