22 de mar de 2007

Song Kang-ho (korean actor)

Song Kang-ho

South korean actor (born January 17, 1967) beginned his acting career in social theatre groups. Joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theatre company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation which proved Song's training ground.

First part at movies was 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 Best Actor award.

Had an impressive role as Han Suk-kyu's secret agent partner in Kang Jae-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri. 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 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.

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 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 Chan-sang that imagines the life of South Korean president Park Chung-hee's personal barber, The President's Barber. In 2005, took the lead in Antarctic Journal, a big-budget project by debut director Im Phil-sung, about an expedition in Antarctica.

He lined up to star in Bong Joon-ho's politically-themed creature movie The Host (2006), as well as a film based on the famous book Song of Ariran. (http://koreanfilms.org)

Complete Filmography:

The Host (2006)
Antarctic Journal (2005)
The President's Barber (2004)
Memories of Murder (2003)
YMCA Baseball Team (2002)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Joint Security Area (2000)
The Foul King (2000)
Shiri (1999)
The Quiet Family (1998)
No. 3 (1997)
Bad Movie (1997)
Green Fish (1997)
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996)

Best Actor Awards:
Grand Bell Award (Film: JSA, 2001);
First Asia Film Awards (The Host, 2007)

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