Over the course of a decade, South Korean actor Gong Yoo has become my favorite performer, not only for his versatility, but also his ability to make it unbearable for me to see him cry. This summer he starred in the zombie blockbuster Train to Busan, which earned an impressive score on Rotten Tomatoes of 94 percent. Check out the trailer below:
Though this film gave Yoo worldwide recognition, it's not the first performance that has garnered him favor with fans. Here are five of his roles that you must check out.
1. The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince (2007)
Nine years ago, this dramady series took Korea by storm and was considered controversial for exploring the topic of homosexuality. Yoo plays the character Choi Han Kyul, the spoiled son of a wealthy family who's forced to start his own business or face the loss of his generous family stipend. He opens up a coffee shop he calls Coffee Prince, and only employs men in a bid to attract female customers. As Han-kyul struggles to build his company, he employs a hardworking young man who he falls in love with, only to learn that he is actually a she. It's a great gender-bender romance that earned Yoo multiple award nods.
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2. The Age Of Shadows (2016)
This thriller has officially been submitted as South Korea's Oscars entry for next year's ceremony in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent, The Age of Shadows is a spy film set in the 1920s during South Korea's time under Japanese imperial rule.
Watch the trailer for The Age of Shadows: below:
3. Silenced (2011)
Gong Yoo took on the heartbreaking role of Kang In-ho, a new teacher at a school for hearing-impaired children who unearths a dark secret and must fight to protect these students. Once you watch Silenced, you'll be enraged to learn that the events of the film are based on real life, and nothing has been resolved concerning the matter. It's not a film for everyone, but I cried my heart out as I watched it.
Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:
4. The Suspect (2013)
Gong Yoo plays a North Korean field agent on a mission for revenge after his wife and daughter are murdered. Yoo performed all his own stunts for this film. These stunts include fight scenes, car chases, rock climbing and skydiving.
The short video below shows behind-the-scenes footage of his hard work:
5. Finding Mr Destiny (2010)
A quirky love story about a woman who is trying desperately to find her first love, and the man who is tasked with helping her to find that said first love. Yoo plays a man who runs an agency that specializes in locating lost people for lonely hearts, and the woman is his first customer. It's a fun, lighthearted role that offers a different side to Gong Yoo's talents.
Watch the trailer for some cheese-tastic comedy:
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If you want more Gong Yoo, check out his new fantasy series Goblin, which is coming out this December.
Have you seen Gong Yoo in any of these roles? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below.