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Ha Jung-Woo 하정우
~ Youngest “100 million actor” (attracted 100 million moviegoers) ~


Name: Ha Jung-woo [하정우]
Born: Kim Sung-hoon [김성훈] | March 11, 1978 | Seoul, South Korea
Body: 184cm | 78kg | Type A | 295~300mm
Family: Father Kim Yong-gun, mother, younger brother Cha Hyun-woo, sister-in-law Hwang Bo-ra, half-brother
Education: Seoul Wonchon Elementary School > Sindong Middle School > Seoul High School > Chung-Ang University Anseong Campus (Theater and Film department / Bachelor)
Religion: Protestantism 
Debut: 2002 movie ‘Madeleine’
Agency: WALKHOUSE COMPANY [ Instagram | YouTube | twitter ]
Links: [ namu | ]



[ 2009-2019 K-Movie Star Box Office Power #1 | Cr:THE SCREEN ]


[kofic] HA Jung-woo, born KIM Sung-hoon in 1978, has always dreamed of becoming an actor to follow in the footsteps of his father KIM Yong-gun, an actor best known for his TV works. While majoring in dramatic arts at Chung-Ang University, he gained experience playing in dozens of performances such as “Carmen”, “Othello”, and “The Glass Menagerie”. Having made a first screen appearance in 2002 in the sitcom <Honest Living>, he was cast in his first film role later that year for <Madeleine> (2002). After playing supporting roles in <Mr. Gam’s Victory> (2004) and <She’s on Duty> (2005), he first caught the attention of the public with his portrayal of a witty bodyguard in TV series <Lovers in Prague> (2005) and gained further recognition for the maturity of acting skills he displayed in YOON Jong-bin’s debut film <The Unforgiven> (2005), which led him to be named Best New Actor by the Korean Association of Film Critics. This allowed him to diversify his roles in the following years, playing a nine-tailed fox from the Korean myths trying to lure human victims in the musical comedy <The Fox Family> (2006) as well as a young man who, unbeknownst to him, is being seduced again by his ex-girlfriend after she had plastic surgery in arthouse film <Time> (2006), directed by KIM Ki-duk. In 2008, he joined the ranks of Korea’s most promising actors after starring in NA Hong-jin’s hit debut <The Chaser> as a psychopath serial killer, receiving wide acclaim from critics and audiences alike. He confirmed his pedigree later that year with another highly praised performance as a cocky yet somewhat charming womanizer in LEE Yoon-ki’s <My Dear Enemy>. Since then, almost all of the films in which he appeared have become hits. Among them, sports comedy <Take Off> (2009) holds a special significance as it gave him the opportunity to share the screen with his father. Having established a good relationship with all the directors he worked with, he has often been cast again for their next projects. Most notably, he starred in the three movies that YOON Jong-bin directed after <The Unforgiven>, which include <Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time> (2011) and <KUNDO : Age of the Rampant> (2013). He was also reunited with NA Hong-jin for <The Yellow Sea> (2010), this time playing the protagonist, an ethnic Korean from China compelled to kill a businessman in Korea. Currently one of the busiest working actors in the Korean film industry, in 2011 he starred in courtroom drama <The Client> as well as <Love Fiction> and <Nameless Gangster>. He was next seen in the large-scale spy thriller <The Berlin File> (2012) by RYU Seung-wan and as an anchorman in <The Terror Live> (2013). In addition, 2013 was also the year he released his directorial debut <Fasten Your Seatbelt> (2013). He racked up just one credit in 2014, as one of the leads in the period action romp <Kundo: Age of the Rampant> (2013) alongside GANG Dong-won. He began 2015 with his second directing gig, the period drama <Chronicle of a Blood Merchant> (2014), which he also starred in, adapted from a famous Chinese novel by YU Hua. Later that year, he was seen in the ensemble cast of CHOI Dong-hoon’s thriller <Assassination> (2015). He was also cast in PARK Chan-wook’s award-winning thriller <The Handmaiden> (2016), and proved once again his box office power by pulling in 7.2 million viewers with his star vehicle <Tunnel> (2016). In 2017, he starred in two of the biggest films released that year, accumulating 20 million viewers between <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds> and <1987: When the Day Comes>.


