Today, I’d like to introduce you to Song Kang ho, a Korean actor. Here is everything you need to know about Song Kang-ho, including his previous works, profile, memes, and more. It’s impossible to talk about South Korea’s cinematic history without mentioning Song Kang-ho.
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An Actor with Range: Exploring Song Kang ho’s Versatility
When it comes to versatility, few can match the breadth and depth of Song Kang-ho’s performances. From his early days in theater to his current status as a leading figure in Korean cinema, he has consistently shown a remarkable ability to inhabit a wide array of characters. This section aims to take us on a journey through some of his most diverse roles, showcasing how he has repeatedly defied expectations and broken boundaries.
Let’s start with Joint Security Area, a film that first brought Song Kang-ho to international attention. Here, he plays a North Korean soldier who forms an unlikely friendship with his South Korean counterparts. His performance is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, capturing the complexity of a man torn between duty and friendship.
“Song Kang-ho’s performance in Joint Security Area is a masterclass in nuanced acting. He brings humanity and depth to a role that could easily have been one-dimensional.”
Then there’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, where he takes on the role of a desperate father driven to extremes. This performance is a stark contrast to his earlier work, demonstrating an ability to delve into the darker side of human nature. Yet, even in such a grim role, Song Kang-ho manages to elicit empathy from the audience.
Another standout performance has to be his role in The Host. Song Kang-ho plays a somewhat inept but loving father who rises to the occasion when his daughter is kidnapped by a monster. His portrayal of a common man battling extraordinary circumstances won him much acclaim.
And who could forget his performance in Parasite? Here, Song Kang-ho shines as the patriarch of a poor family scheming to become employees of a wealthy family. His performance is at once comedic and tragic, reflecting the film’s exploration of class and social inequality.
“In Parasite, Song Kang-ho delivers a performance that is both funny and poignant. It’s a fine example of his ability to balance humor and drama, and it’s no wonder that the film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.”
Whether it’s the good-hearted but flawed hero, the desperate father, or the scheming patriarch, Song Kang-ho brings a unique blend of humanity and complexity to every role he plays. His ability to transform into such a wide range of characters is a testament to his extraordinary talent and dedication to the craft.
And there you have it – a glimpse into the incredible range of Song Kang-ho. His performances are as diverse as they are compelling, making him one of the most versatile actors in the industry. So, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out some of his films. You won’t be disappointed!
Biography of Song Kang-ho
Let’s talk about Song Kang-ho. Born on January 17, 1967, in Gimhae, South Korea, Song is a self-made actor who has become one of the most influential figures in Korean cinema. He didn’t spring from a traditional acting background—his entry into the industry was anything but commonplace.
Believe it or not, Song began his career as a stage actor in the mid-1990s, performing in plays organized by the social theater group Yukgaejang. It was here that he honed his craft, developing a raw, naturalistic style that would become his signature. He didn’t receive formal training, yet his performances consistently blew audiences away!
Did you know that Song’s movie debut was a minor role in the 1996 film The Day a Pig Fell into the Well? Despite his limited screen time, his performance was so powerful that it caught the attention of renowned director Park Chan-wook. The rest, as they say, is history!
Over the next two decades, Song collaborated with some of the biggest names in Korean cinema, featuring in numerous critically acclaimed films. His versatility is remarkable – he has portrayed everything from a bumbling cop to a ruthless vampire priest. And it’s not just his acting range that’s impressive, but also his ability to bring a unique depth to each character. Song’s performances go beyond mere acting—they invite us into the soul of his characters, allowing us to share in their joys, sorrows, and struggles. And that, my friends, is the mark of a true thespian!
Here’s a quote that encapsulates Song’s approach to acting:
“I don’t choose my roles based on their complexity. Rather, I’m drawn to characters that I can empathize with. I believe that if I can connect with a character on a personal level, I can portray them convincingly on screen.” – Song Kang-ho
From stage actor to movie star, Song Kang-ho’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. His unwavering dedication to his craft has not only brought Korean cinema into the international spotlight, but also redefined what it means to be an actor.
Song Kang-ho Achievements
Song Kang-ho has won numerous awards for his acting, including Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards in South Korea. In 2019, Song Kang-ho was awarded the “Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit” by the Korean government for his contributions to the Korean film industry.
On March 20, 2019, he was selected as the best male actor in the history of 100 years of Korean cinema by 100 filmmakers and experts. They praised him, “The popularity, trust, and acting skills I have as the best actor” and “growth along with the qualitative leap in Korean films”
Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, was released in May 2019. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival as well as four Oscars (Best Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Picture) at the 92nd Academy Awards. Song Kang-ho’s acting skills were praised once again.
