“Chief Hong Is The Standard”: Why Kim Seon Ho’s Character In #HomeCha Is Everyone’s Ideal Man
Where can we find another Hong Banjang, juseyo?
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” has served as a lighthouse for many people during these dark times. If you’ve watched the last 12 episodes, you’ll know exactly why it reached number 8 on the global charts, following the success of the hit series Squid Game sitting in the top spot.
The undeniable chemistry of the “dimple” couple has made us all swoon and laugh while kicking the bed and crying both sad and happy tears in between. They have made every single fan of the show look forward to weekends even more! We got to thank one half of the #SikHye couple Chief Hong (Kim Seon Ho) aka Dusik aka Hong Banjang for the endless *kilig* and heart-fluttering moments!
He drops everything just to protect the people he loves.
Despite being tired after a whole day’s work, Dusik went out of his way to help Halmeoni Kim Gam-Ri (Kim Young-Ok) after she sprained her ankle. He immediately rushed to Gam-Ri’s house and carried her on his back to the senior center. Still our “good boy,” indeed, IYWIM.
“He never works on his day off” yet here we have him running off to Hyejin’s instead of having fun on his rest day. Dusik really cares about her 🥺— seonhohappy ?¨ HOMETOWN CHACHACHA! (@seonhohappy) September 5, 2021
I’m loving homcha’s epilogues! Such great story telling! 💚#HometownChaChaChaEp4 #HometownChaChaChapic.twitter.com/Y11h0Kbbe2
Since Dusik has had countless part-time jobs, his only rule was to take breaks seriously. He denied everyone his help on his day-off, but he ran barefoot to Yoon Hye-Jin’s, aka Ms. Dentist (Shin Min-A), as soon as he got news that a man attacked her and her best friend. Chivalry is not dead!
He is hardworking, and knows the value of money.
This is such a beautiful opening scene, Dusik and Hye Jin seeing and greeting each other every morning 🥺💙— ? (@kdramatreats) September 5, 2021
Dusik calling her "Ms. Dentist" 😭#HometownChaChaCha #HometownChaChaChaEp4 pic.twitter.com/6s7mBQkjRM
When you watch the first episode, you’d think that there’s 48 hours in Dusik’s day. He really doesn’t stop grinding! He works so MANY jobs, and he gets paid by the hour. Hands down.
Some OP in other sites found Dusik rude to make a dentist worked cleaning squid, he should just lend her that small money.— Dusik's Blue Jojodog Soulmate (@geekahjumma) September 2, 2021
Me thinking that Shin HaEun is succesful on triggering the white collar worker pov agaist blue collar jobs and their minimum wage. Smart. #HometownChaChaCha pic.twitter.com/PBbcEXYLeT
In the first episode, Hye-Jin needed to borrow money since she had no cash, and all the ATM machines were not working. Instead of lending the money, Dusik made her work for it. Chief Hong is a man with principles.
He genuinely takes care of (literally) everyone in Gongjin, without asking for credit.
Dusik vs. Hyejin's room— Patty ?¨ (@VRSeonhosshi) September 26, 2021
*he was there because Hyejin thought she left the hair iron plugged so Miseon asked Dusik to check it but also came to add safety locks for their room window 🥰#HometownChaChaChaEp10 pic.twitter.com/94ZIM5WEoj
In most of the episodes, you’ll see how Hong Banjang takes care of the entire Gongjin village. He roams around to check up on them, informs them about network outages, and even brings them milk in the morning. He also knows most, if not all, of the people who live there and learned how to communicate with everyone in their respective language (both foreign and sign). He does this out of his own will and concern. What a guy!
Chief Hong also checked up on Hye-Jin every night when there was an offender on the loose. He had the streetlights fixed after the intruder incident, so Hye-Jin would feel safer when she walks home. He also installed window security locks in her home when she was in Seoul. He is truly boyfriend material!
He calls you out when you make mistakes.
