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You can only pick one: Park Min-young drama

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?
 

You can only pick one Park Min-young drama


missvictrix: This is a tough one, because I’ve seen and enjoyed most of her dramas. Though she’s firmly situated in the rom-com queen throne by now, I think I like her scrappier roles from earlier in her career more, and so I guess it’s City Hunter that I’ll pick here for that reason. This was the first time I saw Park Min-young (if I remember correctly!) and I was pretty much obsessed with Kim Nana, from her fearless kick-butt behavior, to how she evolved into a bubble of cuteness when she was in her apartment with her bunny ear headband. This will probably always be the image of Park Min-young I keep in my mind’s eye — proof of the power of a first impression.

mistyisles: I’ve written quite a bit recently about the extremely special place City Hunter will always hold in my heart and why I can probably never, ever watch it again. So if I can only choose one of Park Min-young’s dramas… I’ll go with Healer, since I’m much more confident it’ll hold up to a rewatch after all this time.

DaebakGrits: I’m not a fan of Park Min-young’s acting because it feels like she’s constantly using a customer service persona — always smiling sweetly and looking beautiful and poised, like a flight attendant featured in an airline advertisement. Ironically, that shortcoming worked to her advantage in What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim because that’s exactly the kind of facade her character had to exude when in the presence of her boss. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim was also one of those dramas that had a supporting cast that was so fun and likable that I enjoyed when the plot deviated and featured their antics extensively.

Dramaddictally: I know Park Min-young is the rom-com queen but my favorite of her dramas is the non-comedic I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day. This one stands out for being what I think is her best role and also one of my favorite dramas. It’s a slow-moving, slice-of-life drama that shows her range and gets better as it goes on. All the winter weather paired with the characters’ frozen emotions make the feels pile up before everyone’s pasts come to the fore — generating some serious sobbing. I really like Park Min-young and Seo Kang-joon together here, creating the cozy center of this cold world.

jenzy: Gosh, this is like being asked to choose between your parents. Among the many gems of her career (and there are many!), I think I’d have to say City Hunter takes the top spot of Park Min-young dramas. She just glows as the bubbly and badass Nana. I also feel like while many later action shows also executed the balance between gritty high stakes, comedy, and romance excellently — I mean Park Min-young would later go on to star in the also amazing Healer — in my mind, City Hunter is the first exemplar of compelling storytelling and morally gray heroes that still holds up present day. And not to mention the absolutely killer OST. If you haven’t listened to “Suddenly” by Kim Bo Kyung you’re missing out!

 
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I came here expecting a resounding 'Healer' pick and what just happened here! Its like election results.

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Lol I thought so too even when I am very much split between healer, city hunter and what’s wrong with secretary kim.

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Hahahah, true!!

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I pick Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

I've hated every one of Park Min-young's recent dramas: Love in Contract, I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day, Her Private Life, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. I didn't watch Forecasting Love and Weather, but I'm sure I would've hated it too.

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For me all of her recent dramas, except for what’s wrong with secretary Kim, were awful. She is a great address but now needs to be selective about the dramas she does. Until what’s wrong with secretary Kim, she was strongly secured in her place as an action queen. So I loved that change of pace with what’s wrong. But then that was followed with all the terrible dramas, each one competing for the worst drama itself.

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I thought Forecasting was slightly worse than Love in Contract because it was so boring. At least Contract gave us Gang-nam. So you're probably right!

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SSK would be my first pick also if it wasn't for Healer. This way it's no. 2, but we can only pick one...

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Ditto!

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is my first pick! Totally charmed by her.

I also love 7Day Queen, City Hunter and Healer. Like My Private Life.

Then I really differ with consensus opinions:
- Found WWWSK to be a lightweight drama
- Found Weather is Nice to be boring. Pardon the beanies who seem to love this. I really differ with the editorial comments
- the rest are not even worth mentioning.

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Yeah, nah. Healer. Like a million times over.

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And... that's it I think.

Oh wait, she was good in Sungk Scandal. In fact everything was good about Sungk Scandal except them hiring that disgusting abuser as the male lead meaning that I can never rewatch it again for as long as I live.
Way to ruin another drama, boys.