On December 11, 2019, the representative American film media IndieWire named him one of the top 15 male actors of the year. Song Kang-ho was the only Asian actor to be nominated this year and received a lot of attention.
On November 26, 2020, the New York Times included Song Kang-ho on its list of the 25 greatest actors of the 21st century. The New York Times has compiled a list of actors who have been excellent in their work over the past 20 years.
On June 24, 2021, Song Kang-ho was chosen as Korea’s first male actor and the second Korean actor to be chosen to be on the jury for the competition section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival was the first time that a Korean actress was selected as a juror. The first juror was Jeon Do-Yeon.
Song Kang-ho was the first Korean actor to win the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 29, 2022, for his role in “Broker.” Song Kang-ho is the only Korean actor with two awards from Cannes Film Festival- the Palme d’Or for Parasite and the Best Actor Award for Broker.
Let’s look at some of Song Kang-Ho’s finest performances in the best Korean movies! Ready, Action!
Song Kang-ho Best Movies 20
1. Broker 2022
2022, for his role in the movie Broker, actor Song Kang-ho won the Best Actor Award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Another masterpiece in which he appears is eagerly anticipated by us.
Synopsis of the movie ‘The Broker’ is …
Sang-Hyeon (Song Kang-ho) is a small, hardworking entrepreneur who runs a laundromat but is always in debt, while Dong-Su (Gang Dong-won) works at a baby box facility after being removed from the orphanage.
In a downpour one night, they steal a newborn from a baby box. But the baby’s mother So-Yeong (Lee Ji-Eun, aka IU) appears the next morning to reclaim her child Woo-Seong.
So-Yeong tries to report her baby’s disappearance to the police. Sang-Hyeon and Dong-Su tell the truth about kidnapping Woo-sung. The excuse that it was to find the best person to raise Woo-sung is unbelievable, but So-Yeong decides to go with Sang-Hyeon and Dong-soo on a search for Woo-sung’s new parents.
Meanwhile, Su-jin (Bae Doo-na) and Lee (Lee Joo-young), the detectives in charge of the case, have watched it all. Detectives devised a strategy to capture them as active offenders and quietly continued with the investigation that had lasted nearly a year.
At Baby Box, the unexpected and special journey of those who meet unexpectedly there begins.
2. Parasite 2019
2019, in the Parasite, Song Kang-ho played the role of Ki-Taek. ‘Parasite,’ as you know, was a worldwide success. It not only broke box office records; it became the first Korean movie and Asian file to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best International Film at 92nd Academy Awards. The parasite has won nearly 200 international accolades alone, and if you count South Korea awards there are over 250 awards.
The movie is about two families from very different backgrounds. The Kim family is unemployed and lives in a semi-basement apartment, while the Park family is wealthy and lives in a luxurious house. However, the Kim family’s life changes dramatically when their son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-Shik) is hired as an English tutor for the Park family’s daughter Da-Hye (Jung Zi-so).
As Ki-woo starts working for the Park family, he recommends his sister Ki-Jung (Park So-dam) as an art therapist for their son and his brother Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) as a driver. The Kim family slowly starts to infiltrate the Park family’s lives, while pretending to be something they’re not. But soon enough, cracks start to appear in their mask, and the truth about both families is revealed.
The movie ‘Parasite’ is a story that will make you laugh and cry. It’s a must-see for filmgoers interested in Korean movies.
3. Drug Lord 2018
2018, in the film Drug Lord, Song Kang-ho played Lee Doo-sam, the lead character.
This movie follows ‘Lee Doo-sam,’ a 1970s Korean drug kingpin who dominated an era with his drugs, and those who assisted him in his downfall.
Song Kang-ho plays Lee Doo-sam, Jo Jung-Seok is Kim In-gu, a prosecutor seeking to prosecute Lee Doo-sam, and Bae Doo-na plays Kim Jungah, lobbyist and Lee Doo-san’s lover.
4. A Taxi Driver 2017
2017, ‘A Taxi Driver’ is about Jurgen Hinzpeter, a German journalist who reported on the truth of the May 18 Democratization Movements (Gwangju Uprising, 1980, South Korea), and Kim Sa-bok, a taxi driver who worked with him.
Thomas Kretschmann plays Peter(Jurgen Hinzpeter) in this movie based on a true tale; Song Kang-ho portrays Kim Man-seob(Kim Sa-bok), the taxi driver.
This film generated many strong feelings and tears among Koreans due to its basis in real events.
5. The Age of Shadows 2016
2016, in The Age of Shadows, Song Kang-ho played the role of Lee Jung-chool, a Korean independence activist who becomes a double agent for the Japanese Governor-General’s office.
