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Cha Seung-Won ( 차승원 / 車勝元 )

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Name: Cha Seung-Won 차승원

Nickname: Monkey

Birthdate: June 7, 1970

Birthplace: Anyang Si, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Height / Weight: 188cm / 80kg

Family: Wife (Lee Soo-Jin), 1 son ('1989, Cha No-Ah), 1 daughter ('2003, Cha Ye-Ni)

Status: Married ('1988)

Hobbies: Mountain biking

Specialties: Walking, bodybuilding

Close Entertainers: Kwon Sang-Woo, Seol Kyung-Gu, Lee Sung-Jae, Yoo Hae-Jin

Debut: 1988 () / 1997 movie Holiday In Seoul

Agent: GTB Entertainment

Fan Club: http://cafe.daum.net/4RWON/

Related Links: Daum Cafe (fan club) | His Wife's space at Cyworld * Daum | Cine21 | Naver | Cineseoul | Movist

Fan Site [Chinese] | Baidu [Chinese]

[koreanfilm.org] Cha Seung-won (b. June 7, 1970) received an engineering degree from Mokwon University before embarking on a career as a model in 1988. After finding success in modeling, he was cast in the TV sitcom "New York Story", which would eventually pave the way for his debut in film.

Although his debut film Holiday in Seoul (1997) and many of the films to follow did not establish him as a major star, in 2000 he would score a significant hit playing the villain in firefighting film Libera Me. The following summer, the runaway success of Kim Sang-jin's comedy Kick the Moon (over 4.3 million tickets sold) secured his place in the industry as a leading actor with strong star appeal. All of his films since then have been successes at the box-office.

In early 2003, Cha took on a slightly more serious role as a corrupt schoolteacher who is transferred to a country school in the film My Teacher, Mr. Kim. The film grossed over 2.4 million admissions and drew Cha additional praise for his acting abilities. His next role then re-united him with director Kim Sang-jin in a successful comedy {Ghost House} about a man who buys a dream home, only to discover it is haunted by a young female ghost.

In 2005 Cha put aside the comic roles he had become known for and appeared in the grisly period-set thriller Blood Rain. The film's better than expected commercial success confirmed Cha's popularity among Korean audiences. In late 2005 Cha will appear for the first time in a film {The Big Scene (also known as Murder, Take One)} by reknowned comedy director Jang Jin.

Extracted from Mr. X's SEP-11-2005 review of 2005 movie "Blood Rain"

Cha Seung-Won ironically said, in an interview after the screening of the film: “I finally graduated from middle school. Now the real studying begins.” He’s got a point. While Koreans have elected him as one of the few bonafide box office draws, it was a long and painful process for him. Starting with modeling in the late 80s, getting a few decent roles in TV Dramas, finally debuting on the big screen, with only one-dimensional characters which did little to further his career. Then came ’리베라 메 (‘Libera Me’), not exactly a great film, but his performance there raised more than a few eyebrows. Do we have a good actors on our hands? It wasn’t until Cha met and started working with Kim Sang-Jin and writer Park Jung-Woo that his potential got fulfilled. Several surefire comedy hits followed, establishing him as the (male) King of Comedy. Women loved him because he showed warmth, he was masculine without unnecessary machismo, and had a great sense of humour; men respected him because he was like the older friend next door, who acted tough but was always great fun to deal with. But the moment you realize people really like your work, something changes. You stop thinking about the quick bucks, and start worrying about your future. For how long could he continue to do comedies? Until people got tired of him? Then that positive greed and hunger to become a better actor comes out. One could safely say ‘Blood Rain’ is the turning point of Cha’s career. Assuredly stoic and stubborn in the first part, slowly allowing his conscience to get the better of his rationality in the second, Cha gives what could be considered his best performance to date. Charisma and ability to deliver ad-lib aside, this role required a lot of focus: he couldn’t explode with his screen presence, because Won-Gyu’s tongue is sharper than his physicality. For that reason alone, his efforts doubled, and although it’ll take time for him to adapt to his new ‘clothes,’ and maybe even more to be accepted by critics as a ‘serious’ actor, I think he’s got all the potential in the world to do that.

