Jang in an LG advertisement in 2011
|Agent||S.M. Culture & Contents|
Ko So-young (m. 2010)
|Revised Romanization||Jang Dong-geon|
1992–2003: Beginnings and breakout
Jang first entered the entertainment world in a talent contest in 1992. He began by acting in TV dramas such as Iljimae, The Last Match, co-starring Shim Eun-ha, and he eventually made his film debut in Repechage (1997) together with Kim Hee-sun.
By the late 1990s he had become quite popular in Korea, but he also became one of the very first Korean stars to garner a fan following in other parts of Asia, after several of his TV dramas were screened there in the late nineties. In 1999, after acting in the critically acclaimed Nowhere to Hide as Park Joong-hoon's younger partner, Jang moved on to star in a feature that was filmed on location in Shanghai. Titled Anarchists, this tale of five young terrorists from 1930s China helped to elevate his status even further.
Jang's breakout came in early 2001 in Friend, which smashed the box office record set by Shiri to become (at the time) the biggest Korean film of all time. After playing the nice guy in almost all his previous roles, this portrayal of a tough-talking gangster from Busan led him to local stardom. The following year he starred in the popular action blockbuster 2009 Lost Memories set in a futuristic Great Japan, and appeared in the low-budget film The Coast Guard by controversial director Kim Ki-duk.
2004–2011: Overseas popularity and Hollywood debut
In 2004, Jang took the lead role in Kang Je-gyu's Taegukgi, an epic film about two brothers set during the Korean War. The film broke Friend's record with an astounding 11 million tickets sold. By this time, Jang's name had become known widely throughout Asia.
Jang followed this up with The Promise, a $30 million pan-Asian production by Chinese director Chen Kaige in which he played opposite Hong Kong star Cecilia Cheung. Meanwhile, he was cast in Typhoon as a modern-day pirate who has been betrayed by both North and South Korea. Directed by Friend's Kwak Kyung-taek, Typhoon set a new record in 2005 for the highest production budget in Korean film history at $15 million.
For the next four years, Jang kept a low profile in the Korean entertainment sphere as he worked on his Hollywood debut The Warrior's Way, also starring Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush. The film encountered problems with post-production and distribution, and was only released in 2010.
He reunited with director Kang Je-gyu in My Way, a film set during World War II based on the true story of a Korean soldier who is drafted by the Japanese army and eventually is present at the Battle of Normandy. A large-scale, ambitious pan-Asian collaboration co-starring Japanese actor Joe Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, My Way was the most expensive Korean movie to date (with an estimated budget of ₩28 billion), But despite being simultaneously released in Korea and Japan in December 2011, the film flopped at the box office.
2012–present: Return to television
Jang made his highly anticipated return to television dramas in A Gentleman's Dignity, saying he was drawn to the romantic comedy tale of 40-something-year-old men struggling to grow up and mend and forge lasting relationships. After the series ended, Jang and co-star Kim Min-jong visited refugees in the Republic of the Congo on a mission trip sponsored by UNICEF, UNHCR and World Food Programme. It was televised on SBS documentary program Hope TV.
His 2012 film Dangerous Liaisons was a Chinese adaptation of the French literature classic set in 1930s Shanghai, directed by Hur Jin-ho and co-starring Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung.
Jang next starred in No Tears for the Dead, an action thriller directed by Lee Jeong-beom. He played a Korean-born American hitman who feels conflicted about killing his last target (played by Kim Min-hee).
In 2015, Jang was cast in the film Seven Years of Night, a revenge thriller based on the novel of the same name by Jung Yoo-jung. He plays a character who takes revenge on his daughter's murderer, by killing his son. The film premiered in 2018.
In 2016, Jang was cast in his first Chinese drama, Once Loved You Distressed Forever alongside actress Tang Yixin. He was then cast in the espionage noir thriller VIP, which premiered in 2017.
Jang returned to the small screen after five years, starring in the Korean remake of the popular American legal drama series Suits (2018). The same year, Jung starred in Kim Sung-hoon's period zombie action film Rampant alongside close friend Hyun Bin.
The famously private actor surprised the country in November 2009 when he went public with his two-year romance with Ko So-young. Since co-starring together in the 1999 film Love Wind Love Song, rumors about Jang and Ko had spread several times in the past, but both had consistently denied them. The announcement immediately sparked speculation of an impending marriage although it wasn't until March 2010 that Jang officially told his fans at a fan meeting that he would be marrying Ko in May. After months of media frenzy leading up to their nuptials, the two tied the knot on May 2, 2010 in an extravagant wedding ceremony at Seoul's Shilla Hotel which was attended by their A-list celebrity friends, reporters and fans from around the world.
|Holiday In Seoul||taxi driver|
|1999||Love Wind Love Song||Tae-hee|
|Nowhere to Hide||Detective Kim|
|2001||Friend||Lee Han Dong-su|
|2002||2009 Lost Memories||Masayuki Sakamoto|
|The Coast Guard||Private Kang|
|2004||Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War||Lee Jin-tae|
|The Promise||Kunlun, the slave|
|2009||Good Morning, President||Cha Ji-wook|
|2010||The Warrior's Way||Yang|
|2011||My Way||Kim Jun-sik|
|2012||Dangerous Liaisons||Xie Yifan|
|2013||Friend: The Great Legacy||Dong-su (cameo)|
|2014||No Tears for the Dead||Gon|
|2018||Seven Years of Night||Young-je|
|1993||Il Ji Mae||Iljimae|
|1994||The Last Match||Yoon Chul-jun|
|1997||Medical Brothers||Kim Su-hyung|
|Myth of a Hero||Kim Tae-woo||MBC|
|1998||Ready Go!||Shin Ji-soo|
|2000||All About Eve||Yoon Hyung-chul||MBC|
|2012||A Gentleman's Dignity||Kim Do-jin||SBS|
|2019||Arthdal Chronicles||Ta Gon||tvN|
|TBA||Once Loved You Distressed Forever||Xu Zhi|
|Album information||Track listing|
|너에게로 가는 길
|With Justice And Peace For All
|Bon Seung & Dong Gun
|정말 그러길 바랄께
|과거는 흘러갔다 (From Film)|
|We Online: Actor's Choice
|나보다 더 (More Than Me)|
Awards and nominations
|1993||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Il Ji Mae||Nominated|
|1994||30th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||The Last Match||Won|||
|1997||18th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Repechage||Won|||
|33rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Medical Brothers||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|1999||20th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nowhere to Hide||Won|||
|2000||37th Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|
|21st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Anarchists||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||All About Eve||Nominated|
|2001||46th Asia-Pacific Film Festival||Best Supporting Actor||Friend||Won|||
|22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|||
|2002||23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||The Coast Guard||Nominated|
|2003||40th Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|
|2nd Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War||Nominated|
|41st Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|||
|2005||2nd Max Movie Awards||Won|||
|2006||43rd Grand Bell Awards||Typhoon||Nominated|
|2007||15th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Hallyu Arts Award||N/A||Won|||
|Korea TV Advertising Festival||Best Couple Award (with Soo Ae)||N/A||Won|||
|Korean Entertainment Industry Society||Star (Movie) Award||N/A||Won|||
|2009||46th Savings Day||President's Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|30th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Good Morning, President||Nominated|
|2012||5th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|||
|Style Icon of the Year||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||A Gentleman's Dignity||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Serial Drama||Won|
|2017||5th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards||Actor of the Year||VIP||Won|||
|2018||2018 Korea Best Star Awards||Best Actor||Seven Years of Night||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Suits||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|||
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