Kim Kang-woo

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Kim Kang-woo
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Born (1978-07-11) July 11, 1978 (age 41)
EducationChung-Ang University - Theater and Film
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present
AgentKing Entertainment
Spouse(s)
Han Mu-young (m. 2010)
Children1
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Gang-u
McCune–ReischauerKim Kang'u

Kim Kang-woo (born July 11, 1978) is a South Korean actor. He is best known from his roles in The Taste of Money and The Missing.

Career[edit]

Kim Kang-woo majored in Theater and Film at Chung-Ang University,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[4][6] He also admitted to being anxious because of the increased expectations people would have over his future performances.[2]

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.[4][7] 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.[8][9] 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".[5] He next starred in the crime thriller Rainbow Eyes the same year, portraying a tough detective who is also a homosexual.[2]

In 2008, Kim took on the lead role in Marine Boy, portraying a former professional swimmer who falls into a debt trap.[10] The same year, he starred in the short film I'm Right Here as part of the omnibus Five Senses of Eros.[11]

Kim returned to the small screen in 2009, playing a psychopath in the action thriller The Slingshot.[12]

Following a supporting role in Hong Sang-soo's comedy drama Hahaha, Kim starred in the remake of the 1986 Hong Kong film A Better Tomorrow.[13]

Kim was then cast in the Japanese film Black Dawn, playing a Korean agent.[14] 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.[15][16] Kim returned to the small screen in the romantic comedy action drama Lovers of Haeundae.[17]

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.[18]

Making 2013 a busy year; Kim starred in three films: fantasy thriller The Gifted Hands, romantic comedy film Marriage Blue and 3D sports comedy film Mr. Go.[19][20][21]

Kim then starred in thriller Tabloid Truth as a talent manager, a film focusing on the tabloid culture of South Korea.[22] 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.[23] Meanwhile on the small screen, Kim took on the lead role in the revenge thriller Golden Cross.[24][25]

In August 2014, Kim left his previous management agency Namoo Actors, and signed with C-JeS Entertainment.[26]

In 2015, Kim starred in the period film The Treacherous, playing a tyrant king who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures.[27][28] He then starred in his first cable television series; mystery thriller The Missing;[29][30] followed by another thriller Goodbye Mr. Black, taking on a villainous role.[31]

In 2017, Kim starred in the science fiction drama Circle alongside Yeo Jin-goo.[32][33] In June 2017, Kim's contract with C-JeS Entertainment expired and he decided to sign with new management agency King Entertainment.[34]

In 2018, Kim starred in the psychological thriller The Vanished, a remake of the 2012 film The Body.[35][36] The same year, he starred in the weekend drama My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh together with Uee.[37][38]

In 2019, Kim is set to star in the fantasy drama Item as an antagonist.[39]

Personal life[edit]

On June 18, 2010, Kim married his longtime girlfriend Han Mu-young, the elder sister of actress Han Hye-jin.[40][41] Their son was born in 2011.[42]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 The Coast Guard Private Jo
2003 Silmido Min-ho
2004 Springtime Ju-ho
2005 The Aggressives Mogi
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)
2009 Marine Boy Cheon-soo
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)[43]
Mr. Go Doosan Bears general manager Kim
Marriage Blue Tae-kyu
2014 Tabloid Truth Lee Woo-gon
Cart Dong-joon
2015 The Treacherous Prince Yeonsan
2016 Clocking Out (Short film) Kim Hyo-chan[44]
2018 The Vanished Park Jin-han
High Society Baek Kwang-hyun

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Breathless Shin Moo-chul MBC
2005 Three Leafed Clover Yoon Seong-woo SBS
2008 Bichunmoo Shi Jun[45]
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
2017 Circle Kim Joon-hyuk tvN
2018 My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh Oh Jak-doo MBC
2019 Item Cho Se-hwang

Discography[edit]