MOVIE (Src: Kobis)
Opening Year | Title | Role | Total Admissions (people)

  • TBA: ‘Hijacking | 하이재킹’ // Kim Sung-han 
  • TBA ‘Ransomed | 피랍‘ as Lee Min-joon 이민준 // Kim Sung-hoon
  • TBA ‘Nocturnal | Night Journey | 야행’ as Bae Min-tae 배민태 // Kim Jin-hwang
  • TBA ‘Road to Boston | 보스턴 1947’ as Sohn Kee-chung 손기정 // Kang Je-gyu
  • 2020 ‘The Closet | 클로젯’ as Yeon Sang-won 연상원 [1,270,291]
  • 2019 ‘ASHFALL | 백두산’ as Jo In-chang 조인창 [8,252,973]
  • 2019 ‘Miss & Mrs. Cops | 걸캅스' as motel staff {cameo} [1,628,963]
  • 2018 ‘Take Point | PMC: 더 벙커’ as Ahab 에이헵 [1,671,548] //Kim Byung-woo
  • 2018 ‘Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days | 신과함께-인과 연' as Gang-rim 강림 [12,274,996] // Kim Yong-hwa 
  • 2017 ‘1987: When the Day Comes’ as Choi-hwan 최환 [7,231,638] // Jang Joon-hwan 
  • 2017 ‘Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds | 신과함께-죄와 벌’ as Gang-rim 강림 [14,410,754] // Kim Yong-hwa 
  • 2017 ‘Suh Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully | 서서평, 천천히 평온하게’ (documentary) {narration} [123,206]
  • 2017 ‘A Single Rider | 싱글라이더‘ {producer only} [351,276]
  • 2016 ‘Tunnel | 터널’ as Lee Jung-soo 이정수 [7,120,508] // Kim Sung-hoon 
  • 2016 ‘The Handmaiden | 아가씨’ as Count Fujiwara 후지와라 백작 [4,287,839] // Park Chan-wook 
  • 2015 ‘Assassination | 암살’ as Hawaii Pistol 하와이 피스톨 [12,705,700] // Choi Dong-hoon 
  • 2015 ‘Chronicle of a Blood Merchant | 허삼관’ as Heo Sam-gwan 허삼관 {director} [955,175]
  • 2014 ‘KUNDO: Age of the Rampant | 군도: 민란의 시대’ as Dolmuchi 돌무치 / Dolchi 도치 [4,774,895] // Yoon Jong-bin
  • 2013 ‘The Terror, LIVE | 더 테러 라이브’ as Yoon Young-hwa 윤영화 [5,583,596] // Kim Byung-woo
  • 2013 ‘The Berlin File | 베를린’ as Pyo Jong-sung 표종성 [7,166,199] // Ryu Seung-wan 
  • 2013 ‘Fasten Your Seatbelt | 롤러코스터‘ {director, screenplay} [270,148]
  • 2012 ‘Project 577’ [96,079]
  • 2012 ‘Love Fiction | 러브픽션‘ as Goo Joo-wol 구주월 / detective [1,726,202]
  • 2012 ‘Nameless Gangster | 범죄와의 전쟁: 나쁜놈들 전성시대’ as Choi Hyung-bae 최형배 [4,719,872] // Yoon Jong-bin 
  • 2012 ‘Cinenote | 시네노트‘ (3 shorts by Kang Hyung-cheol, Jang Hoon, E J-yong. Samsung Galaxy Note)
  • 2011 ‘The Client | 의뢰인’ as  Kang Sung-hee 강성희 [2,393,086]
  • 2011 ‘Come Rain, Come Shine | 사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다‘ as the other man  {cameo} // Lee Yoon-ki 
  • 2010 ‘The Yellow Sea | 황해’ as Kim Gu-nam 김구남 [2,260,512 (k)] // Na Hong-jin
  • 2010 ‘Parallel Life | 평행이론’ as Jang Soo-young 장수영 {cameo} [937,029]
  • 2009 ‘Take Off | 국가대표’ as Bob 밥 / Cha Heon-tae 차헌태 [8,487,894] // Kim Yong-hwa
  • 2009 ‘Boat | 보트’ as Hyung-gu 형구 [13,904]
  • 2009 ’Like You Know It All | 잘 알지도 못하면서’ as Jo-ssi 조씨 {supporting} [39,914] // Hong Sang-soo
  • 2008 ’My Dear Enemy | 멋진 하루’ as Jo Byung-woon 조병운 [397,669 (k)] // Lee Yoon-ki 
  • 2008 ‘Our School’s E.T. | 울학교 이티’ as handsome doctor {cameo}
  • 2008 ’Beastie Boys | 비스티 보이즈’ as Yoo Jae-hyun 유재현 [727,409] // Yoon Jong-bin 
  • 2008 ‘The Chaser | 추격자’ as Je Young-min 지영민 [5,071,619] // Na Hong-jin
  • 2008 ‘Forever the Moment | 우리 생애 최고의 순간’ as blind date guy {cameo} [4,044,582] // Yim Soon-rye
  • 2007 ‘Breath | 숨’ as husband [12,293] // Kim ki-duk
  • 2007 ‘Never Forever | 두 번째 사랑’ as Kim Ji-ha 김지하 [99,430 (k)] // Gina Kim 
  • 2006 ’The Fox Family | 구미호 가족’ as son [202,990]
  • 2006 ‘Time | 시간’ as Ji-woo 지우 [28,414] // Kim Ki-duk
  • 2005 ‘The Unforgiven | 용서받지 못한 자’ as Yoo Tae-jung 유태정 [10,647] // Yoon Jong-bin 
  • 2005 ‘She’s on Duty | 잠복근무’  as detective Jo Ki-hoon 조기훈 [1,914,941]
  • 2004 ‘Superstar Mr. Gam | 슈퍼스타 감사용’ as OB Kim Woo-yeol 김우열 {supporting} [834,706]
  • 2003 ‘Madeleine | 마들렌’ as Joon-ho 준호 {bit} [365,656]


