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Hwang Jung-min

Hwang Jung-min (황정민) began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995. He then starred in various musicals and plays in Daehangno such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats". Despite a career on stage, Hwang had difficulty transitioning to film. He went through a long struggle for recognition, with people saying he "didn’t have the right face for film." He even considered giving up his dream, but stuck to his conviction about walking the path of acting. Hwang said, "After becoming interested about the stage and how it feels to be that person on stage, I've never thought of anything else. That I never swayed -- that is one thing I can say with confidence." His big break came when he was cast in Waikiki Brothers, a 2001 film that was a sleeper hit in Korea. In his role as a hopeless drummer, Hwang left a strong impression and earned favorable reviews, with director Im Soon-rye calling him "an uncut gemstone." It was in 2005 that Hwang became a household name, portraying a naive farmer in love with an AIDS-stricken prostitute in the hit melodrama "You Are My Sunshine". Hwang explains that he was "moved by the tale of the genuine love between two people. I agreed with the director's idea of showing it as pure love, like an uncut gem, without sloppily adding to it or embellishing it." When he accepted the best actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance in You Are My Sunshine, many were moved by his now-famous speech: "All I did was add a spoon to a dinner table that had already been prepared by others."

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Sep 1, 1970 In Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Never Weaken 1921-10-22
Latest Project:
Movie Money 2019-03-20
Known For
Poster of Fists of Legend
Poster of Dancing Queen
Poster of Blades of Blood
Poster of Running Man
Movie Money Investor (voice) 2019-03-20
Movie The Spy Gone North Park Suk-young / Black Venus 2018-08-17
Movie The Battleship Island Lee Kang-ok 2017-07-26
Movie The Wailing Il-Gwang 2016-05-12
Movie A Violent Prosecutor Byun Jae-Wook 2016-02-03
Movie Asura: The City of Madness Park Sung-bae 2016-09-28
Movie Veteran Seo Do-cheol 2015-08-05
Movie The Himalayas Um Hong-gil 2015-12-16
Movie Man in Love Han Tae-il 2014-01-22
Movie Ode to My Father Yoon Deok-soo 2014-12-17
Movie New World Jung Chung 2013-03-22
Movie Fists of Legend Lim Deok-gyoo 2013-04-10
Movie In My End Is My Beginning 2013-04-04
Movie Dancing Queen Jeong-min 2012-01-18
Movie Moby Dick Lee Bang-woo 2011-06-09
Movie Battlefield Heroes Silla King 2011-01-27
Movie Blades of Blood Kyeon-Ja 2011-09-13
Movie The Housemaid Eun-yi's Friend 2010-05-13
Series Running Man Unknown 2010-07-11
Movie The Unjust Choi Cheol-gi 2010-10-28
Movie Private Eye Hong Jin-ho 2009-02-16
Series The Accidental Couple Unknown 2009-04-29
Movie Five Senses of Eros Min Jae-in 2009-07-09
Movie A Man Who Was Superman Superman 2008-01-31
Series Family Outing himself 2008-06-15
Movie Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning 2008-12-04
Movie Black House Jun-oh 2007-06-21
Movie My 11th Mother Baek-joong 2007-11-29
Movie Happiness Young-su 2007-10-03
Movie Bloody Tie Lieutenant Do 2006-01-01
Movie A Bittersweet Life President Baek 2005-03-31
Movie This Charming Girl Writer 2005-03-10
Movie Heaven's Soldiers Park Jung-woo 2005-06-14
Movie You Are My Sunshine Seok-joong 2005-09-23
Movie All for Love Na Do-Chul 2005-10-07
Movie The Last Wolf 2004-04-01
Movie Digital Short Film Omnibus Project Twentidentity, Vol. 1 Man - segment: "Under a Big Tree" 2003-01-01
Movie A Good Lawyer's Wife Joo Young-jak 2003-09-09
Movie YMCA Baseball Team Ryu Kwang-tae 2002-10-03
Movie Road Movie Dae-shik 2002-10-18
Movie Waikiki Brothers Kang-soo 2001-10-27
Movie Shiri Special Investigation Team 1999-02-13
Movie Never Weaken Seo Myung-joon 1921-10-22