Admiring (& Ogling): Jang Hyuk

So most of you know me as a total Gong Yoo fangirl by now, and while the Gong Yoo love is still firmly in place, I do also have a lot of love for Jang Hyuk.

In fact, Jang Hyuk holds a pretty special place in my heart.

I once was a pretty big Park Shi Hoo fangirl, and Jang Hyuk was the one who managed to unseat my Park Shi Hoo love and get me to cast aside my Park Shi Hoo fangirl loyalties, which were, once upon a time, pretty strong.

Once I discovered Jang Hyuk, I was pretty fixated and proceeded to spend the next 7 months of my life spazzing over him. Until Gong Yoo showed up on my screen and stole my heart.

It’s little surprise, then, that my second k-love confession post is about fabulous, delicious Jang Hyuk. ♥

Come squee, ogle and swoon with me ^^

FIRST ENCOUNTER: TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS

It was February 2012, and I’d heard so much good buzz in the dramaverse about Tree With Deep Roots that I decided that I should check it out, even though it didn’t sound like my kind of show at the time.

I loved Tree, and while I didn’t fall for Jang Hyuk right away, I was very, very impressed with him.

I found him completely committed to the role and I believed him every second of the way.

I loved his onscreen intensity, which you can see just from these couple of screencaps:

Yes, there was a brief shirtless scene, but it did nothing for me, and I was more taken with Jang Hyuk’s delivery.

I didn’t think his delivery was as nuanced as it could have been, but what Jang Hyuk lacked in nuance, he totally made up for with his magnetic screen presence, oodles of badass charisma, and a complete commitment to the role that was devoid of vanity.

I was never tempted to think that this was Jang Hyuk in character; I was instead led to accept, without doubt, that he was the character. Which is a type of brilliance all its own.

I promptly added Jang Hyuk to my list of actors to watch, and decided that I would check out Chuno sometime, just to see him.

FALLING HARD: CHUNO

After some time, I did get around to checking out Chuno, spurred in part by DNoella’s glowing review at KDramaGuk.

Edit: You can also check out my more recently written Chuno review here.

Despite the dusty, rough surroundings that had initially turned me off the idea of Chuno, I found that it really was beautifully shot, and absolutely lived up to the reputation of being glorious.

The cinematography was glorious, yes, but really, so was Jang Hyuk in it.

Jang Hyuk in all his swaggering, magnificent glory, combined with gorgeously shot cinematography? Definitely worth watching in HD 😉

In terms of my enjoyment of Chuno, let’s just say that I basically ate up Jang Hyuk’s presence onscreen. I found him so lovely to watch that he made up for anything else that may not quite have made the mark.

For a good chunk of the time in Chuno, Jang Hyuk walks around either shirtless or almost shirtless. And I found him mesmerizing and completely hawt.

Just take a look at these screencaps:

SAFETY WARNING:

Hot, hawt man ahead. May cause spontaneous combustion, ovary explosion or related affliction. View with care!

Oh. My. Word.

That muscle definition. Those pecs. That badass smirk.

Such a sizzling hot man. Rawr.

I couldn’t take my eyes off him; I was completely mesmerized.

But wait. There’s more.

Jang Hyuk is knee-bucklingly – and I mean knee-bucklingly – sexy when he moves.

First, the swagger. It is seriously one of the sexiest things about him.

He has a loose-limbed way of walking that oozes cool, and yet amid the looseness of the swagger, his muscles have a definition that usually only comes with flexing. It makes it seem like he’s so ripped that he doesn’t need to flex to achieve drool-worthy definition. It’s there even while he’s swaggering languidly. Yum.

Second, the badass, badass fight moves.

Jang Hyuk has a black belt in Jeet Kune Do, and it totally shows. He is completely at ease kicking ass, and you just have to see it for yourself to appreciate what I’m saying.

Check out this (non-spoilery) Jang Hyuk cut of Chuno, in all his kickass, swaggering glory:

Swooonn~~ THUNK.

SO. BADASS.

While the story in Chuno faltered in places, the beautiful cinematography, the lovely music, and most of all, Jang Hyuk’s swaggering, intense, manly, swoon-inducing onscreen presence sustained me through the show.

