Dedicated to SS501 4D Leader Kim Hyun Joong

[Pexers Write-Ups] Does Age Matter? Kim Hyun Joong’s Onscreen Romances


Author:  AprilStarr/ Pexers Write-Ups on FB

There is, according to some observers, nowadays pairing of older women and younger men, the so-called May -December coupling in Korean Dramas. It is not a new theme but perhaps given a new twist here and there. Or does it reflect a demographic reality?

Is that kind of pairing acceptable to social norms? But who ever made the rule that men ought to be older than women? Population statistics show (law of average) women outlive their mates by at least 2 years or more. Perhaps the issue of having many more widows than widowers can be addressed when women have younger partners,and of course other factors that addresses different peaks of sexuality.

Kdramaland tend to feature the social conditions of past hundred years where many young women were sold as chattel, slaves and by parental arrangement of their marriages to older males. Many women died of childbirth, while men died in battles and forced labor, a reflection of their ages. In today’s high technology and milestones in medicine, age is no longer the main factor of causing mortality or even morbidity. Age is now just a number.

The blurring of the age gap between the actors in shows and dramas nowadays is intentional, romanticized for our viewing pleasure. It mirrors realities hushed hushed before. We are now more open to all possibilities removing gaps not only in age differences, but also gender, class among others.

Instead, we view these pairing through the lens of having chemistry in these screen romances.

Chemistry between actors is that elusive connection, undefined rapport between them not necessarily only between the opposite sex. It is their onscreen radiance towards each other, the degree of naturalness or comfortability and the investment the actors felt towards their characters. This is evident in the attachment to their role when they become their characters as they face the cameras.

Likewise, we the audience, feel that excitement when we see them together. We think their relationship is believable and real to the point of shipping them(some fans think the relationship spilled out of the screen frame. Sometimes they did, most of the time denied). Our hearts hurt when they can’t be together or not end with each other when the drama goes to its final episode.

Kim Hyun Joong has had his share of onscreen romances with older and younger than him partners.

In We Got Married (2008) Hyun Joong played the playful kid groom to Hwang Bo, born August,1980.

Han Chae Young born September 1980 in Boys Over Flowers was Jihoo’s first love.

Gu Hye Sun born November, 1984 in the 2009 Boys Over Flowers was the love interest of the depressed Jihoo Sunbae.

In Playful Kiss(2010) Hyun Joong’s Baek Seong Jo was the arrogant and distant student, later doctor-husband to Jung So Min born March 1989.

Lim Soo Yang born April, 1990 was Shin Jung Tae’s first love and Jin Se Yeon born February,1994 was his one true love who he was engaged to in the most recently ended Inspiring Generation (2014).

Did you notice his partner is getting younger in his recent show/ drama? As Lim Soo Yang, Gaya to you who is herself in her mid-20’s, joked that KHJ who is in his late 20’s (born June 1986) must have enjoyed kissing a kid referring to Jin Se Yeon. Hyun Joong joked back that LSY looked older than her age. Ouch!

The age difference among the actors was the whole point in WGM -and according to reports was what made the episodes where Hwang Bo and Hyun Joong were in highly rated. It was a novelty, an experiment if that concept will click for that show. And it did. Likewise, BOF’s brief love line between Hyun Joong’s(then more popularly known as Leader of the SS501) Jihoo and his older first love played by Han Chae Young’s character Min Seo Hyun received good reviews. Ms Han is a popular actress known as Korea’s Barbie Doll.

Gu Hye Sun was older by two years but played in BOF Hobae to Jihoo who graduated from Shinhwa High earlier than she did. In PK Seong Jo was about same age as Oh Hani though HJ was actually three years older. In IG, the two actresses who played Jung Tae’s love interests were younger in actual age than HJ though they were supposed to be contemporary childhood friends. No problem.

As for the sparks or the chemistry reactions between the actors on what the small screen registered whether older or younger than Hyun Joong,you tell me.

Which among these actresses had the best onscreen chemistry with him?

What do you think?


11 responses

  1. lettucestar

    Kim Hyun Joong & HwangBo Hye Jung Chemistry for the win! 🙂 The Epic Win Ssangchu Couple, hands down. KHJ’s chemistry with Hwangbo is priceless, so endearing, loving, funny, and adorable, not to mention they look ridiculously good together, that all of a sudden, age is just a number. I’m not fond of pairings with “seniority issues,” but perhaps it’s true that there’s always an exception to the rule, and JoongBo is definitely that exception — to the point that I couldn’t help but root for them, regardless of whatever, real or reel. Their pairing is definitely one of the best I’ve seen onscreen, one of the best (if not the best) pairings ever made on Korean TV, a Kpop/Korean TV treasure indeed. 🙂

    I could only wish to see them collaborate again.

    Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 5:14 am

  2. Arfina Irdina

    hmm, perhaps our boy had better chemistry with jung so min? they were so playful/flirty with each other & it came across even during their fan-meets. with the others, perhaps there was some chemistry but not as much as with jsm? i agree with one of the posters saying that in WGM, well, they were both awkward. That awkwardness though worked in their favour… just my opinion…

    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  3. Kim Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo also known as JoongBo couple is the best! KHJ’s popularity rose when WGM was aired! 🙂 and they have more than ‘chemistry’ — biased aside 🙂 kkkk

    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

  4. DRagon Lady

    I would like to see KHJ is a romantic comedy drama or movie with Yoon Eun Hye. YEH is 2 years older than KHJ and I bet the chemistry will be off the chart if they put this 2 together in a drama. Just hoping before his enlistment. KHJ has good chemistry with all his lady partner in the drama or variety shows. I don’t mind if he announced who he is dating, I just want him to be happy and not alone watching concert by himself. He is old enough to date and fans should support him.

    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 3:48 am

    • nada

      Agree with you lady since we are his fans who love and respect him.

      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm



    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00 am

  6. aprilstarr

    There you go …It really is what we see or feel when we see them together beyond the hugging and kissing though they helped of course.

    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

  7. Eva P. Sakharet

    I do not see or feel any chemistry among HJ ‘s leading ladies.He should try a romantic comedy with a veteran younger beautiful and sexy leading lady before he enlist next year.
    I love everything about KHJ.He is gentleman,witty, sexy and always focus in his goal.

    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm

  8. IMO…………..
    theres actually no chemistry between hwangbo and hyun joong but their awkwardness to each other worked in WGM that it becomes so …believable?

    im still annoyed with jan di’s character,,kkk,,, maybe oh ha ni is a lot more charming than her..

    he had the best chemistry with jung so min i guess

    in IG i like ok ryeon but in terms of offscreen persona i really like lim soo yang

    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    • nada

      When u watch the the bts of playful kiss,u can see how sweet they can be.seung jo and o IG Jung tae more focus to what call responsible.

      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      • aprilstarr

        So @nada you are saying it depends on how heavy the role was…the role in IG is outside the self whereas in PK it was their own world …the two of them. Hmmm,I see the point.

        Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:59 am

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