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Yoo Seung Ho

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The smoldering gaze of Yoo Seung Ho can most definitely render a fangirl of any age weak in the knees.  Partner that with maturity, poise, intelligence, and affable charm and he becomes downright lethal!  In fact, he becomes a fangirl dream.  When I watch Yoo Seung Ho, I always have to pause a moment to remind myself that he is all of twenty years old!  Building his acting resume since the age of 7 and settling into that wickedly intense smolder by age 16, I could no longer deny his rightful place here as a worthy K-Shot of Hot.

Yoo Seung Ho – The Actor

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At the age of only 20, Yoo Seung Ho is one well-seasoned actor.  And, he is the real deal.  He made his drama debut at 7 playing a dying child in the 4 episode drama, Daddy Fish and his film debut at 9 in The Way Home (as seen above).  Since then, he has worked consistently in either drama or film and is currently on break from acting to complete his mandatory military service.  He enlisted on March 5, 2013 entering the ROK Army as a regular duty soldier, and will be discharged on December 4, 2014.  I don’t think the military is going to make him any more mature than he already is, I mean….seriously – I think he was born mature!  Might bulk him up a bit and that will not be such a bad thing, right?!  He is a truly gifted actor with incredible poise, intelligence, restraint and instinct.  And that resume of work is loaded – he has done so much in these past 13 years! Clearly, I have not seen it all, but I plan to as he is worth watching.  What I have seen I will visit here and maybe…just maybe I will have seen something you have not and this little homage will then spark an interest for you to have a closer look at this charming  and talented young man.

Film

Seung Ho has 12 films under his belt.  I find that he navigates both the film and drama worlds with such ease most probably because he is doing what he was born to do:  act.  I offer here some thoughts on the films I have seen.  I will visit them in the order I have viewed them which is not necessarily in the chronological order they were either filmed and/or released.

Fourth Period Murder Mystery (2009)

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As you can rightly see, he had that smolder intact at the ripe ole age of 16.  I had to seriously keep reminding myself that he was in fact only 16 in this film!! It is amazing to me how incredibly poised this young man is as an actor.  Here we have Seung Ho as Han Jung Hoon, who is your average top of the class high school student.  He is a well-liked leader of his class, and keeps his fellow female classmates ‘oppa-ing’ him all over the place (with good reason, of course).  They are constantly snapping his picture with their cell phones which, quite frankly I would no doubt be doing too, if I were his classmate.  It’s kind of stalkerish but he doesn’t seem to mind.  Jung Hoon is ultimately implicated in the murder of a classmate.  This then becomes the crux of the film’s direction as the stage is set to solve the murder.

The story becomes a who-dun-it with the film leading you in a few different directions to kind of keep you guessing as to who the true murderer could be.  Jung Hoon and social outcast classmate Lee Da Jung partner to solve the mystery of violently murdered fellow student Kim Tae Gyu. The film was actually very polished and looked good visually.  Seung Ho delivered a solid performance – he just has a presence about him that cannot go unnoticed.  I was rather shocked by the blatant violence in the film with the in-your-face murder of Tae Gyu, however.  There was a rather graphic stabbing scene and a lot of blood spraying that I did not anticipate.  Then again, I survived Ninja Assassin and that was pretty bloody (yes, that was my shout out to Rain!!!)

When Da Jung finds Jung Hoon bloodied and holding a knife standing over a murdered Tae Gyu, her first thought is that he did in fact kill Tae Gyu.  But then she suddenly decides that he isn’t the murderer and suggests to him that he either (1) turn himself in and take a chance at the consequences which may befall him (he did just earlier that week beat the crap out of Tae Gyu so the writers want you to consider him as a viable suspect).  And truth be told, he did look pretty suspicious standing there holding that knife and all; or (2) partner with her to investigate the crime and ultimately discover the true murderer.  Jung Hoon chooses the second option (no brainer) and they then decide that the murder mystery must be solved by the end of 4th period class which conveniently had just started.  A little 411 on Da Jung.  When the story opens we see her as a creepy student lurking about the school much akin to the little girl in the horror movie The Ring.  You know, the one that looks like this:

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She is a bit obsessed with reading crime novels and the like so when this murder occurs on the school campus she is all too ready to investigate it. Initially, the writers try to set her up to be the school nemesis and potential killer.  The other students actually call her ‘curtain witch’ or just ‘curtain’ because of the way she lets her hair fall and cover her face.  But shortly after she partners with our boy Jung Hoon, she pulls her hair back to reveal that she is actually quite beautiful, which in turn throws JH off guard.  In addition to being beautiful she is equally bright and charming as she takes control as the lead school self-imposed detective.  Kind of whack, but ok.  LOL!  I thought…make up your mind:  either she is going to be all sinister looking and emo or pretty, perky and delightful!

