Song Kang-ho

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Song Kang-ho
Song Gangho 2016.jpg
Song in 2016
Born (1967-01-17) January 17, 1967 (age 56)
Gimhae, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
Years active1991–present
Hwang Jang-suk
(m. 1995)
Children2, including Jun-pyoung
AwardsBest Actor 2022 Cannes Film Festival
HonoursROK Order of Cultural Merit Bo-gwan (3rd Class) ribbon.PNG Bo-gwan Order of Cultural Merit (2019)
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Eun-gwan (2nd Class) ribbon.PNG Eun-gwan Order of Cultural Merit (2022)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSong Gang-ho
McCune–ReischauerSong Kangho

Song Kang-ho (born January 17, 1967) is a South Korean actor. Song made his film debut in The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996), and came to national prominence with a series of critically acclaimed performances, including No. 3 (1997), Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), and A Taxi Driver (2017). Song rose to international prominence for his performances in Snowpiercer (2013) and Parasite (2019),[1] the latter of which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture.[2] He was awarded Best Actor at the 75th Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Broker. In 2020, The New York Times ranked him #6 on its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century.[3] He has been named Gallup Korea's Film Actor of the Year four times (2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020).[4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

Song Kang-ho was born in GimhaeSouth Gyeongsang Province, South Korea on January 17, 1967. He graduated from Gimhae High School and dreamed of becoming an actor since his sophomore year at Garak Middle School. At the time, there were only five theater and film departments nationwide, but after failing once in the entrance exam, he went on to study at the Department of Broadcasting and Entertainment at Gyeongsang National University in Busan.[8][9] Soon after, Song was drafted to his mandatory military enlistment. Afterward, when he was 23 years old, he did not go back to college, but started acting in a local theater company in Busan.[10]


Early career[edit]

In 1990, Song wanted saw Yeonwoo Stage's play "Mr. Choi" in Busan. He was 23 years old when He moved to Seoul to pursue his dream. Song begged Ryu Tae-ho, who was Yeonwoo Stage director to at least let him stay as theater cleaning service. In 1991, Song eventually made his stage debut in Yeonwoo Stage's play Dongseung (A Little Monk), and spent few years onstage and made his name as a talented stage actor.[11]

Since I was young, I learned acting by forging myself in the theater company scene. Lee Sang-woo and Kim Seok-man could be silent teachers because they were from Yeonwoo stage. Mechanical engineering department can teach you how to sharpen a metal, but theater and film department can't teach you acting.

— Song Kang-ho, Vogue Magazine Interview[12]

In 1995 Song joined Theater Company Chaimu, founded by theater director Lee Sang-woo, as founding member.[13]

Although regularly approached to act in films, Song always turned down the opportunity until he was in his 30s,[14] when Song finally accept a role as an extra in Hong Sang-soo's 1996 film The Day a Pig Fell into the Well.[15] Then, Song drew attention for his acting as Pan-soo in Lee Chang-dong's Green Fish in 1997. Song's performance as a gangster who and wielded an iron pipe and jumped into the car of Mak-dong (played by Han Seok-kyu) in an underground parking lot was so realistic that there were even rumors that a real gangster was cast.[16] The following year Song portrayed one of the homeless in Jang Sun-woo's documentary-style Bad Movie.[17] Song gained cult notoriety for his performance in Song Neung-han's No. 3 as Jopil, a stuttering gangster who train a group of young recruits. Song became the most notable actor in 1997, sweeping the Best New Actor Award at the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards.[11][18][19]

Path to Leading Actors[edit]

Director Kim Jee-woon was the one who opened a new path for Song, who had cast as bullies and gangsters. Director Kim cast Song as Young-min, the eldest son of Park In-hwan and Na Moon-hee, in his debut film, The Quiet Family where Song showed the essence of comic cruelty acting.[16] Song took on his first leading role as secret agent Lee Jang-gil, Han Suk-kyu's partner, in Kang Je-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri.[15] However, it was director Kim Jee-woon who elevated Song into leading actor status in his film The Foul King. Released in cinema in February 2000, Song acted as Lim Dae-ho, a bank clerk turn professional wrestling, for which he did most of his own stunts.[20] Song's comic acting was topped with deep pathos and his popularity increased.[16] Song always said that this role was his hardest role as an actor.[21]

