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[Drama chat] Justice for Seo In-gook


I have Seo In-gook on the brain these days, after being simultaneously disappointed by Cafe Minamdang, and yet as enchanted as ever with his acting. Generally, I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to good actors in crap dramas, but something about Cafe Minamdang just made me want to fly to Seoul, march to his agency CEO’s office door, kick it down, and give them a piece of my mind. Or, take over his career choices myself.

Anyway, this is our place to talk about Seo In-gook’s projects, from the ones you enjoyed and would recommend (Answer Me 1997, Shopping King Louie, I Remember You), to the ones you loved but no one else seems to agree (High School Kind of Savvy, Hundred Million Stars From the Sky), to the ones that… well, shall not be named.
 

Seo In-gook deserves better! And so do we. This is your place to talk about his dramas — good, great, and to-be-avoided-at-all-costs. Rate them, rank them, brainstorm his next drama for him. Anything.

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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Small correction. SIG was in Answer Me 1997, not 1994.

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Brain typo corrected XD

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Loved him in reply 1997; this drama got me back into k dramas after I considered leaving them.
I remember you was a masterpiece according to me, plotholes be damned 😅. This drama gave me bogum and his puppy eyes while he was pining for his hyung to remember him😢. At the same time I was genuinely scared when he switched to his other persona. I really hope SIG and PBG are in a drama again.
After that I couldn't really get into his other dramas. I dropped louie(don't come after me please🙈) and I didn't like hundred million stars. I only watched it because of the leads and to compare it to the original source material. Not that I liked the original version, but if they had stuck to the original ending I would have applauded them but alas!
Anyway reply 1997 made me his lifelong fan and I'm still willing to get another drama of his that I can love.

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What a subjective and unfair opinion, Cafe Mimdang has good reviews as a drama and very good viewership of the last episode. The actor can be satisfied with his work as well as the rest of the cast.

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This is a recap and REVIEW website; obviously a lot of the posts are going to be subjective. That doesn't make it unfair. You're welcome to enjoy a drama that other people dislike, and vice versa.

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What do you mean no one thinks High School King of Savvy was good? (Gets ready for a fist fight)

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I think the highschooler dating an adult can be the problematic part of the story.

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You are correct... but there are any number of Seo In Guk moments in it that cracked me up to no end.

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I don't think HSKOS was good ... 🤭

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(obviously he was very good in it, but everything else couldn't get through 😅)

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I really enjoyed it but never re-watched it because of the female lead. That character just wasn't for me, but otherwise and especially Se In Guk, it was great.

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I thoroughly loved the characters, and the actors' portrayal. The leads, the father, grandfather, the overly-anxious boss, and Shin Hye-sun in a small role.
I became a Seo In-guk fan because of this drama.

The teasers were so cute too. @missvictrix's profile picture always brings to mind the quirky dances in the teasers.

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I've got your back, man! That drama was HIGH INSANITY and I was there for every second of it.
Also, it was NOT good but I will fight for it!
This may not make sense but this is what SIG does to my heart.

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Damn right. Last two project (DAYS and Cafe M) has left me kinda annoyed at his agency. DAYS was ok but SIG didn’t get to show his acting chops. While Cafe M was just BAD. Slapstick comedy?

Among the dramas that you mentioned that we all love, I would like to add Love Rain and Master’s Sun to that list. He was a side actor but his acting was daebak.

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I second you on Master's Sun. Regardless of any plot issues etc... I really enjoyed his performance there.

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100% on Master's Sun. He was the best part of that show by far.

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And his character deserved better than the second female lead.

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Master's Sun was one of the first k-dramas I watched, when I was still completely unfamiliar with Second Lead Syndrome and didn't know what hit me... A love triangle where the one who doesn't end up end-game isn't just a perfunctory plot device, where in fact you enjoy every minute he's on screen even if you already know he won't get the girl? Revolutionary! In western media I tend to be reflexively annoyed about the appearance of rival love interests, because they often seem like pointless obstacles designed to drag out the story when the writers run out of more interesting conflicts to mine for drama, but here was the first time I could see the point. Like, I get why the heroine has to pick the other guy in the end, for dramatic reasons, etc. but for the time being, this one's much cuter, and such a delight.

