Article: Top 10 Korean Actors Who Justified Playing Characters With Disabilities

It might be difficult for actors to portray imaginary characters as accurately as possible. But a character with a mental handicap may be the most difficult to perform. Physical strength is necessary for all roles, but characters with mental disabilities need more endurance, emotional fortitude, and time to complete their tasks. For such parts to be accurate, extensive research and dedication are required to ensure that it echoes the reality of people with autism spectrum disorders. Korean actors and actresses are open to experimenting with many unusual and diverse characters to showcase their acting abilities. Some actors did their autistic character's parts justice!  Below are the top 10 Korean actors justified in playing characters with disabilities.

1. Park Eun Bin (Extraordinary Attorney Woo)

The socially clumsy but incredibly hardworking lawyer Woo Young-woo (Park Eun Bin) was currently the talk of the town. Young-woo encounters prejudice due to her savant condition because she is a newcomer seeking to establish her legitimacy in the legal profession. The eccentric attorney yet perseveres, much to the delight of viewers everywhere. The actor is acclaimed specifically for her concise acting, which doesn't embellish or exhibit an excessive portrayal of a person with autism.


2. Oh Jung Se (It's Okay To Not Be Okay) 

The success of the 2020s It's Okay to Not Be Okay television series was also due to Oh Jung Se's compelling depiction of Gang Tae's autistic brother. He portrayed a middle-aged autistic man in the drama who experienced a catastrophic event following an unanticipated event that altered the course of his life. He acts like a regular older brother despite their predicament and has never allowed himself to feel sorry. Oh Jung-se's outstanding performance in the K-drama deserves every best acting prize there if we had the chance.


3. Tang Jun Sang (Move To Heaven) 

Tang Jun Sang portrays Han Geu-ru, a 20-year-old with Asperger's syndrome who has been suffering because he has no family other than his ex-convict uncle Sang-gu (Lee Je-hoon) in this Netflix original Korean drama. Despite being young, Tang Jun-sang gives his all during the performance, keeping perfect time with the talented Lee Je-hoon.


4. Ryu Seung Ryong (Miracle In Cell No. 7) 

The movie tells the tale of Lee Yong-gu (Ryu Seung Ryong), a mentally challenged man unfairly imprisoned for a crime he didn't execute. He can spend his final days with his daughter, Ye-sung, thanks to the efforts of his fellow convicts (Kal So Won). Viewers responded so favorably to the film that it inspired other international adaptations. He won praise and recognition for his portrayal, which helped viewers understand the difficulties and prejudices that autistic individuals struggle with daily.


5. Joo Won (Good Doctor) 

Pediatric surgeon Park Si-on (Joo Won), who has been an intellectual since infancy, is initially not well-liked in the hospital where he works due to his unusual personality. Only a few doctors, like Cha Yoon Seo (Moon Chae Won) and Han Jin Wook (Kim Young Kwang), have shown him compassion because of his autism, both from patients and his medical colleagues. A 2017 American adaptation of this medical drama that swiftly gained emotive acclaim was made possible. Joo Won accepts a demanding part and excels in it with poise and assurance, demonstrating his acting prowess.


6. Jeon Yeo Been (Be Melodramatic) 

A documentary filmmaker named Lee Eun Jung (played by Jeon Yeo Been) struggles with Persistent Complex Grief Disorder (PCBD), commonly referred to as traumatic sorrow or Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). Eun Jung almost experiences hallucinations every day, but she still manages to find the motivation to go back to her job.


7. Park Hee Von (Just Between Lovers)

This series stands out from the others on the list because it handles physical impairment delicately. A wheelchair webtoon writer Kim Wan Jin (played by Park Hee Von), forms a significant friendship with Moon Soo. The drama examines societal prejudice toward people with physical disabilities via the lens of this character. With her strong character Wan-jin demonstrates that she is more than simply her impairment.


8. Jo In Sung, Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Kwang Soo (It’s Okay That’s Love)

Three diverse personalities with varied mental health challenges showed in this 2014 television show. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia are conditions that Jang Jae Yeol (played by Jo In Sung) has shown facing. He is a bestselling author and a famous radio DJ. Ji Hae Soo, Jae Yeol's love interest (played by Gong Hyo Jin), struggles with phobias, including Genuphobia (fear of sexual intercourse). Lee Kwang Soo's character Park Soo Kwang, a cafe server with Tourette syndrome, is Hae Soo's housemate.


9. Hyun Bin (Hyde Jekyll, Me) 

Hyun Bin's character, Gu Seo-jin, is a callous chaebol who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. Viewers see the difficulties faced by Seo Jin in coping with his condition as the plot delves into the romance between Seo Jin and Ha Na (played by Han Ji Min).


10. Han Seung Yeon (Hello, My Twenties!) (Season 2) 

Age of Youth, another name for Hello, My Twenties! is a television series that follows the adventures of Jung Ye Eun (portrayed by Han Seung Yeon), who battles her torments after being abducted by her violent ex-boyfriend, in its second season. As a result of her eating disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, Ye Eun withdraws entirely from the world.