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You can only pick one: Namgoong Min performance

Welcome to our new feature! You can only pick one, and boy the pressure is on. The DB team will answer a new prompt in each post, and you’re invited to do the same in the comments. Ready to play?

What’s your favorite Namgoong Min performance?

 
missvictrix: Unpopular answer is that it took me a while to warm up to Namgoong Min, and while I love his comedic performances (though I did miss Chief Kim, whoops!) I actually liked him in The Veil the best. I don’t know, I think I just have a weakness for brutal, fearless, badass black ops agent characters with sexy scars.

mistyisles: So… I have a weird, completely irrational aversion to Namgoong Min. I’m sure he’s lovely, and I know he’s a talented actor, so the only explanation I can come up with is that he did too good of a job with the back-to-back villains in Girl Who Sees Smells and Remember: Son’s War. I guess I’ll pick the former as my favorite, since I remember being impressed by him there (and I’d rather forget the latter exists).

DaebakGrits: Stove League is one of my favorite dramas, so I’m obviously picking Baek Seung-soo, the new general manager of the floundering baseball team the Dreams, as my favorite Namgoong Min role. I’m a sucker for an underdog sports drama, and I love watching Seung-soo defy people’s expectations time and time again to help his new team rise to the top. I think the most appealing part of this character is his quiet confidence in the face of everyone’s doubts. He lets the results speak for themselves.

solstices: I was having a hard time deciding, and then I finally started watching One Dollar Lawyer, and I’m sold. Namgoong Min brings his usual charisma to the role, with a side of offbeat quirkiness and debonair vintage suits — it’s hilariously perfect. This is quickly shaping up to become one of my favorite roles of his, even though it’s only been a few episodes. I’m not all caught up yet, but I’ve seen clips of his acting in the flashback scenes, and color me impressed. Versatility is a term that suits Namgoong Min to a tee, and I love that this role allows him to show off his acting chops on both ends of the emotional spectrum.

Unit: I’m partial to dramas that make me laugh, and maybe that’s why Chief Kim sits at the top of my favorite dramas list. Kim Sung-ryong was a wacky and chaotic character, and his brand of humor might have fallen flat if played by someone without good comedic timing. But Namgoong Min has that timing on a lockdown, and he fully immersed himself in the role. No holds barred, no restraints, just an actor having an absolute blast in bringing an already interesting-on-paper character to life. Kim Sung-ryong was more than a clown, though, and thanks to Namgoong Min’s nuanced performance, I was also able to see the heart beneath his wacky exterior. Again, maybe it’s because I’m partial to humorous characters, but for someone who played one of the most goosebump-inducing K-drama psychopaths I have ever watched, Namgoong Min’s total transformation as Kim Sung-ryong is worthy of being my favorite performance of his.

Dramaddictally: Chief Kim! He puts his lips on Junho’s face, was there any way I was picking another performance? I love Namgoong Min here for playing the zany one while pretty much every character around him plays “the straight man.” Or is he just so over the top it makes everyone else seem buttoned down? In either case, it gives him lots of room for absurd antics and bringing out his bright smile — which is even brighter when it’s paired against Junho’s angry face in their building bromance. The drama has an overall great cast, but Namgoong Min steals the show in this one.

 
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Chief Kim. That was when I fell in love with him. Although he didn't play a romantic hero. Buy he had such a nice bromance with Jun-ho.... I didn't need anything else. 😍😍🥰🥰😄😄😃😃😀😀😍😍😍😆😍😍😍🙈😃😃😃😘

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Chief Kim all day every day, forever. That role was wild and he went so full-bore into it that I swear he also creatively unleashed Junho, for which we are ALSO eternally grateful.

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It's a hard choice... I think I will choose Awaken, he was so swoony in this drama 🥰. He was charming, funny and badass at the same time. He wore his leather jacket very well :p

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STOVE LEAGUE for me- it part because he was able to show how a very unusual and arcane world actually works- that requires a skill that combines good acting with good exposition.

But he is doing a band up job in ONE DOLLAR LAWYER too.

