Choi Min-sik

최민식 / Choi Min Sik

Choi Min-sik( Hangul : 최민식Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰwe minɕʰik]; born January 22, 1962) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed roles inOldboy(2003) andThe Admiral: Roaring Currents(2014). He also starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the 2014 French film,Lucy.Together with Song Kang-ho and Sol Kyung-gu , Choi is considered to be among the most talented and critically acclaimed South Korean actors.

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 Choi Min-sik's Early life and education

When he was in third grade, Choi was diagnosed with tuberculosis and told that he could not be cured. He claims to have regained his health by a month-long stay in the mountains.

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 Choi Min-sik's Career

Choi began his career as a theatre actor. He then started filming, playing roles in Park Jong-won 's early movies, likeKuro ArirangandOur Twisted Hero. He continued to act on stage, as well as in television dramas likeThe Moon of Seoulwith Han Suk-kyu .

, and then accepted a role in Kim Jee-woon 's debut filmThe Quiet Family. The first real success came with his role of a North Korean agent inShiriin 1999. The film was not only critically acclaimed but also achieved box office success. Choi received the Best Actor award at Grand Bell Awards for his portrayal. In the same year he also took part in a stage production ofHamlet, and then starred inHappy End, where he portrayed a man who is cheated on by his wife. In 2001 he took the role of a gangster opposite Cecilia Cheung inFailan.

which was awarded the Best Director prize in Cannes . In 2003 he starred in Park Chan-wook 'sOldboy, which made him popular not only in South Korea but overseas, as well.

, a struggling former boxer in Ryoo Seung-wan 'sCrying Fist, and a child murderer inSympathy for Lady Vengeance, the last film in Park Chan-wook 's revenge trilogy.

As a sign of protest, Choi returned the prestigious Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit which had been awarded to him, saying, "To halve the screen quota is tantamount to a death sentence for Korean film. This medal, once a symbol of pride, is now nothing more than a sign of disgrace, and it is with a heavy heart that I must return it."

Oldboy, and he admitted to the French reporters present that he was upset at Hollywood for using what he described as pressure tactics on Asian and European filmmakers so they could remake foreign movies in the United States.

, in which he was the only South Korean actor working with locally cast Tibetan actors.

, Choi played another complex, layered antihero , and the Yoon Jong-bin film was both a critical and box office hit.

, a 2013 noir about an undercover cop in the world of gangsters, which also became successful critically and commercially.

became the all-time most watched film in South Korean film history, the first ever to reach 15 million admissions and the first local film to gross more thanUS$100 million.

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 Choi Min-sik's Filmography

Choi Min-sik at theNew York Asian Film Festival, on June 30, 2012

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 Choi Min-sik's Television

  • Love and Separation( MBC , 1997)
  • Miss and Mister( SBS , 1997)
  • Dad Is the Boss(SBS, 1996)
  • Their Embrace(MBC, 1996)
  • The Fourth Republic(MBC, 1995)
  • Till We Meet Again(SBS, 1995)
  • The Last Lover(MBC, 1994)
  • The Moon of Seoul(MBC, 1994)
  • Sun and Moon( KBS2 , 1993)
  • The Burning River(MBC, 1993)
  • Sons and Daughters(MBC, 1992)
  • The Beloved( KBS1 , 1992)
  • Years of Ambition(KBS2, 1990)

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 Choi Min-sik's Theater

  • The Pillowman(2007)
  • Leave When They're Applauding(2000)
  • Hamlet(1999)
  • Taxi Driver(1997)
  • Equus(1990)

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 Choi Min-sik's Awards

  • 2015 Baeksang Arts Awards : Grand Prize for Film (The Admiral: Roaring Currents)
  • 2015 Max Movie Awards: Best Actor (The Admiral: Roaring Currents)
  • 2015 KOFRA Film Awards: Best Actor (The Admiral: Roaring Currents)
  • 2014 Grand Bell Awards : Best Actor (The Admiral: Roaring Currents)
  • 2014 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards : Best Actor (The Admiral: Roaring Currents)
  • 2014 Asia Star Awards: Actor of the Year (The Admiral: Roaring Currents)
  • 2013 KOFRA Film Awards: Best Actor (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time)
  • 2012 Blue Dragon Film Awards : Best Actor (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time)
  • 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards : Best Actor (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time)
  • 2012 Buil Film Awards : Best Actor (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time)
  • 2010 Director's Cut Awards : Best Actor (I Saw the Devil)
  • 2005 Fantasia Festival : Best Actor (Crying Fist)
  • 2005 The Village Voice Annual Film Critics Poll : Best Performance, Rank #40 (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Director's Cut Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Asia Pacific Film Festival : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Max Movie Awards: Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Korean Film Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Chunsa Film Art Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Grand Bell Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2004 Baeksang Arts Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2003 Golden Cinematography Awards: Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2003 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards : Best Actor (Oldboy)
  • 2001 Director's Cut Awards : Best Actor (Failan)
  • 2001 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards : Best Actor (Failan)
  • 2001 Blue Dragon Film Awards : Best Actor (Failan)
  • 2001 Busan Film Critics Awards : Best Actor (Failan)
  • 2001 Deauville Asian Film Festival : Best Actor (Failan)
  • 2000 Asia Pacific Film Festival : Best Actor (Happy End)
  • 1999 Director's Cut Awards : Best Actor (Shiri , Happy End)
  • 1999 Grand Bell Awards : Best Actor (Shiri)
  • 1999 Baeksang Arts Awards : Best Actor (Shiri)
  • 1998 Golden Cinematography Awards: Most Popular Actor
  • 1997 Seoul Theater Festival: Best Actor (Taxi Driver)
  • 1992 Asia Pacific Film Festival : Best Supporting Actor (Our Twisted Hero)
  • 1990 KBS Drama Awards : Best New Actor (Years of Ambition)