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The movie wasn’t spectacular but was entertaining, and the YSH presence and smolder were all over the place.  We get to see him kick some ass briefly which actually made me jump in my seat and let out a surprised…woah!  YSH can be a tough guy if he wants to be and is believable.  I was impressed by that.

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His character begins to like Lee Da Jung so we also get to see a little smitten side of him in this as well. I think she offered to help him because deep down even her heart was squealing ‘oppa’ for him like the majority of the girls at the school!

Framed and filmed well, the camera does tend to love him and his glorious eyes.  On the bus having a wistful moment:

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The intense side glance:

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The angry smolder:

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The come hither smolder:

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The mesmerized infatuated surprise as Da Jung emerges from the school swimming pool look:

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And ultimately…..there is a kiss:

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I think Yoo Seung Ho fangirls will appreciate this film based on the sheer presence of him being in most every scene and looking really good in all of them!  And wait a second….how does a 16 year old have the wherewithal to hand cradle a face for a kiss?  Yoo Seung Ho, that’s who!

Blind (2011)

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Blind was brutal. B-R-U-T-A-L!  To sum it up in one sentence I will say that it was the Korean knock off of Silence of the Lambs.  So you can now pretty much surmise what it was about…somewhat.  I read the synopsis of the film before watching it and at first read it sounded like it would be interesting; however, it in no way sounded like it was going to remotely resemble Lambs.   This also appears to be one of Seung Ho’s last pieces of work before heading into the military so it is relatively recent.  I wanted to check it out mostly to feel less awkward about ogling him since he was well…18 here – I think?!  LOL!  It is his own fault really for being so mature.  As we continue looking at his work, you will note a trend of sorts:  he tends to play characters older than his true age.  And it is not that he looks older…it is that he carries himself with such maturity and can simply pull it off.  Impressive.

Ok, so where was I before I got side-tracked?  Yes, Blind.  The movie could easily be deemed a horror film but in the vein of a psychological thriller.  There is graphic violence, terribly graphic in fact.  I shudder over two particular scenes that were harrowing.  Yoo Seung Ho is not the main character of the film yet his Gi Sub is a major character.  The focus is actually on police trainee, Min Soo Ah who after a terrible car accident which kills her brother and renders her blind, becomes the target of a homicidal serial killer.  While posing as a deluxe taxi driver, the killer preys upon Soo Ah as his next victim.  As he was presumably driving Soo Ah home, the taxi hits and kills a pedestrian, and the driver (the serial killer) tries covering it up by saying he hit a dog. Gi Sub witnesses the taxi driving away from the scene and thus becomes the police department’s prime witness.  He is not of the cooperative type, however.  In fact, his Gi Sub is a street punk graffiti artist with no home, no ambition, a bad attitude and some big hair.

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When the psychopath killer targets Gi Sub as well, he reluctantly becomes Soo Ah’s ally in an attempt to keep them both alive.  Having lost her brother in that accident three years prior, Soo Ah begins to look upon Gi Sub as her namdongsaeng as he is precisely the same age as her brother was when he died, 19.  Gi Sub even begins to call her noona.  The quest to remain alive creates a bond.

There was an intense scene where Gi Sub sees the killer board the same subway train car as Soo Ah and he calls her to have her switch on her mobile phone camera so he can help her escape harm.  Although there is a casualty as a result of her escaping (and it was horribly graphic I must add), Soo Ah survives.  As intense and graphic as this portion of the film was, I was still able to admire Seung Ho’s look in these scenes (once a fangirl, always a fangirl, I suppose!)  Don’t worry, no gore…just lovely Yoo Seung Ho:

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Gi Sub does take a right beating from the killer at one point and leave it to me to find beauty in that shot. ;p

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[Spoilerish] Sinister characters are meaty ones for actors to play, no doubt, but they creep me out big time. In this film Seung Ho has to go up against that sinister character and for a moment there I wasn’t sure he would survive.  But justice does prevail and what is heartwarming is knowing that Soo Ah and Gi Sub build a lasting ‘sibling’ relationship which ultimately fills a void for both of them by giving her purpose, and him direction.

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Hearty Paws (마음이) (2006)

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This film warmed every corner of my crusty old heart.  I suppose I am a sucker for those ‘boy and his dog’ stories, and this one fished me in good. I have Yoo Seung Ho to credit for that because he delivers a lovely performance as Chan an 11-year-old boy left to care for his baby sister, So Yi, after their mother abandons them.  Because he promised, Chan steals a puppy to give to So Yi for her birthday, who she promptly names Maeumi (Hearty).  They are happy and live simply in a routine where they care for one another and survive on the kindness of an aunt.

