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  1. Cha Seung-Won ( 차승원 / 車勝元 ) 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) () [[[[not completed yet]]]
  2. Note that these numbers are averages of all the episodes (not just the highest rated episode) aired during the specified period; Specials and Reruns are excluded. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HIGHEST RATED TV DRAMAS OF 2008 (2008.01.01 ~ 2008.12.04) [AGB Nielsen Media Research] RANK / TITLE / NETWORK / AVERAGED NATIONWIDE RATING 1. I Hate You But It's Fine <미우나고우나> / Likable Or Not (E) (KBS1) - 39.7% - Han Ji-hye, Kim Ji-seok, Jo Dong-hyuk, Yoo In-young, Lee Young-eun, Lee Joong-moon 2. Golden Era Of Daughter-In-Law <며느리 전성시대> (KBS2) - 31.7% - Kim Ji-hoon, Lee Soo-kyung, Song Seon-mi, Jang Hyun-sung, Lee Jong-won 3. Yi San <이산> / Lee San, Wind Of The Palace (E) (MBC) - 30.5% - Lee Seo-jin, Han Ji-min, Lee Soon-jae, Jo Yeon-woo, Lee Jong-soo, Seong Hyun-ah, Park Eun-hye 4. You Are My Destiny <너는 내 운명> (KBS2) - 29.6% - Yoon-ah, Park Jae-jung, Gong Hyun-joo 5. Golden Bride <황금신부> (SBS) - 28.4% - Lee Young-ah, Song Chang-ui, Choi Yeo-jin, Song Jong-ho 6. Angry Mom <엄마가뿔났다> / Mom's Dead Upset (E) (KBS2) - 28.1% - Lee Soon-jae, Baek Il-seob, Kim Hye-ja, Shin Eun-kyung, Ryu Jin, Kim Jung-hyun, Kim Na-woon, Li Yoo-ri, Kang Boo-ja, Kim Ji-yoo, Kim Yong-gun, Jang Mi-hee, Ki Tae-young 7. First Wives Club <조강지처클럽> / The First Wives Club (E) (SBS) - 27.9% - Kim Hye-seon, Oh Hyun-kyung, Ahn Nae-sang, Oh Dae-gyoo, Son Hyun-joo, Byun jung-min, Kim Hae-sook 8. New Heart <뉴하트> / New Heart (E) (MBC) - 26.1% - Jo Jae-hyun, Ji Sung, Kim Min-jung, Lee Ji-hoon 9. East Of Eden <에덴의 동쪽> (MBC) - 23.5% 10. I Am Happy <행복합니다> (SBS) - 22.4% - Kim Hyo-jin, Lee Hoon Source: JoyNews24 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HIGHEST RATED PROGRAMS OF 2007 (2007.1.1 ~ 2007.12.26) [AGB Nielsen Media Research] RANK / PROGRAM NAME / NETWORK / AVERAGED NATIONWIDE RATING 1. Jumong <주몽> / The Book Of The Three Han: The Chapter Of Ju Mong / Prince Of The Legend (E) (MBC) - 45.5% - Song Il-kook, Han Hye-jin, Kim Seung-soo, Jeon Kwang-ryeol, Oh Yeon-soo 2. Pure 19 <열아홉순정> / Hearts Of Nineteen (E) (KBS1) - 40.8% - Koo Hye-seon, Lee Min-woo, Seo Ji-seok, Lee Yoon-ji, Choo So-yeong 3. Asia Cup - Korea vs Iraq (KBS2) - 34.6% 4. Asia Cup - Korea vs Iran (KBS2) - 32.0% 5. I Hate You But It's Fine <미우나고우나> / Likable Or Not (E) (KBS1) - 30.6% - Han Ji-hye, Kim Ji-seok, Jo Dong-hyeok, Yoo In-yeong, Lee Yeong-eun, Lee Joong-moon 6. Asia Cup - Korea vs Japan (MBC) - 30.5% 7. War Of Money <쩐의 전쟁> / Money War (E) (SBS) - 30.5% - Park