Han Suk kyu


Han Suk-kyu (born November 3, 1964 in Seoul) is a South Korean actor. One of the leading actors of Korean cinema, Han's notable works include No. 3 (1997), Christmas in August (1998), Shiri (1999), and The President's Last Bang (2005).

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    'Berlin' rises to the top of the box office

    The film 'Berlin' is already the most popular film at the box office.According to theKorean Film Association, 'Berlin' was watched by 302,997 moviegoers on its opening day, January 31st KST. The total number of moviegoers amounts to around 713,000 people.Competing film 'The Present from Room 7' was …

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 Han Suk kyu's Biography

While a student at the Film and Theater department of Dongguk University , he sang in an amateur folk rock band. He took a brief, year-long contract as voice actor at KBS , before moving on to TV and film acting.

(1994), a charming gigolo from the slums determined to attain wealth at all cost in the big city. "Choon-Seop", an old friend from hometown played by Choi Min-sik , struggles hopelessly to stop "Hong-shik" from his self-ruin. The partnership of Han and Choi as uneasy allies or foes, parlayed into two flagship films of the 1990s:No. 3andShiri. Both the series and "Hong-shik" character have since become beloved icons, as part of the Korean television's golden era before the advent of Korean wave .The cast also features veterans who are now luminaries in Korean cinema: Na Moon-hee ofThe Quiet Family, Kim Hae-sook of Park Chan-wook 'sThirst, and Baek Yoon-sik ofSave the Green Planet!.

Before the end of the 20th century, Han headlined films that were critically acclaimed (Green Fish,No. 3) and commercially successful (The Contact,Christmas in August,Shiri-- the latter two making particular impact in Japan).

Han's experience in the early stages of Korean cinema renaissance in the 1990s, cemented his belief in a script-driven model for movie-making. Thus the founding of "Makdong Script Festival" (named after his role inGreen Fish), with co-sponsor film magazineCine 21. Winners may claim two cash prizes funded by Han, with the potential to launch directing careers based from their own scripts. The annual contest is now extant over 10 years, with two titles produced so far: the comedy2424(2002) andPrivate Eye(2009) starring Hwang Jung-min .


,Joint Security Area,Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance(as the father), andFulltime Killer(as Andy Lau 's friend/foe.)

.Nonetheless, these controversial works screened at Cannes , and were featured in a tribute to the actor at the Austrian FilmAsia festival.

He remained self-managed until as late as 2006, before joining KM Culture agency due to increased regimentation of the industry.

White Nightstarring Son Ye-jin , Han has a long-awaited reunion with Choi Min-sik slated to begin production in Autumn 2009.


For his part, Han has cited influences by legendary Korean actor Kim Seung-ho , Al Pacino , Ken Takakura ,The Godfathertrilogy, and Hayao Miyazaki .

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 Han Suk kyu's Filmography


Television drama

  • Deep Rooted Tree(SBS, 2011)
  • Hotel(호텔, MBC, 1995)
  • Love and War(전쟁과 사랑, MBC 1995)
  • Kareisky(까레이스키, MBC 1994)
  • Challenge(도전, MBC 1994)
  • MBC Best Theater:The Only Room for Them(그들만의 방, MBC 1994)
  • Three Families Under a Roof(한지붕 세가족, MBC 1994)
  • The Moon of Seoul(서울의 달, MBC 1/8-10/16/1994)
  • Pilot(파일럿, MBC 1993)
  • Sons and Daughters(아들과 딸, MBC 1992-3)
  • Eyes of Dawn(여명의 눈동자 or 黎明의 눈동자, MBC 1991-2)
  • Our Paradise(우리들의 천국, MBC 1990)
  • Han Ji-bong's Three Families(한지붕 세 가족, MBC 1986-1994)

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 Han Suk kyu's Awards

  • 2011 SBS Drama Awards: Grand PrizeDeep Rooted Tree
  • 2011 SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars AwardDeep Rooted Tree

