Song Seung-heon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Seung-heon
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Born (1976-10-05) 5 October 1976 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Hankyong National University
(B.A. Business)
Kyonggi University
(B.A. Multimedia Arts)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Agent Better ENT
Religion Christianity
Korean name
Hangul 송승헌
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Seung-heon
McCune–Reischauer Song Sŭnghŏn

Song Seung-heon (Hangul: 송승헌; born October 5, 1976) is a South Korean actor. Song is noted for his roles in Korean dramas such as Autumn in My Heart, Summer Scent, and East of Eden.

Career[edit]

After beginning his career in 1995 as a model for the jeans brand STORM, Song Seung-heon first became known to viewers in the popular sitcom Three Guys, Three Girls in 1996. The following year he started his extremely successful career in TV dramas, which made him well known throughout Korea. His feature film debut came in 1999 in the film Calla together with star Kim Hee-sun.[1]

True stardom only came to Song in late 2000, however, with the broadcast of the hugely popular TV drama Autumn in My Heart. The series was exported all over Asia, making pan-Asian and Korean wave stars of both him and co-stars Song Hye-kyo and Won Bin. Since then he has been actively recruited for film roles and advertisements in Japan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries.[1]

In 2002, Song starred in the comic-action film Make It Big by director Jo Ui-seok, and also in the Hong Kong film So Close with Hong Kong actresses Karen Mok, Shu Qi and Zhao Wei. He also starred in Summer Scent with Son Ye-jin, the third "season-themed" Yoon Seok-ho TV drama after Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata, which was not as popular as the ones that preceded it.[1]

In 2004 Song appeared in two films, but neither was judged to be a success: Ice Rain, shot in the Canadian Rockies, failed to enthuse viewers with its mixture of mountaineering and melodrama, while He Was Cool, based on an internet novel by Guiyeoni, proved unable to compete with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and other films from the 2004 summer season.[1]

Meanwhile in late 2004, just as he was getting ready to start shooting another high profile TV drama Sad Love Story, it was revealed that the actor had illegally avoided his compulsory military service by submitting tainted urine samples that suggested he was suffering from certain illnesses and was thus unfit for the army.[2][3] Amidst the press coverage and scandal this aroused, Song agreed to immediately serve his two-year term in the military.[4][5][6][7] Song was discharged on November 15, 2006 with the rank of Corporal, to much fanfare and media attention.[8][9][10][11] For a time he kept a low profile, trying to gauge public opinion on his return to the entertainment world.[12]

For his comeback, Song took on a tough image, playing aggressive and masculine roles in the 2008 drama East of Eden,[13] the 2008 film Fate,[14] and the 2010 remake A Better Tomorrow.[15][16]

His popularity in Japan continued, and in 2010 he starred in Ghost remake Ghost: In Your Arms Again with Matsushima Nanako.[17][18][19]

In 2011 Song returned to television in My Princess opposite Kim Tae-hee, his first romantic comedy. He considers the series a turning point in his career, saying, "Previously, I took on characters living a life full of ups and downs. For me, Hae-young was the first character that was so rich, bright and cheerful. I felt much lighter while acting the character."[20][21][22][23]

His 30-minute short film Lucid Dreaming, helmed by director Chang of 2008 feature Death Bell, was shot particularly for his fans in China and Japan and released on DVD in early 2012.[24][25][26]

Based on the original comic by Motoka Murakami and previously dramatized in Japan, in 2012's Dr. Jin Song played the titular smart and cold-hearted surgeon who takes a journey back through time to the late 19th century Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).[27][23][28][29][30] He then played a cold-hearted loan shark and gangster who morphs into a successful businessman for his love in 2013 melodrama When a Man Falls in Love.[31][32][33][34][35]

Song took lessons in martial arts and horseback riding for The Messenger, an upcoming film in which he was cast as a Goryeo-era man who must relay a message that will shape the course of history.[36][37][38] In 2014, Song starred in Kim Dae-woo's erotic period film Obsessed. Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, he played a high-ranking officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who falls into an obsessive love affair with his subordinate's wife.[39][40][41][42][43]

Other activities[edit]

In 2009 he founded his own management agency, Storm S Company. It was later renamed Better ENT. It currently manages actors Kim Min-jung, Chae Jung-an and Goo Jae-yi.