Shin-yang, Park Jin-hee, Shin Dong-wook, Kim Jeong-hwa 8. As Much As Heaven And Earth <하늘만큼 땅만큼> / High As The Sky, Wide As The Earth (E) (KBS1) - 29.8% - Park Hae-jin, Lee Joo-hyeon, Han Hyo-joo, Kang Jeong-hwa 9. Dae Jo Yeong <대조영> / The King Dae Joyoung (E) (KBS1) - 28.6% - Choi Soo-jong, Lee Deok-hwa, Jeong Bo-seok, Park Ye-jin, Hong Soo-hyeon, Im Hyeok, Choi Cheol-ho, Kim Hak-cheol 10. The King And Four Guardians <태왕사신기> / Legend (MBC) - 27.0% - Bae Yong-joon, Moon So-ri, Yoon Tae-yeong, Lee Ji-ah, Choi Min-soo, Park Sang-won (top row) Historical dramas: <Jumong>, <Dae Jo Young>, <Legend> (bottom row) Daily dramas: <Pure 19>, <I Hate You But It's Fine>, <As Much As Heaven And Earth> [photo=MBC/KBS/mydaily] Source: My Daily ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HIGHEST RATED DRAMAS OF 2006 [TNS Media Research] RANK / DRAMA / NETWORK / AVERAGED NATIONWIDE RATING 1. Jumong <주몽> / The Book Of The Three Han: The Chapter Of Ju Mong / Prince Of The Legend (E) (MBC) - 38.5% (Monday/Tuesday 9:55pm) - Song Il-kook, Han Hye-jin, Kim Seung-soo, Jeon Kwang-ryeol, Oh Yeon-soo 2. Peculiar Man, Peculiar Woman / The Bizarre Bunch <별난 여자 별난 남자> (KBS1) - 34.5% - Jeong Joon, Kim Seong-eun, Ko Joo-won, Kim Ah-joong 3. Seven Princesses / The Infamous Chill Sisters <소문난 칠공주> / Famous Princesses (E) (KBS2) - 32% - Lee Tae-ran, Choi Jeong-won, Kim Hye-seon, Ko Joo-won, Shin Ji-soo, Park In-hwan, Kim Hae-sook, Lee Seung-gi, Park Hae-jin 4. Goodbye To Sadness <슬픔이여 안녕> / A Farewell To Sorrow (E) (KBS2) - 31.9% - Park Seon-yeong, Kim Dong-won, Oh Yeon-soo, Lee Jong-won 5. Dear Heaven <하늘이시여> / Love In Heaven (E) (SBS) - 30.6% - Yoon Jeong-hee, Lee Tae-gon, Jo Yeon-woo, Lee Soo-kyeong, Wang Bit-na 6. Pure 19 <열아홉 순정> / Hearts Of Nineteen (E) (KBS1) - 29.6% - Koo Hye-seon, Lee Min-woo, Seo Ji-seok, Lee Yoon-ji, Choo So-yeong 7. My Love Fool <내사랑 못난이> / My Ugly Sweetie (E) (SBS) - 24% - Kim Ji-yeoung, Kim Yoo-seok, Park Sang-min, Wang Bit-na 8. The Ballad Of Seo Dong <서동요> / Song Of The Prince (E) (SBS) -- 23.5% - Jo Hyeon-jae, Lee Bo-yeong, Ryoo Jin 9. My Girl <마이걸> / My Girl (E) (SBS) - 22.9% - Lee Da-hae, Lee Dong-wook, Lee Joon-ki, Park Shi-yeon 10. Goong <궁> / Princess Hours (E) (MBC) - 22.6% - Joo Ji-hoon, Yoon Eun-hye, Kim Jeong-hoon, Song Ji-hyo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Top 10 Highest Rated TV Dramas of 2005 [Ranked by Highest Rated Episode only] 01. 50.5% 내 이름은 김삼순 (My Lovely Sam-Soon) MBC [Cast: Kim Seon-Ah, Hyun Bin, Daniel Henney] 02. 47.0% 장밋빛 인생 (Life in Pink) KBS [Cast: Choi Jin-Shil, Son Hyun-Joo, Na Moon-Hee] 03. 40.1% 굳세어라 금순아 (Be Strong, Geum-Soon) MBC [Cast: Han Hye-Jin, Park In-Hwan, Kang Ji-Hwan] 04. 