Filmography [KMDb]

In The Crossfire 포화속으로 (2010)

Like The Moon Escaping From The Clouds 구르믈 버서난 달처럼 (2010-04-29)

Secret 시크릿 (2009-12-03)

Eye For An Eye 눈에는 눈 이에는 이 (Nuneneun Nun Ieneun I) (2008-07-30)

My Son 아들 (A-deul) (2007-05-01)

Small Town Rivals 이장과 군수 (Yi-jang-gwa Gun-soo) (2007-03-29)

Over The Border / South Of The Border 국경의 남쪽 (Gook-gyeoung-eui Namjjok) (2006-05-04)

The Big Scene / Murder, Take One 박수칠 때 떠나라 (Baksuchil ttae tteonara) (2005-08-11)

Blood Rain 혈의 누 (Hyeolui nu) (2005-05-04)

Ghost House 귀신이 산다 (Gwisin-i Sanda) (2004-09-17)

My Teacher, Mr. Kim / Teacher Kim Bong-du 선생 김봉두 (Seonsaeng Kim Bong-du) (2003-03-28)

No. 815 / Jail Breakers 광복절특사 (Gwangbokjeol Teuksa) (2002-11-22)

Break Out 라이터를 켜라 (Raiteo-reul Kyeo-ra) (2002-07-12)

Kick The Moon 신라의 달밤 (Silaui Dalbam) (2001-06-23)

Libera Me 리베라 메 (Liberame) (2000-11-11)

Black Honeymoon 신혼여행 (Sinhon-yeohaeng) (2000-03-11)

A Century's End / Fin de Siecle 세기말 (Segimal) (1999-12-11)

Ghost In Love 자귀모 (Jagwimo) (1999-08-14)

Attack The Gas Station! / At The Gas Station 주유소 습격사건 (Ju-yuso seubgyeog sageon) (1999-10-02)

If The Sun Rises In The West 해가 서쪽에서 뜬다면 (Haega seojjog-eseo tteundamyeon) (1998-12-19)

Holiday In Seoul 홀리데이 인 서울 (Hollide-i(Holiday) in(in) Seo-ul) (1997-03-22)

TV Series

- Athena (KBS; 2010)

- The City Hall <시티홀 > (SBS, 2009-04-29 ~ 2009-07-02)

[PD Shin Woo-Chul, Writer Kim Eun-Sook]

- Bodyguard <보디가드> (KBS, 2003-07-05 ~ 2003-09-14)

[PD Jeon Ki-Sang, Writer Lee Han]

- <맛을 보여드립니다> (SBS, 1999-09-13 ~ 2000-02-28)

[PD Moon Jung-Soo, Writer Seo Young-Myung]

- Roses And Beansprouts <장미와 콩나물> (MBC, 1999-03-13 ~ 1999-09-05)

[PD Ahn Pan-Seok, Writer Jung Sung-Joo]

- <누군가 나를 훔쳐보고 있다> (KBS, 1999)

[PD Kim Hyung-Il, Writer Hwang Sung-Yeon]

- Angel's Kiss <천사의 키스> (KBS, 1998-12-14 ~ 1999-02-14)

[PD Jeon San, Writer Son Young-Mok]

- Shy Lover <수줍은 연인> (MBC, 1998-09-16 ~ 1998-11-19)

[PD Ahn Pan-Seok, Writer Joo Chan-Ok]

- Women VS Women <여자 대 여자> (MBC, 1998)

[PD Joo Byung-Dae, Writer Kim Yeon-Ok]

- Barefoot Run <맨발로 뛰어라> (MBC, 1998-08-17 ~ 1998-09-08)

[PD Oh Kyung-Hoon, Writer Kim In-Young>

- Song Of Wind <바람의 노래> (SBS, 1998-04-20 ~ 1998-07-28)

[PD Park Jae-Yong, Writer Lee Hee-Jung]

- New York Stories <뉴욕스토리> (SBS, 1997)