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 Choi Min-sik's References

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  2. Jobling, Alison (30 April 2005). "Choi Min Sik - Korean Chameleon". YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  3. Sunwoo, Carla (30 January 2012). "Actor Choi Min-sik reveals that he nearly died in grade three.". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. Kim, Sang-yoo (4 November 2010). "Dongguk Conquers Movie Screens and TV shows". Dongguk University News Clipping. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  5. "Interview with Main Actor, Choi Min-sik". Kino International. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. "The Break-Up Artist". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 November 2003. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  7. Chun Su-jin, Park Jeong-ho (30 June 2005). "Director says actors are getting greedy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  8. "Stars Miffed by Money-Grubbing Slur". The Chosun Ilbo. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  9. "Kang Woo-suk Apologizes to Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-shik". KBS Global. 30 June 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  10. "Choi Min-shik, Song Kang-ho Accept Kang Woo-suk's Apology". KBS Global. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  11. "Korean Screen Quota Reduced From July". Twitch Film. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  12. "Scores of Stars Mobilize to Fight Against Quota Cuts". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  13. Gowman, Philip (15 May 2006). "Choi Min-sik to stage screen-quota protest at Cannes". The Korea Times via London Korean Links. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  14. Bertolin, Paolo (23 May 2006). "Koreans, French Fight Hollywood Domination". The Korea Times via Soompi. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  15. Yi, Chang-ho (30 May 2006). "Cannes Backs Anti-screen Quota Cut Protests". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  16. "Old Boy Returns Medal in Screen Quota Protest". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  17. "Choi Min-sik: Mr. Vengeance". Subway Cinema. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  18. "NYAFF 2012 Exclusive Interview: Choi Min-sik". The Diva Review. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  19. "Choi Min-sik to Act in Theater Play". KBS Global. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  20. Choi, Min-woo (20 February 2007). "Film star back on stage for The Pillowman". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  21. Han, Sang-hee (22 October 2008). "Film Fests Offer Retrospective, Award to Korean Movie Stars". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  22. Yi, Chang-ho (24 October 2008). "CHOI Min-sik retrospective at Lyon fest". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  23. "Choi Min-sik: Korean Film Legend and International Star [NYAFF 2012]". vCinemaShow. 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  24. "Choi Min-sik Rediscovers His Passion for Acting". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  25. Lee, Hyo-won (31 May 2009). "Choi Min-sik Escapes Oncreen to Himalaya". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  26. Seo, So-ya (20 August 2010). "A shocking look at the corrosive power of evil". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  27. Sung, So-young (27 August 2010). "Violent films raise alarms". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  28. "Leafie wins APSA Best Animated Feature". Korean Film Biz Zone. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  29. Lee, Claire (1 February 2012). "Choi Min-sik returns as layered villain". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  30. Lee, Ga-on (14 February 2012). "INTERVIEW: Actor Choi Min-shik - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  31. Lee, Ga-on (14 February 2012). "INTERVIEW: Actor Choi Min-shik - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  32. Kubas-Meyer, Alec (5 July 2012). "Choi Min-sik's next film is like The Departed, he's a cop". Flixist. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  33. Lee, Rachel (21 January 2013). "3 actors to show off talent in Sinsegae". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  34. Tae, Sang-joon (5 September 2013). "CHOI Min-sik Will Star in Luc Besson's LUCY". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  35. Park, Si-soo (6 April 2014). "Korean stars grace Hollywood movies". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  36. Chung, Joo-won (28 July 2014). "Choi Min-sik kicks butt in Hollywood film Lucy". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  37. Kwon, Mee-yoo (3 August 2014). "Choi Min-sik sweeping box office in Korea, US". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  38. Lee, Ji-hye (17 October 2014). "Roaring Currents & Lucy CHOI Min-shik: Balancing Korea in one hand and Hollywood in the other". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  39. Baek, Byung-yeul (30 June 2014). "Joseon's war hero back on screen: Choi Min-sik's Roaring Currents retraces 16th century maritime battle against Japan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  40. Lee, Eun-sun (4 August 2014). "Yi movie sweeps audiences away". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  41. "Roaring Currents Most Successful Korean Film of All Time". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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