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Yeahp.
I was gonna post another comment under this but you replied so you get it in response to you anyway even if it wasn't written for you:

Healer remains the only thing I have liked both PMY and JCW in, which makes it a no brainer pick. It is also, imo, both their best drama.
Of the other 6 PMY dramas I've seen, I dislike or loathe them all to a lovely colourful array of varying degrees, and of her two more famous sageuks, the one I'm most confident in liking would actually be Queen for Seven Days, but somehow, I've never actually seen any of her sageuks, and keep putting off 7DQ in particular because it's sad... so those are no help either and non contenders.

Also did ANYONE watch Remember: War of the Son, because I never see anyone talking about it lol.

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I can reasonably conclude the Drama Queen for Seven Days involves her being a Queen for seven days and Joseon didn't have a great political retirement plan. You know?
I was going to watch it at one point but then decided I... did not want to. Not a lot of twist ending possibilities there.

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I saw it. And the most impressive performance was actually from Nam Goong-Min as the villain and another lead actor Park Sang-woong. I have no memory of what PMY did in that show.

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I too wanted to watch 7DQ in theory, but just couldn't bring myself to face the inevitable tears :(

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@LT: There is only online info about his meth possession, conviction and imprisonment. What is the ‘abuser’ bit about?

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He has allegations for raping women

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@linarrick: Yikes and yuck. Thanks.

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Yep but of course nobody cared about that. Rape is fine but don't do drugs!

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he who?

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ohh, yoochun?

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What? Omg ....he gets on my 'avoid' list. What a disgusting person! Yuck.

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For clarity (though not sure it matters), did he actually rape her or was that he was caught having sex in a public bathroom with someone he paid to do so?"

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Yeah I have no interest in recycling the defence strategies of a rapist

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I did not know that. Now I cannot rewatch it again too. (Even though just now I was about to list it as my one Park Min Young drama.)

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Yeah it's really annoying, especially because that is such a fun drama

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I stopped watching her dramas a long time ago once it was obviously she'd gotten typecast as a certain type of character in a romcom. I hate that romcom and I don't particularly care for that character.

This is why Healer is the obvious answer.

However, if I'm honest, she was amazing in Secretary Kim. She really was. It was a great performance. It's just that a) that drama is terrible, truly awful and b) that was the beginning of her typecasting so I tend to lump it in with the other problematic romcoms she's starred in.

In terms of her growth as an actor, Secretary Kim really was a polished, mature performance whereas Healer was a bit rough in comparison. But, you know, Healer is a good drama and Secretary Kim can burn in a trashfire so there's that.

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I feel similarly, Healer was her best drama but Secretary Kim her best performance. My sentimental favorite is city hunter as that was one of my first kdramas and the second time I saw her in one (Dr. Jin was the first).

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Exactly!

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I’m not a fan of Park Min-young’s acting because it feels like she’s constantly using a customer service persona — always smiling sweetly and looking beautiful and poised, like a flight attendant featured in an airline advertisement.

Well, damn.

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I did enjoy some of PMY's dramas but none are my favs. Maybe Healer would be the one that I could rewatch. I so agree with DaebakGrits's flight attendant comment. What I notice is PMY has such a good posture and she doesn't eat in whatever scenes where there's food!!! I first noticed this in Remember. Mostly in her dramas, she'd just pick up the food, sometimes loads of it but it won't show her actually eating it. At most, she would just take a teeny bite... and who knows if she swallowed it or spat it out. I look forward to seeing her in a Let's Eat kind of drama... lol

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Loool, what a random, yet iddly specific observation!

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Tbh, the only show with PMY that I've enjoyed is Healer.
I didn't like "WWWSK?" And after that show I haven't been able to watch any other of her dramas.
I think it's because all the FLs give me the same vibe so I think all those dramas are going to be like "WWWSK?". Which is funny since the reason I disliked the show wasn't her.

