Han Hyo-joo in November 2013
February 22, 1987 |
Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
|Education||Dongguk University - Theater and Film|
|Agent||BH Entertainment (South Korea)
|Revised Romanization||Han Hyo-ju|
Han Hyo-joo (born February 22, 1987) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in the television dramas Brilliant Legacy (2009) and Dong Yi (2010), as well as the film Cold Eyes (2013) for which she won Best Actress at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Han Hyo-joo was born in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province. Her mother was an elementary school teacher before becoming an inspector for public schools, and her father was an air force officer. As a child, she was good in sports, particularly track and field. In her sophomore year of high school, she moved to Seoul and attended Bulgok High School, despite the objections of her strict and conservative father. She then entered Dongguk University, where she joined the theater and film department.
Han was first discovered in a teenage beauty pageant organized by food corporation Binggrae in 2003. She began her acting career in the sitcom Nonstop 5 and the gangster comedy My Boss, My Teacher. Han raised her profile by being cast in Spring Waltz, the fourth and final installment of TV director Yoon Seok-ho's "season drama" series.
In 2006, director Lee Yoon-ki cast the newbie in the starring role in his low-budget independent film Ad-lib Night, which follows a young woman who rediscovers herself through an eerie overnight encounter with strangers. Han then starred in two highly successful TV projects -- KBS1 daily drama Like Land and Sky with Park Hae-jin in 2007, and SBS masked-adventurer series Iljimae with Lee Joon-gi in 2008. Afterwards, she made another indie, Ride Away, which debuted at the 2008 Jeonju International Film Festival.
Han filmed the Korean-Japanese telecinema co-production Heaven's Postman in 2008, which also featured pop star Jaejoong from TVXQ (now JYJ). After several postponements, it was released in theaters in late 2009, and broadcast on TV in 2010.
Her breakthrough came in Brilliant Legacy costarring Lee Seung-gi, which became a massive hit in 2009, reaching a peak viewership rating of 47.1%. It catapulted Han to stardom, and after the drama's conclusion, she experienced a sharp rise in endorsement deals and media requests for interviews, as well as increased pan-Asian popularity.
Later that year Han wrapped up her starring role in the musical drama Soul Special, which also featured K.Will in his acting debut. It aired in twelve five-minute segments on various online portals, with cable channel KBS Joy airing the entire drama in four parts.
She then played a blind telemarketer opposite So Ji-sub's ex-boxer in the melodrama Always. Helmed by director Song Il-gon, it premiered as the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. Han later contributed voice narration to the "barrier-free" version of Japanese film My Back Page, which features descriptive audio and subtitles for people with hearing or visual impairments.
Han played the queen to Lee Byung-hun's Gwanghae in the 2012 blockbuster period film Masquerade, which became one of the highest-grossing Korean films of all time. She followed that with Love 911, an unlikely romance between a doctor and a firefighter (Go Soo).
Han then starred opposite Sol Kyung-gu and Jung Woo-sung in the action thriller Cold Eyes, which became one of the biggest domestic hits of 2013. She also received acting recognition for her performance, winning Best Actress from the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Buil Film Awards.
In 2014, Han and Love 911 costar Go Soo appeared in Myohyangsangwan ("View of Mount Myohyang"), which depicts the rendezvous of a South Korean painter and a North Korean waitress in a North Korean restaurant. The short film is a collaboration by contemporary artists Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho, and combined a theatrical plot, experimental imagery, dance and performance art.
She then ventured into the overseas market by starring in her first Japanese film, Isshin Inudo's Miracle: Debikuro-kun no Koi to Maho ("Miracle Devil Claus' Love and Magic"). Set during the Christmas season, the film is a love story about a kind bookstore employee (played by Masaki Aiba from J-pop boyband Arashi) who meets three women.
Han has been cast in the musical biopic C'est si bon, which depicts the ups and downs of the folk music group Twin Folio, which was active from the 1960s to 80s. Famous for its live performances, C'est si bon was the name of a popular music lounge located in Mugyo-dong in the 1970s, where Twin Folio got its start; Han plays the group's muse.
