Song Joong-ki’s Top 10 Drama And Movie Masterpieces: The Master Of Genres – From Romance To Action

Song Joong-ki's Top 10 Drama And Movie Masterpieces: The Master Of Genres - From Romance To Action
Song Joong-ki's Top 10 Drama And Movie Masterpieces

Song Joong-ki is a South Korean actor born on September 19, 1985. He’s a versatile actor who excels in various genres and is married to Katy Louise Saunders. In his free time, he enjoys gaming, reading, and travelling. A multilingual individual, he speaks Korean, English, and Mandarin Chinese. He rose to fame with “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and is known for his action scenes in “Descendants of the Sun” and “Vincenzo”. Song Joong-Ki has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards.

Descendants of the Sun (2016)

  • Genre: Romantic Action-Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-Won
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix, Viki
  • Director: Lee Eung-Bok
  • Writer: Kim Eun-Sook, Kim Won-Seok

Descendants of the Sun tells the story of Captain Yoo Si-Jin (Song Joong-ki), a skilled soldier who falls in love with Dr. Kang Mo-Yeon (Song Hye-Kyo), a talented doctor while working together in the fictional war-torn country of Urk. As they navigate the challenges of war and their blossoming romance, they must confront the harsh realities of their professions and the danger that comes with it. Through its gripping narrative, the series explores themes of sacrifice, duty, and the human cost of war, raising questions about the morality of conflict and the true meaning of heroism. With its well-developed characters, heart-pumping action sequences, and poignant drama, Descendants of the Sun is a masterclass in storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Vincenzo (2021)

  • Genre: Dark Comedy-Thriller Drama 
  • Episodes: 20
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-Bin, Kwak Dong-Yeon, Cho Han-Cheul
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix
  • Director: Kim Hee-Won
  • Writer: Park Jae-Bum

“Vincenzo” tells the story of Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-ki), a Korean-Italian mafia consigliere who returns to Korea after his adoptive father’s death and becomes embroiled in a battle against the powerful Babel Group, a corrupt corporation that will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. Alongside Hong Cha-Young (Jeon Yeo-Bin), a passionate and righteous lawyer, and Jipuragi Law Firm, Vincenzo uses his cunning and expertise to take down Babel and its CEO, Jang Han-Seo (Kwak Dong-Yeon), who will do anything to maintain his power and wealth. As Vincenzo navigates the complex web of corruption and deceit, he confronts his own dark past and the truth about his family, and must choose between his desire for revenge and his growing sense of justice and morality. With its dark humour, intricate plot twists, and memorable characters, “Vincenzo” is a thrilling and addictive drama that explores the themes of power, corruption, and the fight for justice.

Space Sweepers (2021)

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Adventure
  • Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes 
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-Ri, Park Ye-Jin, Jin Seon-Kyu
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix
  • Director: Jo Sung-Hee
  • Writer: Jo Sung-Hee, Yoon Seung-Min

Space Sweepers” is a science fiction film set in the year 2092, where the Earth is on the brink of destruction due to pollution and waste. The story follows a team of space sweepers, led by Kim Tae-ho (Song Joong-ki), who work for the megacorporation UTS to clean up space debris and make a living. When they stumble upon a humanoid robot named Dorothy (Kim Tae-ri), who is wanted by the government and UTS, they must navigate a complex web of conspiracies and corruption to uncover the truth about Dorothy’s past and the true intentions of UTS. Along the way, they team up with a brilliant scientist, Dr. Kang (Jin Seon-Kyu), and a rebellious hacker, Tiger (Yoo Hae-Jin), to take down UTS and save the Earth from destruction. With its stunning visuals, heart-pumping action sequences, and thought-provoking themes, “Space Sweepers” is a thrilling and entertaining ride that explores the consequences of human greed and the power of redemption.

A Werewolf Boy (2012)

  • Genre: Romantic Fantasy
  • Duration: 2 hours 2 minutes 
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-Young, Jang Young-Nam, Yoo Yeon-Seok
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime, Viki
  • Director: Jo Sung-Hee
  • Writer: Jo Sung-Hee

“A Werewolf Boy” is a romantic fantasy film set in the 1960s, where a young girl named Suni (Kim Min-Sun) moves to a rural village with her family. There, she discovers a wild and mysterious boy, Cheol-Su (Song Joong-ki), who has been living in the woods and is rumored to be a werewolf. As Suni and Cheol-Su grow closer, she teaches him how to behave like a human and they fall deeply in love. However, their happiness is threatened by the arrival of a group of scientists who seek to capture and experiment on Cheol-Su, and Suni must risk everything to protect him and uncover the truth about his past. With its beautiful cinematography, poignant love story, and themes of acceptance and compassion, “A Werewolf Boy” is a heartwarming and unforgettable tale that explores the complexities of human nature and the power of love to transform and redeem.

