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Six Degrees of K-Movie Actors: Jang Dong Gun, Hyun Bin And Cha Seung Won

BY Adrienne Stanley | Jun 20, 2014 07:56 AM EDT


Actors Hyun Bin, Jang Dong Gun, and Cha Seung Won have kicked off summer blockbuster season in Korea with action-packed films which range from historical period assassination to a cross-dressing detective.

The overlap of the entertainment industry in Korea is astonishing. Actors and actresses are often placed alongside K-Pop idols for projects, leading to crossover which is almost as impossible to understand as some K-Drama relationship charts.

Here is a look at some of the prominent figures in K-Pop, K-Drama, and Korean movies who help to connect Jang Dong Gun, Hyun Bin, and Cha Seung Won.

Jang Dong Gun is the star of the film noir, “No Tears for the Dead” which was released in U.S. and Canadian theaters on June 20.

While he plays a cold blooded assassin in the film, Jang Dong Gun is well loved by K-Drama viewers for his portrayal as Kim Do Jin in “A Gentleman's Dignity.”

Do Jin is a successful architect in his forties who falls in love with a high school ethics teacher. During the course of his relationship with the teacher, he discovers that he has an illegitimate child.

His son Colin is portrayed by CNBLUE's Lee Jong Hyun, who reluctantly befriends his classmate, Kim Dong Hyub (Kim Woo Bin).

Kim Woo Bin made guest appearances on “To The Beautiful You” before starring opposite Lee Jong Suk in “School 2013” and appearing in the popular teen drama “The Heirs.”

Kim Woo Bin also starred in the sequel to the 2001 film “Friend,” a film which also highlighted Jang Dong Gun in a starring role.

In “A Gentleman's Dignity,” Do Jin (Jang Dong Gun) develops a deep relationship with Seo Yi Soo, portrayed by Kim Ha Neul.

Kim Ha Neul starred with Ha Ji Won in the 2009 drama “Secret.” Ha Ji Won would later go on to star alongside Hyun Bin in the 2010 drama “Secret Garden,” as the scrappy stunt woman Gil Ra Im.

Kim Ha Neul connects Jang Dong Gun to actor Jang Geun Suk, with whom she co-starred in the 2011 film “You're My Pet.” Although, Kim Ha Neul has acted in numerous projects her, connection to Jang Geun Suk is one which leads to some of the hottest young stars in Korean entertainment.

Jang Geun Suk has starred with Girls' Generation YoonA, Park Shin Hye, IU, Seo In Guk, Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Hong Ki, Moon Geun Young, and Hyun Bin.

As the self-proclaimed “Prince of Asia,” Jang Geun Suk starred with Hyun Bin during season four of “Nonstop,” which also included appearances by Park Shin Hye. While the actor went through a period in which he was conflicted about professional acting, he experienced a surge in popularity with the Hallyu hit “You're Beautiful.”

“You're Beautiful” starred Jang Geun Suk alongside Park Shin Hye, Jung Yong Hwa, and Lee Hong Ki in the Hong Sisters drama that focused on the fictitious band A.N.JELL.

Jang Geun Suk worked with YoonA and Seo In Guk during the retro drama “Love Rain.” Both YoonA and Seo In Guk serve as connections to Cha Seung Won.

Seo In Guk was part of the main cast of the 2013 supernatural drama “Master's Sun,” which was led by Gong Hyo Jin. Gong Hyo Jin gained positive attention for her role as the unlikely medium, Tae Gong Shil.

However, she is best known by K-Drama fans for her role opposite Cha Seung Won in the 2011 Hong Sisters drama “The Greatest Love.”

While it is not a working relationship, YoonA is currently romantically linked to Lee Seung Gi, who currently stars with Cha Seung Won in the police drama “You're All Surrounded.”

 Lee Seung Gi is a preeminent acting idol, who has also starred opposite Ha Ji Won in the 2012 drama “The King 2 Hearts.”

“The King 2 Hearts” is a popular drama which chronicles an alternate Korea in which the country is governed by a monarchy that descends from the Joseon Dynasty.

Lee Seung Gi portrayed Lee Jae Ha, a petulant crown prince who unwittingly falls in love with a North Korean Special Forces Officer, played by Ha Ji Won.

While Jang Geun Suk may be connected to some of the brightest stars in Korean entertainment, Cha Seung Won is close behind in his work with popular Hallyu stars.

Cha Seung Won led the cast of the Korean war movie “71:Into the Fire” which also starred Big Bang's T.O.P. In addition, Cha Seung Won has starred in two music videos for the K-Pop group T-ARA.

The connections between the three actors are almost endless. It would be fascinating to see Cha Seung Won, Jang Dong Gun, and Hyun Bin appear together in an action drama. Cha Seung Won is currently starring in the innovative crime drama “Man on High Heels,” while Hyun Bin was at the helm of the recent historical film “The Fatal Encounter.”

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