Cha Ji Heon. Because he should have been the “Domyouji” in any of the versions… nope, ALL of the versions.
I will admit I have not seen most of the other actors in their “Domyouji” persona, but I did see a bit of Lee Min Ho and it was not what I was looking for being a fan of the real Domyouji.
Boys Before Flowers, or over, or up, or above… whatever, lets continue: Boys Before Flowers happened in 2009, and watching the first three episodes left me wanting to hit the screen of my dear ancient dinosaur-like computer… WTH? Was that all you could come up with as a Domyouji?? FASTFOWARD 2 years later and Protect the Boss happened, or should I be more specific and say Cha Ji Heon happened.
To those who have seen Protect the Boss, don’t go away because Im going to give the reasons why Ji Heon should have been Domyouji and if in fact he wasn’t thought of as one.
Now, you… yeah you! I know you haven’t seen the drama yet because many have said that it drags towards the end, or that it just turned stupid blah blah blah… go watch that drama right now if you call yourself a drama addict. No, seriously Protect the Boss is one of the best comedies I have seen, minus the bit of dragging at the end, but nothing is perfect in this world, and that is the beauty of life. Plus it will be a crime not to see Ji Sung acting as Ji Heon… are we talking about Robert Downey Junior in the 80s? Hell yeah!!
Okay so maybe you haven’t even heard of this drama!! O: and you don’t know Robert Downey Junior, in the 80s! OO: SHAME ON YOU!
A brief synopsis: No Eun Seol can’t get a job because of her “violent” past, she struggles with unemployment for a while until she gets hired as the secretary of Cha Ji Heon, the youngest son of a chaebol family. The catch? She has to
tame protect the boss. –JADEEYES
It has nothing to do with Hana Yori Dango, I know! But yet… it has everything to do with Domyouji, and here is why:
- THEY LOOK ALIKE … and this is not just the hair. I mean they truly look alike, if there needs to be an older Domyouji, it would totally be Ji Sun as Cha Ji Heon.
- THEY ACT THE SAME. True! Both characters have the same development throughout the story, and both have similar qualities. Lets name them: Spoiled; childish; self-center; sweet; adorkable; naïve; and in need of LOVE. One thing they don’t share is Ji Heon’s anxiety-attacks. However I think, if Domyouji (the cartoon) were to be real, anxiety-attacks wouldn’t be such a farfetched idea. Not that in the anime it would sound like one (not at all). But Korea has a knack for having chaebol sons portrait as fragile, traumatized men with strange anxieties.
- PARENT FEAR. Haha, yes, they are both afraid of their parents at first, later they rebelled thanks to their unrequited love. Which brings me to the last one…
- UNREQUITED LOVE. Well this one is not so much different than every other Korean romcom 😉 However, the way it happens for both (even in different circumstances) and the way they FALL its similar. Obsessive much? Yep.
Was it thought out to be this similar? I will never know for sure. One thing is clear, curly hair on a man (like a rooster head type of thing) apparently seems a bit childish like and gives out the feeling of loose-fun-with an edge-kind of guy to Asians, as they do tend to use the curly hair on man that are not as refined and serious. The hair aside, I have to say that Ji Sung as an actor has shown he can be anybody and still look as handsome and cute as ever! He had no reservations whatsoever while acting out Domyouji… I mean, Ji Heon. I think that is one of the reasons why I could not see Domyouji in Lee Min Ho, or the bits and pieces (I watched some clips) of Matsumoto Jun… yes, no doubt they did their best, and were funny, I believe that. However, Domyouji, before being anything else, he is extremely childish, and that is the one thing Ji Heon has above all the different versions of Domyouji I have seen. Ji Sung was not worried about Ji Heon’s image -he is a chaebol son, he is bound to be found handsome by every other female around-, instead he gave us a completely off-the-wall hilarious character, with a striking similarity to forever-favorite-in our hearts Domyouji.
If you think this is not enough to compare them and believe one should have played the other, then my friend, you have not been paying attention!
Pictures are my last resort: