The Talented Actor Song Kang-ho
Song Kang-ho is an actor from South Korea. He is considered to be one of the most talented actors in South Korea, along with Choi Min-sik and Sol Kyung-gu. His acting career began after graduating from Gimhae High School by joining a social theater group. After graduating from Busan Kyungsang College with Broadcasting degree, he joined Kee Kuk-seo’s theatre company. The theatre company was famous for its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation. It became a good training ground for Song Kang-ho.
Song Kang-ho debuted in a play titled Dongseung in 1991. He was offered to act in films, but he always turned down the opportunity until taking a role as an extra in Hong Sang-soo’s The Day a Pig Fell into the Well in 1996 and thus made his debut in film. The next year, he acted in Green Fish (1997), Bad Movie (1997) and No. 3 (1997). In the latter film, he played the role of a gangster who trains a group of young recruits. His acting made him receive his first awards from Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards.
In 2000, Song Kang-ho took the leading role in The Foul King. It was his first leading role in a film. He acted as an incompetent bank clerk who takes up a career in professional wrestling. The same year, he also acted in Joint Security Area as a North Korean sergeant. The film was the highest-grossing film in Korean film history at the time and won an award in the Best Film category at the 2000 Blue Dragon Film Awards and the 2001 Grand Bell Awards. This film made Song Kang-ho’s popularity increase and he was regarded as one of South Korea’s leading actors.
In 2003, Song Kang-ho played in another award-winning film, Memories of Murder, along with Kim Sang-kyung and Kim Roi-ha. His role was that of an incompetent rural detective who is in charge of solving murders. The film won the 2003 Grand Bell Award in the Best Film category and Song Kang-ho received an award in the Best Leading Actor category.
Some of the films from the 2000s with Song Kang-ho in the leading role that have become award-winning films are The Host (2006), about a monster kidnapping a man’s daughter and his attempts to rescue her; The Show Must Go On (2007), about a full-time gangster who’s aspiring to be a full-time husband and dad; Secret Sunshine (2007), about a woman as she wrestles with the questions of grief, madness and faith; The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008), which was inspired by Sergio Leone’s film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; and Thirst (2009), about a Catholic priest turning into a vampire through a failed medical experiment.
In 2013, Song Kang-ho played the leading role in The Attorney. The film became the 8th best-selling Korean film of all time and the second highest-grossing Korean film of 2013. The story was inspired by the real-life “Burim case” of 1981 and also Roh Moo-hyun’s early days as a human rights lawyer before becoming the 16th President of South Korea. The film won many awards, namely in the Best Actor, Best New Director and Best Film category.
Song Kang-ho’s most recent film was A Taxi Driver (2017). The story is about a taxi driver from Seoul, who unintentionally becomes involved in the events of the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980. This film became the first film of 2017 and the fifteenth Korean film overall to surpass 10 million viewers. It was also Song Kang-ho’s third film to have sold more than 10 million tickets apart from The Host (2006) and The Attorney (2013). Song Kang-ho has received the Best Actor award from several film awards such as 26th Buil Film Awards, 21st Fantasia International Film Festival, and the 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Song Kang-ho’s Profile
Name: Song Kang-ho (송강호)
Date of Birth: January 17, 1967
Place of Birth: Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Star Sign: Capricorn
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Blood Type: A
Education: Broadcasting Degree at Busan Kyungsang College
Wife: Hwang Jang-sook
Children: Son and daughter