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Everything changes when their aunt tells Chan that she is leaving due to her husband’s job relocation and is just basically going to up and abandon them.  Her husband thinks Chan and So Yi should be placed in an orphanage.  Instead, the aunt gives Chan his mother’s last known address and tells him that he and So Yi should go to her.

There were many heart wrenching moments in this film – too many! When tragedy strikes and Chan is left to make some critical decisions, those decisions become crucial to his further character development in the film. One of the decisions he makes is to abandon Maeumi (kind of telling considering he is a victim of abandonment himself).  But this dog is persistent.

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Chan decides he must go see his mother in Busan.  His purpose was not to live with her or have a mother-son relationship.  I think he just wanted to ask her why?  Maeumi, still fixed on staying by Chan’s side even when persistently pushed away, chases after Chan’s train headed for Busan.  I am telling you, the dog in this film (real name Molly) was incredible.  As animal actors go, Molly was top-notch.  Even I could not believe how they got this dog to do things she did!!!

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Chan finds his mother only to discover that she really has no interest in being a mother and seems rather annoyed that he showed up. She is in the process of preparing to leave South Korea for good with her boyfriend who appears to possibly be a US citizen as that is where they are departing to so she does not want to be bothered with a child.  Chan gets no resolution or answers and leaves no better off than when he arrived, but is increasingly more bitter and angry.  He ultimately falls in with a group of orphaned children who peddle on subway trains for gangsters who fancy themselves guardians when in fact they are exploiting the children for their own gain.

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As Maeumi refuses to leave Chan’s side, Chan ultimately rescues Maeumi from animal control by proclaiming (finally) that Maeumi is his dog.  The poor thing had been tagging along bearing Chan’s angered attempts to shoo him away since Maeumi found Chan in Busan.  Chan’s ultimate realization that what he and the other children are doing is bad and most probably against the law, pushes him to leave. The gangsters will not have it and they use Maeumi as their target to help Chan change his mind.  See, they have a dog of their own, Becky.  Such a demure name, right?  Well, Becky is a vicious dog trained to fight, attack, and ultimately kill. The gangsters ultimately pit Becky against Maeumi and it is not pretty. Maeumi’s love and loyalty to Chan somehow allows him to survive after countless beatings and a vicious attack by Becky.

There is a scene where the head gangster abducts Chan and tosses him in this tank and begins to fill it with water with the intent to drown him.  I thought this was such a cool shot on the part of the director or cameraman or whomever it was that called it.  Just added to the suspense of the scene.

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Maeumi shows up to save the day (of course) and has the smarts to pull the hose out of the tank just before the unconscious Chan is submerged.

If you are an animal lover, there are moments in this movie that are really rough but I suppose in the context of the story, they had to be shown.   Did I bawl my eyes out, yep – sure did. Yoo Seung Ho delivers a deep and thoughtful performance which is pretty incredible given his age at the time.  Some adult actors are unable to manage to do what Yoo Seung Ho was clearly capable of at 13.  Again, impressive.

And strong kudos to his co-stars, Kim Hyang Gi (So Yi) and Dolly (Maeumi).  This was a true tug-at-your-heartstrings film.

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This screen cap would have ended up being delightfully coincidental had Yoo Seung Ho ended up being cast in Chuno.  Just saying:

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Oh, by the way…..Rain will now see his second mention in this post.  He just has a way of working himself in! So, as I am watching this film, minding my own business, a school room scene pops up and the assignment for the class that day is: Who is the person you most want to meet and girlfriend here tells us for real:

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It was inevitable.  LOL!

Yoo Seung Ho’s other films include: The Way Home (2002), The Big Black Man (2002), Happy Ero Christmas (2003), Don’t Tell Papa (2004), The Teacher (2006), Unforgettable (2008), City of Fathers (2009), Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild (2011), and Fragments of Sweet Memory (2012).

Drama

Arang & The Magistrate (2012)

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Ok, so I was not fond of the wig but I was certainly charmed by Yoo Seung Ho’s calm and quiet presence as the King of Heaven (Jade Emperor) throughout this drama. Furthermore, I absolutely loved the delightful repartee he shared with co-star, Park Joon Gyu (King of the Underworld).

I did not watch Arang for Yoo Seung Ho – I have to be honest.  I watched it for Lee Jun Ki who was superb. But I will save that gush for another day when I perhaps K-Shot Lee Jun Ki!  Oh, and Shin Min Ah was perfection in this drama as well!

Yoo Seung Ho’s Jade Emperor (Jadey) is every bit as poised and controlled, even-tempered and patient as one would think the King of Heaven would be.  Once again Seung Ho proves his ability to hold his own in scenes with older, seasoned actors and delivers a quiet and even performance.  It was a delight to watch him bait and best the King of the Underworld (Hadey) all while remaining calm, cool, and confident.  Even though younger in appearance, the King of Heaven is supposed to be the elder of the two Kings.  And this is what makes the performances of both Yoo Seung Ho and Park Joon Gyu that much more entertaining.  Hadey stomps around like a petulant child when something does not go his way or when he is threatened by Jadey’s ability to be more adept at reading a situation and/or people.

