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[Actor Spotlight] Junho

Do you know what time is it? It’s time for Junho’s spotlight feature (and that was a poor 2PM joke, in case you didn’t catch it). Junho is currently starring in the tvN courtroom thriller Confession, where he appears alongside Yoo Jae-myung as a young attorney fighting to clear his father’s name.

Junho was born in 1990, and started his career at the age of 16 when he won Superstar Survivor in 2006. He signed with JYP and debuted in 2008 as a part of the boy group 2PM. After several years of success with the group, the members started to pursue solo careers, and many of them leaned towards variety and acting, including Junho.

Junho made his acting debut in the 2013 film Cold Eyes and won accolades for his performance, but it wasn’t until 2016’s Memory that he started to make a splash in dramaland. Since 2016, Junho has had a steady flow of roles, and a knack for picking some pretty good dramas. Acting has been a great transition for Junho, and it feels like a natural place for him after being on the stage from such a young age.

Here are some drama highlights from Junho, followed by his full filmography.

 
Just Between Lovers (2017)

It’s no secret that Just Between Lovers was one of my favorite dramas from last winter. I feel personally affronted by the mis-titling of this drama (and the English title, Rain or Shine), because neither seem to do it justice. They sound too melo, or too schmaltzy, and Just Between Lovers was neither. The drama had such a beautiful quiet tone, and much of its success was because of the strength of the leads. Won Jin-ah and Junho gave near-perfect performances as the survivors of a tragic building collapse who wind up meeting and falling in love. The drama might have had its share of the stereotypical elements we’ve come to expect (nosebleeds, loan sharks, organ failure, etc.), but the world of the drama, and the characters, felt so real and authentic, I could forgive this drama of anything. Stories about emotional aftermath are a dramaland favorite, but every now and then there’s a drama that has a beautiful, moving take on it.

 
Greasy Melo (2018)

Also known as Wok of Love, this drama starred Jang Hyuk, Junho, and Jung Ryeo-won. I love this cast! Jang Hyuk played the ex-gangster who operated a Chinese restaurant, and apparently makes some killer jajangmyun. Is this an actual dramaland trope, or a common generalization? It isn’t the first drama that featured an ex-gangster operating a Chinese restaurant and dealing with past entanglements and operating a kitchen at the same time (see: Strongest Deliveryman). Junho and Jung Ryeo-won also starred here, playing characters down on their luck that converged over the Hungry Wok restaurant. This drama sounds like a prime place for some comedy — and some mouth-watering food scenes, too (maybe?!).

 
Confession (2019)

Junho and Yoo Jae-myung are tearing it up in this currently airing courtroom thriller, and trust me, I’m not missing its live air dates because I want to. My drama plate is full, and there are only so many waking hours in the day, but I’m looking forward to spending a rainy weekend with this drama once it has aired. Junho plays the young hero who, against many odds, becomes an attorney with the sole goal of exonerating his father. Like so many dramaland fathers, he has been wrongly accused of a crime, and wrongly imprisoned. Courtroom trials, drama, a ticking clock — and a fair dose of conspiracy and evil-doers, I’d wager — this drama sounds like a humdinger. I think this is just the sort of role to suit Junho at this point in his career and give him a lot of material to work with. I can’t wait to see what he does with the role!
 
Junho’s full filmography:

  • Cold Eyes (2013) [Film]
    Junho made his acting debut in this action/crime film that also starred Sol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung, and Han Hyo-joo. The film was not only a success in the box office, but a success for the start of Junho’s acting career.

  • Memories of the Sword (2015) [Film]
    Junho’s next role was in this Goryeo-era martial arts period drama about three freedom fighters. It starred Lee Byung-heon, Jeon Do-yeon, and Kim Go-eun, who was Junho’s love interest.

  • Twenty (2015) [Film]
    Coming-of-age film that had a walloping good cast: Kim Woo-bin, Junho, Kang Ha-neul, Jung So-min, and Lee Yu-bi.