Year | Network | Drama | Role

  • 2022 Netflix ‘Narco-Saints | Suriname | 수리남‘ as Kang In-gu 강인구 // Yoon Jong-bin
  • 2016 tvN ‘Entourage 안투라지’ episode 1 as himself {cameo}
  • 2007 MBC ’H.I.T 히트’ as Kim Jae-yoon 김재윤
  • 2005 SBS ‘Lovers in Prague 프라하의 연인’ as Ahn Dong-nam 안동남 {supporting}
  • 2004 MBC Best Theater ‘Loveholic Project 러브홀릭 프로젝트’ as Min-wook 민욱 {supporting}
  • 2003 KBS2 Sunday morning drama ‘Marriage Story: A Man Who Can’t Dry 결혼 이야기 - 못말리는 남자‘
  • 2003 KBS2 Sunday morning drama ‘Marriage Story: My Husband is 19 결혼 이야기 - 울 남편은 19세’
  • 2003-2004 KBS1 ‘Age of Warriors 무인시대‘ as Lee Ji-gwang 이지광 {supporting}
  • 2002 SBS ‘Honest Living 똑바로 살아라’ {bit}


  • 2007: Big Mama 빅 마마 (Betrayal  배반)



  • 2023 Tving ‘Bros on Foot | 두 발로 티켓팅’
  • 2021-05-19 tvN ‘Kwak's LP Bar | 곽씨네 LP바’
  • 2016-08-04 JTBC ‘News Room’ (대중문화초대석 - 하정우 편)
  • 2015-08-28 MBC ‘I Live Alone 나 혼자 산다’ (special guest of dad Kim Yong-gun)
  • 2015-01-05 & 01-12 SBS ‘Healing Camp, Aren’t You Happy? 힐링캠프 기쁘지 아니한가’
  • 2013 -10-15 tvN ‘Ha Jung-Woo Brothers 하정우 브라더스’ (reality talk show)
  • 2012-08-27 & 09-03 SBS ‘Healing Camp, Aren’t You Happy? 힐링캠프 기쁘지 아니한가’
  • 2009-08-05 MBC ‘Golden Fisheries: Knee Drop Guru 황금어장 - 무릎팍도사’
  • 2009-07-27 MBC ‘Come to Play 놀러와’
  • 2006-09-18 SBS ‘Ya Shim Man Man 야심만만‘



  • 2015: SBS Power FM ‘Choi Hwa-jung’s Power Time 최화정의 파워타임’
  • 2015: EBS FM ‘EBS Book Reading Radio Reading Series 책 읽는 라디오 낭독 시리즈’ (reader)

배스킨라빈스 31, 팬택, 하이트 맥스, 노스페이스, 초코파이, 스팸, 갤럭시노트, 맥심, 밀레, 11번가, SK텔레콤 LTE-A, 조지아 커피, KB국민카드, 네스프레소, BBQ치킨, 윌, 굿리치앱, 신라면, SK엔카,대체 뭐하는 게임인지 모르는 라이즈 오브 킹덤즈 그리고...
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[2022-10-08] Korea Drama Awards 2022: Grand Prize (Narco-Saints)



[2018-12-17] 23rd Consumer Day KCA Culture Entertainment Awards: Audience’s Choice - Actor of 2018 (Along with Gods: The Last 49 Days, 1987)
[2018-11-28] 3rd Asia Artist Awards: (Film section) Artist of the Year, Best Artist Award, Fabulous Award (Along with Gods: The Two Worlds)
[2018-10-27] 2nd Seoul Awards: Best Film Actor (Along with Gods: The Two Worlds)
[2018-03-22] City of Florence, Italy: ‘Chiavi della Citta’ Award {cultural award for contribution to film industry as actor/director}
[2018-03-05] 52nd Taxpayer’s Day: President's Commendation
[2018-02-22] 7th Marie Claire Film Festival (MCFF): Pioneer Award (Along with Gods: The Two Worlds)
[2017-05-24] 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor (Tunnel)
[2015-11-16] 35th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF): Renaissance Award
[2015-03-18] 20th Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor (Kundo)