This movie is set in the 1920s during the Japanese colonial period in Korea. It tells the story of Lee Jung-chool(Song Kang-ho), who begins working as a double agent for the Japanese government and the Korean pro-independence organization.
He is a Korean but works as a police for the Japanese government. One day, he meets Jung Chae-san(Lee Byung-hun) and becomes friends. Jung Chae-san(Lee Byung-hun) is the leader of the Korean pro-independence organization known as ‘the Heroic Corps’.
However, as he starts to gather information on ‘the Heroic Corps,’ he begins to question his own loyalty and beliefs. ‘The Age of Shadows’ is an action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
6. The Throne 2015
2015, The Throne is about the life of King Yeongjo(played by Song Kang-ho), the 21st king of the Joseon Dynasty. This movie focuses on the relationship between King Yeongjo and his son Sado(Yoo Ah-in).
Sado was a prince who was loved by his father, but he was also a prince with a mental illness. When Sado’s illness leads to him committing a crime, King Yeongjo is forced to make a decision that will change their lives forever.
The Throne is a story of love, betrayal, and tragedy. It’s a must-see for Korean movie enthusiasts.
7. The Attorney 2013
2013, in The Attorney, Song Kang-ho plays the role of a lawyer named Song Woo-Seok. This movie is based on the true story of an attorney, Former President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, who fought for the rights of students during the military dictatorship in South Korea.
During the 1980s, South Korea was under military rule. At that time, many student activists were being arrested and tortured by the government.
Song Woo-Seok decides to help these students by becoming their attorneys. Even though he knows that he might be risking his own life, he continues to fight for their rights.
The Attorney is a moving story about justice and courage. It’s a must-watch for all fans of Korean cinema.
8. The Face Reader 2013
2013, in The Face Reader, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Nae-Kyung, a face reader.
This movie is set in the Joseon Dynasty and tells the story of Nae-Kyung, who was born with the ability to read faces and see their fortunes and future.
In The Face Reader, Nae-Kyung(Song Kang-ho) has the special ability to read people’s faces and tell their fortunes. He becomes involved in the politics of the Joseon Dynasty when he is asked to read the faces of those who are being considered for the position of king. Nae-Kyung starts to realize that the faces of those in power are not always what they seem.
The Face Reader is a story about power, deception, and fate. It’s a must-watch for all fans of Korean cinema.
9. Snowpiercer 2013
2013, in Snowpiercer, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Namgoong Minsu, a man who is responsible for the security of a train that carries the last survivors of a global apocalypse. This movie is set in a future where the world has been frozen over and the only survivors are those who live on a train that circles the globe.
Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie set in a future where the world has been frozen over. The only survivors are the passengers of the Snowpiercer, a train that runs on a perpetual-motion engine. The passengers are divided into classes.
The passengers on the train are divided into two classes: the wealthy upper class and the poor lower class. The lower-class passengers are treated like animals and live in terrible conditions. One day, they decide to revolt against the upper-class passengers and take control of the train.
Curtis (Chris Evans) is a member of the lower class who leads a rebellion against those in the upper class. Song Kang-ho plays Namgoong Minsu, a man who helps Curtis with his plan. Snowpiercer is an action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
2013, It’s an understatement to state that 2013 was the year of Song Kang-ho. The Attorney and The Face Reader were two big box office successes, as was Snowpiercer.
10. Secret Reunion 2010
2010, in Secret Reunion, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Lee Han-kyu, a South Korean agent.
This movie is about the reunion of two former enemies who are now working together. Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won, who acted together again in the 2020 ‘Broker’, played the two-top lead role in this movie Secret Reunion.
Song Ji-won(Gang Dong-won) is a North Korean spy who is sent to South Korea on a mission. When he meets his former enemy, Lee Han-kyu(Song Kang-ho), they decide to work together as a business partner.
The two men start to develop a friendship as they work together to achieve their goals and doubt each other.
Secret Reunion is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. All lovers of Korean movies should watch this film.
11. Thirst 2009
2009, in Thirst, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Sang-hyun, a priest who becomes a vampire.
This movie is about a priest who turns into a vampire after he is infected with a virus. He then starts to crave human blood.
Sang-Hyun(Song Kang-ho) is a priest who is turned into a vampire after he is infected with a virus. As he starts to crave human blood, he realizes that he must fight his thirst for blood or risk becoming a monster.
Thirst Korean version of the movie is titled Bak-jwi. Bakjwi means bat in Korean.
In 2009, it entered the competition section of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. Rotten Tomatoes commented on this film, “The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.”
