18 January 1981 |
Busan, South Korea
Sangmyung University Graduate School
(Theatre and Film)
|Agent||United Artist Agency (2013-)|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Dong-won|
Kang Dong-won (born 18 January 1981) is a South Korean actor.
Kang Dong-won was born in Busan to a privileged background. His father Kang Cheol-woo is the vice president of SPP Heavy Industries, ranked among the top ten shipping companies worldwide. Kang's family moved to Changwon when he was seven years old. Academically gifted since a young age with an IQ of 137, Kang was accepted at Hanyang University, one of the top universities in the country. He graduated with honors with a degree in Mechanical engineering.
2003-2009: Debut and career breakthrough
In 2000 when Kang was a first year university student, he was spotted on the street by a modeling agent. Thus began his modeling career, and he appeared on the catwalk for prêt-à-porter collections in Paris such as DKNY, Gucci and Hugo Boss, as well as for the local Seoul Fashion Artists Association (SFAA).
After being cast in the music video for Jo Sungmo's "I Swear," the experience intrigued Kang that he decided to take some acting classes. Realizing that acting was what he had been looking for his entire life, the revelation meant a change of career. He quit modeling and made his acting debut on television in 2003, playing a doctor with a regional dialect in Country Princess (also known as Funny Wild Girl), and a chaebol's son in 1% of Anything.
In 2004 he shot his first movie, the romantic comedy Too Beautiful to Lie. However, his first real breakthrough was in Temptation of Wolves, the film adaptation of Guiyeoni's teen internet novel. With his beautiful, androgynous looks, Kang's popularity rose, extending to other Asian countries, especially Japan. He then briefly returned to television as an antihero in Magic, though it was not successful ratings-wise.
Instead of starring in more mainstream fare, Kang surprised audiences with his next roles as an inmate on death row in Maundy Thursday, and the antagonist in Voice of a Murderer. His two collaborations with auteur Lee Myung-se in Duelist and M further cemented Kang's status as one of the top young actors in Korean cinema, earning him critical recognition for his stylish flair and diverse choice of roles.
Kang said that he decided to play the mischievous titular character in the action fantasy Jeon Woo Chi because "he wanted to be an actor loved by all generations." With its strong, star-filled ensemble cast and a high effects budget, the Choi Dong-hoon film turned into a blockbuster holiday event, selling over 6 million tickets over the winter season despite opening in theaters only a week after the release of Avatar in Korea.
In 2010 he scored an acting coup by being cast opposite acclaimed veteran actor Song Kang-ho in Jang Hoon's spy film Secret Reunion. It became one of the biggest Korean box office hits of 2010, with over 5 million tickets sold. He then joined the Busan-centered omnibus Camellia, starring in Jang Joon-hwan's short film Love For Sale.
2010-current: Military service and return
After filming psychic thriller Haunters, Kang enlisted for his mandatory military service on November 18, 2010 for four weeks of basic training at the Nonsan military camp in South Chungcheong Province. This was followed by non-active duty as a public service worker at Seoul City Research Institute of Public Health and Environment. He was discharged on November 12, 2012. On the day of his release, his agency uploaded a three minute YouTube clip of him in various locations throughout the city, titled "Gang Dong-won in a Day."
Kang lay low in 2013, with the exception of appearing in The X, a 30-minute spy thriller directed by Kim Jee-woon that showcases the visual potential of ScreenX, a new 270-degree exhibition system.
In early 2014, Kang starred opposite Ha Jung-woo in Yoon Jong-bin's period action film Kundo: Age of the Rampant, about a group of Robin Hood-like outlaws in 19th century Joseon Dynasty. He was next cast in My Palpitating Life, E J-yong's film adaptation of Kim Aeran's bestselling novel about a couple who must watch their son suffering from progeria grow prematurely old. This is his second time to collaborate with actress Song Hye-kyo, after Love For Sale; they both belong to United Artist Agency, which Kang joined in 2013.