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And, you just have to love Hadey’s suggestion of a body swap change with Jadey if he wins a bet.  I suppose it stands to reason that the younger of the Kings should have the younger face and body!!!  Seung Ho plays Jadey with a calm reserve quietly agreeing to Hadey’s ridiculous wager because he confidently knows that Hadey will not win.  Love how he always had a wry smile on his face while continuing to humor and appease Hadey.

I will say that I did swoon a bit however upon seeing Yoo Seung Ho in full sageuk wear.  In a flash back, the Jade Emperor intercedes and assists a dying Kim Eun Oh as a child thus becoming Eun Oh’s benefactor and protectorate.  So strikingly handsome…oh my!

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Although not a huge part in this drama, I still enjoyed seeing Yoo Seung Ho gently navigate The Jade Emperor though his scenes ever so calmly with an irate Arang, ever so understandingly with a suffering Moo Young, and ever so lovingly with his mentee, Eun Oh.

I Miss You (2012)

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The disaster that could have been.  This drama had such potential.  With three strong leads you would have thought this was going to burn the screen up – two handsome leading men and a lovely leading lady.  Great potential for an interesting love triangle, right?  Wrong.  It just faltered and faltered and faltered!!  I was so aggravated with the last episode that I nearly tossed my Mac off the desk….but refrained because, well, I love my Mac!!

There were actually two positives that came out of this drama.  The first was seeing Park Yoo Chun exercise some pretty steady and decent acting chops even amid a not so great story.  This was my first time seeing him in a drama as I am generally used to seeing him on stage with either TVXQ or JYJ.  The positive here is that I want to watch the rest of his dramas now which is good for him because this one was probably not the best intro, but I admit to finding him attractive and thought his overall delivery was believable.

Second, and more importantly, the massive amount of smolder from Yoo Seung Ho.  His Kang Hyung Joon/Harry Borrison was a broody simmering, sizzling ember of intensity.  I just wish they wrote his character better.  I almost feel as if the writers did not really know in which direction to take him and gave up on him. For that, I felt bad for him.  In fact, my pal Kfangurl over at The Fangirl Verdict (who bailed on watching this with me – I forgive her, I forgive her!) mentioned to me that even Yoo Seung Ho himself had a difficult time understanding Harry. When an actor is hard pressed to understand the character he portrays, how can he portray him honestly?  There were moments of honesty, however.  And, I would say that is in the front end of the drama where we are introduced to a seemingly confident yet truly vulnerable Harry Borrison.

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I think the subtitle for this drama could have easily read: The Land of the Emotionally Scarred.  All three of the leads endured very intense emotional traumas as children that definitely molded who they became as adults.

As a child, Kang Hyung Joon barely survives being attacked by a dog which was promulgated by his very own stepbrother (Han Tae Joon) whose intent was to actually kill him.  See, there was this thing with some money – apparently a large amount – which Hyung Joon’s stepbrother felt he was entitled after the death of his father.  But, Hyung Joon’s mother safely moved the money to a Swiss bank with intentions of leaving the country with Hyung Joon.  The dog attack ordered by Han Tae Joon throws the plan off a bit and it is then that the lives of our three leads intersect.

For a little more clarity (I think) let me explain the relationships further. Han Tae Joon’s father had a flingy ding and produced a son:  Kang Hyung Joon (YSH).  This makes Han Tae Joon and Kang Hyung Joon stepbrothers.  Han Tae Joon has a son, Han Jung Woo (Park Yoo Chun). This would make Han Jung Woo (PYC) the grandson of Kang Hyung Joon’s (YSH) father and also Kang Hyung Joon’s nephew.  Did I even get that right?

So where does Yoon Eun Hye fit into all of this?  Her character, Lee Soon Yeon, is the daughter of a convicted murderer, is pretty much ostracized by the community, and is definitely the school pariah as a teen. She is befriended, however, by Han Jung Woo and they ultimately end up in love. The first four episodes set up the story of how they met and ultimately how they get separated and frankly, I don’t want to even expound on it because, well I just don’t want to!!  I will say their separation is the gateway to her introduction to Kang Hyung Joon (YSH) as it is KHJ, with the help of his mother’s nurse (a piece of work that woman is), who saves Soon Yeon after she survives a horrific attack.

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Flash forward 14 years.  Kang Hyung Joon is now Harry Borrison and Lee Soon Yeon is now Zoe Lou.  They have managed to create a seemingly beautiful life together in Paris, she working as a reputable fashion designer and he just looking all kinds of hot supporting her.  I don’t think it is ever clearly stated what Harry did for a living but we have to remember there was that large sum of money held up in a Swiss bank so my thought is he is just must be independently wealthy investing in projects that make more money.

