Sung Kang

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Sung Kang
Sung Kang (Sundance 2007).jpg
Sung Kang in 2007
Born (1972-04-08) April 8, 1972 (age 44)
Gainesville, Georgia, United States
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)

Miki Yam

Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gang Seongho
McCune–Reischauer Kang Sŏngho

Sung Kang (Korean: Kang Sung-Ho; Korean: 강성호; born April 8, 1972) is an American actor, known for his role as Han Lue in The Fast and the Furious franchise.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kang was born Gainesville, Georgia to South Korean immigrant parents and spent his adolescence in California.[2][3] He attended the University of California, Riverside.[3] While in college he chose acting over law school and was met with disappointment from his parents due to their concerns over the dearth of Asians on American television and lack of job prospects.[3]

Career[edit]

His first major role was in Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), in which he played Han Hu, an aloof gang member. He was one of the stars in The Motel, in which he played Sam Kim. He played the recurring character Han Lue in The Fast and the Furious film series, appearing in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. He also had a role in Jet Li's film War (2007), playing an FBI agent, and was featured in the movie Forbidden Warrior as Doran, a son of Genghis Khan. He had a small role in the action movie Live Free or Die Hard, and he appeared in Walter Hill's movie Bullet to the Head (2013) as Detective Taylor Kwon, opposite Sylvester Stallone.

Kang has had several notable television roles, including the recurring role of the narcissistic President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee in the Korean drama parody, "Tae Do (Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive)" alongside Bobby Lee on MADtv. He portrayed FBI Agent Tae Kim in the short-lived crime procedural Gang Related on FOX. Both roles required him to speak Korean, which he is conversant in. The character Tae Kim was written specifically for him by creator Chris Morgan, who had worked on the Fast & Furious franchise films.[4]

Music videos[edit]

Kang is featured in the music video "Lie" for the South Korean band g.o.d.

Other ventures[edit]

Business[edit]

He owned a restaurant called Saketini in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, which closed in early 2013.[5]

Auto Drifting[edit]

Kang has said that before he was cast as Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift he was unaware of the drifting culture that existed in Japan. It was not until he began researching the part that he perfected his skills in this popular sport, which is a global craze.[6] He stated that filming the Fast & Furious film series rekindled a long dormant interest in cars, as he had grown up watching an elderly neighbor of his restoring vintage cars.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Talk to Taka Co-Producer Co-producer
2001 Pearl Harbor Listener
2002 Better Luck Tomorrow Han Hu Associate producer
2002 Antwone Fisher Receptionist
2004 9:30 Chan Kin Fai Short film
2004 Forbidden Warrior Doran
2005 The Motel Sam
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Han Lue
2006 Undoing Samuel Producer
2007 War Goi
2007 Finishing the Game Cole Kim
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Raj
2009 Fast & Furious Han Lue
2009 Los Bandoleros Han Lue Short film
2009 Ninja Assassin Hollywood
2009 Clap Clap Roy Short film
2011 Fast Five Han Lue
2011 4 Wedding Planners Kai
2012 Sunset Stories JP
2012 Bullet to the Head Taylor Kwon
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Han Lue
2013 The Come Up Douchey Actor Short film
2014 Eden Connie
2015 Furious 7 Han Lue Credited only and footage re-used from Tokyo Drift
2015 Hollywood Adventures Manny
2016 Pali Road Mitch Kayne
2016 The Free World Detective Shin
2016 Code 8 Officer Alex Park Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Felicity Student Episode: "The Love Bug"
2000 Martial Law Xian Law Last 3 episodes
2001 NYPD Blue Asian Uniform Episode: "Fools Russian"
2001 Girlfriends Bartender Episode: "You Better Watch Out"
2002 Spin City Jordan Episode: "Look Who's Not Talking"
2003 The Shield Malcom Rama Episode: "Scar Tissue"
2004 Threat Matrix Ray Lee Episode: "PPX"
2004 Cold Case Sen Dhiet/Varin Toan Episode: "Who's Your Daddy"
2004 Without a Trace Deke Episode: "Nickel and Dimed: Part 2"
2005 Monk Mr. Huang (Disciple) Episode: "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra"
2006–2008 MADtv President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee 4 episodes
2006 Standoff David Lau Episode: "Shanghai'd"
2006 CSI: Miami Lee Choi Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2008 Samurai Girl
2008 Knight Rider Ian Chang Episode: "Journey to the End of the Knight"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jang Episode: "Say Uncle"
2009 Monk Vince Kuramoto Episode: "Mr. Monk on Wheels"
2009 Mental Jimmy Episode: "Rainy Days"
2010 Easy to Assemble Sung Skjulstad / Sung Skjulestad Webseries, 3 episodes
2012 Acting for Action with Sung Kang Himself TV mini-series, director, producer, writer
2014 Robot Chicken Episode: "Link's Sausages"
2014 Gang Related Tae Kim Main Cast[8]
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Dae Wan Episode: "O Ke Ali'i Wale No Ka'u Makemake"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sung Kang". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  2. ^ Stevenson, Elena (2008-10-14). "Chow Talk with Sung Kang, Part 1". Elena Stevenson. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Ho, Rodney. "Former Clarkston resident Sung Kang stars in Fox's 'Gang Related'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
  4. ^ Nicholson, Amy (May 20, 2014). "Fast & Furious' Breakout Star Sung Kang Anchors Fox TV's Gang Related". LA Weekly. 
  5. ^ "Index of /". Sungkang.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  7. ^ Klein, Jonathon (August 9, 2016). "Catching Up With "Fast and Furious" Star Sung Kang". Automobile. 
  8. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (2013-02-21). "'Fast & Furious' star Sung Kang joins Fox drama 'Gang Related'". Digitalspy.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 

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