Song also owns the Sinsa-dong branch of Italian restaurant chain Blacksmith, launched by Caffe Bene.[44]

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1996 Three Guys and Three Girls Seong-heon MBC
1997 Beautiful Lady SBS
You and I Park Min-kyu MBC
1998 Victory SBS
1999 Happy Together Seo Ji-suk SBS
Love Story: "Message" SBS
2000 Popcorn Lee Young-hoon SBS
Autumn in My Heart Yoon Joon-seo KBS2
2001 Law Firm Jung Young-woong SBS
2003 Summer Scent Yoo Min-woo KBS2
2008 East of Eden Lee Dong-chul MBC
2011 My Princess Park Hae-young MBC
2012 Dr. Jin Jin Hyuk MBC
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Han Tae-sang MBC

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Calla Seon-woo
2002 Make It Big Seong-hwan
So Close Yen
2003 Ice Rain Han Woo-sung
2004 He Was Cool Ji Eun-sung
2008 Fate Kim Woo-min
2010 A Better Tomorrow Lee Young-choon
Ghost: In Your Arms Again Kim Jun-ho
2012 Lucid Dreaming (short film)
2014 Obsessed Kim Jin-pyeong

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Artist Co-stars
2001 Once Upon a Day Kim Bum-soo Song Hye-kyo,
Ji Jin-hee
2005 Sad Love Story Yoon Gun Kim Hee-sun,
Kwon Sang-woo
2008 I Miss You SG Wannabe Park Yong-ha,
Lee Yeon-hee,
Ha Seok-jin

Discography[edit]

