Final results of the Film Festival Cannes 2022 was finally announced, thereby causing a great surprise with a series of awards for the Korean film industry. With a role in the movie Broker, Song Kang Ho has become the first Korean actor in history to win an individual award at Cannes. This award is like a golden milestone in the extremely illustrious career of the “national treasure of Korean cinema”.
From rookies struggling with deviant looks to familiar names of talented directors
In the Korean film industry, beauty is a huge advantage. However, Song Kang Ho does not have the standard male appearance of the generation of Hallyu stars of the same age. He has a simple appearance with a large face, monolid eyes, even his features are considered rough, difficult to play the male lead. Because of the weakness of his appearance, Song Kang Ho struggled in the early years of his career. He started his career by working in theater groups with small roles and then started casting films but was often rejected, even supporting roles.
After relentless efforts, in 1996, the opportunity finally came to Song Kang Ho when he was invited by director Hong Sang Soo to play a supporting role in his debut work. Soon after, he had the opportunity to collaborate with two more directors, Lee Chang Dong and Kim Jee Woon. Coincidentally, now, after many years of fighting, these are all golden directors of the Korean film industry.
With his acting ability surpassing others, Song Kang Ho was gradually recognized and officially promoted to the male lead thanks to the movie Joint Security Area by talented director Park Chan Wook, who also recently won an individual award at the Cannes Film Festival. Until 2002, Song Kang Ho first collaborated with director Bong Joon Ho in the classic crime drama of Korean cinema – Memories Of Murder (released in 2003). This film has brought Song Kang Ho a series of great awards and is also the work that opens the journey of conquering all cinematic limits of the identical couple Bong Joon Ho – Song Kang Ho.
Song Kang Ho once shared, “There is a director that I never turn down any offer from him no matter how busy he is, and that is Bong Joon Ho.”
Bong Joon Ho – Song Kang Ho
“Chameleon” bombarded the Korean box office
There is no advantage in appearance, but it is this “unremarkable” face that has helped Song Kang Ho become a rare actor who can transform into many characters with many different personalities. In his whole career, he has never set a limit for himself, ready to try, renew himself in all kinds of roles. The Korean press calls Song Kang Ho “a man of many faces” or a “chameleon” of contemporary Korean cinema because in a series of famous works, Song Kang Ho has never repeated himself.
In the top 50 most popular Korean movies of all time, Song Kang Ho starred in 10 movies, including Memories Of Murder (5.1 million viewers – highest in 2003), Lawyer (11.37 million tickets), Snowpiercer (9.3 million tickets), The Face Reader (9.1 million tickets), Taxi driver (nearly 12.2 million tickets),… Movies Parasite, The Age of Shadows, Secret Sunshine, Thrist and The Good, The Bad, The Weird… also attracts millions of people to theaters. Although the works are not entertaining, highly commercial, even in heavy genres such as history, crime, etc., Song Kang Ho’s films almost never lose their place in the world. ticket room.
After a series of large and small awards both at home and abroad, the noble award that Song Kang Ho just received at the Cannes Film Festival recently helped him be called with a new title of “award fairy”. This title implies that Song Kang Ho is the one who contributed to bringing the fairy awards to Korean cinema in the international arena.
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