The Jang Hyuk Stalkers Guide For Fans Or Anyone Curious

With the upcoming Korean remake of the Taiwanese Drama Fated to Love You beginning July 2nd, I thought this might be a good time to write a Jang Hyuk’s Stalkers Guide. There have been a lot of mixed feelings online about him playing the male lead in this upcoming Romantic Comedy. For anyone not very familiar with him, for the skeptics and for any fans that may have doubt about his ability to successfully pull off another Rom Com (yes, it’s really not his first), I want to give you some hope and reassurance.

I discovered Jang Hyuk this past winter and have been watching his movies and dramas with a find tooth comb ever since. I can’t claim to have seen everything he has been in (yet), but I’ve seen a lot. I hope this stalker’s guide finds itself insightful and perhaps broadens your opinion of his abilities as an actor.

Everything of course is my opinion, so feel free to add any (respectful) comments.

Here are some questions people may have

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Can he be successful in a Romantic Comedy? Why Yes! Is he too old to play a lead in a Rom Com? Of Course not! No! Can he be as sexy as the younger, very popular Hallyu stars? Yes, Indeed!

Some of Jang Hyuk’s best physical features

So yes, I love his acting, but (ahem), I do enjoy some of his handsome physical attributes as well. Here are a few before I delve into his strengths as an actor.

Jang Hyuk Physical Features

  • He has killer abs
  • Chiseled face and jawline
  • Expressive Eyes
  • Perfect nose
  • Muscular back
  • Looks splendid with and without facial hair (but i love him especially with facial hair)
  • He has a very attractive beauty mark on his neck

Acting Strengths

What really drew me into Jang Hyuk as an actor, is his incredible acting range. I feel he’s also up to any challenge, and isn’t satisfied sticking only to one particular genre. He appears to be an individual that likes a challenge and really respects the art of acting. He not only plays a part, he becomes the character he is portraying.

Jang Hyuk Acting Strengths

Here are some examples of areas I feel he excels:

  • Action
  • Pain
  • Turmoil
  • Empathy
  • Addiction
  • Ability to cry in different ways
  • Can play layered characters very well
  • Is able to play the villain or hero
  • Strong presence as a male romantic lead
  • Brings a character to life
  • Expressive through movement
  • Brings more to a role than is scripted
  • Tenderness
  • Let’s just say, extreme versatility

A few Acting Traits

Every actor has certain trademarks that add to their persona. From watching so many of his projects, here are some observations I have made with a little help from Drama Fan.

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  • Bulgy eyes when he’s mad (especially apparent in his earlier work)
  • Has a cute smirk
  • Swagger
  • Intense stare
  • Dorky laugh

Jang Hyuk Movies and Dramas

Now, I’ve highlighted some of my favorite Jang Hyuk projects and broken up his movies and dramas into categories to make it easier to find Jang Hyuk in a specific genre that you may enjoy.

Jang Hyuk and Melodrama/Romance

Thank You  – Drama

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Character: Dr. Min

Thank you was the first drama I watched Jang Hyuk in and fell in love with. I’m pretty sure I actually started adoring him solely based on the screenshots I saw. Then when I saw the drama, I was blowned away by his manliness, bluntness and caring nature. He can come across as very “rough” but really he has a good heart. This drama is so beautiful. The subject matter may sound intense (a little girl diagnosed with HIV/AIDS) , but it’s laced with heartfelt humor and love.

Robber – Drama

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Character: Oh Joon

Robber, in my opinion is an extremely underrated drama. It’s honestly one of my favorite Romantic Melodramas. What’s great about Jang Hyuk’s character in Robber is his transformation. We get to see two very different characters, yet the transition occurs in a way that is believable and acceptable. I also thought he was really quite funny in this drama. His character is frankly, kind of weird, but still charming (and infuriating).

Tazza – Drama

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Character: Go-ni

Tazza is a fun melodramatic drama. It brings you along Go-ni’s journey of revenge as he becomes more and more skilled at Go-Stop (Korean card game). I loved the OST and the super intense card games. The relationships are often complicated. Watching Go-ni hit rock bottom then try to climb his way back up is thrilling in itself.