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I meant 'bang up'. Spell check does not get everything.

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His acting is consistently good across the genres but the other factors influence over all enjoyment and so far Chief Kim is my favourite. Even though I am only 4 episodes in I am calling it because I have been laughing hard whilst watching a serious topic. Even if it changes later on based on what I have seen so far his character, the storyline and the other characters all work well together to produce my kind of drama.

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One dollar lawyer has showcased his versatility as he plays comedic and straight but the pacing and tone of the drama have not been consistent.
I liked him a lot in Hot stove league which had a solid story line and he played a mainly straight character.

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these are my 3 best ones of his and it is torture to try to say just one. He is one actor I will watch no matter what he is in cause he is just that good.

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I’d pick Beautiful Gong Shim. It was the first time I’d seen NM’s comedic side, and man was it awesome. He was fun with Minah, who also brought it. The woman playing the older sister couldn’t act , and it was a glaring problem, but at least they cut her scenes as the drama progressed.

At the time Chief Kim turned me off- I’m not fond of corrupt main characters. Obv more happens in that show, and I love Junho as well, so this post is reminding me it’s time to make a watch happen.

Although I wouldn’t pick it as my favorite, I have to also say that Girl Who Sees Smells showed me his brilliance. I want a rom-com featuring the SML side of his serial killer as a ML. He also pulled off the best acted can’t-decipher-faces-syndrome there I’ve seen. (I think that deserves a special reward.)

So sad to be missing One Dollar Lawyer. Sent a message complaining to Disney+ again yesterday…

What a fun idea for a series! Thnx.

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No question, Chief Kim.

He was good in Stove League, but more aloof than charismatic.

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I'm gonna go outside the box (aka, choose a project from before Namgoong Min became a charismatic and acclaimed leading man) and choose Can You Hear My Heart, because it's a stunning makjang drama about living with disability that is criminally underrated!

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Can You Hear My Heart is the one that stands out for me, too. But I was angry at the character he played there and he played it so well that I seemed to have also been angry with Namgoong Min. That is a plus for his acting skills.

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Can You Hear My Heart was my first Kdrama ever!

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Agree. This is my first time watching him, but his character here is complex and grey?

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I love him in Can You Hear Ny Heart, his drama choices after that don't align with me. Never finish one

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Me too kang Maru was my first of his (this one of my first dramas, back then I went according to blind or just watched the entire acting career of an actor I came across and liked) that made fall in love plus mothers and sons are my perfect catnip...

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"Chief Kim" probably makes the most sense, but I'm going with his cameo as a loving father of two boys in "Doctors." He was so endearing and moving in that role that I didn't realize he was the same actor who played the villain in "Remember" (a loathsome character expertly played).

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I first noticed him in his cameo on Man to Man which was hilarious to me but I fell in love with his acting in The Veil. I have to get caught up on his previous shows.

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Chief Kim, especially for the scenes when he was in the "naughty corridor" and taking his brief to be as annoying as possible to the greatest of heights. What. A. Star.

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He was incredible in Girl Who Sees Smells and Remember (hated the drama tho), but Beautiful Gong Shim is when he reached fave levels. I think that's still my favorite role, and the loveliest of his dramas. Sadly, I've yet to watch Stove League.

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Stove League for the win.

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I, alas, have not gotten to/been able to access any of his dramas, but many are on my wishlist! Using these comments to line up my Namgoong Min priorities...

I just wanted to say for the record that I really love this new feature! Excited to see these posts sprinkled in from time to time!

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I like this feature!

This is an easy pick for me as I have only seen two things with him in - The Girl Who Sees Smells and Beautiful Gong Shim. I had to fast forward huge chunks of Beautiful Gong Shim. I really enjoyed him as the villain in The Girl Who Sees Smells, which I may have to watch again now.

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Agreed this is a great way to showcase an actor with the added bonus of a free review of all their work so we can decide what to add to the watchlist.
Thanks @db-staff

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he already quite a household name before Chief Kim. he has rave review for his villain performance in Girl who see smell and Remember. but, his popularity really soar for his wacky performance as Chief Kim. his expression and over the top acting as Chief Kim really blew it. one of my favorite rewatch.