Gorgeous, gorgeous manly man whom I found so beautifully intense. Umfft. ♥

AN EXTENDED JANG HYUK KICK

Clearly, Jang Hyuk had captured my attention Good. And. Proper. I soon went on a Jang Hyuk kick, trawling the net for information, photos and other Jang Hyuk tidbits.

Here’s a rundown of my discoveries.

Five Senses of Eros

I discovered that Jang Hyuk had acted in Five Senses of Eros, which I’d watched long ago before I’d known who he was. I decided to re-watch it just to see him again.

It made a big difference to the watching experience, I have to say.

I hadn’t thought much of His Concern, the story in which he’d acted, coz it was a short story of a man who meets a woman on a train. It’s very introspective, with a lot of voice-over by his character to show us what he’s thinking the whole time.

On the re-watch, I found it much more amusing than before, coz this time I already had a Serious Appreciation of his hotness. To see such a hot man puzzling over how to approach a woman that he finds attractive, and bumbling over his words was rather cute.

Context is always everything.

I also found that Jang Hyuk was not just a good fighter, but a good kisser too. And quite hot, even without his mane of glory.

Here’s evidence:

Those kisses – and Jang Hyuk – had me breathless.

So. Very. Sensuous.

Swoon~~

Dance of the Dragon

You know, as a focused k-fangirl, I don’t really keep tabs on my local entertainment industry. So imagine my complete surprise when I checked Jang Hyuk’s filmography, only to find that he’d acted in a Singapore-Korean collaboration, titled Dance of the Dragon. I was like, Wha?

I hadn’t even heard of the movie when it came out in Singapore. Yes, that’s how detached I am from the local entertainment scene.

But I looked for and watched Dance of the Dragon, all so I could see Jang Hyuk.

Jang Hyuk playing a dancer who tries to learn to be a fighter?

I found that really amusing, coz in reality, it was the other way around. In Real Life, Jang Hyuk’s a fighter who had to learn how to dance for this movie XD

Ironically, this meant that he had to look like a beginner in martial arts when he’s actually very good at it, and look proficient at dancing when dancing was the thing that was really new to him.

It was a little odd seeing him dance, but he really did well, I must say. He was often called on to dance, but imperfectly for the most part, and he would have to emote from a wide range in the process.

Here’s a quick peek, both at the dancing and the martial arts bits:

Or to see Jang Hyuk in motion, check out the movie teaser:

The film wasn’t an action show nor quite a dance show. It was a character showcase, and I thought Jang Hyuk did beautifully, with not much dialogue written for him.

That was my favorite thing about that film: Jang Hyuk’s portrayal of his character.

He was able to convey a lot about his character without having to say much, and I loved that.

I also stumbled on a tidbit one day while surfing for something else, that some fangirls had even seen him eating at a food court in Singapore while he was here filming the movie.

They reported how focused he’d been during filming (they’d signed up as extras), how devoid of star airs he’d been, and also how frustrated he had been with himself while trying to master the dance moves he was supposed to execute.

Aw. Love the fact that he’s down-to-earth and doesn’t have star airs. ♥

Robber

Another discovery I made is that Jang Hyuk starred in a 2008 drama titled Robber or Robbers. Although I’d already started watching dramas in 2008, I’d never heard of this drama.

Even though this drama didn’t get a lot of attention and was more of a melo than a rom-com, Jang Hyuk’s character was supposed to be suave and cool and I definitely wanted to see that.

So I checked out Robber, and was rewarded with more Jang Hyuk hotness. Even when the scene wasn’t supposed to showcase his hotness, I found myself swooning at him and practically wanting to jump him 😛

Memorably, there was a scene where he got to showcase the ridiculously difficult one-thumb pushup.

Yes, you read that right. One-thumb pushup. And he even did several for the camera.

My word. Isn’t it just crazy badass that he can actually do that?!

Of course, when he wasn’t doing crazy badass things like that, he was also very appealing:

Roguish and caddish, yet sometimes thoughtful and pensive. The eye candy was quite good in Robber.

Nowhere near Chuno standards, to be sure, but not too bad at all, especially for a Jang Hyuk-hungry fangirl.

