Shin Ha-kyun

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Shin Ha-kyun
Shin Ha-kyun in Mar 2021.jpg
Born (1974-05-30) May 30, 1974 (age 47)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materSeoul Institute of the Arts
Years active1998–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Ha-gyun
McCune–ReischauerSin Hagyun

Shin Ha-kyun (born May 30, 1974) is a South Korean actor. His notable films include Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Save the Green Planet! (2003), and Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005).


Shin Ha-kyun first trained as a stage actor at the Seoul Institute of the Arts before going on to act in a large number of plays by Jang Jin. When in 1998 Jang Jin directed his first movie The Happenings, Shin was cast and he has since appeared in almost all of Jang's feature films.[1] Impressed by his acting abilities, director Kim Jee-woon also cast him in minor roles in The Foul King and his 30-minute internet film Coming Out.[2]

Shin first became a superstar with his role as a young North Korea soldier in Park Chan-wook's smash hit Joint Security Area in late 2000. At that time he developed a large fan following which, together that of co-star Won Bin, helped make his next film Guns & Talks a strong commercial hit.[3][2]

In the next couple years Shin would take on two strong roles that would come to define his career. In Park Chan-wook's acclaimed Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, he played a deaf man with bright green dyed hair who is driven by desperation to kidnap a young girl.[4][5] Then in Jang Joon-hwan's Save the Green Planet! in 2003, he played a mentally unbalanced man who believes that aliens are plotting to invade the earth. Together, these two intense and harrowing performances by Shin were an impressive display of his acting talent.[2]

Also noteworthy are Shin's performances in two very different films set during the Korean War -- Welcome to Dongmakgol, a dramedy that takes place in a small mountainous village,[6][7][8] and The Front Line, a harrowing tale of soldiers fighting over a small, bomb-blasted hill that regularly changes hands.[9][10][11] The versatile actor has played the following roles: a developmentally disabled man in My Brother, a rural postman in A Letter From Mars, a suspect under interrogation in Murder, Take One,[12][13][14] an eccentric hitman in No Mercy for the Rude,[15] a struggling artist who makes an unwise bet in The Devil's Game,[16] a sickly cuckolded husband in Thirst,[17] a macho cop in Foxy Festival,[18] and a music teacher having an affair in Cafe Noir.[19]

Primarily a film actor, Shin had previously done only one TV series, 2003's Good Person on MBC. But in 2010 he returned to television in the quirky mystery Golden House which aired on cable channel tvN.[20] Then in the 2011 medical drama Brain, his portrayal of a cold, ambitious neurosurgeon brought him to new heights of mainstream popularity,[21][22][23][24][25] and he later won the Grand Prize ("Daesang") at the KBS Drama Awards.[26]

In 2013, Shin headlined the romantic comedy series All About My Romance about two legislators from rival political parties who fall in love,[27] followed by the high-profile action film Running Man about an ordinary man forced to become a fugitive after he gets framed for murder.[28][29][30]

He then played a septuagenarian whose body magically reverts to his thirties in the 2014 comedy series Mr. Back.[31] Shin next gave a villainous turn as an evil mastermind game planner in the action-thriller Big Match.[32] In 2015, he headlined his first period film with Empire of Lust, playing a distinguished admiral of the recently established Joseon empire.[33][34][35] [36]

In 2016, Shin starred in the police procedural crime drama Piped Piper (2016), playing a negotiator.[37] He then starred in the comedy film Detour,[38] followed with mystery thriller Room No.7.[39] He also played a supporting role in the action film The Villainess co-starring Kim Ok-bin.[40]

In 2018, Shin starred in the romantic comedy film What a Man Wants.[41] The same year, he was cast in the comedy film My Exceptional Brother.[42] He returned to the small screen in the Korean remake of British crime drama Luther.[43]

In 2020, Shin is set to star in the medical drama Soul Mechanic.[44]

Personal life[edit]