  • Memory (2016) [Drama]
    Junho made his dramaland debut in this tale of Lee Sung-min as the ruthless attorney whose life is changed when he’s diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Junho plays the junior attorney at his firm.

  • Uncontrollably Fond (2016) [Drama/Cameo]
    Junho cameoed as himself in the infamous tearjerker that starred Kim Woo-bin (his co-star from Twenty) and Suzy.

  • Chief Kim (2017) [Drama]
    Junho got props for his role as the prosecutor-turned-finance director in this hit office drama that starred Namgoong Min as the eponymous Chief Kim. Comedy and corporate bureaucracy — there’s a reason it’s on my marathon list.

  • Just Between Lovers (2017) [Drama]
    I love this drama so much it’s one of those I would go back and rewatch, even with a pending list of 25+ dramas that are scrambling for my attention (see above).

  • Greasy Melo (2018) [Drama]
    Gangsters, woks of love, and Junho in a chef hat, I hope (see above)!

  • Confession (2019) [Drama]
    Junho stars as a young attorney on a mission for justice. I’m in (see above).

  • Rose and Tulip (2019) [Film]
    Junho takes on double duty as two identical characters that swap places in this Japanese film.

  • Gibang Bachelor (2019) [Film]
    Set to release at the end of the year, this historical film stars Junho as the world’s first male gisaeng (I didn’t know that was a thing?), and Jung So-min as a woman ahead of her time. Sounds like strange makings for a romance film, but I’m sure the two of them will be magical together.

 
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Oh hi my favourite. Junho is a rare, precious beast(dol): a wonderful actor, singer, dancer, composer and cat parent. What I love most about him is that he never makes it look easy. For Junho, it’s all about putting in the work to do well, to be liked. It makes you want to hug him really hard!

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He's definitely a rare gem of an all-rounder idol. After diving into learning more about him, Junho's efforts, work ethic, and talents through nurturing and hard work is really astounding and amazing.

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i should learn more about him lol he's cute and i like his energy

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Yes! Go for it! I promise you won't regret it.

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He has caught my attention in the last two years. Although I haven’t finished any of his dramas (I’ll try to finish Just Between Lovers some day, some day) , I do like him and hope to see more of him.

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Junho continues to grow and I really appreciate his ability to come across as natural, as well as his subtle moments. I think I remember seeing some people in the industry called Junho a blank white paper as a compliment, and I agree. He has the potential for a huge range of roles and its already apparent in his defining works. It's sweet to see his growth and trying out so many different genres and characters to flex his abilities. I introduced Junho through JBL then WOL to my sister, and she can't believe it's the same guy. Chief Kim is next and can't wait for her reaction.

It's almost a shame that he'll be enlisting soon. I'm looking forward to his upcoming films and the next project he picks up once he returns. Wouldn't say no to watching Junho play a psycho villain or anti-hero, especially after all the delicious screenshots from Confession.

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I was so surprised when I found out the same guy in Chief Kim was the same guy (who I thought was a rookie actor) in the movie Twenty. Totally unrecognizable. He was so natural in it and was able to hold up against powerhouse Woo Bin and Kang Haneul. His hilarious romance with Lee Yubi was cute.

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Yaasss! The boys and girls were all great in there. I really love the type of romances between close friends. Haneul and Sungmin were cute, but Junho and Lee Yubi was my cutest and made that movie worth it for me.

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I'm hoping for a sequel called Thirty post army with everyone back (hope Woo Bin will be cancer free 🙏)

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❤️❤️❤️❤️🥕🍱🍣🍛🥟🍫

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And oh @missvictrix you should really watch CHIEF KIM! I first saw him there and couldn’t believe he was an idol with little drama experience. He rocks the suit look too. 😍

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He's actually studying acting at school. He's never the same, he's very versatile and very hardworking. Love him to bits. JBL is like @missvictrix wrote, I can rewatch it many times and it will touch all the sensitive buttons of my soul. Chief Kim wouldn't be the same without Junho, I started watching it midway, because of beanies and it was fun.