Thank You

Still strong on my Jang Hyuk kick, I next checked out Thank You, where Jang Hyuk plays a badass rogue doctor.

So cool. And so hot.

First of all, he cleans up quite nicely:

Then he’s the kind of badass rogue doctor who stitches himself up:

And then there are the shirtless scenes:

So. Delicious.

Plus, he got to be both badass:

And romantic:

I was completely smitten.

Photos

Of course, while all this drama-watching went on, I also amassed quite a lovely collection of photos of this lovely, delicious hunk of a man.

And I found some lovely gems, to be sure.

First of all, let’s look at the shirtless ones, coz I know we’re all looking forward to those 😉

Here we go, oodles of shirtless Jang Hyuk for you:

What did I tell ya?

Jang Hyuk is ripped, sculpted and tantalizingly delicious, isn’t he?

Swoonn~~

But again, in case you might be thinking that I only appreciate a half-nekkid Jang Hyuk, let me share some yummy clothed Jang Hyuk with you.

Here he is, all casually yummy:

Umft! So delicious!

And then here he is, being all badass in general:

Mmm. Yes, do rip your shirt off, Jang Hyuk sshi ^^

But wait. We’re not done with the goodies just yet!

Here he is, all nicely cleaned up:

And then here he is, wonderfully lovely and pensive:

By this time, it was September 2012, and I had started to watch Big.

Most of y’all know what happened when that happened.. I was completely charmed and mesmerized by Gong Yoo.

Still. Just because I’ve decided that Gong Yoo is my big k-love, doesn’t mean I don’t have room for Jang Hyuk.

I mean, not only is he a full-on, everything-into-the-role, no-vanity intense kind of actor, he’s also smoking hot and completely swoon-worthy, with sexy, manly charisma just oozing out of him.

I mean, seriously. Take a look at him:

LJHLKZJHGKLJ ZDHGLKJ DFHLZGKIHKJLKSDJBLKAEH IWUHT IAHGLASJK

I have no words.

THUNK.

EDIT:

I recently came across a deleted bed scene for Iris 2 that Jang Hyuk did with Lee Da Hae, and let me just say that it is HAWT. Scratch that. Hawt doesn’t even begin to describe Jang Hyuk in this scene, you just hafta see if for yourself.

Go here and then click on 11. And then let the swooning begin 😉

OMG. That strong sexy back. Those gorgeous arms. The sensuous kisses.

Let’s just say that my response upon watching the scene was simply this: Jaw. Dropped. Mind. Blank. Want. JH. Now. >.<

PS: Sometimes the video streaming seems a little buggy, & I’ve found that you can either give it a little time and it will start up again, or, you can refresh and start over. If you don’t have the latest Adobe Flash Player, you could update that too. I did manage to watch it all the way through without any hiccups, so hopefully it works well for you! Bottom line, though, is even if the video stream is a little buggy, press on, coz it’s worth it! ^^

280 thoughts on “Admiring (& Ogling): Jang Hyuk

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  2. Hana

    I thought I posted a comment but can’t seem to find it. 🤔
    Kfangirl, where do I find the deleted scene? The link is gone and its like the FBI wiped out all traces of the bedroom scene clean off the internet! Nowhere to be found. Please, tell me where I can find it.

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    1. kfangurl

      Hi Hana.. I’m sorry, I tried searching for it for you, but I can’t seem to find it either. It does seem like it’s been taken down now.. 😭😭

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      1. Hana

        Oh noes! I thought things on the internet live on forever. 😥😧 I’m on the last episode of Chuno and I love the cinematography and the acting is good, although it feels a little melodramatic and dated to my 2020 eyes. I keep throwing my hands in the air when there’s a guy with a sword running full steam ahead at a character, and said character is either staring blankly or clutching a body and howling. Like what are you doing?? Cry later… run!
        I really want to see those deleted scenes in Iris now! I’m sure there’s something out there if I knew where. 😟

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  3. Hana

    I cant find that deleted scene anywhere! I think they’ve taken Iris 2 off the official kbs site. Nothing on YouTube either!

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  11. sarahlantz

    Dance of the Dragon!!! Fangirl, have you ever seen “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”? It also stars Jason Scott Lee. He is worth your time, if you’ve not seen it. So gorgeous! Or “The Jungle Book,” live action version. Both men at once? I must see this film!!

