Song Kang-ho

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Kang-ho
Song Kang-Ho in 2013.jpg
Born (1967-01-17) January 17, 1967 (age 47)
Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Gang-ho
McCune–Reischauer Song Kangho

Song Kang-ho (Korean pronunciation: [sʰoːŋ ɡaŋho]; born January 17, 1967) is a leading South Korean actor.

Career[edit]

Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Gimhae High School. After getting a Broadcasting degree from Busan Kyungsang College,[1] he later joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theatre company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation which proved Song's training ground. He made his stage premiere in 1991, in the play Dongseung. Although regularly approached to act in films, he always turned down the opportunity until taking a role as an extra in Hong Sang-soo's The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996).[2]

In the following year, after portraying one of the homeless in Jang Sun-woo's docu-style Bad Movie, he gained cult notoriety for his show-stealing performance in Song Neung-han's No. 3 as a gangster training a group of young recruits, winning his first acting award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Since that time he's been cast in several supporting roles before his high-profile appearance as Han Suk-kyu's secret agent partner in Kang Je-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri.[2]

In early 2000, Song became a star with his first leading role in the box office smash The Foul King, for which he reputedly did most of his own stunts. But it is with his award-winning role as a North Korean sergeant in Joint Security Area/JSA that Song came to the forefront as one of Korea's leading actors. Song also starred in Park Chan-wook's acclaimed followup, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which centers around a father's pursuit of his daughter's kidnappers.[2]

In 2002 Song starred in another major production by Myung Films, YMCA Baseball Team, about Korea's first baseball team which formed in the early 20th century. The following year he played a leading role as an incompetent rural detective in yet another critically acclaimed smash hit, Memories of Murder from young director Bong Joon-ho.[2]

In 2004 Song starred in a film by debut director Im Charn-sang that imagines the life of South Korean president Park Chung-hee's personal barber. The following year he also took the lead in Antarctic Journal, a big-budget project by debut director Yim Pil-sung, about an expedition in Antarctica that performed weakly at the box-office.[2]

In 2006 Song was thrust back in the spotlight, however, with a leading role in Bong Joon-ho's record-breaking creature movie The Host. The film helped to broaden international awareness of Song's talent, and indeed he beat out several of Asia's best known stars to be named Best Actor at the inaugural Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong in March 2007.[2]

More high-profile projects followed: The Show Must Go On about an aging gangster, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, Kim Ji-woon's western set in Manchuria The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Park Chan-wook's vampire film Thirst in which he notably appeared full frontally nude, the North-South spy thriller Secret Reunion,[3][4][5] the gangster love story Hindsight,[6][7][8] the suspense film Howling,[9][10] the English-language dystopian blockbuster Snowpiercer, the period drama The Face Reader, and The Attorney which was inspired by Roh Moo-hyun's early days as a human rights lawyer.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Role Notes
1996 The Day a Pig Fell into the Well 돼지가 우물에 빠진 날
1997 Green Fish 초록 물고기 Pan-su
No. 3 넘버3 Jo-pil Best New Actor at the 35th Grand Bell Awards

Best Supporting Actor at the 18th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor at the 35th Grand Bell Awards

Nominated - Best New Actor at the 18th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Bad Movie 나쁜 영화
1998 The Quiet Family 조용한 가족 Kang Yeong-min (son)

Best Actor at the 18th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

1999 Shiri 쉬리 Lee Jang-gil

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor at the 36th Grand Bell Awards

2000 The Foul King 반칙왕 Dae-ho

Best Actor at the 5th Women Viewers Film Awards

Joint Security Area 공동경비구역JSA Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil Best Actor at the 38th Grand Bell Awards

Best Actor at Deauville Asian Film Festival

Best Actor at the 3rd Director's Cut Awards

Best Actor at the 1st Pusan Film Critics Awards

Most Popular Award for Film at the 37th Baeksang Arts Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor for Film at the 37th Baeksang Arts Awards

2002 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 복수는 나의 것 Park Dong-jin

