MY WORLD WITH LEE MIN HO



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I cannot get tired looking at that face.  I always miss him. He has a combination of cuteness, handsome, charming, and young looking face for a male celebrity.

Lee Min-ho (Hangul: 이민호; Hanja: 李敏鎬, born June 22, 1987) is a South Korean actor who is best known for his leading roles in Boys Over Flowers (2009) as Gu Jun-pyo, the leader of a group of students known as F4, and action drama City Hunter (2011).


BIOGRAPHY

Min-ho was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea on June 22, 1987. His family consists of his mother, father and one older sister. As a young child, Min-ho hoped to become a football (soccer) player, but an injury in the 5th grade of elementary school put an end to his dream. Min-ho, however, still keeps up with football and has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is his favorite player.

In his second year of high school, Min-ho turned to acting. By his senior year in high school he had joined Starhaus Entertainment with the help of an acquaintance. After going through training, Min-ho started auditioning and landed small roles in several television dramas. In 2006, his acting career was put on hold for a year following a serious car accident in which he was severely injured. Childhood friend and fellow actor Jung Il-woo was also injured in the accident.

His breakthrough came in 2009 with the lead role of Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (KBS2), the Korean adaptation of the popular Japanese television drama Hana Yori Dango, which was based on the popular Shōjo manga, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango). Min-ho is majoring in Film & Art at Konkuk University.

In 2010 Lee followed up the success of Boys Over Flowers by starring in the MBC TV drama Personal Taste in which he played a ambitious perfectionist young architect who poses as a gay man to become roommates with a young woman leading to romantic complications. When asked about why he chose the role during an interview he responded "I think I would do a better job playing heavy and more defined roles when I am older. I think "Personal Taste" was perfect because it is bright, cheerful but you can also laugh and cry over it as well." The series received above average ratings.

In 2011, he starred in the hit action drama City Hunter. The drama's popularity throughout Asia has also contributed to Min-ho's growing popularity in Asia, most notably in Japan, Philippines and China. He took the number one spot for Best Hallyu Star in a Japanese magazine dedicated to Korean dramas in June of 2012.

On April 6, 2012, Min-ho announced on his Facebook page that he would appear in a new drama called Faith (Hangul: 신의, Rom.: Shinui), which aired from August to October 2012 in Korea.

On March 29, 2013, Min-ho revealed that he will be returning to the small screen with a new drama titled "The Heirs"(tentative title). This will be aired in the autumn in Korea. His new project is gaining attention, because he is going to work with the top-notch writer of Secret Garden." And he will be meeting his fans through a 10-city tour in Asia, before starting to shoot his new drama.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleOriginal TitleRole
2008Public Enemy Returns강철중: 공공의 적 1-1Jung Ha-yeon
Our School E.T울학교 이티Oh Sang-hoon

Television drama

YearTitleOriginal TitleRoleNetwork
2003Sharp 1성장드라마 반올림1art institute studentKBS2
2005Nonstop 5논스톱 5guestMBC
Love Hymn (aka Recipe of Love)사랑찬가waiterMBC
2006Secret Campus비밀의 교정Park Du-hyunEBS
2007Mackerel Run달려라 고등어Cha Gong-chanSBS
I Am Sam아이엠샘Heo Mo-seKBS2
2008Get Up나도 잘 모르지만Min Wook-giMBC
2009Boys Over Flowers꽃보다 남자Gu Jun-pyoKBS2
2010Personal Taste개인의 취향Jeon Jin-hoMBC
2011City Hunter시티헌터Lee Yoon-sungSBS
2012Faith신의 (信義)Choi YoungSBS
2013The Heirs상속자들
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Endorsement

ProductYear(s)CountryNotes
12 Plus Shower Cream2012Thailand
Bang Bang2010with Han Ji-hye
Bench2012-2013Philippines
Binggrae Banana Milk2010
Cadillac CTS2009
Cantata Coffee2010-2011
Cartier Love Summer Exhibition2010
Cass 2X Beer2009with Sandara Park
Dunkin' Donuts2009
Eider2011-2013with Yoona
Etude House2009-2010with Park Shin-hye
Hyundai Veloster2011-2012Korea, China
Innisfree2012with Yoona
Jangin Furniture2010-2012
KTF2005
Levi's Signature2009with Moon Chae-won
LG Optimus One2010
LG Teenring2009with Kim Bum and Ku Hye-sun
Lotte 7% Glucose Drink2012China
Lotte Pie2010Vietnam
Lotte When lacking 2% Drink2005with Moon Geun-young
Lotte World2007
Market O2009
NHN Me2day2011
Pepsi NEX2009
Pizza Hut2006with Park Min-young
Samsung Anycall Haptic Mission2009with Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Joon and Son Dam-bi
Samsung Anycall Magic Hole2009with Kim Hyun-joong and UEE
Semir2011-2012China
Toyota Camry2011-2012USA
Trugen2009-2013