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I finally picked up Chief Kim recently and yes, Junho was amazing in it! Just finished JBL, which is absolutely beautiful and moving. I'm currently catching up on Confession, and looking forward to his new movies coming out later in the year.

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He’s fantastic. Unlike a lot of kdrama actors, he pays a TON of attention to micro-expressions and it makes all of his characters detailed. I think the amount of attention he pays to his characters means other actors evolve their characters to match, so you get this extra piece of multi-layered interactions as the show goes on. Chief Kim was an example of that happening perfectly - I don’t think the writer introduced the playfulness between those two, I think the actors evolved it naturally and the writer (rightly!) grabbed it.

I can’t find Confession anywhere - where is it streaming?

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I believe Confession can only be found on a few sites and the subs are not out as early as for other kdramas. It's a solid enough show with a clear arc, and Junho's portrayal of the intelligent and serious, and somewhat subdued lawyer together with his chemistry with Yoo Jae Myung, raises it to a very good watch indeed!

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He's hands down the best idol-turned-actor I've seen period. I haven't watched cold eyes but I've been following him since chief kim and there's few young actors (the under-30 set) with his versatility and nuance.
Which reminds me, now that I'm done with finals, I need to catch up with confession, which I've continued to hear good things about since I last left off.

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Ah yes! @sparks121 Confession is still going great, even without subs, it's understandable what is happening. It continues to be gripping and coherent with warm and hopeful moments, which is super important to me for a serious, legal-cum-investigative drama like this. :-)

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@growingbeautifully, @sparks121,

I noticed this afternoon that the subtitles for episodes 9-12 were up at last on a cool site. Daebak! I started rewatching from ep. 7 to refresh my memory. I've been watching it raw, and can't wait to find out exactly what's been going down. I've got a pretty good idea, but expect there will be surprises. ;-)

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Hi @pakalanapikake yes, the subs are out. I watched it with one set of subs but have no time to re-watch to see if these subs are the same. I loved the Ep 12 ending and into Ep 13's shenanigans. I think I laughed out loud with delight at a few things (which I mentioned in the recap thread).

As for Ep 13, I just tagged you both in the Confession recap thread with a link to a recap on Ep 13 ending. It's a pretty good and thorough recap from a kind soul in Soompi. However my post with the link is under moderation now, so stay tuned for it. :-)

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@growingbeautifully,

Thanks so much for tagging me re: CONFESSION. <3 I'm keeping my eyes peeled for your message. I've been up to my eyeballs in HAECHI and KILL IT final episodes, and the premiere of NOKDU FLOWER, while keeping the home fires burning on DOCTOR PRISONER. I'll be taking a stab at both versions of CONFESSION's subtitles if I can. Sometimes the difference is significant.

Even without subtitles, Junho and his posse are keeping me glued to my seat as they slowly but surely trace the intertwined strands of deviltry back to their ultimate perpetrators. I'm concerned about his ticker, and am eager to find out what, if anything, has been happening on that score.

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Hi @pakalanapikake I'm not sure but I do not think emailed me to get the link to the Ep11 and 12 recaps? I received emails but not everyone told me what their DB handles were.

If you want to compare the ones I got through Soompi and the ones out now, let me know at [email protected].

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I just adore Junho, what a talent.

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It’s about time Junho gets the spotlight! Thank you very much!

When watching Chief Kim I was really shocked that Seo Yul was played by Junho, an idol. And he keeps changing for every roles until you doubt yourself the various characters are played by the same Junho.

But yes he does study cinematography and acting, it shows that aside from talents you have to be humble enough to want to learn. And it pays off, he is one of the best young actors that could held himself against senior actors/actresses.

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I've read some of his interviews and it seems like he's a method actor. He really prepares for his roles. Like in JBL he lived in a ghetto room and lost weight and for Chief Kim he ate only once a day to get cranky and cut all personal contact and stayed home.

