30 Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 17

Favorite, favorite, favorite. I can’t even say I have a favorite food or a favorite book. It’s hard to nail down just one of anything to earn such a title, but the 30 Day Asian Drama Challenge is full of “favorite” questions.

Day 17: Your favorite Drama character?

I’m not listing one. I just can’t.

Favorite characters from Japanese dramas:

ATARU had some plot pitfalls, but superb acting by Nakai Masahiro as the savant Chokozai. It was really fun to see BTS with Nakai going back and forth from Chokozai to his more Yankee real-life personality.

The LIAR GAME game series gave birth to Matsuda Shota’s Akiyama Shinichi. I loved this cool, aloof man who’s intelligence and realist attitude were a perfect foil for Toda Erika’s easily duped innocent and trusting character.

And I just love Narimiya Hiroki’s terrorist role “J” from BLOODY MONDAY.

Nakai Masahiro as Ataru/Chokozai

Nakai Masahiro as
Ataru/Chokozai

Matsuda Shota as Akiyama Shinichi

Matsuda Shota as
Akiyama Shinichi

Narimiya Hiroki

Narimiya Hiroki as J

Favorite characters from Korean dramas:

If we forget the fact that May Queen was a disaster and that the adult Hae Joo sucked…then Kim Yoo Jung’s child Hae Joo rocked! She was spunky and didn’t take any guff from anybody. Even though her family probably didn’t deserve it, the girl stuck by them and took care of them. She was fiercely loyal and stood up for her beloved friends. I really loved her outlook on life. She was content with the simple pleasures and had simple dreams. She didn’t envy anybody or really care too much about material wealth as long as her family had food and shelter. What happened to her when she grew up…spineless, beaten down sissy.

Jang Geun Suk created such a memorable character with Hang Tae Kyung in the sleeper hit You’re Beautiful. His smirk…his actions…everything was well done.

Jung Bo Suk’s portrayal as the loving mentally handicapped father in Can You Hear My Heart has to be one of my all-time favorite characters. He did the role justice without making the character a caricature of people with such disabilities. His role touched me and was very well played.

Kim Yoo Jung as Chun Hae Joo

Kim Yoo Jung as
Chun Hae Joo

Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung

Jang Geun Suk as
Hwang Tae Kyung

Jeong Bo Seok

Jung Bo Suk as
Bong Young Kyu

Ah, I’d also be remiss in not listing No Min Woo’s Tae Ik. He was awesome…sort of like Hwang Tae Kyung from YB, but…he had a character all his own that was just charming. He could be manly and mature, but he was also very childish and adorable. Case in point:

No Min Woo

Oh, and then there are the strong female leads who could stand on their own (for the most part): Han Hyo Joo’s character from Shining Inheritance and Pal Kang from Stars Falling from the Sky. And there is also Pyung Kang from Invincible Lee Pyung Kang.

Favorite characters from a Chinese, Taiwan, and Singaporean drama:

I have to say that for me, Yuan Hong’s portrayal of the death-loving 13th prince was awesome in Bu Bu Jing Xin. His character really stood out for me in such a huge main cast. He was playful, fun-loving, a man ahead of his times with his way of thinking. The only sad part was how tempered he became at the end of the series, but that is to be expected after being confined for what…a decade?

Jiro Wang’s first ever role that I saw him in where he didn’t play a complete silly moron remains dear to me for whatever reason. The character Mars in ToGetHer had more depth and showed a great versatility in Jiro’s acting.

Elvin Ng’s portrayal in the hit Singapore drama Breakout is one that made the 25 hours I invested almost worth it. That plot was seriously on crack with bad acting, over acting and horrible inconsistencies and plot holes. But…his autistic Jie Ming was adorable in his love for the leading lady. It was interesting to see him evolve from his more closed off world as he opened it up to her.

Yuan Hong

Yuan Hong as
13th Prince

Jiro Wang as Mars

Jiro Wang as
Mars

Elvin Ng

Elvin Ng as
Zou Jie Ming

These are just characters that really stood out for me and that I thoroughly enjoyed (even if the drama failed). Oh! I almost forgot. One of the best characters of all time…Ivy Chen’s Gong Xi in the Taiwanese drama Skip Beat! I have said it time and again…but she was flipping awesome. Point in case:

Ivy ChenWho else could pull off a lovey attitude in one minute and the next curse your cheater of an ex out with the most evil glare in the world like she did in the audition for LME?

6 comments

  • all these “favourite” questions make my head hurt. At least we’re almost done with them!

  • Big thumbs up for 13th prince!!! I love him!!!!!

    • I know, he was like the awesomest prince of them all from that series 😛

  • I like favorites, it makes me really think about whether I like something enough to label them that . . .

    Japan: Nagase Tomoya as Unubore, Miki Honoka as Aihara Kotoko

    Taiwan: Nicky Wu as Yin Zhen (4th Prince) — love the brooding type, Vic Zhou as Xu Le

    Korea: Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im, Eric as Kang Tae Joo, Jung Soo Young as Kang Ja, Jung Ryu Won as Baek Yeo Chi

  • Lol at the photo in the bottom right hand corner. Ivy Chen’s death stare in Skip Beat was awesome!

    I agree with all of the Korean’s, loved them all. And it’s nice to see Full House 2 mentioned, considering it’s not one of those shows that comes up very often. And Kim Yoo Jung is such a pretty girl. I wonder if she’ll change much as she gets older, or if she’ll stay pretty.

    • I know, the death glare was awesome!

      Yeah, poor FHT2. It was a good drama. I think the main problem came because so many people were expecting something like the original. I’m happy with how it played out. Sure, we had a few extraneous characters, but it was an overall good story and good drama. It was my morning addiction. I would watch and recap it before work.

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