Song in 2013
January 17, 1967|
Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Hwang Jang-sook (m. 1995)
|Revised Romanization||Song Gang-ho|
Following his debut appearance in The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, Song came to national prominence with a series of critically acclaimed performances in films such as No. 3, Joint Security Area, Memories of Murder and The Host. He also starred in the internationally released science fiction film Snowpiercer.
Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Gimhae High School. After getting a Broadcasting degree from Busan Kyungsang College, he later joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theatre company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation which proved Song's training ground. He made his stage premiere in 1991, in the play Dongseung. Although regularly approached to act in films, he always turned down the opportunity until taking a role as an extra in Hong Sang-soo's The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996).
In the following year, after portraying one of the homeless in Jang Sun-woo's docu-style Bad Movie, he gained cult notoriety for his show-stealing performance in Song Neung-han's No. 3 as a gangster training a group of young recruits, winning his first acting award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Following this, Song was cast in several supporting roles before his high-profile appearance as Han Suk-kyu's secret agent partner in Kang Je-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri.
In early 2000, Song's popularity increased with his first leading role in the box office smash The Foul King, for which he reputedly did most of his own stunts. However, it was with his award-winning role as a North Korean sergeant in Joint Security Area that he came to be regarded as one of South Korea's leading actors. Song also starred in Park Chan-wook's acclaimed followup, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which centers around a father's pursuit of his daughter's kidnappers.
In 2002, Song starred in another major production by Myung Films, YMCA Baseball Team, about Korea's first baseball team which formed in the early 20th century. The following year he played a leading role as an incompetent rural detective in yet another critically acclaimed smash hit, Memories of Murder from young director Bong Joon-ho.
In 2004, Song starred in a film by debut director Im Charn-sang that imagines the life of South Korean president Park Chung-hee's personal barber. The following year he also took the lead in Antarctic Journal, a big-budget project by debut director Yim Pil-sung, about an expedition in Antarctica that performed weakly at the box-office.
In 2006, Song was thrust back in the spotlight, however, with a leading role in Bong Joon-ho's record-breaking creature movie The Host. The film helped to broaden international awareness of Song's talent, and indeed he beat out several of Asia's best known stars to be named Best Actor at the inaugural Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong in March 2007.
More high-profile projects followed: The Show Must Go On about an aging gangster, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, Kim Jee-woon's western set in Manchuria The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Park Chan-wook's vampire film Thirst in which he notably appeared full frontally nude, the North-South spy thriller Secret Reunion, the gangster love story Hindsight, the suspense film Howling, the English-language dystopian blockbuster Snowpiercer, the period drama The Face Reader, and The Attorney which was inspired by Roh Moo-hyun's early days as a human rights lawyer.
In recent years, Song has continued to star in a number of critically acclaimed films; including period film The Throne, a new spin on the relationship between King Yeongjo and Prince Sado; period action film The Age of Shadows, and A Taxi Driver, a film which depicts the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement.
|Year||English title||Korean title||Role||Notes||Ref.|
|1996||The Day a Pig Fell into the Well||돼지가 우물에 빠진 날|
|1997||Green Fish||초록 물고기||Pan-su|
Best New Actor at the 35th Grand Bell Awards
|Bad Movie||나쁜 영화||Homeless man (cameo)|||
|1998||The Quiet Family||조용한 가족||Kang Yeong-min (son)||Best Actor at the 18th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards|
|1999||Shiri||쉬리||Lee Jang-gil||Nominated - Best Supporting Actor at the 36th Grand Bell Awards|
|2000||The Foul King||반칙왕||Dae-ho||Best Actor at the 5th Women Viewers Film Awards|
|Joint Security Area||공동경비구역JSA||Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil||
Best Actor at the 38th Grand Bell Awards
|2002||Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance||복수는 나의 것||Park Dong-jin|||
|YMCA Baseball Team||YMCA 야구단||Lee Ho-chang|||
|2003||Memories of Murder||살인의 추억||Detective Park Doo-man||
Best Actor at the 6th Director's Cut Awards
|2004||The President's Barber||효자동 이발사||Seong Han-mo||Nominated - Best Actor at the 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards|