36.2% 부모님 전상서 (My Precious Family) KBS [Cast: Kim Hee-Ae, Song Jae-Ho, Jang Hyun-Sung] 05. 34.5% 별난여자 별난남자 (The Bizarre Bunch) KBS [Cast: Jung Joon, Kim Ah-Joong, Go Ju-Won] 06. 34.2% 슬픔이여 안녕 (Goodbye To Sadness) KBS [Cast: Park Sun-Young, Kim Dong-Wan, Oh Yeon-Soo] 07. 33.1% 불멸의 이순신 (The Immortal Lee Soon-Shin) KBS [Cast: Kim Myung-Min, Lee Won-Jong] 08. 33.0% 해신 (Emperor of the Sea) KBS [Cast: Choi Su-Jong, Chae Si-Ra, Song Il-Guk] 09. 32.5% 쾌걸춘향 (Sassy Chunhyang) KBS [Cast: Han Chae-Young, Jae Hee, Eom Tae-Woong] 10. 32.3% 봄날 (Spring Days) SBS [Cast: Go Hyun-Jung, Jo In-Sung, Ji Jin-Hee] Source: X@Twitchfilm.net + TNS Media Research ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  3. Versatile actress Moon So-ri (문소리) DOB: July 02, 1974 Height: 164cm (5'5") School: Sungkyunkwan University, Education Major Hobbies: Pansori, Violin, Gayageum Nickname: Snack Manager, Head of Dining Marriage: Married to filmmaker Jang Jun-hwan Web Site: http://cafe.naver.com/ansthfld FILMS Forever The Moment (2008) Family Ties (2006) Bewitching Attraction (2006) Bravo, My Life! (2005) Sa-kwa (2005) The President's Barber (2004) A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003) Oasis (2002) Peppermint Candy (2000) TV Legend (MBC - 2007) Golden Age Of My Life (MBC Weekend Drama / Premieres August 30 at 7:55pm) AWARDS 2002: 23rd Blue Dragon Awards - Best New Actress 2002: 59th Venice Film Festival - Marcello Mastroianni Award {Best Newcomer} (Oasis) 2002: 22nd Korea Choice Critics Awards - Best Actress 2002: 10th Choonsa Film Arts Festival - Best Actress (Oasis) 2002: Director's Cut Awards - Best New Actress 2002: Okgwan Cultural Medal in Film Development 2002: 1st MBC Film Awards - Best Actress/ Best New Actress 2003: 14th Stockholm International Film Festival - Best Actress (A Good Lawyer's Wife) 2003: Seattle International Film Festival - Best Actress (Oasis) 2003: 4th Pusan Film Critics' Awards - Best Actress (A Good Lawyer's Wife) 2003: 11th Choonsa Film Arts Festival - Best Actress (A Good Lawyer's Wife) 2003: 2nd Korea Film Awards - Best Actress (A Good Lawyer's Wife) 2004: Grand Bell Film Awards - Best Actress (A Good Lawyer's Wife) 2006: 47th Thessaloniki {Greece} International Film Festival - Best Actress (Family Ties) 3rd Women in Films Annual Awards - Best Acting ..... (source: tour2korea, koreanfilm.org, KOFIC, www.showeast.co.kr) 12th Pusan International Film Festival (10/2007) 4th Korea Film Awards (12/03/2005) 42nd Grand Bell Awards (7/1/2005) 3rd Korea Film Awards [images from starnews]
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