The top 10 Korean actors who ruled the industry in 2020: Park Seo Joon, Seo Ye Ji & more

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The top 10 Korean actors who ruled the industry in 2020: Park Seo Joon, Seo Ye Ji & more
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South Korea is a goldmine of talent regardless of whether it comes from the acting industry or the music industry. With the huge international success of Korean films internationally this year, Korean actors have proved once more that they are some of the most talented artists of this generation. Whether it be in films or dramas and documentaries, they have shown their skill and talent on an unimaginably large scale and the world is finally catching up.

With the overwhelming success of Parasite at the Oscars, the general focus of the global film industry is turning towards South Korean talents. A decade ago, talent was measured mainly by participation in Hollywood/Western-centric/English language films. However, that has changed drastically over the years and 2020 might as well be considered a peak for such a change. A great many actors made names for themselves this year and some legendary actors retained their positions as the leaders of the acting industry in South Korea.

Here are the top 10 Korean actors of 2020:

Yoo Ah In (Voice of Silence, #ALIVE)

Yoo Ah In’s terrific acting in two of his best works this year definitely puts him at the top of the best actors list of 2020.

Park Seo Joon (Itaewon Class)

Park Seo Joon is widely known as one of the best K-Drama actors. However, the soul he put into his role as Park Sae Roy Yi in Itaewon Class solidified his position as one of the best actors in the industry and not just limited to K-Dramas.

Seo Ye Ji (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)

Seo Ye Ji has long been known as one of the most versatile actresses in the industry. From horror to romance, she has done it all. However, her role as Ko Moon Young in It’s Okay To Not Be Okay truly shot her to worldwide fame.

Oh Jung Se (It’s Okay To Not Be Okay)

The other titular character in It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, Moon Sang Tae was played by actor Oh Jung Se. Despite his character not being a lead role, the skill he showed in portraying this character is beyond comparison or belief.

Park Bo Gum (Record of Youth)

Park Bo Gum’s portrayal of Sa Hye Jun is Record of Youth was so palpably vulnerable that a majority of the youth could identify themselves with his character and its struggles. Needless to say, it was hugely popular and the emotional range displayed by him is truly inimitable.

Ju Ji Hoon (Kingdom, Hyena)

Ju Ji Hoon’s roles in Kingdom, specifically Season 2 in 2020 and in Hyena are perfect examples of just how versatile and talented actor Ju Ji Hoon is. His talent is largely responsible for Kingdom scoring a place in the New York Times’ Best International Shows list.

Kim Da Mi (Itaewon Class)

Kim Da Mi is a powerhouse of talent and it was evident ever since she commanded respect from the entire industry for her portrayal of Jo Yi Seo in Itaewon Class. Truly, without Yi Seo, there would be no Sae Ro Yi.

Park Shin Hye (The Call, #ALIVE)

Park Shin Hye hit the jackpot with two os the highest grossing films in South Korea in 2020. Shin Hye plays brave women in both these films while also displaying a softness like no other. It is now a common fact that Park Shin Hye is one of the most talented actors in the industry.

Park So Dam (Record of Youth)

Carrying on her legacy of Oscar wins for her role in Parasite, Park So Dam gave one more brilliant performance with Record of Youth. The role she played in the drama is diametrically opposed to her role in Parasite and yet, she executes it with ease and finesse.

Lee Do Hyun (18 Again)

Finally, the all-rounder of 2020, Lee Do Hyun emerged as a rising star through his role as Hong Dae Young in 18 Again alongside one of South Korea’s top actresses, Kim Haneul. Do Hyun held his own and strongly portrayed his character with grace and strength, cementing his position as one of the best actors to come out of 2020. Fans can’t wait to see what’s next for Lee Do Hyun.

ALSO READ: Peninsula, The Call & more: Here are the top 10 Korean films of 2020 that you should watch

What do you think of these talented actors? Who else would you add to the list? Share your thoughts with Pinkvilla in the comments section below!

