Song Joong-ki

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Song Joong-ki
송중기(Song Joong-ki) LG XNOTE P430 광고 사진.jpg
Ace Joong Ki
Born (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 28)
Daejeon, South Korea
Education Sungkyunkwan University – Business Administration
Occupation Actor, MC
Years active 2008–present (hiatus,army)
Agent SidusHQ (2008–2012)
Blossom Entertainment (2013–present)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Jung-gi
McCune–Reischauer Song Chung-gi

Song Joong-ki (born September 19, 1985) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame with period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and variety show Running Man. Song played his first TV leading role in the melodrama The Innocent Man in 2012. He has also starred in feature films, most notably as the titular character in the box office hit A Werewolf Boy.[1]

Early life[edit]

During high school, Song Joong-ki competed at the higher level for short track speed skating. Representing his hometown, the city of Daejeon, Song participated in the National Games three times and won awards at other large meets. During his first year of high school, however, he was injured and had to quit the sport. He then turned his attention to his studies, which improved his grades dramatically and he received the highest grades for all his subjects. Having scored 380 points out of 400 on his national college entrance, he entered the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University.[2] Song would later play a national speed skater in the TV series Triple.[3][4] Because of his timid personality, his parents had sent Song to a variety of classes, including acting classes, to improve his social skills. During his sophomore year in college, Song's sterling academic record as a business administration major took a dip when he finally decided to pursue acting seriously. He made his television debut as a contestant on KBS's Quiz Korea, making it all the way to the finals (but not winning). Song also became a cover model for College Tomorrow.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Song made his acting debut in the 2008 period film A Frozen Flower. The following year, he appeared in the couple-swapping segment "Believe in the Moment" of omnibus Five Senses of Eros and continued to take on small but notable roles in Triple, and Will It Snow For Christmas?. Furthermore, he became a regular host of KBS Friday music program Music Bank from 2009 to 2010 and a cast member on SBS variety show Running Man from 2010 to 2011. He then appeared in the 2010 medical drama OB/GYN Doctors,[5] and animal movie sequel Hearty Paws 2.[6] Eventually, it was the role of an 18th-century Joseon-era rich, indolent playboy in the 2010 fusion period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, that made Song shoot to stardom along with the rest of the young cast.[7][8][9]

Song published the book Beautiful Skin Project, a bestselling health and beauty guide for men (which was re-released in Japan in 2013[10]).[11] In late 2010, he went on a bicycling tour around Sydney, Australia, which aired two episodes on TV via ELLE, an offshoot of the eponymous fashion magazine. Moreover, a TV special of the actor's trip to Japan entitled I'm Real: Song Joong-ki aired two parts in early 2011.[12] And despite the low ratings of jTBC audition program Made in U, Song was commended for his smooth hosting skills as MC.[13]

As a jobless deadbeat in the 2011 romantic comedy Penny Pinchers (also known as Love and Cash),[14][15][16] a film review described Song as going seamlessly from slapstick comedy to a "charismatic", "swoon-worthy leading man with a viable presence."[17] Despite advice to the contrary, Song took on the role of the young king Sejong in Deep Rooted Tree although his stint was only four episodes long. He read many unofficial historical accounts and laid the character foundation for lead actor Han Suk-kyu, saying he felt that "a challenging role was more worthwhile than being in a lead role of a miniseries."[18][19] Critics praised Song's performance, calling it a portrayal of a genius who "realizes the futility of power early in life" and hides in his books to cope with growing up under the rule of his tyrannical father Taejong.[16][20][21]

For the MBC program Tears of the Earth, which focuses on pressing environmental issues on the planet, Song narrated the six-part documentary Tears of the Antarctic, then donated his entire salary to charity.[22][23] He reprised his role as narrator when the series was re-edited and released in theaters as Pengi and Sommi.[24][25][26][27] He later went on a six-country tour entitled Song Joong-ki Asia Fan Meeting Tour - THRILL & LOVE, holding fan meetings in Thailand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Seoul, South Korea.[28][29][30][31]

Song in 2012 at the press conference for The Innocent Man

2012 was a "phenomenal year" for Song.[1] He played the titular character in fantasy romance thriller A Werewolf Boy, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[32] In preparation for his role, Song watched nature documentaries and observed stray dogs on the streets to learn how to mime and imitate the body movements of an animal.[33][34] He also repeatedly watched Tim Burton's 1990 romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands, Matt Reeves' 2010 vampire flick Let Me In, and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.[21][35][36] Song said, "It was a project I took on with the thought that I'm saying good-bye to the young me. I'm not young anymore and it's time for me to become a man."[37] The film became the most successful Korean melodrama of all time, with more than 7 million tickets sold.[1][38]