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YOU CAN'T MAKE ME CHOOSE!!

I'll show myself out.

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No reason why, but his performance as the villain in Remember: Son’s War left the most impression on me. I think he nailed the role. One of the worst and the most pitiful villains I’ve ever seen.

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That was a great performance. I always felt that the character was modeled after the character in be The Veteran. if you haven't seen the movie the Veteran, you should check it out. Yoo Ah in is awesomely terrible.

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please ignore the extra word of "be". My phone's keyboard seems to think every sentence needs the word "be" inserted in random in places.

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So glad that its not just mine that has a tendency to add or change a word just as I press send so its too late to change it😬

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Ditto what Reply1988 said. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has this extremely genius autocorrect function that thinks it knows what I'd like to type better than I do. 😱

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Thank you for the recommendation! I very rarely watch something violent/stressful these days, but I took note of this.

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I don't recommend Remember: Son's War because the ending gives you no comfort but rather leaves you feeling unsettled. You're left feeling like "Well what is the main character's life going to be like now?"
I do recommend, if you like light-hearted fluff (even though it has a serial killer in the background, but it's not to be taken seriously and there's o blood or gore) - The Girl Who Sees Smells. I can't help but smile even as I type the title.

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I’m a fan of Awaken. He brought a little bit of funny bewilderment to a character who was a mystery, and then ramped things up as the story got weirder.

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He nailed in the role of the villian in Girl who sees smells and Remember drama. One of his best performance, like i really wanted to drag him out of the screen and punch him. That much his character angered me.

But I loved him the most in Hot Stove league and Veil. Totally two vary different characters and so yet very charming.

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I love the drama Chief Kim or Good Manager and really like Namgoong Min so much that I watched it several times.

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My pick is Hot Stove League.

This drama has a great cast with its supporting cast universally good but NGM single-handedly turned an unlikely appealing story devoid of romance or crimes into a great underdog drama and then a rating hit. The story is of course well-written but his performance of adopting unorthodox means - in a very understated manner - to turn things around is so admirably believable.

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"in a very understated manner". This is what I call quiet acting, where you convey all the emotions and character in an extremely subtle way. It is understated and "quiet". My favorite kind of acting. So 100% on what you said.

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Having seen only two of NGM's works, One Dollar Lawyer and the Veil, I'm yet to be drawn to the NGM charm despite I seeing it vividly in One Dollar Lawyer. Their kind of comedy and action are a hit or miss for me.
But his adulations in other dramas mentioned here speak for themselves -Nam Goong-min is good.

One Dollar Lawyer will be the one I'll pick as it's the only one I'm sitting in beyond the premiere episodes. Perhaps it'll change with subsequent projects.

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Like Mistyisles, I weirdly became captured by Namgoong Min in The Girl Who Sees Smells. Prior to that, he was just the Second Male Lead in a string of older dramas where he never even generated my sympathy as the guy leftover. After that, his turn as the maniac in Remember Son's War was exhilaratingly exhausting and exciting. I really enjoyed him as Chief Kim but became tired of his character before the ending stretch. By the time he played Beautiful Gong Shim and The Undateables, my fascination went *poof* - as fast as it came, it vanished! I thought this was probably due to my weakness for bad guys, but I couldn't get past the first couple of episodes of Undateables nor The Veil.

But I will say the older he gets the better looking he is! (hmmm, maybe l give Stove League a try.)

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I guess I have only watched him in The girl who sees scents. Great acting for a very hateful villain.

Some weeks ago I started The Undateables but I watched only half episode and I did not like it. It seemed very silly. Should I give it a try?

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Oohhh this is tough...i love Nam Goong Min. But I got to say I am partial to his Chief Kim. That is the role that made me a fan. Next would be him in Doctor Prisoner then Stove League.

