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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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.
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.
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.
|Holiday In Seoul||Taxi Driver|
|1999||Love Wind Love Song||Tae-Hee|
|Nowhere to Hide||Detective Kim|
|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|
|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|
|1993||Il Ji Mae||Il-Ji-Mae||MBC|
|1994||The Last Match||Yoon Chul-jun||MBC|
|1997||Medical Brothers||Kim Su-hyung||MBC|
|Myth of a Hero||Kim Tae-woo||MBC|
|1998||Ready Go!||Shin Ji-soo||MBC|
|2000||All About Eve||Yoon Hyong-cheol||SBS|
|2012||A Gentleman's Dignity||Kim Do-jin||SBS|
|1994||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New TV Actor||The Last Match||Won|
|1997||MBC Drama Awards||Best Actor||Medical Brothers||Won|
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Repechage||Won|
|Baeksang Arts Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|1999||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nowhere to Hide||Won|
|2000||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|2001||Asia Pacific Film Festival||Best Supporting Actor||Friend||Won|
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|2004||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Taegukgi||Won|
|2005||Max Movie Awards||Best Actor||Typhoon||Won|
|2006||Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2009||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Good Morning, President||Nominated|
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