Sol Kyung-gu

설경구/ Sol Kyung Gu

Sol Kyung-gu(born May 1, 1968) is a South Korean actor . He is best known for his roles in the popularPublic Enemyfilm series , as well asPeppermint Candy,OasisandSilmido.

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 Sol Kyung-gu's Career

Subway Line 1, and productions of Sam Shepard 'sTrue Westand A. R. Gurney 'sLove Letters.

,Rainbow Trout, and above all else,Peppermint Candyin which he played a suicidal man devastated by the two-decades of historical change his country undergoes.The critical acclaim and larger-than-expected popular appeal of this film instantly transformed Sol into one of the most respected young actors in Korea.

After the rather heavy-themed work of his early career, Sol then appeared in a mix of genre movies and more serious work. He starring in the romantic comedyI Wish I Had a Wifewith Jeon Do-yeon in 2001, and then acted in a Japanese TV drama produced by NHK .

he won both local acting awards and many new fans as the film drew close to 3 million viewers. In August, he starred in Lee Chang-dong 's highly acclaimed third filmOasis, which won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival . Sol's portrayal of mildly mentally disabled outcast with sociopathic inclinations won him yet more acting awards in Korea. Finally in November, he acted together with Cha Seung-won in the smash hitJail Breakersby popular director Kim Sang-jin .

, about the legendary ethnic Korean pro wrestler who became a national hero in Japan in the 1950s. Sol gained 20 kilograms for the role and also delivered 95% of his lines in Japanese . Despite winning great praise for his performance, however, the film vastly underperformed on its local release.

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 Sol Kyung-gu's Personal life

(2002) andLost in Love(2006).

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 Sol Kyung-gu's Filmography


1996 A Petal
Love Story
1998 Girls' Night Out
1999 Phantom, the Submarine Number 432
Rainbow Trout
2000 Peppermint Candy Kim Yong-ho
The Legend of Gingko Juk
2001 I Wish I Had a Wife Kim Bong-soo
2002 Public Enemy Kang Chul-joong
The Bird That Stops in Air Kim
Oasis Hong Jong-du
Jail Breakers Yu Jae-pil
2003 Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead Documentarynarrator
Silmido Kang In-chan
2004 Rikidōzan Rikidōzan/Kim Sin-rak
2005 Another Public Enemy Kang Chul-joong
2006 Lost in Love Woo-jae
Cruel Winter Blues Shim Jae-mun
2007 Voice of a Murderer Han Kyung-bae
Venus and Mars Kim Sang-min
2008 Public Enemy Returns Kang Chul-joong
2009 Haeundae Choi Man-sik
Closer to Heaven Kim Jong-do (cameo)
A Brand New Life Jin-hee's father
2010 No Mercy Kang Min-ho
Troubleshooter Kang Tae-sik
Camellia(segment: "Kamome") Yong-soo
2012 The Tower Kang Young-ki
2013 Cold Eyes Chief detective Hwang
The Spy: Undercover Operation Chul-soo
Hope Im Dong-hoon
2014 My Dictator Kim Sung-geun
2015 The Long Way Home Nam-bok
Lucid Dream Bang-seop
2016 A Murderer's Guide to Memorization

Television series[]

1988 Joy of Love KBS
1991 Magpie Daughter-in-law MBC
1994 Oldest Sister MBC
1997 A Bluebird Has It KBS2
White Christmas SBS
2001 Prince Shōtoku NHK

Variety show - guest appearances[]

2000 Lee So-ra's Propose MBC
2006 Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter KBS2
2007 Yoo Jae-sukandKim Won-hee's Come to Play MBC
2008 Yoon Do-hyun's Music Show KBS 2FM
2013 Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy SBS

Music video appearances[]

YearSong titleArtist
2004 "I Loved You to Death" SG Wannabe

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 Sol Kyung-gu's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in Theater Won
1999 20th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Rainbow TroutNominated
2000 10th Oslo International Film Festival Special MentionPeppermint CandyWon
36th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in FilmWon
8th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best ActorWon
23rd Golden Cinematography Awards Best New ActorWon
2nd International Film Festival Bratislava Best ActorWon
37th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorNominated
Best New ActorWon
21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorWon
20th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New ActorWon
200238th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) in FilmPublic EnemyWon
Best Actor in FilmNominated
10th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best ActorOasisWon
3rd Busan Film Critics Awards Best ActorWon
22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best ActorWon
39th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorPublic EnemyWon
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorWon
1st Korean Film Awards Best ActorOasisWon
6th Director's Cut Awards Best ActorWon
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in FilmNominated
26th Golden Cinematography Awards Most Popular ActorWon
29th Seoul International Film Festival Best ActorWon
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in Film SilmidoNominated
200542nd Grand Bell AwardsBest Actor RikidōzanNominated
Another Public EnemyNominated
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorVoice of a MurdererNominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorNominated
6th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Cruel Winter BluesNominated
200829th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorPublic Enemy ReturnsNominated
Popular Star AwardWon
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in FilmNominated
46th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorHaeundaeNominated
17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) in FilmWon
2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor No MercyWon
201334th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Hope , Cold EyesWon
Best ActorHopeNominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in FilmWon
22nd Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) in FilmMy DictatorWon
1st Korean Film Producers Association Awards Best ActorWon
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in FilmNominated

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 Sol Kyung-gu's See also

  • List of South Korean actors
  • Cinema of Korea
  • Contemporary culture of South Korea

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 Sol Kyung-gu's References

  1. Lee, Yong-sung (20 October 2005). "Film star comes back to drama stage". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. Scott, A.O. (31 March 2001). "Peppermint Candy: A Life Retreats From Tragedy to Happy Beginnings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Sol Kyung-gu". Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. Lee, Seung-jae (1 December 2004). "I Reflected on Myself in Rikidozan". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. "Sul Kyung-gu Brings a Touch of Muscle to Wrestling Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. "Sul Kyung-gu: no Ordinary Action Hero". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. Song, Woong-ki (12 August 2010). "Sul says his latest film was the most difficult". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  8. Kim, Hyun-min; Lee, Eun-sun (21 December 2012). "THE TOWER's SOL Kyung-gu & SON Ye-jin: Actors' Experience from the Desperate Survival Drama". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  9. Jang, Sung-ran (28 October 2014). "Playing a most dictatorial dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  10. Jang, Sung-ran; Kim, Hyo-eun (22 September 2015). "Becoming friends on screen and off". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  11. Shim, Sun-ah (22 September 2015). "(Yonhap Interview) Actor attracted by dullness of The Long Way Home". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  12. "Sol Kyung-gu to Teach Acting at Hanyang University". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  13. Park, Si-soo (20 March 2014). "Entertainers take on teaching role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  14. "Actor Sul and Actress Song to Marry on May 28". The Korea Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  15. Lee, Hyo-won (8 May 2009). "Actors Sul, Song to Tie Knot on May 28". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  16. "Sol Kyung-gu, Song Yun-ah to Wed". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

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