[PD Yoo Sang-Sub, Writer Oh Soo-Yeon]

Awards (in the process of compiling)

2008 - The 1st Korea Jewelry Awards: Sapphire Award

2007 - Korea Fashion & Design Awards: Fashion Icon Award

2007 - 2006 TVCF Award: Model section Award

2007 - The 15th Chunsa Film Festival: Best Actor Award (My Son)

2003 - The 39th BaekSang Arts Awards: Film Section - Best Actor Award (Jail Breakers)

2003 - KBS Drama Awards: Best Actor Award, Popularity Award (Bodyguard)

2002 - The 25th Golden Cinematography Awards: Best Actor Award (Kick The Moon)

1996 - Korea Fashion Association Male Model Of The Year Award

1995 - The 12th Best Dresser Awards: Model Award

1995 - Korea Model Association Model Of The Year Award

1995 - Korea Fashion Association Model Of The Year Award

International Film Festivals [KOFIC]

2006 FANTASY FILMFEST-International Festival for Science Fiction, Horror and Thriller (Blood Rain) (Focus Asia )

2006 Brisbane International Film Festival (Blood Rain) (: Netpac Award )

2006 Fantasia Film Festival (Blood Rain) ()

2006 Fantasia Film Festival (Murder, Take One ) ()

2006 New York Asian Film Festival (Blood Rain) ()

2006 Paris Cinema (Blood Rain) (New Korean Cinemas )

2006 Seattle International Film Festival (Blood Rain) (Contemporary World Cinema )

2006 Udine Far East Film Festival (Murder, Take One ) (Competition )

2006 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (Blood Rain) ( Young Fantastic: Best Film)

2005 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Ghost House) (Official Selection, Children Allowed )

2005 Fantasia Film Festival (Ghost House) (Korean Cinema )

2005 Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (Blood Rain) (Gala )

2005 SSITGES International Film Festival of Catalonia (Blood Rain) (Orient Express - Casa Asia)

2005 Shanghai International Film Festival (Ghost House) (Panorama Films )

2005 Vancouver International Film Festival (Blood Rain) (Dragons and Tigers)

2004 Fantasia Film Festival (Jail Breakers) (Korean Cinema)

2003 Cairo International Film Festival (Break Out) ()

2003 Cairo International Film Festival (Jail Breakers) ()

2003 Fantasia Film Festival (Kick The Moon) (Faces of Korea)

2003 New York Asian Film Festival (Break Out) ()

2003 Seattle International Film Festival (Jail Breakers) ()

2003 Udine Far East Film Festival (Jail Breakers) ()

2002 Philadelphia International Film Festival (Kick The Moon) ()

2002 Shanghai International Film Festival (Kick The Moon) ()

2002 Udine Far East Film Festival (Kick The Moon) ()

2001 Shanghai International Film Festival (Libera Me) ()

2001 Udine Far East Film Festival (Libera Me) ()

2001 Vancouver International Film Festival (Kick The Moon) ()

2001 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (Libera Me) ()

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Eye For An Eye (Nuneneun Nun Ieneun I) (2008.07.30)

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My Son (A-deul) (2007.05.01)

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Small Town Rivals (Yi-jang-gwa Gun-soo) (2007.03.29)

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Over The Border / South Of The Border (Gook-gyeoung-eui Namjjok) (2006.05.04)

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The Big Scene / Murder, Take One (Baksuchil ttae tteonara) (2005.08.11)

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Blood Rain (2005.05.04)

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Teacher Kim Bong-du (Seonsaeng Kim Bong-du) (2003-03-28)

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No. 815 / Jail Breakers (Gwangbokjeol Teuksa) (2002.11.21)

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Kick The Moon (2001.06.23)

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Ghost House (Gwisin-i Sanda) (2004-09-17)

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Libera Me (Liberame) (2000-11-11)

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Images: Cine21

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TV Series

* Bodyguard <보디가드> (KBS, 2003-07-05 ~ 2003-09-14) *

2003 KBS Drama Awards: Winner of Best Actor & Popularity Awards

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* City Hall (SBS, 2009.04.29 ~) *

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First!