Harry and Zoe are codependent on each other and it is not a healthy codependency. But it is one that has allowed the both of them to survive their respective traumatic pasts.  For 14 years Harry had been Zoe’s best friend, confidant, and protectorate because it was at her most desperate hour of need as a teen that Harry (then Kang Hyung Joon) saved her.

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I will say that I rather enjoyed Harry’s quiet and vulnerable moments.  All he really wanted, I suppose, was for Zoe to return his love in kind and of course when she is reunited with Jung Woo (because she inevitably is), this throws not only Harry’s world into complete chaos, but the drama’s as well.

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(Let me pause for a second here and ask, if Yoo Seung Ho was looking at you like this, wouldn’t it be easy for you to forget his age…..well, at least for a brief moment???!)

The story in I Miss You is too convoluted and, well, crazy to really expound on further.  You can just skip down to the smolder section where I share some lovely screen caps of Yoo Seung Ho as Harry Borrison because he looked gorge in this drama with his smolder dripping from practically every scene he graced. Here is one to get you started.

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[Separate I Miss You smolder section below.]

Operation Proposal (2012)

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Maybe it was because there were elements of Ground Hog Day and Field of Dreams in this drama that I enjoyed it so very much.  Or maybe it was simply Yoo Seung Ho’s lovely performance as the regretful Kang Baek Ho that just tilted the scales for me in its favor.

I really liked this drama.  And, I was advised by Kfangurl to watch this drama as a character piece and not so much a romance.  It makes all the difference in the world when you set aside the anxiety of watching a drama episode by episode pining for the OTP to be together in blissful love and, rather, watch it to see the evolution of a nicely written character and his/her interaction as a whole as their story arc unfolds.

The story opens with Kang Baek Ho waking late on the day of his best friend’s wedding (Valentine’s Day), racing to get there and ultimately ending up sobbing in regretful despair realizing that the woman he loves is now married to another man.  So sets the course of Baek Ho’s journey of trying to reshape the past.  He is assisted by a mysterious man who just shows up in Baek Ho’s moment of despair with a vial of liquid and a promise that Baek Ho will travel to the past if he drinks it and recites ‘renovatio’ three times.  [Latin translation for renovatio = total rebirth.]

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The fantasy element of time travel worked nicely in this drama and the surprise connect at the end of who the time conductor truly is just sent shivers down my spine when that information was revealed.  I LOVED it. I’m kind of a sap, though.

There were so many moments throughout the drama that had me thinking of my own regrets.   It also had me thinking if given the opportunity to go back in time to change the course of my life, would I? And once there, would I actually change anything or is there just something in our destinies that are simply written and unchangeable.  This then became a very thought-provoking drama for me.

Yoo Seung Ho was wonderful in this drama and so very believable.  Kang Baek Ho continues to return to the past in order to change the outcome of the future.  The future he envisions and so desperately wants to change has his best friend (Yi Seul) the woman he deeply loves, marrying him instead of another man.  Each time he went back, I rooted for him to get it right.  He just seemed to keep missing the moment and was ultimately hurled back to real time only to begin that same day (Valentine’s Day) over again but now differently due to the alterations he had just made in the past.  For the most part, those alterations did not change the present day to be what he wanted it to be.  Therefore he agonized and pleaded to the time conductor to go back with a firm belief and strong resolution to get it right.

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His benefactor in letting him do this, ‘the time conductor’ was always pliable and willing to let him go and I suppose it is with good reason seeing how the identity of the time conductor is a crucial facet in all of this – but I won’t spoil it because the reveal when I watched it just melted me.

The key for Kang Baek Ho is CHANGE – and the change must be a change within himself.  This is perhaps one of the most difficult things for any of us to do.  Each time he goes back he changes a decision or an action that he feels will alter the course of the future but is discouraged ultimately by the ‘new’ outcome because the alterations he makes create yet another problem.  So, he must continue to go back.

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Does he learn along the way?  Yes, I believe he does.  Does his future ultimately change for him?  Maybe.  I won’t spoil it! ^.^  I will just drop in some screen shots of his loveliness.  Baek Ho may have his flaws, but I will say he was a genuinely sweet and caring friend and oh so romantic.

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Did I mention he was a good kisser as well?  Yes. Shocked me right good. Was not expecting that from Yoo Seung Ho!

God of Study (2010) – Currently Watching

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I just started this drama so too soon to really divulge but will save for a post script upon completion!

Warrior Baek Dong Soo (2011) – Currently Watching

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Same here with Warrior.  Sageuk and Seung Ho….yes please and thank you!  Will return with a post script.