Jang Hyuk Sageuk (Historical) 

Jang Hyuk really shines in historical dramas. Two of my favorite Jang Hyuk performances are Sageuk.

Chuno / The Slave Hunters – Drama

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Character: Daegil

Chuno is a drama that revived my inner acting instinct. My favorite Jang Hyuk character is (no doubt about it) Daegil from Chuno. Daegil stole my heart, reminded me the beauty of love and caused my heart to bleed out in agony with him. I cannot yet rewatch this drama as it still effects me emotionally in such a deep way. If I look at Daegil, or listen to the OST the memories of the drama come rushing back and my eyes begin the well up with tears. If it was up to me, everyone would give this drama a try. The acting is Oscar worthy. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Someone please just give this man an Oscar.

Oh, and how can I not mention Jang Hyuk’s mad martial arts skills in this drama? He has super cool action scenes. His character breathes through every movement. I highly recommend this drama.

Tree With Deep Roots – Drama

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Character: Ddolbock

I love Ddolbock. He’s had a hard life, but never loses his spunk and stubborn nature. He’s beautiful in and out and highly intelligent. The drama will appealing to the intellectual minded. It has a great twist.

Daemang / Great Ambition – Drama

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Character: Park Jae-Young

Daemang is on my watchlist, so I’ve included this excerpt from Drama Fan’s Review: Daemang has its dose of drama but it is not overly melodramatic. It has a lot of humorous moments and it is first and foremost an endearing story, full of likable characters and a lot of heart.

Jang Hyuk and Rom Com

Rom Com isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Jang Hyuk, but he has performed in romantic comedies before.

Successful Story of a Bright Girl – Drama

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Character: Kitae

If you are planning to watch the Korean Version of Fated to Love You, you may want to check out this drama. Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara first acted together is this drama. It’s cute, and he really pulls off the whole Jerk Chaebol before the whole concept was even really popular back in 2002.

Please Teach Me English – Movie

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Character: Park Moon-Soo

This movie is really silly, and that’s what I liked about it. Jang Hyuk was cracking me up. It’s very sweet.

Windstruck – Movie

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Character: Ko Myung-Woo

Okay, not really a Rom Com. It’s starts out really funny but then becomes very emotional.  I had trouble formulated my thoughts. Drama Fan summed it up nicely:  It’s a rare chance to see Jang Hyuk be super sweet and romantic as well. The movie is charming. Jun Ji-hyun and Jang Hyuk have great chemistry. We don’t usually ever see Hyukie as a doormat. I loved the OST. It makes me cry. I actually felt that movie. It has cool cameos. Same director of My Sassy Girl which is a classic.

So, yes, Jang Hyuk has been in romantic comedies. Rest assured, he can do Rom Com.

Jang Hyuk and Psychological

Searching for the Elephant – Movie

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Character: Hyun-Woo

This movie is out there so I can’t expect everyone to like it; but it was right down my alley. I love psycho-weird stuff. So Hyun-Woo is a schizophrenic, pot smoking, alcoholic (or something like that). He describes himself as Manic Depressive, but he clearly sees things that aren’t there. Getting into Hyun-Woo’s head was frightening. His reality is dark, lonely and very scary. But his heart is so beautiful. He’s a lost soul searching for purpose in life; looking for happiness and peace. This is probably my second favorite Jang Hyuk character. Flawless acting. Bravo.

The Client – Movie

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Character: Han Chul-Min

The question is whether or not he murdered his wife. A very complicated character. He was difficult to read, which was the whole point.

Jang Hyuk Steamy Romance

If you want a little bit of sexy in your movie, I would suggest watching Innocent Thing (Thorn) and Five Senses of Eros. Searching for the Elephant also had some very provocative scenes.

Innocent Thing / Thorn – Movie

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Character: Junki 

The movie can be a bit all over the place, but the pure sexual pull of Junki cannot be denied. There are some very sensual scenes that seem a little too real… To be honest, the bedroom scenes felt so real I felt like I was invading the actors privacy by watching. But I kept watching of course!

