Seo in Guk: Complete Guide To His Career, Dramas, Awards

Seo In Guk is one of the most popular and handsome actor who has starred in a lot of good dramas. Here are all the details you need to know.

Seo In Guk is a famous South Korean singer, actor, and TV host who has wowed audiences with his multiple talents and enthralling performances. He started singing after winning the talent television show Superstar K in 2009.

Seo In Guk lived with his parents and younger sister in the city of Ulsan. He grew up in a pretty poor family. His mother collected trash, and his father worked as a welder. At age ten, he chose to become a singer after listening to the Korean rock musician Kim Jung Min.

He sang at family parties and school events, and at age 20, he moved to Seoul by himself to follow his dream of becoming a singer, even though his father didn’t want him to.

Hangul Name서인국
Date Of BirthOct 23, 1987
NationalitySouth Korean
AgencyStoryJ Company
Recent DramaCafe Minamdang

In February 2017, Seo In Guk got his official date for joining the service. But he was found to have Osteochondritis dissecans, a condition that affects the bones and cartilage. Because of this, he was given a Grade 5 health rating and was excused from military service.

In 2012, he was in the cast of the jukebox musical Gwanghwamun Love Song and made his acting debut with a minor role in KBS’s Love Rain. Later that year, he got his first lead part in Reply 1997, a hit drama about the 1990s on the cable channel tvN.

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Korean Dramas & Movies

Since his debut, Seo In Guk has acted in multiple Korean dramas and movies. On February 8, 2023, Seo was confirmed to star in the upcoming TVING original series Death’s Game. Here is the list of his dramas.

1. Cafe Minamdang

The series follows the mysterious events experienced by a former profiler Han Joon who became a shaman and his colleagues. It also tells the story of a suspicious café named Minamdang and the customers or clients that visit it.

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Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Nam Han Joon
  • Oh Yeon Seo as Han Jae Hee
  • Kwak Shi Yang as Gong Soo Cheol
  • Kang Mi Na as Nam Hye Joon

No. Of Episodes – 18

Watch On – Netflix

2. Doom At Your Service

Dong Kyung lost her parents at an early age. Later, she is diagnosed with brain cancer, forcing her to have less than 100 days to live. As she prays for the destruction of the world, the doom himself comes to her and live with her for the last 100 days.

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Cast –

  • Park Bo Young as Tak Dong Kyung
  • Seo In Guk as Kim Sa Ram
  • Lee Soo Hyuk as Cha Joo Ik
  • Kang Tae Oh as Lee Hyun Gyu

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki, Prime Video

3. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

A detective takes on a female university student murder case. He has a sister who meets a man who is not a good person, but she has sympathy for him. The detective tries to push him away from his sister as he suspects that the man is somehow involved in the murder case.

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Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Kim Moo Young
  • Jung So Min as Yoo Jin Kang
  • Park Sung Woong as Yoo Jin Gook
  • Seo Eun Soo as Baek Seung Ah

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

4. Shopping King Louie

The drama revolves around a shopaholic named Louis, who is the successor of a business empire but becomes homeless after suffering from amnesia, and Bok Shil, a country girl who lives a life that is worlds apart from the rich.

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Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Kang Ji Sung / Louis
  • Nam Ji Hyun as Go Bok Shil
  • Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Joong Won
  • Im Se Mi as Baek Ma Ri

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

5. Squad 38

Baek Sung Il, who works in the tax division finds that Jin Seok, a businessman owes the country an estimated $50 million in back taxes. He is unable to get back the tax from him and accepts the help of professional scammer Yang Jung Do to beat Jin Seok at his own game.

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Cast –

  • Ma Dong Seok as Baek Sung Il
  • Seo In Guk as Yang Jung Do
  • Choi Soo Young as Cheon Seong Hee
  • Song Ok Sook as No Bang Shil

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

6. Hello Monster

Profiler Lee Hyun, returns to Korea. Unbeknownst to him, one of his team members, Detective Ji Ahn, has been investigating him. Something triggers a memory he thought he’d lost forever. They work on solving cases.