Yoo Seun Ho has 17 dramas to his credit.  17!! I have only scratched the surface.  His other dramas include: Daddy Fish (2000), Love Letter (2003), Precious Family, (2004), The Immortal Lee Soon Shin (2004), Sweet Buns (2004), Sad Love Story (2005), Alien Sam (2006), The King & I (2007), The Legend (2007), Queen Seondeok (2009), You’re Beautiful (2009, cameo), and Flames of Desire (2010).

Yoo Seung Ho – Music Videos

It always tickles me to see known actors lending themselves to music videos, especially when they themselves are not the actual singer.  Yoo Seung Ho is no stranger to the MV and was making appearances in them even as a small child.  Hmmm, I wonder if Seung Ho can actually sing?!!  Here are few MVs he has lent his smoldering gaze and presence to.

Lyn – Have You Ever Been Lovesick

Tim – Thanks

Did you see baby YSH??!  Adorable!

The One feat. TaeYeon – Like A Star

Brown Eyes – Don’t Go Don’t Go

T-ara – Lies

IU – Believe In Love

Omo!! He CAN sing.  This song was a product of a diary Yoo Seung Ho kept while doing charity work in the slums of India and was featured on the Korean charity show Love Request.  Too sweet!!

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So Ji Sub – Eraser

Huh Gak w/LE – Whenever You Play That Song

G – A Lonely Life

Jo Sung Mo – Please Take Good Care of Her

Yoo Seung Ho – The Model

The eyes this young man has…..let’s not waste any time.

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Yoo Seung Ho – The Smolder

I believe some of the best examples of Yoo Seung Ho’s smolder, in the limited amount of work that I have seen, is perhaps found in I Miss You.

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Yoo Seung Ho – Candids

Was hard-pressed to find some candid shots but managed to find a few.  Love candids!

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Yoo Seung Ho – Military Service

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At 19, Yoo Seung Ho entered the ROK Army as a regular duty soldier on March 5, 2013. Smart.  I know this young man’s career is not going to skip a beat and that once he is discharged on December 4, 2014, he is probably going to pick up exactly where he left off, at the top of his game.

Final Thoughts

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I feel as if I have been working on this post for forever and still have not even begun to scratch the surface of Yoo Seung Ho.  So young.  So handsome.  So talented.  So much more to look forward to.  When I first stumbled upon him in Arang I honestly had no idea the depth (and breadth) of his talent or how much was out there.  It really is next to impossible to sum him up adequately.  I look forward to watching everything he has to offer and especially want to see more of his earlier work as a child actor.  The earliest piece I have seen was his work in Hearty  Paws, and he was already a seasoned actor by then!

He is a very poised actor who is capable of handling roles that demand maturity, intelligence and restraint.  In everything I have seen to date he is honest, never over the top, and just a pleasure to watch.  Continuing to move away from his boyish-ness, he is growing into an extremely handsome man with a stunning smile that can melt your heart and eyes that can smolder you into an hypnotic trance where his every wish would be your command!

In the following interview you will see how easy it is to really like the man who ‘melts every noona’s heart.’ He is intelligent, charming, modest, funny and definitely serious about being a good actor.  And yes, Seung Ho-ah, I will agree with your mother 100% that you do indeed have very pretty eyes!

[All images and videos are property of their respective owners and are being used for entertainment purposes only.]

Author: Michele

Travel junkie, veganista, and purveyor of random acts of kindness. I happen to really adore G.O of MBLAQ and his presence here is very strong. That about sums me up!

37 thoughts on “Yoo Seung Ho

  1. You are so very thorough, Michele!! This boy is just so talented. And so smoldery. Yet so adorable. It just messes with noonas’ minds, I tell ya! 😉

    Does Nelly know your post is up? Coz I’m expecting her to EAT. THIS. UP. ;D

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    • Awww thanks! But I am surely far from thorough as this young man has such a long list of work. Like I said in the post, I just scratched the surface!! Don’t know if Nelly has seen it yet…but I am quite sure I will only preaching to the choir where she is concerned!! LOL!!

      I rather enjoyed watching the MVs. I thought he was truly good in Hearty Paws – a really good performance and I love how in the interview he wants to be known as a ‘mature actor’ – really??? Sweetie, you were already a mature actor by age 11!! ^.^ He is definitely one to watch and I am looking forward to what he brings post-MS!

      Thank you again for taking the time from auntie duty to stop by!! ❤

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    • I do now!!!!!! OMG I can’t… type. *melted*

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  2. Wow, is all I can say. I only knew of this actor after watching him in “I Miss You” that also starred Micky Yoochun. Micky is who I originally tuned in for, but I gotta say my eyes were definitely drawn to Yoo Seung Ho’s character Harry (a psychotic character at that). He’s quite a beauty is he not? There must be something in the water in Korea. They have more male beauties in Asia by far (at least IMHO).