Thirst is a dark and twisted story about addiction and redemption. If you are a fan of Park Chan-wook’s films and you like Song Kang-ho’s acting, this is a must-see movie.
As an aside…
In Korea, Park Chan-wook is called “Cannes Park”. Because he has won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Director Park Chan-wook’s new film ‘Decision To Leave,’ which will be released in 2022, was chosen to compete in the competition section of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and received the Best Director Award.
12. The Good, The Bad, The Weird 2008
2008, in The Good, The Bad, The Weird, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Yoon Tae-goo, a professional thief.
This movie is set in the 1930s and is about three men who are after a treasure map.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird is an action-packed western set in the 1930s. Yoon Tae-goo(Song Kang-ho) is a professional thief who is hired to steal a treasure map. He is joined by two other men: an assassin(Lee Byung-hun) and a bounty hunter(Jung Woo-sung).
The three men are all after the same thing: the treasure that is marked on the map.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird is a fun and thrilling ride from start to finish. It’s a fun and exciting movie that will keep you entertained from start to finish. If you are a fan of westerns or action movies, you will enjoy this film.
13. Secret Sunshine 2007
2007, in Secret Sunshine, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Jong Chan, who loves Shin-ae(Jeon Do-Yeon), a widow who moves to a small town with her son.
Shin-ae (Jeon Do-Yeon) is a widow who moves to Miryang, a small town, with her son. She is hoping to start over and build a new life for herself and her son.
Miryang, a small city in South Korea, where Shin-ae moves to. Miryang means Secret Sunshine. Secret Sunshine Korean version moive title is “Miryang”.
However, she finds it difficult to adjust to life in the small town. As she tries to find her place in the town, she meets a man (Song Kang-ho) who helps her find the strength to move on. Then one day, her son disappears…
Jeon Do-Yeon won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in this film.
Secret Sunshine is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about love, loss, and grief. If you are looking for a moving and poignant drama, you should watch Secret Sunshine.
14. The Show Must Go On 2007
2007, in the movie ‘The Show Must Go On,’ Song Kang-ho played the role of Kang In-goo, who is a full-time gangster but wants to be an elegant father.
Kang In-goo (Song Kang-ho) is an ordinary Korean father who has an unordinary job as a gangster. He puts his heart and soul into doing a gangster job to live elegantly with his family in a country home with excellent air quality. His role as a father should not be overlooked.
However, his family’s demand that he give up a gangster life every day, as well as their tense relationship with the second leader of the criminal organization, make his life anti-elegant.
The Show Must Go On is a sad but funny story about a father who tries to balance his life as a gangster and as a father. If you are looking for a touching comedy noir movie, you should watch The Show Must Go On.
15. The Host 2006
2006, in The Host, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Gang-du, a man who must save his daughter from a monster.
This movie is about a family who must fight for their lives against a monster attacking Han-Gang in Seoul.
Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) is a man who works at a food stand in a Han-Gang park. One day, a monster appears and starts to attack the people of Seoul.
Gang-du’s daughter is among the people who are taken by the monster. Gang-du and his family must find a way to rescue her before it’s too late.
The Host’s Korean movie title is “Gwoemul”. Gwoemul means a monster or weird creature in Korean.
The Host is an action-packed thriller that will make you nervous and a black comedy thriller with family love and the absurdity of society.
If you’re a fan of Korean movies, you’ve probably watched this movie over and over again. If you are a beginner in Korean cinema, I strongly recommend that you start your Korean movie journey with this movie.
In short, this movie is super FUN.
16. The President’s Barber 2004
2004, in The President’s Barber, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Seong Han-Mo, a barber.
This movie is set in the 1960s when Park Chung-hee was the president of South Korea. Seong Han-Mo (Song Kang-ho) is a barber who runs a tiny shop near the presidential palace.
Seong Han-Mo, an unassuming barber caught up in the tumultuous history of South Korea in the 1960s, has no interest in politics. Such an ordinary barber one day becomes the president’s exclusive hairdresser, but his family cannot escape the dictatorship’s terror.
The President’s Barber is a moving and sad comedy about an ordinary family who had to live under an unreasonable dictatorship. It is one of Korea’s famous films and a must-see for anyone who wants to understand Korean history.
17. Memories of Murder 2003
2003, in Memories of Murder, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Detective Park Doo-man.
This movie is based on a true story about the first modern serial murders in South Korea which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.
The movie follows the investigation by detectives Park Doo-man (Song Kang-ho) and Seo Tae-Yoon (Kim Sang-Kyung) as they try to catch the killer.
Song Kang-ho is called Bong Joon-ho’s persona in South Korea. Starting with this movie, he has worked with director Bong Joon-ho for a total of four films, including The Host, Snowpiercer, and Parasite.