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Chief Kim. The performance that caught my eye was in Remember. The psycho Nam Gyu-man was so memorably awful I didn't want to ever see the actor again. Then came Chief Kim. It rehabilitated him nicely. I don't think he's had very good scripts since then except for Stove League.

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I've only seen the following dramas starring Nam Goong Min: Doctor Prisoner, Awaken, The Veil & the latest One Dollar Lawyer. I associated NGM with a 'deadpan look' when it comes to his acting in Dr Prisoner, Awaken & The Veil (since not much reaction is needed for those roles). I remember writing somewhere here that I hope his next drama will be something different hahaha.... So my pick of my fav NGM performance will have to be Chun Ji-hoon from $1 Lawyer. I actually enjoyed this drama of his the most as his role here to date have more facial expressions than any of those that I've seen him in :P

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1. Doctor Prisoner- He played this role so well. The revenge was so amazing. He left no room for error that even the janitor could get it. lol He was so charming, scary, determined, sexy, intelligent, and extremely strategic it was like a fantasy to watch.
2. My Rosy Life- Here he plays a doctor trying to date the female leads sister. It's a sad story about death and family. He's sweet extremely caring and funny. He doesn't have to many scenes but when he's on screen he takes it over.
3. Beautiful Sunday- All I can say is woah!! You'll be watching through your fingers with this one. Everyone wants to know how he played a villain so well this is what started it. By the end of the movie you feel pity for him and only Nam Goong Min can do that.

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I have to say, after years of being lulled along by crushing on him after One Fine Day, and wondering why he didn’t get more work, I was shocked into realizing he was truly a great actor by Girl Who Sees Smells and Remember. Just psychotic and unforgettable. Its been thrilling to see him hit the heights with all the lead roles since then, my Aquaman 🧜🏼‍♂️ (OFD reference) 🥰

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Chief Kim

Honorable mention: Stove League (I already bought the script book for it and remembered that I should have bought Chief Kim's instead)

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This feature is so much fun!

My pick is "Doctor Prisoner".

As always great looks, stunning voice and a really interesting storyline that had me asking more than once "How is he going to get out of this mess?"

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Namgoong Min in Hot Stove League for me. His character was mature, serious, and goal oriented. It's the drama that made me like him as an actor, and it's why I was able to watch Chief Kim (him and Junho).

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Beautiful Gong Shim! I ended up watching the whole thing because of him. I did like Minah's performance in it as well. Just a cute little drama.

But...I'm really enjoying his role in One Dollar Lawyer - it's the perfect admixture of his Stove League and Chief Kim characters. This might become my new favorite.

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It was The Girl Who Sees Scents that gave me Namgoong Min - I fell in love with his beautiful face. I know he was a killer but he had such a beautiful face. He didn’t really hurt anyone as in hurt,moainful, he just killed them. He was such a lovely killer.
Thinking back though, I first saw him in Doctor Prisoner quite spine chilling from memory but very good, very well done. I should rewatch it.
Hot Stove League I didn’t enjoy as much, I preferred his roles in the two I mentioned. Beautiful Gong Shim showed family dynamics. I’m waiting for The Veil to come out on Netflix Australia.

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I first saw NGM ins The Girl Who Can See Smells and definitely stayed for him. Then I actually watched Can You Hear My Heart for him, although his excellent acting made me excruciatingly frustrated with the character. And so it goes on, his shows are always on my list of future shows to watch. I do think he inspired Junho to whole another level in Chief Kim and for that I cannot be thankful enough.
But he's so versatile and good at his job, I can't possibly choose one role. I always love him, even when I don't love the drama.

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Weirdly, My favorite is Remember The Sons War- I cried so hard for him even though he was so awful. Very memorable. I tried watching the Veil but got confused. Looks like I need to check out Chef Kim now for sure!

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I am part way through Cheif Kim and loving it. There are so many laugh out loud moments in between the office politics and the way Chief Kim effortlessly pulls people in to his fandom is a joy to watch. Let us know how you find it.

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Too many great performances to actually choose fast but i'll give Chief Kim the crown for now...He was a joy in the show and his bromance with Junho by far one of my ultimate favorite among all dramas

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