In November 2013, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office indicted Han's ex-manager from her former agency Fantom Entertainment for attempted extortion. According to police, the ex-manager surnamed Lee illegally transferred 16 photos of Han and her ex-boyfriend from her digital camera to his mobile phone. Lee then threatened to publish the compromising photos unless he and his two accomplices were paid ₩400 million; Han's father paid them ₩10 million. In a press release, Han's current agency BH Entertainment said the actress did not engage in any activities that deserve public criticism and threatened "strong measures" to deal with blackmail.
In September 2014, a petition against Han's appearance in TV commercials became widely known in the South Korean media. This petition was started because Han's younger brother was spotted as the assailant of a cruel treatment that had caused death of an airman. Since Han herself had been appointed as an honorary ambassador for the ROK Air Force, her brother's involvement in this unsavory affair during his service for the Air Force brought fury to the minds of many Koreans.
|2005||Nonstop 5||Han Hyo-joo||MBC|
|2006||Spring Waltz||Seo/Park Eun-young||KBS2|
|2007||Like Land and Sky||Suk Ji-soo||KBS1|
|2009||Brilliant Legacy||Go Eun-sung||SBS|
|Soul Special||Jin Mi-ah||KBS Joy|
|2010||Dong Yi||Choi Dong-yi (later Choi Suk-bin)||MBC|
|2006||My Boss, My Teacher||Yoo Mi-jung|
|2008||Ride Away||Im Ha-jung|
|My Dear Enemy||Woman at the bus stop/
Voice on the phone
|2009||Heaven's Postman||Jo Hana / Saki||telecinema
(also aired on SBS)
|2013||Cold Eyes||Ha Yoon-ju|
|2014||Miracle Devil Claus' Love and Magic||So-yeon||Japanese film|
|Myohyangsangwan||Oh Yeong-ran||short film|
|C'est si bon||Min Ja-young (20s)|
|2004||"I Love You"||Simply Sunday|
|2005||"You Just Being in This World"||Position|
|2009||"They Are Men"||Lee Woo-sang|
|"Because I Couldn't Say that I Love You"||K.Will|
|"Are You Serious?"||Rumble Fish|
|2010||"Don't You Know"||Han Hyo-joo feat. No Reply|
|2012||"I Choose to Love You"||Hyorin|
|"I Love You"||Han Hyo-joo feat. Sweet Sorrow|
|"Hide and Seek"||Han Hyo-joo feat. Broccoli, You Too?|
|2005||Love Letter||SBS||Guest - Episodes 26-27, 30-31, 34-35|
|X-Man||SBS||Guest - Episodes 110-111, 114-115|
|2006||Come To Play||MBC||Guest - Episode 82|
|2007||Golden Fishery||MBC||Guest - Episode 27|
|Are You Ready||KBS2||Guest - Episode 1|
|Ya Shim Man Man||SBS||Guest - Episode 204|
|MBC||Guest - Episode 24|
|Star N The City||XTM||Road Trip to USA|
|2009||Ya Shim Man Man||SBS||Guest - Brilliant Legacy Special|
|Girls on Top Season 2||SBS MTV||Guest|
|Sunday Sunday Night - Danbi||MBC||Guest - Episode 3|
|2010||You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||KBS2||Guest - Episode 71|
|2012||Running Man||SBS||Guest - Episodes 123-124|
|Cultwo Show||SBS||Guest - Episode 828|
|2013||Running Man||SBS||Guest - Episodes 151-152|
|Year||Song Title||Artist||From the Album|
|2005||"It's the First Time"||Han Hyo-joo||Nonstop 5 OST|
|2008||"Ride Away"||Han Hyo-joo||Ride Away OST|
|2009||"Sudden Burst of Tears"||Gan-D feat. Han Hyo-joo||Soul Special OST|
|"바람이 불어... 널 이별해 (Prologue)"||Narration by Han Hyo-joo||Love Tonic|
|2010||"Oh Seoul"||My-Q feat. Han Hyo-joo||For This, I Was Born|
|"Don't You Know"||No Reply feat. Han Hyo-joo||Grand Mint Festival 2010|
|2011||"You"||Browneyed Soul feat. Han Hyo-joo||Brown Eyed Soul|
|"8 A.M."||My-Q feat. Han Hyo-joo||Ready For The World|