    Also, it would seem I’ve got a lot of catching up to do as far as his work goes, as its quite extensive. He’s definitely one that is on my radar….that’s for sure. *SMILES*

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    • Awww…thanks D!! As my post suggests, I have not even scratched the surface of what Yoo Seung Ho has accomplished…and, at only 20!! It amazes me. He is definitely one to watch as he continues to work and mature (if maturing any more than he has is even possible)!!

      He is really growing up to be a very handsome man, has a lovely voice and his eyes….oh my! Those eyes! As my blogger friend Kfangurl so aptly surmised to me once: “Yoo Seung Ho’s eyes should be one of South Korea’s national treasures!”

      As the post shows I have not seen much myself in way of his work. I am just starting Warrior Baek Dong Soo and am watching it in 1080p….or dear lord to see him in such high resolution is breathtaking! LOL!!!

      He is just a smart, smart young man. He is completing his MS nice and early – but then he has been acting since age 7 so he has built up quite the resume in any event!!

      He is just delightful and YES….what the heck is in that water in South Korea???!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous people!! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment! ^.^

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  3. 😉 YAY!…i just thought so!…as i anticipate who will be your next k-hot my guess is right…(between Lee Junki and Yoo Seung Ho) the latter take the post….you see?..so young and so good…at 20 this cutie is already messing every fangirl’s fantasy…let’s us see when he finally release from the army…..the array of smoldery images of him look delish!..beautifully done michelle, thumbs up!..<3 😉

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    • Awwwww, thanks Evez! Yep you got me figured!!! He is just so good! And he has done a ton…I have so much yet to watch. And he seems like such a sweet guy, too. Nice all around package! Who in his age group can match that smolder?! He is smolderlicious!! Thank you for checking him out and for the very nice comments!! ❤️❤️

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      • 🙂 …and to think you’re only new in the blogosphere and yet you’re so good…and i’m happy that you are always so sweet and receptive in replying to all the comments… .;)

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      • Evez…thank you for such a sweet message and for the encouragement. I am absolutely enjoying myself here with my blog (shallow as it may be)!! It is a nice place for me to meet these lovely men of the K-entertainment world! Oh..and I am so stoked to have added that TVXQ Tuesday spot because it gives me the opportunity to, well…’research’ (as in ogle!!) those five hotties!! And, yes, they are ALL hot! Thank you for continuing to visit!!! For my next K-shot, I will say that he will be from the K-music world. I want to rotate back and forth between predominately actor to predominately singer and see how that goes! This will also afford me an opportunity to check out more music, which is ALWAYS a good thing!♥♥♥

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  4. Eonnie!!! Eonnie!!!!! Are you …. in love with my boy????? Maldoandwae!! Maldoandwae!!! This is the best post ever! I’m going to reblog it! You’re doing so good but we are not SHARING!!! NO WAY!!! But thank you though… he’s perfect, you just made my heart skip a beat!

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    • Heeheheehehehe…! I knew YOU would approve! And do not worry, I LIKE your boy very much but there is no toppling the true K-love of my heart, Rain. Even if YSH comes back from his MS all filled out, buffed up and toting post-MS abs, he still will not sway my affections!! I appreciate his talent very much and I think he growing into a gorgeous, smoldering hunk of a man. Watching him in his early work like Maeumi was truly a treat. He impressed me so very much. I thought he was fabulous in Operation Proposal – the wedding scene when his video is played (I think in the last episode)…..I was swimming in a puddle of my own tears watching that scene!! The regret Kang Baek Ho suffers is so heart wrenching and YSH was perfect. When an actor is so good that you watch him work and forget that he is an actor and start believing he is the actual character, he’s done good….real good. Throughout OP, YSH WAS Kang Baek Ho – the lines blurred for me and I no longer saw the actor portraying KBH, I only saw KBH. I get the feeling Lee Jong Suk pulls this off in I Hear Your Voice – from what I gather from Kfangurl’s review. I love this about an actor. Rain did in A Love to Kill and in his film I’m A Cyborg But That’s Ok. I have my eye on YSH…but my heart belongs to Rain! And THANK YOU so very much for the reblog!! ❤❤❤

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      • OMG, yes I’m starting to fall in love with Lee Jong Suk too… but this is just a temporary thing just to fill in the gap in my heart while YSH is on MS duty hehehe. Yes, he is one TALENTED actor. No doubt that once he’s done with MS, his career is going to take off to a whole new level! In whatever characters he is in, I believe him wholeheartedly and hence, falling in love with him as a person more and more. His ability to adapt is just too good. He made all senior actors look bad!