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    1. kfangurl

      Oh yes, I did watch “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”! And yes, Jason Scott Lee was very good in it. And yes, Dance of the Dragon does give you both men at once, but fair warning, I didn’t think it was that amazing of a movie, overall 😛

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  16. Widya

    Judging from the way you drool over Jang Hyuk, I am a bit stunned that you haven’t watched Beautiful Mind (or you have watched but have not written a review, perhaps?). He is a different kind of lead there. An almost antagonist one, if I may say so. But the way he fleshed out the character… oh my… another shades of JH just opened for all the world to see, not the HAWT-hotness of bodily sexiness, but more of the sexiness of a beautiful mind trapped in the facade of… ah, I shall stop here… I won’t spoil it out for you. You just have to discover by yourself. haha.

    As for the story itself, well… the way you appreciate Secret Love Affairs just convinced me that you will love BM as well. Bad ratings in Korean, but appreciated overseas indeed. The cruel 2-episodes cut from the original 16 episodes ignited a “violent” reactions from international fans, though to no avail (indeed). But the cut did not do any harm to the overall quality of the story, except a bit of a rushed-ending feeling toward the last two episodes, and that is how I believe in the integrity of the story. The writer also wrote Sungkyungkwan Scandal so, interestingly, you can also find similar issues that she presented in these two totally different drama. She is great!

    I shall stop now. And wait patiently for your review on BM.

    ps: oh, I hate JH hair in BM. it looks ridiculous. Miraculously, he is still as handsome as ever!

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    1. kfangurl

      I have to admit, I haven’t gotten around to Beautiful Mind yet 😛 I don’t have much appetite for medical themed shows, and at the time, I was more curious about Doctors (ha, bad decision), and didn’t get to Beautiful Mind in the end. It’s still on my list though, and it’s good to know that you think I’ll like it! 🙂

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      1. Drama Fan

        @Kfangurl I hope you feel like watching Beautiful Mind one day. You know I’ve watched Jang Hyuk in everything and I LOVE him but I don’t love all his works. In fact, I’ve been somewhat disappointed or annoyed with most of his works after Fated to love you but, Beautiful Mind had me falling back again with his acting skills. But it’s not all just him, that drama has flaws but it’s so full of heart. It’s really special. I hope you get into it (I know its not for everyone). Here is me hoping Hyukie manages to get another character that touches me the way Lee Young Oh did (and Lee Gun and Lee Daegil) Beautiful Mind is definitely among his best works imo.

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        1. kfangurl

          Wow, that’s high praise coming from you, DF – I’m intrigued to hear that you consider Beautiful Mind to be one of his best works! I’ll definitely keep that in mind, and check it out sometime. I feel like Dae Gil will always be my favorite role of his, and while BM is very different from Chuno, I’m definitely keen to see him at his best! 🙂

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          1. Drama Fan

            @Kfangurl Yes my dear, you know? Lately I have a hard recommending things. I feel hesitant and somewhat responsible if the person ends up not seeing what I found appealing 😬 Like, I have friends who ask me good introductions to kdrama and I draw a blank. But, I feel, that if you “are in the right mood or mindset” Beautiful Mind can be very enjoyable to you. I don’t know, just test it out whenever you feel like watching a human drama, not a “romance” (although the odd Wifi couple turned out to work well despite the fact that I did not see it at all at the beginning) The actors are all good but I honestly feel the merit of this one is on the writer. Especially in the way his/her characters interacted. Lee Young Oh was great not only in Jang Hyuk’s interpretation but I really liked and felt for the teenage boy who played him in the flashbacks. That’s why I feel like the writer deserves all the kudos because he made me love his characters (I’m not sure if its a male or female writer) but yeah. Btw not that anyone is asking but I would not recommend Gaekju or Voice. Not even SoGC (despite it being enjoyable at the beginning) at least not for Jang Hyuk’s sake. Voice was “thrilling” and I liked most cases but meh, no character development for the leads. It seems I’m all about the characters. I can forgive huge plot holes and production mistakes if you give characters with depth.

