Let’s Find Out More About The Movies And Dramas Of The Amazing Idol-Actor EXO’s D.O.!
Do you know EXO? This group under SM Entertainment debuted in 2012 and became very popular since their hit “Growl” in their first album XOXO (2013). Since then, EXO has been very popular in Asia such as China, which has been targeted, and in North America and Europe, it has gained popularity with ‘Call Me Baby’ in 2015 and ‘Monster’ in 2016.
One of the members of EXO is D.O., or also known by his real name Do Kyung-soo, He is known as a member and one of the main vocalists of EXO. In September 2014, D.O. made his acting debut playing a supporting role, and since then began to actively play various roles in several films and also dramas, let’s find out more films and also dramas that have been played by D.O.!
EXO’s D.O’s Movies
Debuted playing a supporting role in a film, here are some of the films played by D.O.
Cart is a film premiered in 2014 directed by Boo Jin-young. This film tells about employees of ‘The Mart’ who always work with smiles in all kinds of complaints and nagging to practice customer satisfaction services. One day, most employees suddenly receive a one-sided notice of dismissal from the company. the storyline of this film will focus on a veteran cashier and mother of two, Sun-hee (Yun Jung-ah), Sun-hee works alongside with Hye-mi (Moon Jung-hee), she is a single mother. Both are friendly with Soon-rye (Kim Young-ae), a charwoman nearing retirement age, and every one of them are temporary workers.
Sun-hee is someone who works diligently in the belief that once she gets promoted as a regular worker and her dream that she’ll be able to provide more for her children. but unfortunately, their corporate employer abruptly notifies them that all the temporary workers will be laid off. feel unfair, because they have worked so hard, Sun-hee, Hye-mi, Soon-rye, and fellow female employees such as naive ajumma Ok-soon (Hwang Jeong-min) and twenty-something Mi-jin (Chun Woo-hee), resolve to go on strike. they held a protest together against the company’s exploitative practices, which gains more strength when junior manager Dong-joon (Kim Kang-woo). during a protest against the company, Sun-hee finds in himself great strength and determination, which then has an unexpected impact on his relationship with his high school son, Tae-young (Do Kyung-soo).
The film is essentially inspired by a 2007 incident within which a supermarket chain owned by E-Land Group, who dismissed temporary workers, mostly women, and replaced them with outsourced employees to bypass a replacement law requiring that employees be regular-worker status after a specific period. Dismissed employees and unions went on strike for 512 days until the problem was resolved, with some employees being rehired.
this film won several such achievements like made its performance within the City to City: Seoul sidebar of the 2014 Toronto International fete and also screened at the 19th Busan International fete and therefore the 34th Hawaii International fete.
Unforgettable, or also known as Pure Love, is a romance drama film from 2016, the story tells about a radio DJ in 2014 who got a letter from his first love which then made him go back to remembering the past that was almost forgotten. 23 years ago, in 1991, there are five friends spend the summer together. One of them, Beom-sil (Do Kyuung-soo), a shy and innocent guy who falls in love with Soo-ok (Kim So-hyun). Beom-sil has a noticeable crush on Soo-ok and waits by the girl’s window during the summer, and during that time, Soo-ok always carried by Boem-si, because she suffers from a leg injury that makes her unable to walk properly. The love blossoms and Beom-sil sees Soo-ok as the girl he has always wanted to marry.
For the role in this film, D.O. won the Most Popular Actor (Film) Award at the 2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards.
My Annoying Brother
My Annoying Brother, or also known as Hyeong, is a 2016 comedy-drama movie. This story tells the story of a National Judo athlete who suffered an injury after an international match, which resulted in damaging his optic nerve and permanently losing his sight, the athlete named Doo-young (Do Kyung-soo). His older brother, Doo-shik (Jo Jung-suk) who had been estranged from Doo-young, used this opportunity to propose parole on the grounds of wanting to care for his younger brother. Doo-sik’s request was finally granted. He was required to take care of his younger brother who lived alone at home because of the death of his parents when he was a teenager. Unfortunately, Doo-young and Doo-sik’s relationship did not work in harmony. Doo-sik’s departure from homemade Doo-young lose his respect for his brother.
