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★ ★ ★ Unstoppable, yet so Touchable ★ ★ ★ PROFILE Official Name: Song IL Kook 송일국 Date of Birth: 01-Oct-1971 Height: 6.06' / 185 cm Family: Married, Mother/Actress Kim Eul Dong, Sister Song Song Yi Talent Agency: Haneol Entertainment updated by Metaltiger on August 2010 SONG IL KOOK is noted not only for his good looks and acting abilities in the Korean drama scene, but he also brings a distinguished family history. He is the grandson of Kim Du-han, a well-known right wing politician, and the great grandson of General Kim Jwa-jin, a famous Korean Independence Movement leader. His mother Kim Eul Dong is a talented actress, recently rejuvenating her career with Mapado (2005) and Golden Era of Daughter-in-Law (KBS, 2007). Song Il Kook graduated from the Cheongju University, majoring in Performing Arts, although he admits that he was more interested in art and design at the time. His started acting in Korean dramas in 1998 at the age of 27, and was considered a “late bloomer.” He played many small roles, populating daily and morning dramas, New Year's specials through the early 2000s. His first significant role was in the action drama Bodyguard (KBS, 2003), playing a slightly off-kilter villain. Song's breakthrough, however, came from two roles in particular: Jang Soo in the weekend drama Terms of Endearment (KBS, 2004), and his impressive turn as Yeom Jang in Emperor of the Sea (KBS, 2005). In those two dramas, Song showed both sides of the acting spectrum: the charming everyday man and the most charismatic villain in the last few years. Song attained mega star status when he was cast in Jumong (MBC, 2006), which brought him the prestigious Daesang Award in 2006. Jumong is one of the most successful Korean TV dramas of all time, capturing an average of 40% viewership, and staying on the number one chart for 40 consecutive weeks. Jumong continues to this day to be popular all over the world, in countries like the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. Jumong’s legacy was extended to the 2009 drama Kingdom of the Wind, where Song played Muhyul, grandson of Jumong. Kingdom of the Wind was entered as a foreign in the 2009 International Film Festival. He also won the KBS Best Actor 2009 award for this role. Song typically takes on physically challenging roles that display his outstanding skills in sword-fighting, archery, martial arts and horsemanship. Additionally, his talent as a sketch artist was captured in his roles as Yeom Jang (Emperor of the Sea) and Muhyul (Kingdom of the Winds). He is a vice-president of the Korean Triathlon Confederation and participated in the 2008 Seoul International Triathlon, 2009 and 2010. In April 2008, Song carried the Olympic torch through Seoul. Besides acting, Song has modeled professionally, both on the runway and in print, and won the 2009 Asian Model Award. On March 15, 2008, Song married a Busan High Court Judge (identified only by her family name "Jung") in a private traditional Korean wedding away from the media spotlight at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul. Because of her sensitive position as a legal counsel, she remains out of the media spotlight. In 2009, the State of Hawaii honored him by designating March 21 as Song Il Kook day when he headlined a fan meeting in Honolulu. An exclusive hibiscus flower, created by a fan, was named, GeNtLe Song , in his honor. As a result of his strong fan support in Hawaii, he insisted that the first episode of his 2010 drama, A Man Called God, be filmed in Hawaii. Dramatic action scenes shot against the island’s natural beauty had never before been seen in Korean dramas. In addition, Song prepared for his role as Michael King in this drama for 8 months by physically working out and losing over 30 lbs. His new look was a stunning change from Jumong and Muhyul. He is currently playing the dual lead roles in a stage play “I am You” in Seoul from July 27 – August 22, 2010. It is the first stage play he has ever done, and it was especially challenging because he plays the role of a historic hero, Ahn Joong Geun, and his son, Ahn Joong Saeng, whose life is miserable for being kept in the shadow of his heroic father. His dedication and hard work is being rewarded with numerous positive reviews, sold-out shows, and standing ovations. Song Il Kook has said his ambition is to expand