There's a good chance that "Sungkyunkwan Scandal," "Healer," or "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" would be among any K-drama fan's top ten favorites. And what is the common thread that runs across all of these dramas? Our one and only Park Min Young.
She not only has the talent, attractiveness, and incredible chemistry with her male co-stars, but she also appears to have the golden touch, since each of the projects she's worked on has turned out to be gems in their own right.
As a result, we've compiled a list of Park Min Young's best works, including a gender-bender, a historical, an action, a rom-com, and a recent drama.
8. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
Park Min Young had already made her acting debut in the sitcom "Unstoppable High Kick," played a nine-tailed fox in "Hometown Legends," and participated in a few other dramas prior to 2010.
"Sungkyunkwan Scandal," on the other hand, is widely regarded as the drama that put her on the map.
Park Min Young disguises herself as her brother in order to enter the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University in this historical fusion drama (only men were allowed to study there).
Park Min Young's portrayal of the underdog yearning for knowledge and societal acceptability while navigating the tumultuous waters of romance and bromance is befitting of the cult drama's enduring popularity.
7. City Hunter (2011)
"City Hunter" is an action drama about Lee Yoon Sung, a young man who pursues vengeance on the politicians responsible for his father's death many years ago.
He meets Kim Na Na, a member of the Presidential Security Service who seems to be defending his targets while serving justice vigilante-style.
Yoon Sung eventually falls in love with her, and things only get worse from there.
Park Min Young does an excellent job playing the tough bodyguard while remaining attractive, and her chemistry with Lee Min Ho is so strong that you wish there were more scenes of the two of them together.
6. Healer (2014-15)
While Park Min Young has a long record of noteworthy dramas under her belt, "Healer" is at the top of the list.
Everyone and their mothers fell in love with Ji Chang Wook and the incredibly hot chemistry he shared with Park Min Young in this drama, which drew a loyal fandom, especially among international admirers.
It has a similar tone to "City Hunter," but to "City Hunter" fans — "Healer" proves to be the slicker, more polished result.
It expertly blends action, suspense, and romance, and with well-developed characters, it's no surprise that this drama is so popular.
Park Min Young is at her best in this film, bringing the multi-layered character of Young Shin to life with sassiness and persistence, and making you wish you had a real-world buddy like her.
5. Queen for 7 Days (2017)
"Queen for 7 Days" is based on historical events that occurred during the late 14th century Joseon and depicts a tragic love story between a lady and her prince in which the Queen (Lady Shin) is removed from her seat after only seven days.
Park Min Young portrays Lady Shin, a strong-willed and optimistic woman, in one of her rare dives into sageuks.
While there are some lighthearted moments throughout the drama, it is the dramatic beats that really demonstrate Park Min Young's abilities.
She perfectly captures the effort and sorrow of being pulled between two equally impressive men, torn between respecting her heart and honouring her country.
4. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018)
"What's Wrong With Secretary Kim," based on a novel turned webtoon, depicts the story of a secretary who has been dealing with a demanding boss for the past nine years.
She decides to leave her job after finally paying off her family's debt and living her life the way she's always wanted.
Park Min Young, who plays Park Seo Joon's Lee Young Joon's titular secretary, is so effortlessly sweet and dazzling that you can't help but be captivated by her.
Their scenes together are also deliciously swoon-worthy thanks to her innate chemistry with Park Seo Joon.
3. Her Private Life (2019)
Following "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim," Park Min Young establishes herself as the queen of rom-com with the equally swoony drama "Her Private Life."
Park Min Young's Sung Duk Mi ignites a golden relationship with Kim Jae Wook's Ryan Gold in this lighthearted drama, while also being utterly relatable as a passionate fangirl of boy group member Cha Shi An (ONE).
It's a joy to witness her transition from a professional career lady to a young-at-heart fangirl, and then to a woman who finds the perfect partner for herself.
2. I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice (2020)
Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon star in the drama "I'll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice," in which they tell a story of love and healing.
Park Min Young plays Mok Hae Won, a lady who leaves the hardship of city life behind and returns to her hometown. There, she reunites with bookshop owner Im Eun Seob, who has had a long-standing crush on her.
Mok Hae Won is distinct from Park Min Young's previous bright and joyful characters, as Hae Won begins the drama closed-off, coming from a place of hurt, as Park Min Young puts it.
Park Min Young is known for his deep, emotional beats, so this is definitely a drama to keep an eye on!
1. Forecasting Love And Weather (2022)
The "Forecasting Love And Weather" series tells the happy love tale of people working at the Korea Meteorological Administration who break, fall, and rise again, as well as their day-to-day office life.
It started on JTBC on February 12, 2022, and ran for 16 episodes on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:30 (KST).
Jin Ha Kyung is a bright and well-organized woman who follows the rules and is meticulous about keeping her personal and work lives separate.
She has few friends at work because of her icy personality, and she has chosen to be an "outsider".
Lee Shi Woo is a free thinker who is continuously looking for new methods to solve problems.
Despite his clumsiness, he has an astounding IQ of 150 and can accomplish anything if he sets his mind to it. Despite his education and ability, he is just concerned with the weather.
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