[2014-12-24] 34th Gold Awards Festival: Grand Prize (The Terror Live)
[2014-03-16] 9th Osaka Asian Film Festival: New Director Award (Fasten Your Seatbelt)
[2013-12-16] 8th A-Awards: Charisma category 
[2013-12-06] 14th Busan Film Critics Association (BCFA) Awards: Best Actor (The Terror Live)
[2013-05-09] 49th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Film Actor (The Berlin File)
[2012-11-30] 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star (Nameless Gangster)
[2012-11-23] The 4th Pierson Movie Festival: Best Actor (Nameless Gangster)
[2012-11-19] 3rd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards: Prime Minister's Commendation
[2012-10-25] 5th Style Awards (SIA): Top 10 Style Icons
[2012-07-19] 16th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan): Producer’s Choice Award 
[2011-11-11] 31st Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards: Best Actor (Yellow Sea)
[2011-05-26] 47th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Film Actor (Yellow Sea)
[2011-03-11] 5th Asian Film Awards: Best Actor (Yellow Sea)
[2010-03-26] 46th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Film Actor (Take Off)
[2010-02-09] 7th MaxMovie Best Film Awards: Best Actor (Take Off)
[2009-12-02] 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star (Take Off)
[2009-12-01] 5th Korea University Film Festival (Uniff): Best Actor (Take Off)
[2009-10-09] 10th Busan Film Critics Association (BCFA) Awards: Best Actor (My Dear Enemy)
[2009-10-09] 18th Buil Film Awards: Best Actor (My Dear Enemy)
[2009-09-04] 17th Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Ensemble Acting (Take Off)
[2009-08-28] 3rd Mnet 20's Choice: Hot Movie Star (Take Off)
[2008-12-23] Cine21 Movie Awards: Best Actor (The Chaser)
[2008-12-23] 31st Gold Awards Festival: Best Actor (The Chaser)
[2008-12-16] 11th Director’s CUT Awards: Best Actor (The Chaser)
[2008-12-02] 3rd A-Awards: Intelligence category 
[2008-11-27] 9th Korea Visual Arts Festival: Photogenic Film Actor
[2008-10-04] 4th Premiere Rising Star Asian Awards: Best Actor (The Chaser)
[2008-09-06] 16th Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor (The Chaser) 
[2007-03-08] 27th Oporto International Film Festival: Best Actor (Time)
[2006-11-13] 1st Pyeongtaek Pierson Film Festival (PMF): Best New Actor (Unforgiven, Time)
[2005-12-27] Cine21 Movie Awards: Best New Actor (Unforgiven)
[2005-12-16] 8th Director’s CUT Awards: Best New Actor (Unforgiven)
[2005-12-12] 25th Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards: Best New Actor (Unforgiven)