his experiences in theater by taking on a variety of roles, the more difficult the better. He especially values working and learning from other experiences thespians. In his personal life, he has said he wants to be a good father, good husband, and strive to be a man true to his words. FAN SAY... THEATER Broadway Musical "42nd Street" June - August 2016 Seoul Art Center I Am You 나는 너다 / Ahn Jung-Geun July 27 to August 22, 2010 National Theater of Korea, Seoul Articles - Press Conference , Pictures, Footage Video Second Season of I Am You with Song Il-Kook May 17 to June 06, 2011 Seoul Art Center, Towol Theater Third Season of I Am You Nov 27, 2014 to Jan 31, 2015BBCH Hall About "I Am You": Marking the centenary of the heroic death of Ahn Jung-Geun, the drama centers on the contrast between An as a man (before he became a hero) and his son Ahn Jung-Saeng who became a traitor through his father. Through the anguish of Ahn Jung-Saeng, who is remembered only as the vile son of a noble father, it takes a new look at the story of Ahn Jung-Geun’s heroism. BROADCASTING 2016 Jang Young Sil - KBS - Soompi Thread 2014 The Return of Superman (with triplets Daehan Minguk Manse) - KBS - Soompi Thread - KBSWorld 2013 Healing Tour - KBS2 - Soompi Thread 2013 Mysteries of the Human Body - KBS 40th Anniversary Special Program - KBS World Site 2012 Hallyu Dream - MBC Special 2012 Qualifications of Men Season 2 - KBS 2012 Road for Hope - KBS 2011 Fermented Family 발효가족 - jTBC Soompi Thread 2011 Meat Rhapsody - MBC Special 2011 Crime Squad / Detectives in Trouble 강력반 - KBS Soompi Thread 2010 A Man Called God / The Divine Hero 신이라 불리운 사나이 - MBC Soompi Thread 2008 Kingdom of the Winds / Land of Wind 바람의 나라 - KBS Soompi Thread 2007 Lobbyist / 로비스트 (说客) - SBS Soompi Thread 2006 Jumong / Book of Three Hans 추몽 - MBC Soompi Thread 2005 Emperor of the Sea / Haesin 해신 (海神) - KBS Soompi Thread 2004 Terms of Endearment / 애정의 조건 - KBS Soompi Thread 2004 The Water Flower Village / Water Bloom 물꽃마을 사람들 - MBC 2003 Desert Spring / Oasis 사막의 샘 - MBC 2003 Bodyguard / 보디가드 - KBS 2003 Royal Story / 장희빈 - KBS SIK appears from epi 46 2002 People in the Alley - KBS 2002 Album of Life / 인생화보 - KBS - Soompi Post 2002 Hard Love/Unreserved Love / 거침없는 사랑 - KBS 2002 Eun-Jea Story - Soompi Post 2001 Thousand Year's Dream - KBS 2001 I Only Know Love - KBS 2001 Age of Beauties - Soompi Post 2000 Ten Commandments of Husband and Wife - Soompi Post 1999 Into the Sun - MBC 1999 The Boss - MBC 1998 Advocate - MBC MOVIES 2014 Fly High 2014 Tattooist 2013 Vertigo 2005 Art of Seduction 2004 Red Eye MUSIC VIDEO 2005 Sad Love Story with Han Go Eun By Jo Eun AMBASSADORS 2013 Athletic Ambassador, Human Resource Development Foundation 2010 G20 Successful Korean traditional archery, festival ambassador 2010 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Bid Committee ambassador 2010 Chungcheongnam ambassador 2009 United States Hawaii Hallyu ambassador 2007 Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs countries love ambassador Triathlon Federation Vice-President 2007 IRS Goodwill Committee 2007 Seoul ambassador 2006 Honorary citizen of Tongyeong 2006 Sohn Peace Marathon ambassador AWARDS 2015 KBS "The Return of Superman": Excellence Award, Variety Show Male 2014 KBS "The Return of Superman": Special Producer Award, Best Viewers' Choice 2013 Best Historical Drama Award (by Korean Folk Village) 2012 GCS International Grand Award 2011 Cultural Minister Award 2010 G20 Summit Award 2009 Hawaii Ambassador of Hallyu 2009 Asia Model Festival Award: Asia Star Award for Korea 2008 KBS Drama Award: Best Couple Award with Choi Jung Won for Kingdom of The Winds 2008 KBS Drama Award: Top Excellence Actor for Kingdom of The Winds 2006 Korean Broadcasting Producers Award: Best TV Actor of the Year for Jumong 2006 MBC Golden Actor Award for Jumong 2006 MBC Drama Award: Daesang Award for Jumong 2006 MBC Drama Award: Top Excellence Award for Jumong 2005 KBS Drama Award: Best Couple with Soo Ae for Emperor of the Sea 2005 KBS Drama Award: Most Popular Actor for Emperor of the Sea 2005 KBS Drama Award: Best Actor for Emperor of the Sea 2004 KBS Drama Award: Best Couple with Han Ga In for Terms of Endearment 2002 KBS Drama Award: Best New Actor for Album of Life ALL Award Pictures FAN LINKS Note: This thread was originated by YooMiRi on Oct 05, 2005. Thread-starter was changed to KonaBeans on May 31, 2010.