The other shows... Remember was just SO wrong (most frustrating makjang ever?). I don't remember Man of Honor or City Hunter, I haven't finished High Kick.
I'm Sam... The only thing I remember about that show is the me and my family hated it and we all thought her character was a psycho.

So yeah, my answer is Healer.
I really need to watch her new shows. But would my answer change? 🤔 Healer's like the best tbh.

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You don't need to watch her new shows. The majority of them are just WWWSK derivatives and the answer will still be Healer.

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😆 Thanks.

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I keep trying to upvote this again.

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🤣🤣🤣

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Most being the operative word. I'll Find You On A Beautiful Day (or whatever you want to call it) is a far cry from WWWSK. It's sortof an unloved stepchild in the PMY oeuvre, but it is my favorite because it is one of the few times she plays a less-than-stellar human being. Usually a PMY character is so fine and beautiful and upstanding that it is easy to see them as some sort of typecasting - or just that she can only play one thing - but I think she is quite talented and can play more nuanced roles quite easily when one happens to come along.

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She has done 4 dramas since WWWSK. 3/4 are derivatives of WWWSK in some way. Ifwytwin is the other 1/4. So yes, my wording was deliberate and thought out, don't worry.

I am actually personally, predominantly more concerned with Writing, over acting, the actor or typecasting, and although the other 3/4 have issues pertaining to said derivativeness and typecasting, these are additional issues I have an aversion to; my core issues with her body of work, that I have seen, apart from Healer, all come down to writing before that, including, I Will Find You When the Weather is Nice.

Although, perhaps ironically, and definitely unpopularly, I actually additionally didn't enjoy PMY's acting in that either, but for different reasons to the typecasting of the other 3/4.

(The reasons for disliking IFWYTWIN in general though, have already written about here, should anyone wish for farther elaboration: https://www.dramabeans.com/members/sicarius/activity/1034649/)

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Thank you for sharing the link to your thoughts on IFYWTWIN - I learned a lot from your post and the subsequent discussion. It’s quite timely as I couldn’t understand why I was upset with the latest episode of Love is For Suckers, and whilst the shows are quite different, it’s helped me understand my own frustrations.

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@mellowarmadillo you're welcome! haha

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I liked A New Leaf. Not nearly as rewatchable as Healer but it was nice to see her in a non romantic lead role for a change. I dimly remember watching Glory Jane and I think I enjoyed it but that was so long ago. Her acting has matured since then but I’d agree there was more variety in her early roles.

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I'll have to google it, I don't recognize the name 🤔 So maybe I'll have a new drama for my watchlist, thanks.

The only thing I remember of Glory Jane/Man of Honor is that they had to do crazy stuff to get a job? Or a permanent position at the company, something like that. I think the ML was always thinking outside of the box which made the whole process fun to watch. Oh, and Koala (Lee Jang Woo)'s character was super annoying. I don't remember anything else, and I'm pretty sure that was like just the first 2/4 episodes so I don't know if the show was good. 😔

I'm enjoying High Kick a lot tho.

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it feels like she’s constantly using a customer service persona — always smiling sweetly and looking beautiful and poised, like a flight attendant featured in an airline advertisement
Oh my God! This cracked me up. I do agree with you though. But please, let me laugh out loud.

I've only been privileged to watch 4 Park Min-young dramas - What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, Her Private Life, Forecasting Love and Weather and Love in Contract. The rest are solely through the recaps except for Healer(still stuck on episode 6) and any other I haven't had an interest in viewing. I've enjoyed everything I've watched or read her in so far. Well, her character in Her Private Life tops everything I've watched her in. I could basically see her freely comfortable with her male lead effortlessly. Their first faux kiss scene when they were fake dating and needed some pictures to decieve the netizens, it was everything chemistry.

For the recaps, her characterization of Queen Dang-young in Queen for Seven Days tops any other recap. I didn't have to watch as I could literally sense the aura she exhuded from her character.

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Stuck on Episode 6 of Healer, I can't even imagine. I'll finish it for you if you like. 😅

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Episode 9, the makeover episode, is my favorite HEALER episode I think. We are now in prime Park Bong-soo territory lol.

