Kim Dong-wan

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Dong-wan
Kim Dong-Wan from acrofan.jpg
Background information
Native name 김동완 (金烔完)
Born (1979-11-21) 21 November 1979 (age 35)
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, J-pop, Dance
Occupation(s) singer, actor
Years active 1998–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Good Entertainment
H2 Entertainment
Liveworks Company
Universal D
Shinhwa Company
CI Entertainment
Associated acts Shinhwa
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Dong-wan
McCune–Reischauer Kim Tong-wan

Kim Dong-wan (born on 21 November 1979) is a South Korean entertainer, known as a member of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. He has been acting since 2002, with roles in television dramas such as A Farewell to Sorrow and Children of Heaven. He has said that given the opportunity he would prefer a career in acting rather than as a singer,[1] However, since the release of his debut album, he has stated that now he prefers singing more. From Shinhwa, Kim is the fourth member to go solo, following Lee Min-woo, Shin Hye-sung, and Jun Jin.


1998: Debut with Shinhwa[edit]

See also: Shinhwa

Kim made his debut in 1998 as a vocalist in the boy band Shinhwa. Although he is not lead vocalist, he began singing bigger parts on Shinhwa's 7th album, Brand New. One song from the album, "Liar", actually only has Kim as the vocalist, along with Eric Mun as the rapper. He also wrote, composed, and arranged a song on the album, titled "Set Free". Though he had branched out as a solo artist, he is part of Shinhwa and just released Shinhwa's 9th album.[2]

Kim was one of several Korean celebrities praised by the Japanese media for giving generous donations for flood victims in 2006.[3]

On April 16, 2007, Kim appeared as a guest on MC Mong's "Pleasure and Pain" radio show. When asked about an incident early in his career where he injured his nose, he confessed that he in fact had plastic surgery to change its shape.[4]

2007: Solo debut[edit]

Kim released his debut solo album, Kimdongwan Is, on July 5, 2007, which featured collaborations with his fellow Shinhwa members, including Lee Andy rapping in the song "Loving Summer", Shin Hye Sung singing a duet with Kim in "The One Left Alone", and Eric rapping in "My Love".[5] The other members have contribute to the album as well, with Lee Min Woo writing, composing and arranging the song "My Love," and with Jun Jin helping him with choreography.[6] Kim expressed gratitude for their contributions, saying, "I’ve been working together with the group Shinhwa, thus there was a lot of pressure working on the solo album, but since the other members showed up and helped me with most of it, it has been a great big help for me". Kim's first single was the ballad, "Handkerchief", a song about a guy who consoles his girlfriend and wipes away her tears. Despite Shinhwa's genre in music like American R&B and bubblegum pop, Kim said he wanted his album to be more J-pop influenced, having redone a song by Glay and Exile in the album.

For the debut album, Kim also lost a lot of weight, saying that "it's not good for a ballad singer to have a muscular image. Someone singing ballads should have a lean, 'hungry-looking' image." His album sold over 25,000 copies in two days, with 41,490 copies sold by the end of 2007, allowing it to rank 19th for the year.[7] In 2008, he released his 2nd solo album, The Secret; Between Us. The album featured collaborations with Tiffany of SNSD, Jade Valerie, Shinhwa bandmate, Eric and Heritage.

2008-2011: Military service and musical[edit]

Kim enlisted for mandatory military service in November 2008, at an army training camp in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do[8] He was discharged on 17 December 2010, after serving 24 months as an administrative worker at the Seodaemun-gu District Office.[9]

Upon being discharged Kim joined Shinhwa bandmate Shin Hye-sung at Liveworks Company and has since played the lead role of Hedwig in theatrical musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Sang Sang Art Hall in Seoul. In August 2011, Kim played the role of Korean independence activist, Lee Youk-sa in MBC two-part special drama, The Peak, also known as Life of Lee Youk-Sa, the Poet who Embraced Epoch. It was broadcast on Korea's Liberation Day, 15 August 2011. Lee Youk-sa was a poet, during Japanese Colonial Period, who died in prison at the age of 40, leaving a collection of some 40 works of poetry. The drama won the grand prize in the TV Special – Dramatic category at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 2012.[10]

2012: Shinhwa comeback and acting[edit]

In March 2012, Kim reunited with his Shinhwa band mates for their comeback after four years, under the management of 'Shinhwa Company'. It is a joint venture agency for members to perform as a group, of which Eric and Lee Min-woo are co-CEOs and the remaining members are shareholders. The Company manages the group as a whole, whilst members' individual activities are managed by their respective agencies.[11] The group released their tenth studio album The Return on 23 March 2012,[12][13] launched their comeback concerts 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return throughout Asia[14][15] and their first exclusive variety program Shinhwa Broadcast premiered on 17 March 2012 on cable channel JTBC.[16]

