Shin Ha-kyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Shin.
Shin Ha-kyun
Shin Ha-Kyun.jpg
Born (1974-05-30) May 30, 1974 (age 40)
South Korea
Alma mater Seoul Institute of the Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998-present
Agent Hodoo Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Sin Ha-gyun
McCune–Reischauer Sin Ha-gyun

Shin Ha-kyun (born May 30, 1974) is a South Korean actor. His notable films include Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Save the Green Planet! (2003), and Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005).

Career[edit]

Shin Ha-kyun first trained as a stage actor at the Seoul Institute of the Arts before going on to act in a large number of plays by Jang Jin. When in 1998 Jang Jin directed his first movie The Happenings, Shin was cast and he has since appeared in almost all of Jang's feature films.[1] Impressed by his acting abilities, director Kim Ji-woon also cast him in minor roles in The Foul King and his 30-minute internet film Coming Out.[2]

Shin first became a superstar with his role as a young North Korean soldier in Park Chan-wook's smash hit Joint Security Area in late 2000. At that time he developed a large fan following which, together that of co-star Won Bin, helped make his next film Guns & Talks a strong commercial hit.[2]

In the next couple years Shin would take on two strong roles that would come to define his career. In Park Chan-wook's acclaimed Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, he played a deaf man with bright green dyed hair who is driven by desperation to kidnap a young girl. Then in Jang Joon-hwan's Save the Green Planet! in 2003, he played a mentally unbalanced man who believes that aliens are plotting to invade the earth. Together, these two intense and harrowing performances by Shin were an impressive display of his acting talent.[2]

Also noteworthy are Shin's performances in two very different films set during the Korean War -- Welcome to Dongmakgol, a dramedy that takes place in a small mountainous village,[2][3][4][5] and The Front Line, a harrowing tale of soldiers fighting over a small, bomb-blasted hill that regularly changes hands.[6][7] The versatile actor has played the following roles: a developmentally disabled man in My Brother, a rural postman in A Letter From Mars, a suspect under interrogation in Murder, Take One,[8][9][10] an eccentric hitman in No Mercy for the Rude, a struggling artist who makes an unwise bet in The Devil's Game, a sickly cuckolded husband in Thirst, a macho cop in Foxy Festival, and a music teacher having an affair in Cafe Noir.

Primarily a film actor, Shin had previously done only one TV series, 2003's Good Person on MBC. But in 2010 he returned to television in the quirky mystery Harvest Villa which aired on cable channel tvN. Then in the 2011 medical drama Brain, his portrayal of a cold, ambitious neurosurgeon brought him to new heights of mainstream popularity,[11][12][13][14][15] and he later won the Grand Prize ("Daesang") at the KBS Drama Awards.[16]

In 2013, Shin headlined the romantic comedy series All About My Romance about two legislators from rival political parties who fall in love, followed by the high-profile action film Running Man about an ordinary man forced to become a fugitive after he gets framed for murder.[17][18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Shin dated Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance co-star Bae Doona from 2002 to 2004.[20] His niece Park Eun-young is a member of the K-pop girl group Brave Girls.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Year English title Korean title Role Director Other notes
1998 The Happenings 기막힌 사내들 Kim Choo-rak (김추락) Jang Jin (장진)
1999 The Spy 간첩 리철진 Oh Woo-yeol (오우열) Jang Jin (장진)
2000 Coming Out 커밍 아웃 Jae-min (재민) Kim Ji-woon (김지운) short film
The Foul King 반칙왕 Kim Ji-woon (김지운) cameo
Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA Jung Woo-jin (정우진) Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
2001 Guns & Talks 킬러들의 수다 Jung-woo (정우) Jang Jin (장진)
2002 Surprise (aka Surprise Party) 서프라이즈 In-hoo (인후) Kim Jin-seong (김진성)
No Comment 묻지마 패밀리 Park Sang-won (박상원)
Park Kwang-hyun (박광현)
Lee Hyeon-jong (이현종)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 복수는 나의 것 Ryu (류) Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
2003 Save the Green Planet! 지구를 지켜라! Lee Byung-gu (이병구) Jang Joon-hwan (장준환)
A Man Who Went to Mars (aka A Letter From Mars) 화성으로 간 사나이 Lee Seung-jae (이승재) Kim Jeong-kwon (김정권)
Good Person 좋은 사람 Park Joon-pil (박준필) Yu Jeong-Jun (유정준) TV series
2004 My Brother 우리형 Kim Sung-hyun (김성현) Ahn Kwon-tae (안권태)
Hair Kang Woon-do (강운도) Jang Joon-hwan (장준환) short film
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 hired assassin #2 Park Chan-wook (박찬욱) cameo
Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Pyo Hyun-chul (표현철) Park Kwang-hyun (박광현)
Murder, Take One (aka The Big Scene) 박수칠 때 떠나라 Kim Young-hoon (김영훈) Jang Jin (장진)
2006 No Mercy for the Rude 예의없는 것들 Killa (킬라) Park Cheol-hee (박철희)
2007 My Son 아들 Uncle Goose (삼촌 기러기 목소리) Jang Jin (장진) voice cameo
2008 The Game (aka The Devil's Game) 더 게임 Min Hee-do (민희도) Yoon In-ho (윤인호)
2009 Thirst 박쥐 Kang-woo (강우) Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
2010 Harvest Villa 위기일발 풍년빌라 Oh Bok-kyu (오복규) Jo Hyun-tak (조현탁) TV series
Quiz King (aka The Quiz Show Scandal) 퀴즈왕 Ph.D (공학박사) Jang Jin (장진) cameo
Festival (aka Foxy Festival) 페스티발 Kwak Jang-bae (곽장배) Lee Hae-young (이해영)
Cafe Noir 카페 느와르 Young-soo (영수) Jung Sung-il (정성일)
2011 The Front Line 고지전 Kang Eun-pyo (강은표) Jang Hoon (장훈)
Brain 브레인 Lee Kang-hoon (이강훈) Yoo Hyun-ki (유현기) TV series
2012 The Thieves 도둑들 Lee Ha-cheol (이하철) Choi Dong-hoon (최동훈) cameo
First Position 퍼스트 포지션 Bess Kargman Korean narration
2013 All About My Romance 내 연애의 모든 것 Kim Soo-young (김수영) Son Jung-hyun (손정현) TV series
Running Man 런닝맨 Cha Jong-woo (차종우) Jo Dong-oh (조동오)
2014 Big Match 빅매치 Ace (에이스) Choi Ho (최호)

