There’s an upcoming webcast drama 7 First Kisses that “boasts a cast beyond your wildest kdrama fantasies: Lee Joon Gi, Park Hae Jin, Ji Chang Wook, EXO’s Kai, Taecyeon, Lee Jong Suk, and Lee Min Ho” per Kay’s article from Kdramakisses. I’ve been reading about this webcast drama and you may have too. When our kdrama watching buddy and cool commentator Beez suggested a post on who I’d like to kiss first, that got me thinking. What if I took kdrama categories, rack and stack three characters to determine who I’d kiss first?
To test the waters, I’ve selected 3 of my favorite Historical leading men. Your choices might be different. Let me know. If there’s interest, a second round of Historical leading men could face-off with my choice.
Who Would I Kiss First? Round 1 – Historical Honeys
|Criteria||Wang So (Lee Joon Gi)||Lee Dae Gil (Jang Hyuk)||Baek Dong Soo (Ji Chang Wook)||Winner|
|Swoon Factor||Wildly romantic focus on the woman he loved||Never stopped searching for his love, then let her go||Young puppy love, not passionate love||Wang So
(Lee Joon Gi)
|Looks||Good Looking||Killer body with handsome face||Handsome||Lee Dae Gil
|Edgy / Passion||Had a wicked edge||Hard-edged character||Believed good would beat evil||Wang So
(Lee Joon Gi)
|Noble||More self serving||Would die for those he loved||Walked the right path||Baek Dong Soo
(Ji Chang Wook)
|Fighting||Wicked with a Sword||Swords, Fists, Marital Arts||Taught by legendary Swordsman||Lee Dae Gil
|Smart / Tactical||Smart but forced to serve others to save those he loved||Savvy in what motivates people||Had a hard time beating evil||Lee Dae Gil
Wang So (Lee Joon Gi) Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
Wang So is the freshest in my mind and a character that I adored. It hurt watching him be used as a figurative punching bag by other characters. I have NEVER seen a character that was so swoonable. What do I mean by that? This character was fiercely romantic in his actions and made me swoon again and again. This was my first introduction to Lee Joon Gi. I didn’t think there was another actor that could give Jang Hyuk a run for his money in subtle facial impressions and presence, but Lee Joon Gi did.
Sample Kiss: This kiss is when Wang So finally gets mutual consensus from the object of his affection, Hae Soo.
Lee Dae Gil (Jang Hyuk) Chuno (2010)
Chuno was my second kdrama and my first introduction to the magic of Jang Hyuk. The fact that Jang Hyuk does all his stunts (even today) stuns me. The fighting sequences in this series are simply the best. The intensity of this character swept me up. Dae Gil was a force to be reckoned with from start to finish. His passion, his fighting, his honor was sublime.
Sample Kiss: This kiss is highlights young love story between Dae Gil and the object of his affection, Un Nyun. They would later be separated. His hunt for her is the driver for Chuno.
Baek Dong Soo (Ji Chang Wook) Warrior Baek Dong Soo (2011)
This was my first introduction to the manly and cute Ji Chang Wook. This character is at a disadvantage with the other two, who are more complex and compelling. That being said, Baek Dong Soo had an unerring belief that he was awesome. Ji Chang Wook made him fun to watch. Baek Dong Soo evolved away from cockiness as he journeyed to his true self. He committed and diligently trained to be the best swordsman around. You could see Ji Chang Wook improve as the series progressed. I’ve followed him ever since.
There is no sample kissing scene for Baek Dong Soo. Yes, the show blew a golden opportunity! To be fair, this show focused on the bromance not the romance (the incredibly stiff actress that was love interest wasn’t a winner, so less was more).
Who Would I Kiss First?
Given the opportunity, I’d kiss all three of them. Here’s the order I’d make them line up.
|Lee Dae Gil (Jang Hyuk)||Wang So (Lee Joon Gi)||Baek Dong Soo (Ji Chang Wook)|
|First Place||Second Place||Third Place|