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Hwang Jeong-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
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Padikkadavan 1985-11-11
Latest Project:
Movie Svaha: The Sixth Finger 2019-02-20
Known For
Poster of Fists of Legend
Poster of Blades of Blood
Poster of Running Man
Poster of Save the Green Planet!
Movie Svaha: The Sixth Finger Deaconess Sim 2019-02-20
Movie Adulthood Eun-bly 2018-08-23
Movie The Battleship Island Lee Kang-Ok 2017-07-26
Movie Room No.7 Doo-sik's sister 2017-11-15
Movie A Violent Prosecutor Byun Jae-Wook 2016-02-03
Movie The Wailing Il-Gwang 2016-05-12
Movie Asura: The City of Madness Park Sung-bae 2016-09-28
Movie Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island Sakura 2015-02-11
Movie Veteran Detective Seo Do-Cheol 2015-08-05
Movie Love Never Fails Kim Mi-hye 2015-09-10
Movie The Himalayas Um Hong-gil 2015-12-16
Movie Man in Love 태일(TaeIl) 2014-01-22
Movie Ode to My Father Deok-soo 2014-12-17
Movie Cart Ok-soon 2014-11-13
Movie New World Jung Chung 2013-03-22
Movie In My End Is My Beginning Unknown 2013-04-04
Movie Fists of Legend Lim Deok-gyoo 2013-04-10
Movie Fasten Your Seatbelt 2013-10-16
Movie Dancing Queen Jeong-min 2012-01-18
Movie She Maid 2012-06-30
Movie The Taste of Money President Roh's Assistant 2012-05-17
Movie Moby Dick Lee Bang-woo 2011-06-09
Movie Blades of Blood Kyeon-Ja 2011-09-13
Movie The Housemaid Eun-yi's Friend 2010-05-13
Movie The Unjust Choi Cheol-gi 2010-10-28
Series Running Man Unknown 2010-07-11
Movie Private Eye Hong Jin-ho 2009-02-16
Movie A Blind River Lee Jong-Hee 2009-11-05
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 Black House Jun-oh 2007-06-21
Movie A Good Day to Have an Affair Dewdrop's friend 2007-02-08
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 Author 2005-03-10
Movie You Are My Sunshine Seok-joong 2005-09-23
Movie Heaven's Soldiers Park Jung-woo 2005-06-14
Movie All for Love 2005-10-07
Movie The Last Wolf 2004-04-01
Movie Save the Green Planet! Su-ni 2003-04-04
Movie A Good Lawyer's Wife Unknown 2003-09-09
Movie Road Movie Dae-shik 2002-10-18
Movie Waikiki Brothers Unknown 2001-10-27
Movie Shiri Unknown 1999-02-13
Movie Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Hwang Jung Min 1988-08-22
Movie Padikkadavan Jang Jung-ja 1985-11-11