Song Joong-ki is a top hallyu star from South Korea. He was firstly known as a cast member in Running Man, a popular Korean variety show. Since then, he participated performing roles in various genres, both in movies and television series.
He is not only famous for his good looks but also his excellence for acting. It is reported that he is one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea. In fact, he was recognized as the Actor of the Year by Gallup Korea in 2012 and 2017 and among the top 10 list of Forbes Korea Power Celebrity in 2013, 2017, and 2018.
Here are the top 3 drama roles he excellently performed that were a huge hit and immensely received by local and international fans:
“Vincenzo Cassano” in Vincenzo (2021)
In this huge hit drama, Song Joong-ki portrayed the role of Vincenzo Cassano, a Korean-Italian mafia lawyer, who was adopted by an Italian family. He went back to Korea to recover 15 tons of gold hidden at the basement of Geumga Plaza.
However, he met several challenges that made him stay longer in Seoul, including the tension with Babel Group who illegally took ownership of the building. Amid the disputes is meeting the quirky tenants at Geumga Plaza who became his family and helped him recover the gold bars.
Song Joong-ki won the “Actor of the Year” at the 2021 Brand of the Year Awards for his role as Vincenzo Cassano. He was also one of the nominated Best Actors at the 2021 Baeksang Arts Awards. Currently, he is nominated as an Outstanding Korean Actor at the 2021 Seoul International Drama Awards.
“Vincenzo” is a 20-episode crime-drama blended with comedy and romance. It premiered with a nationwide rating of 7.7% and ended with its highest rating at 14.6%, according to Nielsen Korea. It was broadcast through the TVN network and was also released worldwide on Netflix.
It is reported that it took 6th place as the highest-rated drama in TVN history and 9th place in Korean cable television records, as of writing.
It also won the “Drama of the Year” at the 2021 Brand of the Year Awards and currently nominated as an “Outstanding Korean Drama” at the 2021 Seoul International Drama Awards.
“Eun-seom” and “Saya” in Arthdal Chronicles (2019)
In this Korean ancient-fantasy drama, Song Joong-ki exceptionally portrayed a twin role. Separated by war, the quirky, smart, and charming Eun-seom grew up in a faraway land within a heartwarming tribe. While his twin brother, Saya, an intelligent yet socially detached person, was secretly raised under the powerful leadership of Tagun in the city of Arthdal.
Although the twins never met in the Season 1 yet, their separate worlds will soon collide through the same love interest, Tanya, and the ultimate attainment of an enormous battle predicted by the gods. Fans of this drama await the Season 2 and we hope it is coming soon to finally conclude the tribal warfare.
“Arthdal Chronicles” is an 18-episode drama released through the TVN Channel and Netflix. According to Korea Creative Content Agency, it is the 6th most preferred Korean drama among the US viewers in 2019. It also won the “Most Anticipated Drama of 2019” at the 2018 Korea First Brand Awards and received the “Cultural Tourism Grand Prize” at the 2019 Korean Wave Awards.
Although it received critical reviews for its resemblance with the fantasy-action-thriller series, “Game of Thrones”, it was also honored for its unique screenplay, cinematography, and excellent performance by Song Joong-ki.
“Captain Yoo Si-jin” in Descendants of the Sun (2016)
“Descendants of the Sun” is Song Joong-ki’s comeback project after serving for two years in mandatory military service. He portrayed the role of Captain Yoo Si-jin in South Korea Special Forces Unit. He is also known as the “Big Boss” in this show who met and fell in love with Dr. Kang Mo-yeon, performed by Song Hye-kyo.
This 16-episode action-romantic drama was immensely popular in 2016. It was broadcast through the KBS2 network with a nationwide premiere rating of 12.6% and highest finale rating of 35.3%.
Remarkably, Song Joong-ki received international recognition and several awards for his role in this drama. He took home the following awards:
“Daesang Grand Prize” at the 5th APAN Star Awards and 30th KBS Drama Awards.
“Outstanding Korean Actor” at the 11th Seoul International Drama Awards and 29th Korean Producer Awards.
“Most Popular Actor” and “iQiyi Global Star Award” at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards.
“Best APAN Star Award” at the 5th APAN Star Awards.
“Presidential Award” at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards.
“Best Performer Award” at the 29th Korean Producer Awards.
Furthermore, the show was a major hit not just in South Korea but also across Asia. It was reported to be translated into 32 different languages, expanding Korean culture and arts outside Korea, and influencing the rise of hallyu wave.
It received the following awards:
“Daesang Grand Prize” at the 30th KBS Drama Awards.
“Drama of the Year” at the 5th APAN Star Awards.
“Best Drama” at the 43rd Korean Broadcasting Grand Prize, 9th Korean Drama Awards, and Korean Advertisers Association Awards.
“Grand Prize for Excellence in Production” by the Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards.
“Special Jury Award” at the 50th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
“Excellent Korean Drama” at the 11th Seoul International Drama Awards.
Song Joong-ki is truly a one-of-a-kind actor. No wonder he and his projects are immensely loved by fans, locally and internationally.