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I watched him in different dramas but 38 Task Force was the one I found him really great. He showed so many different personalities and nailed them. He had a great chemistry with Ma Dong-Seok. The only issue was the FL, Sooyoung wasn't good in this role and her character was useless. They had so many badass women in this drama, but they chose the less interesting one for the love story u_u

I really liked him in Hello Monster/Remember You (how the titles can be so different?) He looked dashing.

I'm not sure I would have liked the ML in Shopaholic Louis if he had been played by another actor. This kind of character can be annoying very fast. He and Nam Ji-Hyun formed a super cute couple.

In Hundred Million Stars From the Sky, he played very well the grey and tortured ML.

My brain need to forget Doom at Your Service and Cafe Minamdang. At least, in Cafe Minandang, I really liked his style and character.

I didn't watch The King's Face but I really liked the OST by Sonnet Son.

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::sigh:: I, too, have been a bit disappointed recently. I was really excited for both Cafe Minamdang and Doom at Your Service. Both had premises that are right up my alley, but somehow the execution fell a little…flat? I dropped both—DAYS about halfway through and Minamdang after ep 4. I don’t think the dramas were particularly bad, but just kind of meh.

In Minamdang’s defense, I’ve been a little burnt out on dramas recently. I’m getting tired of watching shows where the story involves some kind of wronged past, mystery killer and corruption—no matter the twist they put on the story. I’m also not a huge fan of Oh Yeon Seo so the show had those things going against it.

I was much more disappointed with DAYS. I wanted to love it so so much. The premise was 100% my cup of tea and I love Park Bo Young, but something just fell a little flat.

Reply 1997 will forever be near and dear in my heart. It was one of the first dramas I watched and made me a fan of both Seo In Guk and Jung Eun Ji. Oooh, I feel like it needs a rewatch now!!

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According to Asian Wiki he was in Reply 1997 and also in 1994 for 2 episodes.

I have only seen two of his dramas at different stages of my Kdrama journey Doom and Shopping King. I enjoyed his performance in both and whilst neither were exceptional I watched them all the way through for different elements. I rarely find a drama that I can settle into and love all the way through. If there is an annoying character with too much screen time that can offset the joy of watching so I wonder if part of SIG’s difficulties is either the story or another actor ruins the vibe and the drama loses its appeal. He is then trapped in the contract or half way through filming when disaster hits and the potential of the drama drops significantly. This scenario is happening to a few actors these days but its all part of a learning experience and he still gets his bills paid. Hopefully, he will find a great story and cast for his next project.

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I loved him in I Remember You and Reply 1997 (Master's Sun was really good, too, though he wasn't the lead). I haven't really been able to get into his other dramas. He has some serious acting chops, he just needs good scripts to match.
(I feel like justice is needed for a lot of actors. One that comes to mind right away is Yeo Jin-gu. His dramas have been hit or miss at times. When they're good they're really good. And then there is lukewarm. Good actors/actresses deserve to be able to fully exercise their skills.)

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I could not agree with you more for both actors! I adore YJG and SIG, but I hesitate on watching them because they are a huge hit for me or disappointing. And as you said, it's not these actors that are the issue. I dropped Cafe Minamdang because it was putting me to sleep (then again, almost everything does nowadays) and I was not interested in the storyline. Dang.

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I liked/loved almost everything he did while at Jellyfish Entertainment, plus I am one who also loved hundred million stars. But most of the things he has done with the new agency have been painfully underwhelming. Even though he was fabulous in Pipeline, the movie still was under par. His two most recent dramas have been ones I either did not watch all the way through or kept going even though I wasn't really enjoying it. I don't blame Seo In-Guk for my disappointment in these because he really did well with his character, it was just the drama as a whole was disappointing. And I did not feel that he paired well with either of the leading ladies in those two. A new film is coming out "Project Wolf Hunting" and I am hoping that one turns this all around. SIG has shown phenomenal talent in the past, truly remarkable skill in creating and portraying characters. I long to see that again in worthy kdramas. But right now it feels like his agency is sending him out in sweats when he should be wrapped in silk.

