Hwang Jung-min

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Hwang.
Hwang Jung-min
Hwang Jung-Min.jpg
Born (1970-09-01) September 1, 1970 (age 45)
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)
Family Hwang Sang-jun (brother)
Korean name
Hangul 황정민
Hanja 黃正民
Revised Romanization Hwang Jeong-min
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Ch'ŏng-min

Hwang Jung-min (born September 1, 1970) is a South Korean actor.


Hwang Jung-min began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995.[1][2][3] 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."[4] 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.[5]

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."[6]

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."[7][8]

Thus Hwang became an A-list star in the Korean film industry, headlining films such as Bloody Tie, Black House, Happiness, A Man Who Was Superman and Private Eye.[9]

Hwang has said that when choosing scripts, he looks at the overall storyline rather than the character itself. 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.[8] "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."[6]

He made a triumphant return to the stage in the 2008 production of Nine.[10] 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.[11][12] He has since starred in University of Laughs,[13] The Wedding Singer[14] and Man of La Mancha.[15] Hwang says, "A movie is the art of a director but the play is the art of an actor."[13]

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.[16][17] He later returned to TV in the 2012 cable drama Korean Peninsula, but it was less successful.

Making the 2010 period film Blades of Blood presented a physical and mental challenge for Hwang. For his role as a blind swordsman, he went to schools for the blind to observe their movements.[18][19] Two highly acclaimed turns in noir films followed in The Unjust (2010) and New World (2013), the latter for which his performance was singled out by The New York Times.[20]

Hwang had previously starred opposite actress Uhm Jung-hwa in the 2005 ensemble romantic comedy All for Love, and he reunited with her in the 2012 box office hit Dancing Queen,[21] and 2013 queer film In My End Is My Beginning (which was expanded from a short film in 2009's Five Senses of Eros).

In late 2012, Hwang made his debut as a theatre director in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins, which he also starred in.[22]

For the 2013 sports film Fists of Legend, he didn't rely on stunt doubles for his role as a middle-aged fighter on a reality show.[23] In 2014, Hwang said that he chose to star in romance drama Man in Love 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.[24]

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.[5][25][26]

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.[27]

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.[24] I breathe only when I act."[8][28][29]

Personal life[edit]

Hwang married musical theatre actress Kim Mi-hye on September 6, 2004.[30][31] They have a son named Hwang Sae-hyun.

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




Music video[edit]

  • "One's Way Back" (Naul, 2005)





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  2. ^ Choi, Min-woo (2 April 2006). "Line 1 still running smooth at 3,000 shows". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  3. ^ Park, Min-young (14 March 2011). "Icon of Korean theater celebrates 20th anniversary". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  4. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (31 December 2009). "Focus: The 16 Stars of 2009 - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  5. ^ a b Kim, Heung-suk (29 January 2015). "People: The Face of the Father in Today's Society". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  6. ^ a b "Hwang Jeong-min - Acting from the Heart". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 October 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  7. ^ Kang, Myoung-seok (10 November 2010). "Hwang Jung-min's Music Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  8. ^ a b c "Actor can't hide his truthful eyes". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  9. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (5 May 2011). "Hwang Jung-min returns as reporter". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  10. ^ Chung, Ah-young (16 October 2007). "Actor Hwang Jung-min Returns to Stage". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  11. ^ Chung, Ah-young (1 January 2008). "Actor Hwang Grows Into Mature Role in Musical". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  12. ^ Lee, Ho-jeong (17 January 2008). "Tough life for lothario with too many lovers". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  13. ^ a b Chung, Ah-young (21 October 2008). "Actor Hwang to Star in New Play". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  14. ^ Chung, Ah-young (22 September 2009). "Musical 'Wedding Singer' to Premiere in Seoul". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  15. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (15 April 2012). "Hwang Jung-min to play Don Quixote in musical". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  16. ^ Han, Sang-hee (28 April 2009). "Kim and Hwang Team up as Accidental Couple". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  17. ^ Oh, Jean (29 April 2009). "More romantic comedy for prime time". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  18. ^ Sung, So-young (29 April 2010). "Film giants shift gears with new release". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  19. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (20 April 2010). "Traces of Lee Jun-ik's work in Blades of Blood". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  20. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (21 March 2013). "In South Korea, Gangsters in Good Suits". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  21. ^ "2012.2.10 NOW Playing: Dancing Queen (12)". Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  22. ^ Lee, Claire (10 December 2012). "Big-name musicals in for the holiday season". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  23. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok; Jang, Sung-ran (18 April 2013). "Hwang Jung-min is a jack of all trades". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  24. ^ a b Jung, Ji-won (14 February 2014). "Hwang Jung-min, a man in love with acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  25. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (29 December 2014). "ODE TO MY FATHER Leading Man HWANG Jung-min: "I wanted to present a realistic portrayal of all fathers in Korea"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  26. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (29 January 2015). "ODE TO MY FATHER HWANG Jung-min: "I wanted to revive the lives of all fathers through my performance"". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  27. ^ "Actor Hwang Jung-min: Moviegoers most important in choosing script". Yonhap. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  28. ^ http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/korea-box-office-himalayas-christmas-1201668151/
  29. ^ http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3013063
  30. ^ "영화배우 황정민 15년지기 김미혜와 화촉" (in Korean). Star News. 6 September 2004. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  31. ^ "황정민 아내 뮤지컬배우 김미혜씨, 미모가 대단해요!" (in Korean). Daum. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-24.

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