Currently active as a model and actor both in South Korea and in China, Kim Tae-hwan’s name skyrocketed through his role in My Amazing Boyfriend in 2016 playing the main character. This drama has its own original characters and entertaining plot but has a similar premise of a man with superhero-like powers coming into contact with an unfortunate actress. Despite its similarities to My Love From the Star, this Chinese romance has a very unique storyline, so many fans of the original Korean drama will still enjoy the new twist.
My Amazing Boyfriend is a Chinese web series adapted from a popular Chinese novel by Shui Qianmo. It’s about “Gene Mutant” Xue Lingqiao (Jin Taihuan), who has been sleeping for a hundred years and was accidentally awoken by a female actress Tian Jingzhi in a car accident (Wu Qian). Xue Lingqiao, who is very different in life and has extraordinary inability, has a both hard and soft side to support Jin Tian’s family. Tian Jingzhi’s surface is pretending not to care, but he tries to get rid of this “monster” in the back. Unexpectedly, such mutual torture leads to the relationship between the two people heating up, the embarrassing love quietly spreads. However, it is not only the heart of Xue Lingqiao and Tian Jingzhi who love each other, but a terrible conspiracy that spans a hundred years has slowly surfaced.
In this drama, Kim Tae-hwan acted as Xue Lingqiao. He cannot age and he cannot die. He has a “gene mutation” which provides him with an automatic repair function. Because of his extraordinary ability, his blood was drained 100 years ago and he sank to the bottom of the lake. He was saved a hundred years later. Due to a car accident, he is awakened by the blood of Tian Jingzhi, and the two develop inexplicable telepathy. In the presence of Hetian Jingzhi, Xue Lingqiao’s cold heart is warmed by her and gradually he falls in love with Tian Jingzhi.
This drama aired online via Tencent from April 24th to June 1st, 2016. On the first day of airing, My Amazing Boyfriend’s hit rate exceeded 10 million times and on the 4th day of the broadcast, My Amazing Boyfriend exceeded 100 million in total playback, and the number of broadcasts exceeded 300 million in one week.
The Bride of Habaek, or also known as Bride of Habaek 2017, is a South Korean television drama spin-off of the 2006 sunjung manhwa Bride of the Water God by Yoon Mi-kyung. It tells about when the narcissistic water god Ha-baek (Nam Joo-hyuk) visits earth in order to find three stones powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So-ah (Shin Se-kyung), whose family is fated to serve the water god for generations. The problem is that she has no belief in the gods and initially mistakes him for suffering from delusions. Things get even stranger when the wind god Bi-ryeom (Gong Myung), the water goddess Mu-ra (Krystal), and the semi-god Hu-ye (Lim Ju-hwan) show up to complicate things.
According to the character introduction, Kim Tae-hwan acted as Jin Gun, a demi-god. He is the most cherished and trusted subordinate of Resonance. Performs abyss like a shadow but does not reveal himself unless it is absolutely necessary. On this day, Jin Gun shook his head silently to find the breakfast party of the lower gods to find the hydrangea’s hunger.
This drama aired on the cable channel tvN every Monday and Tuesday at 22:55 (KST) from July 3rd to August 22nd, 2017. Although not very popular in Korea, this drama is very popular in various other countries. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, the episode of the drama aired on Viu 24 hours after its original South Korean broadcast on tvN Asia with subtitles. In Malaysia, the drama was available to stream on Viu and iFlix with English, Malay, Chinese, and Vietnamese subtitles after 24 hours of the original South Korean broadcast. In Sri Lanka, iFlix acquired broadcast rights to the drama and, during its original run, streamed episodes of it 24 hours after its original South Korean broadcast with English subtitles. The drama is currently available to stream on-demand. In Vietnam, the episodes of the drama are available on ZingTV with Vietnamese subtitles under the name Cô Dâu Thủy Thần. In the Philippines, the series premiered on April 11th, 2018, as part of GMA Network’s The Heart of Asia under the title Bride of the Water God. The series was re-aired on GMA News TV on October 15th, 2018, and also In Indonesia, Sony One aired this drama in 2018.
Unfortunately, after his role in the drama The Bride of Habaek, until now, there has been no news yet about his comeback in another drama. Many fans have left comments because they miss him and are waiting for him to act in a drama again. Nevertheless, Kim Tae-hwan is still active and often posts on his Instagram account.
Even though there is no recent news about his next acting project, let’s continue to support and look forward to Kim Tae-hwan’s appearances both as a model and an actor!