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I have watched 4 SIG dramas.
- DAYS
- Shopping king Louie
- A million falling stars
- Cafe minamdang(dropped in episode 6)

In all of them, I really enjoyed his acting. BUT the writing is usually a problem. I really wanted to like Cafe minamdang but something about it just felt off. I am also not a fan of slapstick.
Both shopping king and million falling stars, I binged in a couple of days. I really enjoyed them.
As for DAYS, it was just underwhelming. I like MOST of the characters but I wanted more. Though, I think he just like a lot of other actors keep choosing scripts that are not great. It makes me sometimes wonder how much information the actors get about a project before filming. Do they get the episodes or just the synopsis? Do they choose or do the agencies choose?

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I think because lots of Korean dramas use the live shoot style of filming (where the week's episodes are shot that same week or the week before), the majority of projects aren't fully written. This is why there end up being episodes that are all fan service or filler, or the product placement ramp up as they go. Therefore, I think the actors/agencies get a synopsis and an episode or two in advance. It also explains why there are so many dramas that have strong opening weeks and then drastically fall off.

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i loved Million stars. i saw the Japanese original first and it was gripping and thick with the themes but i love Kimura Takuya a lot. the Korean version let you breathe a bit more but was still intense and one not to be indulged in too much.

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Is the Japanese one that good? Should I give it a try?

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it is well written and dark but it griped my heart from the start and i binged some of it. i know dark is not for everyone but this one was not bloody but dealt with the emotions of a dark theme like some of the serious kdramas do. but you should know that i love Kimura and watch all his stuff! hope that helps

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I first watched Seo In Guk in the King's Face and I was impressed, highly impressed with his performance there, and second through the recaps in Children of Nobody. With Cafe Minamdang, I'm not a fan of over the top comedic tirades so I just didn't settle in for the shaman scenes. As such they bore me out quite easily naturally.

I do not know what his worst work is since I've only watched him in two dramas, and I just couldn't sit through the other.

I do want his next role to be something like what he had in The King's Face and/or Children of Nobody. I'll prefer something more like The King's Face. Perhaps because I prefer to watch such genre of dramas.

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It wasn't him in Children of Nobody but Lee Yi-Kyung.

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Yh. I confused the title with Hundred Million Stars from the Sky.

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I'm starting to feel about SIG the way I do about Ji Chang-wook in that I really loved both but it's been so long since I've been able to finish one of their dramas (and the dramas have been so bad) that I've kind of lost that loving feeling.

That said, SIG has had some good dramas. Reply 1997 will always be a favorite of mine. I also really liked 38 Task Force and thought he did his best acting in it. I also thought he was brilliant in High School King of Savvy though the drama itself was problematic. Shopping King Louis was cute.

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I've seen SIG in Answer Me 1997, High School King of Savvy, I remember You, Squad 38, Shopping King Louis, and Hundred Million Stars from the Sky. Doom at Your Service and Minamdang didn't sound like my type of show so I didn't watch them.

My least favorite is Answer Me 1997. While SIG was great, Jung Eun Ji always looked awkward during their romantic scenes. It looked like she was resisting him/wanted to get away from him which seemed really awkward. I'm not sure why they made her character like that but it was uncomfortable to watch.

I honestly don't remember much about Squad 38 but I think it was fun. I'd be interested in watching it again.

I LOVED I Remember You when I first watched it. I thought the acting was great and the story was exciting but it isn't the sort of show I'd want to rewatch since it was pretty violent. Also, I'm not a fan of PBG anymore so I don't really watch his shows.

Hundred Million Stars from the Sky was so intriguing and moody. And the chemistry was fantastic. Knowing the twist and the ending makes it less intriguing though so it probably isn't one I would rewatch since I know what happens now. But I think it's a great show to watch in the fall/winter.

My two favorites are High School King of Savvy and Shopping King Louis. I've watched both of them three times 😅

Shopping King Louis has a really great plot for the first 12ish episodes until you find out what happened to Louis and Boknam. Then the plot kind of meanders to a fairly satisfying happy ending. It's fun though watching Louis go from being a protected rich kid to a responsible man. Plus he and Bok Shil are absolutely adorable.