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            1. Widya

              Ah @Drama Fan, you mentioned the Wifi couple, and that makes me missed them sooooo much! They are odd, indeed, but so very beautifully odd, that you smile every time they were on-screen together (pssssst… I am trying to seduce @kfangurl harder into watching BM sooner than possible here hahaha)
              And yes, I agree with you 1000% about the writer being the greatest factor this drama had. I believe it is a female writer, Kim Tae-hee, and she wrote Sungkyungkwan scandal as well. I even found similarities in the topics that she had chosen to tell in both drama, despite the different time setting, such as inequality between the rich and the poor and its effect on people’s life, and also the moral duties of those exercising power. The male leads in both drama also share similar characters, as they both are good-hearted men, righteous, rational, and both are even shaken by love from the most unlikely women. I know it sound like the usual male lead, but in the hand of Jang Hyuk (and Park Yoo Chun), they become alive and exceptional. And the female leads in both drama are strong women, capable of speaking their mind, smart, and are not afraid to show their love and hold on to it without making them clingy. And more importantly, both are not damsel-in-distress kind of female lead that I despised so much!

              So, yeah dear @kfangurl, listen to @Drama Fan here and watch BM hehehe

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              1. kfangurl

                Lol. Thanks for the gentle encouragement, Widya! I must say that I’m intrigued that the same writer who wrote SKKS also wrote BM! On the surface, those look like completely different shows, but you’ve been so helpful to point out the similarities in themes, thanks for that! I’ll keep that in mind when I do get around to BM! 🙂

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            2. kfangurl

              Oh, I do get what you mean, DF! Once you recommend something to someone, you feel rather responsible for whether or not they actually have a good time of the watch. If they love it, it’s all good, but if they don’t love it, you feel like you wasted their time, and that sucks.

              Thanks for the thoughtful rec on BM.. having it framed properly really helps me to manage my expectations, and that, I’ve found, is pretty key in whether I end up enjoying a show. I’m putting it on the list for when the mood for a human drama strikes! 🙂

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  19. Yuri

    Hey KFangurl! I had to come back to ur page to re-ogle JH and his massive swaggeristic hawt self. But also…to let u know that JH is holding a fan meeting here in Tokyo in June!!! Ur not gonna be here in June, by chance are ya??

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    1. kfangurl

      In June!! Gah, sadly, I will be traveling for work for almost the whole month, and it won’t be to Japan. :/ But, you should totally go! I mean, you’d understand everything & be able to make friends with fellow fans.. 2 things which I couldn’t quite do at the GY Tokyo fanmeet! 😛

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      1. Yuri

        Hey Kfangurl, happy new year!! Hope this message finds you well~ I know this comes very very late…but I ended up going to the JH fan meeting in Tokyo in June ’16!!! JH was just as amazing as I had imagined he would be and then some. He opened up with a song (which honestly, he isn’t much of a singer, but who cares when he can act his ass off and look like that;)) We all got to take a one on one photo with him, and he was the most generous and kind man ever with his manly self~anyway, I meant to post this much earlier but it took me a minute to get to~sorry about that!! I cannot get enough of this man!!!

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        1. kfangurl

          Happy new year, Yuri!! YAY that you got to attend a Jang Hyuk fanmeet!! And WOW. It’s very rare (to my understanding anyway) that you get to take one-on-one photos with the celeb. I can’t believe you got to take a picture with him! That’s so cool! 😄 Happy for ya!

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    1. kfangurl

      Hm, that’s a tough one, Xia Yu. Most places don’t offer HD downloads, and for an old show like this, most torrent sites wouldn’t have it either. Your best bet is probably this one. They usually open for membership around festive seasons, so you could try popping in maybe around Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Hope that helps! 🙂

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  21. Icela

    Thank you! I enjoy all that you write about this actor, I admired him a lot, for me he is perfect , his face, body, hands, voice, eyes, mouth, etc etc.

