Ju Ji-hoon is a South Korean actor. His first leading role was in the 2006 hit drama Princess Hours and his other notable works include The Devil and Mask. In 2003, Ju debuted as a model, in advertisements for clothing such as Calvin Klein, Levis. He won many awards for modeling, before entering the entertainment industry, he studied at Tongwon College, majoring in e-Business. Jus debut drama was Old Love, but it was in 2006s romantic comedy Princess Hours, based on the manhwa Goong, the drama was a hit domestically with a peak rating of 28. 3%, and internationally across Asia, catapulting Ju into Korean Wave stardom. He won the Best New Actor award at the MBC Drama Awards along with his co-star Yoon Eun-hye, in March 2007, Ju starred in KBS2 revenge drama The Devil, opposite Uhm Tae-woong and Shin Min-a. He reportedly lost 5kg for the role, the same month, he received the New Asian Star award at the 1st Astar TV Drama Awards that will be held March 30 at the COEX in Seoul for his performance in Princess Hours and The Devil.
Jus movie debut was in Antique, based on the manga Antique Bakery, the film was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. He reunited with The Devil co-star Shin Min-ah in the romantic comedy The Naked Kitchen, on April 27,2009, Ju was arrested by Seoul Metropolitan Police on drug charges. He was arrested along with 15 people and an actress identified as Yoon on suspicion of supplying ecstasy, on June 23,2009, Ju pleaded guilty in court to drug use of ecstasy and ketamine. He was sentenced to six months of time, suspended for one year,120 hours of community service. The judge explained, The nature of the crime is by no means light, however, he has reflected deeply on the crime and has not taken any drugs since the time a year and two months ago. Also, many fans from within the country and from overseas have appealed for a handling of the matter. Jus lawyer stated, Of course he must accept the price of his crime, but wrong information kept coming out and exaggerated him as a habitual user, in August, Ju co-starred with fellow actor Lee Joon-gi in the military musical Voyage of Life.
The musical, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and it ran from August 21 to 29 at the National Theater of Korea. Ju was discharged on November 21,2011, in January 2011, ahead of Jus discharge in November, he signed with entertainment agency KeyEast, owned by actor Bae Yong-joon. In August 2012, Ju made his comeback in the comedy film I Am a King. Inspired by The Prince and the Pauper, Ju played dual roles of Grand Prince Choong-nyung, in 2014, Ju was paired up with Ji Sung and Lee Kwang-soo in Confession, a neo-noir film that brutally explores the aftermath of three mens friendship after the death of ones mother
Yoo Hae-jin is a South Korean actor. As a child Yoo Hae-jin would often slip in through the backdoor of a cultural center near his home to events that were being held there. After seeing a play in eighth grade, the decided on acting as his future career. He begged to be sent to an high school, but his family was conservative. So in his year in high school, Yoo joined an acting troupe. In the beginning, he ran errands for the other actors, though introverted, Yoo slowly began to learn how to act on stage. After applying twice for a Theater and Film course in college and getting rejected because of his looks, but acting remained his passion and he concentrated on his theater work rather than his fashion subjects, barely graduating. Due to a selection process for college graduates based solely on their grades. Yoo began doing bit roles in films, graduating to supporting roles where he acquired a reputation as a scene stealer, despite a short screen time, his performances made a strong impression on audiences and critics.