This is probably a controversial opinion but I think High School King of Savvy is really good. The plot doesn't ever lag, the characters have good chemistry, SIG does a great job playing both brothers, the side characters are really fun (I especially love Gramps), and it has a very satisfying ending.

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I never got into 1997 because of FL. I didn't like her response to ML either. Her delivery was awkward and stiff. Her character was violent and didn't really treat him well in my opinion.

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Guess I'll just cut and paste and tweak my comment from the final recap then??? Lmao

He's amazing in everything he's done but a lot of his dramas have been more miss than hit, and overall he's about 50/50 for me on shows I could at minimum say were good enough to watch vs shows I wanted to pull my hair out to, lmao.
However, none of these, however sub par, have stopped me from continuing to check him out because he's such a phenomenal chameleon actor and able to reform and slip himself into any role with such ease, it's just such a joy to watch him (until the story catches up ofc haha).
I'm not above dropping a Ziggy drama though - indeed I should've dropped Café Minamdang, especially before the point where even his comedic acting, which excellent at the beginning, started to completely fall flat for me nearer the end 😔 (which wasn't his fault but ooph), but I guess I was more interested in suffering at the time than pulling the plug 😅🤣

I Remember You/ Hello Monster is one of if not his best drama, and my favourite of his. I'm not as bothered by the romance in this as a lot of people are, tbh, and I do think the ending is the weakest, but the rest of this show is just 🤌

Reply 97 obviously is a classic at this point.
I think this was my first drama of his (and coincidentally, not only one of HIS first dramas, but also one of mine.) Love him and Eun Ji together, love Busan satoori, enjoyed this show as a whole but always felt the husband question in this was superfluous and the SL was weird.
I've uhm, never seen any other Reply series for comparison 😅 (I know, sue me, lmao).
Also still love the OST to this day.

I like Shopping King Louis? it's actually one of the fewer shows I've rewatched lol.
But I understand that it's super taste dependent and also would not work *at all* with anyone but Ziggy as the lead. He studied puppies for the role and adds a charm to Louis that on paper should and would be annoying, but ends up being strangely endearing. I think SKL is this writer's fluke, and she got mad lucky with actors (Ziggy and Nam Ji Hyun sold the show) that elevated the whimsical possibility of her show so much, you can overlook how odd the story is otherwise (if you can accept its ridonkulousness), otherwise this would've been another Dodo 🤣🤣

Squad 38 was fun! I binged it in like 3 days or something, the ending is like the exact same as My Fellow Citizens, which is by the same people, which I think is kinda funny, and it's twistiness dies out at the end because if this; it's not amazing but it's throughoughly watchable and enjoyable otherwise.

I personally loathe Hundred Million Stars and think it's an absolutely stupid drama that makes 0 sense. 👀🙊
Ziggy was obviously great in it and carried it for me though.

He somehow managed to embody a literal concept and also nothingness and not actually a human person at all in Doom: At Your Service which was extremely disconcerting albeit impressive...

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... But Doom was... Yeah let's not talk about Doom lol. I dropped at 10.

High School King of Savvy has its fans but I could never finish it and found everything else except him painful or painfully annoying ☠️🥲

I did enjoy the mini drama Another Parting of his, but it's kinda weird lol. I think that's... why I liked it and not for much other reason, and fortunately it's super short so you can just enjoy the liminal space weirdness and space out to it more than anything else.

Him and Lee SoonHyuk obviously had a shittone of fun on Pipeline but the movie and story itself was like, literally pointless. That is, the plot itself "resolved" in a way that meant the entire thing had no reason to exist, which was ... Unsatisfying to say the least.

And that's everything of his I've seen. I'm not likely to ever go back and watch some of the older stuff at this point, (I'm sure people will be able to guess why for Master's Sun at least lol).

I've come up with several dream roles for him before but I'm blanking on them a bit right now...
Something that took the dark potential of HMS to the next level for me would be fun; that show didn't take that character anyplace interesting for me, and I don't see him as morally grey or anti hero as he could've or should've been, so like an actual anti hero by him would be cool I think. A villain also. But really it all comes back to writing. He'll be great in whatever, but it's the writing and execution thereof that matters most.

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I also love, love the use of Busan satoori. They way both committed to it and it became another indispensable part of their personas. Just a treat and oh, so funny at times.

