Shin Ha-kyun

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Shin Ha-kyun
(빅매치) 제작보고회 말.말.말 영상 신하균.jpg
Born (1974-05-30) May 30, 1974 (age 45)
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]

Personal life[edit]

His niece, Park Eun-young, is a former member of the Korean idol group Brave Girls.[44]


Year English title Korean title Role Director Notes
1998 The Happenings 기막힌 사내들 Kim Choo-rak (김추락) Jang Jin (장진)
1999 The Spy 간첩 리철진 Oh Woo-yeol (오우열) Jang Jin (장진)
2000 Coming Out 커밍 아웃 Jae-min (재민) Kim Jee-woon (김지운) short film
The Foul King 반칙왕 Kim Jee-woon (김지운) cameo
Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA Jung Woo-jin (정우진) Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
2001 Guns & Talks 킬러들의 수다 Jung-woo (정우) Jang Jin (장진)
2002 Surprise 서프라이즈 In-hoo (인후) Kim Jin-seong (김진성)
No Comment 묻지마 패밀리 Park Sang-won (박상원)
Park Kwang-hyun (박광현)
Lee Hyeon-jong (이현종)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 복수는 나의 것 Ryu (류) Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
2003 Save the Green Planet! 지구를 지켜라! Lee Byung-gu (이병구) Jang Joon-hwan (장준환)
A Man Who Went to Mars 화성으로 간 사나이 Lee Seung-jae (이승재) Kim Jung-kwon (김정권)
Good Person 좋은 사람 Park Joon-pil (박준필) Yu Jeong-Jun (유정준) TV series
2004 My Brother 우리형 Kim Sung-hyun (김성현) Ahn Gwon-tae (안권태)
Hair Kang Woon-do (강운도) Jang Joon-hwan (장준환) short film
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 hired assassin #2 Park Chan-wook (박찬욱) cameo
Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Pyo Hyun-chul (표현철) Park Kwang-hyun (박광현)
Murder, Take One 박수칠 때 떠나라 Kim Young-hoon (김영훈) Jang Jin (장진)
2006 No Mercy for the Rude 예의없는 것들 Killar (킬라) Park Cheol-hee (박철희)
2007 My Son 아들 Uncle Goose (삼촌 기러기 목소리) Jang Jin (장진) voice cameo
2008 The Devil's Game 더 게임 Min Hee-do (민희도) Yoon In-ho (윤인호)
2009 Thirst 박쥐 Kang-woo (강우) Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
2010 Golden House 위기일발 풍년빌라 Oh Bok-kyu (오복규) Jo Hyun-tak (조현탁) TV series
The Quiz Show Scandal 퀴즈왕 Ph.D (공학박사) Jang Jin (장진) cameo
Foxy Festival 페스티발 Kwak Jang-bae (곽장배) Lee Hae-young (이해영)
Cafe Noir 카페 느와르 Young-soo (영수) Jung Sung-il (정성일)
2011 The Front Line 고지전 Kang Eun-pyo (강은표) Jang Hoon (장훈)
Brain 브레인 Lee Kang-hoon (이강훈) Yoo Hyun-ki (유현기) TV series
2012 The Thieves 도둑들 Lee Ha-cheol (이하철) Choi Dong-hoon (최동훈) cameo
First Position 퍼스트 포지션 Bess Kargman Korean narration
2013 All About My Romance 내 연애의 모든 것 Kim Soo-young (김수영) Son Jung-hyun (손정현) TV series
Running Man 런닝맨 Cha Jong-woo (차종우) Jo Dong-oh (조동오)
2014 Mr. Back 미스터 백 Choi Go-bong/Choi Shin-hyung Lee Sang-yeob (이상엽) TV series
Big Match 빅매치 Ace (에이스) Choi Ho (최호)
2015 Empire of Lust 순수의 시대 Kim Min-jae (김민재) Ahn Sang-hoon (안상훈)
2016 Pied Piper 피리부는 사나이 Joo Sung-chan (주성찬) Kim Hong-sun (김홍선) TV series
Detour 올레 Joong-pil Chae Doo-byung (채두병)
2017 The Villainess 악녀 Joong-sang Jung Byung-gil
Room No.7 7호실 Doo-shik Lee Yong-seung
2018 What a Man Wants 바람바람바람 Bong-soo Lee Byeong-heon
Less Than Evil 나쁜 형사 Woo Tae-seok TV series
2019 My Exceptional Brother 나의 특급 형제 Se-ha Yook Sang-hyo


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 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards[45] Best Supporting Actor Joint Security Area Won
8th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
3rd Director's Cut Awards Best New 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
2003 4th Busan Film Critics Awards[46] Best Actor
Save the Green Planet!
2nd Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2007 41st Taxpayer's Day Exemplary Taxpayer Commendation N/A Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor
2011 KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang)
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 (Production Director) Awards Best Actor 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
2014 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries
Mr. Back
Popularity Award, Actor Won
2018 MBC Drama Awards[47] Grand Prize (Daesang) Less Than Evil Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Won


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  44. ^ 브레이브걸스 은영 “삼촌 신하균, 내 덕에 검색어 올랐다며 좋아해”(인터뷰). Newsen (in Korean). 15 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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