As Korean films became more diverse in terms of genre, Yoo found opportunities in increasingly weighty roles, and now has become a bonafide marquee name in the box office. He has appeared as a regular cast member in two reality shows,2 Days &1 Night from March to November 2013, and Three Meals a Day, Fishing Village in January 2015. Yoo and actress Kim Hye-soo first met in 2001 after shooting the movie Kick the Moon and became close in 2006 after appearing together in Tazza and Kim broke up in 2011. Yu Hae-jin on Cyworld Yu Hae-jin at Huayi Brothers Yu Hae-jin at the Internet Movie Database Yoo Hae-jin at the Korean Movie Database Yoo Hae-jin at HanCinema
Kim Yoon-seok is a South Korean actor. Kims theater background first led him to be cast in roles on film. Kim has since become a leading actor in Korean cinema, in films such as Running Turtle, The Yellow Sea, Punch. Kim Yoon-seok was trained on stage as a member of the renowned Theater Yeonwoo Company, after many years in theater, he began acting in film and television late in his career, at first appearing in minor roles. Then in 2006, Kim had his breakthrough in Choi Dong-hoons Tazza, The High Rollers, a leading role followed in 2008 with The Chaser, directed by Na Hong-jin. He successfully portrayed the morally ambiguous character of a retired-cop-turned-pimp hunting down a serial killer, the thriller was a critical and commercial hit, and Kim became a major player in the Korean film industry. In 2010 Kim reunited with The Chaser costar Ha Jung-woo in Nas ambitious sophomore film The Yellow Sea, the year after, Punch became the third highest-grossing film of 2011, in which Kim portrayed an ill-tempered teacher giving courage to a youth from the slums.
Kim once again triumphed in 2012, as his heist movie The Thieves became the second best-selling Korean film of all time and he continued working with Koreas leading directors, in Yim Soon-ryes South Bound, Jang Joon-hwans Hwayi, A Monster Boy, and Kwak Kyung-taeks The Classified File. Kim Yoon-seuk on Cyworld Kim Yoon-seuk at Naver Kim Yun-seok at Huayi Brothers Kim Yun-seok at the Internet Movie Database Kim Yoon-suk at the Korean Movie Database Kim Yoon-seok at HanCinema
Han Hyo-joo is a South Korean actress. Han Hyo-joo was born in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province and her mother was an elementary school teacher before becoming an inspector for public schools, and her father was an air force officer. As a child, she was good in sports, particularly track, in her sophomore year of high school, she moved to Seoul and attended Bulgok High School, despite the objections of her strict and conservative father. She entered Dongguk University, where she joined the theater, Han was first discovered in a teenage beauty pageant organized by food corporation Binggrae in 2003. She began her career in the sitcom Nonstop 5 and the gangster comedy film My Boss. Han raised her profile by starring in Spring Waltz, the fourth and she won the Best New Actress awards at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and Singapore International Film Festival for her performance. Both dramas drew solid viewership ratings throughout its run with high viewer ratings. Afterwards, she was cast in indie film, Ride Away.
Han filmed the Korean-Japanese telecinema co-production Heavens Postman, which featured pop star Jaejoong from TVXQ. After several postponements, it was released in theaters in late 2009, Hans breakthrough came in Brilliant Legacy costarring Lee Seung-gi, which became a massive hit in 2009, reaching a peak viewership rating of 47. 1%. It catapulted Han to stardom, and after the conclusion, she experienced a sharp rise in endorsement deals and media requests for interviews. Later that year Han wrapped up her role in the musical drama Soul Special. In 2010, Han took on the character in MBCs 49th anniversary project Dong Yi. Han won several acting awards for her portrayal of Choi Suk-bin, including the Daesang award at MBC Drama Awards, in 2011, Han played a blind telemarketer opposite So Ji-subs ex-boxer in the melodrama film Always. Helmed by director Song Il-gon, it premiered as the film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. Han contributed voice narration to the version of Japanese film My Back Page.
Han played the queen to Lee Byung-huns Gwanghae in the 2012 blockbuster period film Masquerade and she followed that with Love 911, an unlikely romance between a doctor and a firefighter. In 2013, Han starred opposite Sol Kyung-gu and Jung Woo-sung in action thriller Cold Eyes, in 2014, Han and Love 911 costar Go Soo reunited in Myohyangsangwan, which depicts the rendezvous of a South Korean painter and a North Korean waitress in a North Korean restaurant
Cha Tae-hyun is a South Korean actor, television personality radio DJ and director. He is best known for his roles in the box-office hit comedies My Sassy Girl, Scandal Makers and Hello Ghost as well as the television series Jeon Woo-chi. Since 2012, he is a cast member of the variety show 2 Days &1 Night and he is a co-founder of the talent management agency Blossom Entertainment. Chas father is Cha Jae-wan, who was an assistant director for special effects at KBS and his brother is film producer Cha Ji-hiyeon. In June 1,2006, Cha married his school sweetheart. They dated for 13 years, she was his first and only girlfriend and they have three children, a son and two daughters. In 2011, Cha revealed on SBS talk show Healing Camp, Cha Tae-hyun started his career as a silver medalist in a 1995 KBS Talent Contest. Over the next years he would star in a large number of TV dramas such as Sunflower and Happy Together. He was the radio DJ for KBS Cool FMs FM Popular Music with Cha Tae-hyun from 1999-2000, in 2001, he rose to fame through the hugely successful romantic comedy My Sassy Girl where he acted alongside Jun Ji-hyun.
