March 11, 1978
School of Performing Arts and Media - Theater
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
|Revised Romanization||Ha Jeong-u|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Seong-hun|
Ha Jung-woo (born Kim Sung-hoon on March 11, 1978) is a South Korean actor and film director. Ha studied theater at Chung-Ang University, and after several years of minor and supporting parts, he was cast in his first starring role in the low-budget indie The Unforgiven (2005), directed by his friend Yoon Jong-bin. This was followed by Kim Ki-duk's Time (2006), and Never Forever (2007) with Vera Farmiga. But his breakthrough role to stardom was in Na Hong-jin's serial killer film The Chaser (2008). Known to attract both critical acclaim and commercial success, Ha quickly became the most in-demand leading actor of his generation in Korean cinema, showcasing his versatility in road movie My Dear Enemy (2008), sports film Take Off (2009), crime drama The Yellow Sea (2010), gangster saga Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012), romantic comedy Love Fiction (2012), spy thriller The Berlin File (2013), and action thriller The Terror Live (2013). He made his directorial debut through the comedy film Fasten Your Seatbelt (2013), followed by Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2015).
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Other activities
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Theater
- 7 Discography
- 8 Book
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Born as Kim Sung-hoon, Ha Jung-woo came from an acting family. His father Kim Yong-gun is a well-known veteran actor who has appeared in many movies and television series, while his younger brother Kim Young-hoon (stage name: Cha Hyun-woo) is an aspiring actor. Ha has said that since he was 4 or 5 years old, he has always dreamed of becoming an actor like his father. Before entering college, Ha studied at a private acting institute and at one point had actor Lee Beom-soo as his instructor. He then enrolled at Chung-Ang University as a theater major, where he acted on the stage.
In 1998, Ha began his military service, working in the Armed Forces Public Relations Department. He put his acting experience to good use during this time, appearing in 10 promotional films for the military.
Kim Sung-hoon made his acting debut in the 2002 SBS sitcom Honest Living and his feature film debut in the 2003 film Madeleine. For the next few years, Kim's acting career was relatively low-key, appearing in several supporting roles, but not receiving a lot of attention.
In 2005, Kim signed with talent agency SidusHQ and on their recommendation adopted the stage name "Ha Jung-woo." He then appeared in his first starring role in the indie film The Unforgiven, a blistering critique of the physical and psychological violence within military ranks.
Ha's subsequent roles in controversial arthouse director Kim Ki-duk's Time and Breath brought more notice to his acting talents in Korea and overseas. His portrayal of a cool-headed prosecutor who is romantically involved with a feisty police officer played by Go Hyun-jung in the popular MBC drama series H.I.T attracted female fans and gained him popularity among the masses. He also starred in the American indie film Never Forever opposite Vera Farmiga, which garnered praise from the film festival circuit.
Ha's breakout came in the 2008 film The Chaser, in which he played a pyschopath character loosely based on serial killer Yoo Young-chul. The movie became a huge hit at the Korean box office, raking in over 5 million ticket sales, while also garnering high praise from critics and numerous awards from local award-giving bodies. American director Martin Scorsese, rumored to be attached to a Hollywood remake of The Chaser, has complimented Ha as having as much potential as his The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.
Ha followed this up with a portrayal of a charming scoundrel in My Dear Enemy that same year, showcased his versatility and elevated his status as one of the most sought-after actors in the Korean film industry. From 2008-2009, he took on diverse but compelling roles in The Moonlight of Seoul, Boat, and Take Off. Take Off, based on the Korean national ski jumping team, became one of the biggest box office hits of 2009.
2009–2013: Commercial and critical success
Ha reunited with his The Chaser director Na Hong-jin and costar Kim Yoon-seok in Na's sophomore feature The Yellow Sea, which netted Ha Best Actor trophies from the Asian Film Awards, Baeksang Arts Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics. Ha then starred in the legal thriller The Client, which evoked his early days of theater, and the director praised Ha for his "moments of true brilliance and genius" during the production.
In early 2012, Samsung Electronics produced an ambitious PPL-frequent-film project featuring Galaxy Note, their latest Tablet hybrid mobile. Titled as Cine Note, the giant project comprises three shorts by directors Kang Hyeong-cheol, Jang Hoon and E J-yong. Ha played the leading role for all the three of the films, while celebrated musician Lee Seung-chul produced music using the device, and noted webtoon artists Son Jae-ho and Lee Gwang-soo created the film’s animated content.
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time was Ha's third collaboration with longtime friend director Yoon Jong-bin, also starring acclaimed veteran actor Choi Min-sik. This was followed shortly by the unconventional romantic comedy Love Fiction opposite Gong Hyo-jin. Both were box office hits.