In the midst of difficult conditions, Doo-young felt hopeless. Luckily the judo coach, Soo-Hyun (Park Shin-Hye) always accompanied and encouraged him. He also asked Doo-young to continue to practice in the midst of the limitations of his condition. Soo-Hyun then asks Doo-young to carry on his talent and prepare for the Paralympics (a sports match for athletes who are physically, mentally and sensually disabled). Although Doo-sik and Doo-young often quarrel, in fact they are both loves like brothers and sisters. Doo-sik, who was initially ignorant of Doo-young’s condition, finally supported his younger brother to return to competing in the Paralympic judo event.
My Annoying Brother was released in South Korea on November 23rd, 2016. The film succeeded and became very popular topped the local box office and even hit over one thousand thousand views within four days of its release. not only released in South Korea, but This film was also released in Japan on May 19th, 2017. Yonhap (South Korean news agency) called the film a formulaic comedy but was nonetheless “funny and enjoyable” to look at. due to his role during this film, in 2017 Do Kyung-soo won the Newcomer Award at the Korean Film Shining Star Awards, the Star Award at the 13th JIMFF Awards, and also the most effective New Actor at the 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Along With the Gods
Along with Gods: Two Worlds could be a film from 2017, which is of the fantasy action genre, directed by Kim Yong-hwa and supported a webtoon by Joo Ho-min also titled together with the Gods. This film is following a personality’s death; an Angel of Death escorts the deceased to the afterworld. There, the person has 7 trials over a period of 49 days. At that time, the Angel of Death, faced something that could not be avoided, which was not imagined before, that he would involved in human affairs.
Gang Rim (Ha Jung-Woo) is that the leader of the Angels of death. He has an affection for humans. Kim Ja-Hong (Cha Tae-Hyun) receives his trial within the afterlife. during this film, Do Kyung-soo plays the role of the supporting lead, namely Private Won Dong-yeon.
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds was released in the South Korean cinemas on December 20th, 2017 and was pre-sold to 12 countries. not only that, this film was also pre-sold to another 90 countries at the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California, USA, increasing the number of countries released to 103 in total.
This film reportedly took ₩ 40 billion (around $36.6 US million) to produce. Both parts of the film were shot simultaneously. it absolutely was reported that around 300 artists and technicians took part in the film’s production, a Chinese production company Alpha Pictures invested $2.2 US million.
There are many evaluations that are surprisingly good. It is not without its shortcomings, but it is a Korean movie pioneered in the genre, graphic, and box office performance, and the content itself is worth seeing if it can accept sentimental elements. The main criticism is that the audience’s evaluation of the movie was surprisingly well adapted to the original film.
There are also opinions that a lot of appreciation for watching a movie is cried and that the protagonist was struggling was a natural firefighter. Although the overall development and deterrence settings were noticeable overall, the harmony between the elements constituting the film was so good that the aspects that impress with the important points of the original appear well despite the fact that the story and settings have been significantly modified compared to the original. It is harmonious.
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days is a sequel to Along with the Gods: Two Worlds which was released on August 1st, 2018. The film tells the story of A three-year-old triad who reincarnates 48 dead for a thousand years, and if they reincarnate one more, they can get a new life. However, Kang Rim (Ha Jung-woo) makes an incomprehensible choice to make Su Hong (Kim Dong-wook), who was the original, their last attribution. Under the law of mortality, the original ears deserve to be extinguished, but King Yeomla (Lee Jung-jae) accepts the suggestion of Advent by placing new conditions on the tertiary third party. Yeomla’s condition is that Sung Joo-shin (Ma Dong-suk) is holding on to bringing the elderly Heo Chun-sam, who has failed in the footsteps of the underworld, to the underworld until the end of Su-hong’s trial.