In July Kim co-starred with Kim Myung-min and Lee Ha-nui in thriller Deranged as Jae-pil, a detective agonized with guilt for squandering his brother's money, in the stock market.[17][18] In August, Kim was cast as the title role of Kim Tae-pyung in KBS's daily drama, Cheer Up, Mr. Kim!, about a male domestic cleaner and housekeeper, the guardian of three, later four,children none of which are his own. The series premiered in November and marked Kim's first television drama since Good Bye, Sadness in 2005.[19] At the 2012 KBS Drama Awards, Kim received the Best Actor in Daily Drama award for his portrayal of Mr Kim.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak
chart positions
Kimdongwan Is
  • Released: July 5, 2007 (SDL-0009)[21]
  • Repackage Released: October 4, 2007 (SDL-0051)[22]
  • Label: H2 Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
  • Sales: 41,490[23]
The Secret Between Us
  • Released: May 13, 2008 (SDL-0111)[25]
  • Repackage Released: July 22, 2008 (SDL-0140)[26]
  • Label: H2 Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
  • Sales: 16,537+[27]

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak
chart positions
Japan Premium Best
  • Released: December 15, 2010
  • Label: Tsubasa Records
  • Language: Korean, Japanese


Title Details Peak
chart positions
  • Released: November 7, 2008 (SDL-0187)[29]
  • Label: H2 Entertainment
  • Format: CD
  • Language: Korean
- -
"My Summer Girl"
  • Released: August 24, 2011 (POCE-92007, POCE-32007)[30][31]
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD
  • Language: Japanese
- 109[32]
  • Released: November 21, 2014[33]
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital
  • Language: Korean
  • Released: December 23, 2014[34]
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital
  • Language: Korean

Video albums[edit]

Title Details Tracklisting
약속: 첫번째 라이브 콘서트
Promise: The First Live Concert
  • Released: June 18, 2009[35]
  • Released Under:
  • Language: Korean
  • Formats: DVD


Television dramas[edit]

  • 2001 – Nonstop
  • 2002 – Children of Heaven KBS[36]
  • 2005 – "Magic Power Alcohol" – MBC Best Theater (Episode #610)
  • 2005 – Beating Heart
  • 2005 – A Farewell to Sorrow, aka A Farewell to Tears or Goodbye Sadness KBS
  • 2007 – The One I Love, aka The Person That I Love or I Will Not Love
  • 2011 – The Peak (aka Life of Lee Yuksa, the Poet who Embraced Epoch)
  • 2012 – Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! (KBS)


Music video[edit]

  • 2005 Shinhwa MV – “Brand New”
  • 2005 Shinhwa MV – “Crazy”
  • 2006 Shinhwa MV – “Once in a Lifetime”
  • 2006 Shinhwa MV – “Throw my fist”
  • 2006 Shinhwa MV – “This Is The Sun In Our Hearts”
  • 2006 SG Wannabe MV – “Partner for life” and “Slow”
  • 2006 Self – “Handkerchief”
  • 2008 Shinhwa MV – “RUN”
  • 2008 Self – “The Secret”
  • 2008 Self – "Can't Forget"
  • 2012 Shinhwa MV - "Venus"
  • 2013 Shinhwa MV - "This Love"
  • 2015 Shinhwa MV - "Sniper"

Variety shows[edit]

  • 2003 Yoon Do-Hyun's Love Letter “Lately” – KBS
  • 2004 Yoon Do-Hyun's Love Letter “Cigarette Shop Girl” – KBS
  • 2005 Public Relations – Officer of JeonJu International Film Festival
  • 2005 Love Letter (ep 1 to 14) – SBS
  • 2005 X-ManSBS
  • 2006 Heroine 6
  • 2006 New X-ManSBS
  • 2008 Family Outing (Guest ep 1 & 2) – SBS
  • July 2006 Infinity Challenge – Quiz Challenge with Shinhwa (Season 4 ep11 and 12) – MBC
  • 17 March 2012 – present: Shinhwa BroadcastjTBC


  • 2000–2002: DJ for Ten Ten Club
  • 2003–2005: Host for SBS Inkigayo
  • 2006: Host for SBS I Love My Teacher Day Concert

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result Ref
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Spin Kick Nominated
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor A Farewell to Sorrow Won
Best Couple Nominated
2007 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Award "Handkerchief" Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Ballad Performance Nominated [39]
2012 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! Won [20]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) Deranged Won [40][41]
6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! Won


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