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I tend to be a bit skeptical in dramas that casts idol as the lead but not Jun Ho. Jun Ho is a good example for idol turned actor. I hope he can continue to do so and improves a lot. After he finished his mandatory military, I hope we can see him playing more diverse roles.

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After discovering him in Twenty, I was so bummed to know he's still waiting to enlist lol. It was a simple movie, but there was something in his performance that really drew me in. It got me curious enough to watch Chief Kim and that's when I decided I'll be following this kid's career. He keeps improving with every project, and his face is an arsenal of micro expressions. He's that rare breed of kdrama actor who doesn't go for big dramatic gestures but subtle and natural physical reactions instead and it's fascinating how his entire demeanor can change in seconds on screen. He builds good rapport with his co stars and it translates really well on screen. I don't think there's anyone he can't build chemistry with at this point. I hope his career keeps going up after he's done with the military and that he keeps improving as an actor because I feel he has a real shot to be an A-lister.

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i love your comment and agree with everything and with all the other wonderful comments about Junho! he is an amazing actor and i can't wait til he is on screen again. i will have to watch the movies he has been in and yes, JBL is as awesome as he is

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I rewatched Uncontrollably Fond and hasn't notice Junho one bit. In what episode he appeared in that drama? Gosh... LOL.

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It was just a short cameo with Lee Yubi in ep 4.

http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/07/uncontrollably-fond-episode-4/

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oh thank you. How can I start realizing now? haha.

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You missed 1 cameo he made back in 2011 I believe, he was in the White: Melody of the Curse as a music show host (?). Wasn't much but it was a start. Despite me being a huge fan of 2PM and Junho, I have not watched a lot of his work 😅 but I have been hearing all good things, so I will binge watch all of them someday.

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The only movie I've seen Junho in was Twenty - and I really loved the movie. It was even shown in my country as part of the Korean Culture Festival!

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Just Between Lovers is everything I want in a love story and more. I will forever love Junho and Won Min-ah for their stellar performance as Gang-doo and Moon-soo. Junho is also the first idol-actor that I approved--not that it matters 😄, but I used to side-eye idols who venture out to acting, and Junho changed my mind.

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One of my favorite Korean actors, he is so so cute and extremely talented. I enjoyed all his shows, My favorite characters were the ones in Chief Kim and Just Between Lovers.

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I knew Junho the idol and first saw him in Twenty (he was still green in that movie). Chief Kim came and he proved himself as an actor!

He's doing amazing in Confession.

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Thanks @missvictrix! A serious, young actor who is a delight to follow and root for! I agree with all positive comments here about Lee Junho. He's definitely one for much great work to come in the acting arena. It's such a bonus that's he's good all round in every kind of entertainment as well. Wishing him all the best and may he continue to choose interesting and good shows that expand his acting horizons.

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Thanks, @missvictrix, for your dandy spotlight on Junho, who richly deserves every single accolade. I’ve read a few interviews with him, and have been impressed with his sincerity and dedication to his craft, and the lengths he goes to in preparing for a role and staying in character. He is one idol-turned-actor who has truly made good. Hwaiting, Junho!

CHIEF KIM was my introduction to his work, which I initially watched for the marvelous Namgoong Min. I thought I would die laughing at the shenanigans between the creative accountant and his nemesis, the Gluttonous Psychopath. It is an absolute treat to observe these two in action. And it isn't all just laughs. They totally deserved their best couple award. I'm currently watching them in their respective mystery thrillers, DOCTOR PRISONER and CONFESSION, both of which I'm enjoying to bits. Kudos to Kim Won-hae for his touching performance as Chief Kim’s “wild goose father” landlord. (For more on the latter topic: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/771942/.)