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    1. kfangurl

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post, Icela! 🙂 Jang Hyuk is fabulous, and deserves as much love as he gets – and then some. I find he’s awesome in pretty much any role that he takes. Of course, I have a super soft spot for Dae Gil, who’s my favorite JH character of all time <3

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  22. prettysup

    Hi I am late but still want to share my JH addiction here. I only discovered him recently when I read a news article that he was being offered a role in Innskeeper. So I thought his name sounded familiar and I remembered someone commenting he is a hot guy. Then I decided to watch Chuno, which was on my to-watch list for a long time but I just didnt get down to it coz I googled a few screencaps and am not so attracted to men with long curly hair.

    But wow, what happened next was history. After starting Chuno I was completely mersmerized by Jang Hyuk’s hotness. I am not really a shirtless fan in the past but I dunno why I was just so captivated by him in Chuno. He was just so HAWWT… After that I went to google everything about him, so I watched TWDR (which he was awesome), and then Thank You (love him!), THe Flu (so herioic!), IRIS-2 (great action but awful hair), The Client (superb)… Didnt really like him in FTLY coz I am not a comedy fan. Tried hard with Tazza and managed to finish it (sort of).. Tried Midas (but just cannot get past ep 3).. Then I discoverd Shine or go crazy and fell all over in love with him again. Aagh the list just goes on..

    Anyway I am now a true blue JH fan, falling head over heels in love with him. I love him in Healing Camp and Running Man. Not really a fan of Real Man though keke.. Am now looking forward to Gaekju and Inside or Outside.. cannot wait!!

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    1. kfangurl

      Aw, yay for more Jang Hyuk love in the house! I must say you have an excellent eye for men – AND talent! 😉 Jang Hyuk is fab, and I LOVED him in Chuno. I personally think that’s his most iconic role to date. He acted so well as Dae Gil, and made Dae Gil such a charismatic, sexy, unforgettable character <3 If you're able to get past the comedy in FTLY, there are some lovely quieter moments in the later stretch 🙂 And yes, I'm looking forward to his next role too! <3

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  25. umaselvaraj

    Even though he is charming make you made or drive you crazy. Kfangirl I must say your writing about him will make anyone to fall for him.OMG! Do I swoon too Hehe

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    1. kfangurl

      Tee hee. Thank you, Uma! 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! I’m also kinda proud to say that a couple of readers have told me that it was this very post that first made them fall for Jang Hyuk! I feel so happy, like I’ve helped to increase his fandom by just a little bit more. The man deserves the lurve <3

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  26. Nathalie Reynolds

    OMG – I can’t believe I am doing this since I am so not the profile of whatever I imagine a Jang Hyuk fan should be. But this guy is unbelievable. I am totally smitten and find myself watching him endlessly wherever I can. I think he is one of the most handsomest, sexy, manly men I have ever encountered on screen. My first experience was with “Fated to Love You” on Netflix in the States. Talk about what a perfect romantic hero should be – he rivals “Pride & Prejudice”‘s Mr. Darcy. He is sexier than Mr. Darcy by virtue of his sinewy, hyper charged body. This guy swaggers with a machismo that is unparalleled. He reeks confidence and energy and you know at the core he is the kind of guy that knows how to hold a baby. The only negative – and I don’t even care – is that he smokes. I had problems finding a negative. Omg – is this guy hot. And yes I devoured “Chuno” and will do so once again if it ever reappears on Netflix where the HD can kick in. I also replay the Eros stuff endlessly but only because I wish I was the gal in bed afterwards where she wondrously exclaims on his beauty. Oh yeah. I would so be there. And of course I have melted at that “Iris2” out take. I think he is a supremely talented actor that should be winning Academy Awards and total international recognition.

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    1. kfangurl

      Tee hee. Join the rest of us spazzing, drooling Jang Hyuk fans, Nathalie!! 😀 He really is amazing, isn’t he?? I’ve seen a good bunch of his stuff so far, and I still love him best in Chuno. I feel like it’s his most iconic work to date. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s excellent in other shows. I also really enjoyed him in Tree With Deep Roots, which is a fascinating take on history and how hangul came about, to boot. At the moment, I’m thoroughly enjoying him in Shine or Go Crazy. His role in SoGC feels like a great mix of the best of Fated to Love You campy, mixed with some Chuno-esque Dae Gil badassery. LOVE. Do check it out, I believe you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

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  27. paramita

    hahahah very very good review!! thank you.. as for me, i just found him out of my boredom and decided to watch online “fated to love you” and yeapp, fell in love instantly to his smirking badass smile LOL.. but I was intrigued to watch his kisses in that movie thinking oh how come this sexy fellow don’t have killer kisses?? then i started to search him and found the-oh-wow-kisses of him at “the innocent thing” hahaha.. then, as usual, i roam around the internet to read things about him then i found it in your blog (again)..