After wrapping Love Fiction, Ha along with Gong and 14 other actors went on a cross-country walking trip from Seoul to Haenam, South Jeolla Province. Their journey was chronicled in the documentary 577 Project, denoting the total distance covered in kilometers. Ha was in charge of three aspects of the production including planning, acting and casting. He said he did it to thank fans for their support after he won back-to-back Best Actor awards at the 2010 and 2011 Baeksang Arts Awards.
In Ryoo Seung-wan's The Berlin File, Ha starred as a North Korean agent in Berlin who is betrayed and cut loose in the midst of a financial espionage intrigue. He then appeared the action thriller The Terror Live, playing a news anchor with an exclusive, live broadcast on a terrorist attack.
2014–Present: Directorial works and Continued success
Ha then made his directorial debut with Rollercoaster (released internationally as Fasten Your Seatbelt), based on his own screenplay about the comic interactions between the cabin crew and passengers (including an arrogant Hallyu star played by Jung Kyung-ho) of a flight from Tokyo to Gimpo International Airport which becomes in danger of crashing when the plane hits a major storm.
In 2015, Ha directed, wrote and starred in Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, a film adaptation of Chinese author Yu Hua's 1995 novel. He then appeared in one of the biggest domestic hits of the year, Choi Dong-hoon's Assassination about resistance fighters given orders to kill a Japanese army commander in the colonial era.
Ha retained his success in 2016, starring in two box office hits; Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden, an adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel Fingersmith also set during 1930s Korea;, and survival thriller The Tunnel.
Ha has been cast in several upcoming films: a biopic on Andre Kim, Korea's first male fashion designer; Kim Yong-hwa's With God, an adaptation of the same-titled webtoon about a court in the afterlife where the deceased undergo multiple trials for 49 days. and 1987, about a political crisis that led to the June Democratic Uprising in 1987 which ended the military regime of President Chun Doo-hwan.
Ha Jung-woo is also an artist. Though it began as a hobby in his university days, Ha began painting in earnest in 2007. His paintings, all done in a hybrid of Pop art and Expressionist styles, have been displayed in several solo art exhibitions. Critics have said his paintings, with their strong colors and interesting composition are reminiscent of those by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. "Life as an actor is like living through an invisible war. Paintings soothe me and make me rational. It is too extravagant to say that painting is my hobby; it is rather a way for me to survive as an actor," said Ha.
In 2011 he published a compilation of essays titled Ha Jung-woo, Good Feeling. Besides his musings on life, Ha also wrote his thoughts on famous artists such as Pablo Picasso. The book also included about 60 of his own drawings.
|Year||Korean Title||English Title||Role||Production Company|
|2004||슈퍼스타 감사용||Superstar Mr. Gam||Kim Yoo-weol||CJ Entertainment|
|2005||잠복근무||She's on Duty||Detective Jo||Showbox|
|용서받지 못한 자||The Unforgiven||Yoo Tae-jeong||Chungeorahm|
|2006||시간||Time||Ji-woo||Happinet Pictures Korea|
|구미호 가족||The Fox Family||Son fox||MK Pictures|
|2007||두번째 사랑||Never Forever||Kim Ji-ha||Prime Entertainment
|숨||Breath||Yeon's husband||Sponge Entertainment|
|2008||우리 생애 최고의 순간||Forever the Moment||Blind date man||Sidus FNH|
|추격자||The Chaser||Je Yeong-min||Showbox|
|비스티 보이즈||Beastie Boys||Jae-hyun||Lotte Entertainment|
|울학교 이티||Our School's E.T.||Handsome doctor||SK Telecom|
|멋진 하루||My Dear Enemy||Jo Byung-woon||Lotte Entertainment|
|2009||잘 알지도 못하면서||Like You Know It All||Sculptor / Cheon-soo's neighbor||Sponge Entertainment|
|국가대표||Take Off||Cha Heon-tae / Bob||Showbox|
|2010||평행이론||Parallel Life||Jang Soo-young||CJ Entertainment|
|황해||The Yellow Sea||Gu-nam||Showbox|
|2011||사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다||Come Rain, Come Shine||Other man||Next Entertainment World|
|의뢰인||The Client||Kang Sung-hee||Showbox|
|2012||범죄와의 전쟁||Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time||Choi Hyung-bae|
|러브 픽션||Love Fiction||Goo Joo-wol / Detective Ma Dong-wook||Next Entertainment World|
|577 프로젝트||577 Project||Himself||Filament Pictures|
|2013||뒷담화: 감독이 미쳤어요||Behind the Camera||Himself|
|베를린||The Berlin File||Pyo Jong-seong||CJ Entertainment|
