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[Beanie Recs] More Ha Jung-woo


Ahoy, Beanies! It’s time to gather your collective genius for a recommendation series that features you and your drama knowledge. Each week we’ll drop a drama conundrum and leave it up to you to provide a drama rec, and the appropriate rationale behind it, be it long or short. Respond below!
 

Narco-Saints was my first introduction to Ha Jung-woo because he hasn’t acted in many dramas. I want to check out some of his older stuff, but his movie career is quite prolific. I don’t know where to begin! Can you suggest a few of his movies to get me started?


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Nameless Gangster - Both for Ha Jung-woo's performance and because crime movies really don't get better than this. It's also a bit of a landmark in Korean pop culture. You can still hear dialogues from the movie in variety shows.

I also liked the two Along With the Gods movies though you need to watch Part 2 to really get the payoff for HJW's character.

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Ha Jung-woo is charismatic and sexy in everything. Start with his award-winning movies as he's nominated every year.

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Start with The Chaser, then My Dear Enemy. Then you’ll get his versatility.

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For me, the landmark Ha Jung-woo films are:

The Unforgiven
His first collaboration with Narco-Saints' director Yoon Jong-bin. He's perfect as a young man who is barely aware of the price he has paid to fit into society.
The Chaser
Possibly his best known film and role. His performance as a serial killer has seared itself into my brain.
The Berlin File
A great spy thriller, with HJW and Jeon Ji-hyun as a North Korean couple trapped in a bloody political mess in gloomy Berlin. Han Seok-kyu and Ryu Seung-beum have the flashier roles, but you root for HJW and JJY all the way.
The Terror Live
HJW in what is in effect a one-man show, as a newsreader negotiating with a terrorist on live TV. Edge-of-the-seat stuff.

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