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Anonymous : I agree especially Park Bo Gum in Record of Youth. His acting is so natural. Very impressive.
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Anonymous : Kim Seon Ho?
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Anonymous : Lee Min Ho should be included in the list. His acting performance in the King Eternal Monarch was so natural and passionate
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Anonymous : For me, my top 10 includes Kim Soo Hyun (It's Okay to Not Be Okay), Kim Seon Ho (Start Up) and Lee Joon Gi (Flower of Evil).
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Anonymous : And also Kim bum on tale of the nine tailed ? Lee dong wook ?????????
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Anonymous : How can you forget Hyun Bin? He tops it all.
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Anonymous : It's just impossible to fit all the great performances this year but you can't leave out CLOY leads and Nam Joo Hyuk from Start-up to the leads of FOE. Even Tail of the nine tailed was very good. Too many good performances left out.
REPLY 2 7 months ago
Anonymous : What about Nam Joo Hyuk, who gave brilliant performances back to back in KDramas like 'School Nurse Files', 'Start-up' & KMovie 'Josée' (all in 2020)!
REPLY 2 7 months ago
Anonymous : Wher is Kim Seon-ho ?
REPLY 2 7 months ago
Anonymous : Are you kidding me Where are Lee min Ho , Ji chang wook, hyun bin?
REPLY 6 7 months ago
Anonymous : Where is Lee min ho....and Hyun Bin...
REPLY 6 7 months ago
Anonymous : Notably, LEE MIN HO is the masterful, incalculable actor of 2020 and any other year. His artistic talents exceed the merits of this listing or any other publicity/marketing jaunt. P. Russo
REPLY 5 7 months ago
Anonymous : Where is Kim Bum? Lee Dong Wook? Lee Min Ho? All deserved a spot, especially Kim Bum for his amazing work in Tale of the Nine Tailed this year.
REPLY 3 7 months ago
Anonymous : This list is biased!!! Record of youth was truly disappointing. Ofcourse, park seo joon is out of this world....but how can we forget the cast of The King??????? And Start up???
REPLY 9 7 months ago
Anonymous : Kim go eun, lee min ho, son ye jin, Hyun bin, moon chae won, lee joog gi are some deserving candidates
REPLY 7 7 months ago
Anonymous : Says who and what is your basis? You’re just doing click baits.
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Anonymous : Who made this list? Where is LeeMinHo, so talented, hhe has gone Hollywood, TKEM watched as most poplular outside Korea through October2020, Where is Hyun Bin for Crash Landing and So Je yin?
REPLY 7 7 months ago
Anonymous : Where is lee joon gi and lee jee hoon in the list? Kim chi woon.
REPLY 1 7 months ago
Anonymous : The flower of evil is left out where Lee joon gi plays an amazing role with Moon chae won . second hyun bin and son ye Jin - crash landing on you .
REPLY 3 7 months ago
Anonymous : Why is Lee Min Ho not in the lists? He's such a good actor, besides having the looks . Unbelievable! I only agree to one actor which is the actor in Itaewon class show, I think he can act.
REPLY 5 7 months ago
Anonymous : Yes!!I am with you..but where have JiChangWook and lee min ho gone??
REPLY 2 7 months ago
Anonymous : Yeah I agree with it!!
REPLY 1 7 months ago
Anonymous : Awful list. Left out many ppl
REPLY 6 7 months ago
Anonymous : I definitely agree with you.
REPLY 0 7 months ago
Anonymous : Your list is too prejuidiced. Not the real truth.wzke ip please...
REPLY 2 7 months ago
Anonymous : Your list is too prejuidiced. Not the real truth.wzke ip please...If not for Cloy led by Hyun Bin ans Don ye Jin. SoKor would not be recognized globally. Please give crefit where credit is due. Though zi fo like Park So Joen
REPLY 2 7 months ago
Anonymous : Exactly... neither song jung ki.
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Anonymous : Why is Yeo Jin goo not in the list..?
REPLY 1 7 months ago
Anonymous : same question here??
REPLY 0 7 months ago
Anonymous : same question here??
REPLY 1 7 months ago
Anonymous : Same question....dude he's the best korean actor I've seen so far!!!!
REPLY 1 7 months ago
Anonymous : I wish he was
REPLY 0 7 months ago
Anonymous : I wish he was
REPLY 0 7 months ago
Anonymous : REALLY he should . He is one of best young actors .
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