|2005||Antarctic Journal||남극일기||Choi Do-hyung|||
|Sympathy for Lady Vengeance||친절한 금자씨||Hired Assassin #1 (cameo)|
|2006||The Host||괴물||Park Gang-du||
Best Actor at the 1st Asian Film Awards
|2007||The Show Must Go On||우아한 세계||Kang In-goo||
Best Actor at the 27th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
Best Actor at the 6th Korean Film Awards
|2008||The Good, the Bad, the Weird||좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈||Yun Tae-goo/The Weird||
Nominated - Best Actor at the 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Actor at the 12th Director's Cut Awards
|2010||Secret Reunion||의형제||Agent Lee Han-gyu||
Nominated - Best Actor at the 47th Grand Bell Awards
|A Little Pond||작은 연못||Police officer (cameo)|
|Day Trip||청출어람||Short film|||
|2013||Snowpiercer||설국 열차||Namgoong Minsu||Nominated - Best Supporting Actor at the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival|||
|The Face Reader||관상||Nae-gyeong||
Best Actor at the 50th Grand Bell Awards
|The Attorney||변호인||Song U-seok||
Best Actor at the 19th Chunsa Film Art Awards
|2015||The Throne||사도||King Yeongjo|||
|2016||The Age of Shadows||밀정||Lee Jung-chool||
Best Actor at the 8th KOFRA Film Awards
|2017||A Taxi Driver||택시 운전사||Man-seob||
Best Actor at the 21st Fantasia Festival
|Fifth Column||제5열||Kang Jong-deok|||
|2018||Drug King||마약왕||Lee Doo-sam|||
- 2004 38th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation
- 2015 20th Busan International Film Festival Asia Casting Market Curtain call Award
- 2016 Shin Young-kyun Arts and Culture Foundation Top Cultural Award
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- "New take on King Yeongjo and Prince Sado". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 August 2015.
- "KIM Jee-woon Wraps Period Action-Thriller SECRET AGENT". Korean Film Biz Zone. 20 April 2016.
- "Korean star Song Kang-ho scores in The Age Of Shadows". Now Toronto. 21 September 2016.
- "SONG Kang-ho Takes Lead in TAXI DRIVER Depicting the Gwangju Democratization Movement". Korean Film Biz Zone. 26 February 2016.
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- "A Normandy Beachhead for Asian Films". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 March 2001.
- "Memories of Murder wins Critics Choice Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 November 2003.
- "'Host' eats rivals at Asian festival". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 March 2007.
- "Director's Cut Awards Diversity of Films". Korean Film Biz Zone. 28 December 2006.
- "`Show Must Go on` Wins Blue Dragon Award". KBS World. 24 November 2007.
- "6th Korean Film Awards Winners". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 December 2007.
- "SONG Kang-ho wins best actor award at Palm Springs Fest". Korean Film Biz Zone. 23 January 2008.
- "Winners of Director's CUT Awards announced". 10Asia. 18 December 2009.
- "Film journalists pick Song Kang-ho, Kim Hye-ja top actors". 10Asia. 28 January 2010.
- "DAY TRIP Directors PARK Chan-wook, PARK Chan-kyong and Actor SONG Kang-ho". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 January 2013.
- "THE FACE READER Picks Up 6 at 50th Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 November 2013.
- "'Snowpiercer' picks up three Korean film critics' awards". Yonhap News Agency. 18 November 2013.
- "Actor Song Kang-ho wins Chunsa award". The Korea Times. 20 March 2014.
- "SONG Kang-ho Picks Up Grand Prize at PaekSang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 29 May 2014.
- "SHIM Eun-kyung, SONG Kang-ho, HONG Sangsoo and ROARING CURRENTS Win at 23rd Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 October 2014.
- "'Snowpiercer' is Korean film reporters' pick of 2013". The Korea Herald. 23 January 2014.
- "35th Blue Dragon Awards Names THE ATTORNEY Best Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. 18 December 2014.
- "THE WAILING Triumphs at Korean Film Reporters Association Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 24 January 2017.
- "Song Kang-ho wins Grand Prize at "The Beautiful Artist Awards"". Sports Donga. 26 October 2016.
- "THE HANDMAIDEN Tops 53rd BaekSang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 10 May 2017.
- "SONG Kang-ho Picks Up Cheval Noir Best Actor Award". Korean Film Biz Zone. 11 August 2017.
- "A TAXI DRIVER Tops Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 17 October 2017.
- "1st Seoul Awards 2017 Winners in Film". The Seoul Awards. 27 October 2017.
- "A TAXI DRIVER Drives Off with 4 Blue Dragons". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 December 2017.
- "THE FORTRESS Tops Korean Film Producers Association Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 26 December 2017.
- "전국 청소년이 뽑은 인기 영화인은?". Naver (in Korean). News1. 7 October 2017.
- "A TAXI DRIVER Takes Top Prize at Asia World Film Festival". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 November 2017.
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- "ANARCHIST FROM COLONY Leads Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominees". Korean Film Biz Zone. 10 May 2018.
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