Sol Kyung-gu

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Sol.
Sol Kyung-gu
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Born (1968-05-01) May 1, 1968 (age 46)
Seocheon County, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Education Hanyang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Agent C-JeS Entertainment
Spouse(s) Ahn (1996-2006; divorced)
Song Yun-ah (m. 2009)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Seol Gyeong-gu
McCune–Reischauer Sŏl Kyŏnggu

Sol Kyung-gu (born May 1, 1968) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the popular Public Enemy film series, as well as Peppermint Candy, Oasis and Silmido.


Born in Seocheon County, South Chungcheong Province in 1968, Sol Kyung-gu studied Theater and Film at Hanyang University (Class of '86). Upon graduation in 1994, he appeared in numerous theatrical productions, such as the hit Korean adaptation of the German rock musical Subway Line 1, and productions of Sam Shepard's True West and A. R. Gurney's Love Letters.[1]

In the mid-1990s he began taking on minor roles in feature films, but it was not until 1999 that he made his breakthrough with major roles in The Bird That Stops in the Air, Rainbow Trout, and above all else, Peppermint Candy in which he played a suicidal man devastated by the two-decades of historical change his country undergoes.[2] The critical acclaim and larger-than-expected popular appeal of this film instantly transformed Sol into one of the most respected young actors in Korea.

After the rather heavy-themed work of his early career, Sol then appeared in a mix of genre movies and more serious work. He starring in the romantic comedy I Wish I Had a Wife with Jeon Do-yeon in 2001, and then acted in a Japanese TV drama produced by NHK.

The year 2002 was huge for Sol, starring in three major films which effectively made him into one of the most popular actors in Korea. As a violent and unscrupulous police detective in Public Enemy he won both local acting awards and many new fans as the film drew close to 3 million viewers. In August, he starred in Lee Chang-dong's highly acclaimed third film Oasis, which won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Sol's portrayal of mildly mentally-retarded outcast with sociopathic inclinations won him yet more acting awards in Korea. Finally in November, he acted together with Cha Seung-won in the smash hit Jail Breakers by popular director Kim Sang-jin.[3]

Sol continued his hot streak in 2003 when he starred in Silmido directed by Cinema Service founder Kang Woo-suk, which became the first Korean film in history to gross 10 million admissions. His next role was as the title character in Rikidōzan, about the legendary ethnic Korean pro wrestler who became a national hero in Japan in the 1950s. Sol gained 20 kilograms for the role and also delivered 95% of his lines in Japanese. Despite winning great praise for his performance, however, the film vastly underperformed on its local release.[4][5]

In 2005, Sol starred in the sequel Another Public Enemy, which ended up outgrossing the original. This was followed by a second sequel, Public Enemy Returns in 2008. His other films Haeundae (2009), The Tower (2012) and Cold Eyes (2013) have also been box office hits.[6][7][8][9]

Sol also began teaching acting in 2014 at his alma mater Hanyang University, as an adjunct professor in the College of Performing Arts.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Sol married the younger sister of actor Ahn Nae-sang in 1996; they have one daughter. After being separated for four years, Sol and his wife divorced on July 21, 2006.[12]

He married actress Song Yun-ah on May 28, 2009; their son was born on August 3, 2010. Sol and Song previously worked together in the films Jail Breakers (2002) and Lost in Love (2006).[13][14]



Year Title Role
1996 A Petal
Love Story
1998 Girls' Night Out
1999 Phantom, the Submarine Number 432
Rainbow Trout
2000 Peppermint Candy Kim Yong-ho
The Legend of Gingko Juk
2001 I Wish I Had a Wife Kim Bong-soo
2002 Public Enemy Kang Chul-joong
The Bird That Stops in Air Kim
Oasis Hong Jong-du
Jail Breakers Jae-pil
2003 Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead Documentary narrator
Silmido Kang In-chan
2004 Rikidōzan Rikidōzan/Kim Sin-rak
2005 Another Public Enemy Kang Chul-joong
2006 Lost in Love Woo-jae
Cruel Winter Blues Shim Jae-mun
2007 Voice of a Murderer Han Kyung-bae
Venus and Mars Kim Sang-min
2008 Public Enemy Returns Kang Chul-joong
2009 Haeundae Choi Man-sik
Closer to Heaven Kim Jong-do (cameo)
A Brand New Life Jin-hee's father
2010 No Mercy Kang Min-ho
Troubleshooter Kang Tae-sik
Camellia (segment: "Kamome") Yong-soo
2012 The Tower Kang Young-ki
2013 Cold Eyes Chief detective Hwang
The Spy: Undercover Operation Chul-soo
Hope Im Dong-hoon
2014 My Dictator Kim Sung-geun
Two Constables

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1988 Joy of Love KBS
1991 Magpie Daughter-in-law MBC
1994 Oldest Sister MBC
1997 A Bluebird Has It KBS2
White Christmas SBS
2001 Prince Shōtoku NHK

Variety show - guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Network
2000 Lee So-ra's Propose MBC
2006 Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter KBS2
2007 Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Won-hee's Come to Play MBC
2008 Yoon Do-hyun's Music Show KBS 2FM
2013 Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy SBS

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2004 "I Loved You to Death" SG Wannabe

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in Theater Won
1999 20th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Phantom, the Submarine Nominated
2000 10th Oslo International Film Festival Special Mention Peppermint Candy Won
36th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Won
8th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Won
23rd Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor Won
2nd International Film Festival Bratislava Best Actor Won
37th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Won
Best Actor Nominated
21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
20th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won
2002 38th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Public Enemy Won
Best Actor Nominated
10th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Oasis Won
3rd Pusan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
39th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Public Enemy Won
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
1st Korean Film Awards Best Actor Oasis Won
6th Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Nominated
26th Golden Cinematography Awards Most Popular Actor Won
29th Seoul International Film Festival Best Actor Won
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Voice of a Murderer Nominated
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Rikidōzan Nominated
Best Actor Another Public Enemy Nominated
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Voice of a Murderer Nominated
6th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Cruel Winter Blues Nominated
2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Public Enemy Returns Won
Best Actor Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Nominated
46th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Haeundae Nominated
17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) in Film Won
2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor No Mercy Won
2013 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Hope, Cold Eyes Won
Best Actor Hope Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Yong-sung (20 October 2005). "Film star comes back to drama stage". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ Scott, A.O. (31 March 2001). "Peppermint Candy: A Life Retreats From Tragedy to Happy Beginnings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Sol Kyung-gu". Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ Lee, Seung-jae (1 December 2004). "I Reflected on Myself in Rikidozan". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Sul Kyung-gu Brings a Touch of Muscle to Wrestling Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Sul Kyung-gu: no Ordinary Action Hero". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ Song, Woong-ki (12 August 2010). "Sul says his latest film was the most difficult". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  8. ^ Kim, Hyun-min; Lee, Eun-sun (21 December 2012). "THE TOWER's SOL Kyung-gu & SON Ye-jin: Actors' Experience from the Desperate Survival Drama". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  9. ^ Jang, Sung-ran (28 October 2014). "Playing a most dictatorial dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  10. ^ "Sol Kyung-gu to Teach Acting at Hanyang University". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  11. ^ Park, Si-soo (20 March 2014). "Entertainers take on teaching role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  12. ^ "Actor Sul and Actress Song to Marry on May 28". The Korea Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  13. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (8 May 2009). "Actors Sul, Song to Tie Knot on May 28". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  14. ^ "Sol Kyung-gu, Song Yun-ah to Wed". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

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