This K-drama Male Actor Fails to Progress on the Screen Despite Having Starred in Big Works

Discover the lackluster on-screen journey of this actor and his struggle to progress in the industry.

In the fast-paced world of the Korean entertainment industry, actors strive to captivate audiences with their performances and leave a lasting impression. However, there are actors with great potential who still fail to do so. One such case is that of Hong Jong Hyun, who, despite a 14-year acting career, has failed to make significant progress on the Korean screen.


Surprisingly, many viewers initially mistook Hong Jong Hyun for a fresh face in the industry. With a string of recent highly anticipated Korean dramas, “Race” emerged as a relatively low-profile work that silently made its debut on an online streaming platform. 

The show boasts a cast of relatively famous actors, including Lee Yun Hee and Moon So Ri. It delves into the lives and struggles of office employees who constantly strive to overcome their own limitations.

Unfortunately, “Race” fails to garner the affection of many viewers, with several factors contributing to its lackluster reception. One notable aspect was the underwhelming performance of the male lead, Hong Jong Hyun. Playing Ryu Jae Min, a reputed office ace with exceptional professionalism and an enviable work-life balance, Jong Hyun’s acting left much to be desired.

Viewers pointed out numerous shortcomings in Hong Jong Hyun’s portrayal. His expressions feels forced and lacked naturalness. His gaze seems lifeless, failing to convey the emotions of his character effectively. 


Additionally, when sharing the screen with Lee Yun Hee, the female lead, there is a noticeable lack of chemistry. And when acting opposite Moon So Ri, he pales in comparison, struggling to keep up with her presence. 

Surprisingly, it is difficult to fathom that Hong Jong Hyun has been in the industry for 14 years and played lead roles in major projects.

Hong Jong Hyun, represented by C-JeS Entertainment, is not only an actor but also a well-known model. Despite his main job as an actor, his filmography lacks notable achievements. Over the past 14 years, Jong Hyun has primarily gained recognition through his fashion runway appearances and his role on “We Got Married 4.” 


While he has starred in popular dramas such as “The King in Love,” “My Absolute Boyfriend,” “Moon Lovers,” and “Dating Agency: Cyrano,” these performances failed to propel him into the realm of prominent actors.

Source: K14. 

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