Hwang Jung-min

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Hwang Jung-min
Hwang Jung-Min.jpg
Born (1970-09-01) September 1, 1970 (age 47)
Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Theater
Years active 1994–present
Agent SEM Company
Spouse(s) Kim Mi-hye (m. 2004)
Children 1
Family Hwang Sang-jun (brother)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Hwang Jeong-min
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Ch'ŏng-min

Hwang Jung-min (born September 1, 1970) is a South Korean actor. He is one of the highest-grossing actors in South Korea, and has starred in several box office hits such as Ode to My Father (2014), Veteran (2015), The Himalayas (2015), A Violent Prosecutor (2015) and The Wailing (2016).[1][2] Hwang is the third actor in South Korea to be part of the "100 Million Viewer Club" in Chungmuro.[3]

Career[edit]

1995–2004: Beginnings and Transition to films[edit]

Hwang Jung-min began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995.[4][5][6] He then starred in various musicals and plays in Daehangno such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats.

Despite a career on stage, Hwang had difficulty transitioning to film. He went through a long struggle for recognition, with people saying he "didn't have the right face for film." He even considered giving up his dream, but stuck to his conviction about walking the path of acting. Hwang said, "After becoming interested about the stage and how it feels to be that person on stage, I've never thought of anything else. That I never swayed -- that is one thing I can say with confidence."[7]

His big break came when he was cast in Waikiki Brothers, a 2001 film that was a sleeper hit in Korea. In his role as a hopeless drummer, Hwang left a strong impression and earned favorable reviews, with director Yim Soon-rye calling him "an uncut gemstone". Hwang went on to have prominent roles in Road Movie, A Good Lawyer's Wife, Heaven's Soldiers and A Bittersweet Life.[8]

2005–2007: Mainstream breakthrough[edit]

But it was in 2005 that Hwang became a household name, portraying a naive farmer in love with an AIDS-stricken prostitute in the hit melodrama You Are My Sunshine. Hwang explains that he was "moved by the tale of the genuine love between two people. I agreed with the director's idea of showing it as pure love, like an uncut gem, without sloppily adding to it or embellishing it."[9]

When he accepted the best actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance in You Are My Sunshine, many were moved by his now-famous speech: "All I did was add a spoon to a dinner table that had already been prepared by others."[10][11]

He received further acclaim for his roles as an insurance investigator in Black House,[12] a troubled club CEO who falls in love with a woman with a terminal illness in Happiness,[13] a superhero in A Man Who Was Superman[14][15] and a private detective in Private Eye.[16]

Hwang has said that when choosing scripts, he looks at the overall storyline rather than the character itself.[17] He then exerts effort to continuously bring out the character's inner workings. Hwang said, "It is very important that you don't get too absorbed in yourself. You must always remember that there is another person watching the scene. Maintaining objectivity is important." Hwang emphasizes sincerity and empathy in his acting.[11] "The camera doesn't lie. You can never fool the viewer. You have to act with your heart, not your head." It is because of this commitment to emotional truth that Hwang can confidently tell interviewers that he is 100 percent satisfied with his work. During a crisis on set, or when he is either feeling too satisfied or caught up in mannerisms, he takes out notes he made when he first read the screenplay. He said, "I look at the screenplay again and again. That's where all the answers are."[9]

2008–2012: Return to theater, Television series and Directorial debut[edit]

He made a triumphant return to the stage in the 2008 production of Nine.[18][19] The theater producer said that it took three years to cast the leading role because in Hwang he had found the right actor to rival Antonio Banderas' Broadway performance.[20][21] He has since starred in University of Laughs,[22] The Wedding Singer[23] and Man of La Mancha.[24] Hwang says, "A movie is the art of a director but the play is the art of an actor."[22]

2009's The Accidental Couple was particularly special to Hwang, as it was his first time starring in a television drama in his 14-year acting career.[25][26]

For his role as a blind swordsman in the 2010 period film Blades of Blood, Hwang went to schools for the blind to observe their movements.[27][28] He then starred in The Unjust, a highly acclaimed noir about corruption in the South Korean justice system;[29][30] followed by conspiracy film Moby Dick as a reporter.[31][32]

Hwang then reunited with actress Uhm Jung-hwa (whom he previously starred with in 2005 ensemble romantic comedy All for Love) in the 2012 box office hit Dancing Queen.[33] He returned to TV in the 2012 cable drama Korean Peninsula,[34] but it was less successful.[35]

In late 2012, Hwang made his debut as a theatre director in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins, which he also starred in.[36]

2013–present: Acclaim[edit]

Hwang returned his focus to films, starring in noir film New World (2013), where his performance was singled out by The New York Times.[37] He once again worked with Uhm Jung-hwa in the queer film In My End Is My Beginning (which was expanded from a short film in 2009's Five Senses of Eros). Hwang then played a middle-aged fighter in the sports film Fists of Legend, performing all the stunts himself.[38]

In 2014, Hwang starred in romance drama Man in Love. He said that he chose to star in the film to support diversity in the Korean film industry, and because he wanted to show the human side of his character, a terminally ill gangster who falls in love for the first time.[39]

Then later in the year, Hwang headlined Ode to My Father, embodying the Korean everyman against the backdrop of modern history from the 1950s to the present day; the film depicted the Hungnam evacuation during the Korean War, coalmining gastarbeiters in Germany in the 1960s, and the Vietnam War. Ode to My Father became the second highest-grossing film in the history of Korean cinema, with 14.2 million tickets sold.[8][40][41]