Memories of Murder is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one of Korea’s most famous films and a must-see for anyone who is a fan of crime thrillers and director Bong Joon-ho.
18. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 2002
2002, in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Song Kang-ho plays the role of Park Dong-jin, a man who is seeking revenge.
This movie is about a man named Park Dong-jin (Song Kang-ho) who is seeking revenge for his daughter’s death.
To Ryu (Shin Ha-Kyun), who is congenitally deaf, his older sister(Lim Ji-Eun) is the only family in her family. his older sister’s health is deteriorating due to kidney failure, so she needs a kidney transplant to survive.
Ryu attempts to raise funds for his sister’s operation but is defrauded of all of his money by organ traffickers. His sister has the opportunity for surgery at this time, and Ryu kidnaps Dong-jin(Song Kang-ho)’s daughter for money of his older sister’s operation.
Between Dong-jin (Song Kang-ho), who wants to avenge her daughter, and Ryu (Shin Ha-Kyun), who wants to retaliate against the organ traffickers, the tangled tale of vengeance and reversal begins.
This is one of director Park Chan-wook’s “vengeance trilogy,” which also includes Oldboy and Lady Vengeance.
‘Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance’ is not only a dark and violent film, but it’s also a sad and touching narrative. If you enjoy Korean cinema, you should certainly see this film.
19. JSA, Joint Security Area 2000
2000, in JSA: Joint Security Area, Song Kang-ho plays the role of North Korea Sgt. Oh Kyeoug-pil.
South Korean Army Sgt. Lee Soo-hyuk(Lee Byung-hun) is in danger after stepping on a landmine while searching the DMZ. North Korean Sgt. Oh Kyung-pil(Song Kang-ho) and Pte. Jung Woo-jin(Shin Ha-Kyun) fortuitously saves the life of Sgt. Lee in danger.
The three of them become friends. Sgt. Lee Soo-hyuk often crosses the Military Demarcation Line on JSA to meet them.
Then one day, something’s come up, and they point their guns at each other. A gunshot rings out from a North Korean observation post in the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom.
North Korean Pte. Jung Woo-jin is killed, and North Korean Sgt. Oh Kyung-pil, is also shot and wounded, collapsed next to him. The murder suspect, Sgt. Lee Soo-hyuk, is discovered with a gunshot wound in the DMZ’s middle.
Major Sophie Jang(Lee Young-ae), a Swiss-Korean member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, is dispatched to discover the truth behind the case. The story begins as she investigates them to uncover her truth.
JSA: Joint Security Area is a famous Korean movie that was directed by Park Chan-wook. The narrative follows the investigation into a shooting that took place in the DMZ.
It’s a sad comedy movie about young people from both sides of Korea who must become enemies for political reasons and who experience irony, friendship, humor, and tragedy.
Highly suggest you view this amusing and sad film. You will discover that this is the finest choice.
20. The Foul King 2000
2000, in The Foul King, Song Kang-ho plays the role of ordinary bank clerk Im Dae-ho.
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Im Dae-ho(Song Kang-ho) is an office worker who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Then one day, he goes to the neighborhood shabby professional wrestling gym and starts wrestling training.
However, Dae-ho’s dream of becoming a professional wrestler is far from reality. He is often made fun of by his friends and family because of his hobby. But he doesn’t give up on his dream and continues to train hard.
One day, a pro wrestling match is announced on television, and Im Dae-ho(Song Kang-ho) decides to participate in it. He enters the ring as “The Foul King”, a masked villain wrestler.
The Foul King is a comedic film that tells the story of an underdog who pursues his dream against all odds. Song Kang-ho’s performance is hilarious and endearing, and the film is filled with humor and heart. If you’re a lover of comedy and Korean cinema, this is a must-see movie.
At the end of the journey of Song Kang-ho’s best movies 20
Like this, we looked at 20 of Song Kang-ho’s most notable performances. Song Kang-ho, who has more than 20 major works in which he has appeared, is a big major axis in the Korean film industry. His skillful and delicate acting has gained the love and respect of many people. I sincerely hope that you will have a chance to see his excellent works.
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Korean cinema is filled with amazing actors, and Song Kang-ho is one of the best.
Song Kang-ho is one of the most well-known, popular, and highly respected actors in South Korea. He is loved by many people for his warm personality and his excellent acting. His work ethic and talent are undeniable, and his performances are always worth watching.
So if you’re looking for a great Korean movie to watch, be sure to check out one of Song Kang-ho’s films. You won’t be disappointed. I’m sure you will enjoy his films.
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