CONFESSION has an excellent cast, and more twists than you can shake a stick at. Yoo Jae-myung as dogged Detective Ki, Nam Ki-ae as overqualified office manager Madam Jin (while simultaneously appearing as the dignified Queen Dowager in HAECHI!), and Shin Hyun-bin as old friend and reporter Ha Yu-ri comprise a resourceful team of collaborators for the formerly solo public defender on a mission to clear his father's name. Subtitles have been delayed for a couple of weeks, so I have some catching up to do – but I've been watching it raw all along. The finale is next weekend, and after the episode 14 cliffhanger, I don't know what to expect, as this show zigs and zags unpredictably. I do have a sense that time is of the essence, as had been the case for Prosecutor Jang Do-han in LOOKOUT. CONFESSION resembles the earlier drama insofar as both protagonists persevere to become single-minded lawyers on personal crusades to expose and rectify official corruption and ruthless abuse of power.

I'm not a big fan of melodrama, but JUST BETWEEN LOVERS is simply terrific. It helps to watch while in a good frame of mind as the bleakness gets pretty intense. It followed MAD DOG and BLACK in the fall of 2017; all had building collapses in their plots, with JBL's the most prominent. I especially appreciated JBL as a deliberate, down-to-earth character study, particularly in respect to survivor’s guilt. Na Moon-hee is fabulous as the neighborhood’s unlicensed medical practitioner who inspires Lee Gang-doo to return to the land of the living. Kim Gang-hyun is a scene stealer as the adoring dongsaeng who adopts him whether he likes it or not.

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WOK OF LOVE / GREASY MELO was entertaining for its strange assortment of quirky characters, not all of them human. In other respects, it was frustrating as all get out, and less than the sum of its parts. On the other hand, it was a treat to see Junho and Jang Hyuk in action together (they are two of my top eye actors, who fearlessly dive whole hog into their characters) and with Jung Ryeo-won. Their chemistry was through the roof. Frankly, I was ready to throw a cleaver at the latter's helplessly-ditzy and obnoxiously snobby beauty-queen mother, played to the hilt by Lee Mi-sook. She starred with Jang Hyuk in late 2017's excellent revenge drama MONEY FLOWER. In WOK, she had a dual role as a very peculiar bag lady. The little neighborhood noodle eatery with its distinctive Shin Saimdang dining room – dwarfed by the towering Giant Hotel with its top-floor gourmet Chinese restaurant – was a character in its own right, as was the epic food pron. If you don’t expect a coherent plot, overlook the holes, and can be happy with a slice-and-dice-of-life that is by turns madcap and touching, you’ll find it tasty, but will feel hungry in an hour. For something more stick-to-the-ribs, pig out on Junho’s other productions.

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What she said

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@leetennant ChinguMode, LOL!

Alas, I forgot to add: As always, your mileage may vary. ;-)

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their kisses on wok of love look so cute tho x__x but i've come to dislike romcoms with like 0 plot and that meander. surprisingly, i think the writer is really interesting but i heard she dropped the ball on this one.

i love confession (all i will say about that for now)

JBL..i don't know the numbers for the show and it seems like plenty of people have watched it but ia with you. even though it's so moody and sad it's actually a really bright drama imo (bc of everyone's situation and their will to live.) surprise surprise i don't like the mom there which i'm noticing is a pattern in k-dramas now. really selfish parents BUT I DIGRESS. he and won jin-ah are both new but their chemistry was so tangible. like i knew the minute they were on screen they were in love in that universe. the supporting chars and the family are what make it even better. it was a perfect time to have that drama! so touching.

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The wonderful Junho gets his time in the DB spotlight. I haven't loved him since the beginning, but I'm trying to love him enough now to make up for it.

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What can I say? I like Junho since 2PM's 'Heartbeat' till today, a singer/composer/director/actor/cats' mother (oh, don't make me cry remember how he composed a song for one of his cats that passed away) and the sunbae who gives advice to Park Jin Young who recently also finished his first main lead in 'That Psychometric Guy'. Maybe, when he joins the military, he will have more time to rest (pun intended).

