Han Suk-Kyu’s Movies
1. Dr. Bong – 1995
The first film from Han Suk-Kyu is Dr. Bong in 1995. The film was directed by Lee Kwang-Hoon. Han Suk-Kyu plays as Bong Joon-Soo.
This film tells the story of Dr. Bong, a dentist and a carefree ladies’ man whose son decides to play matchmaker and get his father to date their next-door neighbor. But their first meeting gets off to a bad start with a traffic accident, and Bong’s son must work overtime to make the couple work out.
2. Gingko Bed – 1996
After his success with Dr. Bong, Han Suk-Kyu plays in this film the following year. He plays Sue-Hyun in the drama Gingko Bed. The film is written and directed by Kang Je-Gyu.
The Ginko bed is a fantasy film that explores two integral aspects of romantic love – devotion and obsession. The character played by Shin Hyun-Jun symbolizes desperate obsession.
Not surprisingly, these two characters are equally accepted by the audience, for they acknowledge the fact that taking extreme measures to attain one’s love is the product of frustrating reality. Kim Hyun-Jun’s character still evokes sympathy. The commercial success of this film the portrayal of the two very opposing characters who choose different courses of action based on the very same yearning.
The Ginko Bed is one of the first Korean films that reaped the full benefits of special effects. Although we’ve had movies employing various special effects in the past, they stayed at the experimental stage. In this film, however, the special effects were used in the perfect harmony with the film, enhancing and amplifying the atmosphere of certain scenes. The Ginko Bed remains the showcase of the most successful application of the special effects in Korean film history.
3. Green Fish – 1997
The film Green Fish made Han Suk-Kyu’s popularity increase even more. The film was written by Lee Chang-Dong and Oh Seung-Uk, and directed by Lee Chang-Dong with 111 minutes duration. Han Suk-Kyu plays Makdong.
This film tells the story of Mak-dong, who is on the train home when he finds himself in possession of a pink scarf. From the beginning, Mak-dong is entangled in a relationship that becomes his undoing.
His home, Ilsan, is not the same for Mak-dong anymore. The fields and rice paddies have gone, replaced by high rise apartments, and his family has moved on while he has been away. All of his siblings, except an invalid brother, left home, struggling to make a living. Mak-dong dreams of a time when the whole family can live together again, operating a family business and living in harmony.
While looking for work in an alienated neighborhood of Seoul, Youngdeungpo, Mak-dong again sees Mi-ae, the owner of the pink scarf, this time singing in a nightclub. She is the girlfriend of a gang boss, BAE Tae-gon, through whom she finds Mak-dong a job. While working in a parking lot, Mak-dong gets his first ‘break’ and a chance to prove himself. After the successful completion of his first task, Mak-dong is admitted as a full-fledged member of the gang, honoring BAE Tae-gon as if he was his own elder brother. Now a member of ‘the family’, Mak-dong and Mi-ae find in each other a kindred spirit, the feeling of the people of hopelessness.
Suddenly, one day BAE Tae-gon’s own former gang boss, KIM Yang-kil, arrives after years behind bars to take the little empire BAE Tae-gon has spent his life building for himself. The organization finds itself on the verge of complete disintegration, so Mak-dong makes a final expression of his loyalty by getting rid of KIM Yang-kil. BAE Tae-gon personally eliminates Mak-dong, being consistent with the ruthless nature that has gotten him so far in life.
After some time has passed, and BAE Tae-gon and Mi-ae, having moved to the Ilsan New Town that typifies new middle class suburbs springing up around Seoul’s satellite cities, one day come upon an old-style restaurant in an old-style house run by a family. This encounter between Mak-dong’s family and Mak-dong’s killer seems nothing more than ordinary, giving a peaceful and yet meaningful ending, neither party being aware of who each other is in a corner of the restaurant.
4. Mr. Housewife – 2004
The drama Mr. Housewife was written and directed by Yoo Sun-Dong. Han Suk-Kyu plays Jo Jin-Man. The film was released on September 29, 2005 and had a duration of 106 minutes.
This film tells about the 34-year-old Jin-Man played by Han Suk-Kyu is a full time stay at home dad, taking care of his daughter and the house chores, while his wife is played by a Shin Eun-kyung station. Ji-Man enjoys doing the daily household things and taking care of his daughter.
Jin-Man then falls into financial trouble and, out of desperation, takes part in the TV game show “Housewife Quiz Show” to win the jackpot. Jin-Man also has to disguise to himself as a woman to take part in the quiz show.
5. Eye for an Eye – 2008
The film is written by Kim Dong-Woo and directed by Kyung-Taek Kwak and Ahn Kwon-Tae. The film was released on July 31, 2008 and has a duration of 101 minutes. Han Suk-Kyu in this film acts as Captain Baek Sung-Chan.
The film tells about Captain Baek Sung-Chan, who is about to retire from the police force. Before he hands in his official resignation, a money transport van is robbed and one of the criminals was impersonating Captain Baek Sung-Chan. Shortly afterward, over half a ton of solid gold is stolen on Jeju Island. Being short tempered, Captain Baek Sung-Chan becomes outraged, and vows to take down the criminal group behind the crimes.
Meanwhile, criminal mastermind Ah Seung-Won has orchestrated the heists to prefection. He’s following a script to get Baek Sung-Chan, provoking the short fused man. Ahn Hyun-Min’s ultimate goal is not Capt. Baek, but rather a fellow figure in the criminal underworld that Ahn Hyun-Min wants to seek revenge upon. A man that Captain Baek Sung-Chan wants to arrest.
6. The Royal Tailor – 2014
The film was written by Lee Byung-Hak and Yoo Young-A, and directed by Lee Won-Suk was released on December 24, 2014 with a duration of 127 minutes. Han Suk-Kyu plays the role of Dol-Seok.
This film depicts the love lives, jealousies, and desires of those that work within the Sanguiwon during the Joseon Dynasty period. The Sanguiwon are responsible for the attire worn by royalty.
Dol-seok is a master artisan in charge of royal attire. He views set rules as paramount to his job. Kong-Jin played by Ko Soo is a genius designer, born with dexterity, and excellent taste. He was brought to the palace by nobleman Pan-Soo played by Ma Dong-seok, who first spotted his talent.
The King played by Yoo Yeon-Seok and Queen played by Park Shin Hye then become embroiled in a critical case because of the royal attire made by Dol-Seok and Kong-Jin.
7. The Prison – 2017
The action film is directed and written by Na Hyeon. It was released on March 23, 2017 with a 123 minute run time. Han Suk-Kyu plays Jung Ik-Ho.
This film tells about prisoners who break out of prison to commit perfect crimes. Ik-Ho is an inmate who wields king-like power in the prison. Yoo-Gun, played by Kim Rae-Won, is a new inmate charged with hit-and-run, destruction of evidence, and bribery. He is an ex-detective with a 100% arrest record. Ik-Ho pays attention to Yoo-Gun, who has a strong will and hot temper.