Album information Tracklisting
Song Seung-heon Vol. 1
  • Album
  • Released: December 7, 2004
  • Label: Synnara Music
십년이 지나도 (Even After Ten Years)
그대를... (For You...)
마지막 사랑 (Last Love)[45][46][47]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work
1997 KMTV Best New Actor
1998 34th Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award, TV category You and I
1999 SBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Happy Together
Top 10 Stars
2000 KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Autumn in My Heart
Photogenic Award
2001 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Law Firm
2008 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) East of Eden
Popularity Award
Best Couple Award with Lee Yeon-hee
2009 4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards Male Star Award
17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang), TV Drama category East of Eden
2010 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Content Industry Awards
Distinguished Hallyu Entertainer Award of Merit[48]
(co-winner with Girls' Generation)
44th Taxpayer's Day Exemplary Taxpayer Citation
2012 9th China Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards Asia's Most Charming Artist[49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Paquet, Darcy. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Song Seung-hun". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  2. ^ Han, Jae-hyun (2004-09-19). "More Actors Come Forward on Draft Dodging". The Chosun Ilbo. 
  3. ^ Lee, Brian (2004-09-20). "TV stars confess to dodging draft". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  4. ^ Jang, Il-hyun (2004-10-20). "Celebrity Draft Dodgers Face Conscription in November". The Chosun Ilbo. 
  5. ^ "It's 'To the Barracks' for Draft-Dodging Entertainer". The Chosun Ilbo. 2004-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Actor Song Seung-Heon to Join Army as Scheduled". KBS Global. 2004-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Song Seung-heon Appointed as Artilleryman, Jang Hyuk as Rifleman". KBS Global. 2004-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Heartthrob's Fan-Meet Spells Airline Emergency". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Fuji TV Producing Special on Korean Wave Star". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Asian Press Gears up for Star's Release from Army". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-11-14. 
  11. ^ "Yellow Ribbons Time for Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-11-16. 
  12. ^ Lee, Brian (2007-06-04). "Korean draft dodgers sing the G.I. blues". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  13. ^ "No Longer Just a Pretty Face: Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. 2008-09-05. 
  14. ^ "A Whole New Destiny for Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. 2008-03-24. 
  15. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (2010-09-09). "Song Seung-heon Invincible will be "lucky to break even"". 10Asia. 
  16. ^ Kang, Geyong-rok (2010-09-02). "Song Seung-heon says wants to dine with Girls' Generation and Kara". 10Asia. 
  17. ^ "Song Seung-hun to Star in Remake of Ghost". The Chosun Ilbo. 2010-05-15. 
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (2010-11-24). "Song Seung-hun says goal is not to outdo original Ghost". 10Asia. 
  19. ^ "Song Seung-hun Draws Japanese Moviegoers with Ghost Remake". The Chosun Ilbo. 2010-11-19. 
  20. ^ Hong, Lucia (2011-01-04). "Song Seung-heon says My Princess character is most cheerful since 90s sitcom". 10Asia. 
  21. ^ Hong, Lucia (2010-11-30). "Song Seung-heon, Kim Tae-hee speak of shooting new drama". 10Asia. 
  22. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (2010-12-16). "Actor Song Seung-heon Movie Picks". 10Asia. 
  23. ^ a b Kwon, Mee-yoo (2012-05-15). "Pioneering 'hallyu' actor Song returns". The Korea Times. 
  24. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (2011-10-05). "Song Seung-heon to shoot short film for Asia fans". 10Asia.
  25. ^ Hong, Lucia (2012-05-03). "Song Seung-heon to introduce short film at fan meeting in Japan". 10Asia. 
  26. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (2012-05-04). "Song Seung-hun to present fans with a short film at the fan meet". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  27. ^ Oh, Jean (2012-05-28). "Song says new role is very Alice in Wonderland". The Korea Herald. 
  28. ^ Lee, In-kyung (2012-05-16). "Interview Part I: Why Song Seung Hun Started Communicating through Social Networks". enewsWorld. 
  29. ^ Lee, In-kyung (2012-05-17). "Interview Part II: Song Seung Hun Isn't Jealous of Married Couples". enewsWorld. 
  30. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (2012-08-11). "Interview: Song Seung Hun is Sad about the Negative Views on Korean Wave". enewsWorld. 
  31. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (2013-03-27). "Song Seung Hun's Fantasy about Marriage is Dying". enewsWorld. 
  32. ^ Oh, Jean (2013-03-28). "Song Seung-heon sheds 'pretty boy' image". The Korea Herald. 
  33. ^ Han, Je-hee (2013-05-16). "Song is a remade man". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  34. ^ "'I put myself down for acting': Song Seung-heon". The Korea Herald. 2013-06-12. 
  35. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (2013-06-16). "Song Seung Hun Says He′s Still Waiting for His One and Only". enewsWorld. 
  36. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (2012-10-13). "Song Seung-hun cast in action film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  37. ^ Ho, Stewart (2012-10-13). "Song Seung Hun Taking Martial Arts Lessons for Movie, Messenger". enewsWorld. 
  38. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (2012-10-12). "Song Seung-heon Confirms Role in New Historical Film". 10Asia. 
  39. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (2013-09-24). "KIM Dae-woo Prep Story of Forbidden Love during Vietnam War". Korean Film Council. 
  40. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (2014-05-01). "Song Seung Hun Talks About His First Bed Scene in His Close to 20-Year Career". enewsWorld. 
  41. ^ Park, Jin-hai (2014-05-11). "Hallyu stars return to big screen". The Korea Times. 
  42. ^ Jo, Yeon-kyung (2014-05-11). "Interview: Song Seung Hun Wanted to Break Free From His Soft Image through Obsessed". enewsWorld. 
  43. ^ "Song Seung-hun Reflects on Edgier Role in Latest Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. 2014-05-23. 
  44. ^ "Stars Show Business Savvy with Successful Food, Coffee Franchises". The Chosun Ilbo. 2012-01-03. 
  45. ^ "Song Seung Heon to Sing for Dr. Jin OST". Soompi. 2012-07-04. 
  46. ^ Ho, Stewart (2012-07-04). "Song Seung Hun Will Release Track for Time Slip Dr. Jin OST". enewsWorld. 
  47. ^ Park, Elli (2012-07-05). "Song Seung-hun sings for Time Slip Dr. Jin OST". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  48. ^ Lee, Sarah (2010-01-14). "Girl's Generation and Song Seung Hun wins award". Korea.com. 
  49. ^ Son, Jin-ah (2012-11-02). "Song Seung Heon visits China". StarN News. 

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