Album information Track listing
가디안 (Guardian)
  • Album
  • Artist: Guardian (Jo Hyun-jae, Kim Kang-woo, 2 others)
  • Released: May 1, 1998
  • Label:
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 슬픈 인연 (Sad Fate)
  3. 아르바이트 (Part-time job)
  4. 세상이 가르쳐준 이별
  5. 수호천사 (Guardian Angel)
  6. 빨라 빨라 (Hurry, Hurry)
  7. 애상 (Aesang)
  8. 미스터 플라워 (Mister Flower)
  9. 죄와 벌 (Crime and Punishment)
  10. 일요일 아침같은 그대
  11. 혼돈 (Chaos)
  12. Outro
괜찮아요 (I'm Okay)
  • Track from Three Leaf Clover OST
  • Artist: Kim Kang-woo
  • Released: January 28, 2005
  • Label: DSP Entertainment
Track listing
11. 괜찮아요 (I'm Okay)
한 사람 (One Person)
  • Track from Love Tree Project: Namoo Actors Charity Project
  • Artist: Kim Kang-woo
  • Released: January 8, 2010
  • Label: Ode Music/KT Music
Track listing
1. 한 사람 (One Person)
그게 맞다면
  • Single
  • Artist: Kim Kang-woo
  • Released: March 25, 2010
  • Label: Star East Entertainment/Digital Records
Track listing
  1. 그게 맞다면
  2. 그게 맞다면 (Inst.)
위험한 소문 (Dangerous Rumors)
Track listing
  1. 위험한 소문 (Dangerous Rumors)
  2. 위험한 소문 (Dangerous Rumors) (Inst.)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 3rd Korean Film Awards Best New Actor Springtime Nominated
2005 6th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actor[46] 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[47] Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh Nominated
MBC Drama Awards[48] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet Kim Kangwoo, who was the recipient of "Best Actor" at the 25th Torino Film Festival for his performance in The Railroad.". Arirang News. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  2. ^ a b c Kwon Mee-yoo. "Actor Kim Works to Enjoy His Calling". The Korea Times, 25 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Film Awards Ceremonies in Korea". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  4. ^ a b c "Actor Inspired by Hungry Spirit". The Dong-a Ilbo, 4 December 2007.
  5. ^ a b Jean Oh. "No run-of-the-mill Romeo". The Korea Herald, 9 April 2009.
  6. ^ Cathy Rose A. Garcia. "Actor Kim Kang-woo Wins in Turin". The Korea Times, 2 December 2007.
  7. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2007". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  8. ^ "Le Grand Chef depicts story of talented cook". Hancinema, 6 November 2006 (originally published by The Korea Herald).
  9. ^ Yang Sung-jin. "MOVIE REVIEW: Le Grand Chef offers visual feast with colorful food contest". Hancinema, 22 October 2007 (originally published by The Korea Herald).
  10. ^ "'Marine Boy' swims against the tide". The Korea Herald. 5 January 2009.
  11. ^ "5 Directors Explore Sensuality in Eros". The Korea Times. 2 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Stars of 'The Slingshot' Determined to Be Committed to the End". KBS World. 1 June 2009.
  13. ^ "Tomorrow remake to bring macho drama". The Korea Times. 17 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Kim Kang-woo cast in upcoming Japanese film". 10Asia. 12 August 2001.
  15. ^ ""The Taste of Money" Kim Kang-woo". Hancinema. 20 May 2012.
  16. ^ ""The Taste of Money" set to open in theaters on May 17". 10Asia. 25 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Cho Yeo-jung, Kim Kang-woo confirms main roles in new KBS drama". 10Asia. 21 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Kim Kang-woo writes about trip to Thailand". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 July 2012.
  19. ^ "Kim Kang-woo and Kim Bum in the movie "The Miracle"". Hancinema. 9 February 2012.
  20. ^ "Kim Kang-woo starring in "Marriage Blue"". Hancinema. 2 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Kim Kang-woo joins "Mister Go 3D"". Hancinema. 2 April 2012.
  22. ^ "'Tabloid Truth' looks at celebrity gossip". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 January 2014.
  23. ^ "Completed Casting for THE CART about Discount Store Workers". Korean Film Biz Zone. 10 December 2013.
  24. ^ "Kim Kang-woo in the new KBS drama "Golden Cross"". Hancinema. 10 March 2014.
  25. ^ "Male actors take to prime time". The Korea Times. 7 May 2014.
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  27. ^ "JU Ji-hoon and KIM Kang-woo Sign on for TREACHEROUS SUBJECT". Korean Film Biz Zone. 26 August 2014.
  28. ^ "Historical film tells story of Joseon tyrant". The Korea Times. 19 April 2015.
  29. ^ "Kim Kang-woo and Park Hee-soon confirmed casting for 'Special Missing Person Unit M'". Hancinema. 2 January 2015.
  30. ^ "[StarN ZoomIn] Park Hee Soon & Kim Kang Woo attend a new drama press conference". StarN News. 24 March 2015.
  31. ^ "(LEAD) Drama 'Goodbye, Mr. Black' to challenge 'Descendants of the Sun'". Yonhap News Agency. 14 March 2016.
  32. ^ "Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Kang-woo to star in tvN's new drama 'Circle'". Kpop Herald. 3 March 2017.
  33. ^ "Alien sci-fi drama 'Circle' enjoys fandom". The Korea Times. 18 June 2017.
  34. ^ Park Jin-young (29 June 2017). "김강우, 킹엔터와 전속계약..고소영·김아중 한솥밥". OSEN (in Korean).
  35. ^ "KIM Sang-kyung, KIM Gang-woo and KIM Hee-ae Search for THE BODY". Korean Film Biz Zone. May 4, 2017.
  36. ^ "Kim Kang-woo makes it look easy". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 March 2018.
  37. ^ "Kim Kang-woo, Uee cast in new MBC weekend series". Kpop Herald. 17 January 2018.
  38. ^ "Kim Kang-woo, Uee cast in new MBC weekend series". Yonhap News Agency. 17 January 2018.
  39. ^ "[단독] 김강우, MBC '아이템' 주연…주지훈과 투톱". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 7 September 2018.
  40. ^ Han Sang-hee (25 May 2010). "Actor to tie knot with actress' sister". The Korea Times.
  41. ^ ‘결혼’ 선남선녀 커플 김강우-한무영 ‘7년 열애 결실맺어요~ ’. Newsen (in Korean). 18 June 2010.
  42. ^ 김강우 "신비주의 사생활? 아내는 이해심 많은 여자"(인터뷰). Newsen (in Korean). 29 May 2012.
  43. ^ "Kim Kang-woo, Lee Hwi-hyang, Choi Min-sik in "In My End is My Beginning"". Hancinema. 2 April 2013.
  44. ^ "Science fiction thriller makes innovative debut: 'Night Rider' will be released in four parts on Naver's TV Cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 October 2016.
  45. ^ "Scrub up the dubbing, say 'Bichunmoo - Drama' viewers". The Korea Herald. 4 April 2008.
  46. ^ "Film Awards Ceremonies in Korea". Koreanfilm.org. 19 October 2005.
  47. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). 27 September 2018.
  48. ^ "소지섭 '데뷔 23년 만에 첫 대상'(mbc연기대상)[포토엔HD]". Newsen (in Korean). December 31, 2018.

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