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Moon Sung-keun (born May 28, 1953) is a South Korean actor and politician. He has won three Blue Dragon Film Awards, two Baeksang Arts Awards, and two Chunsa Film Art Awards for Best Actor.

Moon Sung-keun
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Born (1953-05-28) May 28, 1953 (age 66)
Alma materSogang University
OccupationActor, politician
Years active1985–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationMun Seong-geun
McCune–ReischauerMun Sŏnggŭn


Moon was born in Tokyo, Japan. His father was Rev. Moon Ik-hwan, who fought for democracy alongside Kim Dae-jung under the military regime led by Park Chung-hee in 1970s, and was a well-known pro-unification activist.[1] After graduation from Sogang University with a bachelor's degree in trading, Moon worked as a salaryman for eight years.

In 1985, he began acting in theater, and became a key figure in the beginning of the renaissance of Daehangno stage plays in the mid-1980s, playing the leading role in such mega-hits as Chilsu and Mansu and Till the End of Time.[2] Moon made his film debut in 1990 with Black Republic directed by Park Kwang-su.[3]

During his acting career, Moon has won Best Actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards thrice, Baeksang Arts Awards twice, Chunsa Film Art Awards twice, and other accolades.

Moon started his political activities in 2009, becoming Democratic United Party's temporary chairman in 2012.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Since then, he mostly made special appearance in the movies.

In 2017, Moon and a group of South Korean artists filed complaints against two former presidents Lee Myung-bak, Park Geun-hye, and other six senior officials, asking for a prosecution investigation over the allegation of an "artist blacklist."[10]

Moon is a frequent collaborator of director Lee Chang-dong. He has starred in four of Lee's films, including critically acclaimed Burning (2018).[11]



Year English title Korean title Role Notes
1990 Mother's Summer 어머니의 여름 Gwang-su
Our Class Accepts Anyone Regardless of Grade 꼴지부터 일등까지 우리 반을 찾습니다 Teacher
Black Republic 그들도 우리처럼 Kim Gi-yeong/Han Tae-hun
1991 I Want to Live Just Until 20 years old 스무살까지만 살고 싶어요 Choi Hyeon-jun
Berlin Report 베를린 리포트 Yeong-cheol
The Road to the Race Track 경마장 가는 길 R
1993 No Emergency Exit 비상구가 없다 Dong-o
The 101st Proposition 101번째 프로포즈 Yeong-seop
To the Starry Island 그 섬에 가고싶다 Moon Deok-bae/Moon Jae-gu
1994 To You from Me 너에게 나를 보낸다 "I"
Out to the World 세상 밖으로 Seong-keun
1995 Bitter and Sweet 남자는 괴로워
Sunset Into the Neon Lights 네온 속으로 노을지다 Kim Gyu-hwan
A Single Spark 아름다운 청년 전태일 Kim Yeong-su
Man 맨?
1996 A Petal 꽃잎 Jang
1997 Green Fish 초록물고기 Bae Tae-gon
1998 Film-making 죽이는 이야기 Guido
Bedroom and Courtroom 생과부 위자료 청구소송 Chu Hyeong-do
2000 Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors 오! 수정 Yeong-su
2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name 질투는 나의 힘 Han Yun-sik
2005 Princess Aurora 오로라 공주 Oh Seong-ho
2006 Hanbando 한반도 Gwon Yong-hwan
Woman on the Beach 해변의 여인 Voice
Puzzle 두뇌유희 프로젝트, 퍼즐 Hwan
2007 Soo Gu Yang-won
2008 Public Enemy Returns 강철중: 공공의 적 1-1 Tae-san
2009 Missing 실종 Pan-gon
If You Were Me 4: Relay 시선1318 Principal
A Brand New Life 여행자 Doctor
Visitors: Lost in the Mountains 어떤 방문: 첩첩산중
2010 A Little Pond 작은 연못 Mr. Moon
Oki's Movie 옥희의 영화 Professor Song
2012 Unbowed 부러진 화살 Judge Shin Jae-yeol
In Another Country 다른 나라에서 Mun-su
National Security 남영동1985 President Yoon
2013 Hwayi: A Monster Boy 화이: 괴물을 삼킨 아이 CEO Jin Special appearance
2014 A Girl at My Door 도희야 Nam Gyeong-dae Special appearance
Haemoo 해무 Wan-ho
2015 Memories of the Sword 협녀: 칼의 기억 Lee Ee-myeong Special appearance
2016 Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet 동주 Jeong Ji-yong Special appearance
2017 The Tooth and the Nail 석조저택 살인사건 Yoon Young-hwan
On the Beach at Night Alone 밤의 해변에서 혼자 Sang-won
Forgotten 기억의 밤
1987: When the Day Comes 1987 Special appearance
2018 Burning 버닝 Attorney

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Korean title Role
2008 The Scales of Providence 신의 저울 Kim Hyeok-jae
2009 Ja Myung Go 자명고 King Daemusin
2017 Distorted 조작 Koo Tae-won
2018 Life[12] 라이프 Kim Tae-sang
Encounter[13] 남자친구 Cha Jong-hyun
2019 Confession[14] 자백 Cho Myung-geun
Vagabond[15] 배가본드

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1986 22nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Theater) Han's Chronicle Won
1990 1st Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Black Republic Won
11th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
1991 27th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won
29th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
12th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Berlin Report Nominated
1992 3rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor The Road to the Race Track Won
12th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Won
30th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
13th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
1993 14th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor The 101st Proposition Nominated
1994 32nd Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best Supporting Actor To the Starry Island Nominated
15th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor To You from Me Won
1995 33rd Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
1996 41st Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actor A Petal Won
34th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
17th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Won
1997 35th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Green Fish Nominated
2003 2nd Korean Film Awards Best Actor Jealousy Is My Middle Name Nominated


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  2. ^ Lee, Yong-sung (31 October 2005). "Film stars attract audience to drama". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  3. ^ 문성근 [Moon Sung-keun]. Korean Movie Database (in Korean). Retrieved 2010-02-11.
  4. ^ "Uri Party Black Sheep Resign After Comments on Party Split". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  5. ^ Ser, Myo-ja (27 December 2011). "Roh loyalists bid to cut GNP strength in Busan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  6. ^ Lee, Sun-young (16 January 2012). "Ex-actor off to strong start in politics". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  7. ^ Lee, Tae-hoon (16 April 2012). "Moon takes helm of opposition party". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  8. ^ Kim, Jung-yoon (23 April 2012). "DUP leader calls for Moon's resignation". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  9. ^ Choi, He-suk (3 May 2013). "Key pro-Roh figure quits DUP ahead of leadership election". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  10. ^ "S.Korean celebrities accuse two ex-presidents over "artist blacklist"". Xinhua. September 26, 2017.
  11. ^ ‘버닝’ 이창동 문성근 최승호, 진보인사 3인방의 ‘반갑다 친구야’. Single List (in Korean). May 18, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  12. ^ [공식입장] 문성근, '라이프' 합류… 이동욱·조승우와 호흡. News1 (in Korean). March 16, 2018.
  13. ^ [단독] 문성근, 송혜교 아빠 된다…‘남자친구’ 합류. Naver (in Korean). TV Report. September 7, 2018.
  14. ^ '자백' 문성근, 오늘(14일) 첫 등장…강렬한 눈빛과 존재감. joynews24 (in Korean). April 14, 2019.
  15. ^ [단독]김민종·백윤식·이경영·문성근, 250억원 '배가본드' 출연. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). May 11, 2018.

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