Theater[edit]

Year English title Korean title Role
1993 폭탄 투하 중
1997 Taxi Driver 택시 드리벌 어깨1
1998 Magic Time 매직타임 Ha-kyun (하균)
1999 Heotang 허탕 Yoo Dal-soo (유달수)
2000 Leave When They're Applauding 박수칠 때 떠나라 벨보이
2002 Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Pyo Hyun-chul (표현철)

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Artist English title Korean title
2000 Position (포지션) I Love You
2004 Lee Soo-young Hwi-li-li 휠릴리
Andante 안단테
2010 Zia Just Laugh 웃음만

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Joint Security Area
8th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Joint Security Area
3rd Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Joint Security Area
2001 16th Golden Disk Awards Popular Music Video Award Position – I Love You
2003 4th Pusan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Save the Green Planet!
2007 41st Taxpayer's Day Exemplary Taxpayer Citation
2011 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Choi Jung-won Brain
Netizen Award
Grand Prize (Daesang)
2012 24th Korean PD (Production Director) Awards Best Actor Brain

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, Jeong-ho (2 April 2001). "Film Director Is This Actor's Biggest Fan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d Paquet, Darcy. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Shin Ha-kyun". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  3. ^ "More Comments from the 웰컴 투 동막골 (Welcome To Dongmakgol) Cast". Twitch Film. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 웰컴 투 동막골 (Welcome To Dongmakgol)". Twitch Film. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Welcome to Dongmakgol". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  6. ^ Elley, Derek (27 July 2011). "The Front Line". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "The Front Line". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Shin Ha-Gyun". Twitch Film. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ "박수칠 때 떠나라 (The Big Scene) Press Screening Report". Twitch Film. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 박수칠 때 떠나라 (Murder, Take One)". Twitch Film. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Noh, Hyun-gi (9 November 2011). "Medical dramas making comeback to small screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (8 November 2011). "Shin Ha-kyun: I feel that viewers will get something new out of Brain". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ "Shin Ha Kyun: 'Lee Kang Hoon's Desire is Story of Us'". KBS Global. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (26 January 2012). "Interview: Shin Ha Kyun Hits a Grand Slam". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  15. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (26 January 2012). "Shin Ha Kyun Says, "I like Kyun-morning the most."". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  16. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  17. ^ "RUNNING MAN grabs Hollywood's attention". Korean Film Council. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  18. ^ Kim, Hyun-min (14 March 2013). "SHIN Ha-kyun of RUNNING MAN Continues to Develop". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  19. ^ Lim, Ju-ri (16 April 2013). "Shin Ha-kyun leaps into first action role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  20. ^ Han, Ah-yeong (13 May 2012). "Bae Doona praises her ex-boyfriend Shin Hagyun". StarN News. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  21. ^ "브레이브걸스 은영 “삼촌 신하균, 내 덕에 검색어 올랐다며 좋아해”(인터뷰)". Newsen (in Korean). 15 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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