The Innocent Man (also known as Nice Guy) opposite Moon Chae-won was the first time he played the leading role in a TV series.[39] His assured and nuanced portrayal of an antihero received rave reviews.[40][41][42][43][44][45] The Innocent Man attracted high ratings and critical acclaim, which along with the impressive box office run of A Werewolf Boy, cemented Song's image in the press as the "savior" of the melodrama genre both on the big and small screen.[1][46] But Song said he'd rather be a good actor than a popular one, and plans to calmly continue gaining experience like he had before.[47]

Personal life[edit]

For his mandatory military service, Song enlisted at the 102nd draft camp in Chuncheon on August 27, 2013.[48][49][50] Prior to his enlistment, he held a fan meeting on August 17.[51]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role
2008 A Frozen Flower 쌍화점 No-tak
2009 Five Senses of Eros 오감도 Yoo Jae-hyuk
The Case of Itaewon Homicide 이태원 살인사건 Jo Jong-pil
2010 Hearty Paws 2 마음이2 Dong-wook
2011 Penny Pinchers 티끌모아 로맨스 Ji-woong
Rio Blu (Korean dubbing)
2012 Pengi and Sommi 황제펭귄 펭이와 솜이 Narrator
The Grand Heist 바람과 함께 사라지다 older Jung-goon (cameo)
A Werewolf Boy 늑대소년 Chul-soo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role Network
2007 Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung 칼잡이 오수정 reporter 2 (bit part) SBS
2008 Love Racing 러브 레이싱 younger male YTN
My Precious You 내사랑 금지옥엽 Jang Jin-ho KBS2
2009 Triple 트리플 Ji Poong-ho MBC
My Fair Lady 아가씨를 부탁해 head butler
(cameo, episode 1)
KBS2
Will It Snow For Christmas? 크리스마스에 눈이 올까요? Han Ji-yong SBS
2010 Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors 산부인과 Ahn Kyung-woo SBS
Sungkyunkwan Scandal 성균관 스캔들 Gu Yong-ha KBS2
2011 Deep Rooted Tree 뿌리깊은 나무 teenage Yi Do SBS
2012 The Innocent Man 세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자 Kang Ma-ru KBS2

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Hangul Network Notes
2008 Pretty Boys: A Wrong Situation 꽃미남 아롱사태 Mnet
2009 Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 출발 드림팀2 KBS2 variety show
2009-10 Music Bank 뮤직뱅크 KBS2 music show, as MC
2010-11 Running Man 런닝맨 SBS variety show
2011 I'm Real: Song Joong-ki I'm Real 송중기 QTV
Everyone Dramatic 에브리원 드라마틱 MBC
Made in U 메이드 인 유 jTBC audition show, as MC
2011-12 Tears of the Antarctic 남극의 눈물 MBC documentary, as narrator

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Hangul Artist Ref.
2009 "Poisonous Tongue" 독설 Tei
2012 "Men Are All Like That" 남자가 다 그렇지 뭐 Kim Jong-kook [52]

Discography[edit]

Year Song title Hangul Notes
2012 "Really" 정말 track from The Innocent Man OST[53][54][55][56]

Book[edit]

Year Title Hangul Author Publisher
2010 Beautiful Skin Project 피부미남 프로젝트 Song Joong-ki, Hwang Min-young Antenna Books

Endorsements[edit]

Year Product Notes
2010 Pizza Aettang
EZIO
Polaroid with Kim Byul
TBJ
Instax with Kim Byul
Tony Moly Until 2012, with T-ara
2011 Pizza Etang with Im Soo-hyang
Le Coq Sportif with IU
LG Cinema 3D
LG Xnote P430 with Shin Min-a
2012 Sprite Until 2013
Seoul Milk
The North Face Until 2013, with Gong Hyo-jin
Hyundai i30
Instax with Yoo Ah-in
Lotteria
2013 Maxim Mocha Gold Coffee with Lee Na-young
Laneige Homme
Samsung Galaxy Pop
Samsonite
Ruhens
Acuvue with Han Hyo-joo
Choco Pie
Amorepacific Median with Kim Seul-gie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Style Icon Awards New Style Icon (TV Actor) N/A Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in a Variety Show Running Man Won [57]
KBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal Nominated [58]
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple Award with Yoo Ah-in Won
2011 Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Fashionista Award N/A Won [59]
Barbie and Ken Awards Ken of the Year N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Producer's Award Deep Rooted Tree Won [60]
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Male Drama Star Nominated [61]
Style Icon Awards Style Icon N/A Won [62]
Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Innocent Man Won [63]
K-Drama Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won [64]
KBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Won [65][66]
Netizens' Award Won
Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won Won
2013
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor A Werewolf Boy Nominated [67]
Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Actor Won [68]
Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Male Movie Star A Werewolf Boy Nominated
Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Actor The Innocent Man Nominated [69]
Outstanding Korean Drama OST
"Really"
(The Innocent Man OST)
Nominated [70]

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