I’m not a big fan of flower boys. I know a lot of you may prefer flower boys, or have some flower boys that you like. There are a few flower boys that I can appreciate but I am more of an ahjussi fan. This may be partially because of my age; I’m 29. I like watching a mature, manly-man rather than a young actor who looks like a teen.
Here’s my top 5 countdown list of favorite actors (who happen to all be ahjussi’s). I have not merely selected them for their looks but most importantly for their talent. These 5 actors I feel are all wonderful actors who are well seasoned and have mastered their craft. I do have to warn you.. this post was originally intended to highlight acting, but somewhere along the way I got a little carried away. It’s seem to taken a bit of a sexy turn.
So this is your warning, lots of hotness to follow. You’ve been double warned.
#5 Hyun Bin
Birthdate: September 25, 1982
What I’ve seen him in:
- Secret Garden
- The World that we live in
- My Name is Kim Sam-soon
- The Snow Queen
- Come Rain Come Shine
- Late Autumn
- A Millionaire’s First Love
I plan on watching him in:
- King’s Wrath (2014)
Why I love him:
Hyun Bin was my very first Ahjussi crush. I first discovered him in Secret Garden. I thought he did a really good job acting in this drama. This was a really good character for him to play because it showed his versatility. He could be a jerk, act like a woman and be very heartfelt with lots of tears. He made me cry when he was in the car holding Gil Ra-im and also when he was crying in his house. I haven’t liked everything I’ve seen him in, but I can always appreciate his acting no matter what he plays.
Does he look good without his shirt on? I couldn’t find any resent pictures of him shirtless. Maybe he’s not as muscular as the other’s on my list, but I can see some ab action going on under this shirt. Looking good Hyun Bin.
Can he kiss? Yes he can!
My Favorite Kiss of his is from the movie Late Autumn (pictured below).
#4 Van Ness Wu
Birthdate: August 7, 1978
Everyone else on my list is a Korean Actor, but I couldn’t leave out this amazing American born Taiwanese Actor.
What I’ve seen him in:
- Autumn’s Concerto
- Meteor Garden
- Ti Amo Chocolate
Why I love him:
This is an actor/performer/designer with a lot of heart. He’s very true to himself and is very vocal about what he believes. I think this is okay, because he doesn’t push it on other people, he’s just a very passionate person. He’s a really great singer, and I enjoy a lot of his older and newer music. When I first saw him in Autumn’s Concerto I was seriously blown away by his acting skills. I hope he does more dramas. He’s really good in dramas. He seems to be focusing more on his singing career and designing at the moment.
Does he look good without his shirt on? Yes (and I know, technically his shirt is still on, and so was So Ji Sub’s, but I think you get what I’m trying to say).
Can he kiss? Yes Indeed. Look at that kiss from Autumn’s Concerto.
#3 Gong Yoo
Birthdate: July 10, 1979
What I’ve seen him in:
- Coffee Prince
- Biscuit Teacher Star Candy
- The S Diaries
- Finding Mr. Destiny
I plan on watching him in:
Silenced (aka The Crucible)
Why I love him:
I fell for Gong Yoo’s charm in Coffee Prince. He was able to convey an inner struggle on screen in a way that I could feel the turmoil he was experiencing. After Coffee Prince, I went on the hunt for more Gong Yoo. I’m trying to get the courage to sit down and watch the Crucible. It’s based on a true story. If I understand correctly (and you can correct me if I’m wrong) Gong Yoo read the novel “Dokani” while in the Military. It talks about true events where hearing-impaired children were being horribly physically and sexually abused at their school. He contacted the writer and that’s how the ball got rolling. After the film came out, they reopened the investigation. A bill was then passed to abolish sex crimes against children and the disabled. His personal conviction in exposing this matter is pretty amazing. Great actor and human.
Does he look good without his shirt on? Yes. Now, are those tattoos real? I’m guessing no but they still look good.
Can he kiss? Why yes he can. Thank you for asking.
I really like this one too from Finding Mr. Destiny. She’s all embarrassed and then he goes in for the kiss.
And my number one favorite Ahjusshi is… Drum-roll please..
#2 So Ji-Sub
Birthdate: November 4, 1977
What I’ve seen him in:
- Master’s Sun
- Road No. 1
- Sorry, I Love You (2004 Drama Series)
- What Happened in Bali (currently watching)
- We’re Dating Now
- Always (2011 Movie)
- The Company Man
- Sophie’s Revenge
I plan on watching him in:
- Ghost (aka Phantom, 2012 Drama Series)
- I am Ghost (Bee TV series)
Why I love him: Okay, first of all, previously I had So Ji Sub listed at #4, but I’ve moved him up to #2. I originally posted this some time ago, but since I’ve been watching so much So Ji Sub lately, I needed to update this.
