Go Soo

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Go Soo
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Go Soo at Beaker launching party, October 25, 2012
Born (1978-10-04) October 4, 1978 (age 35)
Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent BH Entertainment
Spouse(s) Kim Hye-yeon (m. 2012)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Go Su
McCune–Reischauer Ko Su

Go Soo (born October 4, 1978) is a South Korean actor. He has appeared in television series such as Piano, Green Rose and Will It Snow For Christmas?, as well as the films Some, White Night, Haunters, The Front Line, and Love 911.

Biography[edit]

1998-2005: Debut and breakout fame[edit]

Go Soo first appeared in a soft drink TV commercial in which he waits for his girlfriend at curfew, and in 1998, he appeared as an extra in the music video "Last Promise" by the band Position. He made his television debut in 1999 through the MBC sitcoms My Funky Family and Jump. Go drew critical praise for his performance in the drama Piano in 2001, with one review describing him as an "actor with precision." Piano was his first TV series produced by SBS; he signed an exclusivity contract with the broadcast network, and thereafter all of his dramas have been SBS-produced.

Go made his big screen debut as a drug crime officer in 2004's Some, in which he also performed his own stunts. He was later awarded Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards. In 2005, he starred in the revenge drama Green Rose, which was shot on location in China and Korea. He played a simple man who falls in love with a rich woman and gets accused of a crime he did not commit. In the 2005 romantic comedy Marrying a Millionaire, Go played a delivery man who is asked by a TV producer to act like a rich bachelor to attract several women on a televised reality dating show.

2006-2008: Military[edit]

Go began his two-year mandatory military service on March 2, 2006 and he was assigned as a Civil Service Personnel in Gangnam District, Seoul. He was discharged on April 25, 2008, and received recognition for being an outstanding Public Interest Service Personnel.

For his first post-army project, Go surprised fans by choosing a stage play. Invited to join the "Best Play Series" by veteran actor Jo Jae-hyun (Jo was his costar in Piano, and the senior colleague he "most respects"), Go made his theater debut as the lead actor in The Return of President Eom, which ran from May 23 to August 3, 2008.[1]

He also completed his very first photo diary, with the concept "24 Hours with Go Soo." Shot by actor-singer Ryu Shi-won, a photography hobbyist who used Go as a muse, it was published as a commemorative for Go's Japan fanmeeting on November 1, 2008. It was also released as a DVD with approximately 100 shots. Ryu, who had been active in Japan for many years as a singer, extended his support to friend and junior colleague Go when the latter decided to expand his career into the Japanese market.

2009-current: Comeback[edit]

In 2009, he starred in the dark mystery film White Night, based on the Japanese novel Byakuyakō by Keigo Higashino. Go said he was "completely absorbed by the intriguing storyline."[2]

For his television comeback, Go was cast in the melodrama Will It Snow For Christmas?, a tale of rekindled childhood love penned by renowned TV writer Lee Kyung-hee.[3] He described his character as "hurt by love and tries to overcome that pain."[4][5]

His next film Haunters, in which he played the only man immune to a psychic's supernatural powers, was a box office hit in 2010.[6][7]

Go said early in his career he didn't feel confident enough to make movies, but plucked up the courage and became increasingly attracted to the medium in recent years, especially the quick and intense production schedules. In 2011 he played a soldier in the Korean War-set The Front Line,[8] then a grieving firefighter in the 2012 romance drama Love 911.[9]

In 2013 he collaborated with the makers of The Chaser for Empire of Gold, a TV series about the power struggle within a rich family living through Korea's turbulent economy of the 1990s.[10][11]

Later that year, he starred in Way Back Home, playing the devastated husband of a woman wrongfully accused of drug smuggling. Go said the reason he chose the film was because he wanted to work with acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon, and that through his character he "was able to tackle the challenge of internal and external change."[12]