Five Senses of Eros – Movie

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Character: Jung Min-Soo (segment “His Concern”)

This movie is broken into several short stories. I was only interested in the first one with Jang Hyuk. He meets this woman at the train station and they have a “connection”. His narrative is really good and they share a night of passion.

Slower paced Movies

Maybe / Rabbit and Lizard – Movie

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Character: Eun-Seol

Because the movie is slow, it allows viewers to appreciate the acting more. Jang Hyuk’s character has a terminal illness. The pain he invokes can make you feel a little skirmish. I really don’t like seeing him in pain because he acts it out so well.

Dance of the Dragon – Movie

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Character: Kwan

This wasn’t my favorite movie but it’s worth mentioning because Jang Hyuk plays someone who wants to be a professional ballroom dancer. For that alone it’s worth watching. It’s so very different than any other character he has played, and he succeeds. He’s delicate and graceful.

Other Works

So I think I’ve rambled on long enough. Here are some other movies and dramas that you may want to investigate yourself. If your looking for another drama, maybe try Midas and for a Movie The Flu (pictured below).

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  • The Flu
  • Iris 2
  • S Diary (cameo)
  • Public Toilet
  • Volcano High
  • The Best (1998)
  • Midas
  • My Sassy Girl (cameo)
  • Wang Rung’s Land
  • Into the Sunlight (1999)
  • Love You and Love You (1998)
  • Model (1997)
  • Ai Shang Nu Zhu Bo
  • Jungle Juice

Jang Hyuk as himself

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Real Men: Tarzan Hyukie swinging across water

Jang Hyuk is equally fun to watch when he plays himself. I recommend you check out some of the shows below.

  • Running Man (episodes 44-45)
  • Real Men
  • Win Win
  • SNL Korea
  • Healing Camp
  • Family Outing

Fun Facts

By reading blogs, speaking with fans, and watching some of his other appearances, I have learned a few interesting facts about Jang Hyuk.

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  • He was once known as the rapper TJ
  • He likes to sing “Creep by Radiohead” when he’s out with his friends
  • He’s not much of a drinker
  • He’s responsible for taking care of the Recycling when he’s home. He has a system (don’t mess with the system people)
  • He can cook a fierce hot dog
  • He’s skilled in Jeet Kune Do and Taekwondo.

Coming Soon:

Fated To Love You (MBC / July 2014)

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Character: Lee Gun

It’s really exciting for me to watch the reunion of these two actors. I’m going to be watching this drama on Viki. I also planned on reviewing and discussing each episode.

The Age of Innocence (2014) – Movie

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Great Blogs for more information of Jang Hyuk

Well, I hope you enjoyed this stalker’s guide. I’d love to here your thoughts.

29 thoughts on “The Jang Hyuk Stalkers Guide

  1. I hope you don’t mind my one-year-late reply haha
    I’ve been so into Jang Hyuk again thanks to Fated To Love You. I started to be a fan in 2010 actually, and just like you, it was all because of Thank You. That drama is so amazing and remains my all-time favorite Jang Hyuk’s drama. Since then I tried to keep up with his dramas and movies, but I don’t know what was wrong I stopped following him (huhu..I’m sorry love) but Fated To Love You brought me back and now I’m head over heels with him again hahaha…I’m currently watching Shine or Go Crazy now, haven’t finished yet. I’m trying not to finish it in one go because I don’t know what I should do when the show is over hahaha..sorry for being dramatic lol! And I agree with all the things you said here in this post. While reading it, I was like “wow, you’re speaking my mind” haha

    I haven’t watched all his recent movies, and I think I haven’t finished watching Deep Rooted Tree either. I must work on that. My most fave Jang Hyuk’s work so far is Thank You, Chuno and Fated To Love You. He’s such an amazing actor he keeps blowing my mind away with his acting skill. I’m glad I am a fan. And I’m also glad I came across your post 🙂

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    1. Thanks for commenting. He really is amazing. He makes me wish I pursued acting because of his passion. You can tell when he acts its something he immerses himself in and enjoys.