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Mine is 14! But there are so many good contenders in the middle 8 episode bracket especially, so I feel you.

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Also the comments on @javabeans episode recaps made the huge jump from episode 7–149 comments to episode 10–4047 comments. That’s correct. 4047 comments.

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@marcusnyc20 I know.
The Healer Recaps Stats are so fascinating and I love to go look at them from time to time because of that.
They jump up after Episode 8 and the first kiss actually, to 1079, and then again to 4047 for episode 10. All the recaps after 8 have over 1000 comments, and then ofc ending on the legendary 11K plus for the finale, making Healer the most commented and engaged drama on dramabeans of all time, I'm pretty sure. (I may or may not collect all this data for Research... lmao)

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Finally, someone mentioning her characterization in 7DQ!!

I'm surprised none of the DB recappers mentioned it, not even as an honourable mention.
She was AMAZING in QUEEN FOR SEVEN DAYS. She exuded such grace, maturity and spunk without being childish or super girlish( which is different from Kim Nana in City Hunter). Her character managed to maintain a positive sweetness to her regardless of the constant tragedies that sought to amek her jaded. And she struck a balance of being hopeful without being too naive and oblivious...annd even when she was those things( due to being sheltered from the power play or being kept in the dark about the stakes), she was quick on the uptake and really smart with what little info that was made available to her. We all both wished she would figure things out faster yet, regretted the inevitable loss of innocence that would result from her discovery of the truth. Which was an interesting experience, because we're usually very frustrated with the obliviousness of Saeguk heroines.
It was painful, believable and beautiful. Seven Day Queen was a TREASURE!!!

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KBS’s HEALER (2014/15) (Viki US).

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I'd rather imagine the behind-the-scenes drama in various scenarios...
... like when the agency eventually has to explain to her that she's too old for the rom-com role she wants.

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I’m with you Dramaddictally, I liked her best in I’ll Find You On A Beautiful Day. Her performance felt raw and vulnerable, and sometimes I had to pause and take a break because of how intense it was

Honourable Mentions:
Healer
Queen For Seven Days

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@linarrick: Your 3 are my 3 too but in a different order! I loved IFYOABD as well. I couldn’t watch all of the domestic violence scenes as found it horrific but loved the setting, the book club, Eunseob’s little sister and Lee Jaeook’s character. So so much.

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Yep, I felt like the whole cast did a terrific job! Especially Jin Hee-Kyung & Moon Jeong-Hee
All the characters felt real and even amongst the trauma and hurt there was still joy and love to be found

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Yes, such a difficult watch but the whole package made it a joy. I think it’s the winter equivalent of Home town Cha Cha Cha which I haven’t seen but hear similar things being said about it in terms the feel of the drama conjuring up a special place to live and the found family vibe.

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Even though I have 2 other favourites PMY KDs , “Healer” comes first. For so many reasons including attempting to engage meaningfully with a significant political issue and the unresolved trauma in its wake and seeing the glory of that puppy fat on her luminous face which is now so sharply defined.

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SKJ’s WEATHER (2020) was my third PMY drama (after watching HEALER and CITY HUNTER in that order) around 2016/17 and frankly I was shocked how her appearance had changed from those early dramas. To me it was almost, ‘is this the same person?’ I am used to her appearance now and I watched Song Kang’s WEATHER also but I was taken aback somewhat earlier.
All that being said SKJ’s WEATHER imo is the better drama.

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I would pick Secretary Kim. I do think it was a good fit, and I do love her chemistry with Park Seo-Joon
I understand why you might hate the flight attendant model of a woman, but it feels like miss placed vitriol. Should we hate the woman or cultural expectations that make someone that way? I once read a fabulous feminist piece about Britney Spears and how she exemplified patriarchal ideas of a woman in American culture and then became the epitome of the worst woman (crazy, ugly by her own choice) when she moved against it. I don’t know enough about Korean culture to comment on what role a Park Min-young personality plays, but I can imagine there are forces that create and make it popular.
It’s kind of that feeling when watching a drama and you really hate the nasty female second lead and the mother-in-law and the awful landlady and the female bullies at the park…, and then it’s like hold on, why am I made to hate all the women?

