Kim Kang-woo

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Kim Kang-woo
(간신) 레드카펫&VIP시사회 영상 (김강우).jpg
Born (1978-07-11) July 11, 1978 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent C-JeS Entertainment
Spouse(s) Han Mu-young (m. 2010)
Korean name
Hangul 김강우
Revised Romanization Gim Gang-u
McCune–Reischauer Kim 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 "Missing Noir M"


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]

In August 2014, Kim left his previous management agency Namoo Actors, and signed with C-JeS Entertainment.[10]

Personal life[edit]

On June 18, 2010, Kim married his longtime girlfriend Han Moo-young (older sister of actress Han Hye-jin).[11][12] Their son was born in 2011.[13]



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
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
2018 The Body Park Jin-han

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 SBS
2009 The Slingshot Chae Do-woo KBS2
2012 Haeundae Lovers Lee Tae-sung KBS2
2014 Golden Cross Kang Do-yoon KBS2
2015 Missing Noir M Gil Soo-hyun OCN
2016 Goodbye Mr. Black Min Seon-jae MBC
2017 Circle Kim Joon-hyuk tvN


Album information Track listing
가디안 (Guardian)
  • Album
  • Artist: Guardian (Jo Hyun-jae, Kim Kang-woo, 2 others)
  • Released: May 1, 1998
  • Label:
괜찮아요 (I'm Okay)
  • Track from Three Leaf Clover OST
  • Artist: Kim Kang-woo
  • Released: January 28, 2005
  • Label: DSP Entertainment
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
그게 맞다면
  • Single
  • Artist: Kim Kang-woo
  • Released: March 25, 2010
  • Label: Star East Entertainment/Digital Records
위험한 소문 (Dangerous Rumors)

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 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


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