Sol Kyung-gu

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Sol.
Sol Kyung-gu
Seol Kyung-Goo.jpg
Born (1968-05-01) May 1, 1968 (age 48)
Seocheon, South Chungcheong, South Korea
Education Hanyang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Agent C-JeS Entertainment
Spouse(s) Ahn (1996-2006; divorced)
Song Yun-ah (m. 2009)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Seol Gyeong-gu
McCune–Reischauer Sŏl Kyŏnggu

Sol Kyung-gu (born May 1, 1968) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the popular Public Enemy film series, as well as Peppermint Candy, Oasis and Silmido.


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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Sol also began teaching acting in 2014 at his alma mater Hanyang University, as an adjunct professor in the College of Performing Arts.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Sol married the younger sister of actor Ahn Nae-sang in 1996; they have one daughter. After being separated for four years, Sol and his wife divorced on July 21, 2006.[14]

He married actress Song Yun-ah on May 28, 2009; their son was born on August 3, 2010. Sol and Song previously worked together in the films Jail Breakers (2002) and Lost in Love (2006).[15][16]



Year Korean Title English Title Role Notes
1996 꽃잎 A Petal brother of girl
러브스토리 Love Story Young-ho
1998 처녀들의 저녁식사 Girls' Night Out cartoonist, Gyu-sik
1999 유령 Phantom: The Submarine Number 432
송어 Rainbow Trout Min-soo
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
오아시스 Oasis Hong Jong-du
광복절 특사 Jail Breakers Yu Jae-pil
2003 실미도 Silmido Kang In-chan
2004 역도산 Rikidōzan Rikidōzan/Kim Sin-rak
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
2009 해운대 Haeundae Choi Man-sik
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
해결사 Troubleshooter Kang Tae-sik
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
소원 Hope Im Dong-hoon
2014 나의 독재자 My Dictator Kim Sung-geun
2015 서부전선 The Long Way Home Nam-bok
2016 루시드 드림 Lucid Dream Bang-seop post-production
살인자의 기억법 A Murderer's Guide to Memorization Byeong-Soo filming
2017 불한당 Robber Jae-ho filming
두포졸 Two Policemen Veteran Policeman pre-production

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1988 Joy of Love KBS
1991 Magpie Daughter-in-law MBC
1994 Oldest Sister MBC
1997 A Bluebird Has It KBS2
White Christmas SBS
2001 Prince Shōtoku NHK

Variety show - guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Network
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[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2004 "I Loved You to Death" SG Wannabe
2015 "How Much Love Do You Have in Your Wallet?" Park Yoo-chun

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
Best Actor Hope 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Yong-sung (20 October 2005). "Film star comes back to drama stage". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ Scott, A.O. (31 March 2001). "Peppermint Candy: A Life Retreats From Tragedy to Happy Beginnings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Sol Kyung-gu". Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ Lee, Seung-jae (1 December 2004). "I Reflected on Myself in Rikidozan". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Sul Kyung-gu Brings a Touch of Muscle to Wrestling Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Sul Kyung-gu: no Ordinary Action Hero". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ Song, Woong-ki (12 August 2010). "Sul says his latest film was the most difficult". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Jang, Sung-ran (28 October 2014). "Playing a most dictatorial dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  10. ^ Jang, Sung-ran; Kim, Hyo-eun (22 September 2015). "Becoming friends on screen and off". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  11. ^ Shim, Sun-ah (22 September 2015). "(Yonhap Interview) Actor attracted by dullness of The Long Way Home". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  12. ^ "Sol Kyung-gu to Teach Acting at Hanyang University". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  13. ^ Park, Si-soo (20 March 2014). "Entertainers take on teaching role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  14. ^ "Actor Sul and Actress Song to Marry on May 28". The Korea Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  15. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (8 May 2009). "Actors Sul, Song to Tie Knot on May 28". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Sol Kyung-gu, Song Yun-ah to Wed". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

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