Park Hae-il

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Park Hae-il
Born (1977-01-26) January 26, 1977 (age 40)
South Korea
Education Namseoul University - English (dropped out)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Agent HM Entertainment
Spouse(s) Seo Yoo-seon (m. 2006)
Korean name
Hangul 박해일
Revised Romanization Bak Hae-il
McCune–Reischauer Pak Hae-il

Park Hae-il (born January 26, 1977) is a South Korean actor. He began his acting career in theater, but soon gained the film industry's attention in 2003 with Jealousy Is My Middle Name and Memories of Murder. Park's film career took off, with leading roles in films of diverse genres, including relationship drama Rules of Dating (2005), horror mystery Paradise Murdered (2007), and crime thriller Moss (2010). More recently, Park received Best Actor honors for his performance in the period action film War of the Arrows, which was the highest-grossing Korean film of 2011. He also received critical acclaim for his role as an aging poet in A Muse (2012).


Park Hae-il began appearing in theatre productions ever since childhood, and he first established himself on stage rather than on the screen. In 2000 he was awarded the Best New Actor award in the theatre category of the Baeksang Arts Awards for his role in the play Cheongchun-yechan ("Ode to Youth"). His film debut was in a minor role of Yim Soon-rye's Waikiki Brothers, however he left a major impression in his second film Jealousy Is My Middle Name, in which he played a conflicted young man who develops a fascination/hatred for his boss, who has stolen two women from him. The film won the top prize at the Busan International Film Festival in 2002, and was released commercially the following spring.[1]

Throughout his career, Park has been cast in two different types of roles: innocent-looking, boyish characters, or else men who hide a dark streak under a nice-looking exterior. After Jealousy, Park would take on his darkest role of all in the acclaimed smash hit Memories of Murder, where he portrayed a man suspected of committing serial murder. Yet the following year he was just as effective appearing in a romantic role opposite Jeon Do-yeon in time-travel drama My Mother, the Mermaid.[1]

In 2005, he once again played characters of completely opposite temperament. In Rules of Dating, he plays a dirty-minded, scheming high school instructor who sets his mind on a pretty student teacher played by Kang Hye-jung,[2] while in Boy Goes to Heaven he plays a young boy who suddenly finds himself an adult one day, ala Tom Hanks in Big.[1]

2006 saw him return to work with acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho in the big-budget monster movie The Host which went on to become the best-selling Korean film of all time.[1]

Murder mystery Paradise Murdered was a surprise hit in 2007, with Kyu Hyun Kim of calling Park "an inspired choice for the ostensible protagonist, projecting fatigued compassion and cold calculation in equal measure, his obsidian pupils glistening with streaks of chilling obsession."[3]

In 2008, he starred in the period drama Modern Boy, a dramatic love story set in 1930s Gyeongseong or old Seoul, when Korea was under Japanese colonization (1910–45). Park played the role of a rich, hedonistic playboy who cannot care less that his country was colonized, then falls head over heels in love with a beautiful and mysterious independence fighter (Kim Hye-soo).[4][5]

After small supporting roles in Shim's Family (also known as Skeletons in the Closet),[6] and Good Morning, President,[7] Park joined the ensemble cast of A Million as one of eight participants who take part in a TV reality show in Perth, Australia but discover that they must literally survive to win the prize of 1 million dollars.

In 2010, Park headlined Kang Woo-suk's blockbuster mystery thriller Moss, playing a young man who comes to a rural village after hearing about his father's death and later becomes embroiled in its hidden secrets.[8][9] Park's casting was received enthusiastically by fans of the source material, Yoon Tae-ho's hugely popular online graphic novel series.[10]

Heartbeat explores a familial love battle of wills, as Yeon-hee (played by Yunjin Kim of Lost fame) whose daughter is in desperate need of a heart transplant, tries to convince a brain-dead patient's son (Park) to sign off on the transplant, but he refuses and instead investigates his mother's fall.[11] He then appeared in the low-budget indie End of Animal, because he found the script "very interesting."[12]

Park next starred in War of the Arrows, a fictional tale set in the Joseon Dynasty, which follows Nam-yi (Park) on his search for younger sister Ja-in after she is kidnapped by Qing Dynasty soldiers during an invasion. As he slays enemy soldiers with his bow and arrow, he is confronted by Jushinta, a Manchu enemy commander also well known for his archery prowess. Arrow made headlines by selling to distributors from six countries at the Cannes film market[13][14] and becoming the highest-grossing Korean film of 2011. Park won Best Actor honors at the prestigious Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards.[15][16]

He returned to the big screen in A Muse, a film adaptation of celebrated author Park Bum-shin's sensational novel about an old poet who ends up falling for a 17-year-old girl named Eun-gyo. Upon realizing his love for the teenager, the poet goes through emotional turmoil and self-destruction, while willing to give up his fame as one of the nation's most respected literary figures. The 35-year-old actor took on the challenge of nearly eight hours of makeup daily, on top of learning the weary gait and gesture of a man in his 70s.[17]

After Yim Pil-sung's Weekend Prince was delayed,[18] Park starred instead in Song Hae-sung's ensemble black comedy Boomerang Family (2013),[19] and Zhang Lu's introspective romance drama Gyeongju (2014).[20]

Personal life[edit]

