Kang Hyo-shil

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Kang Hyo-shil
Born (1932-02-10)10 February 1932
Hamhung, South Hamgyong, Korea
Died 2 November 1996(1996-11-02) (aged 64)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946–1992
Korean name
Hangul 강효실
Hanja 姜孝實
Revised Romanization Gang Hyo-sil
McCune–Reischauer Kang Hyo-sil
Stage name
Hangul 전진희
Revised Romanization Jeon Jin-hui
McCune–Reischauer Chon Chin-hui

Kang Hyo-shil (10 February 1932 – 2 November 1996) was a South Korean film and stage actress.


Kang was born in Pyongyang in 1932, now the capital of North Korea. Kang's father was Kang Hong-shik, a noted singer, and actor during the Japanese occupation period of Korea and Jeon Ok, a noted actor known as "Queen of Tears" for Jeon's excellent acting as tragic heroins that evoked audiences to tear. Kang had a sister who later became a famous actress of North Korea after their parents divorced and went across to North Korea with her father.[1]

Kang graduated from Pyongyang Jeoil High School. As having watched her mother's acting, and trained by her mother, Kang was strongly influenced by Jeon Ok. In addition, Kang was more active on stage than in film,[2] so she was referred to as a "characteristic actress" during her lifetime. While Kang debuted with a play performed at Pyongyang National Theatre in 1946 when 17 years old, she earnestly started her career as entered Theatre Sinhyeop. During the performances produced by the Performing Arts Research Association (Geugyesul yeonguhoe), Kang met her future husband, Choi Moo-ryong, who later became a popular film actor of the 1960s and 1970s. When at the 21 years old in Korean age, Kang married Choi despite her mother's opposition. The couple debuted as film actors by starring in Kim Ki-young's 1955 film, Box of Death. Kang used a stage name, Jeon Jin-hui for the film.[1][3]

Kang and Choi Moo-ryong had one son and four daughters including an actor, Choi Min-soo. However, Choi had an affair with Kim Ji-mee, the best popular actress at that time, so that the marriage broke off in 1962 after trials for the adultery charge and divorce. Choi soon married Kim Ji-mee but also divorced Kim after 6 years of marriage due to his debts.[4][5]

Kang died of a chronic disease on November 2, 1996 and her body is buried in Cheonan, Gyeonggi province.[6][7]


*Note; the whole list is referenced.[8]

English title Korean title Romanization Year Role Director
The Marriage Life Gyeolhon-i-yagi 1992
The Early Years Chobun 1977
Towards The High Place Jeo nop-eun gos-eul hyangha-yeo 1977
2nights 3days 2bag 3il 1974
When Night Falls at Myeongdong Myeongdong-e Bam-i Omyeon 1964
Oh! My Hometown O Nae Gohyang 1959
Early Spring Jochun 1959
A Necklace of Reminiscence Chueogui Mokgeori 1959
The Box of Death Jugeom-ui sangja 1955


  • 1970, the 14th Baeksang Arts Awards : TV Best Acting (문기와 수미)[1]
  • 1970, Dong-A Theatre Acting Awards : Best Actress.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 강효실 [Gang Hyo-sil] (in Korean). Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ Lee, Seung-gi (이승기) (2009-12-17). "(이승기의 시네마 산책) 최민수 외가 이야기". Hanam Ilbo. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  3. ^ a b 강효실 [Gang Hyo-sil] (in Korean). Nate / Britannica. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  4. ^ 최무룡 [Choi Moo-ryong] (in Korean). Nate / Britannica. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  5. ^ Lee, Jeong-a (이정아) (December 1999). "스크린을 누비던 원로영화배우 최무룡 세상 떠나던 날". Donga.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  6. ^ "[부음] 영화배우 강효실 별세 – 조선닷컴 인물". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  7. ^ "유명인사 천안공원묘지에 잠들다.". Cheonan city / JoongAng Ilbo. 1996-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Cast and Crew DB >Gang Hyo-sil >Filmographies". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-12. 

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