I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.
This week’s Wednesday Five will feature Favorite K-Drama Dads.
1. Park Sung Yul from Itaewon Class
This guy was my introduction to k-drama dads and he was definitely a memorable one. From the first moment we see him to the last time we see him, he completely won me over. His influence on his son was so strong and so impactful that long after he was gone, Park Saeroyi lived his life to make him proud. He worked hard and he strived to create a life for himself that soju would be sweet to him again. I cried from beginning to end of Itaewon Class because the love that Saeroyi had for his father was evident in every life choice he made for himself. I loved this appa so much!
2. Sung Dong Il from Reply 1988
I love to laugh and one of my favorite things about my own Dad is how funny he is. Deok Sunah’s Dad was one of the highlights of that show for me. I loved the way that he was with his family, the way that he was with the other families in the neighborhood and I thought he was hilarious with his friends. He was a good man through and through that loved his family and strived to be a good Dad to all of his kids. He wasn’t a pushover but he tried to be fair and when he was wrong, he tried to make up for that and I just adored him so.
3. Yoon Hyun Jong from Racket Boys
This guy was another great Dad and I really liked him. He was kind of an airhead who at first glance, came off like he didn’t know what was going on but after a while, you start to realize that he’s the smartest guy in the room. He was also the kind of dad that made everyone feel welcome, no matter who you were or where you came from. He led a very inclusive life and took care of everyone quietly and I really liked that about him.
4. Do Chil Goo from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
This Dad was another one that I enjoyed a lot. He was the complete opposite of his wife and loved that he was his kids favorite. He spoiled his kids and stuck up for them even if that meant trouble for himself. He was a great Dad to have on your side and I thought Bong Soon was lucky to have him. The worry that went through him for his son hit me right in my feels and I really came to love, not just him, but his son as well. Even as we’re learning more about him through the eyes of his brother and his son, my love for him grew. Such a great brother and father.
5. Han Jung Woo from Move to Heaven
We didn’t get a lot of screen time with this dad but he certainly left an impression on me. Much like Park Saeroyi’s dad in Itaewon Class, he raised his son to be strong, upright, and hardworking. He did a great job and before he died at the beginning of the show, I felt how much he loved his son.