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I've always believed if anyone other than SIG played Louis it would've fallen flat like a pancake.
I've also never seen the other reply shows.

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I know! I read this, and was like, "Oh perfect, they are unofficially doing the beanie rec I half asked for in the comments!"

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Loved ihim in Reply 1997, 38 Task Force, I remember you and Shopping King Louie.

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes isn't my usual type of drama, but I loved their chemistry and scenes together. Doom could have been so much better, but I did enjoy it to some degree. My only problem with King of High School, otherwise I had a lot of fun with it. I haven't seen The King's Face, because I am not much into Sageuks.

Café Minamdang is the first drama of his, that I didn't finish. His performance was good as always, but neither the romance nor the comedy really worked for me.

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I miss watching him but I dropped Doom and was thinking of checking out Cafe Minamdang but the comments ain't that good. So please dear CEO of SIG's agency, better choices. I might rewatch I Remember You if there's nothing else I could watch. Or maybe his movies.

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I will continue to name Doom at Your Service because I thought it was a good drama, and I will not ride the "DAYS hate bandwagon." #sorrynotsorry

(And to prevent any confusion, this is a light-hearted comment! 🙂)

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I also liked Doom at your service.
I was taken by the visuals and the music. And it made me discover SIG. :)

I loved Remember me.
I adore The Master's Sun.
But I could not finish Café Minamdang... I do not find the grotesque funny.
I am intrigued and weary by Project Wolf hunting trailer.

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I feel this in my core.. 3 back to back dropped dramas.
Please please please.. gimme a good Ziggy drama..

To date, Reply 1997 remains my fav of his. love the drama and him to bits in that..

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My favorite SIG role still remains "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes." That drama was an obsessive binge watch for me thanks to his performance and the incredible chemistry between him and JSM. I fully embrace the story's flaws because it provided so many riveting moments from the first moment SIG is on screen to the final, tragic seconds. Part of me longs for another role like that for him--while watching "My Liberation Notes" I wondered what he would have done with a character like Mr. Gu-type (obviously Seok-koo Son was perfect in the role and owned it so I'm not saying SIG should have been cast instead--just that I wondered if he'd ever be considered for such a quiet, unglamorous part like that).

At the same time, he's such an excellent comedic actor. I couldn't make it all the way through "Shopping King Louis," but I did love a great deal of "High School King of Savvy" because he's so charming and loveable in it. He was also wonderful--if less polished-- in Reply 1997, largely because he could play everything from high comedy to melodrama without missing a beat.

I didn't love "I Remember You/Monster." He was fine in it as were his co-stars but the tone didn't work for me and sometimes his character was a little bit too cool/aloof. It almost felt at times like he was playing a caricature of his own persona and that took me out of the drama.

I do see why he took the role in Cafe Minamdang, and don't necessarily feel his agent(s) did him dirty. Sometimes dramas just don't work the way you want them to, and for me, CM was too half-baked to be enjoyed. But SIG seemed to be having a great time with the over-the-top nature of everything and the ratings were solid, so I doubt anyone's thinking of it as a failure. As his fan, I wanted something higher quality; or, to put it simply, I wanted to be having as much fun watching as he appeared to be having acting in it. The fact that that didn't happen is a shame, especially since it's unclear what his next project will be. But I remain ever hopeful.

One other thing I was thinking about in regards to his future career choices is that it might be a good idea for him to take a role where he's not so firmly in the main lead position--i.e. I could see him thriving in an ensemble drama like "D.P." or, again, "My Liberation Notes" where the focus is less on how charismatic and gorgeous he is, and more on how he fits into a larger character-driven story. I think that worked very well, for instance, for Jung Hae-in in both "Snowdrop" (not a great drama, but he was really good in it) and "D.P."

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I can also see why he took the role in Cafe Minamdang. I agree that it seemed like he had a ton of fun with it, and I really enjoyed the first few episodes, which are probably all that was written when he signed on.

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I never finished DAYS but I liked him enough in it that I went for a small binge of his other dramas - Hello Monster was great (although I don’t think that psychiatrist dad’s method for preventing his child growing up a psychopath is clinically recommended 🧐) and Shopping King Louie was pretty good although slow to get going and about two episodes too long.