        Can December 4, 2014 be here any sooner? *melted as I munch on my cherry tomatoes*

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      • OMG..you are TOO cute!! He is every bit the gifted actor I said he was and he is only going to get better because all of the tools are already in place, including that incredible smolder! I loved the interview video because clearly the noona interviewer was all kinds of crushy on him!!! I love how she scolds him into not having any more accidents so noonas won’t worry about him. And he is so adorably cute when she is asking him his girl preference with the various actresses and he is like…how many more do you have there?!! LOL!!! He was so cute being all embarrassed and stuff!! So in addition to being a good actor and so very handsome, he is so polite and charming. And YES….he was doing at 13 what some mature actors STILL cannot do. So.good. A little over a year to go and he will return to you….! ❤

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      • Yes, I can’t wait to see him back to his civilian life! Meesh, you overwhelm me today! Lol

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      • I hope it was overwhelming in a good way!! 🙂

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      • Absolutely in a good way… especially you cleared the part that he’s mine. Hehehe… a huge burden OFF of my shoulder hehehe

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      • He is definitely yours, my dear. That had been established well before I even knew who he was!! ^.^

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  5. Reblogged this on and commented:
    If you know me by now, the love of my life (well, other than my hub and son), it is Yoo Seung Ho. Nothing can top him in my heart… Yes, this noona is crazy, head over heels, with him! I even counted our age difference! Yes, we still can work this May-December relationship! I love Yoo Seung Ho. I EFFING LOVE YOO SEUNG HO!!!!

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  6. ..you know when you love what you’re doing it shows and it pays well…and you have made it all great!..;) ..blogging is not an easy task it consumes so much effort…so keep up the good work michelle ‘coz there will be more Korean hunks waiting to be featured here ….. 🙂 <3<3<3

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    • Thanks so much Evez!!! I have only scratched the surface of the K-hotness that exists out there……oh my!!! It’s overwhelming sometimes! Rain alone keeps me busy!! And then there is Junsu who promptly tilted things even more when I discovered him! I think I have my next Shot planned…just have to start researching because I know absolutely NOTHING about him!!! And that is the fun of this entire adventure! As always, I thank you for visiting and for your wonderful words of encouragement…oh and for the collective moments of squeeeeeeee!♥♥♥

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      • 😉 …great!..that fast?!.. while busy with your Rain posting and with TVXQ and Junsu on the side…you already have the next k-shot?…woot!!! ❤ you're going to fill this blog site with eye candies!!…nice!….you already gave a hint previously, you said he's from k-pop entertainment?…am i right?…could he be someone from a group or he's solo artist? ….whoever that maybe…i'm excited!… 🙂

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      • Well I know who he will be……but I am far from posting him! I need to get to know him first!! LOL!!! He will be from the world of K-pop – there was just something about him that jumped out at me and…well, you will see. My idea of hot probably differs from a lot of people. But hopefully by featuring the ones I do, I can introduce the element of hotness I see in them, if someone is not completely on board!! Or there will be an element of hot we will all agree upon – like Rain’s finely toned physique, the way he dances or his infectious smile, or Yoo Seung Ho’s smoldering gaze!!!:) My hope is to bring a little something for everyone! No matter what, I will always have time for Rain, Junsu and the remaining TVXQ boys….they have a permanent place in this fangirl’s heart (especially Rain)!

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  7. This is an amazing post, Michele. Let’s just say this is the best primer on Seungho that I’ve ever seen. Thumbs up!

    The first time I saw him was the drama Flames of Passion, and I tell you, his acting (and the actresses who played his “mom” and his love interest) was so convincing, I’ve never felt so sorry for a K-drama character before. The boy was killing me with his angst and torturous life! Holy Toledo. I was not about to forget him after that, no way.

    I was so stoked in 2011 when he and Rain both were representing Adidas.

    Stephe ^@@^

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  8. Honestly, I didn’t know Seungho had done this much until your post. You’re really doing him a great service here. Thanks for taking me to school!

    Stephe ^@@^

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    • Thanks, Stephe!! I feel I could have done so much more because there is just so much material. He has packed a lot of work in his 13 year career and still has so much more to offer. This is precisely why I am happy I instituted the postscript. After I finish watching something, I will come back and give it proper coverage. He is definitely worth watching. Such an awesome talent…..and cute, too!

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  10. Love you M, Ysh just got one crazy fan here. Just really love those talented man. Can’t wait to find out how good, how far can he go.

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    • Awwww, thanks!!♥ ♥ ♥ He is scary talented, isn’t he??! I mean to be so young and so poised. I am so looking forward to his release from the military. I am sure he has things lined up and I cannot wait to see a whole new level of maturity from him, if that is even possible!!

      And doesn’t he have the most deep and soulful eyes you have EVER seen??? Just love him!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, having a look and for the comment. I am sure I did not do him complete justice but even if I spark the smallest interest in him for someone, then that is good!!

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