8 K-Dramas and Movies to Watch If You Love Wi Ha Joon from "Squid Game"

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by Em Enriquez for Preview.ph   |  Nov 7, 2021
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It's been more than a month since Squid Game got released, and yet it's still on everyone's radar. With 11 million views and counting, it can proudly denote itself as Netflix's most-watched series to date. Aside from its unique storyline and mind-boggling plot twists, this success is thanks to the show's obsession-worthy cast. From the bewitching Kang Sae-byeok portrayed by Jung Ho Yeon, to the heroic Seong Gi-hun played by Lee Jung Jae, the entire world has fallen in love with these actors and how they brought this unparalleled drama to life.

Though, we would be lying if we said undercover police officer Hwang Jun-ho didn't have our heads turned, even with his minimal screen time. The man behind the mask is none other than model and actor Wi Ha Joon. Being in the biz for almost a decade now, the 30-year-old actor has caught everyone's attention after his Squid Game stint, what with his dashing looks and beguiling gaze. If you've been on the hunt for other titles you can catch the dashing debonair in, we got you. 

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Here are 8 K-dramas and movies to watch if you can't get enough of Wi Ha Joon

1. Shark: The Beginning (2021)

An adaptation of the web comic Shark, the film follows the story of Cha Woo-sol, a high school student who gets sent to juvenile prison after he's had enough of his bully, Bae Seok-chan. Fully aware that Seok-chan will exact revenge on him once he is released, Woo-sol enlists the help of Jung Do-hyun, played by Ha Joon. Do-hyun was a former MMA champion who landed in jail for killing three people who murdered his family. Throughout the course of three years, Woo-sol trains under Do-hyun's tutelage, in preparation for his inevitable rematch with Seok-chan. 


Also starring: Kim Min Suk, Jung Won Chang

PHOTO BY Shark: The Beginning/TVING

2. Midnight (2021)

We'll get to see a hauntingly sinister side to Ha Joon in this film, as he portrays psychopathic killer Do-shik. On the prowl for his next target, Do-shik has his eyes set on Kim Kyung-mi, a deaf sign language counselor at a call center. The two play a nail-biting game of hide-and-seek, with Do-shik relentlessly chasing after Kyung-mi.


Also starring: Jin Ki Joo, Park Hoon

PHOTO BY Midnight/CJ Entertainment and TVING

3. 18 Again (2020)

Korean TV's take on the 2009 Hollywood film 17 Again, we witness 37-year-old Hong Dae-young's attempts at rekindling his family's crumbling bond—though, there's just one thing: He astonishingly transformed back into his 18-year old self. Attending his children's school and watching his wife, Jung Da-jung, from afar, he begins to understand why his family has been on a bumpy road lately. Along the way he butts heads with Ye Ji-hoon (Ha Joon's character), a charming baseball player who also becomes smitten over his wife.  


Also starring: Lee Do Hyun, Kim Ha Neul, Yong Sang-hyun

PHOTO BY 18 Again/JTBC Studios

4. Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019)

Childhood friends Kang Dan-i and Cha Eun-ho reconnect in the publishing industry after years of aloofness. Their co-workers, Song Hae-rin and Ji Seo-joon, harbor unreciprocated feelings towards each of them, and the four are constantly entangled in personal and professional challenges. Ha Joon plays freelance designer Seo-joon in this 16-episode, swoon-worthy series.


Also starring: Lee Na Young, Lee Jong Suk, Jung  Yoo Jin

PHOTO BY Romance Is a Bonus Book/Story & Pictures Media

5. Miss and Mrs. Cops (2019)

Despite having to take matters into their own hands, an unlikely mentor-mentee duo stop at nothing to round up a cruel crime network that targets young women.  In a crime bust that'll have you giggling here and there, Ha Joon plays bad guy, Jung Woo-jun, who is pursued by lady officers Mi-yeong and Ji-hye.


Also starring: Ra Mi Ran, Lee Sung Kyung

6. With Coffee (2018)

Caffeine lovers, this web series is for you. In this sugary story, Lee Ha Min and Jang So Myung develop a budding romance, one cup of coffee at a time. You're for sure going to get even more infatuated with Ha Joon after watching how endearingly he brought the cheerful Ha Min to life. The best part is, you can watch it for free on YouTube here

Also starring: Jung Da Eun

PHOTO BY With Coffee/Doremi Entertainment

7. Something in the Rain (2018)

While this drama may seem like another boy-and-girl-reconnect-and-fall-in-love narrative at first, it also proudly discusses certain taboos and issues that are prominent in Korean culture. At the center of it are Yoon Jin-ah and Seon Joon-hee (with Ha Joon cast as Yoon Seong-ho, brother and best friend to those two respectively.) Throughout the story, the main couple goes through the challenges of building a strong relationship, despite of how society may perceive and judge them. 

Also starring: Son Ye Jin, Jung Hae In

PHOTO BY Something in The Rain/Drama House and Content K


8. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

If you're still keen on keeping the Halloween spirit alive, then this movie might just be what you're looking for. A gang of YouTubers, led by Ha-joon (yes, Ha Joon shares his name with his character in this film,) scout the premises of an allegedly haunted hospital. In hopes of raking in views by doing a live broadcast of their exploration, the group quickly discovers that the horrific lore attached to the hospital is more real than they thought. 

Also starring: Park Ji Hyun, Moon Ye Won, Lee Seung Wook

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* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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