Veteran actor Park Byung Eun fell in love with acting after getting a taste of performing on stage during his theater days in high school. After graduating with a degree in drama from Chung Ang University, he was set to join the '90s K-pop boy group Taesaja in 1997. However, Byung Eun was not fully solved on debuting as an idol, because (according to him) he felt lacking in terms of vocal prowess. In his heart, he knew that acting was what he really wanted to pursue.
His decision to actively chase a career in acting led to a small role in the 2000 TV series Mr. Duke. More supporting roles followed until his scene-stealing performance as Japanese lieutenant Kawaguchi Shunsuke in period action flick Assassination won audiences over and sent lead roles his way.
The 44-year-old actor is keeping himself busy these days by dominating the small screen in revenge drama Eve. He is also part of the stellar cast of Decibel—one of the most anticipated movies of 2022! Read on for watchlist-worthy picks featuring Park Byung Eun!
1. One Line (2017)
Who else is in it: Im Siwan, Jin Goo, Lee Dong Hwi
Lee Min Jae (Im Siwan) presents himself as a poor university student in need of cash when he seeks help from loan broker Jang Seok Goo (Jin Goo) and his ambitious right-hand man Park Jiwon (Park Byung Eun). Seok Goo, a modern-day Robin Hood who helps the less fortunate secure money from rich banks through fraud, agrees to help Min Jae cop a bank loan only to find out that Min Jae is actually an expert scammer who tricked him out of his brokerage fees. Seok Goo sees potential in Min Jae and invites him to join his team as they continue to fight corporate greed and benefit along the way.
2. Kingdom (2019)
Hit series Kingdom is a zombie historical drama set in the Joseon Dynasty. It follows the adventures of crown prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji Hoon) and his quest to discover the truth behind his father's illness and why he is not allowed to visit him. Outside the comfort of the palace walls, he comes face to face with the reality of a zombie plague that is quickly spreading across the kingdom. He eventually bands with a crew of unlikely heroes who join him in finding a cure before it is too late.
3. Oh My Baby (2020)
Who else is in it: Jang Nara, Go Jun, Jung Gun Joo
Jang Ha Ri is a successful 39-year-old career woman who has given up hope on love and marriage. One thing she is keen on pursuing though is having a child on her own. Things get interesting when three candidates for the father-of-her-baby emerge: narcissistic photographer Han Yi Sang (Go Joon), divorced pediatrician (and Ha Ri's childhood friend) Yoon Jae Young (Park Byung Eun), and her younger office colleague Choi Kang Eu Deum (Jung Gun Joo). The drama offers three romance stories for the price of one and keeps viewers guessing which lucky guy Ha Ri will pick till the very end.
4. In Our Prime (2022)
Who else is in it: Choi Min Sik, Kim Dong Hwi, Park Hae Joon, Jo Yun Seo
This is a truly inspiring movie about Hak Sung, a genius mathematician who takes on the role of a high school security guard to stay under the radar after defecting from North Korea. His paths cross with struggling student Ji Woo (Kim Dong Hwi) who convinces him to tutor him in math after discovering hints of the old man's knack for math. The duo develops an unlikely relationship that extends beyond numbers as they come to terms with how simple math really is compared to the complications of real life.
5. Eve (2022)
Adult revenge drama Eve is drawing viewer attention due to its gripping plot and steamy scenes (some of its episodes scored a 19+ adult television rating!). It revolves around a shocking 2 trillion won divorce lawsuit between LY Group's heir Kang Yoon Kyum (Park Byung Eun) and his wife Han So Ra (Yoo Sun). At the center of it all is Lee Ra El (Seo Ye Ji), who triggered events that led to the marital feud by making Yoon Kyum fall for her. As the drama progresses, we get a glimpse of the realization of her ultimate (13 years in the making) revenge plan to get back at him for orchestrating the death of her father and the ruin that fell on her once-happy family.
6. Decibel (Late 2022)
Former navy commander Kang Do Young (Kim Rae Won) finds himself in the thick of things when a bomb that responds to sound is discovered in the heart of the city. The bomb threat links back to him and the events that transpired aboard a naval submarine one year ago. Park Byung Eun stars as a member of the Defense Security Support Command, while Lee Jong Suk plays a navy captain who is extremely loyal to his submarine crew. Cha Eun Woo is also part of the star-studded cast. He takes on the role of a sailor skilled in sonar detection.
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