[2022-08-08] Netflix's 'Narco-Saints' to be released Sept. 9: koreatimes

[2020-04-02] ‘Suriname’ Has Indefinitely Postponed Its Production
[2020-03-24] Coronavirus pandemic halts overseas shoots of K-movies
[2020-03-20] ’The Kidnapping’ Delays Its Filming Schedules (COVID-19)
[2020-01-16] Ha Jung Woo returns to small screen after 13 years
[2019-12-31] 2009-2019 K-Movie Star Box Office Power #1: 1
[2019-01-10] From A to Z about Hallyu star Ha Jung Woo

[2018-08-11] Ha Jung-woo - 4th Actor to Draw 100 Million Moviegoers
[2018-04-03] Interview: HaJungWoo @16th FlorenceKoreanFilmFestival
[2018-03-26] Ha Jung-woo becomes honorary citizen of Florence
[2017-12-20] Ha Jung-woo Competes w/ Himself at Year-End BoxOffice

[2015-09-02] Top Korean Actors Who Guarantee Box Office Success: x


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Hey.. Inez babe.. This hunk is hot huh...

Just found that through this thread .. have watched some of his products...

by into this hunk named WOO there will be 2 Woos in my life :lol::lol:

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thanks for all infos ..his sexy hot pics..mostly off Hancinema..photo9882.jpgphoto9873.jpgphoto9876.jpgphoto9875.jpgand this is from his movie 'Never Forever'..i so much am looking forward to watching it.. :rolleyes:73725_l.jpg.. :sweatingbullets:

June 22, 2007Korea-US Joint Film Production 'Never Forever' neverforever1ga8.jpg The first-ever joint film production between Korea and the US is being released in Korea this week. The melodrama ''Never Forever'' has earned rave reviews here particularly from the women.The much-awaited melodrama ''Never Forever'' has hit the big screen.It's Korean-American director Kim Gina's first feature and sharpened by a unique blend of stars from Korea and Hollywood.According to one film Web portal here, 82 percent of moviegoers who reserved tickets for it online were female.''The film is about the emotional journey of an American woman who is married to a successful Korean-American lawyer. But they can't conceive so she starts a dangerous relationship with a poor immigrant in hopes of having a child, to save her marriage. Later, the relationship between the American and Korean immigrant develop into a true love.''Movie critics say the joint production between Korea's Now Film and Vox 3 in the US is popular among women because it shows that love equates to passion plus compassion, and the subject itself is relatively new to Korean audiences.'''Never Forever' has received positive reviews from international audiences even before its domestic release. The film was screened at Sundance and other well-known film festivals worldwide. The melodrama has a combination of a strong storyline and strong imagery.''Director Kim said the focus of ''Never Forever'' is the desire of women.''I wanted to show audiences that just because you are married doesn't necessarily mean that you can't have a second love. I hope many female audiences can relate to the story.''The director received some financial support from the state-run Korean Film Council part of a broad strategic move designed to help advance Korean movies into the American market.''Never Forever'' is Korea's first co-production with a US studio and critics say hopes are high that it will pave the way for more joint productions in the future.Son Heekyung, Arirang News http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.as...&category=7
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Jang Hyuk and Ha Jung Woo will become hosts in the movie 'Beastie Boys' to be directed by Director Yoon Jong Bin who once gathered attention with the film 'The Unforgiven.'