He was very raw in 'Cold Eyes', but, jumped to Seo Yul in 'Chief Kim', he made good leap. I'm still a bit mad for 'Greasy Melo'. It could be great if the writer(s) not going round and round and fell all over the place! They had Jang Hyuk, Jung Ryeo Won and Junho! What a waste of talents (still mad...).

Wish him successfully will finish the mandatory as well as Taec, JunK and Woo Young, too!
I can't wait till 2PM be together again and Junho plays bad-ass role again!

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Can I say that I envy you for having known Junho all these years?
I know 2PM, watched them in running man, watched Taecyeon in dream high, but never care to listen to their song since I only follow drama (not idol, not movie). And I regret that..quite a lot actually.

So since Chief Kim I’ve been marathoning all his work. Catching up for the past 10 years. Still better late than never 😆.

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I also envy her. I really like Junho's solo work and I was reluctant to listen to 2PM. Now I'm a 2PM fan and I constantly find more songs to like. It's also fun to watch their Real2PM videos on youtube. They're so funny and sweet.

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Aww, glad that you come to love him (and 2pm). Anyway Junho was, and is, the most ambitious (in a good way) among the boys, and we can see how that powerful desire to give it all translate in all of his work, be it music, or acting.

(Ah yes, the real 2pm is life ^^ Continue with 2pm show please, for more hilarity and laugh ^^)

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@Melanie
Hehehe... I am just a lowkey fan.
Their antiques were rare to find, but most of artists in JYPE are known to be crackheads. This is the link to their old concert in Japan, 5 years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9AAAp3cxg8

Whenever I have a bad day, I go back and watch their antics and their hoobae, GOT7, as well. Maybe, or most likely, I fell for them harder because of their personality as well.

JYPE has several actors/actress that caught my eyes. Most of them had already left JYPE, only Junho & Shin Ye Eun those stay. The ones those left were Choi Woo-shik and Sohee. I think Junho & Choi Woo-shik (CWS) share quite a similar quality. They both could express micro/subtle emotions well. CWS latest movie that I watched 'The Witch: Part 1 The Subversion' was crazy. CWS was crazy good there.

Junho still have times to nurture and perfecting his ability. Several occupations (actor, pilot, doctor, teacher, etc...) get better with more times. I just wish he take a good care of his health more and really stops doing martial art/acrobatic (he got injured before A.D.T.O.Y launched, tried to spin/fall from 2 or 3 metres high?).

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@bewitched
Thank you! Sorry, I am late in reading your comment.
It was all a coincidence that my bg (boy-group) disbanded and happened to come across 2PM. The thing about K-pop is whether you like their kind of music or you don't. And that's fine, since everyone has their own liking/taste of music. I think since the popularity of idol is so short (maybe only 5 - 7 seven years before replacing by younger idol), they also try acting and composing. In 2PM, Junho still the best actors among other members.

Here a link of past Japan concert that I love to watch over and over again. Junho was glorious here (*insert heart eyes). So you can watch without music and still enjoy it (I hope). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9AAAp3cxg8

What I learned being a lowkey fan of idol/artist is never regret only finding them years later. If it gives you happiness, enjoy it. Life is too short and too busy to regret for something that isn't a crime :)

ps: admin, if it is forbidden to link to other media, let me know. Or, please edit.
Thank you...

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Thank you for the link, I will definitely watch it later. So far my fav is Galaxy of 2PM. I don’t know but they just seem so mighty there. Like a king. It is also true watching them always put a smile on my face. Real2PM and their Vlive is a gem.

And yes Junho is definitely the best of the bunch as an actor. But he also knows his weakness as he said himself he is not suitable for reality show due to his personality. From what I saw, it depends on whether is he comfortable with the other guest or the host.

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BFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I loved him since chief Kim. He is simply relatable.