- My Palpitating Life (2014)
- Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)
- The X (2013)
- Camellia "Love For Sale" (2011)
- Haunters (2010)
- Secret Reunion (2010)
- Jeon Woo Chi (2009)
- M (2007)
- Voice of a Murderer (2007)
- Maundy Thursday (2006)
- Duelist (2005)
- Temptation of Wolves (2004)
- Too Beautiful to Lie (2004)
- Magic (SBS, 2004)
- 1% of Anything (MBC, 2003)
- Country Princess (MBC, 2003)
- J - "Light" (Hangul: 빛; RR: Beet)
- Jo Sungmo - "I Swear" (Hangul: 다짐; RR: Dajim)
- Jung Chul - "It Rains" (Hangul: 비가와; RR: Bigawa)
- Joo Hyung-jin - "Let's Break Up"
- 2010 30th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor for Secret Reunion
- 2005 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star Award for Duelist
- 2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award for Duelist
- 2005 28th Golden Cinematography Awards: Best New Actor for Temptation of Wolves
- 2005 3rd CGV Audience Choice of the Year Awards: Best New Actor for Temptation of Wolves
- 2004 7th Director's Cut Awards: Best New Actor for Too Beautiful to Lie
- 2004 3rd Korean Film Awards: Best New Actor for Temptation of Wolves
- 2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star Award for Temptation of Wolves
- 2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award for Too Beautiful to Lie
- 2003 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor for 1% of Anything
- "김문수 지사 세종시 특혜에 '발끈'". Korea Economic Magazine (in Korean). 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "Kang Dong-won, a huge corporation vice president's son". Hancinema. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "Who has the looks to background?". Hancinema. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "김연아 최고의신부 김태희 제치고 1위, 최고의 사윗감은 강동원" [Kim Yuna and Kang Dong-won chosen as the #1 wife and husband material]. Newsen (in Korean). 28 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Kang Myoung-seok (9 April 2010). "10LINE: Actor Gang Dong-won". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Yang Sung-hee (7 November 2007). "More than just a pretty face". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- "All That Star: The Handsome and Talented Actor with Superior Genes, Kang Dong-won, who gradually rose to stardom!". Arirang News. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "Kang Dong-won Selected As Top Dream Date". KBS Global. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "Happy Hours and Two Complex Stars". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Min-a (8 January 2007). "Time for boy's killer to repent". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Min Dong-yong (2 June 2005). ""I Have Chi Coming Out of My Fingertips Now"". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "K-FILM REVIEWS: 형사 Duelist (Part 1)". Twitch Film. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "K-FILM REVIEWS: 형사 Duelist (Part 2)". Twitch Film. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Hyo-won (7 October 2007). "M Sets Busan Film Festival on Fire". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Seto Kit Yan (24 March 2010). "Unlikely hero". The Star Online. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Kang Myoung-seok (17 December 2009). "Gang Dong-won says he may write Woochi sequel". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Wee Geun-woo; Yoon Hee-seong (28 December 2009). "INTERVIEW: Gang Dong-won - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Wee Geun-woo; Yoon Hee-seong (28 December 2009). "INTERVIEW: Gang Dong-won - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Wee Geun-woo; Yoon Hee-seong (28 December 2009). "INTERVIEW: Gang Dong-won - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Ji-hye (6 January 2010). "Gang Dong-won says envies Song Kang-ho's animal instincts". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Ji-hye (21 January 2010). "Gang and Song say bonded like brothers in Secret Reunion". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Park Sun-young (21 January 2010). "Bonds of brotherhood, on and off screen". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lynn Kim (20 January 2010). "Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming Love". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lucia Hong (18 October 2010). "Gang Dong-won says "wants the power to teleport"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Sung, So-young; Lee, Jung-hee. "Pretty-boy actor takes his turn as a villain". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
- Lee Eun-ji (18 November 2010). "Gang Dong-won to enter military today". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Grace Danbi Hong (5 December 2012). "Kang Dong Won Excels in Dishwashing after Two Years of Public Service". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee Tae-ho (12 November 2012). "Actors Gang Dong-won, Ko Joo-won Discharged from Military Today". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- Carla Sunwoo (14 November 2012). "Military releases Kang Dong-won". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Grace Danbi Hong (12 November 2012). "Kang Dong Won Returns from Army with a Special Video for Fans". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Lee, Maggie (28 October 2013). "Film Review: The X". Variety. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Lee Hye-ji (14 December 2012). "Ha Jung-woo, Gang Dong-won Cast in Period Action Pic". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Stewart Ho (14 December 2012). "Ha Jung Woo, Kang Dong Won Cast in 19th Century Joseon Period Movie, Islands". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "Kang, Song Hye-kyo to star in new film". The Korea Times. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Song, Soon-jin (5 December 2013). "GANG Dong-won and SONG Hye-kyo to Collaborate on Human Drama". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-01-08.