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I don't think anyone hates PMY herself for being typecast in that kind of role and acting, though?

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I think of her like Sandra Bullock, very good and likable in a certain type of role and I respect when she tries a role that broadens her range but I don’t expect her to be Meryl Streep. Same with Keanu Reeves.

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For Kim Nana and Chae Young Shin I will love her forever and ever. Keanu Reeves??!! Duuuuude, unwarranted low blow...

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I think this is a little unfair to Sandra Bullock but it is true the comparison works in terms of her understanding and respecting who her fanbase is and giving them what they want. But Sandra Bullock gives the impression of being completely in control of her own career. PMY seems to me to be drowning.

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Tbh, I don't totally hate the concept.
In my case, the problem was the show itself, not the character.
I wouldn't complain if I they had show us a meaningful journey like they did in Reply 88 with Deok Seon (literally a flight attendant hehe).

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Interesting .. Correct me if I’m wrong (I’m not too familiar with her work pre-Healer) but i think PMY only started doing rom-coms in recent years. I understand an actor can get a lot of flak for getting typecast (by choice or not, who knows!) but this is a job for them too, so if the formula works why not.. after all, girl needs a lot of money to maintain her looks 🤭

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Min-young

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I've seen her in four dramas:

1. WWWSK - her best performance, because her 'customer service persona' combined perfectly with her ability to show some delicate deadpan snark and she and Park Seo-joon played off each other brilliantly.

2. Healer - she was fine, but it was by far the best drama of the four. BY FAR.
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47. When the Weather is Fine was an interesting but flawed show in which she was the least interesting, least believable character.
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113. Love in Contract was a jumbled mess and so was her portrayal of Sang-eun. As I said elsewhere, that's my last PMY drama unless she gets a minor role in something irresistible, but I'm done with her as a rom-com FL.

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Reading all the above comments, I realize I'm just more of a fan of romances than anyone writing above.
But I do want to say that I don't necessarily see a female lead who is poised, professional, competent as a customer service persona, partly because as someone who is often frazzled, amateurish, deficient, I really admire my female colleagues who are competent and professional. Far from faking their polish and professionalism they are often strong and independent, with a sense of humor. Hardly "customer service."

For me, the problem with WWSK is that this persona played by Park Min Young is shown to be the product of the Pygmalion work of the CEO, who then proceeds to harass her into marriage. But In my favorite role of hers, Her Private Life, she certainly portrays a competent professional. But I think her acting in this one is good-- she does a really convincing job of shifting back and forth between the girlish knowledge exhibited by a dedicated fan and the an art museum administrator. While at times we're supposed to laugh at the contrast between a juvenile fan-girl and professional curator, I really liked the way the character is written, showing the connection of her private hobby and her public occupation, both taking artistic "artifacts" and arranging them in an interpretative and personally meaningful way.

Even the episodes annoyingly and lengthily focusing on the minor trauma suffered by the male lead reveal her character's empathy and artistic insight. Plus, as a romance, once the initial misunderstanding is resolved, there is no ridiculous behavior on the part of the leads. They just have a really mature, loving relationship, and when Park Min Young's character heads to the U.S, he logically follows her, and then they return in her triumph. No noble idiocy, time skips, forced separation.

Finally (who am I kidding?) the real reason I like it is there are some great kisses in this one. Not that there aren't in some of her other roles, as well, but I liked these the best.

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Her Private Life remains the only romance that has me in solemn respect and a show of balanced maturity on both ends. Something her previous and subsequent projects has lacking, well except for Love in Contract. Her Private Life beats Love in Contract thoroughly, although LiC is close second.

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Her Private Life would rank first for me as well. Although I was a fan after Healer and Sunk Scandal. In HPL I first learned about fangirling, stanning and how a dedicated, talented professional can be so over the top in idol support. Plus the "Ryan Gold" ML was finally so age appropriate and equal in acting chops.

