Jang Geun-sukorKeun-Suk( Hangul :장 근석) is a South Korean actor , singer and model. He is best known for playing the role of band leader Hwang Tae Kyung in the hit 2009 dramaYou're Beautiful, with Lee Hongki , Jung Yong Hwa , Park Shin-hye and Uee . His popularity continued with the role of Kang Mu Gyul in the 2010 romantic comedy seriesMary Stayed Out All Night, with Moon Geun Young .
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Jang Keun-Suk made his acting debut in the 1997 HBS sitcomSelling Happiness(Haengbokeul Pabmoda). He then continued to work in television as a child actor.
In middle school, Keun-Suk heard the music of Japanese pop singer Ken Hirai . He was inspired enough by these bands to start learning Japanese by himself. In junior high school, Keun-Suk went to school in New Zealand to learn English and Japanese. Because of his studies in New Zealand, he can carry casual conversations in both languages.
Even though Keun-Suk wanted to continue his studies in New Zealand, a job offer brought him back to South Korea, a role in the popular MBC sitcomNonstop 4. After his work inNonstop 4, Keun-Suk fell into a self-perceived slump and didn't think his acting was good enough. He decided then to re-devote himself to becoming a true actor.
In 2005, Keun-Suk's portrayal of the president's son in the SBS dramaLovers in Praguebecame a hit and was well regarded by drama fans.
In 2006, Keun-Suk made the jump to the big screen in the Japanese horror filmOne Missed Call: Finalwhere he played the role of a deaf boy. Using his past experience with the Japanese language, Keun-Suk was able to communicate with his Japanese co-stars with ease. He also learned sign language in preparation for his role.
Back on the small screen, he next played the role of Kim Eun-ho, Hwang Jin-yi 's first love in the TV dramaHwang Jin-i. Keun-Suk's performance gained the attention of many female fans. He also starred in the KBS drama,Hong Gil Dong, as Prince Lee Changhwi.
In 2007, Keun-Suk was cast in the rock music-themed filmThe Happy Life. His portrayal of Hyeon-ju allowed Keun-Suk to show off his masculine charms, as well as display his skills as a singer. Jang was co-MC with Heechul of Super Junior on SBS 's weekly live music show Inkigayo , from 25 February to 7 October 2007.
In 2008, Keun-Suk would go on to act in two more music-inspired titles with the feature filmDo Re Mi Fa So La Ti Doand the hit MBC TV dramaBeethoven Virusstarring opposite Kim Myung Min.
Keun-Suk's next role in the 2009 thrillerThe Case of Itaewon Homicidewas his first villain role. The film is based on the true story of a murder that occurred at a Burger King restaurant in Itaewon, South Korea. Keun-Suk portrayed the role of Pearson who was a disturbed young Korean-American accused of stabbing a student to death. Keun-Suk spoke his lines in English throughout the entire film, a job he did well, according toBeyondHollywood.com: "Jang Keun Suk performs very well as the sullen Pearson."
Film critics and moviegoers also praised Keun-Suk for his acting. A movie review posted onLondonKoreanLinks.comsaid: "The casting is cleverly done with Jang Keun-suk as the ‘innocent’ accused, his popularity allowing the audience to feel some empathy and warmth to an otherwise unattractive character. He does well in this role, a break from his normal cheerful persona and, combined with the fact he has to speak English through most of the film, it’s quite impressive. Its not perfect American accent of course, but it plays a vital part in itself."
InYou're Beautiful, Keun-Suk played the role of Hwang Tae-Kyung, leader of pop band A.N.Jell, who falls in love with a fellow band member who is a female pretending to be a guy on behalf of her twin brother, played by Park Shin Hye . The show also starred Lee Hong Ki and Jung Yong Hwa as the band's drummer and guitarist, respectively.
Keun-Suk was also one of the actors who appeared in the photoshoot "Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot" in 2008, along with co-actors Joo Jin Mo , Song Il-gook , Ko Soo , and Park Jae-jung.He also was a host on Tracking Your X Boyfriend. He's also known for his outspoken personality and tectonic dance.
Although he sings for some of his dramas, he has not released any music of his own except for a few songs done for advertisements: "Black Engine" for Mens cosmetics and skin care, and "Touch Holic" and "Magic Drag" for Samsung 's YP-M1 mp3 player from the YEPP line.
Keun-Suk did some advertisements in 2010–2011 such as Ole Beauty Candy, Zegda CF, Code Combines CF and Samsung Galaxy Player.
His first single as a singer, "Let Me Cry", was released by Pony Canyon in Japan on April 27, 2011. "Let Me Cry" debuted at number 1 on Japan's Oricon single charts, making him the first non-Japanese act to have the debut single to debut at number 1 on the charts.
In August 2011, Jang Keun Suk and Moon Geun Young went to Japan for theirMary Stayed Out All NightTour. There were a total of 4Mary Stayed Out All NightFanmeetings in Japan , 2 Meetings in Tokyo and 2 meetings in Osaka . Their Fanmeeting is the largest FM to date which can accommodate in more than 60,000 people.