Haewon-maek (Ju Ji-hoon) and Deok-chun (Kim Hyang-gi), who went down to Lee Seung-gi to pick up Heo Choon-sam (Nam Il-woo), but were in the middle of being helplessly in front of the mighty powers of Shin Sung-joo. Haewon-maek and Deokchun start a deal with Seongjushin because of their curiosity about the past that they can’t remember.
In this film, Do Kyung-soo still plays the same role as, Private Won Dong-yeon, and thanks to his role in this film, Do Kyung-soo won the Best New Actor at the 18th Director’s Cut Awards.
according to the evaluation, Unlike the previous episode, which almost wanted to fold the entire movie story into a new film, This film reduced the new film production compared to the previous film and paid more attention to the drama of each character.
By the 5th day of the movie’s release, it swept over 1 million viewers a day. Since the film is already in the black phase from the start of the screening, the impact is greater. They are gambled to receive money without betting. Apart from the evaluation of the film, it has already been successful enough in the box office and On the 7th day of its release, it exceeded 7 million audiences. On the 14th day of opening, the gear has exceeded 10 million. For the first time in a Korean film, the series broke through 10 million audiences in a row. For reference, Korea’s first box office series broke through 10 million records by Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War. On August 30, the 30th day of its release, it surpassed 12 million audiences. Not only in South Korea, but this film is also released in various other countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other countries.
Room No. 7 is a comedy and thriller film, this film tells about the corpse found by part-time workers, Tae-jung (Do Kyung-soo) who works at a shop in the DVD room, and Doo-shik (Shin Ha-kyung), shop owner who tried to sell rooms to keep secrets hidden.
This film is the second film by Lee Yong-seung which previously had success with the film titled ‘10 Minutes.’ The film became very popular, and won several awards at the Busan International Film Festival. Room No. 7 debuted at No. 1 among Korean films and was released in local cinemas on November 15th, 2017. The first script reading took place on December 22nd, 2016, and began to film on January 2nd, 2017, then ended on February 23rd.
Swing Kids is a musical-drama genre set in the background of the Geoje prison camp during the Korean War in 1951. The film, which was directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, tells the story of a North Korean soldier Roh Ki-soo (Do Kyung-soo) who really dislikes capitalist understanding. However, on the one hand, Ki-soo just wants to pursue his dream as a reliable dancer. His dream could have been realized if the idealist upheaval in him was not so high. Until finally Ki-soo met four other people namely a Chinese man (Kim Min-ho), an anti-communist (Oh Jung-se) Yan Pan-rae (Park Hye-soo), who was actually a translator or translator. Their meeting without reason.
A high-ranking United States army officer has another way to make his detention camps different and not just about torture. The officer wanted the prisoners to have the skills as well as entertainers for the soldiers who were still in war. It all started when the high-ranking officer asked a sergeant to become a dancer and teach tap dance to prisoners. This is what eventually brought together a communist, language translator, Chinese man, and communist hater to meet each other.
However, there is something interesting about all this, when Ki-soo who turns out to have a dream of being a dancer has to deal with realities that he cannot deny. Aside from being against his idealism, Ki-soo goes through various other problems that occur while in the prison camp.
This film is a film that has been waiting for many people, and was released in 23 countries. The film won the Best Foreign Holiday Trailer Award at the 19th Golden Trailer Awards.
EXO’s D.O’s Dramas
Not only in movies, but D.O. has also played roles in television dramas with various diverse characters.
It’s OK, That Is Love
It’s Okay, That’s Love is a drama that was aired on SBS from July 23rd to September 11th, 2014, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for a total of 16 episodes. This drama tells the story of Ji Hye-soo (Gong Hyo-jin), a woman with an anxiety disorder who is a first-year member in the psychiatry department of a university hospital. the reason she chose to become a psychiatrist was to avoid having work overtime and not to have performed any surgeries. However, his life changes after he meets Jang Jae-yul (Jo In-sung), a mystery writer and radio DJ who suffers from obsessive-compulsive neurosis. It will portray the reality of life and love of today’s people who live with psychological burdens. Every effort will be made to give an honest and serious answer to the question “What do you do when your heart has a cold, cancer or diabetes?”