The movie 'Beastie Boys' draws the story of two popular hosts who work at a host bar and try to escape their mundane daily life after making money, but find themselves entangled in complicated episodes after falling in love with someone.

The massage girl host Jang Hyuk falls in love with will be played by Yoon Jin Seo.

Director Yoon Jong Bin gathered attention through his film 'The Unforgiven' drawing upon the troubles and hardships of the young generation in 2005 which was featured at the Pusan International Film Festival. The film also starred Ha Jung Woo at the time.

Ha Jung Woo in an interview preceding the opening of 'Second Love' commented, "I have been involved with the movie 'Beastie Boys' ever since the scenario was being written and no it well. Since it is Director Yoon's first commercial piece, I feel it natural for me to take part in it as well."

Jang Hyuk who successfully had a come back through the drama 'Thank You' after completing his military service will broaden his scope of characters by turning into a host.

'Beastie Boys' will crank-in in mid-August with a budget of 2.5 billion KRW.

source: http://www.broasia.com

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Inez-sis, just saw your thread and it's for HJW. hula_hula_girl.gif

Good for you, so happy to see the thread. I can't wait for Never Forever as well. :blush:

--- a positive article on HJW that I personally like ^^

Fri., Feb. 9, 2007

Breakout talent roll


Choi Dong-hoon, director

The till-busting success of gambling caper "Tazza: The High Rollers" last fall gave CJ Entertainment its highest-grossing release ever at $47 million, and established second-timer Choi as a top-of-the-line director-screenwriter. Though his complicated plots can be hard to follow with subtitles, Choi's talent is not in question.

Hur Jin-ho, director

"Christmas in August" (1998) is a local classic and "April Snow" (2005) grossed $26 million in Japan, but Hur works in a muted, naturalistic style that has drawn greater kudos in Asia than in the West. His fourth pic, "Happiness," currently in post, could draw more interest from major fests, and looks to have potential in Asian markets.

Park Jin-pyo, director

With roots in TV documentary, Park has brought a reality-centered approach to Korean cinema in septuagenarian sex pic "Too Young to Die" and smash hit "You Are My Sunshine," a cocktail of melodrama, cattle farming, prostitution and AIDS. Latest picture, "Voice of a Murderer," based on a real-life kidnapping case, blurs the lines between the film adaptation and the real incident.

Lee Hae-young and Lee Hae-joon, directors

The screenwriting duo behind 2002 hit "Conduct Zero" made a critically acclaimed directorial debut in August with "Like a Virgin," which screens in Berlin's Generation section. Story about a gay cross-dressing boy from a tough neighborhood who takes up Korean traditional wrestling showcased the filmmakers' gritty style and offbeat humor.

Leesong Hee-il, director

After establishing himself with short independent works, Korea's best-known gay filmmaker enjoyed surprising commercial success with his feature debut "No Regret," racking up 40,000 admissions on a limited release. The film, screening in the Panorama section, marks Fortissimo Films' first Korean acquisition in close to a decade.

Im Soo-jung, actress

Im's second film role in Kim Jee-woon's horror pic "A Tale of Two Sisters" won her actress honors from Fantasporto and L.A.'s Screamfest Horror Film Festival in 2003. After appearing in lower-profile dramas for a couple of years, 26-year-old thesp returns to the spotlight with a showstopping performance in Berlin competition entry "I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK" and Hur Jin-ho's "Happiness."


