Best Lee Junho K-dramas & Movies to Watch | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Best Lee Junho K-dramas & Movies

The acting line of the iconic K-pop boy group 2PM has been pretty busy in the summer of 2023. Nichkhun turned heads with his latest Hong Kong film The Modelizer, Chan-sung is the annoying but funny ex in Bo-ra! Deborah and Taecyeon had us in stitches over his hilarious portrayal of a vampire in Heartbeat. Not to be outdone, Lee Junho has taken over our screens with the wholesome rom-com King The Land as Gu Won. 

Despite spending 8 weeks with the suave and charming Gu Won who is actually an oddball and quirky guy at heart, we just cannot seem to get enough of Junho. But not to fret as he, in fact, has so done so many amazing and diverse TV shows and movies that we can easily spend our weekends binge-watching.

Well, without further wait, here are the 10 best Lee Junho K-dramas and movies to watch.


the red sleeve

The Red Sleeve (2021)

Considered the best K-drama of Lee Junho for which he was also awarded, The Red Sleeve begins with a troubled young prince Yi San, played by Lee Junho who is a cold perfectionist. Following the usual in-family fighting, once he takes the throne, he decides to be a better ruler. However, his plans are halted when he falls for the court lady, Seong Deok-Im. As she refuses to be his royal consort, they must choose between love and duty.


king the land

King The Land (2023)

King The Land is a lighthearted and wholesome rom-com starring Junho and YoonA, who like him is an idol actor as she is also a part of the popular K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation. They first teased their chemistry by hosting a year-end music show and setting the stage on fire with a cover of ‘Senorita’

Well, they play the main couple in a quintessential enemies-to-lovers trope with YoonA as Sa-rang, a concierge in King Hotel who always puts on a smile and Junho as Gu Won, a ‘guest’ who claims that she is insincere and fake. After a disastrous first meeting, they decide never to cross paths again but fate has something else in store for them as Won becomes Sa-rang’s boss.


good manager

Good Manager (2017)

Good Manager is a comedy-drama that revolves around the clever Kim Sung-ryong who is an expert in cheating clients and extracting money for his gang. He joins TQ Group which is rich but struggling as he intends to sneakily embezzle by pretending to be a manager. But as he befriends the skilled Seo-yul and the upbeat Ga-eun, his heart starts pulling the strings as he feels for the poor employees being exploited. 

Junho plays the inexperienced but super-smart Seo-yul who unexpectedly finds himself as the director of the finance department. With a fresh perspective and unorthodox ideas, he manages to turn the company’s fortunes around with the help of Sung-ryong.


just between lovers

Just Between Lovers (2017)

Lee Junho takes on the role of the young and passionate athlete Lee Kang-doo who is haunted by a tragic accident that took his legs and his father. He crosses paths with Ha Moon-soo, a woman who also lost her loved ones in the same incident. When a new construction project is announced at the accident site, the victims get involved for different reasons. But together, Kang-doo and Moon-soo end up trying to heal each other’s wounds and fall in love.


confession

Confession (2019)

In the gripping legal drama Confession, Lee Junho portrays Choi Do-hyun, an intelligent and determined lawyer who takes on the challenging case of a death row inmate…his father.

As he delves deeper into the convoluted circumstances surrounding the crime, he unravels shocking truths and hidden agendas that could alter the course of justice as the most powerful people in the government are involved. With time running out, he races against the clock to find the real culprits and get them convicted.


wok of love

Wok of Love (2018)

Wok of Love is a witty and lighthearted comedy with Lee Junho as the talented but prideful chef, Seo-poong who loses his prestigious restaurant and ends up working at a small neighbourhood diner that can close down any day. There, he encounters a feisty woman and a former gangster, and together, they embark on a culinary journey filled with humour, camaraderie and romance, as they strive to make their humble eatery a success.


cold eyes

Cold Eyes (2013)

Cold Eyes is an intense crime thriller that revolves around a specialized surveillance team tasked with tracking down a notorious gang of thieves. Despite being a rookie, Ha Yoon-ju, a young and skilled surveillance team member is assigned to track down a notorious gang of thieves led by the dangerous James. In his first major acting role, Lee Junho plays one of the team members, Squirrel.


twenty

Twenty (2015)

Twenty is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that revolves around the lives of three friends who turn twenty. With an exciting ensemble cast that includes Kim Woo-bin, Lee Junho, Kang Han-neul, Jung So-min, Ahn Jae-hong and Na In-woo, the movie explores their adventures, misadventures, and aspirations as they navigate adulthood.

With hilarious and wholesome incidents on themes of friendship and love, it gives a realistic portrayal of the uncertainties that come with entering the adult world and finding one’s purpose in life.


memories of the sword

Memories of the Sword (2015)

Memories of the Sword is a pretty straightforward historical action drama set in ancient Korea, focusing on a skilled warrior seeking revenge. With a three-musketeers-gone-wrong trope, after Deok-ki’s betrayal in the middle of their rebellion, Seol-rang escapes with their fallen comrade’s young child, Hong-yi.

Having grown up under the name Seol-hee, she isn’t interested in mastering the sword or getting any revenge. After a chance encounter with Deok-ki who guesses her identity, her quest for revenge finally begins as she must kill or be killed. Despite being cast as majorly the eye candy, Lee Junho as Yull catches attention with his trademark stare-down that he had perfected even back then and his chemistry with Kim Go-eun’s Seol-hee.


homme fatale

Homme Fatal (2019)

Homme Fatal brings a Joseon twist to Casanova’s tale as Lee Junho takes on the role of the womanizer Heo-saek who has been brought up around gisaengs (escorts). After seeing the women in his family suffer, he decides to help out in any way he can. Even if it means becoming the first male gisaeng ever to revive his aunt’s gibang.

But with the beautiful Hae-won portrayed by Jung So-min not falling for his charms, he must now bother her to find out what is it that women really want. While the movie starts out as a comedy, it takes on universal problems and complexities of human relationships.


And there we have it, our list of the best Lee Junho K-dramas and movies of all time!

What do you think of our list? Have we included your favourites? Or have we missed any must-watch K-dramas or movies? We love to hear from you so do feel free to let us know in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Best Lee Junho K-dramas & Movies to Watch | TheReviewGeek Recommends”

  1. Hey @Valarie Hayslett, all the episodes including the special is on Viki, you can check it out there

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