Like James Dean. Like Sid Vicious. Like any artistically talented young man that left us too soon. Let’s celebrate Byung Hee, the gone-too-soon lead singer of Eye Candy. Here’s to you eyeliner clad flower boy.
Actor: Lee Min Ki
Drama: Shut Up Flower Boy Band (2012)
Two episodes with Byung Hee packed a punch- a Bruce Lee like fist slam that outdid poorly written K-drama characters everywhere. From the first moments we witnessed the lead singer of Eye Candy muttering his reasons for music under his breath to the last seconds when we gasped in horror at his fate, this character gave us a visually fluid portrait of a troubled young man- a troubled young man full of untapped artistic potential.
Byung Hee leapt onto our screens as a Flower Boy with serious family issues. He was unwanted, stuck in a situation that spelled out adolescent grief and loneliness. Yet he was an artistic magnet and made the viewer understand (in only 90 minutes mind you) why he was leading the edgy punk bank Eye Candy.
Later Byung Hee accelerated the motives of others. Accelerated why members of Eye Candy embarked on the journeys they did. He was short lived, sadly so. But his impact was felt far and wide. Here is to Byung Hee, eyeliner and all. A great character indeed.