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8 Lee Je Hoon Dramas and Movies To Stream Right Now On Netflix And Viu

Catch his upcoming drama, 'Move to Heaven', on Netflix this May!
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Our crush on Korean actor Lee Je Hoon just got a refresh after we started watching the new crime drama, Taxi Driver, where he plays badass vigilante Kim Do Ki. If this is your first time seeing him, we’re here to tell you that Je Hoon has been charming audiences since *forever* with a variety of dramas and movies, including kilig rom-coms, intense thrillers, and touching tearjerkers. And, yes, he’s got the acting chops to match his good looks!

If you’re a newbie to the Je Hoon fandom, the good news is, you can stream plenty of his work online! Check out our faves below, and line them up for your next K-marathon:

1. My Paparotti (2013)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Teen gangster Jang Ho (Je Hoon) gets his life turned around when he meets music teacher Sang Jin (Han Suk Kyu). A former vocalist himself, Sang Jin pulls all the stops when he hears Jang Ho’s beautiful singing voice. The two learn to trust each other, but things threaten to fall apart when local goons start looking for Jang Ho. Je Hoon’s heartfelt performance here got him the award for Best Actor in a Music Film at the 10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival.

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2. Signal (2016)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

While Je Hoon was certainly no newbie by the time he starred in this critically-acclaimed crime thriller, Signal cemented his status as a force on the small screen. It became the cable K-drama with the 11th highest ratings ever (Ed’s note: It actually broke records in 2016 but has since been eclipsed by newer dramas). His character, criminal profiler Hae Young, somehow connects with Detective Lee Jae Han (Choi Jin Woong) from the past via a walkie-talkie. As Hae Young solves cold cases, Detective Lee tries to prevent crimes, and they both have to deal with the consequences. Signal also stars A-list actress Kim Hye Soo as Detective Cha Soo Hyun, leader of the cold case team and Detective Lee’s partner in the past.

3. I Can Speak (2017)

Where you can watch it: Viu

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This comedy-slash-melo film was one of the Top 10 Films of the Year at the 37th Korean Association Film Critics Awards. It tells the story of grandma Ok Bun (Na Moon Hee), who wants to learn English. Her goal is to testify in support of World War II comfort women at a public hearing in the US as this is one of her friend’s dreams. Both she and her friend were victims. Je Hoon plays Min Jae, a civil servant. He initially dismisses Ok Bun, thanks to her reputation of filing too many civil complaints, but he becomes her English teacher—and cheerleader when she finally goes abroad.

4. Tomorrow, With You (2017)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

In this slow-burn rom-com, Je Hoon plays So Joon, a rich CEO who attained the ability to time travel after surviving a subway explosion. With his powers, he sees his future self die, and now he’s doing everything he can to prevent it. The plot unfolds little by little as we meet photographer Ma Rin (Shin Min Ah), who becomes So Joon’s wife, and we realize just how complicated everything So Joon has to deal with to ensure he survives in the future. The two characters’ fates are inevitably tied together, and as time goes by, So Joon ponders on the reason why he wants to save himself: Is it for selfish reasons or is it because he wants to live for Ma Rin? The plot has many twists and turns, but what really sells the story is Min Ah and Je Hoon’s great chemistry.

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5. Where Stars Land (2018)

Where you can watch it: Netflix and Viu

This romance-melodrama is set at the Incheon International Airport and follows the lives of its employees. Each episode revolves around a different work crisis, and we get to know the employees more as the series goes along. Je Hoon plays Soo Yeon, a member of the passenger services team, a man who loves helping others while he keeps a big secret about himself. Chae Soo Bin plays fellow rookie Yeo Reum, a hard worker with a tendency to get in trouble. As the two start working together, Yeo Reum finds Soo Yeon more and more intriguing. You might find this drama familiar because Filipino actors Lauren Young and Ejay Falcon appeared in eps 7 and 8 as a married couple! 

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu

6. Time to Hunt (2020)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

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Je Hoon takes us on an action-filled rollercoaster ride in this film set in a dystopian world. He plays Jun Seok, a man fresh out of prison for a heist he and his friends pulled. Now, the South Korean won is worthless, so even though his friends kept the money, they’re essentially penniless. They decide to go on one last heist at an illegal gambling house. Things go awry when contract killer Han (Park Hae Soo) starts chasing them, hell-bent on making sure no one survives. Bonus: The star-studded cast also includes Parasite’s Choi Woo Sik and Fight for My Way’s Ahn Jae Hong.

7. Taxi Driver (2021)

Where you can watch it: Viu

We know we already mentioned Taxi Driver, but it deserves its own spot on the list! Je Hoon plays Do Ki, a taxi driver for the Rainbow Taxi Company, which specializes in getting revenge for victims who fail to get justice from the legal system. He used to be a captain in the special forces, so he easily takes care of the baddies. Do Ki and the rest of the taxi crew all have traumatic pasts involving their loved ones, and they work together (with plenty of disguises, tech work, and ruses along the way) to punish criminals. Je Hoon’s sunglasses are iconic, and we love every fight scene!

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8. Move to Heaven (2021)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

This heartwarming K-drama starts streaming on Netflix on May 14. It tells the story of Geu Ru (Tang Jun Sang), who has Asperger’s syndrome, and his ex-con uncle, Sang Gu (Je Hoon). They become trauma cleaners, who are tasked with taking care of people’s possessions after their death. As they go about cleaning, they also become a way for the deceased to pass messages on to the loved ones they leave behind. The drama is based on an essay called “Things That Are Left Behind After They Leave,” written by Kim Sae Byul, one of Korea’s first trauma cleaners.