Ha Jung-woo, actor

Up-and-coming thesp was showcased in Sundance's main U.S. competition, with a key English-speaking role in Gina Kim's "Never Forever." No stranger to film festivals, Ha previously appeared in Cannes' Un Certain Regard selection "The Unforgiven" and Kim Ki-duk's "Time," which opened Karlovy Vary in 2006. He next appears in Kim Ki-duk's 14th full-length film, "Breath."

Kim Ah-joong, actress

Having vaulted to stardom in the hit comedy "200 Pound Beauty," actress-model Kim has become one of the industry's darlings overnight. Pic not only showcased her good looks but also gave her an opportunity to show off a singing voice that has the fans buzzing.

Han Hyo-joo, actress

Han was a virtual unknown when she appeared in high-profile KBS drama "Spring Waltz" in early 2006. Although the drama's ratings failed to match expectations, her second film role in low-budget Forum entry "Ad Lib Night" won her widespread critical kudos. Han's participation in hot new KBS drama "Like Land and Sky" will prevent her from taking the trip to Berlin.

Cho Seung-woo, actor

Since his debut in Cannes competish entry "Chunhyang" in 2000, Cho has headlined two hits that topped 5 million admissions: "Marathon" (2005) and Choi Dong-hoon's "Tazza: The High Rollers" (2006). In between, the thesp has won critical praise for his lead roles in stage musicals "Hedwig," "Jekyll & Hyde" and "Rent."

Source: Variety.com


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His father is fellow actor, Lee Young Ha.

ya .the picture of his father ..the one right beside Ha Jung Woo


recently Ha Jung Woo has a new CF with Cho Seung woo~ ..feel like they should be a in movie together ^^


the MV for his new movie Now and forever


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rubie sis..thanks for all his articles and updates!..There's so many news about him lately.. i swear there was a thread on him..LOL..

p/s: aah so that's his dad..thanks shirley!

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rubie sis..thanks for all his articles and updates!..There's so many news about him lately.. i swear there was a thread on him..LOL..

p/s: aah so that's his dad..thanks shirley!

Anytime, kak. :wub:

But yeah... I thought there's an existing thread on HJW already. :unsure::lol:

If indeed there was, maybe can merge the info & stuff. :blush: Btw, there's even more topics related to Time & Breath, under Kim Ki Duk & movie related updates. Must get and post them here, too. :D

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I saw him in H.I.T. and he acted really well as the role of the prosecutor!! ^^ and he made a cute couple with Go Hyun Jung <--I think that's her name :sweatingbullets:

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hi everyone ~ aww finally a thread for HJW! :D

i first saw HJW in Lovers in Prague. :blink: he caught me off guard because he was such a good looking bodyguard/driver. i wish he had more lines but his seemingly tough facial expressions in Lovers in Prague were nice enough as introduction to him. i would have liked to see him work again with Jeon Do-yeon but more so in a lead role.

i saw parts of HIT on MBC America. HJW always looks good in suits! :blush:

ohgosh i didnt know he was in She's On Duty. ive been wanting to watch that for a long time. but i think i really have to now that i found out HJW is in it. does anyone know what his role is in that movie?

has anyone seen Time? i have it and been wanting to see it as well because HJW naked would be: :w00t:

ohh i didnt know he was in Fox Family either.

this thread's been helpful B) thank you for making it!

and if yall want to see pictures of him Lovers in Prague... tell me and i can make some screencaps of some of his scenes in order to contribute to this thread.

...btw i want to see Never Forever really bad.

hearing HJW speak english would be cool :lol: ... i think it debuted last week in korea? i wonder how well it did... & i really hope and cant wait for it to be on CB.