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    1. kfangurl

      Ooh, welcome to the world of Jang Hyuk awesome, Paramita!! 😀 How cute, that you just stumbled on him, just like that! Isn’t he wonderful? If you were looking for some sexy kissing action, did you check out the link to the deleted bed scene in Iris 2 that I posted up above? I replayed that multiple times, I must admit!

      What other shows of his have you checked out, Paramita? I’m currently enjoying him very much in Shine or Go Crazy. So strong, so badass, and so sexy <3

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  29. reikoyun143

    OMG. I was just like you when I first noticed Jang Hyuk…watching him in ‘Tree With Deep Roots’ K-drama. At the time, I’d NO idea ‘who’ he was, and just started watching the drama itself and get a feel of what it was about. The storyline to the drama, intrigued me greatly because I always love watching period/historical types, whether it’d be J-dramas or K-dramas. (I’m American Japanese)

    I also grew up watching martial arts on TV when I was a young girl with my father, and was mesmerized by the intenseness of the sport. (just watching it; whether it be on-screen or Live, in person in demonstrations, exhibitions, etc.) And for me, I love and appreciate any kind of martial arts; Chinese WuShu/Shaolin, Japanese Samurai sword-fighting and Ninjitsu, and now Korean martial arts as well. You name it, I love watching it. Somehow, I felt martial arts was always in my blood (the love for the sport); dunno why. lol I wished ’til this day, I knew a martial art, but it’s too late because of my age. (mid-40s) 🙁

    Well, after watching ‘Tree With Deep Roots’ further, and then seeing Jang Hyuk come along on my flat-screen, doing some martial art skills here n’there, and coupled with sword fighting, I became mesmerized by his strong, on-screen presence and intriguing character he played. So much so, that even my husband became attentive and interested in watching it with me. O.@ How ya like that! And it’s not that often a K-drama can do that to him. 😉 My hubby even COMPLIMENTED, I’ve finally became attracted to a Korean actor that didn’t look ‘typical/pretty-boyish’. lol (so my hubby says about my Kpop biased-group I’m into: TVXQ; only the 2) (aka Tohoshinki/Dong Bang Shin Ki) He doesn’t mind TVXQ either but, just ‘saying’. lol I remember him CLEARLY telling me that, and I’ll NEVER forget it. 😉 <3 (thank you, hubby! haha) (and, thank YOU, Mr. Jang) 😉

    Jang's charisma, swagger-charm, and OH-SO-SEXYness-of-a-HOT-bod…dang, baby's got me HOOKED! lol (blush) 😉 But the part in 'Tree With Deep Roots' where I became even more captured by his captivating aura, was when he was sort-of caught with that woman out in the woods at night while making a campfire. Only then, had Jang caught me hook, line & sinker for GOOD. 😉 Actually, I take that back. lol He already caught me from the very beginning of the drama, when he narrated the part on how to kill the King by figuring out a strategic, technical, and mathematical way of infiltrating the Palace, late at night. From the very beginning of Episode 1, he'd caught my eye already…and my heart. <3

    Now, I've still YET to watch 'Chuo'. (sigh) 🙁 Don't know why. I never get to finish watching any dramas much, to tell you the truth. Dramas are like books for me. I'll start watching a drama and end up not finishing it, only to stop mid-way and watch something else. 🙁 I know, I know. IT'S JANG HYUK for goodness sake, right! (baka…lol) But, that's me. I guess, whenever I saw the screenshots to 'Chuo', it always looked too manly for me to want to watch. And you'd think Japanese movies such as 'Shinobi: Heart Under Blade' or any of Jet Li's movies such as 'Hero', isn't too manly enough for me. hahaha

