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As we are moving towards the tail end of 2013, I was thinking about the striking features of the year and thus realised that this year saw an occasion as rare as the stars on a cloudy night and that was the comeback of many actors to dramaland. Every year there are one or two shows which give us the opportunity to see the elusive stars but 2013 was especially filled with returns to the small screen. Some get busy doing movies, some go for military enlistment and some take a break; whatever maybe the reason but viewers are always delighted to see their favorite actors for at least 16 episodes or 8 weeks straight.

I’ve assembled such actors here but the list is not exhaustive:

Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung

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This was a very popular comeback of two very popular stars through a melodrama That Winter The Wind Blows and viewers welcomed them with open arms. Song Hye Kyo did her last show Worlds Within in 2008 while Jo In Sung did Spring Day in 2005 and also this drama marked his return to entertainment industry after the military service. Of course, the anticipation was high. I didn’t watch it as the plot was not my cup of tea.

Jin Goo and Han Chae Young

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Jin Goo played the titular role in upbeat drama Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek with winning confidence but the show didn’t get good ratings. I think it was a nice show with some hiccups here and there. He did his last drama in 2009- Swallow The Sun (with a cameo in Athena) and was busy in films after that.

Han Chae Young did her last show A Man Called God in 2010 and she also made a comeback with Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek. I loved her in Delightful Girl Choon Hyang as the sassy, plucky and cheerful heroine but here her role was extremely boring.

Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin

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Another post-army comeback. Both the actors starred in Shark. Kim Nam Gil did similar show Bad Guy as his last and Son Ye Jin did Personal Taste in 2010. I had no interest in this revenge melo from the get-go and after getting a strong start, the show didn’t garner good reviews by the time it ended.

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Kim Hye Soo

Mainly doing films than dramas, Kim Hye Soo returned this year as The Queen Of Office. Her last venture on small screen was in melodrama Home Sweet Home. I only watched episode 1 of QOF, but didn’t have the interest to continue. It was an okay start though.

Go Hyun Jung

She arrived as the strict and hard as nails elementary teacher in The Queen’s Classroom. The drama got rave reviews but due to time constraints, I couldn’t watch it. Her last drama was 2010’s Dae Mul.


Go Soo

After doing romantic melodrama Will it Snow at Christmas? in 2009, Go Soo did corporate drama Empire Of Gold this year which had its share of viewers. I had zero interest in it.

Kim Ok Bin

She has acted mainly in films after Over The Rainbow in 2006. Sword And Flower was a nice platform to act in and it did have a good start but went extremely downhill after that.

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Kim Jae Wook

I loved him in Coffee Prince and he also returned after his military service with the ghost seer melodrama Who Are You which I didn’t watch as it didn’t appeal me. Anyway, viewers wanted him to be the main lead, which didn’t happen but many thought that he was the only good thing in it. By the way, his last turn in dramaland was in 2010’s rom-com Marry Me Mary.

Lee Dong Gun

I liked him a lot in Sweet 18 and was anticipating his return through time travel rom-com Mi Rae’s Choice after his last drama When It’s At Night that came in 2008. Yeah, 5 years it is. After watching the first two episodes of Mi Rae’s Choice, I can say that he is pitch perfect.

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Joo Jin Mo

He remains mostly busy in films and his last drama Dream came in 2009. This year, he is starring in epic 50-episode sageuk Empress Ki with Ha Ji Won and everyone is eagerly waiting for the show. I found him impressive in 200 Pounds Beauty but can’t commit to his upcoming show as it’s very long.

Jeon Ji Hyun

No one can beat Jeon Ji Hyun in terms of the length of hiatus from small screen. She is returning after not 2 or 5 but complete 14 years!! Her last TV show was Happy Together that aired in 1999 and since then, she has had a very successful movie career, which also includes the most popular K-movie across the globe My Sassy Girl. She will be appearing in alien-actress romance drama My Man From Another Star premiering in December where she reunites with Thieves costar Kim Soo Hyun.