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Healer, for sure. I also loved I'll Find You On A Beautiful Day but SJK and the aunt were my favorites in it.

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Queen For Seven Days is my fave PMY drama hands down. I like that she challenged herself in this role.

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I've seen Healer, Whats Wrong with Secretary Kim, When the Weather is Fine, and Her Private Life, High Kick. I started Love In Contract and stopped after about 3 or so episodes. Of those, When the Weather is Fine was the one I liked the most. Just looking at the list of dramas she has done is quite amazing---so many are on my watch list and so many were so very successful. She is at a difficult age as she is now getting closer to 40 so playing those rom com characters might get tricky so it will be interesting to see how she handles the next few years. My recommendation would have to be High Kick since that is her debut. She is very appealing and funny here. I haven't finished the sit-com yet since there are so many episodes but this is where she got her start.

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I've seen most of her dramas, except for "City Hunter" and one other early one, and for me, her very best work is in "When the Weather is Fine." That's the one where I saw her as a real actress rather than a beautiful woman performing some acting exercises. This is not to say that she didn't have good--or even great--moments in "Healer" (her best character, no doubt, but not her best performance, imo) or "Seven Days Queen" but for me, those were more triumphs of writing rather than acting.

In "Weather," she shows a lot of range and excels at just being still in certain scenes, something that only strong actors can pull off. It's both a quiet and showy performance, and she nails it.

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‘Healer" (her best character, no doubt, but not her best performance, imo) or "Seven Days Queen" but for me, those were more triumphs of writing rather than acting.’ 👈 thanks for saying this as it was my challenge too. The whole package of the drama, her role and her acting influenced my choices too. Even though Healer was superb in itself I couldn’t chose it.

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I haven't seen all her dramas but to me...
Best drama: Healer.
But favorite character: Yoon-hee/Yoon-shik in Sungkyungkwan Scandal. I love a book-smart female character who can discuss and debate philosophy.

I think Queen for Seven Days and Forecasting Love and Weather showed her skills off better (though the drama was wonky). I hear she's great in Find You on a Beautiful Day, but I haven't watched it. While WWWSK was just fantastic casting that takes advantage of PMY's energy, humor, and charisma and great on-screen chemistry.

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‘Best drama: Healer.
But favorite character: Yoon-hee/Yoon-shik in Sungkyungkwan Scandal. I love a book-smart female character who can discuss and debate philosophy.’ 👈 great idea choosing character played.

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Healer. I swear there is some kind of magic in that show. I remember I had a hard time letting each episode go and would rewatch parts before moving on.

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I love the music!

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I've watched a ton of her dramas. My faves would be: Her Private Life, Queen For Seven Days, .....and prob Healer (my memory is fuzzy on this one. I just remember the story/mystery was good along with the cast!).

Kim Jae Wook and Park Min Young were a smokingggg hot couple in HPL! They had a healthy relationship too.

I'm sure I enjoyed What's Wrong with Secretary Kim at the time it aired too, but I can barely remember it (like with most past ones. ^^"). Park Seo Joon & Park Min Young also looked good together.

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what’s wrong with secretary kim

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I WILL COME TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE is unquestionably her finest role, but I have a special place in my heart for WAHT'S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM?

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Like many here, Healer is the one for me! She had great chemistry with JCW. I can rewatch this again and again.

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal, of course!

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Healer is objectively the best show I've seen her in, and also the first show where I felt she actually showed real growth and potential as an actor. I found her painful to watch in City Hunter (although to be fair I found City Hunter painful to watch in general), and while I loved her character in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, I felt she was terribly miscast - the role called for someone tough, cynical and edgy and she mostly just radiated bland cuteness. I do think she's an actress who does certain kinds of roles far better than others, and that having her found her niche, she tends to play the same types of characters over and over.

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Unstoppable High Kick (2007).

Park Min-young plays meanie roles real well.

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When the weather is fine for me, but more for the chemistry between the leads, the winter setting and the slow pace than PMY's acting unfortunately. Healer would be next.

