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9 *Krystal Jung* Dramas And Movies You Absolutely Need To Watch

Witness her transformation into a solid actress by checking out these binge-worthy recos!
PHOTO: (left to right) ocn/search, ATO MOTTO/more than family

Krystal Jung is in full bloom. The Korean-American star debuted in 2009 as the lead vocalist of K-pop girl group f(x). Often known as Hallyu's "Ice Princess" because of her intimidating-slash-cool charm, Krystal has found a spot in fans' hearts by showcasing her triple-threat talents through the years. She makes her 2021 small screen comeback with two new projects that are guaranteed to usher in *so many feels*.

Early Projects

1. The Heirs (2013)

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: This star-studded series topped the watchlist of K-drama fans when it first aired in 2013. It's a certified *kilig* classic that you can watch again and again. It centers on the Cinderella story of Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) and how her world changes when she crosses paths with wealthy heir Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) and enters the world of Jejuk High School. Krystal Jung plays the role of spoiled yet adorable Lee Bo Na and joins the stellar cast which includes Kim Woo Bin, Kim Ji Won, CNBLUE's Kang Min Hyuk, Kang Ha Neul, and Park Hyung Sik.


2. My Lovely Girl (2014)

Where to watch it: Viu

The plot: This musical romance drama marks Krystal Jung's first attempt at a lead role. In it, she stars as Yoon Se Na, a music composer who moves to Seoul to pursue her dreams and finds herself bumping into her deceased sister's ex-boyfriend: talent agency CEO Lee Hyun Wook (Rain). The two develop a close relationship and find healing through music. The drama also features heartthrob Kim Myung Soo (Angel's Last Mission: Love, Welcome, Royal Secret Agent) as the second male lead, Shi Woo, who tries to win Se Na's affection.

3. Prison Playbook (2017)

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: Prison Playbook puts criminals and life behind bars at the forefront. It tells the story of famous baseball player Kim Je Hyuk (Park Hae Soo) and how his life takes a full 360 degree turn when he gets convicted of assault. Viewers are given a peek of Korean prison life through Je Hyuk's experiences and the people he meets. Krystal Jung stars as Je Hyuk's girlfriend, Kim Ji Ho. TBH, this hit drama is the series where she fully embraces her inner actress by channeling the complex emotions that come with a challenging role so different from all the other roles she's played in the past.

Recommended Videos

4. The Bride Of Habaek (2017)

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: The Bride Of Habaek is a fantasy romance drama that follows Lord Ha Baek's (Nam Joo Hyuk) quest to retrieve sacred stones that will cement his rule of the Divine Realm. Fate leads him to earth where he enlists the help of So Ah (Shin Se Kyung), the remaining descendant of a family that has been serving him for generations. Things get interesting (and quite complicated!) when other gods with vested interests enter the picture. Krystal Jung co-stars as Mu-Ra, the goddess of the Land of Water, who only has eyes for Ha Baek.

5. The Player (2018)

Where to watch it: Viu, iQIYI

The plot: Orphan Cha Ah Ryung (Krystal Jung) grows up to be a skilled driver who joins a crime-fighting team lead by master conman Kang Ha Ri (Song Seung Heon). Together with hacker Lim Byung Min (Lee Si Eon) and ace fighter Do Jin Woong (Tae Won Suk), they expose the powerful and corrupt individuals and pull a fast one on them while they're at it. If you're looking for a romance-free flick that serves a huge adrenaline rush, then this action series is for you.


Recent Projects

6. Search (2020) 

Where to watch it: iQIYI

The plot: Action thriller monster drama Search will keep you on the edge of your seats! In it, Krystal Jung plays Lieutenant Son Ye Rim, who embarks on an expedition into the depths of the DMZ with ex-boyfriend Sergeant Yong Dong Jin (Jang Dong Yoon) to investigate a mysterious case of missing soldiers. If you're itching to see a classic tale of good versus evil with a dash of romance, this drama offers the perfect fix in just 10 episodes!

7. More Than Family (2020)

Where to watch it: iQIYI

The plot: Krystal Jung's acting in More Than Family bagged her a Best New Actress nomination in this year's 57th Baeksang Arts Awards—which is solid proof of her growth as an actress! In it, she plays To-Il, a tutor who gets pregnant while dating a 19-year old student. Her mom and stepdad's disappointment pushes her into tracking down her biological father and results in a series of events that reveal the true meaning of family.


Upcoming Projects

8. Sweet & Sour (premieres June 4, 2021)

Where to watch it: Netflix

The plot: Sweet & Sour is a modern romance film that attempts to realistically capture the highs and lows of being in a relationship. It stars Jang Ki Yong as Jang Hyeok, a guy who finds himself caught in between complicated feelings that develop between him and his girlfriend, Dae-Eun (Chae Soo Bin) and his co-worker Bo-Yeong (Krystal Jung), with whom he shares a competitive love-hate relationship with.

9. Police Academy (premieres July 2021) 

The plot: In Police Academy, Krystal co-stars alongside Cha Tae Hyun (My Sassy Girl, The Producers), who plays hot-tempered veteran police university professor Yoo Dong Man and former B1A4 member Jung Jinyoung (Miss Granny, Love In The Moonlight, My First First Love), who takes on the role of hacker-turned-police-academy-freshman Kang Seon Ho. In this upcoming youth rom-com, she plays model student Oh Kang Hee, who dreamed of becoming a police officer ever since she was a kid. The three join forces to solve a crime and find themselves on a journey of self-discovery.



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