For those familiar with K-dramas, odds are you've seen Kim Go Eun before, most likely as the lead female protagonist in Goblin. While to most international audiences that's considered her breakthrough role, she's been an active actor since 2012 when she burst onto the Korean film scene with controversial film A Muse.
SInce then, she's appeared in a number of films and a few K-dramas, including the currently airing The King: Eternal Monarch. Her range is pretty incredible, and you can see it for yourself by watching some of her work.
Here's some suggestions on where to start.
The ultimate K-drama for all the feels, Kim Go Eun became a household name with her performance as the human bride that Gong Yoo's immortal goblin has been waiting for for 900 years. She'll move you to tears, as well as making you laugh, as you watch her go from precocious student to proper young adult, all while navigating a world of ghosts, demons and more.
The King: Eternal Monarch
Kim Go Eun is giving us all more than one performance in this parallel world drama. Set across two Koreas - the one we know and a fictional monarchy called Corea - she exists as a law-abiding detective in one world and a criminal in the other, and truly showcases her range with these polar opposites. Add to that her easy back-and-forth with Lee Minho's king, and you're set for a rollercoaster drama.
Coin Locker Girl
Kim Go Eun won praise for her performance in this drama that premiered at Cannes Film Festival. The story focuses on a newborn found in a coin-operated subway station locker, and taken in by a woman (Kim Hye Soo) who is a loan shark boss. Growing up in violence and crime, the daughter becomes like her mother, but falls into a moral dilemma when she's told to kill a man (Park Bo Gum) she's grown to love.
Cheese In The Trap
While the plot of this drama leaves something to be desired (Park Hae Jin has some real sociopathic vibes in this), Kim Go Eun plays the frazzled uni student role to perfection. It's helped that many of her scenes are with the chaotically delightful Seo Kang Joon, a victim of Second Lead Syndrome in this drama if there ever was one. If you like uni student dramas, this is an easy one to blitz through.
Memories of the Sword
This historical action drama gives Kim Go Eun a chance to showcase her martial arts moves with plenty of combat and swordfights to keep the thrills coming. She plays a young girl out to avenge the death of her mother, having to face off against powerful warriors in the Goryo Dynasty.
Tune In For Love
This recent film stars Kim Go Eun and Jung Hae In as a couple whose timing never seems to be quite right. They meet in their early 20s in 1990s Seoul, he's a juvenile delinquent trying to get on the right path while she's working in a bakery. As time passes and the city changes, so does their relationship. It's a tender love story with more than a few tears, but its simplicity is what's most endearing about it.
Sunset In My Hometown
From the acclaimed director Lee Joon Ik, this feel-good film is full of laughter and heart. It focuses on a wannabe rapper (Park Jung Min) who's forced to come back to his hometown, where he reunites with multiple childhood friends, including Kim Go Eun's character who he had a crush on as a child. You can guess where this is going, and if you're looking for something that'll make you feel warm and fuzzy on viewing, this is it.
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