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 Han Suk kyu's References

  1. Korean wave star and neighbor Song Seung Hun aspires to be a family man like Han, who eschews the popular social life of drinking for domesticity of house chores and child-rearing; Sept. 7, 2008 interview.
  2. Sensational report of Han reading 100 titles a month, March 28, 2007.
  3. Han on his family's admiration for Miyazaki; May 8, 2005 interview.
  4. Prominent TV writer Choi Wan-kyu aspires to create classic characters as Han's role in The Moon of Seoul, July 25, 2007 interview.
  5. Producer of Temptation of Wolves (2004) compares debut role of actor-idol Kang Dong-won to Han in The Moon of Seoul, August 20, 2004.
  6. TV actor Kim Byung-se models his gigolo character in Chunja's Happy Events (2008) after Han's 1994 performance; May 15, 2008 article
  7. At Choi Min-sik's suggestion, Park Chan-wook settled on actor Yoo Ji-tae, for his resemblance to Han -- who's the closest to Park's conception for the arch-nemesis character Woo-jin. Interview from April 27, 2007
  8. Han prefers actors meet the public through acting, not "garbage" talk in interviews, October 21, 2004.
  9. Although a popular spokesman in commercials, his choice in unsavory roles after 2003 has thwarted his wholesome image and appeal to advertisers; October 8, 2007 interview with A Bloody Aria director, Won Shin-yeon.
  10. Outspoken actor Yu Oh-seong joins the panning of Double Agent, using it to criticize the Korean film industry and the bestowing of "National Actor" status upon Han; Interview from September 20, 2004.
  11. The furor over his hiatus, "mysterious" absence from public life, and subsequent return is parodied in the romantic comedy Mr. Handy, with pastiches of Shiri and Double Agent.
  12. Director Bong Joon-ho on freedom of speech, and praises film, cast, and crew of The President's Last Bang, Essay from February 15, 2005.
  13. Program schedule for FilmAsia Festival, January to July, 2005.
  14. Park Chan-wook is quoted by Kim Ji-soo from a private gathering, for praising Han's "superlative" work among Korean actors in The President's Last Bang; October 31, 2006 article.
  15. Lee Jun-ik mentions Han as among the next-generation leading men, after the elder icons Ahn Sung-ki and Park Joong-hoon of his Radio Star; September 29, 2006 interview.
  16. Powerful producer-director Kang Woo-suk plans to collaborate with Han as a crazed villain; June 18, 2008 interview for Public Enemy Returns.
  17. Jang Jin on turning to other actors when first-choice such as Han declined the roles in My Son and The Big Scene; April 25, 2007 and August 19, 2005 interviews.
  18. Director Noh Young-seok, of the surprise indie hit Daytime Drinking, desires future collaboration with Han after being "shocked" by his "unique acting" in A Bloody Aria; Interview from February 13, 2009.
  19. Kim Hye-soo on Han's "detailed" performances and desire for future collaboration; Interview for Tazza: The High Rollers from Sept 14, 2006.
  20. Song Kang-ho on Han as one of the senior actors paving way for younger generation; March 29, 2007 interview.
  21. Song Kang-ho on Han entering the actor's prime, while falling out of favor with general audiences; May 2005 GQ Korea interview.
  22. Song Kang-ho considers it "pointless" to rank actors like himself, Han, Choi Min-sik, and Sol Kyung-gu, April 29, 2005 interview.
  23. Sol Kyung-gu, before presenting a lifetime achievement award to director Yu Hyun-mok, names Han among a pantheon of Korean actors who have influenced the industry. The 6th Korean Film Awards (MBC), December 1, 2007.
  24. Choi Min-sik considers acting, and actors like himself, Han, and Song Kang-ho are ill-suited to ranking a la Olympic medalists; Interview for Chihwaseon, May 9, 2002.
  25. Choi Min-sik credits close friend Han for the early career-turning roles in No. 3 and Shiri, and desires future collaboration; March 18, 2005 interview; March 26, 2005 article.
  26. Director Kim Ji-woon recalls Han's insistence on filmmakers to attend Song Kang-ho's theater performances in the late 90s when casting for the burgeoning film scene; July 21, 2008 interview for The Good, The Bad, and The Weird.
  27. Dogville was a key inspiration to do more unconventional films; Interview for The Scarlet Letter, October 21, 2004.
  28. Director Im Sang-soo describes Han as a "perfect, unusual actor" and "lone wolf" driven by frustration, to a skeptical journalist; February 28, 2005 interview with Ddanzi Ilbo.
  29. Korean GQ characterizes Han's post-heyday career as a lonely maverick who prefers to work in margins of the industry, on personal rather than commercial projects; Sept. 2008 editorial.
  30. "Choi Min-sik, Han Suk-kyu reunite in Night of the Hunter after 10 years", June 23, 2009 article.
  31. Many impressions of Han's voice and diction appear in variety shows, TV dramas, gag concerts, and amateur videos online. The best known of late being Park Joong-hoon in the June 2007 broadcast of the Grand Bell Awards.
  32. Kam Woo-sung on Han and Shim Hye-jin as acting influences, Interview on April 15, 2006.
  33. Kam Woo-sung on Han's friendship and desire for future collaboration, Interview on March 16, 2007.
  34. Hwang Jung-min on Han as an influence since his early days in theater, and desire for future collaboration; December 22, 2007 article.
  35. Ryoo Seung-bum quoted on Han's career as blazing a trail for younger actors who want to find their own paths, April 25, 2009.
  36. Kim Myung-min on Han and Choi Min-sik as the Korean actors he respects the most; April 23, 2008 interview.
  37. Kim Ji-soo and Kim Ju-hyeok name Han's work in The President's Last Bang as their most admired performance by a Korean actor. That role, plus Han's No. 3, are the kind of options she considers lacking for Korean actresses.
  38. Lee Jin-wook on Han as his acting influence; April 18, 2008 interview.
  39. Im Ji-gyu, of Milky Way Liberation Front and Who's That Knocking On My Door?, on Han as a role model of versatility and unique style, December 18, 2007 article.

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