Jang Dong Gun

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Jang Dong-gun(born March 7, 1972) is a top South Korean actor best known for appearing in hit films such asFriend(2001) andTaegukgi: The Brotherhood of War(2004).

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 Jang Dong Gun's Early life

Spending his childhood in Yongsan-gu , Seoul , he later went on to the Korea National University of Arts School of Drama, dropping out before obtaining a degree.

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 Jang Dong Gun's Career

Jang Dong-gun in 2006

Jang Dong-gun first entered the entertainment world in a talent contest in 1992. He began by acting in TV dramas such asThe Last Match, co-starring Shim Eun-ha , and he eventually made his film debut inRepechage(1997) together with Kim Hee-sun .

By the late 1990s he had become quite popular in Korea, but he also became one of the very first Korean stars to garner a fan following in other parts of Asia, after several of his TV dramas were screened there in the late nineties. In 1999, after acting in the critically acclaimedNowhere to Hideas Park Joong-hoon 's younger partner, Jang moved on to star in a feature that was filmed on location in Shanghai . TitledAnarchists, this tale of five young terrorists from 1930s China helped to elevate his status even further.

Jang's real breakout came in early 2001 inFriend, which smashed the box office record set byShirito become (at the time) the biggest Korean film of all time. After playing the nice guy in almost all his previous roles, this portrayal of a tough-talking gangster from Pusan led him to local stardom. The following year he also starred in the popular action blockbuster2009 Lost Memoriesset in a futuristic Great Japan.

After appearing in the low-budget filmThe Coast Guardby controversial director Kim Ki-duk , Jang then took the lead role in Kang Je-gyu 'sTaegukgi, an epic film about two brothers set during the Korean War . Sure enough, this film would beatFriend 's record with an astounding 11 million tickets sold. By this time, Jang's name had become known widely throughout Asia.

Jang followed this up withThe Promise, a $30 million pan-Asian production by Chinese director Chen Kaige in which he played opposite Hong Kong star Cecilia Cheung . Meanwhile, he was cast inTyphoonas a modern-day pirate who has been betrayed by both North and South Korea. Directed byFriend 's Kwak Kyung-taek ,Typhoonset a new record in 2005 for the highest production budget in Korean film history at $15 million.

For the next four years, Jang kept a low profile in the Korean entertainment sphere as he worked on his Hollywood debutThe Warrior's Way, also starring Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush . The film encountered problems with post-production and distribution, and was only released in 2010.

He returned to the silver screen in 2009 as the nation's youngest (and most eligible) head of state in Jang Jin 's comedyGood Morning, President.

He reunited with director Kang Je-gyu inMy Way, a film set during World War II based on the true story of a Korean soldier who is drafted by the Japanese army to fight in the Battle of Normandy .A large-scale, ambitious pan-Asian collaboration co-starring Japanese actor Joe Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing ,My Wayis the most expensive Korean movie to date (with an estimated budget of $28 million).My Waywas simultaneously released in Korea and Japan in December 2011.

His next filmDangerous Liaisonsis a Chinese adaptation of the French literature classic set in 1930s Shanghai, directed by Hur Jin-ho and co-starring Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung .It premieres during Directors' Fortnight at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival .

Jang made his highly-anticipated return to television dramas inA Gentleman's Dignity, saying he was drawn to the romantic comedy tale of 40-something-year-old men struggling to grow up and mend and forge lasting relationships.

Jang is one of the highest paid actors and celebrity endorsers in Korea,consistently topping surveys by industry insiders of most bankable stars.He remains one of Korea's most beloved stars, not only for his projects but because of his gentle, kind image.

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 Jang Dong Gun's Personal life

Jang is a practicing Buddhist , having first explored Buddhist writings while hospitalized in high school, after undergoing chest surgery.

The famously private actor surprised the country in November 2009 when he went public with his two-year romance with Ko So-young .Since co-starring together in the 1999 filmLove Wind Love Song, rumors about Jang and Ko had spread several times in the past, but both had consistently denied them. The announcement immediately sparked speculation of an impending marriage although it wasn't until March 2010 that Jang officially told his fans at a fan meeting that he would be marrying Ko in May.After months of media frenzy leading up to their nuptials,the two tied the knot on May 2, 2010 in an extravagant wedding ceremony at Seoul's Shilla Hotel which was attended by their A-list celebrity friends, swarms of reporters and fans from around the world.

Their son was born on October 4, 2010.

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 Jang Dong Gun's Filmography

Film

Jang featured on the cover ofKoreAm, December 2010
YearTitleRole
1997 Repechage Min-Gyu
Holiday In Seoul Taxi Driver
1998 First Kiss cameo
1999 Love Wind Love Song Tae-Hee
Nowhere to Hide Detective Kim
2000 Anarchists Seregay
2001 Friend Lee Han Dong-su
2002 2009 Lost Memories Masayuki Sakamoto
The Coast Guard Kang Sang-byeong
2004 Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War Lee Jin-tae
2005 Typhoon Sin
The Promise Kunlun, the slave
2009 Good Morning, President Cha Ji-wook
2010 The Warrior's Way Yang
2011 My Way Kim Jun-sik
2012 Dangerous Liaisons Xie Yifan