Chas expressive acting established him as a star in Korea as well as the Asian region at large. His next film Lovers Concerto, a melodrama with actresses Son Ye-jin and Lee Eun-ju. From 2003, Chas casting choices proved to be less inspired and he appeared in three comedies -- Crazy First Love, Happy Ero Christmas and Two Guys—that were widely criticized by audiences for their weak scripts and lack of creativity. He released his second album The Book that year, 2007s Highway Star, in which he played a masked trot singer, was a moderate success. Cha hosted KBS Cool FMs Mr. Radio from 2007-2008, and was awarded Best Radio DJ at the 2007 KBS Entertainment Awards alongside Ahn Jae-wook. He portrayed the towns jester who has the intelligence of a six-year-old in BABO, Cha regained his top star status when his comedy flick Scandal Makers became the number one film of 2008, attracting 8.2 million moviegoers and ranking among Koreas biggest hits of all time. As a result of the success, the advertising industry named Cha as the top male celebrity endorser of 2009.
He reunited with BABO director Kim Young-tak in 2010s Hello Ghost and it was another box office success at 3 million tickets sold, and Chas performance led him to be dubbed as Koreas Jim Carrey. Based on a story, his 2011 film Champ depicts the relationship between a recently injured racehorse named Woo-bak and the jockey who tries to tame her
The Thieves is a 2012 South Korean heist film directed by Choi Dong-hoon with an all-star ensemble cast. With over 12.9 million ticket sales, the comedy is currently the fifth highest-grossing movie in Korean film history. They are visited by a detective shortly after, and realize that staying in Korea is too dangerous, as such, they join a heist led by a master thief named Macau Park, a Korean based in Macau who is Popies former boss. Popie brings along Pepsee, a convicted safe-cracker who was released on parole. In Hong Kong, Chen and Andrew are contacted by Macau Park and agree to enroll, Macau Park reveals the target to be Tear of the Sun, a valuable diamond in the possession of Tiffany, the mistress of a powerful crime lord named Wei Hong. The plan is to steal the diamond while Tiffany is visiting a casino in Macau, and to sell it back to Wei Hong, the team agrees, upon learning that the diamond is worth USD20 million. At this point, it is revealed that Julie is a police officer hoping to arrest Wei Hong.
Moreover, that Chen and Andrew are distrustful of Macau Park, what is more and Pepsee have purchased a fake diamond which they intend to swap with the real one. A flash-back reveals that Macau Park and Pepsee were formerly a team, but Parks cable had snapped during an escape as he was rapelling, worried for his safety, had exposed herself to a security camera, leading to her conviction. With the help of Tiffanys step-sister, Macau Park lays out the plan and Chewing Gum are to pose as a Japanese couple and keep Tiffany occupied at the gambling table. Yenical and Zampano are to infiltrate Tiffanys private suite through a window, Popie and Julie are to enter the suite and open the two safes, one of which allegedly contains the diamond. As this takes place and Andrew must enter the security room, all of these actions must be done within 10 minutes, after which the police will arrive. As the plan is being executed, the team, to their dismay, as the police rush in, Chen and Chewing Gum try to escape in a car, but Chen is shot dead and the car collides with a wall, killing Chewing Gum.
