1. Park Min Young in BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru”
At first glance, it appears that actress Park Min Young is caught up in a love triangle with G-Dragon and T.O.P. The two best friends are at odds and split up after a physical altercation, after which T.O.P appears to have chosen his new love interest over his squad. A heartbroken G-Dragon wanders aimlessly through the streets until he receives a phone call that changes everything. Park Min Young, despite being at the start of her career at the time, has always had what it takes to deliver her role to the letter, and she always manages to capture the audience with her charm in doing so.
2. Song Joong Ki in Heize’s “Happen”
What does it feel like to have a fateful encounter? Heize and Song Joong Ki provide an answer in this perplexing MV that keeps viewers waiting for the two protagonists to end up together. They are connected in some way, but they can’t help but unknowingly miss each other at every turn, which begs the question: Is this a memory loss scenario a la “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” or is this more of a “What if” scenario? Song Joong Ki is known for his action roles, but this silent but loud character he plays is entertaining and captures the essence of silent and oblivious crushes.
3-4. Lee Sung Kyung and Choi Tae Joon in Urban Zakapa’s “When We Were Two”
A laundromat can be a dangerous place. In this MV, Lee Sung Kyung and Choi Tae Joon look back on the details of their long-lost romance, reminiscing about what once was. From the first innocent interactions to the development of the relationship and every detail in between, both characters are caught up in the moment, missing what they once had and perhaps secretly wishing they could have it back. The two actors have had a few roles in romantic dramas, and these silent roles are just an extension of their talent, which shines through with each new character they play.
5. Kim Soo Hyun in IU’s “Ending Scene”
IU personally requested that Kim Soo Hyun play her significant other in this catchy song. In character, the actors take us on a lovely stroll down memory lane, reminiscing about how their relationship came to be, right up until the point where they hit a snag and mutually let each other go. Kim Soo Hyun’s mastery of romantic roles is well known, and it’s always heartwarming to see him succeed yet again in bringing it to life.
6-7. Ji Chang Wook and Park Bo Young in SPEED’s “It’s Over”
SPEED’s music video, which has its own drama version, features both love and war. Ji Chang Wook and Park Bo Young are two teenagers who have recently lost a mutual friend. While Park Bo Young’s character mourns her loss at home, Ji Chang Wook’s character seeks vengeance by leading a rebellion against the soldiers who shot his friend. The death of the young boy reveals an unfinished love story between the two leads. When they collaborated on this music video, both actors were at the peak of their careers. It’s no surprise that their ability to convey vivid emotions was just as strong back then as it is now in their recent works.
8. Park Seo Joon in Kim Ji Soo’s “Dream All Day”
Park Seo Joon co-stars with BOL4’s Ahn Ji Young as the main character in Kim Ji Soo’s dreamy MV. The actor plays Ahn Ji Young’s ideal type, fulfilling all of the roles of a perfect boyfriend by being loving, caring, and charming throughout. The music video concludes with Ahn Ji Young waking up on her own and removing the “Don’t wake me up” sign, only to place it on the person sitting next to her, who is none other than Kim Ji Soo himself. Park Seo Joon is undoubtedly a fan’s dream, and this MV serves as another reminder of his incredible acting abilities, which can move hearts without him saying a single word.
9. Kim Yoo Jung in Kim Jae Hwan’s “Begin Again”
Kim Yoo Jung is Kim Jae Hwan’s long-lost love, for whom he travels through time to rekindle their love and relive the moments they once shared. This fairy tale, however, does not have a happy ending, as Kim Yoo Jung discovers that their marriage is not permitted. She bids a tearful Kim Jae Hwan farewell, and they each return to their respective timelines. Kim Yoo Jung’s extensive and varied cinematography attests to her incredible ability to encompass emotions, no matter how rooted and complex they are. Her role in this short love story is another accomplishment that highlights her emotional abilities.
10. Lee Jong Suk in Davichi’s “Love Is”
What exactly is love? Lee Jong Suk returns home to an empty house in this reflective story. While performing routine household tasks, his mind appears to be elsewhere. He reveals at the end that he’s come to commemorate a lost loved one, who could be a parent or a mentor, who most likely taught him how to play Go when he was younger, by navigating his memories through every trivial action he takes. Lee Jong Suk’s ability to remain composed, almost nonchalant throughout the MV, only to burst into heavy tears, revealing the depth of his hurt, is a key reason why he is consistently praised for his acting delivery.
11-12. Ahn Jae Hyun and Seo In Guk in K.Will’s “Please Don’t”
Did you think I’d forget about the biggest plot twist in MV history? Ahn Jae Hyun and Seo In Guk are best friends caught in a tangled love triangle that will undoubtedly end in envy and heartbreak, and the culprit is the woman caught between these two men. You’ll have to watch the video below to get the gist of the story, but rest assured that the meticulous portrayal of these two fine actors will have you gasping in surprise: this is not an opinion, it’s a fact!
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