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Oh this is hard as I love slice of life and rom coms and therefore I feel I need to choose one of each as she is very different in the two. I think the two genres shows her versatility and it is a shame she does not diversify her out put at this point in her career.

I will come to you when the weather is fine is an adorable drama; it has the best found family in the form of the relationships between the very different characters who attend the weekly book club, it captures the small town feel through the town events they put on and the sublime mainly instrumental OST that captures the feel of the place. The story of the male lead and the love that is showered on him by both parts of his family plays out in his love for the female lead and he is just so sweet it’s adorable to watch him with her. The stories of the females in the female leads family are so very sad yet they are strong women who have kept going in their own ways.

What’s wrong with secretary Kim was a text book romantic comedy that worked so well in both areas and she was able to shine.

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I'm not afan of her actng style but i do admit i like her in healer.

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To me, there are some actors and actresses whom I found I couldn’t relate to their characters because there is always some sort of barrier preventing me from really knowing and understanding the characters. I call these the ice kings and queens. And I avoid watching their projects.

PMY is also in this category. Though I love Weather to pieces, I still think PMY did her job well primarily because her persona is very similar to that of the FL.

So considering everything, I think I’ll go with Healer, as I loved her beautiful face with full cheeks and her character wasnt a typical one I came to expect of hers in recent years: her character is an ordinary-looking woman who is having fun with her life. She is still beautiful, yes, but that isn’t the main focus of who she is, and I’d like to see more of this kind of roles from PMY.

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👆🏼 This has been my experience too. Apart from when I first saw her in Healer, I’ve felt like I’ve been watching PMY the actress on screen, rather than whatever character she’s playing.

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Have you watched ‘I’ll come to you..’ ? Very different persona.

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I did, and I really liked it! But for some reason, I still couldn’t see the character. It may be an issue with me, rather than PMY.

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Ah those full cheeks, I miss them as well. She was so damn cute. She’s gotten waaaay too thin lately (I do hope it’s a choice, and that’s she’s doing well).

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Same here. I hope that is the case.

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She was so cute in Healer. She's been thinner for years but not to the extent as she was in Love In Contract. It was hard to watch her.

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I ve seen Healer, Secretary Kim and I ll find you one find day. Loved all. She is my girl crush 😁I did not be abel to finish watching last 2 dramas of hers. She just repeted her characters as Secretary Kim.

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I dropped Park Min-young's last drama and didn't like the Forecasting Love and Weather. But she always has a lot of chemistry with her co-stars. It's why she's good in romance dramas.

I choose Healer for my favourite.

I really liked Sungkyunkwan Scandal but I had a big second lead syndrom, Yoo Ah-In was so good in this drama...

When the Weather is Fine was very good too but I think the writting for their past was a little bit lacking.

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Shitty Hanto 100%
because Healer is just an encore.

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I’ll go for something less known: I’ll go to you when the weather is fine. A role different from all others she played. Such an intimate slice of life, no overacting. Also she paired very well with the ML. And it appears she’s just as stunningly attractive when all the glamour has been peeled off.

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I would have to pick Healer, although I think IFYONABD is probably better. But lately, she has turned into a Barbie Doll, beautiful but far too manicured to be real. I'm assuming that she has a HUGE say in the production of her Romcoms, as there was an inordinate amount of screen time for her - the exercise scene in the latest effort I thought was really OTT and was put in just to show off her excellent shape and athleticism. I'm glad she's not playing innocent young girls any more, despite all the care and soft filters, she is beginning to look in her thirties. I'm glad she isn't just picking beautiful and much younger men, too. Her last two dramas have been really grim; she is an excellent actress and needs to pick a script that would stretch her bit and doesn't just rely on sweet smiles and the occasional tear.

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For me, there is no doubt at all that I will choose HEALER.

Close behind are WHAT'S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM? and WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE.

Everything that came after that I found average at best.

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Even though city hunter was my first pmy drama, healer will always be, not only my favourite PMY character, but still my all time favourite kdrama heroine.

She was literally the most adorable, quirky and well rounded character and to back it up she was a total baddass when needed. I saw her in a new light and solidified her as my favourite actress. I wish I could see her play another character like her but maybe because she has gotten older it may not be possible.

