We're still not over Korean actor Lee Soo Hyuk and how he won fans over with his stellar performance as icy grim reaper Park Joong Gil in the fantasy K-drama Tomorrow. Born as Lee Hyuk Soo on May 31, 1988, the 34-year-old debuted as a model in 2006. After walking down the runways of famous K-fashion and global brands, he landed shoots that put him on the pages of GQ, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar.
Appearances in K-pop music videos were his stepping stones to acting. His most notable ones include two 2NE1 MVs ("It Hurts" and "Falling in Love") and EXID's MV for "Whoz That Girl." He embraced the stage name Lee Soo Hyuk when he transitioned into acting (his childhood dream!). His first acting gig was in My Boss, My Teacher, where he played a supporting role as a student. He scored his first lead role in the coming-of-age indie film The Boy From Ipanema and before he knew it, he was cast in more than 20 shows and movies that paved the way to his scene-stealing performance in Tomorrow. Read on for top picks to add to your Lee Soo Hyuk watchlist!
1. Runway Cop (2012)
Who else is in it: Kang Ji Hwan, Sung Yuri, Kim Young Gwan
Action comedy film Runway Cop revolves around Cha Chul Soo, a dedicated yet overweight detective who goes undercover to solve a big case. The catch: He needs to lose 20 kilograms in two weeks and transform into a runway model under the guidance of his former high school classmate-turned-fashion designer Go Young Jae (Sung Yuri). See Soo Hyuk channel his inner fashionista as top model Han Seun Woo!
2. High School King Of Savvy (2014)
Who else is in it: Seo In Guk, Lee Hana, Lee Yeol Eum
High school hockey player Lee Min Suk (Seo In Guk) is forced into *adulting* when he has to fill in for his brother as an IT company planning department head. Min Suk realizes that pretending to be a high-ranking executive is not as easy as it seems as he navigates his way around all things corporate. Lee Soo Hyuk plays the second male lead Yoo Jin Woo, the illegitimate son of the company's CEO.
3. The Scholar Who Walks The Night (2015)
Who else is in it: Lee Joon Gi, Lee Yubi, TVXQ's Shim Changmin, Kim So Eun
Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Joon Gi) has spent 120 years as a guardian vampire. His eternal purpose is to keep vampires in line and preserve harmony between humans and vampires. Haunted by the death of his first love, Lee Myung Hee (Kim So Eun), he partners with Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yubi)—an ex-nobleman's daughter who cross-dresses as a male bookseller to make ends meet. Together, they join forces to find a memorandum containing the secret to killing Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk), an evil vampire who lusts for world domination.
4. Born Again (2020)
Who else is in it: Jang Ki Yong, Jin Se Yeon
Medical student Cheon Jong Bum's (Jang Ki Yong) present life is linked by faith to the lives of archaeologist Jung Sa Bin (Jin Se Yeon) and prosecutor Kim Soo Hyuk. If you're into romance, crime thrillers, and reincarnation then this drama is definitely your cup of tea! It switches between present time and flashbacks from the 1980s to reveal the mystery behind how the three characters' lives are intertwined.
5. Pipeline (2021)
Who else is in it: Seo In Guk, Eum Moon Suk
Lee Soo Hyuk and Seo In Guk reunite after seven years in the crime action film Pipeline. In it, drilling engineer Pindol Yi leads an oil heist orchestrated by psycho chaebol heir Gun Woo (Lee Soo Hyuk). Together with a team of thieves and bandits, Pindol risks it all for a chance to turn his life around. Packed with explosions and plot twists this movie will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.
6. Doom At Your Service (2021)
Who else is in it: Seo In Guk, Park Bo Young
Tak Dong Kyung's (Park Bo Young) ordinary life takes a turn for the worse when she finds out that she has only three months left to live, learns that her boyfriend kept his married state a secret and is about to become a dad, receives a scolding from her boss at work, and gets spied on by a pervert—all.in.one.day. As she drinks her problems away, she makes a wish on a shooting star. Her unintentional wish (doom for the whole world!) is heard by Myul Mang, an immortal being who decides to grant her wish. In true K-drama fashion, Dong Kyung and Myul Mang sign a contract where Dong Kyung gets to live her dream life for 100 days before her life is taken. The catch? A breach of contract results in the death of the person she loves the most. Lee Soo Hyuk stars as Cha Joo Ik, Dong Kyung’s colleague at work.
7. Tomorrow (2022)
Grim reapers unite in a fantasy drama that’s packed with action, magic, and a lot of heart. Choi Jun Woong (Rowoon) finds himself crossing paths with grim reapers Koo Ryeon (Kim Hee Sun) and Lim Ryung Gu (Yoon Ji On) while job hunting. As his world opens up to theirs, he finds out that they exist as beings who work to save the lives of those who are about to commit suicide. His adventures begin when he ends up joining them in the underworld as their newest member. Keep your eyes peeled for Lee Soo Hyuk’s scene-stealing role as the cold grim reaper Park Joong Gil!
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