List of the Top 8 Kang Dong Won Movies
1. Too Beautiful To Lie (2004)
Too Beautiful To Lie is Kang Dong-Won’s inaugural movie after his debut as an actor, a romantic comedy genre film. The film was written and directed by Park Yeon-Sun and Bae Hyeong-Jun. The film was released on January 16, 2004 with a duration of 115 minutes. Kang Dong-Won plays alongside Kim Ha-Neul as the lead actor in the film, playing Choi Hee-Cheol.
This film tells the story of Choi Hee-Cheol, played by Kang Dong-Won, who is an innocent pharmacist whose life has been totally chaotic since meeting beautiful woman Ju Yeong-Ju, played by Kang Ha-Neul, but who has an incredible talent in deceiving many people.
2. Temptation of Wolves (2004)
After his success with his first film, in the same year Kang Dong-Won returned to play in a movie entitled Temptation of Wolves. The film was written by Kim Tae-Gyun, Kang Keon-Hyang, Yoon Eun-kyung, Kang Yoo-Sun, Gwiyeoni and directed by Kim Tae-Gyun, and was released on July 23, 2004 with a duration of 113 minutes. Kang Dong-Won became the main actor, along with Jo Han-Sun and Lee Chung-Ah.
This film tells the story of Han-Kyung, played by Lee Chung-Ah, who is a rustic girl who comes to town to live with her mom. Attracted to her pure charm, the most popular guys Hae-Won, played by Jo Han-Sun, and Tae-Sung, playedby Kang Dong-Won, come up to fight each other. But Tae-Sung has a fatal secret not to love her. Their sad love triangle makes everyone cry.
3. Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009)
The film, written and directed by Choi Dong-Hoon, was a huge success with a total revenue of $38.7 million. Not only that, the film also ranked third in the list of best-selling films in South Korea during the year 2009, with record numbers of 6.1 million viewers. His acting as Jeon Woo-Chi, a disciple of a wizarding school, made Kang Dong-Won’s name more publicly known. The film was released on December 23, 2009 with a duration of 120 minutes.
The film is the story of Woochi, begins in the Chosun Dynasty in 1509 and involves a trio of Taoist wizards, a magician named Jeon Woo Chi, and his dog turned man, a corrupt king, evil goblins, and a prophetic pipe everyone is after. Eventually Jeon Woo Chi becomes sealed inside an ancient scroll for a crime he did not commit.
Jumping ahead to the year 2009, the wizards are called out of peaceful retirement as goblins appearing in modern Korea to wreak havoc all around. The trio call on Jeon Woo Chi, who is released from his ancient scroll entrapment, to save the day. Problem is Jeon Woo Chi, a kind of anti-superhero, became more interested in sight-seeing and womanizing in modern day Korea.
3. The Secret Reunion (2010)
The Secret Reunion was a pretty successful film in 2010 with 5 million viewers and revenue of up to 36.3 million US dollars. The film is written by Jang Min-Suk, Choi Kwan-Young, Jang Hun, Kim Joo-Ho and directed by Jang-Hun. The Secret Reunion was released on February 4, 2010 with a duration of 116 minutes.
This film tells the story of a mysterious shooting that took place in Seoul six years ago. The after effects of the shooting results in Han-Kyu, played by Song Kang-Ho, losing his job at the NIS (National Intelligence Service). Six years later, Song Ji-Won, played by Kang Dong-Won, an ex North Korean spy, now operates somewhere in the Seoul metropolitan area. As these two men hide their identities and work their particular angles, trouble brews again.
4. Haunters (2010)
The year 2010 is the most successful year for Kang Dong-Won on the big screen. Haunters is a film where Kang Dong-Won plays a young man with a special ability to control others using his mind. The film was written and directed by Kim Min-Suk and was released on November 10, 2010 with a duration of 114 minutes.
This film tells the story of how, after losing his job at a scrap metal yard, Kyu-Nam, played by Ko Su, finds a new job at a small pawn shop named Utopia. He is immediately drawn to the family atmosphere at Utopia, working with his new boss Jung-Sik, played by Byeon Hie-Bong, and boss’s daughter Young-Sook, played by Jung Eun-Chae. Unfortunately for Kyu-Nam, his moment of happiness is only fleeting.
Cho-In, played by Kang Dong-Won lived through a brutal childhood. He has had to use a prosthetic leg at an early age, grew up with an abusive father, and lived with a mother trying to kill her own son out of despair. Cho-In also possesses an awe-inspiring supernatural gift. Cho-In can control other people’s minds when they are in his field of sight.
5. Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)
The film was written by Jun Chul-Hong, Yoon Jong-Bin and directed by Yoon Jong-Bin. The film was released on July 23, 2014 with a duration of 137 minutes. Kang Dong-Won plays Jo Yoon.
Kundo: Age of the Rampant tells about the set in the 19th century. Jo Yoon, played by Kang Dong-Won is the illegitimate son of a wealthy nobleman and a gisaeng. Because his father and his wife failed to have a son, they brought Jo Yoon into their home at the age of 10. Later, his stepmother gives birth to their first legitimate son. Jo Yoon struggles for recognition from his father.
6. The Priests (2015)
The Priests was written and directed by Jang Jae-Hyun and was released on November 5, 2015 with a duration of 108 minutes. Kang Dong-Won and Park So-Dam play leading roles in this film.