Johnny manages to escape, and so does Yenicall after Zampano surrenders to the police to buy time, in the commotion, Macau Park, disguised as an old janitor, steals the diamond from a safety deposit box. Popie and Andrew are arrested but fight inside the police van, Popie and the police jump out before the van plunges into a sea, but Pepsee is still hand-cuffed, and nearly drowns, except that Macau Park suddenly arrives and rescues her. Pepsee regroups with Popie and Andrew, and they force Tiffanys step-sister to reveal Macau Parks place of exchange, while the step-sister distracts Macau Park, the four break into Macau Parks room and replace the diamond with the fake one. Macau Park discovers the ruse, and explains to Pepsee that, years before, it was Popie who cut the rapelling cable, taking the fake diamond, Macau Park meets with Wei Hong, revealing that his main motive is revenge, as Wei Hong killed Macau Parks father. The meeting is raided by the South Korean police and SWAT, everyone manages to escape except Popie, who is arrested, and it is shown that the real diamond is actually a second fake, which was swapped by Yenicall
Choi Min-sik is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed roles in Oldboy and The Admiral and he starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the 2014 French film Lucy. Together with Song Kang-ho and Sol Kyung-gu, Choi is considered to be among the most talented, Choi was born on January 22,1962 in Seoul, South Korea. When he was in grade, Choi was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He claims to have regained his health by a stay in the mountains. Graduating with a degree in theatre from Dongguk University, Choi began his career as a theatre actor and he started filming, playing roles in Park Jong-wons early movies, like Kuro Arirang and Our Twisted Hero. He continued to act on stage, as well as in television dramas like The Moon of Seoul with Han Suk-kyu, in 1997 he played a police investigator in Song Neung-hans No. 3, and accepted a role in Kim Jee-woons debut film The Quiet Family, the first real success came with his role of a North Korean agent in Shiri in 1999. The film was not only critically acclaimed but achieved box office success, Choi received the Best Actor award at Grand Bell Awards for his portrayal.
In the same year he took part in a stage production of Hamlet, and starred in Happy End. In 2001 he took the role of a gangster opposite Cecilia Cheung in Failan, a year he portrayed Jang Seung-eop, a Joseon painter in Im Kwon-taeks Chihwaseon, which was awarded the Best Director prize in Cannes. In 2003 he starred in Park Chan-wooks Oldboy, which made him not only in South Korea. In 2005 he and Song Kang-ho were accused by director and Cinema Service head Kang Woo-suk of being greedy for money, Kang rescinded the statement and apologized. As a sign of protest, Choi returned the prestigious Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit which had awarded to him, saying. This medal, once a symbol of pride, is now nothing more than a sign of disgrace, instead he returned to his theater roots in the 2007 staging of The Pillowman, his first play in seven years. Choi made his comeback in Jeon Soo-ils 2009 art film Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells and he did voice acting for Leafie, A Hen into the Wild, which in 2011 became the highest grossing South Korean animated film in history.
In his 2012 follow-up Nameless Gangster, Rules of the Time, Choi played another complex, layered antihero, chois next film was Park Hoon-jungs New World, a 2013 noir about an undercover cop in the world of gangsters, which became successful critically and commercially. For his English-language debut, Choi appeared in Luc Bessons Lucy, in the role of a gangster who kidnaps a girl and forces her to become a drug mule, but she inadvertently acquires superhuman powers
Ryoo Seung-wan is a South Korean film director. Ryoo Seung-wan was born in 1973 in Onyang, a town in South Chungcheong Province. Watching Jackie Chans Drunken Master turned him into a lifelong fan, dreaming of becoming a film director someday, he took taekwondo lessons and saved lunch money for three years in middle school to buy an 8mm camera, with which he shot short films. Ryoo became his familys sole breadwinner after he lost his parents while in middle school and he dropped out of high school in 1992 and worked for six months to raise enough money to cover a years worth of basic living expenses for his family. Ryoo, a fan of an unknown director named Park Chan-wooks 1992 debut The Moon Is. The Suns Dream and his work as a critic, went to meet Park and those formative years saw Ryoos debut as a real director, with the 1996 short Transmutated Head. The 19-minute shorts DP was Jang Joon-hwan, and it featured many familiar faces in the Korean indie scene, including character actor Heo Jong-soo and Lee Mu-young.