In July 2012, Min-ho was chosen as the most attractive male celebrity in TV commercials for cosmetics brands. The community portal site DC Inside carried out a survey on “The most attractive male celebrities in TV commercials for cosmetics brands, who make women open their wallets” from June 26 to July 3. As a result, Min-ho ranked first. On July 4, DC Inside reported Min-ho had received 17,532 (38.9%) out of 45,049 votes.

Since Min-ho was selected as a model for Innisfree in February 2012, he has been active as a cosmetics brand model in and out of Korea. Before Innisfree launched the brand in China, Min-ho had shot a social movie called “Cho Ryun”, whose concept was “Anyone can be Lee Min Ho’s first love.” As soon as the movie was released, the hosting server went down several times because of the high number of people, that visited the site to watch it.


WINNING AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

YEAR               AWARD                                   CATEGORY            NOMINATED WORK

2009    45th Baeksang Arts Awards                    Best New Actor             Boys Over Flowers
            MTN Broadcast Advertisement         Most Popular Ad Model      Trugen Commercial
                Festival

           4th Seoul International Drama Awards      Best New Actor             Boys Over Flowers

           KBS Drama Award                                 Best Couple Award        Boys Over Flowers
                                                                           with Ku Hye Sun

2010   4th MNET 20's Choice Awards              Hot Actor

                                                                          Excellence Award            Personal Taste
           
2011   4th Korea Drama Festival Awards           Best Actor                       City Hunter

                                                                          Hallyu Star Award           Ciy Hunter

2011    SBS Drama Awards                               Top Ten Star Awards      City Hunter
                     
                                                                    Netizen Popularity Award      City  Hunter

                                                                    Top Excellence Award,
                                                                       Actor in a Drama Special    City Hunter

2012    SBS Drama Awards                        Top Excellence Award,                 
                                                                       Actor in a Mini-Series         Faith

                                                                   Teens Award                          Faith

SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
  • Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF's Love Net campaign to fight malaria (2009-2010)
  • Honorary Prosecutor, a PR ambassador for Korean prosecutors (2012)
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HIS TV SERIES

Secret Campus 2006



The Lee Min-ho phenomenon continues.

First it was a slew of old pictures, old girlfriends, family anecdotes, etc. Now one of his old projects is drawing particular notice: Secret Campus [비밀의 교정], which he acted in back when he was 19. Because of all the heightened attention being given to Lee’s prior work, EBS, the station that originally aired the 2006 youth drama, has announced that they will be rebroadcasting the series.



Part of the intense curiosity about Lee Min-ho’s background and personal life is because he was so unknown before Boys Before Flowers, even despite several film and drama roles.

Not only is Secret Campus Lee Min-ho’s debut role, it was also the debut for a fellow rising star — who happens to be this year’s It Girl — Park Bo-young. Park (19) has been on the rise with her film and TV work, but really hit it big with one of the biggest movies in recent history, the comedy Speed Scandal (과속 스캔들, aka Scandalmakers) also starring Cha Tae-hyun.

Lee Min-ho and Park Bo-young also worked together in last year’s comedy film Our School E.T., and are still friends.


EBS, which stands for Educational Broadcasting System, is a public station airing mostly documentary or educational programming, as well as “youth dramas” like this one. A rep explained that following the massive successes of both Speed Scandal and Boys Before Flowers, the website for Secret Campus has been attracting many visitors and requests for rebroadcasts.
With these two newly minted stars, EBS is sitting on a goldmine, and it’s not going to waste it, that’s for sure. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these reruns of a three-year-old drama happen to bring in the station’s highest ratings in a long while, or perhaps ever.

The encore run will be shown on EBS on Saturday evenings beginning February 28, with one episode per week. The drama has 24 episodes in all.



Secret Campus is a school-centered drama depicting the lives and conflicts surrounding six very different main characters, who are all high school students.

Lee isn’t the main star of the cast; Park is, and (I think) there are a few other roles more prominent than his. In the story, he plays a soccer team member (perhaps art imitating real life?), although his soccer dreams meet with some trials and tribulations. While he is a good fighter and “he seems like he doesn’t have much interest in those around him, he’s the kind of person who takes care of his friends silently.”