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Healer all the way~

When the Weather is Fine or however you call this drama comes 2nd.

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‘When the Weather is Fine or however you call this drama comes 2nd’.👈 I felt the frustration of multiple names for one drama 😬

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I was tempted to write LAND (Long Ass Name Drama) xD

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I was OBSESSED with Healer when it came out. Everything in that drama worked and it worked well. Even the magical part where the door opened for her. It is hands down my favorite PMY role. However a special mention for when the Weather is Fine.

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As many times as I've rewatched that drama, I always thought he opened the door for her then just got back into bed. My logic is shaky because his teacher got in without him opening the door. But, I recall Ajumma saying only people he wants in, gets in.

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It's Healer for me. I thought that was obvious. Apparently not! :)

To be fair, her co-leads play a huge part in whether I would enjoy her dramas. Hers is a long list of A-listers that I sometimes know an actor has arrived sort of if he gets a project with PMY.

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Weather with Seo Kang-joon, definitely. Then, Healer.

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Healer ...City Hunter or Sungkyunkwan Scandal?
Healer it is then... though I like her in City Hunter, that's where she was introduced to me.

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If the drama is to watch her : Her private life.
If it is for watching the drama: Healer.

The couple is mature and communicate well in Her private life. But the four last ep are derailing.
I believe there is no need for me to explain why Healer... it's been largely done in others comments. Well, I can just add that this couple is the most realitic for me because they are always glued together. So it is very beliveable that they are in love, much more than when they keep 2m distance at anytime.

(I do not have seen I'll come to you when the weather is nice yet, and neither City hunter so I cannot judge on their merits. SKK scandal, WWWSK and Love in contract are no match.)

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‘ Well, I can just add that this couple is the most realitic for me because they are always glued together. So it is very beliveable that they are in love, much more than when they keep 2m distance at anytime.’ 👈 this is so true I always wonder if the 2 metres apart is just for the convenience of the multi camera angles and it’s just K drama that lets you see it whilst other countries only show the zoomed in shots. 🤣

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The reason I love park min young so much that it is really hard for me to pick.
Two actress I love park min young from south Korea and Yu Shu Xin (English name: Esther Yu) from China.

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"I’m not a fan of Park Min-young’s acting because it feels like she’s constantly using a customer service persona — always smiling sweetly and looking beautiful and poised, like a flight attendant featured in an airline advertisement." - I know I'm like the twelfth person to quote this line, but it sums up perfectly my feelings about PMY :D

I dropped Her Private Life halfway in despite my love of Kim Jae Wook. Think I got about 2 episodes into WWWSK before dropping that.

That said, I've enjoyed quite a few of her dramas, provided she's cast against type. Favorite drama in general is Healer, as I just loved it overall, and her character was great. My favorite performance by her was in I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day - her acting there was so understated but raw. I'll toss in an honorable mention for Sungkyunkwan Scandal - an imperfect but fun drama I enjoyed a lot and she was really cute in it.

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‘ That said, I've enjoyed quite a few of her dramas, provided she's cast against type. Favorite drama in general is Healer, as I just loved it overall, and her character was great. My favorite performance by her was in I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day - her acting there was so understated but raw.’ 👈 agreed it’s the different genres that show her skill set. Hopefully she will go back to the wider range.

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What mess?

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I read this comment and searched the internet and everything came up. I hope she doesn't get cancelled.

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I also searched and nothing came up! Looks like I have lost my touch! Back to google.

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Oh wow. And we complain about too much corruption in dramas.

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Healer, hands down. 2nd runner up would be Her Private Life.

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Definitely Healer!! It's a no brainer for me. Aside from Healer, honorable mentions go to "seven days a queen" which is up there in my list of favorite sageuk. I also liked "her private life". Mostly though, I was in love with her suits (her fashion in this was the best!) and happy to see Kim Jae Wook in the lead role. They had amazing chemistry. I will be careful now when picking up any of her dramas: "forecasting" and "love contract" were seriously a mess!

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