    But what K-movie REALLY caught my attention (and eye), is desperately wanting to see 'Dance of the Dragon'. (omg) I know in your blog here to Jang, you mentioned it was rather boring or kind-of slow-moving n'such. Not much to it. But for me, right NOW…I don't care whether it IS boring or not. I just have this 'feeling' as though it's so romantic with an even kind-of sensuality to it, somehow. I don't know why, but I have this 6th sense-feeling like that about it. I've read all kinds of reviews about this movie, and even seen the screenshots on Google. I STILL want to watch it anyway, just to satisfy my 'desired-self'. haha

    I'm always having a vast, sensual imagination (if you will), especially when it comes to my favorite Kpop-bias idol or even w/Jang Hyuk…one of my favorite K-drama actors. I can't explain it but, I just imagine myself as that woman he's dancing with. (blush again) Told you I have a way with them like that. 😉 <3 Just as much as I want to replace BoA with myself, and replace Derek Hough with U-Know Yunho (from TVXQ) in my mind to 'Make Your Move' movie. 😉 Btw, on a quick, side-unrelated note, in the movie "Make Your Move", U-Know (my bias and love) actually did a cameo dance-part in it. (bar/club-scene) Yunho did a dance choreo to that part. <3 (his solo song, 'Off Road' – SuriSuri Korean ver cd album as well as the English ver song to 'Off Road' in "Make Your Move" OST cd album)

    I've written long enough…about enough as a BOOK already. lol (clears throat) 😛 So sorry! I get carried away, even with Jang. <3 Oh! I 'randomly' found your blog here via Google Search, in searching for the movie, 'Dance of the Dragon'. The movie title just 'popped' up in my brain suddenly. I think Jang is telepathically telling me something, indirectly. (Jang whispers in my ear: '…finish watching my drama, Reiko…') hahahaha He just (out of nowhere), suddenly popped up in my memory! Maybe I'm indirectly 'missing watching him', I dunno? 😀 (awwww)

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    1. kfangurl

      Hey there reikoyun! Welcome to the blog! 🙂 Yes, Jang Hyuk is definitely not of the flower boy persuasion – he’s the manly-man type, and that suits me just fine! 😉

      I LOVE Jang Hyuk in Chuno, and I honestly find it’s his most iconic role to date. I find him even more magnificent in Chuno than even in Tree With Deep Roots. So if you enjoyed him in Tree, I am so sure that you’d be impressed with him in Chuno. Also, Chuno is no more male-centric than Tree, so if you enjoyed Tree, I’m pretty confident that you’ll do just fine with Chuno. Give it a chance (in HD!), you might just find yourself loving it! 😉

      Have you watched Dance of the Dragon yet? I’m curious to know how you liked it. I thought Jang Hyuk did well, despite the story itself having some rather glaring flaws.

      Also, thanks for the airport pic – he does look great. Down-to-earth, with just a bit of quirk in the fedora. Very much his kind of style, I think! 🙂

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  33. cineclique

    Because of you, I have now one other complete filmography to watch . I have “Fated To Love You” on my computer so I think it’s going to be the first one I’ll watch (even though I’m quite sceptical about it…I don’t think it’ll really interest me…but jang hyuk + choi jin hyuk…let’s say the casting is not the nastiest kind^^). “Thank You” will probably be the next one since I’ve heard lots of good about it. I’m already impatient to see a news mentioning his comeback in dramaland (I know, I know he barely finished “Fated To Love You” and I’m already asking for a new one… what can I say?^^). I’m pretty sure you’ve watched the Running Man with him as a guest but if not…well now you know XD That was epic^^

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    1. kfangurl

      Lol. Jang Hyuk is an excellent actor, so it’s not a bad idea to check out his other works 🙂

      Even though FTLY was incredibly campy, Jang Hyuk delivered the emotional beats with so much feeling that he sometimes made me cry. Hopefully that helps pique your interest in FTLY. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth checking out. Thank You is very good, I really liked that one.

      As for asking for more Jang Hyuk, his drama short “Old Goodbye” with Jang Na Ra will air in November. Plus he’s reportedly considering a sageuk next. “Shine or Go Crazy.” Which sounds like a decidedly strange title for a sageuk. But whatever. Titles change all the time, so this might too.

      I think I did see him in Running Man.. He was pretty awesome, if memory serves. 🙂

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