Song Kang-ho (Korean: 송강호; born 17 January 1967) is a South Korean actor who rose to international prominence for his performances in Snowpiercer (2013) and Parasite (2019), the latter of which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Song in 2016
|Revised Romanization||Song Gang-ho|
Song made his debut as a movie actor in The Day a Pig Fell into the Well in 1996, and came to national prominence with a series of critically acclaimed performances, including No. 3, Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Memories of Murder, The Host, A Taxi Driver, and Parasite.
Early life and educationEdit
Song Kang-ho was born in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea on January 17, 1967. He had wanted to be an actor since eighth grade. He never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Gimhae High School. He earned a degree in broadcasting from Busan Kyungsang College.
Song joined Kee Kuk-seo's theatre company, which emphasized instinctive acting and improvisation. He made his stage premiere in 1991 in a play called Dongseung and spent the next decade as a stage actor. Although he was regularly approached to act in films, he always turned down the opportunity until taking a role as an extra in Hong Sang-soo's 1996 film The Day a Pig Fell into the Well at age 30.
The following year, after portraying one of the homeless in Jang Sun-woo's documentary-style Bad Movie, he gained cult notoriety for his performance in Song Neung-han's No. 3 as a gangster training a group of young recruits, winning his first acting award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Following this, Song was cast in several supporting roles before his high-profile appearance as Han Suk-kyu's secret agent partner in Kang Je-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri. In early 2000, Song's popularity increased with his first leading role in the box office smash The Foul King, for which he did most of his own stunts.
It was his award-winning 2000 performance in Joint Security Area as a North Korean sergeant that established him as one of South Korea's leading actors. Song also starred in Park Chan-wook's acclaimed followup, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which centers on a father's pursuit of his daughter's kidnappers. In 2002, Song starred in another major production by Myung Films, YMCA Baseball Team, about Korea's first baseball team which formed in the early 20th century.
In 2003, he played a leading role as an incompetent rural detective in another critically acclaimed hit, Memories of Murder, from young director Bong Joon-ho. It was the first of several critically acclaimed movies they would make together, with commentators describing Bong's relationship with Song as a "great actor-director collaboration".
In 2004, Song starred in The President's Barber by debut director Im Chan-sang, which imagines the life of South Korean president Park Chung-hee's personal barber. The following year he also took the lead in Antarctic Journal, a big-budget project by debut director Yim Pil-sung about an expedition in Antarctica that performed weakly at the box office.
In 2006, Song was thrust back in the spotlight, however, with a leading role in Bong Joon-ho's record-breaking creature movie The Host. The film helped to broaden international awareness of Song's talent, and in March 2007 he was named Best Actor at the inaugural Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.
More high-profile projects followed: The Show Must Go On about an aging gangster, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, Kim Jee-woon's western set in Manchuria The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Park Chan-wook's vampire film Thirst in which he notably appeared full frontally nude, the North-South spy thriller Secret Reunion, the gangster love story Hindsight, the suspense film Howling, the English-language dystopian blockbuster Snowpiercer, the period drama The Face Reader, and The Attorney which was inspired by Roh Moo-hyun's early days as a human rights lawyer.
Song has continued to star in a number of critically acclaimed films, including The Throne, a period film that presents a new spin on the relationship between King Yeongjo and Prince Sado; period action film The Age of Shadows, and A Taxi Driver, a film that depicts the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement.
More recently, he had a starring role in the critically acclaimed film Parasite, also directed by his frequent collaborator Bong Joon-ho, which became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d'Or, as well as the first to be nominated for and win Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards.
Song married Hwang Jang-suk (황장숙) in 1995, with whom he has two children. Their son, Song Jun-pyoung, born in 1996, is a football player for Suwon Samsung Bluewings, despite Song's opposition. Their daughter is named Ju-yeon (주연).
|Year||English title||Korean title||Role||Ref.|
|1990||Teacher Choi||연극 최선생||단역|
|1996||The Day a Pig Fell into the Well||돼지가 우물에 빠진 날||Dong-seok|
|1997||Green Fish||초록 물고기||Pan-su|
|Bad Movie||나쁜 영화||Homeless man (cameo)|||
|1998||The Quiet Family||조용한 가족||Kang Yeong-min (son)|
|2000||The Foul King||반칙왕||Dae-ho|
|Joint Security Area||공동경비구역JSA||Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil|
|2002||Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance||복수는 나의 것||Park Dong-jin|||
|YMCA Baseball Team||YMCA 야구단||Lee Ho-chang|||
|2003||Memories of Murder||살인의 추억||Detective Park Doo-man|||
|2004||The President's Barber||효자동 이발사||Seong Han-mo|
|2005||Antarctic Journal||남극일기||Choi Do-hyung|||
|Sympathy for Lady Vengeance||친절한 금자씨||Hired Assassin #1 (cameo)|
|Madagascar||마다가스카||Alex (Korean version)|
|2006||The Host||괴물||Park Gang-du|||
|2007||The Show Must Go On||우아한 세계||Kang In-goo|||
|2008||The Good, the Bad, the Weird||좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈||Yun Tae-goo/The Weird|||
|2010||Secret Reunion||의형제||Agent Lee Han-gyu|||
|A Little Pond||작은 연못||Police officer (cameo)|
|Day Trip||청출어람||Short film|
|The Face Reader||관상||Nae-gyeong|||
|The Attorney||변호인||Song U-seok|||
|2015||The Throne||사도||King Yeongjo|||
|2016||The Age of Shadows||밀정||Lee Jung-chool|||
|2017||A Taxi Driver||택시 운전사||Man-seob|||
|2018||The Drug King||마약왕||Lee Doo-sam|||
|The King's Letters||나랏말싸미||King Sejong|||
|TBA||Fifth Column||제5열||Kang Jong-deok|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- "New take on King Yeongjo and Prince Sado". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 August 2015.
- "KIM Jee-woon Wraps Period Action-Thriller SECRET AGENT". Korean Film Biz Zone. 20 April 2016.
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- "BONG Joon-ho and SONG Kang-ho Take on PARASITE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 April 2017.
- "SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il to Reunite for Period Drama". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 March 2018.
- "SONG Kang-ho Climbs Aboard WON Shin-yun's FIFTH COLUMN". Korean Film Biz Zone. 26 May 2016.
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- "Memories of Murder wins Critics Choice Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 November 2003.
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- "THE FACE READER Picks Up 6 at 50th Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 November 2013.
- "'Snowpiercer' picks up three Korean film critics' awards". Yonhap News Agency. 18 November 2013.
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- "SHIM Eun-kyung, SONG Kang-ho, HONG Sangsoo and ROARING CURRENTS Win at 23rd Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 October 2014.
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