Song Kang-ho

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Kang-ho
Song Kang-Ho in 2013.jpg
Born (1967-01-17) January 17, 1967 (age 48)
Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Gang-ho
McCune–Reischauer Song Kangho

Song Kang-ho (Korean pronunciation: [sʰoːŋ ɡaŋho]; born January 17, 1967) is a leading South Korean actor.

Career[edit]

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,[1] 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).[2]

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. Since that time he's been 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.[2]

In early 2000, Song became a star with his first leading role in the box office smash The Foul King, for which he reputedly did most of his own stunts. But it is with his award-winning role as a North Korean sergeant in Joint Security Area/JSA that Song came to the forefront as one of 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

More high-profile projects followed: The Show Must Go On about an aging gangster, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, Kim Ji-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,[3][4][5] the gangster love story Hindsight,[6][7][8] the suspense film Howling,[9][10] 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.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Day a Pig Fell into the Well
1997 Green Fish Pan-su
No. 3 Jo-pil
Bad Movie Actor Yeon Gi-ja
1998 The Quiet Family Kang Young-min
1999 Shiri Lee Jang-gil
2000 The Foul King Im Dae-ho
Joint Security Area Sergeant Oh Kyung-pil
2002 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Park Dong-jin
YMCA Baseball Team Lee Ho-chang
2003 Memories of Murder Detective Park Doo-man
2004 The President's Barber Seong Han-mo
2005 Antarctic Journal Choi Do-hyung
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance assassin 1 cameo
Madagascar Alex the lion Korean dubbing
2006 The Host Park Gang-du
2007 The Show Must Go On In-gu
Secret Sunshine Kim Jong-chan
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Yoon Tae-goo, the Weird
2009 Thirst Sang-hyun
2010 Secret Reunion Lee Han-gyu
A Little Pond police officer cameo
2011 Hindsight Yoon Do-hun
2012 Howling Detective Jo Sang-gil
Day Trip Master short film
2013 Snowpiercer Namgoong Minsu
The Face Reader Nae-gyeong
The Attorney Song Woo-suk
2015 The Throne King Yeongjo post-production
2016 Secret Agent pre-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Korea Film Actor's Association Awards Best Actor The Attorney Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
Max Movie Awards Best Actor Won
Buil Film Awards Best Actor Won
Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor for Film Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film Won
Asian Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Won
KOFRA Film Awards Best Actor Won
2013 Korea Film Actor's Association Awards Best Actor The Face Reader Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Snowpiercer Nominated
2011 Max Movie Awards Best Actor Secret Reunion Nominated
2010 Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
KOFRA Film Awards Best Actor Thirst Won
2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Won
KOFRA Film Awards Best Actor Won
Asian Film Awards Best Actor The Good, the Bad, the Weird Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor for Film Nominated
2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor for Film Secret Sunshine Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
Asian Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival FIPRESCI Best Actor Award Won
2007 Korean Film Awards Best Actor Won
Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor The Show Must Go On Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
Fantasia Festival Best Actor Won
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor The Host Nominated
Asian Film Awards Best Actor Won
Golden Cinematography Awards Best Actor Won
Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
2006 Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor The President's Barber Nominated
Max Movie Awards Best Actor Memories of Murder Nominated
2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Won
Netizen's Popular Award Won
Korean Film Awards Best Actor Won
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
2002 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Nominated
Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2001 Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Joint Security Area Won
Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Award for Film Won
Best Actor for Film Nominated
2000 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Deauville Asian Film Festival Best Actor Won
Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Won
Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
Women Viewers Film Awards Best Actor The Foul King Won
1999 Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Shiri Nominated
1998 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor The Quiet Family Won
Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor No. 3 Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1997 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Best New Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "송강호". Nate. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paquet, Darcy. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Song Kang-ho". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ Beck, Una (4 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ Beck, Una (4 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  5. ^ Beck, Una (4 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  6. ^ Ju, Sung-chul (7 October 2011). "Actor Song Kang-ho". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  7. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (31 August 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (31 August 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 January 2012). "Song reprises detective role in Howling". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  10. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (13 February 2012). "Interview: Song Kang Ho Says He Won't be Embarrassed of Howling". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  11. ^ Lee, Jung-hyun (30 December 2013). "SONG Kang-ho in THE ATTORNEY "It Is the Film and the Truth that Count, not the Debate and Politics"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  12. ^ Chung, Hyun-chae (27 December 2013). "The actor of his generation: How Song Kang-ho ruled Korean cinema in 2013". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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