Ajusshi! Popular Veteran Actors You May Recognize But Don’t Actually Know
How many do you recognize? Very few Western asian drama viewers discuss the veteran actors who are popular domestically and who are no less important in shaping our viewer experience than that new kid on the Asian entertainment block. I think it’s time to shed a light on these actors who are both highly recognizable and yet maintain a low public profile than their young, idol actor counterparts. You can usually see these ajusshi* take on supporting characters (but sometimes they are the main roles): the father, head of a group, wealthy merchant, the emperor, the evil prime minister, a funny robot engineer.
Kou Zhen Hai 寇振海
Kuranosuke Sasaki 佐々木蔵之介
Shen Bao Ping 沈保平
Kim Gab Soo 김갑수
Yue Yao Li 岳跃利
Gong Fang Min 公方敏
Zhang Tie Lin 张铁林
*AJUSSHI: A Korean term that literally means something like “Uncle”, and refers to an older man; perhaps some of these veteran actors should be considered OJISAN/grandpa haha… some are in their 50s.
This list include veteran actors I personally like to see onscreen. What are your faves?