I feel like he’s generally entertaining to watch but most of his dramas (where he is lead, at least) are fairly forgettable.

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I had read the comments on Cafe Minamdang and was hoping it would be at least another King of Savvy or Shopping King. Ok, sure, not GREAT dramas, but good enough vehicles for Seo In Guk hilarity. Alas, I think I made it to episode 6 before I could NOT do it anymore. Not to put all the blame on Oh Yeon Seo, but oy, embolism-inducing that one...

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@missvictrix: I am there with you in your imaginary confrontation but wouldn't that be a real scandal as opposed to eg, “X was seen walking with someone in the park!”😱
I was thinking how good SIG could have been in “My Liberation Notes”. He has the depth, charm and soulfulness to have perfectly pulled off Gu. Son Sukku did a great job but SIG could have too including great chemistry with the cast. He should also consider a sageuk. Look what it did for Junho’s career even if the show and Yi San’s characterisation was so flawed.

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For me its not a matter of finding a specific role or genre for him. He can rock any genre or character in my opinion. He needs a good writer a good director and a good cast. Thats all it would take and I don't feel its asking too much. Honestly does his agency have it out for him or are his latest dramas really the best he was offered? At least he's getting back into music. That is a comfort as I love his voice.

P.S. Project wolf hunting, dont crush my dreams and spit on my TV. I need you to work.

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Hands down favorite: Shopping King Louis
Runner up: Kang Candy

my complaints about Miamdang: The drama was needlessly dark. And the comedic elements of SIG’s performance were almost entirely derivative of Jim Carrey’s work.

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Yes, I couldn't unsee it, once I noticed it.

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He was sooo good in Hello Monster and Hundred Million Stars From the Sky. One of his best acts in these 2 dramas. But i still adore him from Shopping King Louise and Reply 1997.

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I am one of those who watched him in DAYS and then went on a massive SIG binge. Although I really got frustrated with DAYS, there were moments in it where SIG was just *electric*. He was so compelling that I could almost forget there were other people in the drama. And it was usually when he was doing pretty much nothing other than lying on that couch.

So I went on the hunt for more electricity, and I got... just that. In every drama I then watched (Smile, Louis, 38, Master's Sun, Monster) there were moments of absolute brilliance and I couldn't rip my eyes from the screen - but none of the dramas would end up being on my "watch again" list (although if Smile had kept the original ending, maybe...).

I know very little about how the whole ending-up-in-a-drama works for the actors, so I have no answers as to why he's not managed to end up in a masterpiece. But I really, really, *really* hope it happens.

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Exactly x 💯 for me too. He is such a good actor and DAYS was my first viewing of him. He tore my heart out with his tragic Doom and I watched it all the way through. My Ziggy binge ensued. I laughed myself silly in Louie, as I've never done in a drama before. I binged Monster in record time. He and Gummy showed their acting chops big time. In Smile, he was the best bad boy ever, notwithstanding the horrible ending and dubious twist. Cafe M is silly over top, but peters out towards the last third. He clowns his way through it, but for me, seeing him in a suit makes it all worthwhile. Whatever he is in, I'll watch. It will have to be really bad for me not to, and even have a dopier FL. But wouldn't it be great to see him in something top notch.

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Oh, Seo In Guk... *sigh of disappointment* Is it him? The projects? When I think about it, none of shows I've seen him in have ever really wowed me, some were downright awful (looking at you DOOM), but he was addictive in them. Sadly then I felt his ego grew so big that it took over...perhaps that was always the case and I didn't see it in the beginning?
I fell hard for him in MASTER'S SUN. I was more interested in him than anything else in that show, literally just waiting for his scenes. I loved him in REPLY 1997--I thought "wow he's really talented!". HELLO MONSTER/REMEMBER YOU-- it took me a minute because the drama was just plain crazy, but he somehow sucked me in and not only got me through that mess of a show, but even elevated it. SHOPPING KING LOUIE, however, was just so over the top, I couldn't get past episode 1. DAYS he seemed so in love with himself, but I hung in there...not sure now why I did... His cameos in ABYSS and OH MY GHOST were awesome little treats. KINGS FACE, HSKOF and CAFE again couldn't get past the first episode.

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I've loved SIG since Reply 97 which was my first drama ever, so he's held a special place in my kdrama heart.

I wanted to love Doom so so much. The chemistry between the two leads was so great and the concept was interesting. Not sure how the plot ended up being so insanely boring.

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To be honest I’ve generally loved all of the seo in guk dramas that I’ve watched and think he does have an eye for projects although some people may not agree.

Don’t know if it’s just his talent that outshined the dramas writing but I’ve loved him in every drama I’ve seen despite the writing not being flawless. It’s only lately that I think he could do better (don’t know if his agency has anything to do with it) I hated doom with a passion because of how flaccid and empty the characters and writing was. Contrary to popular opinion I actually thoroughly enjoyed minamdang and didn’t really have a problem with the writing until I came to the recaps whoops. I guess all logic flew out the window when the minamdang crew were on screen. My wishes for his next show is to see him in a gut wrenching melo (yes I’m a masochist that’s why 100 million is my favourite) or a cute rom-com/slice of life with good writing please 🤞🏼

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Maybe i ought to give 100 million another chance...

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I also enjoyed Minamdang. It's definitely not making it into my list of favorites, and there were things that I found annoying, but I thought the story was fine and the Minamdang crew's operations were always super fun.

I would love to see him in your picks for a future project, I would 100% watch both of those options!

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I loved High School Kind of Savvy hahaa. Granted, it was controversial, but well-portrayed and so much fun. It also allowed him the opportunity to showcase a wacky teen character. I have been obsessed with Seo in-guk for a while and went down a rabbit role of watching every legacy drama/movie he was in; but recently, I feel let down with some of his projects (100 million stars) because this guy is just soo damn talented. I didn't watch Doom but heard it was good; it just was nothing new or special. I think he deserves opportunities which showcase his diverse talents.

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which is why I am excited about Project Wolf Hunting

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I am such a stan of that drama. He was like, soooo good at portraying the youthful frustration with doing things "right". and it introduced him to lee Soo Hyuk, these too are a tandem I always look forward to.

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The King’s Face introduced me to SIG and the thinking montage.

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To me, his most memorable role to date was not in a drama, but in an MV, that of K.Will's Please don't (이러지마 제발) over a decade ago, with 90 millions views combined on starshipTV and 1theK youtube channels, due to the plot twist and the risks taken on his public image in conservative Korea.

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Justice in deed.
I recently finished Doom At Your Service and it felt like there could have been so much potential for that show but the plot just didn't really go anywhere. If it wasn't for Seo In Guk and Park Bo Young, I don't think I would have finished. Since then, I've been looking up Seo In Guk's other dramas but most reviews have put me off watching. Hello Monster and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes seem good but also heavy. I really hope he gets some new dramas that can truly put his acting in to good use. The guy deserves it.

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is there a way to make a petition and hand over the results to his agency? Like Avaaze or Change or other platforms

Seo In Guk is one of the most versatile actors of his generation with an ability to absorb the character intuitively, as if possessed by it. should perhaps be working with indie movie makers, on short projects that give him a chance to display the range but are not as tolling as 3 months of drama (like, filming 4-5 days). and then longer movies. The fact that even with a bad script, he goes all-in with the character means his partners need to be equal, or better and more experienced. I can sense he could get bored if he has no one to learn from and evolve. Maybe a project with one of the older gen icons - Song Kang-Ho? I can see them explode with charisma together.

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I didnt know who Seo In Guk until I watched Cafe Minamdang. I liked him there so I googled him and now Im a fan. Sorry for those who didnt like Cafe M but I will be forever greatful for that show because its the show that introduced me to SIG. I liked the way he portrayed his character because it didnt feel like acting, it just felt like he easily slid into that character comfortably. I dont know how to explain it lol i just cant think of another actor who could do that character thats it

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My recommendation is Shopping King Louie (the only k-drama I have watched starring by Seo In Guk so far).
Why did I like it? Because of the main couple, one of my favorite duos in k-dramaland.
Seo in Guk's character (Louie) is lovely and unforgettable.
But I can understand why many people dropped this lightweight rom-com.

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