Yang Dong-geun

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Yang Dong-geun
Yang Dong-geun from acrofan.jpg
Yang Dong-geun in March 2012
Background information
Birth name Yang Dong-geun
Also known as YDG
Dong-kun Yang
Born (1979-06-01) June 1, 1979 (age 34)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, Actor, singer-songwriter,
record producer, breakdancer
Years active 1987-present
Yang Dong-geun
Hangul 양동근
Hanja 梁東根
Revised Romanization Yang Dong-geun
McCune–Reischauer Yang Dong-kŭn

Yang Dong-geun (Hangul: 양동근; born June 1, 1979) or YDG is a South Korean actor and hip-hop artist. Yang majored in Theatrical Performance at Yong-in University[1]

Yang enlisted for mandatory military service in May 2008 for 21 months of active duty. During which time he starred in military musical, Mine with Kangta. It is about the true life story of Lieutenant Lee Jong-myung, who lost his legs in a land mine explosion near the demilitarized zone, in June 2000, when he saved fellow soldier, Sul Dong-seob from the minefield.[2]

His comeback project after being discharged from the military was in film Grand Prix with Kim Tae-hee. He was cast as male lead Lee Woo-suk after Lee Joon-gi had to pull out when the Military Manpower Administration declined his application to postpone enlistment for military service.[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
Three Families Under One Roof MBC
1987 탑리 KBS
1989 Carousel KBS1
MBC Best Theater "초승달과밤배" MBC
1990 Seoul Earthen Bowl Jang Soo-gon KBS
1991 Hyung (Older Brother) young Dong-hoon KBS2
1992 Gwanchon Essay SBS
1995 New Generation Report: Adults Don't Know KBS1
1996 Three Guys and Three Girls MBC
1999 School Jo Suk-ho KBS2
Ad Madness Hwang Dae-joo KBS2
2000 Drama City "그가 간이역에 내렸다" KBS2
New Nonstop Yang Dong-geun MBC
8.15 Drama "Seongam Island" MBC
2001 The Full Sun Choi Dong-pal KBS2
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Ko Bok-su MBC
2006 Dr. Kkang Kang Dal-go MBC
2007 I Am Sam Jang Yi-san KBS2
2012 Hero Kim Heuk-chul OCN

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1991 슈퍼 홍길동 5 - 부채 도사와 홍길동 돌이
1992 해룡이와 달자의 추억의 책가방
1998 Zzang (The Best) Yang Jong-gu
1999 White Valentine Han-seok
Dance Dance Soon-do
2000 Bloody Beach Jae-seung
2001 Address Unknown Chang-guk
2002 Bet on My Disco Wang Seok-gi
2003 Wild Card Bang Je-su
2004 The Last Wolf Choi Cheol-kwon
Fighter in the Wind Choi Bae-dal
2006 Monopoly Na Kyung-ho
2010 Grand Prix Lee Woo-seok
2011 The Perfect Game Sun Dong-Yeol
2012 Love 911 Detective Bang Je-su (cameo)
2013 Days of Wrath Chang-shik
Rough Play Kang Bin (cameo)
Black Gospel (documentary) himself

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Offending the Audience[5][6][7]
2008 마인 Kang Bong-tae

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work
1991 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Child Actor Hyung
KBS Drama Awards Best Child Actor Hyung
2001 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Address Unknown
MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Sitcom category New Nonstop
2002 MBC Drama Awards TV Actor of the Year (chosen by journalists) Ruler of Your Own World
Netizen Award
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries
2003 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Ruler of Your Own World
2004 Golden Cinematography Awards Most Popular Actor Wild Card

Discography[edit]

  • 1996: Don't Ask Me about the Past
  • 2001: Vol. 1 - Yangdonggeun a.k.a. Madman
  • 2002: Vol. 1.5 - Da Man On The Block
  • 2003: Vol. 2 - Travel
  • 2006: Monopoly OST
  • 2006: Vol. 3 - Mirror
  • 2007: Vol. 4 - But I Give
  • 2009: Best of Best

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