In this drama, Do Kyung-soo acts as Han Kang-woo, he is a high school student who admires Jae-yeol, and dreams of becoming a great writer like Jae-yeol. Kang-woo often follows and tries to meet Jae-yeol to show his work to Jae-yeol. behind his cheerfulness, Kang-woo has a pathetic background, he has a drunkard father who often beats himself and his mother, this makes Jae-yeol sympathetic with Kang-woo who has similar experiences to him when he was young. Kang-woo’s true identity will be revealed where Kang-woo’s whereabouts are closely related to Jae-yeol’s past.
This drama received praise for addressing the discrimination and social stigma attached to people with mental health issues and other minorities. it reported that It’s Okay, That’s Love ranked third on the year-end Content Power Index.
Through his role in this drama, Do Kyung-soo won several awards such as Best Young Actor at the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Best New Actor at the 3rd APAN Star Awards, in 2014, and also Best New Actor (TV) at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards in 2015.
Hello Monster, or also known as I Remember You, is a drama that was aired on KBS2 from June 22nd to August 11th, 2015, every Monday and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes. This drama tells the story of a profiler named Lee Hyun (Seo In-Guk) who came to Korea at the invitation of the killer named Lee Joon-young (Do Kyung-Soo) to solve his puzzle. Lee Hyun is a very good criminal but also has a vengeful nature. In addition, Lee Hyun also came to look for his younger brother named Lee Min (Jeon Kwang-Leol) who was lost when his father was killed by Lee Joon-young.
Lee Hyun also cooperates with a detective named Cha Ji-an (Jang Na-Ra), who also lost his father to Lee Joon-young. But after Lee Hyun and Cha Ji-an managed to uncover the truth, there was something that Lee Hyun tried to reject.
despite gaining a low average rating, netizens acknowledged and appreciated this drama. In terms of the topic index, it is also high in topicality compared to ratings so that it can be ranked first. The actors’ acting, directing, and editing was very good, so it was expected to run backward. While organizing the thriller elements, they did not lose their tempo, and they did not draw a simple and straightforward conclusion of winding jail while maintaining the fun genre.
100 Days My Prince
100 Days My Prince, or also known as Hundred Days Husband, is a drama aired on tvN starting from September 10th to October 30th, 2018, every Monday and Tuesday at the 21:30 (KST) time slot. This drama tells the story of Lee Yool (Do Kyung-soo) who is the Crown Prince and he is a perfectionist (always completely perfect), but suddenly he disappears because he falls off a cliff that causes him to suffer severe injuries. the injury resulted in the Crown Prince losing his memory and somehow finding his identity as an ordinary citizen named Won-deuk who was a candidate for Hong-sim’s husband (Nam Ji-hyun).
in this deama Do Kyung-soo plays Crown Prince Lee Yool and also Na Won-deuk. as long as Lee Yool forgets his memory and lives as Won-deuk, even though it looks useless, Won-deuk still uses his speaking style as the Crown Prince and speaks like a nobleman, he is also good at archery, using his sword and intelligence. but Won-deuk is really bad at daily work like making straw shoes, cutting wood, and other things that ordinary people do.
This drama became very popular and is known to be the seventh highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history. Not only in South Korea, but this drama also aired in many other countries.
Although currently, D.O. is carrying out his mandatory military service, many fans are waiting for the return of D.O. both as a singer and as an actor. Let’s keep looking forward to D.O’s work in the future and continue to support his activities. If you haven’t watched D.O.’s dramas or films mentioned above, you should definitely give them a shot, they are worth watching, especially because of D.O.’s acting abilities will never disappoint. Enjoy watching!