Thanks Helena for making this thread for CSW!

I`m starting to admire this man, because of his achievements and his looks.

They say that Suna is a multi-faced actress and I would say CSW too.

He looks different in every role that he has done, I wonder what will be his image in City Hall.

Where can I watch his movie, My Son?

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Wow thanks For making his Thread Kdramafanusa anyway he has 2 Kid

oldest is 1989's Born ( unbelievable !!) kkkk Boy, and another is Daughter

he is the hottest tall actor too kkk

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awesome..thanks Helena for starting his thread! i've seen most of his works but my favourites are 'The Big Scene' and 'Ghost House'..i never get tired of watching them.

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Kdramafanusa, do you have a video link of Cha TV guesting in Sang2plus and Golden fishery, and he will be guesting also in Family outing.

His busy promoting City Hall and I love to see more of him. His funny and good looking...his my man!

Kdramafanusa, do you have a video link of Cha TV guesting in Sang2plus and Golden fishery? he will be guesting also in Family outing.

His busy promoting City Hall and I love to see more of him. His funny and good looking...his my man!

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^ Hello everyone & thanks for posting.

I'm sorry for not updating things as often as I should, I will try my best. I gathered articles on him, I need to organize them first.

Inez: We have the same taste in men. :lol:

Jastinel: Will look for the clips & movie(s).

Valleygirl: Yes, he's the hottest tall actor!

Here are some news articles on CSW's appearance on Family Outing.

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http://media.daum.net/entertain/broadcast/...20&p=newsen

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http://media.daum.net/entertain/broadcast/...54&p=poctan

:wub: :wub: :wub:

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i think CSW looks good with KSA..they're both stylish models, glad that they do a drama together.

CSW..tall, tanned and manly..what a guy!..lucky wife too, i remember i saw some pics of him with his kids sometime back..

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@inez

i would love to see his kids...

it's quite difficult to look for info about him...

i soooo love him in bodyguard. me and my mom were swooning over him!

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I asked a Korean friend about him (my friend is in her early 30s - if that matters). And this is what she said about Cha Seung Won. It's kinda interesting since we know very little about him, so i thought of sharing this:

CSW was a legendary fashion model in Korea and he became an actor many years ago.

Many years ago, when he wanted to start his acting, there was a strong prejudice about fashion models among entertainment fields and watchers. Fashion models would not be a good actor because they were too tall compare with actresses and their acting is too stiff.

However, he was the first model who stopped the prejudice and became a very famous actor.

After that there were many fashion models foe examples, Kang Dong Won, Kim Sung Soo, Kang Ji Whan and so on… entered dramas and movies as an actor.

His personality is very funny and unique.

He married when he was 20 or 21 years old with old girl (4 years or more^^;;) and his son is almost 20 years old now.

However, he looked good enough to see ^^.

Also, he has a young daughter too.

Even, he is a father; he played as a young unmarried man in several movies, so we have no "old man" images from him. Unfortunately, he had tooth corrective (I don’t know why^^;;) he looked too long and had hollow cheeks, but his body proportion is still perfect fortunately.

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by mzpakipot on City Hall thread

can't help to comment on background history of Seung Won...all i have to say is, lucky girl (his wife) hehe!

well, i'm curious on how his teenage son looks like...so i went and lurked around his cafe...

here's Cha Seung Won w/ his two kids (circa 2005??)

like father like son...tall and handsome! ^^

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Woah! thanks melusine

Cute kids... and so that's the l-u-c-k-y wifey... she looks lovely.

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I can see a great actor, a good man, a loving husband and father in him.

Just like my husband....hehehe!

Yes, his wife is very lucky and Cha too, I think his wife has been a great inspiration on him, to think he got married when his only 20,

she`s been very supportive on his career.

Still, no one can tell me if Cha had a kissing scene on his previous projects.

Where can I watch his movie My Son? DL link please!

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thanks mel and mzpakipot for the pics!!..yes, he's got such a beautiful family and better watch out for his son...he's going to be a hottie like dad! ;)

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