May 1, 1968 |
Seocheon, South Chungcheong, South Korea
|Education||Hanyang University - Theater and Film|
|Spouse(s)||Ahn (1996-2006; divorced)
Song Yun-ah (m. 2009)
|Revised Romanization||Seol Gyeong-gu|
Born in Seocheon on May 5 1968. Sol Kyung-gu studied Theater and Film at Hanyang University (Class of '86). Upon graduation in 1994, he appeared in numerous theatrical productions, such as the hit Korean adaptation of the German rock musical Subway Line 1, and productions of Sam Shepard's True West and A. R. Gurney's Love Letters.
In the mid-1990s he began taking on minor roles in feature films, but it was not until 1999 that he made his breakthrough with major roles in The Bird That Stops in the Air, Rainbow Trout, and above all else, Peppermint Candy in which he played a suicidal man devastated by the two-decades of historical change his country undergoes. The critical acclaim and larger-than-expected popular appeal of this film instantly transformed Sol into one of the most respected young actors in Korea.
After the rather heavy-themed work of his early career, Sol then appeared in a mix of genre movies and more serious work. He starring in the romantic comedy I Wish I Had a Wife with Jeon Do-yeon in 2001, and then acted in a Japanese TV drama produced by NHK.
The year 2002 was huge for Sol, starring in three major films which effectively made him into one of the most popular actors in Korea. As a violent and unscrupulous police detective in Public Enemy he won both local acting awards and many new fans as the film drew close to 3 million viewers. In August, he starred in Lee Chang-dong's highly acclaimed third film Oasis, which won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Sol's portrayal of mildly mentally disabled outcast with sociopathic inclinations won him yet more acting awards in Korea. Finally in November, he acted together with Cha Seung-won in the smash hit Jail Breakers by popular director Kim Sang-jin.
Sol continued his hot streak in 2003 when he starred in Silmido directed by Cinema Service founder Kang Woo-suk, which became the first Korean film in history to gross 10 million admissions. His next role was as the title character in Rikidōzan, about the legendary ethnic Korean pro wrestler who became a national hero in Japan in the 1950s. Sol gained 20 kilograms for the role and also delivered 95% of his lines in Japanese. Despite winning great praise for his performance, however, the film vastly underperformed on its local release.
In 2005, Sol starred in the sequel Another Public Enemy, which ended up outgrossing the original. This was followed by a second sequel, Public Enemy Returns in 2008. His other films Haeundae (2009), The Tower (2012) and Cold Eyes (2013) have also been box office hits.
|Year||Korean Title||English Title||Role||Notes|
|1996||꽃잎||A Petal||brother of girl|
|1998||처녀들의 저녁식사||Girls' Night Out||cartoonist, Gyu-sik|
|1999||유령||Phantom: The Submarine||Number 432|
|2000||박하사탕||Peppermint Candy||Kim Yong-ho|
|단적비연수||The Legend of Gingko||Juk|
|2001||나도 아내가 있었으면 좋겠다||I Wish I Had a Wife||Kim Bong-soo|
|2002||공공의 적||Public Enemy||Kang Chul-joong|
|새는 폐곡선을 그린다||The Bird That Stops in the Air||Kim|
|광복절 특사||Jail Breakers||Yu Jae-pil|
|2005||공공의 적 2||Another Public Enemy||Kang Chul-joong|
|2006||사랑을 놓치다||Lost in Love||Woo-jae|
|열혈남아||Cruel Winter Blues||Shim Jae-mun|
|2007||그놈 목소리||Voice of a Murderer||Han Kyung-bae|
|싸움||Venus and Mars||Kim Sang-min|
|2008||강철중: 공공의 적 1-1||Public Enemy Returns||Kang Chul-joong|
|내 사랑 내 곁에||Closer to Heaven||Kim Jong-do||cameo|
|여행자||A Brand New Life||Jin-hee's father|
|2010||용서는 없다||No Mercy||Kang Min-ho|
|카멜리아||Camellia (segment: "Kamome")||Yong-soo||short film|
|2012||타워||The Tower||Kang Young-ki|
|2013||감시자들||Cold Eyes||Chief Detective Hwang|
|스파이||The Spy: Undercover Operation||Chul-soo|
|2014||나의 독재자||My Dictator||Kim Sung-geun|
|2015||서부전선||The Long Way Home||Nam-bok|
|2016||살인자의 기억법||A Murderer's Guide to Memorization||Byeong-Soo|
|2017||루시드 드림||Lucid Dream||Bang-seop|
|두포졸||Two Policemen||Veteran Policeman||pre-production|
|1988||Joy of Love||KBS|
|1997||A Bluebird Has It||KBS2|
Variety show - guest appearances
|2000||Lee So-ra's Propose||MBC|
|2006||Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter||KBS2|
|2007||Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Won-hee's Come to Play||MBC|
|2008||Yoon Do-hyun's Music Show||KBS 2FM|
|2013||Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy||SBS|
Music video appearances
|2004||"I Loved You to Death"||SG Wannabe|
|2015||"How Much Love Do You Have in Your Wallet?"||Park Yoo-chun|
Awards and nominations