Park married his longtime girlfriend Seo Yoo-seon on March 11, 2006;[21][22] they have a son. Seo is a playwright and has also written an episode of KBS Drama Special titled Ji-hoon, Born in 1982.[23][24]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Waikiki Brothers young Sung-woo
2002 Who R. U.? Man in photograph (bit part)
2003 Audition Yoon Ji-seok short film
Scent of Love Seo In-ha
Jealousy Is My Middle Name Lee Won-sang
Memories of Murder Park Hyeon-gyu
2004 How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird Span Drama episode (TV, MBC)
Show Me segment: "Mobile"
My Mother, the Mermaid Kim Jin-guk
2005 Rules of Dating Lee Yoo-rim
Boy Goes to Heaven Bae Ne-mo
2006 The Host Park Nam-il
2007 Skeletons in the Closet Kyung-ho
Paradise Murdered Jae Woo-sung
2008 Modern Boy Lee Hae-myeong
2009 A Million Han Ki-tae
Good Morning, President Man requesting a transplant
The End Hae-il short film
2010 Moss Ryu Hae-guk
Second Half Director Bong (cameo)
2011 Heartbeat Lee Hwi-do
End of Animal Baseball cap
War of the Arrows Choi Nam-yi
Endless Joke short film
2012 Doomsday Book RU-4 robot (voice) segment: "The Heavenly Creature"
A Muse Lee Jeok-yo
Dangerously Excited Dae-hee's brother (cameo)
The Winter of the Year Was Warm Radio critic (voice cameo)
2013 Boomerang Family Oh In-mo
2014 Gyeongju Choi Hyeon
Santa Barbara Reporter (voice cameo)
Whistle Blower Yoon Min-cheol
My Dictator Tae-sik
2015 Love and... 1st lighting technician
2016 The Last Princess Jang-han


Year Title Role
2000 Ode to Youth
2003 Othello
Family Baguette
2003 Generation After Generation

Music video appearance[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2003 "Did We Really Love" Brown Eyed Soul
2004 "Dan" Kim Don-gyu

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 36th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Theater) Ode to Youth Won
2003 4th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Jealousy Is My Middle Name Won
11th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Won
23rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won
40th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Scent of Love Nominated
26th Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor Won
2nd Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Memories of Murder Nominated
Best New Actor Jealousy Is My Middle Name Won
24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
6th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Won
8th Women Viewers Film Awards Best Actor Won
2004 3rd Korean Film Awards Best Actor My Mother, the Mermaid Nominated
2005 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Rules of Dating Nominated
4th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
9th Director's Cut Awards[25] Best Performance (Ensemble cast) The Host Won
2007 3rd Andre Kim Best Star Awards[26] Best Star Award N/A Won
2008 16th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Actor in a Movie or Musical Won
2011 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival[27] Actor's Award N/A Won
48th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor War of the Arrows Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film Won
27th Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
2012 7th Asia Model Festival Awards[28] Asia Special Award N/A Won
6th Asian Film Awards Best Actor War of the Arrows Nominated
People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor Nominated
48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
2014 23rd Buil Film Awards Best Actor Gyeongju Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Whistle Blower Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 2nd Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Gyeongju Nominated


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  2. ^ Lee, Min-a (7 June 2005). "Flirting teachers spice their job with romance". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  3. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Paradise Murdered". Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (28 August 2008). "Modern Boy Opens in October". The Korea Times.
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (30 September 2008). "Modern Boy: Reinterpretation of Japanese Colonialism?". The Korea Times.
  6. ^ "Media attention focuses on Hwang". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 February 2007.
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (9 October 2009). "President Offers Politically Correct Drama, Flawed Politics". The Korea Times.
  8. ^ "Park Hae Il: 'I Want to Become Good Actor Completely Immersed in Movie'". KBS Global. 2 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Ki Sun-min, Park Sun-young (13 January 2010). "Year of the thriller for Korean movies". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  10. ^ Song, Won-seop (19 July 2010). "Mitchell, Moss and management". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  11. ^ Han, Sang-hee (4 December 2010). "Kim Yun-jin, Park Hae-il's battle of hearts". The Korea Times.
  12. ^ "Park Hae Il: 'I Want to Present Diverse Acting'". KBS Global. 4 January 2011.
  13. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (24 June 2011). "Arrow aims ultimate summer success". The Korea Times.
  14. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (4 August 2011). "Arrow aims for new horizons". The Korea Times.
  15. ^ Lee, Claire (19 October 2011). "Kim Ha-neul, Park Hae-il get top honors at Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald.
  16. ^ Lee, Claire (27 November 2011). "The Unjust best picture at Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Herald.
  17. ^ Lee, Claire (27 March 2012). "Park Hae-il back on the big screen as poet". The Korea Herald.
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (24 April 2012). "Park Hae-il to star in comedy flick with Song Sae-byeok". 10Asia.
  19. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (2 October 2012). "Park Hae-il, Kong Hyo-jin Kicks Off New Film's Pre-production". 10Asia. 
  20. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (6 June 2014). "Death, dreams brew in Gyeongju". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  21. ^ "박해일 결혼식의 전도연, 송강호 등 스타 하객들". Star News (in Korean). 11 March 2006.
  22. ^ "박해일씨 결혼식모습과 축하해주러온 연예인들". Daum (in Korean). 14 March 2006.
  23. ^ "Park Hae-il's wife writes Drama Special - Ji-hoon's Born in 1982". TV Report via Hancinema. 23 October 2011.
  24. ^ Son, Jin-ah (16 April 2012). "Park Hae-il talks about his love story "I got a crush on my wife because she bought me drinks"". StarN News.
  25. ^ "Hong Wins Director of the Year Award". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 December 2006.
  26. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (1 May 2007). "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times.
  27. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 July 2011). "Park Hae-il, Soo-ae, Choi Daniel, Sin Se-gyeong to win awards at PiFan". 10Asia.
  28. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (19 January 2012). "KARA awarded at the Asia Model Festival Awards". Korea JoongAng Daily.

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