By the month-end of September 2011, Jang Keun-Suk officially released his first Chinese album, titledThe Lounge H Vol.1, in China and throughout Southeast Asia.Jang Keun-Suk worked with friend and musician Big Brother (大兄弟/Jung Kurt) to create the duo in Team H. Big Brother took part in writing, producing, re-making songs, and even rapping.The Lounge H Vol.1has 4 tracks with the leading song "Gotta Getcha." Jang Keun-Suk has reportedly written the lyrics for this song himself. The track has a strong beat and powerful rap. The album also includes a music video for "Gotta Getcha" and special backstage clips.
Keun-Suk agreed to play the role of the pet character in the Korean movie adaptation of the Japanese dramaKimi wa Petto, based on the manga of the same name.You're My Petwas released in November 2011.
On January 18 of 2012, Oriconreported that Jang Keun-suk will release a new albumLounge H(The First Impressionwas later added to the title) in Japan as part of the two-member group Team H (the other member being DJ Big Brother). To be released on March 21 and only available in Japan, this album will have its original style with brand new jacket photos and packaging. It was emphasized that this album is notLounge H Vol.1, which Team H released the year before. The new Japanese album will have seven tracks of rock and electronic genre, including "Gotta Getcha".
On February 23 of 2012, HS Media (韩星经纪) revealed on their official Weibo that Team H had won its first awardswith their debut EPLounge H Vol. 1. At the 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards, based on the highest album record sales, the album was to be awarded the Best Selling Album and the Best Korean Album. Since mid-October 2011, the album had been sold in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong with impressive sales results, breaking through platinum.
The TV melodramaLove Rain, starring Jang and Girls' Generation 's Yoona and made by drama PD Yoon Seok Ho , is being aired currently in KBS2 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 hrs.
By the end of May 2012, Jang Keun-Suk will release another Japanese album, now titledJust Crazy.
|1998||Hug (포옹)||Won Joo|
|2000||School3 (학교3)||Kang Won Seok's younger brother|
|2001||Ladies Of The Palace / Women's World (여인천하)||young Jeong Ryeom||SBS|
|Four Sisters' Story (네 자매 이야기)||Yeong Hoon||MBC|
|2002||Orange (오렌지)||Jang Keun-Suk|
|The Great Ambition (대망)||young Park Shi-yeong||SBS|
|2003||Nonstop 4(논스톱4)||Jang Keun-Suk||MBC|
|2005||Lovers in Prague(프라하의 연인)||Yoon Gun-hee||SBS|
|2006|| Alien Teacher / Alien Sam|
|Bong Saem (Luxurious)||Tooniverse|
|Hwang Jin-i(황진이)||Kim Eun Ho||KBS2||award, see Awards section below|
|2008||Hong Gil Dong(쾌도홍길동)||Lee Chang Hwi||KBS2||two awards, see Awards section below|
|Beethoven Virus(베토벤 바이러스)||Kang Geon Woo (Trumpet)||MBC||award, see Awards section below|
|2009||You're Beautiful(미남이시네요)||Hwang Tae Kyung||SBS||two awards, see Awards section below|
|2010||Mary Stayed Out All Night/ Marry Me, Mary! (매리는 외박중)||Kang Mu-Kyul||KBS2||two awards, see Awards section below|
|2011||Ikemen desu ne(美男ですね)|| as Himself / Gunsoku|
(Cameo, Episode 8)
|TBS||Japanese adaptation ofYou're Beautiful|
|2012|| The Center of the New Hallyu, I Am Jang Keun Suk|
(신한류의 중심, 나는 장근석)
|Jang Keun Suk||KBS2||KBS Special: documentary marking the 20th year since his debut into the entertainment business (aired Jan. 1st)|
|Sekai no Purinsu e! Chan Gunsoku ~ 24 sai no Sugao~||Jang Keun Suk||Fuji TV|| Japanese documentary (aired Jan. 13th)|
Both Japanese and Korean filming crews were present at some events. Therefore, some footage appears to be similar to that of the Korean documentary.
|Love Rain(사랑비)||Seo In Ha & Seo Joon||KBS2||roles of father and son characters across two time periods|
|2006|| One Missed Call: Final|
(Chakushin Ari: Final)
|An Jinu||Japanese film|
|2007||The Happy Life(즐거운 인생)||Park Hyeon-jun||award, see Awards section below|
|2008||The Longest 24 Months(기다리다 미쳐)||Park Won-Jae|
| Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do|
|Baby and I(아기와 나)||Han Joon-Su|
|2009|| The Case of Itaewon Homicide|
|Robert J. Pearson|| English-speaking role as a Korean-American|
film based on the true story of the murder in Itaewon
award, see Awards section below
|2011||You're My Pet(너는팻)||In Ho / "Momo"||film adaption of the mangaKimi wa Petto(きみはペット)|
Jang Keun-Suk was born on August 4, 1987 in Danyang Country , Chungcheongbuk-do , South Korea. He is an only child.
Keun-Suk started working as a child model at the age of five after he was discovered by a talent agent. At that time, Keun-Suk's parents were selling their house and the agent, who was a prospective buyer, saw Keun-Suk. Seeing his potential, the agent advised Keun-Suk's parents to allow him to try a career in modeling.
(Korean)More details to be updated atjangkeunsuk.co.kr/music/music.asp.
by Team H (Jang Keun Suk and Big Brother)
It is noted that the he himself spells his nameJang Keun-sukorJang Keun Suk, as evident on his official website http://www.jangkeunsuk.co.kr/ and on his promotional materials.
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