With the success of Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Rooftop Prince, Park Yoochun has managed to carve a niche for himself in the hearts of Filipino viewers.
Recently, the former TVXQ band member, who has made the successful transition from KPop Idol to one of Korea’s serious actors, is cementing his street cred with his latest drama, Missing You.
In this heavy drama about two young lovers separated by tragedy and reunited after more than a decade, Yoochun is teamed up with equally popular actress and endorsement model Yoon Eun Hye (Goong, Coffee Prince, and My Fair Lady).
In Missing You, Yoochun and Eun Hye play the role of Julius Han and Joy Lee, respectively. Julius is the son of a wealthy businessman while Joy is the daughter of a man executed for murder. Because of her father, Joy is an outcast in school. Julius befriends Joy and takes it upon himself to defend her from the school’s bullies. They eventually fall in love and promise to never leave each other no matter what.
But one day, Julius is kidnapped by his father’s rivals in business. Keeping true to her promise, Joy tries to intervene and save Julius from his abductors only to be kidnapped as well. The young boy manages to escape but leaves Joy behind. Returning to the warehouse after being rescued by his father’s henchmen, Julius finds Joy gone. A manhunt for the missing girl proves fruitless, leading police to conclude that Joy is dead. But Julius is not convinced and makes it his life mission to look for his missing girlfriend, even after he gets thrown out of his house by his father.
Fourteen years later, a grown up Julius is now a homicide detective. He is still on a quest to find Joy, believing that she is still alive.
Meanwhile, Joy, who was rescued and brought to France by the people who had Julius abducted, returns to Seoul as Zoe, an upcoming fashion designer who has a bright personality and a future ahead of her. Little do people know that she has secrets and a dark past.
Julius and Joy cross paths again with Julius hellbent on proving that Zoe is Joy, the girl he loved and the person he has been looking for, and Zoe just as determined to keep the truth from him.
Aired from Monday to Friday at ABS-CBN Primetime Bida, Missing You is another drama to watch out for.
Before he became an actor, Yoochun was a member of TVXQ, one of the first groups in South Korea that started the Hallyu wave. When three of the members, including Yoochun, left the group in 2009, they formed another group with the name JYJ.
Despite the members’ lawsuit against their former talent agency which kept them from promoting in music shows in South Korea and Japan, JYJ still managed to be one of the popular KPop groups in the world. They even collaborated with Kanye West for their first English album ‘The Beginning” and staged sold-out concerts in South America, a first for a Korean group.
Yoochun also plays the piano and composes songs for JYJ. He wrote the song “I Love You” which was included in “The Beginning” and “Get Out” with his band mate Jaejoong. The song was the carrier single of their second album “In Heaven”.
Yoochun started acting when he was still in TVXQ for their Banjun Dramas and little cameos they did for some shows. What set him off as an established actor was when he won numerous recognitions in 2010 such as Best New Actor, Netizens Awards, Most Popular Male Actor, People’s Choice Award, and Outstanding Korean actor from respectable award giving bodies in South Korea for his role as Lee Sun-Joon in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
For his portrayal of the role of Lee Gak in Rooftop Prince, Yoochun was awarded the Excellence Actor Award in the 2012 SBS Drama Awards. Recently, he won the Popularity Award and Excellence Drama Award for Missing You in the 2012 MBC Drama Awards held earlier this year.
Note: ‘Missing You’ is currently broadcasted in the Philippines by ABS-CBN, and is going strongly in primetime with 13.1% viewership ratings nationwide against ‘Queen In-Hyun’s Man’ (9.2%) and ‘Giant’ (2.5%).