Best Lee Jae-wook K-dramas
Have you fallen totally in love with Lee Jae-wook’s charming and hilariously sulky portrayal of Jang Uk from the hit fantasy series Alchemy of Souls? Or are you curious as to whatever happened to the misunderstood antagonist from the high school fantasy drama Extraordinary You?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the best K-dramas of Lee Jae-wook as he rose from memorable cameos to leading hugely successful shows and holding his own alongside his talented peers.
Alchemy of Souls (2022)
Alchemy of Souls is a two-part K-drama where soul shifters and magic are real. The assassin Naksu ends up switching souls with a blind servant Mu-deok and gets caught by Jang Uk, the heir to one of the enemy families. Lee Jae-wook plays the male lead Uk who has a terrible secret that could cost him his life. However, his endearing take on the otherwise dark mage makes the K-drama a lighthearted watch for those who like fantasy as well as comedy.
Extraordinary You (2019)
Many K-drama lovers may have come across Lee Jae-wook during his stint on the fantasy high school show Extraordinary You. It follows Eun Dan-oh who realizes that her whole life is part of a comic book and that the people around her including herself are all characters of that book.
While we start by hating Jae-wook’s Baek-kyung, we cannot help but root for him by the end. Some even ship him with Dan-oh and Haru as his amicable nature helps stop the otherwise insufferable Baek-kyung from becoming the most hated K-drama character.
Search: WWW (2019)
This female-led K-drama is all about women empowerment and corporate drama as it follows three women – Ta-mi, Cha-hyeon and Ga-kyeong, successful directors who use any means possible to stay ahead of the game. And like all office dramas, we do have romance as the women have to choose between love and their career.
Jae-wook plays the struggling actor Seol Ji-hwan who has been type-cast as a villain, the complete opposite of who he is in real life (feels very meta if you ask us). After an accident, he falls for Cha-hyeon as she sees him for who he really is.
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020)
It would feel pretty unfair if Jae-wook did not get a lead role after his duality and skills shined in Extraordinary You and Search: WWW despite the ensemble casts. Well, thankfully Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol remedies that as he plays the cold and haughty Sun-woo Joon who starts opening up after he is charmed by Goo Ra-ra.
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol follows the ever-optimistic Ra-ra who has bad luck but doesn’t give up which leads to Joon wanting to protect her and not realising that he has fallen in love with her.
Move To Heaven (2021)
Move To Heaven is a melodrama that is bound to have you sobbing from the get-go as it follows Geu-ru, an orphaned boy with Asperger’s who has to team up with his criminal of an uncle Sang-gu. They have a strained relationship as Sang-gu only agrees so that he can get the family money but as they work together as a crime scene cleanup team, secrets are uncovered.
Jae-wook plays the pivotal role of Sang-gu’s friend who is rescued by him and the first kid that he takes under his wing. Memories of it make Sang-gu experience deja vu when he starts bonding with his own nephew.
True Beauty (2020)
If you came for the Extraordinary You cameo but stayed for the plot, you’re not alone. Made by the same director, True Beauty is about Ju-kyung who completely changes her look with makeup after she is bullied for her bare face. And with it being a rom-com, of course, we have the whole a-boy-falls-in-love-with-her-for-her-real-face trope.
But the cameo of Jae-wook’s Baek-kyung and Dan-oh while the male lead looks confused will totally make sense and have you laughing your ass off if you watch Extraordinary You first.
When The Weather is Fine (2020)
The healing K-drama is a slow-paced slice-of-life melodrama that focuses on Hae-won returning to her village after failing to make it big in the city. She starts hanging out with her old friend Eun-seob and they do their best to let go of past trauma and move on together.
Jae-wook plays the lively Jang-woo who is a former classmate. And while he is outgoing, his shyness around his crush, Eun-sil makes them an underrated second-lead couple. If that hasn’t had you sold, we also get another Extraordinary You reunion with Kim Young-dae who plays a high school student in love with Hae-won.
Memories of Alhambra (2018)
The sci-fi K-drama is part of the very specific yet adventurous type of virtual reality shows and movies like Alice in Borderland or The Matrix which will make you want to watch it regardless of the cast. The curious Jin-woo gets stuck in a video game after the creator asks him to invest in it. He is shocked after he realises that if you die in the video game, you die in real life, raising the stakes of winning the game.
Jae-wook in his first acting credit, is the thug-like hacker, Marco Han who clashes with the creator of the game and goes to extreme lengths to win even if it is trying to kill his own friend.
And there we have it, our list of the best Lee Jae-wook K-dramas of all time!
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