I first saw Kim Myung-min in More Beautiful Than a Flower (2004) where he played a man hiding a dastardly past. “What a gem of a drama and actor,” I thought, not realizing at that time that MBTAF would mark the beginning of an abiding love for one of Korea’s greatest actors.
Bad Family (2006) was next, and I fell even harder for this chameleon of an actor who went from classy in MBTAF to coarse in BF, playing a foul-mouthed but soft-hearted ex-thug in the latter. But it was 2007’s medical thriller and masterpiece White Tower that knocked my socks off and forever sealed Kim Myung-min’s place in my heart.
From the moment he appeared in Episode 1 as Dr. Jang Joon-hyuk , everything about Kim Myung-min’s acting blew me away. He was amazing playing puppeteer and puppet, king and subject, whether performing a surgery (and it really was like a performance, as if he was conducting an orchestra) or kneeling on the ground in an embarrassing display of servitude and desperation. He didn’t have to cry heartrendingly; he just had to sit in his car and talk quietly to his mom and my tears would flow just watching him. An utterly self-centered and ruthless man, he made me feel dirty rooting for him and yet there was never any doubt that I would root for him because he was also so charismatic and likable! Despite all his failings, he made me care deeply for him.
I have since gone on to watch more of Kim Myung-min’s dramas and movies, but none has left as deep of an impression as his role in White Tower. It is simply his most sublime piece of work. It is also the drama that I want to give away, to celebrate this little blog crossing the 800,000-hits mark today (woot!).
To stand a chance at winning an English-subtitled set of White Tower, you just need to do the following:
In as many words as you like, and in either prose or poetry, write about your favorite actor’s best role. The one that made you wander around in a daze for days. The role that made you a fan forever. That most luminous moment in the actor’s career.
Closing date for all submissions is December 12, 2010. There are three sets to be won so write away! You can submit more than one entry, but each must be of a different actor. Happy writing!