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7 Best Male Leads In 2021 Kdramas: From Vincenzo To Squid Game

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The year 2021 was loaded with the most exciting and engrossing Korean dramas. Many of the South Korean dramas that have been released in the last year have become worldwide recognized and have astounded us all. Korean dramas are well-known for their comic elements, but they can also be severe at times. Almost everyone in the year 2021 was swept away by the spectacular South Korean drama series ‘Squid Game’ It was impossible to get enough of it. ‘Squid Game’ is a South Korean drama series about a group of individuals who play childhood games to earn money, but they are unaware of the catch that comes with the game.

K-Dramas are famous all over the world, owing to the distinctive Korean culture shown in them. Not only that, but most Korean dramas have a fascinating narrative, and the performers play their roles incredibly well, keeping you engrossed in the drama. The deeper meanings of love, friendship, and family are explored in South Korean dramas. K-dramas come in a variety of genres, including action dramas, historical dramas, school dramas, medical dramas, legal dramas, and even horror comedies. While most dramas have romantic aspects and deep emotional themes, the styles and tones vary. Here is a list of the top actors in Korean drama in 2021.

1. Song Joong Ki in Vincenzo

Song Joong Ki is the most well-known actor in the Korean film business. He is a fantastic actor most known for his role as ‘Captain Yoo Si Jin’ in the Korean drama series ‘Descendants of the Sun’, the series was extremely famous for the chemistry of the leads. He is also well-known for his parts in ‘Battleship Island,’ ‘Space Sweepers,’ and ‘The Innocent Man.’ He recently appeared in the series ‘Vincenzo,’ which was a huge success as soon as it was launched. Song Joong Ki portrays the role of an Italian mafia consigliere who returns to Korea to retrieve the riches he once stashed for a mobster. During the procedure, he discovers people living in the structure, which is located above the vault of Bars of gold. He quickly becomes familiar with the folks and is drawn into their affairs. Song Joong Ki was also named Best Actor for his performance in Vincenzo.

Song Joong Ki in Vincenzo

Song Joong Ki in Vincenzo

2. Lee Jung Jae in Squid Game

Lee Jung Jae is a South Korean actor and the most successful actor in South Korea. He is known for his roles in Oh! Brothers, over the rainbow, the last witness, the thieves, and many more. In the year 2021, he starred in Netflix’s survival game series ‘Squid Game’ as Ki Hoon and gained widespread popularity for his role. Squid game was a series that achieved the audience’s attention for its thriller genre. His cheery demeanor was in stark contrast to the theme of the series’ Squid Game’. The actor received many awards for his role in the series, including Critic’s Choice Television Award for the Best Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor- Television Drama Series, and The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. These three awards made him the first male actor from Asia and Korea to receive individual nominations in those categories across all three of the award shows.

Lee Jung Jae in Squid Game

Lee Jung Jae in Squid Game

3. Ji Sung In The Devil Judge

Ji Sung is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the south Korean television dramas All In, Save the Last Dance for Me, New Heart, Protect the Boss, Secret Love, Kill Me, Heal Me, Innocent Defendant, Familiar Wife, Doctor John, and many more. In the year 2021, He has starred in the popular South Korean drama series ‘The Devil Judge’. The devil judge is set in a dystopian version of Korea, where Ji Sung plays the character of Head Trial Judge Kang, who is the only one who signals the need for change.

In the series, the mystery is whether Ji Sung’s character Judge Kang also called as the Devil judge, is a hero or an actual devil. Kang Yo Han (Ji Sung) is the “Devil Judge,” the chief justice of the land’s highest court. His word is the law in a dystopian South Korea of the future, but his courtroom is also a television studio, and the court has become the ultimate TV reality show, with viewers encouraged to participate in a live, self-styled “people’s court.”

Ji Sung In The Devil Judge

Ji Sung In The Devil Judge

4. Lee Do Hyun in Youth of May

Actor Lee Do Hyun is also a well-known South Korean actor, well known for his performances in the South Korean drama series Hotel Del Luna, 18 Again, Sweet Home, and many more Korean dramas. His brilliance has no bounds. Lee Do Hyun appeared in the South Korean drama Youth of May in the year 2021. Youth of May is a 1980s drama set during the Gwangju Uprising. The series follows the romantic love tale of a medical student Hwang Hee-Tae, portrayed by Lee Do-Hyun, and a nurse Kim Myung-Hee, played by Go Min-si. The drama focuses on average people’s lives during the revolt rather than the rebellion itself. Lee Do Hyun won the Top Excellence Award, Actor at the KBS Drama Awards, for his performance in Youth of May.

Lee Do Hyun in Youth of May

Lee Do Hyun in Youth of May

5. Kim Seon Ho in Hometwon Cha-Cha-Cha

Kim Seon-ho is a South Korean actor who began his career performing on stage in a number of plays before making his movie debut in 2017 with Good Manager. He rose to notoriety with the television series Start-Up. He is known for his roles in 100 Days My Prince, Welcome to Waikiki 2, Catch the Ghost, and many other South Korean drama series. Kim Seon Ho starred in ‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ in the year 2021 as the character ‘Hong Du Sik’ and received more acclaim for his lead part in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha in the year 2021. He was named Gallup Korea’s Television Actor of the Year in 2021.

Kim Seon Ho in Hometwon Cha-Cha-Cha

Kim Seon Ho in Hometwon Cha-Cha-Cha

6. Lee Junho in The Red Sleeve

Lee Jun-ho, better known as Junho, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, composer, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band 2 PM. Junho made his acting debut in the 2013 Korean film Cold Eyes and is known for his appearances in The Red Sleeve, Rain or Shine, and Good Manager. In the year 2021, he appeared in the series ‘Red Sleeve’ as ‘Yi San,’ the haughty and fastidious grandson of King Yeongjo. He is always working to become a good king, but his father’s death has left him emotionally scarred. When he eventually ascends to the throne, he intends to be a benevolent monarch who reforms the law, but the way in which his father was slain has mentally scarred him. The MBC awards presented Lee Junho with the Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries, and Best Couple for his work in The Red Sleeve.

Lee Junho in The Red Sleeve

Lee Junho in The Red Sleeve

7. Jo Jung Suk in Hospital Playlist 2

Jo Jung-suk is a South Korean actor who is known for his roles in The television series The King 2 Hearts, You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin, Oh My Ghost, Don’t Dare to Dream, Hospital Playlist, as well as the movie The Face Reader, My Love, My Bride, My Annoying Brother, Exit. He returned to his role as the charming and lively Ik Joon in Season 2 of “Hospital Playlist.” Ik Joon is the comedic relief among his pals. The actor is known for his energetic and refreshing acting skills. Jo Jung Suk is the most admired actor in the Hospital Playlist series out of all the actors by the fans because of his character’s comedic nature.

Jo Jung Suk in Hospital Playlist 2

Jo Jung Suk in Hospital Playlist 2

There have been many great actors in the year 2021 who have given us amazing shows such as Mouse, One ordinary Day, Law school, and many other shows. The actors in the given list are according to the shows and the actors’ popularity. As we move on with the year, many more such talented actors would be seen making appearances in the upcoming South Korean drama series.

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