Kim Min-jong

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Min-jong
Born (1971-03-23) March 23, 1971 (age 43)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1988–present
Agent SM Entertainment
Religion Buddhist[1]
Korean name
Hangul 김민종
Hanja 金旼鐘
Revised Romanization Gim Min-jong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Min-chong
Website
http://www.minjong.co.kr/

Kim Min-jong (born March 23, 1971) is a South Korean actor and singer.

Career[edit]

Kim Min-jong began his career on Korean film and television in the 1990s as a matinee idol with a gentle, serious image. He starred in popular TV series that kicked off pre-Hallyu Korean drama trends, notably Feelings, A Faraway Country, Mister Q, Secret and Guardian Angel. He also appeared in the films You Know What, It's a Secret, Resistance of Teenagers, and Park Chan-wook's sophomore effort Trio.

In 1992 he and fellow actor Son Ji-chang launched duo The Blue (더 블루).[2] They were playing leads in hit dramas at the time, and enjoyed explosive popularity among women when they debuted with ballads and dance music. They went their separate ways for a while after their first album, but reunited in 1995 for a second project and produced many chart-toppers.[3]

Kim simultaneously launched a successful career as a solo singer. But in 1996, at the height of his popularity, he announced his retirement from music after one of his hit songs turned out to have been a copy of another Japanese song. He made a comeback two years later with his fourth album.[4]

Though his popularity dimmed in the mid- to late-2000s, Kim remained active in the entertainment industry as an actor, appearing in the film Mr. Butterfly opposite Kim Jung-eun,[5] as well as the romantic comedy/police procedural Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung-geum, risqué cable drama Hyena, period drama The Return of Iljimae, and manhwa adaptation A Man Called God.[6]

In 2009 The Blue returned to the K-pop scene. Kim said Son had been toying with the idea of releasing a "best of" album for a while. When the two appeared together for an event in 2007, the positive response convinced them to get back together, so they re-recorded some of their old hits such as "Feeling Only for You," "With You," and "Endless Love." They released a four-song single album, and during that year went on official The Blue promotional activities.[3] He and Son are also business partners and co-CEO of Blue M Company since 2010.[7]

Kim had a scene-stealing turn as a North Korean agent who defects to South Korea in 2010 spy series Athena: Goddess of War.[8][9][10]

In 2012 his management agency SM Entertainment designated him as a non-executive director of one of its subsidiaries, SM Culture & Contents (SM C&C).[11] That same year, he gained new fans after he starred in A Gentleman's Dignity, which portrayed the humorous love lives of a group of close-knit male friends in their forties.[12][13][14][15][16] After the series ended, Kim and co-star Jang Dong-gun visited refugees in the Republic of the Congo on a mission trip sponsored by UNICEF and UNHCR's World Food Programme. It was televised on SBS documentary program Hope TV.[17][18] Then he and another co-star Kim Soo-ro co-hosted the show My Queen on cable channel Story On, in which they travel the world meeting Korean "queens" who've distinguished themselves in their respective fields.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

  • The Windmill Palm Grove (2005)
  • Romantic Assassins (2003)
  • Mr Butterfly (2003)
  • Family (2002)
  • The Beauty in Dream (2002) (cameo)
  • This is Law (2001)
  • Saturday 2.00 pm (1998)
  • The Last Defense (1997)
  • Trio (1997)
  • Holiday In Seoul (1997)
  • Change (1997)
  • The Gate of Destiny (1996)
  • Returned Hero Hong Gil-dong (animated, 1995)
  • A Hot Roof (1995)
  • Coffee, Copy, and a Bloody Nose (1994)
  • Orange County (1993)
  • A Keeper of the Heart (1992)
  • Resistance of Teenagers (1991)
  • A Pale Rainy Day (1991)
  • Autumn Journey (1991)
  • Back To You Once More (1991)
  • Only Because You are a Woman (1990)
  • Young-shim (1990)
  • You Know What, It's a Secret (1990)
  • Happiness Does Not Come In Grades (1989)
  • My Love, Don Quixote (1989)
  • Don Quixote On Asphalt (1988)

Television[edit]

Discography[edit]

The Blue[edit]

  • The Blue, The First Memories (2009)
  • 2nd: The Blue (1995)
  • 1st: New Release (1992)

Solo albums[edit]

  • 8th: 상처받은 사람들을 위해 (2003)
  • 7th: You're My Life (2001)
  • Kim Min-jong Best Album (2001)
  • 6th: 왜 (2000)
  • 5th: 因緣(인연) (1999)
  • 4th: 愛(애) (1998)
  • 3rd: 귀천도애 (1996)
  • 2nd: 하늘아래서 (1993)
  • 1st: 사랑 이별이야기 (1992)

Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (27 October 2009). "Kim Min-jong Joins Fans for Templestay". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ http://theblue.smtown.com/
  3. ^ a b Lee, Hyo-won (16 March 2009). "Actors Reunite for Music Album". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  4. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (24 June 2010). "Hyo-ri's plagiarism scandal snowballs". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  5. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Mr. Butterfly". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  6. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (26 February 2010). "PREVIEW: MBC TV series The Man Called God". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  7. ^ '더 블루' 손지창·김민종, 홍보기획사 '블루엠 컴퍼니' 창업. My Daily via Naver (in Korean). 27 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  8. ^ Han, Sang-hee (30 November 2010). "Athena to sneak into homes this month". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  9. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (2 September 2010). "Kim Min-jong says Choi Si-won has much potential as actor". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  10. ^ Beck, Una (31 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Producer Chung Tae-won - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  11. ^ 김민종 "배운 게 많은 잊지 못할 드라마". The Daily Focus (in Korean). 19 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  12. ^ Suk, Monica (8 March 2012). "Kim Min-jong to hold fan meeting in Japan this weekend". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  13. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (23 June 2012). "A Gentleman′s Dignity Kim Min Jong Says He Wants More Scenes with Women". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  14. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (28 July 2012). "Gentleman’s Dignity to air in Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  15. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (17 August 2012). "Kim Min Jong and Yoon Ji Ni Reunite as a Honeymoon Couple for High Cut". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  16. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (21 August 2012). "Kim Min-jong proves he still got it". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  17. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (18 November 2012). "Jang Dong Gun and Kim Min Jong Meet Children in Congo and Ask for Help". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  18. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (16 November 2012). "Gentlemen show a sensitive streak". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  19. ^ "Kim Min-jong from 20 years ago". Hancinema. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  20. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (23 July 2012). "A Gentleman’s Dignity Revives Kim Min Jong's Hit Song for OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 

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