Park’s character (Ah-rang) isn’t the brightest student, but her cute, talkative personality makes her well-liked. One day, she’s walking home from after-school lessons and runs into a gang of roughnecks; Lee’s character (Doo-hyun) comes along and saves her, after which Ah-rang starts to like Doo-hyun.

 
 
 
 


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Laugh out loud in every episode!

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Mackerel Run  2007

A high school drama filled with hilarious moments.

Cast

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Lee Min-HoMoon Chae-WonKwon Se-InJung Yoon-Jo
Cha Gong-ChanMin Yoon-SeoBaek HunYoon Se-Mi
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Ko Kyu-PilJang Tae-HoonLee Byung-JoonYu Hye-Ri
Jang Dong-GunKo Bong-TaeMa Do-SikHeo Young-Sook
Additional Cast Members:


Cha Gong Chan (Lee Min Ho) is the school’s black sheep. He used to be part of the football team but was kicked out after scoring an own goal at an important match. Then he met Min Yoo Seo (Moon Chae Won), a transfer student. It was love at first sight for Gong Chan. He was on the verge of dropping out of school but because of Yoo Seo, he tried his best to avoid being expelled.
A romantic comedy is incomplete without a third wheel. In Mackerel Run, we have Baek Hyun (Kwon Se In). He’s the only person who knew about Yoo Seo’s past and family background, which is shrouded in mystery. 
Mackerel Run is a light high school drama that could help you forget about your problems. Or it could bring back your problems with regards to your first love, friends and growing up in general. It is not as grand as Boys Over Flowers in terms of settings and plot but it is entertaining in its own simple way.

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Personal Taste (Hangul: 개인의 취향; Hanja: 凱茵取向; RR: Kaeinui Chwihyang; MR: Kaein-ŭi Ch‘wihyang; lit. "Gae-in's Taste" or "Gae-in's Preference"; also known as Personal Preference) is a 2010 South Korean television series, starring Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho. It is adapted from Lee Se-in's 2007 novel of the same name about a furniture designer, Park Gae-in, who lives together with architect Jeon Jin-ho under the mistaken assumption that he's gay.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It aired on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) from March 31 to May 20, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.


STORY LINE

Furniture designer Park Gae-in is kind, impulsive, clumsy, and a complete slob in her personal habits. She lives in Sanggojae (meaning "a place for mutual love"), a modernized hanok (traditional Korean house) designed by her father, a famous and reclusive architecture professor (Kang Shin-il). Naive and trusting, she has been dating longtime boyfriend Han Chang-ryul  for years despite the fact that he takes her for granted.


One day, without so much as a word of explanation, he breaks up with her and all but disappears. Then Gae-in is invited to the wedding of her good friend and roommate Kim In-hee  and is horrified to discover that the husband-to-be in none other than Chang-ryul; the two had been cheating on her for some time. When she finally comes face-to-face with them, the wedding ceremony breaks out into utter chaos. Gae-in is heartbroken, and determined to never take a chance on a man again.



Meanwhile, to keep his small firm afloat, architect Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho) is desperately trying to win a project bid for the Dam Art Center against Future Construction, the prestigious company owned and operated by Chang-ryul's father. In order to win the favor of the Dam Art Center director, and win the moneymaking bid, Jin-ho has to find a way to dig up more information about the art center director’s favorite building: Sanggojae, which has never even once been opened to the public,.



Knowing that Gae-in would never let a man (let alone a stranger) be her new roommate, the straitlaced (and straight) Jin-ho pretends to be gay to get access to the house — and all the information that he's sure is hidden within. At the same time, the DAC director, who actually is gay, finds himself attracted to Jin-ho. Once they start living together, Jin-ho gradually embarks on a mission to make over the inveterate tomboy/slob, but in all the mayhem of the makeover and hiding his true orientation, the unexpected happens and the perfectionist architect begins to fall in love with Gae-in. What will happen when the man who’s pretending to be gay and the woman who thinks he’s gay develop feelings for each other?



AWARDS
  • 2010 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor - Lee Min-ho
  • 2010 GyaO! Awards (Japan): Best/Most Shared Foreign Drama - Personal Taste

International Broadcast

Despite middling ratings in Korea, overseas rights to Personal Taste were sold to Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines.

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City Hunter (シティーハンター Shitī Hantā?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991 and collected into 35 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. City Hunter was adapted into four animated television series, three television specials, two original video animations, an animated feature film, a live-action Hong Kong film starring Jackie Chan and a Korean live action TV drama.