The Priests tells the story of a high school student, Young-Sin, played by Park So-Dam, who gets hit by a car at night. Soon, she suffers from mysterious ailments.
Priest Kim, played by Kim Yun-Seok, knows Young-Sin and visits her in the hospital. He is sure she is possessed by demonic spirits. He prepares for an exorcism with the help of the Korean Catholic Church. Priest Kim requires a deacon to help him, but all the deacons flee after taking part in the exorcism. Seminary student Choi, played by Kang Dong-Won is chosen as the 11th deacon to assist Priest Kim. They have only one day left to save Young-Sin with their lives all at stake.
7. A Violent Prosecutor (2016)
A Violent Prosecutor is a film written and directed by Lee Il-Hyeong. A Violent Prosecutor has almost surpassed 10 million moviegoers less than a month after hitting theaters. The film was released on February 3, 2016 with a duration of 126 minutes. Kang Dong-Won plays Chi-Won.
The movie tells about Byun Jae-Wook who is a short-tempered prosecutor who only pursues the truth. He is famous for his tough investigations. A suspect, under the the interrogation of Byun Jae-Wook, is then found dead. Byun Jae-Wook is arrested, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Five tears later, Byun Jae-Wook meets good-looking con man Chi-Won in prison. Chi-Won knows about Byun Jae-Wook’s case. Byun Jae-Wook feels Chi-Won could carry out his plan outside of prison. Using his knowledge as a former prosecutor, he gets Chi-Won acquitted. Byun Jae-Wook prepares a counterattack on those who framed him. Chi-Won though looks for a chance to get away from Byun Jae-Wook.
8. Jin-Spirit: The Wolf Brigade (2018)
In 2018, Kang Dong-Won is back playing a movie written by Mamoru Oshii and directed by Kim Jee-Woon, entitled Jin-Spirit: The Wolf Brigade. It is not certain when the film will be released. In the film, Kang Dong-Won works alongside Han Hyo-Joo and Jung Woo-Sung as the main cast.
Jin-Spirit: The Wolf Brigade is set in the future, when South and North Korea have agreed to set up a unified government. They have prepared for the unification for the past 7 years. Meanwhile, demonstrators, supporting and opposing the unification, become more fierce. A group against the unification commit terrorist acts. A special police force is formed in response.
List of the Top 3 Kang Dong Won Dramas
1. Country Princess (2003)
Country Princess is Kang Dong-Won’s first drama as an actor. The drama was written and directed by Bae Yoo-Mi and Kim Jin-Man, and aired by MBC. In this drama, Kang Dong-Won plays Min Ji-Hoon.
The drama is about Keum-Hee, who grows up as a student model. Contrary to Keum-Hee, Eun-Hee grows up as a trouble-maker and is mistreated by her mother. During their high school days, their father Kap-Sik is injured in a car accident and goes through surgery. Under financial strain, Kil-Nyeo asks Eun-Hee’s teacher to transfer her daughter to a vocational school. Eun-Hee overhears the conversation, and runs to the bus stop in tears. By accident, Eun-Hee boards a bus heading to Seoul. While on the bus, Eun-Hee meets Ji-Hoon.
2. Something About 1 Percent (2003)
The drama was aired by MBC, and Kang Dong-Won and Kim Jung-Hwa were the main actors. The drama was written and directed by Hyun Go-Woon and Jang Geun-Soo.
Something about 1 percent tells the story of Da-Hyun, who teaches Korean in middle school. One day, on the way home on the subway, she gives her seat to a poor man and helps him with his bags. She soon forgets about this day because of strange things that start happening in her life. In the meantime, Jae-In is in a meeting at his office when he’s interrupted by an urgent phone call. He has become estranged from his grandfather ever since he ran away from home. This also meant the deletion of his name from his grandfather’s will. But all of a sudden, he gets a call about his grandfather’s will again and what’s more, he is also given the order of priority. He’s even more surprised when he finds out that it is not the first right to date a certain girl. To make things worse, his grandfather says he’d bequeath his every single fortune to the girl Jae-In has never even heard of.
3. Magic (2004)
This drama that aired on SBS was written and directed by Yoon Sung-Hee and Hong Chang-Wook with a total of 16 episodes. Kang Dong-Won along with Kim Hyo-Jin, Yang Jin-Woo, and Uhm Ji-Won were the main actors.
The drama is about Kang-Jae, played by Kang Dong-Wo, who grew up under a jobless, gangster father. When Kang-Jae accidentally meets Lee Dae-Hae, played by Seo In-Seok and his son Sun-Mo, played by Yang Jin-Woo, he feels more attached to Dae-Hae than to his own father. Through Dae-Hae and Sun-Mo, Kang-Jae learns the basics of magic as well as what fatherly love really means. Sun-Mo, on the other hand, has a love-hate relationship with his father, who only cares about magic and nothing else. Meanwhile, Sun-Mo is heartbroken by Dan-Young, played by Kim Hyo-Jin, who falls in love with Kang-Jae. Before that, Dan-Young was living with Sun-Mo, mistakenly thinking that he is her long-lost brother before she was adopted. Yun-Jin, played by Uhm Ji-Won, is Dan-young’s stepsister, and instantly falls in love with Kang-Jae, and Kang-Jae decides to marry her, not for love but for the sake of fulfilling his own ambitions at the price of spurning Dan-Young.