His niece, Park Eun-young, is a former member of the Korean idol group Brave Girls.[45]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
1998 The Happenings 기막힌 사내들 Kim Choo-rak
1999 The Spy 간첩 리철진 Oh Woo-yeol
2000 Coming Out 커밍 아웃 Jae-min short film
The Foul King 반칙왕 blackguard cameo
Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA Jung Woo-jin
2001 Guns & Talks 킬러들의 수다 Jung-woo
2002 Surprise 서프라이즈 Kim Jung-woo
No Comment 묻지마 패밀리
  • married woman's lover (Enemies Everywhere)
  • Park In-gu (My Nike)
  • student who wakes up (Church Sister)
anthology of short films
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 복수는 나의 것 Ryu
2003 Save the Green Planet! 지구를 지켜라! Lee Byung-gu
A Man Who Went to Mars 화성으로 간 사나이 Lee Seung-jae
2004 My Brother 우리형 Kim Sung-hyun
Hair Kang Woon-do short film
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 hired assassin #2 cameo
Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Pyo Hyun-chul
Murder, Take One 박수칠 때 떠나라 Kim Young-hoon
2006 No Mercy for the Rude 예의없는 것들 Killa
2007 My Son 아들 Uncle Goose voice cameo
2008 The Devil's Game 더 게임 Min Hee-do
2009 Thirst 박쥐 Kang-woo
2010 The Quiz Show Scandal 퀴즈왕 Ph.D cameo
Foxy Festival 페스티발 Kwak Jang-bae
Cafe Noir 카페 느와르 Young-soo
2011 The Front Line 고지전 Kang Eun-pyo
2012 The Thieves 도둑들 Lee Ha-cheol cameo
First Position 퍼스트 포지션 Korean narration
2013 Running Man 런닝맨 Cha Jong-woo
2014 Big Match 빅매치 Ace
2015 Empire of Lust 순수의 시대 Kim Min-jae
2016 Detour 올레 Joong-pil
2017 The Villainess 악녀 Joong-sang
Room No.7 7호실 Doo-shik
2018 What a Man Wants 바람 바람 바람 Bong-soo
Less than Evil 나쁜 형사 Woo Tae-Seok
2019 Extreme Job 극한직업 Lee Moo-bae special appearance
Inseparable Bros 나의 특별한 형제 Se-ha
The Present 선물 Sang-goo VR film[46]
2020 Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP 미스터 주: 사라진 VIP Ali voice role
TBA Anchor 앵커 In-ho

Television series[edit]

Year Title Original title Role Network
2003 Good Person 좋은 사람 Park Joon-pil MBC
2010 Golden House 위기일발 풍년빌라 Oh Bok-kyu tvN
2011-2012 Brain 브레인 Lee Kang-hoon KBS2
2013 All About My Romance 내 연애의 모든 것 Kim Soo-young SBS
2014 Mr. Back 미스터 백 Choi Go-bong/Choi Shin-hyung MBC
2016 Pied Piper 피리부는 사나이 Joo Sung-chan tvN
2018-2019 Less Than Evil 나쁜 형사 Woo Tae-seok MBC
2020 Soul Mechanic 영혼수선공 Lee Shi-joon KBS2
2021 Beyond Evil 괴물 Lee Dong-sik JTBC


Year English title Korean title Role
1993 폭탄 투하 중
1997 Taxi Driver 택시 드리벌 어깨1
1998 Magic Time 매직타임 Ha-kyun (하균)
1999 Heotang 허탕 Yoo Dal-soo (유달수)
2000 Leave When They're Applauding 박수칠 때 떠나라 벨보이
2002 Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Pyo Hyun-chul (표현철)

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Artist English title Korean title
2000 Position "I Love You"
2004 Lee Soo-young "Hwi-li-li" 휠릴리
"Andante" 안단테
2010 Zia "Just Laugh" 웃음만

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 3rd Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Joint Security Area Won
8th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
21st Blue Dragon Film Awards[47] Best Supporting Actor Won
2001 38th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Guns & Talks Nominated
16th Golden Disk Awards Popular Music Video Award Position – I Love You Won
2003 4th Busan Film Critics Awards[48] Best Actor Save the Green Planet! Won
2nd Korean Film Awards Nominated
2007 41st Taxpayer's Day Exemplary Taxpayer Commendation N/A Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Thirst Nominated
2011 KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Brain Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Won
Best Couple Award with Choi Jung-won Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actor Nominated
24th Korean PD Awards Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries All About My Romance Nominated
2014 MBC Drama Awards Mr. Back Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Won
2018 MBC Drama Awards[49] Grand Prize (Daesang) Less Than Evil Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Won
In Awe Award Won
2019 39th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Inseparable Bros Won
2020 34th KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Soul Mechanic Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
2021 57th Baeksang Arts Awards[50][51] Best Actor (TV) Beyond Evil Won


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