In 2001, Tsukasa Hojo started a new manga series Angel Heart. The author mentioned in the first tankōbon volume that Angel Heart shares the same characters with City Hunter but not its continuity, and therefore takes place in a parallel universe.

City Hunter (Hangul: 시티헌터) is a 2011 South Korean television drama series starring Lee Min-ho, Park Min-young, Lee Joon-hyuk, Kim Sang-joong, Kim Sang-ho, Hwang Sun-hee, Goo Ha-ra, Chun Ho-jin and Lee Kwang-soo. It premiered on May 25, 2011 on SBS and finished broadcasting on July 28, 2011. It is based on the Japanese manga series City Hunter written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo.


STORY LINE

In 1983, the South Korean president and his delegates are visiting Burma when a bomb planted by North Korean agents explodes, killing some high-ranking officials. This historical event is called the Rangoon bombing (also known as the Rangoon incident). To strike back, five South Korean officials plan a covert operation, codenamed "Operation Cleansweep," to enter North Korea and kill several top members of the North's high command. Lee Jin-pyo and Park Moo-yul, two Presidential Security Service bodyguards and best friends who were present at the bombing, organize a 21-man team for the mission. However, as the team wreaks havoc in Pyongyang, the five officials abort the plan to avoid an international crisis if the mission is discovered. Their major concern is that the United States will withdraw its nuclear protection if the mission is made public, in light of Seoul's official declaration that it will not retaliate.

The operation is successful, but as the troops swim out from Nampo to an ROK Navy submarine assigned for their extraction, snipers aboard the submarine open fire on them. An already injured Park sacrifices his life to save Lee. Lee swims back to shore and returns to South Korea, where he finds out that the assault team's service and personal records have been erased.

Vowing to avenge his fallen comrades, Jin-pyo kidnaps Moo-yul's infant son. He flees to the Golden Triangle to raise the child as his own and trains the boy intensively in combat. Following an attack on a village they are living in, Jin-pyo confesses his long-term plan for revenge to the child, Lee Yoon-sung.
Seven years later, after successfully finishing his college years and attaining a doctorate in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yoon-sung returns to South Korea to fulfill his adoptive father's plan for revenge. He enters the Blue House as an IT expert under the National Communication Network Team. He is warned by Jin-pyo not to trust anyone and never fall in love, as doing so will put the people around him in danger.

While working at the Blue House, the plot takes off after Lee meets bodyguard Kim Na-na. Eventually Na-na helps him to take revenge, as they discover that they have the same goal in mind. Problems occur as Jin-pyo's revenge plot unfolds, especially when Lee defies his surrogate father at several occasions as they try to identify and kill the officials, known as the "Council of Five."

Cast
(Notes: Names in parentheses appear in the Philippine-aired version)
The show's titular character, codenamed "City Hunter", Yoon-sung's ultimate goal is to avenge his father's killers. Using the identity of a Korean-American teenager, who is later revealed to have died several years before, he assumes a double life by graduating from MIT with a doctorate degree and lands a job at South Korea's presidential palace. The job would lead to him to cross paths with presidential bodyguard Kim Na-na, with whom he falls in love.
Na-na was forced to fend for herself at an early age after her mother was killed in a drunk driving accident and her father went comatose. Her exceptional skills in martial arts eventually earns her an assignment with the Presidential Security Service. During her time as a bodyguard, she falls in love with Lee Yoon-sung and eventually discovers his real identity. She steps down from the Blue House in the epilogue.
An intelligent prosecutor, Kim Young-joo possesses a strong sense of justice, even against the corrupt politicians of South Korea. He is a son of one of the officials who ordered the 1983 operation. He is a constant rival of the City Hunter by working towards the same goals under legal cover, and tries to figure out the City Hunter's identity at the same time. Young-joo dies trying to arrest Chun Jae-man in the penultimate episode.
Operation Clean Sweep's sole survivor, Lee spends the intervening years in the Golden Triangle as a drug lord. Full of anger, he wants to kill all of the people who ordered his team dead. He pretends to be a Korean-American investor and uses Lee Yoon-sung as his agent of vengeance. He is killed by the Presidential Security Service in the final episode after failing to kill President Choi. Lee and the rest of the Clean Sweep strike team are eventually honored in Seoul National Cemetery.
  • Kim Sang-ho as Bae Man-duk/Bae Shik-joong (Lyndon/Dindo Bae)
A problem gambler but a very good cook whom Lee Yoon-sung saves from thugs in Thailand and later becomes his close friend. Over the course of the series, Bae and Lee become partners under Lee Jin-pyo's scheme - and also racks up huge debts buying stuff from the home-shopping network. However, it is revealed that Bae witnessed the accident that resulted in Kim Na-na's woes and was hiding in Thailand by the start of the series after being paid off by the culprit - Kim Jong-shik to change his story. Bae decides to start a new life in the United States with Kyung-hee by the end of the series.
A veterinarian by trade, Sae-hee is Young-joo's ex-wife and a good friend to the other characters.
One of President Choi's two children, Da-hye is smitten with Lee Yoon-sung early in the series by asking him to be her tutor. Her status of being the president's daughter does not let her any friends at school and even creates a public scandal when she attacks a group of girls who criticize her father's governance within earshot. She decides not to go to college (because of her poor grades) and is forced to find a job while switching her infatuations over to Kim Young-joo.
The incumbent president of South Korea at the start of the series, Choi was one of the five men involved in planning the 1983 operation and promised the unit he will help get them home. He was later out-voted in the decision to abort the operation and forced to live with the guilt for 28 years. He is the only member of the group who knows that Lee Jin-pyo survived the debacle, yet does nothing to stop him despite knowing that the former bodyguard's ultimate goal is to kill him and the other officials. It is later revealed that the president is Lee Yoon-sung's real father, who sired him with Lee Kyung-hee. He is depicted in the series as an idealist who believes the end is worth the means, which results in his impeachment by the National Assembly after he bribed a number of deputies to help pass an important education reform bill.