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While I knew he was part of the idol group 2PM, I hadn't really paid attention to Junho until he appeared on the screen in Chief Kim. He appeared as Seo Yul and there was no turning back. I remember saying, "Whoa! Who's this guy and where was he hiding?" Every scene with him was a treat.

I've continued to watch him in his subsequent dramas and it's safe to say he has what it takes. He can do comedy and he can handle serious fare. I look forward to watching him in the coming years.

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he's gotten a lot better. i don't love his acting completely yet but he's so charming (imo) that when i've watched shows with him in it, it's been nice to watch. i'm gonna probably watch wok of love soon. that movie in 2019 sounds amazing tbh.

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i think he's really cute, too, but i think what works for him and most versatile actors in my opinion is not relying on looks. or being adept enough at moving through one look to the other so i can actually tell what kind of person they are. even though some people may find him bland in confession i honestly think he's doing a good job. this is part of the issue i had with iu in my ahjussi; i wish there was more nuance to her character. i don't think that junho's char is perfectly written but the strongest thing about him there is that he displays weakness in the most human ways. not in distress but he is the average worker who happens to be very intelligent but actually very weak.

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I'm actually okay with his restrained portrayal of Lawyer Dohyun considering that the character he's portraying has a past that would logically mold a person's personality and interactions to be guarded and mistrustful of people in general. It's evident in the very small circle of friends and relationships that he has established.

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"Jang Hyuk played the ex-gangster who operated a Chinese restaurant, and apparently makes some killer jajangmyun."

Actually, the one making killer jjangmyun was Junho's character, the talented but down on luck chef. Thought I needed to point that out.

Greasy Melo was a surprisingly fun watch for me. The plot could have been better but then there's so much a PD can do when one of the key characters had to excuse herself from the project.

I'd suggest you pick up Chief Kim pronto. I laughed like a madwoman at many of the scenes and interactions between Nam Goongmin and Junho. They had awesome, awesome chemistry. Junho was a revelation, as a talent. So far removed from his character in Just Between Lovers

I'm currently following Confession as it airs and I'm absolutely loving it. Just two more episodes to go. Thriller and investigative themes are my favorites, so the absence of romance is alright with me.

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THIS!
I also love thriller and investigation, and no romance or only bro-sis-romance is very OK to me. Romance can add spice to a thriller/detective drama/movie, but it has to be written fittingly, not a slap-on-your-face or must-have-if-not-your-movie-sucks. Takes 'The Avengers' for example (Since 'End Game' is the new 'Titanic', kidding). I believe Nat attracted to Bruce. But, it written so subtly you have to read between the line.

Junho brings the best of DH in 'Confession'. He plays a good, awkward, kind of an outsider (he left DA's office since his father is a death-row prisoner), loner attorney. He is smart but kind of only having a linear thinking, how to get his father out of death row. And without anyone besides him except Yu-Ri, he bulls his way there. Only after he found Det Ki and Madame Jin, that he learned he could get there through other way and be more smarter and got more resourceful. He also learnt how to ask for help, share, and that his act may affects others. Like when he found out that he got his heart from Madame Jin's son. It might not alter him to defend CKT, but it prepared him to handle the matter when he found out about his father's involvement in Yu Ri's father's death.

He learnt to appreciate people around him. He still stoic, but he said thank you to Det Ki over and over again. And when he smiled when Det Ki said, 'I know (that I am a good detective).' Ha! The aura of DH is so much different with Seo Yul. I also want to applaud all the others cast in all his dramas. Without them, Junho will not be shine this brightly. I am glad that he chose to work with several top actors/actresses.

Keep up the good job, boy!

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Omg you explained DH’s growth so perfectly! Glad to hear your opinion on that matter.

And I do agree for Junho working with senior actors/actresses. Most of the time he is the youngest or a much younger cast. And he absorb the experience and knowledge like a sponge

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Personally, I started following him closely after Chief Kim. He delivered a grade A+ performance as a quirky sort of bad guy who is always eating. Always! I loved the show so much that it made my rewatch list.

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