His performance in Myung Film production Joint Security Area as North Korean Army sergeant Oh Joong-pil, established Song as one of South Korea's leading actors. He won the Best Actor Award at the 38th Grand Bell Awards for his performance.[19] Song also starred in one of Park Chan-wook acclaimed trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which centers on a father's pursuit of his daughter's kidnappers.[22] 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.[23]


In 2003, Song played a leading role as Park Doo-man, an incompetent rural detective, in another critically acclaimed hit, Memories of Murder, from young director Bong Joon-ho.[24] It was the first of several critically acclaimed movies they would make together, with commentators describing Bong's relationship with Song as a "great actor-director collaboration".[2] With it, Song swept the best actor awards at various awards ceremonies, including the 40th Grand Bell Awards in 2003, establishing himself as the best actor in the Korean film industry in the early 2000s.[19]

In 2004, Song starred in The President's Barber by debut director Im Chan-sang, which imagines the life of South Korean president Park Chung-hee's personal barber.[15] 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.[25]

In 2006, through director Bong Joon-ho's film The Host, Song rose to the ranks of 10 million actors.[19] The film helped to broaden international awareness of Song's talent, and in March 2007 he was named Best Actor at the inaugural Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.[26] More high-profile projects followed: The Show Must Go On about an aging gangster,[27][28][29]

Song starred opposite Jeon Do-yeon in Lee Chang-dong's film Secret Sunshine (2007),[30] as local mechanic in Miryang Kim Jong-chan and won Best Actor in 6th Korean Film Awards,10th Director's Cut Awards, and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Jeon Do-yeon won the Prix d'interprétation féminine (Best Actress) at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, making her the first Korean ever to receive an acting award at Cannes Film Festival.

In 2008, Song acted in Kim Jee-woon's western film set in 1930s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, The Good, the Bad, the Weird. The film showcased an ensemble of stars with Lee Byung-hun as "the good", Jung Woo-sung as "the bad" and Song as "the weird".[31][32] The film earned US$128,486 in North America and US$44,132,723 in other territories, bringing the worldwide gross to US$44,261,209.[33] It was the second highest grossing Korean film in 2008 after Scandal Makers, beating The Chaser[34] and it is one of the highest grossing films of all time in South Korea which attracted 6.68 million viewers.[19]

In 2009, Song acted in Park Chan-wook's vampire film Thirst, opposite Kim Ok-vin. Song notably appeared full frontally nude in this film.[35][36] In the same year, Song acted as North Korean spy Ji-won in spy thriller Secret Reunion. A shoot out in the middle of the city brings together Ji-won and National Intelligence Service agent Lee. The operation to capture an assassin spy known as ’Shadow’ ends in disaster and the agent Lee is dismissed from his post. Ji-won is also abandoned by his organization after being framed as a traitor.[37][38][39][40]

Two 2012 films, the gangster love story Hindsight,[41][42][43][44] and the suspense film Howling,[45][46] were considered as Song's box office slump.[47] However, in 2013, Song Kang-ho made a splendid resurrection by becoming an actor of 20 million through three films in which he appeared. Starting the English-language dystopian blockbuster Snowpiercer with 9.35 million viewers.[48] The period drama The Face Reader,[49][50] where Song acted as Nae-kyeong, the greatest face reader of Joseon, who can see through people by looking at their faces, reached 9.13 million viewers.[51] The Attorney which was inspired by Roh Moo-hyun's early days as a human rights Lawyer,[52][53][54] was breaking records, surpassing 10 million viewers only within 32 days, the shortest time ever.[19]