In 2014, Go appeared in Awaiting (in Korean, The Day Min-woo Arrives), a short film directed by Kang Je-gyu about a married couple separated for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea. Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Go began dating Kim Hye-yeon, an art student eleven years his junior, shortly after meeting her in 2008. The couple married on February 17, 2012 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.[14][15][16] Their first child, a son, was born in January 2013.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 My Funky Family Go Soo MBC
Jump MBC
Ad Madness KBS2
2000 Mothers and Sisters Jang Kyong-bin MBC
Say It With Your Eyes Ki-woong's brother MBC
2001 Piano Han Jae-su SBS
2002 New Nonstop guest appearance MBC
Age of Innocence Tae-seok SBS
2003 My Fair Lady Shin Young-ho SBS
2004 When a Man Loves a Woman Ji-hoon SBS
2005 Green Rose Lee Jung-hyun SBS
Marrying a Millionaire Kim Young-hoon SBS
2009 Will It Snow For Christmas? Cha Kang-jin SBS
2013 Empire of Gold Jang Tae-joo SBS

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Some Kang Sung-joo
2009 White Night Kim Yo-han
2010 Haunters Im Kyu-nam
2011 The Front Line Kim Soo-hyuk
2012 Love 911 Kang-il
2013 Way Back Home Kim Jong-bae
2014 Awaiting Min-woo short film from Beautiful 2014
Sanguiwon Kong-jin

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1998 "Last Promise" Position
"Pig Man" Noise
"Letter" Position
2000 "U Got the Funk" Lee Hyun-do
2001 "I'll Be Back" Yoo Seung-jun
2002 "Sadness" Kang Hyung-rok
"A Sad Gift" Kim Jang-hoon
2003 "1:1" Juju Club
"I Still Bite My Lips" Lee Soo-young
"Left Alone"
2004 "Confession" Park Hye-kyung
"Burying My Face in Tears" Jang Na-ra

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 The Return of President Eom

Discography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 I Will Be Happy Poetry readings[19]

Advertisements[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Won
2001 SBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Piano Won
New Star Award Won
2002 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Age of Innocence Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
2003 Korea Best Dresser Awards Model Line - Popularity Award N/A Won
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Some Nominated
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Green Rose Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Won
2010 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award White Night Won
2011 Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award The Front Line Won
Best Actor Nominated
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Empire of Gold Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chung, Ah-young (25 May 2006). "Theater Series Much Closer to Audience". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (21 October 2009). "Son Ye-jin, Ko Soo to Bring Mystery Romance". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  3. ^ Han, Sang-hee (1 December 2009). "New Drama to Bring Warmth This Christmas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  4. ^ Oh, Jean (2 December 2009). "Is SBS' new melodrama classic or stale?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ Kang, Myoung-seok (27 November 2009). "SBS drama Will It Snow On Christmas? is all about love". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  6. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (4 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Ko Soo - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  7. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (4 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Ko Soo - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ Park, Sung-hee (16 June 2011). "The Front Line spotlights the Forgotten War". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Ko Soo Out to Prove He's More Than Just a Pretty Face". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  10. ^ An, So-hyoun (23 April 2013). "Go Soo to Star in Drama Empire of Gold". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  11. ^ Jang, Seo-yoon (1 July 2013). "PREVIEW: SBS Mon/Tue Drama Golden Empire". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  12. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (14 November 2013). "WAY BACK HOME Nears Release Date: Cast and Director Participate in Press Conference". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  13. ^ Tsui, Clarence (25 March 2014). "Beautiful 2014 (Mei Ho 2014/Mei Hao 2014): Filmart Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  14. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (11 January 2012). "Actor Ko soo to wed in February". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Actor Ko Soo to Exchange Vows with Art Student". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  16. ^ "Bells are ringing as actor Ko Soo gets ready to tie the knot tomorrow". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  17. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (27 August 2012). "Ko Soo to take on new role of father". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  18. ^ "Actor Ko Soo is happy to be a dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  19. ^ "Ko Su Poem Reciting - I will be Happy". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 

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