|1992||28th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor in Theater||Won|
|1999||7th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best New Actor||Rainbow Trout||Nominated|
|20th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2000||10th Oslo International Film Festival||Special Mention||Peppermint Candy||Won|
|36th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor in Film||Won|
|8th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|23rd Golden Cinematography Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|2nd International Film Festival Bratislava||Best Actor||Won|
|37th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Won|
|21st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|20th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|2002||38th Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) in Film||Public Enemy||Won|
|Best Actor in Film||Nominated|
|39th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|10th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Oasis||Won|
|3rd Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|6th Director's Cut Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2003||39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in Film||Nominated|
|26th Golden Cinematography Awards||Most Popular Actor||Won|
|29th Seoul International Film Festival||Best Actor||Won|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in Film||Silmido||Nominated|
|2005||42nd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Rikidōzan||Nominated|
|Another Public Enemy||Nominated|
|2007||44th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Voice of a Murderer||Nominated|
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Cruel Winter Blues||Nominated|
|15th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2008||29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Public Enemy Returns||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in Film||Nominated|
|46th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Haeundae||Nominated|
|17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) in Film||Won|
|2010||18th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||No Mercy||Won|
|2013||34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||N/A||Won|
|33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in Film||Won|
|13th New York Asian Film Festival||Star Asia Award||N/A||Won|
|22nd Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) in Film||My Dictator||Won|
|1st Korean Film Producers Association Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in Film||Nominated|
|35th Golden Cinematography Awards||Best Actor||Won|
- Lee, Yong-sung (20 October 2005). "Film star comes back to drama stage". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Scott, A.O. (31 March 2001). "Peppermint Candy: A Life Retreats From Tragedy to Happy Beginnings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Sol Kyung-gu". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Lee, Seung-jae (1 December 2004). "I Reflected on Myself in Rikidozan". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- "Sul Kyung-gu Brings a Touch of Muscle to Wrestling Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- "Sul Kyung-gu: no Ordinary Action Hero". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Song, Woong-ki (12 August 2010). "Sul says his latest film was the most difficult". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Kim, Hyun-min; Lee, Eun-sun (21 December 2012). "THE TOWER's SOL Kyung-gu & SON Ye-jin: Actors' Experience from the Desperate Survival Drama". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Jang, Sung-ran (28 October 2014). "Playing a most dictatorial dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
- Jang, Sung-ran; Kim, Hyo-eun (22 September 2015). "Becoming friends on screen and off". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- Shim, Sun-ah (22 September 2015). "(Yonhap Interview) Actor attracted by dullness of The Long Way Home". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
- "Sol Kyung-gu to Teach Acting at Hanyang University". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
- Park, Si-soo (20 March 2014). "Entertainers take on teaching role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
- "Actor Sul and Actress Song to Marry on May 28". The Korea Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Lee, Hyo-won (8 May 2009). "Actors Sul, Song to Tie Knot on May 28". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- "Sol Kyung-gu, Song Yun-ah to Wed". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30.