|Education||Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film|
Han Mu-young (m. 2010)
|Revised Romanization||Gim Gang-u|
Kim Kang-woo majored in Theater and Film at Chung-Ang University, and made his acting debut in Kim Ki-duk's 2002 film The Coast Guard while still a senior, later commenting that the role of a soldier was the only one he could get without any prior experience. Subsequent roles in the drama series Breathless and Three Leafed Clover earned Kim the nickname "Mr. Right" as he became known for his portrayal of honest and diligent characters. His first leading film role was in Jeong Jae-eun's 2005 sophomore feature The Aggressives, for which he and co-star Chun Jung-myung were the co-recipients of the "Best New Actor" award at the 6th Busan Film Critics Awards.
In 2007, Kim starred in Park Heung-sik's The Railroad, which told the story of two strangers who reveal their inner pain to each other when they are stranded at the last railway station before the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Kim was upset when the film was only released in ten theaters, and went to screenings by himself in an effort to promote the film, where he greeted and conversed with members of the audience. In spite of its poor box office performance, The Railroad found favour with critics, and Kim won the "Best Actor" award at the 25th Torino Film Festival. Although happy to win the award, Kim found it more gratifying to observe Italian audiences responding to the film in the same way as Korean audiences, recognizing the power of film to transcend national borders. He also admitted to being anxious because of the increased expectations people would have over his future performances.
Kim found commercial success with his next film, Le Grand Chef, which despite opening during a slow season sold more than three million tickets to become the fourth biggest selling South Korean film of 2007. Based on a popular manhwa, the film focused on the conflict between two rival chefs, played by Kim and Im Won-hee. To prepare for his role, Kim attended cooking classes for one and a half months, and for one crucial scene in particular he visited a slaughterhouse, receiving a big shock as he knew nothing about the slaughtering process. In addition, he was required to film a number of scenes with a cow, and spent some ten days acquainting himself with it—grooming it, feeding it and taking it for walks—remarking that it was "like working with a very sensitive actress". He next starred in the crime thriller Rainbow Eyes the same year, portraying a tough detective who is also a homosexual.
In 2008, Kim took on the lead role in Marine Boy, portraying a former professional swimmer who falls into a debt trap. The same year, he starred in the short film I'm Right Here as part of the omnibus Five Senses of Eros.
Kim was then cast in the Japanese film Black Dawn, playing a Korean agent. He then starred in the short film The Heavenly Creature as part of Kim Jee-woon's science-fiction anthology film Doomsday Book; and played the lead role in erotic thriller The Taste of Money by Im Sang-soo. Kim returned to the small screen in the romantic comedy action drama Lovers of Haeundae.
The same year, Kim published a travel book titled Two Men’s Unstoppable Thailand Trip, which recorded his Thailand experience with his close friend and filmmaker, Lee Jung-sub.
Kim then starred in thriller Tabloid Truth as a talent manager, a film focusing on the tabloid culture of South Korea. He next featured in the ensemble drama Cart, a film depict a story about contract workers in a large discount store who are faced with wrongful dismissals. Meanwhile on the small screen, Kim took on the lead role in the revenge thriller Golden Cross.
In 2015, Kim starred in the period film The Treacherous, playing a tyrant king who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures. He then starred in his first cable television series; mystery thriller The Missing; followed by another thriller Goodbye Mr. Black, taking on a villainous role.
In 2017, Kim starred in the science fiction drama Circle alongside Yeo Jin-goo. In June 2017, Kim's contract with C-JeS Entertainment expired and he decided to sign with new management agency King Entertainment.
In 2018, Kim starred in the psychological thriller The Vanished, a remake of the 2012 film The Body. The same year, he starred in the weekend drama My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh together with Uee.
|2002||The Coast Guard||Private Jo|
|The Beast and the Beauty||Tak Joon-ha|
|2007||The Railroad||Kim Man-soo|
|Le Grand Chef||Seong-chan|
|Rainbow Eyes||Cho Kyung-yoon|
|2008||Hello, Schoolgirl||Gyu-cheol (cameo)|
|Five Senses of Eros||Kang Hyeon-woo|
|2010||Ha Ha Ha||Kang Jeong-ho|
|A Better Tomorrow||Kim Chul|
|2012||Doomsday Book||Park Do-won|
|The Taste of Money||Joo Young-jak|
|Black Dawn||Yoo Dae-ha/An Min-cheol|
|2013||The Gifted Hands||Yang Choon-dong|
|In My End Is My Beginning||Jung-ha's younger brother (cameo)|
|Mr. Go||Doosan Bears general manager Kim|
|2014||Tabloid Truth||Lee Woo-gon|
|2015||The Treacherous||Prince Yeonsan|
|2016||Clocking Out (Short film)||Kim Hyo-chan|
|2018||The Vanished||Park Jin-han|
|High Society||Baek Kwang-hyun|
|2005||Three Leafed Clover||Yoon Seong-woo||SBS|
|2009||The Slingshot||Chae Do-woo||KBS2|
|2012||Lovers of Haeundae||Lee Tae-sung|
|2014||Golden Cross||Kang Do-yoon|
|2015||The Missing||Gil Soo-hyun||OCN|
|2016||Goodbye Mr. Black||Min Seon-jae||MBC|
|2018||My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh||Oh Jak-doo||MBC|
|Album information||Track listing|
|괜찮아요 (I'm Okay)
|한 사람 (One Person)
|위험한 소문 (Dangerous Rumors)|
Awards and nominations
|2004||3rd Korean Film Awards||Best New Actor||Springtime||Nominated|
|2005||6th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||The Aggressives||Won|
|2007||25th Torino Film Festival||Best Actor||The Railroad||Won|
|2009||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||The Slingshot||Nominated|
|2010||3rd Korea Jewelry Awards||Sapphire Award||N/A||Won|
|2012||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Haeundae Lovers||Nominated|
|2014||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Golden Cross||Nominated|
|2018||6th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama||After the Rain||Nominated|
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