|"Alone in Love"||Lee Seung-gi feat. Ra.D
(narration by Han Hyo-joo)
|2012||"I Love You"||Han Hyo-joo feat. Sweet Sorrow||LG Su:m37 5th Anniversary CF song|
|"Hide and Seek"||Han Hyo-joo feat. Broccoli, You Too?|
|2005||Pizza Hut||with Lee Yeon-hee|
|2005-2006||Crencia||with Jo In-sung|
|2006||Ensure Traffic Order campaign|
|2006||Green Time Green Tea||with Ju Ji-hoon|
|2008||Maxim Coffee||with Jo In-sung|
|2009||Save the Penguins campaign|
|2009||Sweetest Love campaign by Vogue Korea|
|2009||Nongshim Natural Snacks|
|2009||Samsung Camera VLUU series|
|2009-2010||Jambangee Jeans||with Chung Lim (2009)
and 2AM (2010)
|2010||Grand Mint Festival Lady|
|2010-2012||Samsung NX series|
|2011||HEAD Sports||with Park Yu-hwan|
|2011-2012||Samsung Mirror Pop MV800||with Lee Je-hoon|
|2012||Korea Cable TV Association (KCTA) - Digital Cable TV||with Yang Joon-hyuk
and Choi Hyo-jong
|2012||Oksusu Corn Silk Tea|
|2012-2014||Black Yak||with Jo In-sung|
|2013-2014||Acuvue||with Song Joong-ki|
|2013||Daum Communications - 'Art and Shake' application|
|2013||Good Downloader campaign|
|2014||SSG.com||with Lee Byung-hun
and Ryu Seung-ryong
Awards and nominations
|2003||9th Miss Binggrae Smile Pageant||Grand Prize||N/A||Won|
|2006||26th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actress||Ad-lib Night||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Spring Waltz||Nominated|
|2007||20th Singapore International Film Festival||Best Actress||Ad-lib Night||Won|
|24th Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards||Best Dressed||N/A||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Park Hae-jin||Like Land and Sky||Won|
|Best New Actress||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama||Nominated|
|2008||1st Korea Jewelry Awards||Pearl Award||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Iljimae||Won|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Star Award||N/A||Won|
|3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Female Drama Star||Brilliant Legacy||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Lee Seung-gi||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|5th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Won|
|3rd Korea Drama Awards||Best Actress||Dong Yi||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|2011||1st Hong Kong Cable TV Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Won|
|45th Taxpayers' Day
(given by Ministry of Strategy and Finance)
|Presidential Commendation as Honest Taxpayer||N/A||Won|
|2012||CETV Asia's Top 10 Popular Star Awards||Hallyu Star Prize||Won|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Love 911||Nominated|
|22nd Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||Cold Eyes||Won|
|6th Style Icon Awards||Style Icon||N/A||Nominated|
|33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Cold Eyes||Nominated|
|34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2014||8th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
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- "Han reserves seat as next Jiwoohime". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. January 30, 2006.
- "I want to try out for more extreme roles". The Dong-a Ilbo. April 5, 2007.
- "TVXQ Hero hopes Postman will be assurance to fans". 10Asia. November 10, 2009.
- "Light-hearted romance joins weekend lineup". The Korea Herald. April 24, 2009.
- Brilliant drama leaving its own legacy. Korea JoongAng Daily. July 16, 2009.