Song continued to star in a number of critically acclaimed films, including Lee Joon-ik's period film The Throne. Song played as King Yeongjo, the Korean ruler who infamously had his belligerent son, the Crown Prince Sado (played by Yoo Ah-inYoo Ah-in), suffocated to death in a large wooden chest filled with rice.[55][56][47] Later, Song reunited with director Kim Jee-woon after eight years period action film The Age of Shadows. Song won Best Actor in 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards for his role as Lee Jung-chool, a Korean police captain that has been charged by the Japanese colonial government with rooting out members of the country's resistance movement.[57][58] The success of the film in reaching over the 7.4 million viewer mark, made Song the first leading actor in Korean cinema to record over 100 million admissions throughout the course of his career.[59][1]

In 2016, Song starred in film A Taxi Driver, as Kim Man-seo, a widowed taxi driver. The film centers on a taxi driver from Seoul who unintentionally becomes involved in the events of the Gwangju Uprising in 1980. It is based on a real-life story of German journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter's interactions with driver Kim Sa-bok.[60][61] The film was released on August 2, 2017 in South Korea.[62] On the same day, the film had its international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where Song was awarded as Best Actor for his role in the film.[63][64][65]

International Stardom[edit]

In 2019, Song starred as Kim Ki-taek in the critically acclaimed film Parasite, also directed by his frequent collaborator Bong Joon-ho.[66] It won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first Korean film to receive the award. It was selected as the South Korean entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, Bong's second selection after 2009's Mother.[67]

It’s not as if I always write with him in mind because he’s a comfortable collaborator. I do give it a lot of thought, but because this film starts with a story of average neighbors and builds to something extreme, to cover that wide range, I thought Song Kang-ho would be the best to handle it. Especially in the climax; his character doesn’t have any lines—it’s the subtle changes in his muscles, the subtle tremors, that have to convince the audience of the entire film. Song has that strength as an actor.

— Bong Joon-ho on why He cast Song Kang-ho for Parasite, Interview with The Atlantic[68]

In 2020, The New York Times released a list of The 25 greater actors of the century. In the list of 25 internationally known screen figures, Song Kang-ho was ranked sixth.[3] The newspaper also published an interview with director Bong Joon-ho. Song is known as Bong’s muse, having featured in four of his films.[69]

In the same year it was announced that Song co-starred in Kore-eda Hirokazu’s debut Korean-language film Broker, alongside Lee Ji-eun, Bae Doona and Gang Dong-won.[70][71] He started filming in 2021, acted as Ha Sang-hyeon, the owner of a hand laundry who takes babies from a baby box at a nearby church and sells them with the help of his partner Dong-soo.[72]

In 2021, Song was selected as one of the nine judges in the competition section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival to be held from July 6 to July 17.[73] In the same year, Song reteamed for the fifth time with leading Korean director Kim Jee-woon on their upcoming feature film Cobweb.[74] The scriptwriter of Cobweb was Shin Yeon-shick, who also wrote the screenplay for sports film One Win, in which Song also starred.[75]

The following year, Broker was released on June 8, 2022. Song was awarded Best Actor at the 75th Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Broker.[76][77] Song was first Korean to win Best Actor Award at Cannes.[78][79]

Of course, winning an award from such a prestigious festival as Cannes is a great and happy moment, an unforgettable turning point of my life. However, I don’t think the action [of receiving an award] itself holds much significance. Because from the perspective of someone creating a film, the ultimate and most important purpose of the film is interaction with the audience. During the process, I have won the award, but that itself cannot become the purpose. […] There is no difference in me, Song Kang-ho, before and after the Cannes award. The meaning lies in unwaveringly doing the best I can [in future projects]

— Song Kang-ho on winning Best Actor in Cannes, Korea Joongang Daily[78]

Song also acted in title role in blockbuster disaster film Emergency Declaration. Song plays the role of the detective In-ho. This film is directed by Han Jae-rim, who worked with Song in historical film The Face Reader (2013).[80] The film was first screened in the out of competition section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival on July 16, 2021.[81] It was slated to release theatrically in January 2022,[82] but due to a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic its release was delayed.[83] It was finally released theatrically in South Korea on August 3, 2022[84] and was released in the United States on August 12, 2022.[85]