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Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Lee Hyun
  • Jang Na Ra as Cha Ji Ahn
  • Park Bo Gum as Jung Sun Ho
  • Choi Won Young as Lee Jun Ho

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

7. The King’s Face

Gwanghae, the child of a concubine, becomes the crown prince of Joseon. For the next 16 years, he lives through dethronement and death threats. Using physiognomy as a weapon, he tries to become the next king.

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Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Gwang Hae
  • Lee Sung Jae as King Seon Jo
  • Jo Yoon Hee as Kim Ga Hee
  • Shin Sung Rok as Kim Do Chi

No. Of Episodes – 23

Watch On – Viki

8. High School King of Savvy

Min Seok is a high school student who plays ice hockey for his school. One day, he begins to work as a company director instead of his older brother who looks like him. At work, he meets Soo Young who is a temporary employee, and falls in love.

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Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Lee Min Seok / Lee Hyung Suk
  • Lee Ha Na as Jung Soo Young
  • Lee Soo Hyuk as Yoo Jin Woo
  • Lee Yeol Eum as Jung Yoo Ah

No. Of Episodes – 17

Watch On – Viki

9. Master’s Sun

Hangul: 주군의 태양

Year: 2013

Joong Won is the CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate. He meets Gong Shil, who can see ghosts. Their lives take a new turn as they work together to deal with the terror and sadness brought by the spirits. And unknowingly, they fall in love.

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil
  • So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
  • Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
  • Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryung

No. Of Episodes – 17 (62 min. each)

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10. Rascal Sons

The drama follows the story of a family and their three sons Yoo Hyun Gi, the eldest one, Yoo Min Gi, the middle one and Yoo Seung Gi, the youngest one. They all have different personalities and deal with marriage and divorce.

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Cast –

  • Ryu Soo Young as Yoo Min Ki
  • Seo In Guk as Yoo Seung Gi
  • Myung Se Bin as Sung In Ok
  • Lee Sung Jae as Yoo Hyun Gi

No. Of Episodes – 50

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

11. Reply 1997

Hangul: 응답하라 1997

Year: 2012

The drama is about the lives of six friends in the city of Busan in the 1990s. The story jumps back and forth in time from 1997, when they were 18 and in high school, to 2012, when they are 33 and at their high school reunion dinner.

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3 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Jung Eun Ji as Sung Shi Won
  • Seo In Guk as Yoon Yoon Jae
  • Hoya as Kang Jun Hee
  • Shin So Yool as Mo Yoo Jung

No. Of Episodes: 16 (60 min. each)

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Besides dramas, Seo In Guk has also starred in Korean movies.

12. Project Wolf Hunting

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A group of criminals work together to escape while being moved from the Philippines to South Korea. As the jailbreak turns into a bloody, all-out riot, the escaped prisoners and their friends from the outside begin a terror campaign against the special agents.

13. Pipeline

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Geon Woo plans a robbery that could be worth up to USD 30 million. He wants to steal oil from a big pipeline that runs between Honam and the highway from Seoul to Busan. To pull this off, he gathers a group of people expert in their field.

14. No Breathing

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Woo Sang and Won Il are two swimmers. Not only do they become rivals, but they also fall for the same girl. The two very different young men begin training for an upcoming swimming competition, battling for love and friendship.

Awards & Achievements

Seo In Guk has won a few awards for his excellent acting career in Korean dramas.

Cafe Minamdang

  • Best Couple Award – 2022 KBS Drama Awards

Shopping King Louie

  • Excellence Award – 2016 MBC Drama Awards

The King’s Face

  • Best New Actor – 2014 KBS Drama Awards

Master’s Sun

  • New Star Award – 2013 SBS Drama Awards

Reply 1997

  • Best Couple Award – 2012 Korea Drama Awards
  • Rising Star, Best Couple – 2012 APAN Star Awards
  • Made in tvN Actor, Best Kiss – 2016 tvN10 Awards

Love Rain

  • Best New Actor – 2012 Korea Drama Awards

At the 2009 Cyworld Digital Music Awards, he won the award for Male Newcomer of the Year. The first duet, “All For You,” topped weekly and monthly music charts and was one of the best-selling songs of the year on the Gaon Digital Chart.

Wrapping Up

So, this was the complete guide to help you get to know more about the Korean actor Seo In Guk. He has had a remarkable career as a singer, actor, and TV host, achieving success and recognition both in South Korea and internationally.

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