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  2. Slow clap👏👏 for the two of them ( Ellie kim/Mi Young and Lee Gun), Fated to love you is really a must seen drama/comedy drama. Every episode is a two thumbs up 👍👍, i really enjoyed watching episode 1 til the end. I cried really hard also😭😁 episode 12😭😭.. I think i should watch it again😁😊 i love Lee Gun😁😁 #sointoyou

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    1. I agree. I really loved it too. Looks like I’m going to have to update this stalker’s guide soon because it’s getting outdated now. Jang Hyuk continues to give us newer wonderful performances. I should really add more on FTLY and cover Shine or Go Crazy

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  3. Thanks so much! Your compilation is really helpful & easy to read. I too watched FTLY because of Choi Jin Hyuk but after the drama ended, I can’t help swooning over Jang Hyuk. I have been trying to watch all his past dramas and movies ever since. He is a great actor. Shine or Go crazy is keeping me occupied now. Jang Hyuk rocks!

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  4. Thank you so much for this guide. Jang Hyuk is really something alright. First, he is someone that I can always call ‘oppa’ (hehehe) and second, he is the first (and only) K-actor that makes me feel lust, for real. Maybe I’ve been watching too many of those ‘Japanese movies’ so I always feel that the sex in K-dramas or movies are just too innocent. Third, I actually became ill watching his drama. I mean it. I had to take a sick leave after finishing the drama Fated to Love You because my blood pressure was too high and I was feverish. Maybe I cried too much while watching that drama.

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  5. Jang Hyuk is one of those actors that sweep you away like the wind. I seriously didn’t know what struck me: I was enamoured. I’ve seen only Successful story of a Bright Girl, Thank you and Fated to love you. I solely started Fated to love you because of SSOBG because I didn’t like the Taiwanese version of FTLY but I couldn’t resist Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk.

    I love the versatility of Jang Hyuk. I love his acting. I love everything about him. I stop myself from continuously stalking him in the internet to avoid the obsession. But it’s too late isn’t it?

    My new kdrama friends were in love with Choi Jin Hyuk in FTLY because of his looks. But my eyes couldn’t move away from Jang Hyuk. He could pull off hilarious scenes with perfection: One more reason to love him. Recently I showed them screen shots of Thank you and they understood why I have eyes only for Jang Hyuk.

    I’m so happy that I have so many dramas and movies of him left to watch. I don’t want the list to ever end.

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    1. Totally forgot to comment on your post when I was in the world of Jang Hyuk. Can’t blame me for that.

      Your post hit all the spots perfectly. I loved reading it. Loved the gifs and the pics. Made me swoon. ❤

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    2. Honestly, I watched FTLY because of Choi Jin Hyuk too… but after I finished with it, I can’t stop obsessing over Jang Hyuk. Watched SSOBG long time ago but he was different back then.

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  6. Hi zhaoul, thank you 🙂 like you I like I prefer ahjussi too than flower boys 😀 i like So ji sub after watching sorry I love you and hyun bin after secret garden….but now after watching Fated to love you OMG I love Jang Hyuk. He is such an amazing actor. And what I like even more about him. He can be manly but soft, down to earth person…very lovable. Just finished watching Thank you and Midas. I am looking forward to his upcoming drama next year.

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  7. oh this is so awesome page thank you…actually ive just knew about him just recent but now what am stuck with…my part of everydays…so much of influence am so into him…i can even do the do”s as my hairstyle next is the get ups…i so love him and please continue posting blogs about him…thank u very much…upaiakfali

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  8. Hi, thank you so much for this stalker’s guide. Honestly as his fans, i am a newbie.
    I admire Jang Hyuk Ssi since i watched him on “Fated to love you”. After that i start to watch his previous dramas and movies. He is a great korean actor.
    His acting in Chuno is extremely great ^.^. Usually i dont like to watch the sad ending drama, but his great performance in this drama drives me to watch it till the end.

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  9. Thank you – i just recently discovered Jang Hyuk (he’s so fine) and was blown away by Dae-gil in Chuno. I too am not ready to rewatch it anytime soon especially after crying buckets after the last episode. Do you know where I could watch Thorn with eng subs online?

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  10. This is a fantastic compilation! It sure reinforced all the reasons that I love Jang Hyuk. I’ll have to check out some of the movies and dramas from this list! I sadly haven’t seen them all yet. I can’t wait for Fated to Love You to start!

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