Nominated - Best Actor at the 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 1st Korean Film Awards

YMCA Baseball Team YMCA 야구단 Lee Ho-chang
2003 Memories of Murder 살인의 추억 Detective Park Doo-man Best Actor at the 6th Director's Cut Awards

Best Actor at the 40th Grand Bell Awards

Netizen's popular Award at the 40th Grand Bell Awards

Best Actor at the 2nd Korean Film Awards

Best Actor at the 11th Chunsa Film Art Awards

Best Actor at the 23rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards

2004 The President's Barber 효자동 이발사 Seong Han-mo

Nominated - Best Actor at the 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards

2005 Antarctic Journal 남극일기 Choi Do-hyung
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 Hired Assassin #1 (cameo)
2006 The Host 괴물 Park Gang-du Best Actor at the 1st Asian Film Awards

Best Actor at the 9th Director's Cut Awards

Best Actor at the 30th Golden Cinematography Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 44th Grand Bell Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 4th Max Movie Awards

2007 The Show Must Go On 우아한 세계 Kang In-goo Best Actor at the 27th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

Best Actor at the 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Best Actor at the 8th Pusan Film Critics Awards

Best Actor at the 11th Fantasia Festival

Secret Sunshine 밀양 Jong-chan Best Actor at the 6th Korean Film Awards

FIPRESCI Best Actor Award at 19th Palm Springs International Film Festival

Best Actor at the 10th Director's Cut Awards

Nominated - Best Actor for Film at the 44th Baeksang Arts Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 45th Grand Bell Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 2nd Asian Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 5th Max Movie Awards

2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 Yun Tae-goo/The Weird

Nominated - Best Actor at the 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 7th Korean Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 3rd Asian Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor for Film at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards

2009 Thirst 박쥐 Sang-hyeon Best Actor at the 12th Director's Cut Awards

Best Actor at the 17th Chunsa Film Art Awards

Best Actor at the 1st KOFRA Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 7th Max Movie Awards

2010 Secret Reunion 의형제 Agent Lee Han-gyu

Nominated - Best Actor at the 47th Grand Bell Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 8th Max Movie Awards

A Little Pond 작은 연못 Police officer (cameo)
2011 Hindsight 푸른소금 Doo-hun
2012 Howling 하울링 Sang-gil
Day Trip 청출어람 Short film
2013 Snowpiercer 설국 열차 Namgoong Minsu

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor at the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival

The Face Reader 관상 Nae-gyeong Best Actor at the 50th Grand Bell Awards

Best Actor at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

Best Actor at the Korea Film Actor's Association Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards

The Attorney 변호인 Song U-seok Best Actor at the 19th Chunsa Film Art Awards

Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards

Best Actor at the 14th Director's Cut Awards

Best Actor at the 23rd Buil Film Awards

Best Actor at the 9th Max Movie Awards

Best Actor at the 5th KOFRA Film Awards

Best Actor at the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Best Actor at the Korea Film Actor's Association Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 8th Asian Film Awards

Nominated - Best Actor for Film at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards

Nominated - Best Actor at the 51st Grand Bell Awards

2015 Sado 사도 King Yeongjo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "송강호". Nate. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paquet, Darcy. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Song Kang-ho". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ Beck, Una (4 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ Beck, Una (4 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  5. ^ Beck, Una (4 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  6. ^ Ju, Sung-chul (7 October 2011). "Actor Song Kang-ho". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  7. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (31 August 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (31 August 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 January 2012). "Song reprises detective role in Howling". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  10. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (13 February 2012). "Interview: Song Kang Ho Says He Won't be Embarrassed of Howling". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  11. ^ Lee, Jung-hyun (30 December 2013). "SONG Kang-ho in THE ATTORNEY "It Is the Film and the Truth that Count, not the Debate and Politics"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  12. ^ Chung, Hyun-chae (27 December 2013). "The actor of his generation: How Song Kang-ho ruled Korean cinema in 2013". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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