What I thought was so brilliant about him in Master’s was his hand gestures. He kept cracking me up. From the other clips I’ve seen in him you can really tell that he’s a strong actor and has taken on many different types of roles and genres. Watching him in some behind the scenes clips, he looks like a cool guy.
I have a lot more to say about him, but I need to update and elaborate on this section. I’m currently marathon watching his work, so you’ll see more updates to this soon.
Does he look good without his shirt on? Oh, yes he does! Don’t you just wanna touch them abs. Those are some fine abs.
Can he kiss? Yes! But I couldn’t find very good images of him kissing.
#1 Jang Hyuk!!!!
Birth date: December 20, 1976
Height: 177 cm
What I’ve seen him in:
Chuno (Currently still watching)
Five Sense of Eros
Searching For The Elephant
Dance of the Dragon
Please Teach Me English
I plan on watching him in:
Tree With Deep Roots
Well, I plan on watching him in pretty much everything. But I think I’ll start with these two most likely. I have so much Jang Hyuk to watch and not enough hours in the day!
Why I love him:
Jang Hyuk has made me want to act again. When I was younger, I used to do a lot of theater and I almost pursued an acting career instead of Graphic Design. I chose not to pursue acting because I figured Graphic Design would be a more realistic career path, but acting was my true passion. I’ve never been in film (with the exception of a role as an extra in the Canadian movie Kayla (1999). Back in the day, I was in a lot of plays with our local theater group and I also performed in School Productions. I did a lot of skits as well with a different theater group and attended some acting and improv classes. I was going through my college applications and wanted to study acting. I was nervous about the acting audition, not for the monologue, but for the singing portion of the audition. I can’t really sing very well.
On top of that, I was taking this acting class where I felt the teacher was very critical of me and I was being challenged with some of the scenes we were working on. Despite the fact that it seemed like he didn’t like me very much, he made me the assistant director in a play he was directing and he cast me in a minor roll. The first night’s performance was fine, but the second night I forgot my lines. I somehow recovered it in a way that wasn’t noticeable to the audience, but I felt devastated that I messed up. I don’t know why I let myself get so discouraged, because I basically gave up trying after that and didn’t end up finalizing my college application for the acting program. When I watched Jang Hyuk in healing camp, I started to tear up when he was talking about how he really struggled as an actor when he first started out. I’m so glad he didn’t give up because he’s sooooo very talented. I’m not saying I made the wrong choice by not following acting, but I do think I would like to find an amateur theater group or an improv class to dabble in the art again. He brings acting alive and reminds me of why I love it so much.
Jang Hyuk is breaking my heart right now in Chuno. I was going to marathon watch it, but the emotions his character makes me feel are sometimes difficult for me to deal with for some reason.
When I watch his work, I see a progression in his acting. I think he was always good, but he’s really grown as an actor and become extremely versatile. I like how Drama Fan told me he looks the best in motion. I really like that statement. I think one thing that makes him truly unique when he’s doing action scenes is how much feeling he puts into it. He never breaks character once. He’s breathing in the character with every movement.
In interviews when he speaking, he may not shout and have a loud personality, but he has no reason to. You can’t help but hang on to every word he says because he’s so engaging.
He’s also helped me gain an appreciation for different genres of drama and film. For a while, I was sticking with Romantic Comedies because I get very emotional when watching anything heavy (I think this has a lot to do with the theatrical side of me). Because I like his acting so much, it has forced me to step out of my comfort zone and really enjoy and experience different types of dramas and Korean movies. I can’t say everything he’s been in has been fantastic, but even if the drama or movie isn’t great, I just focus on him and appreciate his talent for the art.
Jang Hyuk, if I could ever speak to you, I would tell you thank you for bringing the art form of acting alive and giving me the desire to perform again. Keep doing what you do. I’m going to keep watching and admiring you from afar, cheering you on. Jang Hyuk, Fighting!
Does he look good without his shirt on? Oh You know he does!
Look at those beautiful abs and strong shoulders.
Intense eyes staring with no shirt. Omo! I wonder if he’s ticklish..
Can he kiss? Do you have to ask? Of course he can! Yes, yes and Yes! I like this soft kiss from Chuno. The extended version where they don’t zoom out is even better. It’s very tender and sweet.
Iris 2 may not have been a very good series, but I think we can all appreciate this.
I have yet to watch this drama, but I look forward to it. Someone has to remind me of what it’s called so I can watch it.
Scene from Searching for the Elephant. Aren’t they cute?
I wish I could find a gif for the Five Senses Of Eros. I may make one at some point. I didn’t actually like the movie, but I liked the first 15 minutes of it when Jang Hyuk was in it. I think it would have been nice if they would have elaborated on that story. It’s a compilation of short films. The first story with Jang Hyuk is very sexy and has a pretty amazing kiss/bedroom scene. This movie was definitely a movie for adults only (so don’t even think about watching it kids!)
