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Shin Hyun-joon (Korean신현준; born October 28, 1968) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in Barefoot Ki-bong, Stairway to Heaven and the Marrying the Mafia sequels, and as the photographer in the popular music video "Because I'm A Girl" by KISS. In the Korean press he is nicknamed as 아랍왕자 ("Prince of Arab") due to his foreign look and long eyelashes.

Shin Hyun-joon
Actor Shin Hyun-joon at the Pifan opening ceremony on July 17, 2014.jpg
Born (1968-10-28) October 28, 1968 (age 50)
Other namesShin Hyun-jun
Shin Hyun-june
EducationYonsei University – Athletics
Yonsei University Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication – 최고위과정 (Honors)
Spouse(s)Kim Kyung-mi (m. 2013)
Children2 son
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Hyeon-jun
McCune–ReischauerSin Hyŏn-jun



Shin Hyun-joon was an athletics major at Yonsei University before starting a career in modeling and acting in 1989. His film debut came in director Im Kwon-taek's Son of a General series, set under the Japanese occupation in the 1920s. For the first half of the 1990s he continued working with Im Kwon-taek and also acted in Hwa-Om-Kyung, Jang Sun-woo's award-winning film based on the Avatamsaka Sutra.[1]

In recent years Shin has turned more towards popular cinema, finding his greatest success in fantasy/sci-fi works such as The Gingko Bed, The Soul Guardians, and the Korean-Chinese co-production Bichunmoo, as well as gangster comedies Marrying the Mafia II and Guns & Talks.[1][2] In one of his most iconic roles, Shin played a 40-year-old marathon runner with the mental faculties of an 8-year-old boy in Barefoot Ki-bong.[3]

A devout Christian, he published a photo-essay book Shin Hyun-joon's Confessions in 2008, which documented his personal insights about life and faith. The first printing sold out in two days, and the book was also released in China and Japan. Confessions contained a foreword by international star Jackie Chan as well as religious testimonies by other Korean celebrities such as Choi Ji-woo, Kim Won-hee and Nam Hee-seok.[4][5] He is also known for his missionary work, charitable endeavors and volunteerism.[6][7]

Aside from his job as an actor, Shin currently hosts the entertainment news program Entertainment Weekly on KBS2, the KBS Nine O'Clock News segment KBS Entertainment 925 on KBS1, and the Channel A talk show Show King. He has written two children's books: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (2012) and Clown with Smiles and Tears (2013).[8] He is also an acting professor at Induk University since March 2010.[9]

Shin established the production company HJ Film and is the CEO of 3J Cosmetics.

Personal lifeEdit

Shin married Kim Kyung-mi (Linda Kim), a Korean-American woman 12 years his junior at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on May 26, 2013.[10][11] His wife is studying for a doctorate in music in the United States, and Shin related on his show Entertainment Weekly that he bumped into her in the doorway of a building and fell in love at first sight.[12][13][14]



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Music video appearancesEdit

  • Zi-A – "Choked With Grief" (2008)
  • Zi-A – "I'm Happy" (2008)
  • Zi-A – "I Love You, I'm Sorry" (2008)
  • Zi-A – "Guardian Angel" (2007)
  • Zi-A – "Together with a Star in My Heart" (2007)
  • Zi-A – "Absentmindedly" (2007)
  • KISS – "Because I'm a Girl" (2001)
  • Lee Soo-young – "Never Again" (2001)
  • Jo Sung-mo – "For Your Soul" (1999)
  • Lee Seung-chul – 말리꽃 (1999)
  • Bobby Kim – "Remember Last Christmas" (1998)


  • Clown with Smiles and Tears (2013)
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (2012)
  • 배우 연기를 훔쳐라 (2012)[15]
  • Shin Hyun-joon's Confessions (2008)[16]




  1. ^ a b Paquet, Darcy. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Shin Hyun-june". Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ "Shin Hyun Joon and Tak Jaehoon's 'Barefoot Gibong' in Singapore". 7 November 2011. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "Shin Hyun-jun Redeems Himself in Another Intense Part". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Kim, Lynn (4 September 2009). "Actor Shin to publish religious essay in Japan, China". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Chung, Ah-young (9 January 2009). "Celebrities Joining Boom of Writings". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (4 October 2007). "Shin Hyun-jun Builds Church in Kazakhstan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  7. ^ a b "Actor Shin named envoy of Korea Red Cross". The Korea Herald. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  8. ^ Lee, Sun-min (26 March 2013). "Shin Hyun-joon has a new kids' book". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  9. ^ "Shin Hyun-jun Becomes Acting Professor". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  10. ^ Lee, Sun-min (28 May 2013). "Shin Hyun-joon marries a student". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  11. ^ "Today's Photo: May 27, 2013". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  12. ^ "Shin Hyun-jun to Tie the Knot in May". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  13. ^ Moon, Gwang-lip (18 March 2013). "Shin recalls it was love at first sight". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  14. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (21 May 2013). "Shin Hyun-joon To Be Married This Weekend". 10Asia. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  15. ^ "배우 연기를 훔쳐라". Kyobo Book Centre. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  16. ^ "신현준의 고백". Kyobo Book Centre. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  17. ^ "Despite Increasing Applications, Korea Accepts Few Refugees". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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