|더 테러 라이브||The Terror Live||Yoon Young-hwa||Lotte Entertainment|
|2014||군도: 민란의 시대||Kundo: Age of the Rampant||Dolmuchi / Dolchi||Showbox|
|2015||허삼관||Chronicle of a Blood Merchant||Heo Sam-gwan||Next Entertainment World|
|2016||아가씨||The Handmaiden||Count Fuijiwara||CJ Entertainment|
|2017||신과 함께||With God - Part 1||Gang-rim||Lotte Entertainment|
|앙드레 김||Andre Kim||André Kim|
|베를린 2||The Berlin File 2||Pyo Jong-seong||CJ Entertainment|
|Year||Korean Title||English Title||Role||Network||Notes|
|2002||똑바로 살아라||Honest Living||Ha Jung-woo||SBS|
|2003-2004||무인시대||Age of Warriors||Lee Ji-gwang||KBS|
|2005||프라하의 연인||Lovers in Prague||Ahn Dong-nam||SBS|
- "Betrayal" (Big Mama, 2007)
- Othello (2003)
- Waiting for Godot (2002)
- The Glass Menagerie (2002)
- The Good Doctor (2001)
- Carmen (2001)
- Be Strong, Geum-soon! (2000)
- "Alaska" (Romantic Chimpanzee feat. Ha Jung-woo - Love Fiction OST, 2012)
- Ha Jung-woo, Good Feeling (essays, 2011)
Awards and nominations
||Best New Actor||The Unforgiven||Won|
||Best New Actor||Won|
||Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|
||New Currents Best Actor||The Unforgiven, Time||Won|
||Best New Actor||The Unforgiven||Nominated|
||Hot Movie Star - Male||The Chaser||Nominated|
||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
(Arena Homme + and Audi Korea)
|Man of the Year (Intelligence category)||N/A||Won|
||Best Actor||The Chaser, My Dear Enemy||Won|
||Best Actor||The Chaser, Beastie Boys||Nominated|
||Best Actor||The Chaser||Nominated|
||Best Actor (Film)||My Dear Enemy||Nominated|
||Hot Movie Star - Male||Take Off||Won|
||Ensemble Acting Award (Cast)||Won|
||Best Actor||My Dear Enemy||Won|
||Best Actor||Take Off||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
||Best Actor (Film)||Won|
||Best Actor||The Yellow Sea||Won|
||Best Actor (Film)||Won|
||20's Movie Actor||Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time||Nominated|
||Producer's Choice Award||N/A||Won|
||Top 10 Style Icon||N/A||Won|
||Best Supporting Actor||Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time||Nominated|
||Prime Minister Award||N/A||Won|
||Best Actor||Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
||Best Actor (Film)||The Berlin File||Won|
||20's Movie Star – Male||Nominated|
||Best Actor||The Terror Live||Won|
||Top 10 Style Icon||N/A||Nominated|
||Best Actor||The Terror Live||Nominated|
(Arena Homme + and Audi Korea)
||Most Promising Talent||Fasten Your Seatbelt||Won|
|Grand Prix Award||Nominated|
||Best New Director (Film)||Nominated|
|Best Actor (Film)||The Terror Live||Nominated|
||Grand Prize (Daesang) for Acting||Won|
||Best Actor||Kundo: Age of the Rampant||Won|
||Excellent Asia-Pacific Young Director Award||Chronicle of a Blood Merchant||Nominated|
||Best Actor||The Tunnel||Nominated|
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- Hong, Lucia (2 September 2011). "Ha Jung-woo renews contract with fantagio". 10Asia.
- Beck, Una (13 May 2011). "A Wild Fugitive". Korea Cinema Today.
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- Darcy Paquet, Michael Fleming (6 March 2008). "Warner Bros. to remake The Chaser". Variety.
- Lee, Hyo-won (27 August 2008). "Jeon Do-yeon, Ha Jung-woo as Ex-Lovers". The Korea Times.
- "Actor Goes From Killer to Professional Casanova". The Dong-a Ilbo. 29 April 2008.
- Park, Sun-young (3 July 2009). "Tale of Korea's ski jumpers flies onto the big screen". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Lee, Hoo-nam (1 September 2009). "National ski team schusses to glory, box office gold". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Han, Lisa (1 November 2009). "Korean cinema regains its confidence in 2009/Analysis of the Korean Film Industry 2009". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- Noh, Jean (20 December 2010). "The Yellow Sea of Na Hong-jin". Korea Cinema Today.
- Lee, Hyo-won (23 March 2011). "Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards". The Korea Times.
- Park, Min-young (29 May 2011). "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win Paeksang awards". The Korea Herald.
- Hong, Lucia (31 October 2011). "The Frontline receives 4 honors by Korean Association of Film Critics". 10Asia.
- Lee, Hyo-won (31 August 2011). "Ha Jung-woo confident about Korean-style legal thriller". The Korea Times.
- Ki, Sun-min (7 October 2011). "Ha Jung-woo suits up for cinematic Client". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Wee, Geun-woo (24 October 2011). "Actor Ha Jung-woo's Song Picks". 10Asia.