The Battleship Island (2017)

  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes 
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, So Ji-Sub, Hwang Jung-Min, Lee Jung-Hyun
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime, Viki
  • Director: Ryoo Seung-Wan
  • Writer: Ryoo Seung-Wan

This is a historical action-drama film that tells the story of Lee Kang-Ok (Hwang Jung-min), a Korean musician who is forced to relocate to Battleship Island, a remote Japanese island used for coal mining, during World War II. Alongside Park Moo-Young (So Ji-sub), a rebellious and fiercely independent individual, Kang-Ok and hundreds of other Korean workers face brutal conditions, including long hours, physical abuse, and meagre rations, and begin to plan a daring escape. As tensions rise and the workers’ situation becomes increasingly desperate, Kang-Ok and Moo-Young lead a group of workers in a final, bold attempt to escape the island and return to their homeland, culminating in a heart-wrenching climax that explores themes of survival, resistance, and the human spirit in the face of oppression. Based on real events and historical records, the film sheds light on the harsh realities of forced labour and the struggles of the Korean people during World War II.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

  • Genre: Historical Romance Drama
  • Episodes: 20
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Park Min-Young, Yoo Ah-In, Sungkyu
  • Streaming Platform: Viki
  • Director: Kim Won-Seok
  • Writer: Kim Tae-Hee

Sungkyunkwan Scandal occurs during the Joseon era and follows a young woman named Kim Yoon-Hee (Park Min-Young) who disguises herself as a man to attend the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University. There, she meets a group of friends, including the charming and intelligent Gu Yong-Ha (Song Joong-ki), and together they navigate the challenges of university life and the dangers of political intrigue. With its beautiful costumes, stunning scenery, and poignant romance, Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a historical drama that will transport you to another time and place.

The Innocent Man (2012)

  • Genre: Melodrama
  • Episodes: 20 
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Moon Chae-Won, Park Si-Yeon, Lee Kwang-Soo
  • Streaming Platform: Viki
  • Director: Kim Jin-Won
  • Writer: Kim Eun-Sook

“The Innocent Man” (2012) is a K-drama that tells the story of Ma-Roo (Song Joong-ki), a brilliant and ambitious medical student who becomes embroiled in a complicated revenge plot after his girlfriend, Jae-Hee (Park Si-Yeon), betrays him and causes his sister’s death. Ma-Roo’s plan for revenge involves manipulating Jae-Hee’s sister, Choco (Moon Chae-Won), who is innocent and kind, and using her to get close to Jae-Hee and her powerful father. As Ma-Roo’s plan unfolds, he finds himself torn between his desire for revenge and his growing feelings for Choco, who loves him unconditionally. Meanwhile, Jae-Hee’s secrets and lies are slowly revealed, and Ma-Roo must confront the truth about his past and the people he trusts. The drama explores themes of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, and features complex characters, unexpected twists, and a gripping storyline that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

Penny Pinchers (2011)

  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes 
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Han Ye-Seul, Lee Sang-Yeob, Shin So-Yul
  • Streaming Platform: Viki
  • Director: Kim Jung-Hwan
  • Writer: Kim Jung-Hwan

“Penny Pinchers” is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Hong-Sil (Han Ye-Seul), an extremely frugal woman, and Ji-Woong (Song Joong-ki) , an unemployed college graduate who continually fails job interviews and lives off his mother’s allowance. When Hong-Sil offers to teach Ji-Woong the art of penny-pinching and includes him in a short-term money-making scheme, their contrasting financial backgrounds lead to comedic moments and unexpected romance. As Ji-Woong learns the ways of frugality, he begins to change and develop, and the two form a connection that goes beyond their financial differences. Will their relationship blossom, or will their opposing views on money tear them apart?

Obstetrics And Gynecology Doctors (2010)

  • Genre: Medical Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Cast: Song Joong-Ki, Seo Young-Hee, Go Joon, Lee Young-Eun
  • Streaming Platform: Viki
  • Director: Lee Hyun-Jik
  • Writer: Kim Jin-Soo

This K-drama is a heartwarming K-drama that follows the journey of Dr. Ahn Kyung-Woo (Song Joong-ki), a young and talented obstetrician-gynecologist, as he navigates his residency at a hospital. Alongside his colleagues, including the strict but fair Dr. Lee (Seo Young-Hee) and the charming Dr. Kim (Go Joon), Kyung-Woo faces various challenges, including difficult patients, medical crises, and personal struggles, but ultimately proves himself to be a skilled and dedicated doctor. Through his experiences, he learns valuable lessons about medicine, life, love, and growth, and deepens his relationships with his colleagues, who become like a family to him. As he confronts his limitations and doubts, Kyung-Woo emerges as a compassionate and confident doctor, ready to make a positive impact on his patients’ lives.

Hearty Paws 2 (2010)

  • Genre: Family Drama
  • Duration : 1 hour 38 minutes 
  • Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Jeong-Nan, Lee Ki-Woo, Park Ji-Yeon
  • Streaming Platform: Viki
  • Director: Park Sang-Won
  • Writer: Park Sang-Won

The movie tells the story of a lovable Labrador named Maeumee, who has a set of puppies. When the mother of Dong-Wook, the owner of the puppies, sees her son’s grades suffering, she decides to get rid of Maeumee and the puppies. The dogs then stay at a relative’s video shop until the animals can be placed in an animal training centre. However, two unscrupulous jewel thieves come into the video store and spot the little puppies. One of them decides to steal the littlest puppy to use as a runner to transport diamonds.