- "Han Hyo-joo: 'Good People Deserve to be Happy'". KBS Global. June 5, 2009.
- "Lee, Han Picked as Rising Ad Models". The Korea Times. September 24, 2009.
- "Will Dong-yi Become Next Jewel in the Palace?". The Korea Times. March 21, 2010.
- "Upbeat rom-com vs. court romance". The Korea Herald. March 22, 2010.
- "Han Hyo-joo Changes Tack in Costume Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. April 13, 2010.
- Han Hyo-joo says she "hold fast" to her role in Dong Yi. 10Asia. May 7, 2010.
- So Ji-sub, Han Hyo-joo start filming new pic. 10Asia. April 4, 2011.
- Song Il Gon: 'So Ji Seob and Han Hyo Joo Are Excellent Actors'. KBS Global. September 21, 2011.
- Song Il-gon hopes Always will be a reminder of true value of love. 10Asia. October 6, 2011.
- Han Hyo Joo: 'My Best Decision Ever Is Becoming Actress'. KBS Global. October 10, 2011.
- Han Hyo-joo Seeking More Challenging Roles in Movies. The Chosun Ilbo. October 15, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Han Hyo-joo - Part 1. 10Asia. October 28, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Han Hyo-joo - Part 2. 10Asia. October 28, 2011.
- "Actress Han Hyo-joo Movie Picks". 10Asia. November 11, 2011.
- "Han Hyo-Ju, an honorary ambassador of Barrier Free Movie, for deaf-blinds". Innolife. November 13, 2012.
- Han Hyo-joo to join Lee Byung-hun in historical film. 10Asia. January 4, 2012.
- "Interview: Han Hyo Joo Says Lee Byung Hun was the Best Actor She′s Met". enewsWorld. October 3, 2012.
- Finecut dials up Love 911. Korean Film Council. March 14, 2012.
- Ko Soo, Han Hyo-joo's Romance Movie Cranks Up. 10Asia. September 13, 2012.
- "Go Soo, Han Hyo Joo's Movie, Band Aid to Premiere on December 19". enewsWorld. October 25, 2012.
- "Ko Soo, Han Hyo-joo Ask to Dial Love 911". 10Asia. November 22, 2012.
- "Police Are Hot in Pursuit of a Kingpin in COLD EYES". Korean Film Council. February 8, 2013.
- "Cold Eyes is a story of firsts for the cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 6, 2013.
- "Han Hyo-joo Celebrates Cold Eyes Records". 10Asia. July 30, 2013.
- "Mergers with pop culture good for art business". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 16, 2014.
- "Myohyangsangwan". News From Nowhere. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
- "HAN Hyo-joo to Take Lead Role in Japanese Film". Korean Film Council. December 27, 2013.
- "KIM Yun-seok, HAN Hyo-joo Board Music Biopic". Korean Film Council. March 11, 2014.
- "Ex-Manager Charged with Blackmailing Han Hyo-joo". The Chosun Ilbo. November 26, 2013.
- "Han Hyo-joo subject of blackmail plot". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 26, 2013.
- "Stop using Han Hyo-joo in commercials. Requests Flooded". Seoul En. September 20, 2014.
- "Honorary Ambassadors with Two Faces". Ilgan Sports. August 19, 2014.
- "Actress Han Hyo-joo Song Picks". 10Asia. October 27, 2010.
- "Korean Starlets Fall in Love with Indie Musicians". 10Asia. November 21, 2012.
- Han Hyo-joo's Profile. BH Entertainment. May 22, 2012.
- Actress Han Hyo-ju Honored at Singapore Film Festival. KBS Global. May 2, 2007.
- 한효주-배수빈, 홍콩 '베스트 드라마 시상식' 인기상 수상. Chosun News (in Korean). January 10, 2011.
- Han Hyo-joo Given Honest Taxpayer Award. The Chosun Ilbo. March 3, 2011
- "Yoon Si Yoon receives Popular Star Prize in China". Korea.com. December 9, 2012.
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