- "Cinenote Showcase: Korean celebrities explore the GALAXY Note". Samsung Tomorrow. 12 December 2011.
- Lee, Claire (20 January 2012). "Smartphones help directors look at films from new angles". The Korea Herald.
- Lee, Claire (23 November 2012). "Movies based on webtoons flourish". The Korea Herald.
- Jung, Hyun-mok (17 February 2012). "Controversial director tackles corruption in Nameless Gangster". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Kwaak, Je-yup (2 March 2012). "Love Fiction rises above all hype". The Korea Times.
- Hong, Lucia (9 April 2012). "Korean movies notch up higher number in 1Q ticket sales". 10Asia.
- "On location with THE 577 PROJECT". Korea Cinema Today. 10 August 2012.
- "Ha Jung-woo's 540-kilometer odyssey nears end". Korea JoongAng Daily. 1 December 2011.
- "Gong, Ha returning in road trip flick". The Korea Herald. 1 August 2012.
- "Gianna Jun to be in Ryoo's Berlin File". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 December 2011.
- "Ha Jung Woo Says He was Happy to be with Han Seok Gyu for The Berlin File". enewsWorld. 20 January 2013.
- "Interview: Ha Jung Woo Says He Loves Korean Food a Lot". enewsWorld. 13 February 2013.
- Sunwoo, Carla (16 July 2013). "Ha back with deskbound thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Lee, Hyo-won (27 July 2013). "PiFan Closes With Local Thriller The Terror Live". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Lee, Hwa-jung (29 September 2013). "Korean Film Guide to BIFF 2013: Star HA Jung-woo Jack of All Trades". Korean Cinema Today.
- Park, Eun-jee (16 November 2012). "Korean actors find satisfaction off-camera". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Kim, Hyun-min (8 February 2013). "ROLLERCOASTER Mixes Panic with Humor". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- Sunwoo, Carla (13 June 2014). "Chemistry for Ha, Kang in Kundo". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Ha Jung-woo Talks About Directorial Ambitions". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 July 2014.
- Baek, Byung-yeul (2 January 2015). "Actor Ha back with film adaptation of Chinese novel". The Korea Times.
- Ahn, Sung-mi (14 January 2015). "Herald Interview: Mastering both sides of the camera". The Korea Herald.
- Kim, Hyo-eun; Jin, Eun-soo (27 January 2015). "Ha shows his versatility in Chronicle". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Won, Ho-jung (22 July 2015). "Herald Interview: Ha Jung-woo brings romance to dark era in Assassination". The Korea Herald.
- Kim, Su-yeon (14 November 2014). "HA Jung-woo Confirms for PARK Chan-wook's AGASSHI". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- Kim, Hee-eun (21 June 2014). "Ha to star in fashion biopic". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Ha Jung-woo signs up for webtoon-based movie". The Korea Times. 22 October 2015.
- Sunwoo, Carla (18 April 2012). Actor Ha Jung-woo to exhibit his paintings in Seoul and Hong Kong. Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Ha Jung-woo to Open 2nd Solo Art Exhibition". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 June 2010.
- Kim, Heidi (17 February 2011). "Ha Jung-woo to hold 3rd art exhibition". 10Asia.
- "Ha Jung-woo Brings on the Clowns in New Art Exhibition". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 April 2011.
- Sunwoo, Carla (16 March 2012). "Ha Jeong-woo to show off his masterpiece". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Suk, Monica (5 April 2012). "Ha Jung-woo submits paintings to 5th Hong Kong's art fair". 10Asia.
- Choi, Eun-hwa (17 April 2012). "How Would You Rate Ha Jung Woo's Paintings?". enewsWorld.
- Sung, So-young (30 January 2015). "Ha Jung-woo shows art in L.A.". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Ahn, Sung-mi (1 March 2015). "Actor Ha holds solo exhibition in LA". K-pop Herald.
- Ko, Kyoung-seok (27 April 2011). "Ha Jung-woo's paintings shown at Seoul art fair". 10Asia.
- Sung, So-young (22 April 2012). "Stars play new roles in other media". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Park, Min-young (18 April 2012). "Action with brush in hand". The Korea Herald.
- Yoo, Joo-hyun (28 January 2014). "Ha Jung-woo's film roles bring out his artistic side". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Ha Jung Woo's First Attempt as an Author, "Go Hyun Jung Was a Big Help in the Pictures"". AskActor. 15 May 2011.
- "Ha and Ku still together, says agent". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 November 2011.
- "Ha Jeong-woo comes clean about breakup following marriage rumors". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 March 2012.
- Lee, In-kyung (7 March 2012). "Ha Jung Woo and Gu Eun Ae Acknowledge Breakup". enewsWorld.