Venture to small screen[edit]

In 2022, it was reported that Song will act alongside Byun Yo-han in his television series debut with Uncle Sam Shik.[86] [87]The series is set in 1960s and depicts the tale of two men, their pride, greed and bromance. The series is written by Shin Yeon-shick and directed by him. It will be the third project between Song and Shin, with whom Song has recently shot feature films Coweb and One Win.[88][89]


In 2001, Song was signed with traditional liquor company Kooksoondang to promote traditional liquor called baeksaju.[90] Thanks to Song, the popularity of the brand in Japan was sky-rocketing.[91] The contract renewed for five years from 2001 to 2005. In 2009 Song signed a 3-year exclusive CF model contract with Kooksoondang. Exclusive models generally sign contracts for 6 months or 1 year, then extend the contract yearly. Song's 3-year model contract is the first in the industry.[92]

Song also did advertisements for other products such as food, electronic, and finance. In 2002, He was a model for Kimchi refrigerator brand.[93] In 2003 he modeled for pizza brand. In 2005, Song received 100 million won guarantee as model for air purifier brand.[94] In 2007, Hana Financial Group announced that Song and Jeon Do-yeon were selected as their new advertising models.[95] In 2008, Song was in CF movie for Hyundai Card with Jung Woo-sung and Lee Byung-hun.[96] In 2012, Chungmuro pride trio, Song with Choi Min-sik and Seol Gyeong-gu were selected as NH Nonghyup Bank's advertising model.[97] In 2014, Nongshim hired Song and Yu Hae-jin as the advertising models of their ramen. Nongshim Shin Ramyun upgraded its taste and design after 28 years since its launch, with advertisement concept focuses on the better taste of Shin Ramyun.[98]

Following success of Parasite, in 2020, Song back to advertising world after a six-year break. Lina Life Insurance announced on September 28 that it has signed a contract with Song Kang-ho.[99] He also did overseas CF for China's Lilith Games popular strategy game 'Rise of Kingdoms'.[100]

Personal life[edit]

Song married Hwang Jang-suk in 1995,[101] with whom he has two children. Their son, Song Jun-pyoung, born in 1996, is a former football player for Suwon Samsung Bluewings, despite Song's opposition.[102]

In 2005, Song was found by the police to be drunk driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.095%. His license was suspended for 100 days.[103]


On March 6, 2022, Song donated 100 million won to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association to help the damage from the massive wildfire that started in Uljin, Gyeongbuk and spread to Samcheok, Gangwon.[104][105]

On July 22, 2022, Song donated 200 million won each at the start of the March 2020 corona crisis and another 100 million won when the east coast bushfires broke out in March, and joined the 'Honors Club', a large donor group.[106]



