The Heirs after 7 years: Lee Min Ho is still one color, Park Shin Hye – Steady on the process of transforming to prove himself.
7 years ago, The Heirs was like a storm that “swept” Asia, becoming a new representative of the idol school movie series. The film caused fever despite a less unique script thanks to a powerful cast and eye-catching image stitching. And the potential cast members that day mostly made great strides, creating their own position in the fiercely competitive Korean entertainment industry.
1. Lee Min Ho – Booming popularity, but acting “one color” makes the audience want a change in acting
Flashing to a phenomenon after the explosive success of Boys Over Flower (2009), Lee Min Ho at the time of filming The Heirs was the Hallyu star who owns several TV blockbusters. His role as a young master Kim Tan is like an upgraded version of Goo Jun Pyo four years ago: handsome, rich, hegemony in love, and once again makes sister associations “crazy” .
After The Heirs, Lee Min Ho spent time trying out in the movie industry. Gangnam Blues (2015) has just been appreciated and helped the actor somewhat escape the “one color” label, then Bounty Hunters (2016) immediately disappointed because of the normal content. Back on the small screen, the actor is still the most popular media star, but the dramas Legend of the Blue Sea (2016) or The King: The Eternal Monarch (2020), although combined with the great screenwriter and producer impacts of scale still inevitably resulted in less explosive than expected.
It’s been 7 years since The Heirs, today’s Lee Min Ho is still the top star of Korean entertainment with a huge number of followers on social networking platforms. However, as an actor, this male god does not seem to have made significant progress compared to 7 years ago when he kept “stamping” in the safe zone of the perfect male idol, leading to a high reputation but Acting awards are meager. A lot of audiences are waiting for Lee Min Ho to challenge a heavyweight work to be recognized as a real actor, not just a “Hallyu star”.
2. Park Shin Hye – Steady on the process of transforming to prove himself.
Starting as a child actress with a fortune of dozens of movies, large and small with the ownership of a clean private life, Park Shin Hye always won the sympathy of many Korean audiences. Before The Heirs, she was famous for You’re Beautiful (2009), Heartstrings (2011) and My Cute Guys (2013). In The Heirs, the actress plays the role of Cha Eun Sang, a poor and energetic girl who has a difficult relationship with young Kim Tan. The movie is popular, but her character is not appreciated because it is too sentimental and possesses too many characteristics of a typical “Cinderella”.
After The Heirs, Park Shin Hye’s TV projects all achieved good results. Pinocchio (2014) scored thanks to her dramatic story and high interaction with Lee Jong Suk, Doctors (2016), giving the actress the chance to shine with the cool “big sister” image, and Memories of the Alhambra. (2018) exploiting the subject of “ancient and rare” virtual reality. However, with the exception of Doctors, Park Shin Hye continues to die as the “wet queen” when her characters are only remembered for crying scenes and the “halo” mostly belongs to the male lead.
With cinema, Park Shin Hye more or less impressed with The Royal Tailor (2014), My Annoying Brother (2016) and Heart Blackened (2017), but it will not be until this year when #ALIVE collaborates with Yoo Ah In to premiere, female New actors received positive reviews from critics. Overall, after 7 years, Park Shin Hye is still the top female actress in the younger generation and is on a journey to prove herself. In the near future, the actress is expected to surprise with the TV series The Myth of Sisyphus and the horror movie Call.