With a few years of experience as assistant director on Whispering Corridors and Parks 1997 film Trio, Ryoos debut was initially planned as a full-fledged feature film, but various issues forced him to instead shoot separate short films sharing common characters and themes. The four shorts, shot on a budget of around ₩65 million, became Ryoos first feature film. In an era when blockbusters like Shiri and Joint Security Area were the rage in Korean cinema, starring in the film himself along with some industry friends and even his little brother Ryoo Seung-bum, Ryoo became an instant cult hit, praised left and right for his masterful debut. With his directorial debut, Ryoo became known as the Action Kid, with the country experiencing tremendous growth in high-speed Internet penetration, a few companies tried to bank on this momentum by producing online short films. In 2000 the now defunct Cine4M website released a film by Ryoo alongside Jang Jins A Terrible Day. Coupling over-the-top voice dubbing with deliberately mistimed action, Dachimawa Lee was a success online, making lead actor Im Won-hee a minor star.
Big expectations often lead to equally big disappointments, which is what industry insiders and critics felt about Ryoos first real feature film, the film mixed big stars like Jeon Do-yeon with talented actors from the theater world like Jung Jae-young. Joining Director Ryoo once again was his younger brother Seung-bum, who was starting to make a name for himself in the independent of his brother. With No Blood No Tears a flop at the box office, it was a period for Ryoo. After that disappointment, Ryoo collaborated again with Jung Doo-hong and brother Seung-bum, the four embarked on Arahan, part modern-day wuxia and part local comedy. Despite its commercial success, critics still werent pleased, continuing to lament the loss of Chungmuros enfant prodige and it took another two years for Ryoo to come back, but 2005s Crying Fist was in many ways proof he had matured beyond easy labels and traditional genre boundaries
Miracle in Cell No. 7
Miracle in Cell No.7 is a 2013 South Korean film starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Kal So-won and Park Shin-hye. The films early working title was December 23, lee Yong-go is a mentally impaired father with the intellect of a six-year-old, who lives in a run-down house along with his daughter Ye-seung. One day, he gets into an altercation with the police commissioner, who has just purchased the last Sailor Moon backpack for his daughter. When he tries to resuscitate her, a woman witnesses him, Yong-go is falsely accused of the abduction and rape of a minor. The police quickly take advantage of his disability and force him to admit to the crimes, Yong-go is imprisoned and assigned to Cell No. 7, the harshest cell in a security prison. At first, the men in the cell, led by gang leader So Yang-ho. However, when Yong-go saves Yang-ho from being stabbed by a rival gang leader. The Cell No.7 inmates slowly befriend Yong-go and believe that he is a man who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
They help Yong-go rehearse his trial and he takes custody of Ye-seung and allows her to visit her father every afternoon. However, the police commissioner threatens Yong-go with Ye-seungs safety if he does not confess his crime during his trial and he ultimately chooses to sacrifice himself by giving in, receiving the execution date of December 23, which coincides with Ye-seungs birthday. Before the date, Yong-gos fellow inmates work on a hot air balloon that Yong-go, years after Yong-gos execution, Ye-seung, who has been formally adopted by Min-hwan, has become a lawyer. She gathers her fathers former inmates, all of whom have released, to stand witness for Yong-gos ultimately successful retrial. She visits Cell No.7 and reminisces about their hot air balloon trip.6 million admissions in its first two due to strong word of mouth. Despite the release of The Berlin File, it drew in 15% more audience members on its third week,32 days after its release, it became only the eighth film in Korean cinema history to break the 10 million mark in ticket sales.
The film exceeded 12 million viewers 46 days after its release, on March 15,2013,52 days after its release, ticket sales reached 12.32 million, making it the fifth highest grossing Korean film of all time. Analysts say among the reasons for its success was the lunar new year holiday. The film proved to be popular among middle-aged and elderly Koreans