Extended cast

Lee Yoon-sung's father, who dies protecting Jin-pyo in the first episode. It is revealed that he is not the real father, merely offering to comfort Lee Kyung-hee after Choi Eung-chan calls off their affair months before the episode takes place. Park and Lee Jin-pyo's names are at the top of a memorial slab honoring the Clean Sweep team.
  • Kim Mi-sook as Lee Kyung-hee (Susan Lee)
Lee Yoon-sung's mother, Kyung-hee was led to believe her son died in an accident and moved on to have a single life running a small eatery. She contracts leukemia later in the series, but starts to recover after Yoon-sung donates bone marrow for her. Kyung-hee migrates to the United States with Shik-joong to start a new life in the final episode.
  • Lee Seung-hyung as Song Young-duk
The head of the Blue House's National Communications Network team.
  • Yang Jin-sung as Shin Eun-ah (Olga Shin)
Kim Na-na's other female colleague in the PSS, who is assigned to look after Choi Da-hye.
Yoon-sung's colleague in the National Communications Network team who is visibly interested in Eun-ah. The couple are engaged at the end of the series.
  • Jeong Joon as Kim Sang-gook (Brandon Kim)
A former police officer, Kim is tapped by Jin-pyo for the revenge project upon learning that his own brother was part of the 1983 operation. He was sacked from the force for breaking into the National Intelligence Service's files and trying to find out what happened to his brother.
A senator, Kyung-wan is the City Hunter's first target among the Council of Five, who also pocketed certain children's welfare funds. He is imprisoned for the crime, but is implied to have died at Jin-pyo's hands in Episode 9.
  • Choi Jung-woo as Chun Jae-man (Conrad Chun)
A businessman running a chaebol (a chemical company and hospital is seen in the series as part of it), Jae-man participated in planning the North Korea mission and later burns a book containing all covert operations in 1983 that were supposed to be declassified in 2030. It is revealed that the book he burned was just a copy and Jin-pyo acquired the original files, but not before Jae-man does a little historical revisionism by saying that the operation took place because the team tried to defect to the North with some state secrets. His corruption case is also depicted as one that no government prosecutor wants to handle, as those who do take it on are often harassed into quitting. Chun dies at Jin-pyo's hands in the final episode.
  • Choi Il-hwa as Kim Jong-shik (Francis Kim)
Kim Young-joo's father and a former education minister, Jong-shik was one of the officials who plotted the North Korea mission and agreed to the subsequent cover-up. He would go comatose later in the series as the City Hunter tries to take him down in light of an investigation over hiding around two billion won in college subsidies. He regains consciousness in the final episode to learn of his son's death.
  • Choi Sang-hoon as Seo Yong-hak (Randy Seo)
A former defense minister and a prospective presidential contender, Yong-hak was an army general at the time of the 1983 operation and has often used his influence to have his three sons avoid the military's required three-year conscription. The City Hunter unmasks him for entering into deals to provide substandard combat boots and acquire defective fighters for the Air Force. As the truth behind Clean Sweep unravels, Yong-hak comes forward with what he knows and pins the president as the mastermind.
  • Min Young-won as Min Hee (cameo)
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Mrs. Yong (First Lady) (cameo)
  • Kim Byung-choon as Jang Woo-hyun
  • Shin Young-jin as Kim Mi-ok
  • Chae Sang-woo as young Puchai

Reception

The series has received good reviews.