So, do you still prefer flower boys? Hehe
Who are your favorite ahjussis or are you more of a flower boy kind of person? I’d love to hear who your favorites are and why. I’ll dedicate a separate future post to my favorite female actresses.
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I may be leaning towards younger actors (probably because of my age) but still nothing could compare to the amazing acting of So Ji Sub! He has some amazing projects behind his back and what I like the most about him (besides his gorgeous looks and great acting talent) is that he is an actor that experiment and takes different types of characters to portray. And he has such powerful eyes and aura that just draws you to him. I can definitely recommend dramas of his to watch.
I loved Jang Hyuk in “Tree With Deep Roots”. I would definitely look up some of his other projects.
I think I will make a post with younger actors at some point because there are some very talented younger actors as well.
I noticed you wanted to watch Jang Hyuk’s Tree with Deep Roots. OMW I finished that a little over a month ago. It is awesome, such a moving concept to create a story around.
Ya. I can’t wait to see it!
I love all of them!! One question though~ Is Hyun Bin’s drama Ireland good because I’m reluctant to start it but since I’m from Ireland, it’d be cool to watch it. Another great post, love it! ❤
Honestly it’s so terrible. Beyond terrible. I couldn’t finish it but you should at least watch one episode because it’s so bad that it’s funny.
LOLLL the jang hyun section is so long!!!! but we have similar taste. i am also an ahjusshi fan!^^ love this post!!!!
Thanks! I know it’s long haha. I got carries away :p
Squeeeeee!! What a wounderful post and pictures dear 😉
Ahjussis are THE best ❤
And oh dear what a surprise to know that you are really into acting!! It is really sad that u decided to give up on it for a more realistic career option. But as Hyukie made you feel that, I think you really should give it another try now. How I wish I have enough money to produce a MV for you. Fighting!!
You are really sweet. Thank you! Fighting!
Love this list and I refuse to choose just one. They’re all so good but in their own ways. I think something all of them have going for them is they’ve got the confidence and sense of self that experience can give you. That’s something that can sometimes be missing in the younger actors (though there are a few surprises out there).
It’s very cool how much Jang Hyuk inspired you — I’d bet he’d be thrilled to know that.
It’ll be interesting to see which younger actors develop into very strong acting ahjussis.
I would also like to recommend that you watch this show. For some reason it says now that it is not available on my region, but I did watch it here before. It is a travel show with three celebrities, including Jang Hyuk and So Ji Sub. I only watched Jang Hyuk’s and it is one of the first things I watched him in where he wasn’t in character. I loved it. I hope it plays for you. The show is called It travel http://www.viki.com/tv/7365c-it-travel
I’m sad. This show is really good. You can see introspective, dorky, philosophical and sexy Jang Hyuk as he travels through California. There is a moment when he practices Jeet Kun Do at the beach that made me swoon. It is a really nice interview with english subtitles, but now it says it is not available in my region and I am not able to find it elsewhere 😦
Same for me too 😦 Nooooooo!
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My dear Zhaoul. This post turned out more emotional than I expected. I was moved by your reminiscing about your career choice, which, in the case of artistic souls, means more than just a “career”. It is your passion and your life. My brother is a struggling actor and I work in the entertainment industry so I have an idea about this. I love that a talented person like you has discovered my favorite actor, because then I get to read reviews and comments that actually make him justice. I feel you see what we see and that makes us connect in a way. It has been so exciting witnessing your “falling in love” with him. It reminded me of when I went on my first everything Jang Hyuk spree. I feel he is an actor that is most appreciated when you watch his different roles, because with each role, it is more and more evident, how much he thinks and feels each character. It’s not just about innate talent with him, he has it, but he has something more important, which is passion, love, for his craft. The passion transcends the screens and shakes and sometimes slaps some of us haha, it inspires us too. I really hope you run with this inspiration and go back to acting.
Btw, the drama of the kiss you asked about is called Into the Sunlight. It is on the slow side, but I did like it. I still think you have better Jang Hyuk dramas and movies left to watch 😉 since I see now that you like his acting (like I do) even more than his looks or screen presence, I think you should check out The Client and Searching for the elephant. The movies are not flawless, but his performance in both, was just perfect and interesting, and it adds to his variety of roles. They are both very different from his “iconic” charismatic macho role.
You pointed out one of my favorite kisses on screen ever. That Chuno kiss is underrated, I feel. It was truly marvelous. And here I have to thank our Lee Da Hae for being always such a good sport and kissing and allowing our man to kiss her properly. Thank you Dae Hee ssi!
