Here are 10 most outstanding works that help Song Joong Ki become an A-lister in Korea’s entertainment industry.
With his strong acting skills and handsome appearance that captivate the hearts of viewers, Song Joong Ki is currently one of Korea’s top actors. Let’s take a look at some hit TV series and movies that helped him rise to fame!
1. Vincenzo (2021)
Vincenzo is Song Joong Ki‘s latest action drama in 2021. By showcasing an impressive change in both image and acting style in a drama with a thrilling plot and many twists, Song Joong Ki had a successful comeback to the small screen when Vincenzo became a hit across Asia.
Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong Ki) – a lawyer with an elegant appearance who is also a mafia consigliere. With his intelligence and decisive actions, he became a threat in the eyes of his enemies. Vincenzo achieved great ratings and entered the Top 10 highest-rated dramas in the history of cable network tvN.
2. Arthdal Chronicles (2019)
After working together in Descendants of the Sun, Kim Ji Won and Song Joong Ki had another chance to co-star in Arthdal Chronicles.
Because of its unique and unfamiliar storyline, the drama was not widely popular and had limited coverage. However, Arthdal Chronicles is still appreciated in terms of content and visuals.
The drama centers on a fantasy dynasty where the four main characters Ta Gon (Jang Dong Gun), Eun Seom (Song Joong Ki), Tan Ya (Kim Ji Won) and Tae Al Ha (Kim Ok Bin) – who are warriors with different identities and backgrounds, battle in a fierce war for power between the tribes.
3. Descendants Of The Sun (2016)
When it comes to the most outstanding drama that marked a turning point in Song Joong Ki’s career, it is definitely Descendants Of The Sun. The massive success of Kim Eun Sook’s drama boosted Song Joong Ki’s popularity and impact significantly in the industry. This project also helped Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki become husband and wife, but the two unfortunately announced their divorce nearly two years later.
Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) quickly develops feelings for doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo). They then unexpectedly reunite in Uruk – a remote and poor country. Going through countless dangerous situations where they save each other’s lives, the two deliver a legendary romance on the Korean screen.
4. The Innocent Man (2012)
With his subtle and diverse acting, Song Joong Ki had a moving performance when transforming into Kang Maru in The Innocent Man, a medical student with a bright future, but gives up everything to go to prison to take the blame for his girlfriend Han Jae Hee (Park Si Yeon).
However, not only does his girlfriend not repent, but she also ruthlessly abandons Kang Maru to run after another rich man. After being released from prison, too angry to be betrayed by Han Jae Hee, Kang Maru becomes a changed man. He takes advantage of Seo Eun Gi’s (Moon Chae Won) feelings to avenge his ex-girlfriend.
5. Deep Rooted Tree (2011)
Although he only appeared in the first four episodes of Deep Rooted Tree, with his emotional acting, Song Joong Ki succeeded in leaving an impression on the audience. He became a young rising actor that received much attention at the time.
Deep Rooted Tree is set during the reign of King Sejong. The whole palace every night is engulfed in darkness by unexplained mass murders. Meanwhile, Kang Chae Yoon (Jang Hyuk) always has the intention of taking revenge on King Sejong (Song Joong Ki / Han Suk Kyu). Are the two issues related? Will the root of the truth related to the evil mastermind be exposed?
6. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a historical drama that has made Song Joong Ki a household name throughout Asia due to his handsome and appealing appearance. The actor, who appeared alongside handsome actors like Park Yoo Chun and Yoo Ah In, still drew attention to himself with his chubby face.
In this work he played the naughty but kind Goo Yong Ha, who helps his friends wholeheartedly. Although Park Min Young is the female lead, the explosive chemistry between Song Joong Ki and “crazy horse” Yoo Ah In made an impression on the audience as well.
1. Space Sweepers (2021)
Song Joong Ki‘s latest movie is space science fiction film Space Sweepers. The film project of director and screenwriter Jo Sung Hee captivates viewers with its spectacular effects and extremely vivid and eye-catching space battles.
Set in the future, when the earth has become too polluted and humans can’t live, on the scrap ship Victory, Tae Ho (Song Joong Ki) and the crew accidentally discover a mysterious robot baby. Instead of handing this child over to UTS to receive the bonus, the members hesitated and they got into a conflict.
2. The Battleship Island (2017)
The Battleship Island is an action movie that demonstrates the actor’s maturation as an actor. The work’s content overwhelms viewers with too scary and dark scenes of North Koreans who were taken to Hashima island at the end of WWII to become slaves to Japanese fascists.
They want to plan an escape from their miserable life, which is no different from hell. The veteran actors Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub, Song Joong Ki, and “Train To Busan” child star Kim Soo An all delivered an extremely impressive “performance” on the screen.
3. A Werewolf Boy (2012)
While The Battleship Island attracts the audience with bloody battles, A Werewolf Boy is like a tragic love song, tormenting about the incomplete first love between Su Ni (Park Bo Young) and the wolf boy Cheol Soo (Song Joong Ki).
Cheol Soo, who took on the wild appearance of a wolf, was almost unable to communicate and was always afraid of humans. But the gentleness of his new friend gradually warmed his heart. Day by day, strange feelings that could not be expressed in words began to emerge in both of their hearts.
The work’s ending still haunts viewers with Cheol Soo’s eyes and his loyalty to the lover, even though the girl from that year is now much older
4. The Grand Heist (2012)
The Grand Heist will undoubtedly make you laugh out loud because of the amusing and intriguing scenes in which criminals “extend their influence” at the palace. Although he only played a supporting role and did not even appear on the poster, the work still contributed to helping Song Joong Ki make beneficial strides in the film industry.
Despite the side-line controversy about the divorce with Song Hye Kyo, Song Joong Ki is making strong strides on the artistic path. With a flexible acting style and good script selection skills, the actor is currently the most sought-after name in Kbiz and has great influence throughout Asia.