Film performances
Year Title Role Ref.
English Korean
1996 The Day a Pig Fell into the Well 돼지가 우물에 빠진 날 Dong-seok [15]
1997 Green Fish 초록 물고기 Pan-su
No. 3 넘버3 Jo-pil
Bad Movie 나쁜 영화 Homeless man cameo[17]
1998 The Quiet Family 조용한 가족 Kang Yeong-min (son)
1999 Shiri 쉬리 Lee Jang-gil
2000 The Foul King 반칙왕 Dae-ho
Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
2002 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 복수는 나의 것 Park Dong-jin [22]
YMCA Baseball Team YMCA 야구단 Lee Ho-chang [23]
2003 Memories of Murder 살인의 추억 Detective Park Doo-man [24]
2004 The President's Barber 효자동 이발사 Seong Han-mo
2005 Antarctic Journal 남극일기 Choi Do-hyung [25]
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 Hired Assassin #1 cameo
Madagascar Alex (Korean version)
2006 The Host 괴물 Park Gang-du [26]
2007 The Show Must Go On 우아한 세계 Kang In-goo [27]
Secret Sunshine 밀양 Jong-chan [30]
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 Yun Tae-goo/The Weird [31]
2009 Thirst 박쥐 Sang-hyun [35]
2010 Secret Reunion 의형제 Agent Lee Han-gyu [37]
A Little Pond 작은 연못 Police officer cameo
2011 Hindsight 푸른소금 Doo-hun [41]
2012 Howling 하울링 Sang-gil [45]
Day Trip 청출어람 Master Short film[107]
2013 Snowpiercer 설국열차 Namgoong Minsu [48]
The Face Reader 관상 Nae-gyeong [49]
The Attorney 변호인 Song U-seok [52]
2015 The Throne 사도 King Yeongjo [55]
2016 The Age of Shadows 밀정 Lee Jung-chool [57]
2017 A Taxi Driver 택시운전사 Man-seob [60]
2018 The Drug King 마약왕 Lee Doo-sam [108]
2019 Parasite 기생충 Kim Ki-taek [109]
The King's Letters 나랏말싸미 King Sejong [110]
2022 Broker 브로커 Sang-hyeon [111][112]
Emergency Declaration 비상선언 In-ho [113][114][note 1][116]
2023 One Win 1승 Kim Woo-jin [117]
TBA Cobweb 거미집 Director Kim [118]

Television series[edit]

Television performances
Year Title Role Note(s) Ref.
English Korean
TBA Uncle Samsik 삼식이 삼촌 Uncle Samsik First television role [119]


Theater play performances
Year Title Role Theater Ref.
English Korean
1990 Teacher Choi 최선생 Extra Yeonwoo Theater
1991 A Little Monk 동승 Old man Yeonwoo Theater
Park Cheomji 박첨지 Yeonwoo Theater
1992 Fly birds 날아라 새들아 Yeonwoo Theater
I have soup 국물 있사옵니다 Yeonwoo Theater
Kooni, Nara 쿠니, 나라 Yeonwoo Theater
1993 Women's rebellion 여성반란 Mayor Sanwoolim Theater
1994 Giselle 지젤 Hilarion Batanggol Theater [120]
1995 Playland 플레이랜드 Hakchon Blue Performance Hall [121]
I'll be a star 스타가 될거야 President Towol Theater
1996 BE-AN-SO 비언소 Dongsoong Studio Theater