The Script: Homcha has delivered amazing lines that cut straight to the heart. Lines that will make you pause & reflect. Lines that will linger in the mind & make you consider a perspective diff from your own. Homcha's many lessons are woven beautifully into the story’s script. pic.twitter.com/0Gc8AmBaaS— seonhohappy ?¨ HOMETOWN CHACHACHA! (@seonhohappy) September 8, 2021
Dusik helps just enough for her to figure things out on her own. He calls her out, but does it in a way that is still respectful of her choices. She's honest & lends him her own perspective too. They’ve broken stereotypes & have shown us a refreshingly different kdrama pairing ? pic.twitter.com/tiqFuuVHu8— seonhohappy ?¨ HOMETOWN CHACHACHA! (@seonhohappy) September 8, 2021
In the first few episodes, Hye-Jin had a completely different lifestyle and she had contradicting beliefs. Her being frank and honest caused the other villagers to feel hurt with her words and actions. Dusik didn’t hesitate to call her out on her unacceptable behavior and made her realize her mistakes. He also helped her apologize and make it up to them.
He’s talented and skilled in so many ways.
Chief Hong would not be the all-around go-to person of everyone in Gongjin if he didn’t have multiple licenses! He’s good in so many things—coffee-making, woodwork, house renovation, cooking, and even singing. He also knows an awful lot about languages, wine, and books! What’s your secret, Dusik?
He communicates his feelings.
love how dusik acknowledged hyejin's confession and at the same time gave her a proper response. ngl u won't always hear something like this to someone u like although it's safe to say that they feel the same. this is smth else, genuinely something else#HometownChaChaChaEp11 pic.twitter.com/EQvBL2ssHG— andz (@kkkramen) October 2, 2021
After Hye-Jin and Dusik kissed, Hye-Jin just assumed that he likes her back and decided to go home, but Dusik stopped her and told her about his actual feelings straightforwardly with nofrills. Where can we find a man like him?
He knows how to apologize and to forgive.
They are flawed for sure. Yet they are open for corrections— into becoming a better person. Dusik is not just a best boy because he does sort of things, but also because he's quick to forgive and to apologize 😭 LET'S LEARN FROM THEM !!! #HometownChaChaCha #HometownChaChaChaEP3 pic.twitter.com/xku8nJE8Ij— sailing ? (@k_dramaship) September 4, 2021
Dusik living in his live-love-laugh era. Hold no grudges. Forgive people. He's so selfless that even if he has his own battles, he wouldn't let people be burdened by it. His positive energy radiates the whole Gongjin 💗💯#HometownChaChaChaEp6#HometownChaChaCha#KimSeonHo pic.twitter.com/Edg6pNp4uA— cheese 🧀 | HOMCHA EP 13 (@kdramacheese) September 12, 2021
He is not afraid to admit his mistakes. When he misjudged Ms. Dentist, he quickly apologized. He also forgave her after all their misunderstandings and arguments and didn’t hold grudges.
sikhye says communication is key!!— daisy hong (@kdramadaisy) October 3, 2021
dusik apologized to hyejin in details for acting out over his jealousy, for slamming the door, and for taking him so long to apologize. sikhye promoting a healthy relationship 🥺🤍#HometownChaChaCha#HometownChaChaChaEp12 pic.twitter.com/mnZHb8yRUk
When he acted petty because he was jealous, he went to Hye-Jin’s place to say sorry. Not just that, his apology was very detailed too. He really is the standard.
He’s the opposite of toxic masculinity.
A man who's not scared or insecure of a woman who earns soooo much more than what he makes. Finally, a man worthy of independent, career-driven, empowered women. 👏👏👏— seonho_bb (@MrsHong__) October 3, 2021
Men. Take notes. Thank you, Writer Shin Haeun. 🙌#HometownChaChaCha #HometownChaChaChaEp12 #KimSeonHo pic.twitter.com/UYSzBpVQ88
When Hye-Jin bought herself a necklace worth 5 million won, she thought she made Dusik feel little and threatened. But Dusik told her that she should never worry about how he views her actions. “You bought yourself a gift with the money you worked hard to earn.” He respects Hye-Jin’s independence, and he wasn’t fazed at all. Men, please take notes.
He puts in effort and is actually a ~romantic~.
Hong Banjang marked the date of their “official” relationship on his desk calendar. With a big red heart. How cute is that? He’s such a baby.
In the most recent episode, he surprised Hye-Jin with a beachfront bonfire under the stars. Hong Banjang also gave her a jewelry box he made himself, then he said “I love you” for the first time. Dear future boyfriend, please learn from this scene!
He looks dreamy!
This is probably the cherry on top. We can all agree that looks aren’t as important as values and personality, but Chief Hong simply has it all. Everything about him is likeable—his dimples, smile, laugh, humor, and overall character. BRB, moving to Gongjin ASAP!