Lee Min-ho's role netted him the Special Drama Top Prize plum at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards,as well as an endorser for the Hyundai Veloster in China. He would later be recognized by the Seoul Prosecutor's Office as an "Honorable Prosecutor" in a ceremony on January 4, 2012.

In between December 2011 and January 2012, the Asian-American Donor Program partnered with the Transplant Informers blog to run a special raffle for a full DVD boxed set of the series, as part of an awareness campaign for bone-marrow transplants. The promotion was held to recognize the show's authentic depiction of a bone-marrow transplant (when Yoon-sung had to donate some for his mother).


AWARDS
YearAwardCategoryRecipient
2011SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama SpecialLee Min-ho
SBS Drama AwardsTop 10 Stars AwardLee Min-ho
SBS Drama AwardsNetizen Popularity AwardLee Min-ho
SBS Drama AwardsNew Star AwardGoo Ha-ra



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Faith (Hangul: 신의; Hanja: 信義; RR: Shin-eui; also known as The Great Doctor) is a 2012 South Korean fusion fantasy-historical-medical television series broadcast by SBS from August 13 to October 30, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes. It is about a modern-day plastic surgeon (Kim Hee-sun) who gets kidnapped and travels back in time to the Goryeo period, 700 years in the past. There, she meets and falls in love with a warrior who is the leader of the royal guard (Lee Min-ho).[1][2][3] Due to the international popularity of lead actor Lee Min Ho Faith was sold to 6 countries including Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and others. Japan reportedly purchased the series for a better price then most dramas.

Cast and characters
Lee Min-ho - General Choi Young
In the mid-1300s, approximately 1351, Choi Young is a bodyguard to King Gongmin of the Goryeo Dynasty. He is 29 years old and has no regrets in life, no ambition for women or money, and whose hobby is sleeping. Because he lives a life of no regret and gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior, he's not afraid of death. He is the brave captain of the Woodalchi warriors and loyal to the king. Choi Young believes that people who do not fear death need not spin their wheels scheming, so he takes that to the extreme — he’s a warrior with a brain who has the ability to strategize and attack head-on.
Kim Hee-sun - Yoo Eun-soo
A 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. Eun-soo was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day a strange man she thinks is dressed as a drama extra kidnaps her... and takes her back to the Goryeo era. In Goryeo, she is believed to be the apprentice of the famous Chinese surgeon Hwata, sent from heaven.
  • Yoo Oh-sung - Ki Chul
  • Ryu Deok-hwan - King Gongmin
  • Park Se-young - Queen Noguk
  • Phillip Lee - Jang Bin[13]
  • Sung Hoon - Chun Eum-ja[14]
  • Shin Eun-jung - Hwasuin
  • Lee Byung-joon - Jo Il-shin
  • Kim Mi-kyung - court lady Choi
  • Park Sang-won - Sohn Yoo
  • Baek Kwang-doo - Bae Choong-seok
  • Kim Jong-mun - Oh Dae-man
  • Kang Chang-mook - Deol-bae
  • Yoon Kyun-sang - Deok-man
  • Kim Soo-yun - Deo-ki
  • Jung Yoo-chan - Joo Seok
  • Kwon Min - Ahn Do-chi
  • Ahn Jae-wook - Eun-soo's doctor ex-boyfriend (cameo, ep 1)
  • Oh Kwang-rok - fortune teller (cameo, ep 1)
  • Choi Min-soo - leader of Jeokwoldae (cameo, ep 4)

Title

The title Shin-eui, means faith, as in belief in justice. But in Hangul it also means divine healer or great doctor, a pun on "god" + "medicine", as a play on the medical and the fantastical, two major elements of the world. Described as the epic story of those that will shape a king and change the course of fate, the series is a re-imagining of a what-if version of history, potentially changed on a massive scale by the actions of two individuals. The taglines for the show: "Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet."

Awards

2012 SBS Drama Awards
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LEE MIN HO'S FIRST MOVIE
GANGNAM BLUES




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