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4 Best Song Joong-ki K-Dramas

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Song Joong-ki has been one of my favorite actors since I first started watching K-Dramas in 2016. His portrayal of a feral child in 2012's A Werewolf Boy instantly captured my heart, so I watched his other movies and television shows, including one of Korea's longest-running variety game shows, Running Man. I think he was there for 40 or so episodes. If you’ve only ever seen him in serious movies, you have to see his competitive and charming side on Running Man! Song Joong-ki is still one of my favorite South Korean actors and here are his four best K-Dramas.

1. Vincenzo (2021)

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Vincenzo is a crime drama and dark comedy that premiered on tvN on February 20, 2021, with a 7.7% AGB nationwide rating, making it the fourth highest-rated drama premiere on tvN. The show ended on May 2, 2021, after 20 episodes and it is still a popular series on Netflix. Vincenzo stars Song Joong-ki as the title character, alongside Jeon Yeo-been, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Yeo-jin, and Kwak Dong-yeon.

The story is about Park Joo-hyung. He was adopted by an Italian family and his name changed to Vincenzo Cassano. He grew up as a lawyer, a consigliere for the mafia, and Don Fabio's right-hand man. Upon Fabio's death, his biological son and the new leader of the Cassano family attempted to kill him.

Vincenzo went to Seoul to recover a fortune from a recently deceased Chinese tycoon and stashed it in the basement of Geumga Plaza. Unfortunately, his plan to recover the gold got complicated when he learned that a subsidiary of Babel group had illegally taken ownership of the building.

Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryAwardee

2021

Brand of the Year Awards

Drama of the Year

Vincenzo

2021

Brand of the Year Awards

Actor of the Year

Song Joong-ki

2021

Seoul International Drama Awards

Top Excellence Korean Drama

Vincenzo

2021

Seoul International Drama Awards

Top Excellence Korean Actor

Song Joong-ki

2021

14th Tokyo Drama Awards

Special Award for Foreign Drama

Vincenzo

2021

26th Asian Television Awards

Best Drama Series

Vincenzo

2. Arthdal Chronicles (2019)

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Arthdal Chronicles is a historical fantasy that premiered on June 1, 2019, on tvN and ended on September 22, 2019, after 18 episodes. The series stars Jang Dong-gun, Song Joong-ki, Kim Ji-won, and Kim Ok-vin. It is currently available for streaming on Netflix. Though the show received mixed reviews from viewers and critics, according to the Korea Creative Content Agency's Consumer Research Report, it was the sixth highest rated Korean drama in the United States in 2019.

The story revolves around different tribes in mythical ancient Arthdal. A boy named Eun Seom was born with a fate to bring disaster to Arthdal. He goes through many hardships and aims to bring his tribe back to life. Along the way, he learns of his true origins.

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Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryAwardee

2018

Korea First Brand Awards

Most Anticipated Drama of 2019

Arthdal Chronicles

3. Descendants of the Sun (2016)

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Descendants of the Sun is a romance, melodrama, and action series starring Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo, and Kim Ji-won. The series premiered on February 24, 2016, and ended on April 14, 2016, after 16 episodes. It was a major hit in South Korea, receiving the Grand Prize in television at the 52nd Baeksang Awards, and named Most Popular Show of the Year by Korea Broadcasting Advertising Corporation. It is still one of the most popular K-Dramas available on Netflix.

The love story between Yoo Si-jin, captain of a South Korean Special Forces unit, and Dr. Kang Mo-yeon, begins when they meet in her emergency room. Yoo injures himself while chasing a thief and from that point forward, their lives are intertwined.

Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryAwardee

2016

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards

Grand Prize (TV)

Descendants of the Sun

2016

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards

Most Popular Actor (TV)

Song Joong-ki

2016

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards

iQiyi Global Star Award

Song Joong-ki

2016

43rd Korean Broadcasting Grand Prize

Best Drama

Descendants of the Sun

2016

11th Seoul International Drama Awards

Excellent Korean Drama

Descendants of the Sun

2016

11th Seoul International Drama Awards

Outstanding Korean Actor

Song Joong-ki

2016

5th APAN Star Awards

Grand Prize (Daesang)

Song Joong-ki

2016

5th APAN Star Awards

Drama of the Year

Descendants of the Sun

2016

5th APAN Star Awards

Best APAN Star Award

Song Joong-ki

2016

5th APAN Star Awards

Best Couple Award

Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo

2016

9th Korea Drama Awards

Best Drama

Descendants of the Sun

2016

Korean Advertisers Association Awards

Best Drama

Descendants of the Sun

2016

21st Asian Television Awards

Best Drama Series

Descendants of the Sun

2016

Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards

Presidential Award

Song Joong-ki

2016

30th KBS Drama Awards

Grand Prize (Daesang)

Song Joong-ki

2016

30th KBS Drama Awards

Best Couple Award

Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo

2016

30th KBS Drama Awards

Asia Best Couple Award

Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo

2017

29th Korean Producer Awards

Best Performer Award

Song Joong-ki

2017

Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards

Grand Prize for Excellence in Production

Descendants of the Sun

2017

50th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

Special Jury Award (TV series)

Descendants of the Sun

4. The Innocent Man (2012)

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

The Innocent Man is a melodrama and romance starring Song Joong-ki, Moon Chae-won, and Park Si-yeon. It premiered on September 12, 2012, and ended on November 15, 2012, after 20 episodes. This show is available for streaming on Netflix under the title, *Nice Guy.*

Kang Ma-ru is an intelligent and promising medical student who's in love with a slightly older woman and television reporter named Han Jae-hee. Due to Jae-hee's desire to escape poverty, she falls in love with a rich CEO, who introduces her to a life of comfort, and turns her back on Ma-ru. Her betrayal leaves him furious and a few years later he seeks revenge.

Awards

YearAward CeremonyCategoryAwardee

2012

20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards

Top Excellence Award, Actor

Song Joong-ki

2012

1st K-Drama Star Awards

Top Excellence Award, Actor

Song Joong-ki

2012

KBS Drama Awards

Best Couple Award

Song Joong-ki and Moon Chae-won

2012

KBS Drama Awards

Netizens' Award

Song Joong-ki

2012

KBS Drama Awards

Top Excellence Award, Actor

Song Joong-ki

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