Television dramas

YearTitleRoleNetwork
1992 Our Heaven MBC
1993 Il Ji Mae Il-Ji-Mae MBC
1994 The Last Match Yoon Chul-jun MBC
1996 Icing Yoon Chan MBC
1997 Medical Brothers Kim Su-hyung MBC
Model Lee Jung SBS
Myth of a Hero Kim Tae-woo MBC
1998 Ready Go! Shin Ji-soo MBC
Love Jung In-ha MBC
1999 Springtime Kang Hyun-woo MBC
Ghost Jang Dae-hyup SBS
2000 All About Eve Yoon Hyong-cheol SBS
2012 A Gentleman's Dignity Kim Do-jin SBS

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 Jang Dong Gun's Discography

  • Dong-gun & Bon-seung(1998)
  • Flying(1995)
  • Friendshipby Jang Dong-gun & Jun Chul (1994)
  • Jang Dong-kun(Our HeavenOST) (1993)
  • "More Than Me (나보다 더)" -A Gentleman's DignityOST (2012)

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 Jang Dong Gun's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
1994 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New TV Actor The Last MatchWon
1997 MBC Drama Awards Best Actor Medical BrothersWon
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor RepechageWon
Popularity Award Won
Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award Won
1999 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nowhere to HideWon
2000 Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Award Won
2001 Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actor FriendWon
Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Award Won
2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor TaegukgiWon
2005 Max Movie Awards Best ActorTyphoonWon
2006 Grand Bell Awards Best ActorNominated
2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Good Morning, PresidentNominated

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 Jang Dong Gun's References

  1. "Jang Dong-gun Profile". Jang Dong-gun Official website. http://en.jangdonggun.co.kr/. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Jang Dong-gun Koreanfilm.org
  3. Jang's Hollywood debut to bridge East and West Korea Times. October 10, 2010.
  4. Jang Dong-gun brings Asian vibe to Hollywood Korea Times. November 23, 2010.
  5. Interview: Actor Jang Dong-gun 10Asia. November 25, 2010.
  6. Jang Back to Silver Screen in 4 Years Korea Times. July 20, 2009.
  7. Korean stars take turns playing president JoongAng Daily. September 25, 2009.
  8. "Actor Jang Dong-kun Returns as President". Korea Times. September 22, 2009. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/05/135_52271.html. 
  9. "Jang says not calling for a fight with "President"". 10Asia. October 8, 2009. http://10.asiae.co.kr/Articles/new_view.htm?sec=ent0&a_id=2009100823052987428. 
  10. Jang Dong Gun: 'I Want to Film Movies That My Son Can Watch Later' KBS Global. May 17, 2011.
  11. Jang Dong-gun starrer "My Way" cranks up 10Asia. July 1, 2011.
  12. Actor JANG Dong-gun Korea Cinema Today. January 6, 2012.
  13. Korean Mega War Movie Targets Pan-Asian Audience Chosun Ilbo. December 15, 2011.
  14. Jang-Odagiri film set for release in Japan Korea Times. January 20, 2011.
  15. Jang Dong-gun set for Hur Jin-ho pic joined by Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung 10Asia. September 22, 2011.
  16. Jang Dong-gun to co-star with Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung Korea Times. September 23, 2011.
  17. Jang Dong Gun: 'I Am Glad to Work with Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung' KBS Global. September 28, 2011.
  18. ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ heads to Cannes JoongAng Daily. April 26, 2012.
  19. Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul cast as leads in new SBS TV series 10Asia. February 8, 2012.
  20. Jang Dong-gun Excited About New Drama Chosun Ilbo. May 25, 2012.
  21. Jang Dong-gun gets first ‘proper’ kiss scene Korea Herald. May 24, 2012.
  22. Interview with Jang Dong-gun CNN Talk Asia. October 24, 2007.
  23. Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star Chosun Ilbo. October 20, 2005.
  24. Jang Dong-gun back on TV Dramabeans. December 14, 2008.
  25. "组图:娱乐圈明星信佛知多少" (in Chinese). QQ News. 27 February 2007. http://news.qq.com/a/20070227/001431_21.htm. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  26. Guess What! They've Been Dating for 2 Years Korea Times. November 5, 2009.
  27. Korea’s most eligible bachelor finds love JoongAng Daily. November 12, 2009.
  28. Jang to Disclose Wedding Plans in March Korea Times. February 1, 2010.
  29. Star Couple to Marry Vast Assets Chosun Ilbo. November 9, 2009.
  30. Jang-Ko Wedding Sets Off PR War Korea Times. February 4, 2010.
  31. Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young Expecting Baby Korea Times. April 22, 2010.
  32. Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young 'Ecstatic' Over Pregnancy Chosun Ilbo. April 23, 2010.
  33. Jang Dong-gun marries Go So-young Dramabeans. May 2, 2010.
  34. Jang, Ko tie knot Korea Times. May 2, 2010.
  35. Jang-Ko fever doesn’t end with the wedding JoongAng Daily. May 4, 2010.
  36. Jang Dong-gun wife gives birth 10Asia. October 4, 2010.
  37. Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young Celebrate Birth of Son Chosun Ilbo. October 5, 2010.
  38. Actors Jang, Ko become parents October 5, 2010.
  39. Jang plays proud papa JoongAng Daily. October 14, 2010.

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