South Korean Best Actor: Kim Yoon-seok’s Top Movies Review

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Meet The Best Senior Actor, Kim Yoon-seok and His Best Movies!

As all we know, Kim Yoon-seok made his debut in theater as a member of the Theater Yeonwoo Company, in 1988, with A Streetcar Named Desire. The 51 year old actor, who has worked in acting for a long time, has received many awards for his work in dramas and movies. He had his breakthrough in Tazza: The High Rollers, in 2006, and the audiences praised his performance in a supporting role.

Not only that, many of the movies that he starred in have become famous and sent his name flying. What are those movies? What are their storylines?. Channel-Korea will explain all about Kim Yoon-seok’s top movies, so stay tuned!

The Chaser (2008), The Yellow Sea (2010)

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The first movie is The Chaser (2008), a successful film which managed to reach a high rating, 7.9/10. This movie has a different genre from the most other Korean movies that are considered melodramas. The Chaser is Thriller-Action-Mystery-Drama. Not only because of its genre, but all arguably senior actors on the cast make the story-line become more interesting and feel real.

The movie is about an ex-police detective, Jong-hoo (Kim Yoon-seok), who was fired for  dishonestly. He becomes a pimp and is always selling girls to customers for money. The girls start disappearing, one by one, and Jong-hoo starts to suspect that the girls have been kidnapped, but he still didn’t care.

One night, a customer calls him to order a girl and the customer ask for her to meet him at a particular place. Because the girls who work  there have been lost and kidnapped, Jong-hoo calls Kim Min-jin, who is a single parent, to meet the customer. She refuses because she’s ill, but Jong-hoo keep pressuring her and she eventually goes to the meet.

Once she’s there, Jong-hoo realized that Min-jin is also a victim and instead of telling her to leave, Jong-hoo tells her to stay there and send the address. Apparently Min-jin can’t find a signal and is trapped inside. Jong-hoo finally starts to care about the situation and he tries to find her by himself, until one day he finds the culprit, who is also a customer, but Min-jin can’t be found and, worse, the culprit pretends to he lost his memory. What happens next? you have to watch it to find out!

The movie is somewhat sadistic, because there’s a lot of blood, and criminals. The unique thing about it is that the main character is a pimp. In the end, we find a sad ending as a plot twist. The story is very tense from the beginning until the end, and has a few surprises along the way.

Punch (2011)

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Kim Yoon-seok’s movies are always good. In 2011 he took a leading role in Punch, along with Yoo Ah-in. The movie is a dramedy about school and is full of education. Everyone liked it, and the movie reached a rating 7.1 out of 10.

Punch tells about Doh Wan-deuk (Yoo Ah-in), a high school student who lives with his father who has a disability. Since childhood, he was only cared for by his father who was hunchbacked and worked as a cabaret dancer. Wan-deuk was born needy, plus his father’s workplace went bankrupt, so his father works odd jobs in the market. Wan-deuk didn’t excel at school, he would rather sleep than listen to his teacher explain the lesson in class. The one and only advantage he has is that he’s good at fighting. He only fights to defend his father, who is always underestimated by others.

Delinquency is a common occurrence when a child grows up in a family that lacks affection, and that seems to be true for Dong-joo (Kim Yoon-seok), his eccentric sociology teacher and his neighbor. Wan-deuk hates Dong-joo because he always interferes with his family problems, Wan-deuk even prays for Dong-joo to die.

When Wan-deuk’s dad travels a lot, It’s Dong-joo who pays more attention tohim, and that’s when he finds Dong-joo’s good side. Dong-joo also helps him to meet up with his mother, who turns out to be a Filipino (immigrant). In the end, Wan-deuk became more mature because of learning from the others, especially from Dong-joo.

This movie isn’t just a coming of age story, it also raises issue about lives of immigrants from needy countries and a bit of socialism. Anyway, this movie is good to watch for all ages!

The Thieves (2012)

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The Thieves is a Korean robbery movie directed by Choi Dong-hoon. This action-packed movie tells of va group of professional thieves in South Korea, who joined a team of thieves from Hong Kong to commit dangerous robberies. The group is lead by Popeye (Lee Jung-jae). The cat gang from Korea consists of Chewing Gum, (Kim Hae-sook), Anycall (Junn Ji-hyun), Pepsi (Kim Hye-soo), and Jampano (Kim Soo-hyun).

Popeye and the gang join a team of powerful thieves from Hong Kong that’s lead by Chen (Simon Yam), and they are all commanded by Macau Park (played by Kim Yoon-seok). The movie is awesome and many people say it’s equal to Hollywood movies, with record ticket sales of 12.9 million!. This action-comedy ranks in the list of Korea’s best-selling films of all the time and netted more than $86 million US dollars.

Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014)

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Tazza: The Hidden Card is a Korean movie about gambling, and was released in 2014. This movie is a continuation of a previous movie which was released in 2006, Tazza: The High Rollers, but Kim Yoon-seok wasn’t in the first one. Based on the novel of the same name, by Huh Young-man and Kim Se-young, the movie was directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol and written by Jo Sang-beom.

The movie starred BIG BANG’s T.O.P, Shin Se-kyung, Kwak Do-won, Lee Ha-nui, Yoo Hae-jin, and, of course, Kim Yoon-seok. It’s about Ham Dae-gil (T.O.P), a young man who’s proficient at gambling, winning every game he’s played from childhood to adulthood. He meets a pretty girl called Heo Mi-na (Shin Se-kyung), and falls in love with her. One day, he has a problem that causes him to leave the village and go to Seoul, promising Mi-na that he will come back when he is a success.

In Seoul, he works with big gambling bosses and becomes a professional gambler. While he’s doing that, he meets President Woo (Lee Ha-nui), a rich widow who has a pretty face and he fells in love with her. Their relationship makes him poor again, because President Woo deliberately set him up.

He slumps again, but then he meets Kwang-ryeok (Yoo Hae-jin), Go-ni’s friend, and he learns how to play hwatu by reading his opponent’s expression. Kwang-ryeok also briefly told about Go-ni’s fate, who had gotten the ‘God Hand’ card and then left the gambling table. There’s still one gambling king, A-kwi (Kim Yoon-seok), and finally Da-gil beat him and Jo Dang-sik.

In this film, Kim Yoon-seok plays a thief and T.O.P’s enemy in gambling. It’s undeniable that Kim Yoon-seok is indeed a great senior actor and can play anything that he gets. If you want to see his acting, go watch Tazza: The Hidden Card !.