Now, on a more shallow note, I am also more of an ahjussi lover. I think it’s funny that the first Korean word that registered in my brain is “ahjussi”. I learned it on Coffee Prince, my first Korean drama. And speaking of Coffee Prince, Gong Yoo is the other ahjussi in your list that I count among my favorites. I remember the roller coaster of emotions he put me through while watching Coffee Prince. I especially loved how he played “devastated soul” (I guess I go for melo) and how much I cried with him then. I plan to rewatch this drama this year, because I want to see if I’ll like it as much now. He is also one of the best k-drama kissers I’ve seen and my opinion is based solely on that drama. I also watch the movie Silenced/The Crucible and it is heart wrenching. His performance was flawless. To be honest, I never felt anyone was acting and that was really tough to bear, given the subject of the movie.
I do remembering crushing on SJS when I watched I’m Sorry I love you, but this one, I’m not sure I would like after all these years. I think I was more into Gong Hyo Jin while watching Master’s Sun though. But I know I’m in the minority because many people fell for his character.
I have to agree that Van Ness Wu can kiss and I’ve only seen him in your gif haha. My curiosity about this actor, has been awaken.
Hyun Bin, I have not fallen under his spell but I can appreciate the beauty of those photos you posted
Anyway friend, go back to acting, we’ll all cheer you on! Fighting!
Hi Drama Fan. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I always enjoy reading your comments and you always give me even more to think about. I can’t write reviews fast enough but I will be writing a review on Searching for the Elephant probably sometime after my upcoming Chunk review. The client does look good so I will be sure to get it out.
I mean Chuno… My phone always auto corrects and changes chuno to chunk. I have to go into my settings and change that lol
Well he is a chunk of hotness? Maybe your phone is spazzing too! mine often does :p
Lol. Yes my phone likes to spazz when I’m writing about Jang Hyuk!
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I totally prefer ahjusshis too in my heart of hearts and this is an awesome list, not merely because it has two of my faves on it :). Gong Yoo is really yummy and sexy in S Diaries, it’s worth a watch. It’s awesome that you found inspiration in Jang Hyuk and I agree that he has a really intense physical presence on screen. Lovely hearing you wanting to rekindle your passion for acting, and I hope you do pursue it 🙂
Thanks DDee 🙂
Now most of my crushes are flower boys(has to do with my age haha), then again the ahjussis are very much appreciated as well. Definitely, Jo In Sung and Cha Seung Won makes it to the list. JIS caught my eye in That Winter The Wind Blows. Tall and dashing, that guy. CSW from The Greatest Love, no matter if he’s marriedi real life. Who would’ve thought a manly, well, man as he is could pull off the funny side of his character?
Ya, he was really great in that drama. His character was very unique.
How about I just move to this post and live here 4ever? Yes I will! Thank you! I’m still crying as I told you on twitter and I will give you a longer answer to this once I can pull myself together hehe. This cracked me up though ” Intense eyes staring with no shirt. Omo! I wonder if he’s ticklish..” LOL
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Lol. Well he’s staring right at me in that picture! He’s staring you too, isn’t he? 🙂 I like that image.
He looks like if you were to try and tickle him in this picture he’d start tickling you back and pin you down. Sexy thought 😉
Nice! I attended the same high school as Hyun. Not at the same time though. Haha. 😄
Wow! That’s still pretty cool though 🙂
Would you believe it if I tell you I almost teared up reading this? Cuz I did lol. As always, I can’t agree more…! When he is acting, he really does breathe as the character…The way he speaks, the way he walks, they are all different in his different works..! And outside of character, I also agree that he is very engaging. Whenever I see him talk during interviews, tv shows, or even in person, I see him speak softly and slowly but for some mysterious reason it just makes people pay extra attention. He really does have special power, at least to me.
Ya for me too and he really does inspire me. That’s why, as much as I like the other actors I listed, there was no competition when it came down to the #1 spot.
I love reading his interviews, because this man has so much insights and is pretty eloquent in expressing it..and he truly is an inspiration. He also published a book of essays last year, and I enjoyed reading it. Too bad it doesn’t have English version, I feel like this should be shared more widely 😦
Well, I better a move on learning hangul. That’s something I would really like to be able to read.
Flower boy or ahjussis it doesn’t matter. As long as they look good and can act I don’t care. But I loved your list. I haven’t seen anything with Ji-Sub and Jang-Hyuk. But sometimes it’s the ahjussis that have the life “experience” that takes the story to a better level.
Neither of them have a lot of Rom coms but I would recommend checking out Master’s Sun for So Ji Sub and Thank You for Jang Hyuk.
Masters sun is on my to watch list. I’ll have to check out thank you.
I also really like robber but you might want to check out my review for that one first. I also wrote a review for thank you.
I’ll check out the reviews. They helps me decide on what to watch next.
Ya. I find reading reviews helpful too because there are so many dramas to chose from.
So many dramas with so little time. So reviews help to weed out the good ones from the bad ones.
They sure do 🙂