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year presented, name of the award ceremony, award category, nominated work and the result of the nomination
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor No. 3 Won
Best New Actor Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Won
1998 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor The Quiet Family Won
1999 Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Shiri Nominated
2000 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Joint Security Area Nominated
Busan Film Critics Awards Won
Director's Cut Awards Won
Cine 21 Awards The Foul King, Joint Security Area Won
Women Viewers Film Awards The Foul King Won
2001 Deauville Asian Film Festival Joint Security Area Won [122]
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Won
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Won [123]
2002 Blue Dragon Film Awards Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Nominated
Korean Film Awards Nominated
2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards Memories of Murder Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Won
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Korean Film Awards Best Actor Won
Chunsa Film Art Awards Won [124]
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [125]
Director's Cut Awards Won
Cine 21 Awards Won
CGV Audience Choice of the Year Awards Won
2004 Max Movie Awards Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards The President's Barber Nominated
2006 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor The Host Nominated
Director's Cut Awards Won [126]
Cine 21 Awards Won
2007 Asian Film Awards Won [127]
Golden Cinematography Awards Acting Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Nominated
Fantasia Festival The Show Must Go On Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [128]
Korean Film Awards Nominated [129]
Secret Sunshine Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards The Show Must Go On Won
Busan Film Critics Awards Won
Director's Cut Awards Secret Sunshine Won
Korea University Film Festival Won
Cine 21 Awards The Show Must Go On, Secret Sunshine Won
2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival FIPRESCI Best Actor Award Secret Sunshine Won [130]
Asian Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) The Show Must Go On Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Secret Sunshine Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards The Good, the Bad, the Weird Nominated
Korean Film Awards Nominated
Max Movie Awards Secret Sunshine Nominated
2009 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) The Good, the Bad, the Weird Nominated
Asian Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards Thirst Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
Director's Cut Awards Won [131]
Cine 21 Awards Won
2010 KOFRA Film Awards Won [132]
Asian Film Awards Nominated
Max Movie Awards Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Secret Reunion Nominated
2011 Max Movie Awards Nominated
2013 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Snowpiercer Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor The Face Reader Won [133]
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [134]
Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
Cine 21 Awards Snowpiercer, The Face Reader, The Attorney Won
OBS Hot Icon Awards[a] Hot Icon Snowpiercer, The Attorney Won
Korea Film Actor's Association Awards Movie Top Star Award Snowpiercer, The Face Reader Won
2014 KOFRA Film Awards Best Actor The Attorney Won [136]
Chunsa Film Art Awards Won [137]
Asian Film Awards Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film Won [138]
Best Actor (Film) Nominated
Buil Film Awards Best Actor Won [139]
Grand Bell Awards Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [140]
Director's Cut Awards Won
Max Movie Awards Won
Korea Film Actor's Association Awards Korea Top Star Award Won
2015 Busan International Film Festival Asia Casting Market Curtain Call Award Won [141]
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor The Throne Nominated
2016 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actor Nominated
Shin Young-kyun Arts and Culture Foundation Top Cultural Award Won [142]
SACF Artists of the Year Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Age of Shadows Won [143]
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Nominated
2017 KOFRA Film Awards Won [144]
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Won [145]
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated
Fantasia Festival A Taxi Driver Won [146]
Buil Film Awards Won [147]
Korea World Youth Film Festival Favorite Middle-Aged Actor Won [148]
The Seoul Awards Best Actor (Film) Won [149]
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [150]
Korean Film Producers Association Awards Won [151]
Asian World Film Festival Special Mention Award Won [152]
2018 Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film Nominated [153]
Best Actor (Film) Nominated [154]
2019 Locarno International Film Festival Excellence Award Parasite Won [155]
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated [156]
Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated [157]
Cine 21 Awards Won
Director's Cut Awards Won [158]
2020 Phoenix Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [159]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won [160]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [161]
AACTA International Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [162]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated [163]
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor The King's Letters Nominated [164]
Grand Bell Awards Parasite Nominated [165]
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated [166]
2021 Golden Cinema Film Festival Grand Prize (Daesang) Won [167]
2022 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Broker Won [76]
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2022 Best Actor Nominated [168]
31st Buil Film Awards Best Actor Nominated [169]
27th Busan International Film Festival Étoile du Cinéma Won [170] [87]
58th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated [171]
43rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated [172]

State honors[edit]

Name of country, year given, and name of honor
Country/Organization Year Honor Ref.
Tax Payer Day 2004 Presidential Commendation [173]
South Korea[note 2] 2019 Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit (3rd Class) [177]
2022 Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit (2nd Class) [178]


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Cine21 2020 Actors that will lead Korean Video Content Industry in 2021 6th [179]
2021 Actors that will lead Korean Video Content Industry in 2022 6th [b] [180]
Gallup Korea 2013 Gallup Korea's Actor of the Year 1st [4]
2016 2nd [181]
2017 1st [5]
2019 1st [6]
2020 1st [7]
The New York Times 2020 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century 6th [3]


  1. ^ The film has been temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea and the number of infections is likely to increase. The film was originally scheduled to be released in January 2022, thus temporarily postponing the screening.[115]
  2. ^ Honors are given at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards, arranged by the Korea Creative Content Agency and hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[174][175] They are awarded to those who have contributed to the arts and South Korea's pop culture.[176]
  1. ^ OBS Hot Icon Awards is an entertainment popularity award given by OBS Gyeongin TV since 2013.[135]
  2. ^ mentioned together with Wi Ha-jun, Kim Soo-Hyun, Jo Jung-suk, Park Jung-min, Kim Seon-ho, Ma Dong-seok, Ahn Bo-hyun, Ryu Jun-yeol, Choi Woo-shik


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