Would I Date Him? Level Up

This time on “Would I Date Him?”…I reflect upon the leading man from the series Level Up.


Our candidate
: Level Up’s An Dan Te, portrayed by Sung Hoon, is a corporate restructuring specialist. He takes on a gaming company and is pushed to deal with his emotional distance…why does he keep people and family at an arm’s length…will he ever be ready for love?

While Sung Hoon is not one of my cadres of cuties (actors I follow and watch their dramas), I have enjoyed dramas featuring this actor, most recently 2017’s My Secret Romance.

Background. An Dan Te has a successful career reviving and restructuring failing companies. That only requires him to work with the analytical side of his brain. The emotional side he keeps locked down.


His pluses:

TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. Dan Te spoke the truth, often in a blunt manner. He did not play game with words.
ANALYTICAL. Dan Te was able to assess and make decisions based on facts and experience. His lack of emotion served him well in the business arena when logic ruled. However, when he needed to connect with others, he struggled. He brooded in a bath (not a shower the typical location for broody kdrama men). He had a pet turtle (unusual but perfect pet for him). Dan Te’s brain was attractive…if that makes sense.

His minuses:
EMOTIONALLY DISTANT. Dan Te was comfortable with NOT being emotionally involved with others. That worked well in certain situations but not in interactions with people. Over the course of the series, he looked at why he was this way and allowed himself to have a connection to his step brother and co-worker. It was gratifying to see Dan Te evolve in this arena.


Is he my next date?

Hmm, smart, good lucking, and willing to work on the human connection? YES, sign me up for some one-on-one dating training. 👍

Asian drama fan. I watch and blog dramas on https://kjtamusings.wordpress.com/.

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6 comments on “Would I Date Him? Level Up
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    An Dan Te 👨‍💼🔥 is worth dating❣ I liked his analytical brain and honesty … it’s nice to know where you stand.

    Dan Te 👨‍💼🔥 being not so emotionally available would not be a plus for a long term relationship 💞. But sign me up for a date❣

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  2. beezrtp says:

    Kjt, I’m sure I probably asked you this before, but have you ever seen Sung hoon’s web drama Noble, My Love?

    For a web drama it blows it’s copycat “My Secret Love” out of the water. While it IS web drama so you can expect lower production values and unrealistic situations – I still can’t believe that DramaFever copied it so clearly from the actors (Sung hoon) and the same actor portrayed his secretary, down to Sung hoon’s purple suits. AND after copying its lower budget counterpart, it wasn’t an improvement in any aspects, imo. At least with Noble’s shortcomings I could think “it’s just a web drama” and “it’s based on a manga”. (I really would have welcomed the copycat if only it had improved on it (or at last been as good as).

    The fact that I enjoyed Noble which really didn’t have a lot to offer (but I still smile when I think of it), tells me it wouldn’t have taken much to make me enjoy My Secret Love or Level Up (and while i’m at it throw Pick Up in the too). I think the difference is Noble really let you know who the heroine is.

    This surprises me because I always thought they could replace most of these actresses with any actress because I’m all about the male actors but Sung hoon’s last two projects have taught me something about my own viewing opinions. The actress matters! (I should be ashamed of my attitude until now) ☺

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    • have you ever seen Sung hoon’s web drama Noble, My Love?
      I have not seen this drama.

      I think the difference is Noble really let you know who the heroine is….I always thought they could replace most of these actresses with any actress because I’m all about the male actors but Sung hoon’s last two projects have taught me something about my own viewing opinions. The actress matters!
      I tend not to focus on the actress when choosing a drama, I pick from my cadre of cuties and call it a day. I absolutely agree the actress can make or break the drama (certainly a romance). I’ve watched many a drama that was good not great because the leading lady didn’t possess the same charisma as the leading man. Touch My Heart is my favorite rom-com of the year (so far).Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na were equally delightful.

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  3. Jane Tilly says:

    Yep, the actress matters. I recall I liked “Noble My Love”. I think it was the first short series I ever saw. I think I liked “My Secret Love” more … was it possibly because KJT blogged it, so I had the KJT Crew to discuss it with❓⁉️ … maybe …

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