Best films and TV shows starring 'Romance is a Bonus Book' heartthrob Lee Jong-suk

Lee Jong-suk has enlisted for military service starting March 8 after he concluded shooting for his tvN show 'Romance is a Bonus Book'. The actor will return to showbiz in 2021.


                            Best films and TV shows starring 'Romance is a Bonus Book' heartthrob Lee Jong-suk

Actor Lee Jong-suk, whose show 'Romance is a Bonus Book' is currently being aired on tvN, has left his fans heartbroken after he announced that he began his compulsory military enlistment on March 8.

While the actor cannot actively serve as a soldier due to an injury that he had incurred when he was 16, Jong-suk would instead serve as a public service agent. He was reportedly deemed unfit due to an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. The enlistment will end on January 2, 2021. Meanwhile, here is a list of shows and films starring Jong-suk that you can binge-watch as you wait for him to return to the screen after his enlistment.

'School'

A still from the drama 'School' (Source: KBS)
A still from the drama 'School' (Source: KBS)

This high school drama featured Lee Jong-suk's breakout role as Go Nam-soon and also featured Kim Woo-bin as Park Heung-soo. As delinquent students, the two raise hell in the school that they are enrolled in. This is truly an entertaining watch.

'Doctor Stranger'

A still of Jong-suk as a doctor in 'Doctor Stranger' (Source: SBS)
A still of Jong-suk as a doctor in 'Doctor Stranger' (Source: SBS)

In this medical drama, Jong-suk plays the role of a doctor who escapes from North Korea with his girlfriend after the death of his father. On the way, however, his girlfriend decides to give herself up to save him. After he reaches South Korea, he tries to find his girlfriend when he hears that she had managed to escape. The drama also takes a political tone towards the end and is a gripping watch.

'I Can Hear Your Voice'

A still from 'I Can Hear Your Voice' (Source: SBS)
A still from 'I Can Hear Your Voice' (Source: SBS)

As a high school student, Park Soo Ha falls in love with an older woman who is a lawyer. In the show, Jong-suk has a special power — he can hear the unspoken thoughts of people and, as a result, tries to stay away from situations that might make him look suspicious. With the help of the lawyer, who was also a witness in the trial of his father's murder case when they were young, Soo-ha catches criminals and helps the innocent.

'Pinocchio'

A still from 'Pinocchio' (Source: SBS)
A still from 'Pinocchio' (Source: SBS)

Jong-suk's character in 'Pinocchio' is that of a taxi driver-turned-journalist. A young genius, Choi Dal Po aka Ki Ha-myung's father is wrongly accused of causing the death of fellow fighters and disappearing. The media reports speculations as truth, leading to the family getting separated. He grows up away from Seoul where he used to live with an old man who suffers from a memory disorder. After he grows up, he decides to exact revenge on the media house and the reporter that slandered his family by becoming one of them.

'While You Were Sleeping'

A still of Lee Jong-suk in 'While You Were Sleeping'. (Source: SBS)
A still of Lee Jong-suk in 'While You Were Sleeping'. (Source: SBS)

In the 2017 drama, Jong-suk played the role of Jung Jae-chan, a prosecutor who is also the guardian of his brother after the death of his parents. His tryst with a girl who loves playing baseball when he was a high school kid leads to Jae-chan dreaming about her, especially when something untoward is about to happen to her. How he uses this new ability to successfully process the cases that come to him makes for a compelling watch.

'The Hymn of Death'

A still from 'The Hymn of Death'. (Source: Twitter)
A still from 'The Hymn of Death'. (Source: Twitter)

The Netflix show 'The Hymn of Death' saw Lee Jong-suk play the role of a genius playwright Kim Woo Jin from a chaebol family. His father lets him go to Japan and study where he pursues his passion for writing and falls in love with Yun Sim-deok. Woo Jin is however married and his father also forces him to join the family business leading to despair. The show is a heartbreaking romance that spans over four episodes.

'W' 

A poster of Lee Jong-suk's 'W'. (Source: MBC)
A poster of Lee Jong-suk's 'W'. (Source: MBC)

In 'W', Jong-suk plays the role of Kang Chul, a man who lives in the world of a webtoon. His life is authored by a man in the real world and a magic tablet lets people travel from the real world to Kang Chul's world. While in the webtoon, he is trying to find the murderer who killed his family. The author's daughter in the real world suspects something is wrong when her father disappears. She enters Kang Chul's world by accident. The show is high concept and intriguing from the get-go.

'Hot Young Blood'

In the 2014 film, Jong-suk played the role of a high school playboy Kang Joong-gil who is dead set on hooking up with all the girls in his class. A newly transferred student captures his heart and almost has him believe that he is in love with her. Things take a dark turn, however, when the leader of the school gang targets him for seducing the girl that he liked.

'VIP'

Poster of Lee Jong-suk film VIP
Poster of Lee Jong-suk film VIP

In the 2017 film, Lee Jong-suk plays a North Korean man Kim Gwang II who is accused of being a serial killer. He also happens to be the son of a high ranking North Korean official. The North Korean officials, Interpol and the South Korean officials try to stop him from committing further crime.