He reunited with The Unjust director Ryoo Seung-wan in 2015 for Veteran, playing a hot-tempered police detective tracking an arrogant and heartless chaebol heir.[42] The film was another smash hit, and is currently the 3rd all-time highest-grossing film in Korean cinema history.[43] Hwang then starred in the budget mountaineering film The Himalayas, where he plays renowned Korean mountaineer Um Hong-gil, who became the first person to reach the 16 highest mountain peaks on Earth.[44]

In 2016, he starred alongside Kang Dong-won in the crime comedy A Violent Prosecutor, which became the second highest-grossing film of 2016.[45] This was followed by Na Hong-jin's critically acclaimed horror The Wailing,[46] and noir film Asura: The City of Madness, which premiered at the 41st Toronto Film Festival.[47] Hwang was crowned "Actor of the Year" for 2016 in the Gallup Korea poll for his acclaimed roles in divese genres.[48]

Hwang then starred in the war film Battleship Island alongside So Ji-sub and Song Joong-ki.[49] This film marks the second time the actor will be working with director Ryoo Seung-wan following Veteran.[50] He has also been cast in Duke, an upcoming spy film.[51][52]

Personal life[edit]

Hwang married musical theatre actress Kim Mi-hye on September 6, 2004.[53][54] They have a son named Hwang Sae-hyun.

His younger brother is music director/composer Hwang Sang-jun.

On average, Hwang stars in three to four films a year. To critics who say that he does too many, Hwang responded, "I believe it is the responsibility of actors to try their best at acting when they come across screenplays that suit them.[39] I breathe only when I act."[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1990 The General's Son
1999 Shiri
2001 The She
Waikiki Brothers Kang-soo
2002 Road Movie Dae-shik
YMCA Baseball Team Ryu Kwang-tae
2003 A Good Lawyer's Wife Ju Yeong-jak
The End of a Wicked Woman (short film)
2004 The Wolf Returns
Twentidentity "Under a Big Tree" (short film)
2005 This Charming Girl Writer
A Bittersweet Life Baek Dae-sik
Heaven's Soldiers Park Jung-woo
You Are My Sunshine Seok-joong
All for Love Na Do-chul
2006 Over the Hedge (Voice dubbed)
Bloody Tie Do Jin-kwang
2007 Black House Jeon Joon-oh
Happiness Young-su
Eleventh Mom Baek-jung
2008 A Man Who Was Superman Lee Hyuk-suk
2009 Private Eye Hong Jin-ho
Five Senses of Eros: "In My End Is My Beginning" Min Jae-in
2010 The Most Beautiful (short film)
Blades of Blood Hwang Jeong-hak
The Unjust Choi Cheol-gi
2011 Battlefield Heroes Kim Beob-min
Moby Dick Lee Bang-woo
2012 Dancing Queen Himself
2013 New World Jung Chung
In My End Is My Beginning Min Jae-in
Fists of Legend Im Deok-kyu
2014 Man in Love Han Tae-il
Ode to My Father Yoon Deok-soo
2015 Veteran Seo Do-cheol
The Himalayas Um Hong-gil
2016 A Violent Prosecutor Byun Jae-wook
The Wailing Il-gwang
Asura: The City of Madness Park Sung-bae
2017 Battleship Island Lee Kang-ok
Duke

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2009 The Accidental Couple KBS2 Gu Dong-baek
2012 Korean Peninsula TV Chosun Seo Myung-joon

Theater[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 39th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Waikiki Brothers Nominated
1st Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
3rd Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Road Movie Won
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Won
22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won
5th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Won
2003 40th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
2nd Korean Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor A Bittersweet Life Won
4th Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Actor You Are My Sunshine Won
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Couple Award (with Jeon Do-yeon) Won
Best Supporting Actor A Bittersweet Life Nominated
Best Actor[55] You Are My Sunshine Won
13th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated
2006 3rd Max Movie Awards Best Actor Won
29th Golden Cinematography Awards Best Actor Won
42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
43rd Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
7th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Bloody Tie Won
5th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Happiness Won
Best Actor Nominated
2008 45th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
2nd The Musical Awards Best Actor Nine Nominated
2009 4th Golden Ticket Awards Korea's Top Film Star Won
17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Private Eye Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Accidental Couple Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
2011 45th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation[56] Won
15th Fantasia Festival Best Actor (shared with Ryoo Seung-bum)[57] The Unjust Won
2012 49th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Dancing Queen Nominated
16th Korea Musical Awards Best Actor Man of La Mancha Nominated
2013 Korea Film Actor's Association Awards Top Star Award[58] New World Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
50th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
Fists of Legend Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor[59] New World Won
22nd Buil Film Awards Best Actor[60] Won
33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Nominated
2014 9th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Ode to My Father Nominated
20th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Actor[61] Won
8th Seoul Senior Citizen Movie Awards Movie in couple Award (with Yunjin Kim) Won
35th Golden Cinema Festival Grand Prize (Daesang)[62] Won
15th Director's Cut Awards Best Actor[63] Won
2nd Korean Film Producers Association Awards Best Actor[64] Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Veteran Nominated
2016 11th Max Movie Awards Best Actor The Himalayas Nominated
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Veteran Nominated
25th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Wailing Nominated
Best Actor Veteran Nominated
53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Wailing Nominated
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1st The Seoul Awards Best Actor (Film) The Battleship Island Pending

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