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Hi there yoonah, heartshapelove, piratesofthesea :) ..!..i've been looking for his thread n i believe there was one!..anyway thanks for his pics n articles..Actually 'Unforgiven' is the movie i wanted to watch too but it's out of stock for now. 'Time' is a must-see and he's so awesome!..i saw the trailers n clips for 'Never Forever' and man..it's hot enuff!! :sweatingbullets: ..i remember 'She's On Duty' but i was so watching Gong Yu over this 'baddie cop'. :P . I think since HIT, Ha Jeong Wu is getting alot popular..and his movie 'Never Forever' gets rave reviews too..cool!.

Rubie will put in articles on 'Time' and 'Breath' right sis?..

Oh i've seen his hot pics in Sidus..but i can't take them out. :mellow:

Oho!..Azura my babe..HJW is one hot, cool actor...he's awesome!

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Rubie will put in articles on 'Time' and 'Breath' right sis?..

I've looked through the Time and Breath articles but nothing seems to mention about HJW directly, especially the latter. :sweatingbullets: But we'll keep on looking and sharing, The Unforgiven was quite a well-reported movie too, the surprise treat actually.

Inez-sis... maybe the other "HJW thread" that we thought we've seen before... maybe in the Korean Celebs Photo section, they sometimes like to put up a picture thread for certain actors/actresses. :unsure:

heartshapelove, do share captures of HJW from Lovers in Prague, please :blush: ... would really love to see them again. The bodyguard is soooo sweet.. the reluctant little brother of JDY. :P

Anyway... more articles on Never Forever

June 10, 2007

Korea-US Joint Film Speaks of Love

By Lee Hyo-won

Staff Reporter


Korean-American director Gina Kim, right, actor Ha Jung-woo, center, and director Lee Chang-dong,

co-producer of the film "Never Forever," talk with enthusiasm and affection about the film, jointly produced

by Korea and the United States, during a press conference at a Seoul hotel last Thursday. / Yonhap

"Never Forever" translates onto screen the language of love, through which Korean-American director Gina Kim hopes to connect with the audience. "I wish my film will be a means of establishing mutual understanding with the public," she said during a press conference last Thursday at a Seoul theater.

Before the film's release on June 21, Kim and actor Ha Jung-woo enthusiastically discussed their work, along with co-producer Lee Chang-dong, the celebrated director of "Secret Sunshine."

Kim, a noted Korean-American rookie filmmaker, also wrote the love story, and explained that "Never" is about mutual understanding.

"Two individuals sharing affection is in the end mutual understanding," she said. "It's not just a simple form of communication. Love equals passion plus compassion, and I believe mutual understanding joins the two elements together," Kim said.

Jointly produced by Korea and the United States, the film traces the emotional journey of Sophie, an American woman (Vera Farmiga), who, believing that only a child will save her shaky marriage with her Korean-American husband, begins an illicit sexual relationship with Jihah, an illegal immigrant (Ha Jung-woo).

Kim explained that it was difficult to cast Vera Farmiga, who made a breakthrough in "The Departed"' opposite Leonardo Dicaprio and Matt Damon and is often praised as the next Meryl Streep.

"It was difficult to find an actress for the role, but I fell in love with Vera Farmiga after seeing her in 'Down to the Bone.' But she had grown to become a highly demanded actress sought after by Martin Scorsese, Anthony Mingella and others."

"But I heard she was an intellectual, so I sent her the screenplay and got an okay. She said she liked the strong script, and the fact that I was a woman made her feel at ease," said the director.

"Vera called me this morning and was deeply sorry she could not be here," Kim said on the actress' behalf. Farmiga is currently in Budapest, Hungary shooting another film.

As for choosing Ha for the male leading role of Jihah, Kim explained that producers Lee Joon-dong and Andrew Fierberg had previously met at the Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival. "The one film we saw was 'The Unforgiven' (starring Ha), and the three of us thought 'What a charismatic actor,'" she said.

"After casting Vera, we were searching for an actor who would complement her. We suddenly thought of Ha Jung-woo. It's usually not easy to agree, but the two producers and I unanimously decided to cast him."

Ha said he accepted the offer because the script moved him. Though he admitted feeling uneasy about acting opposite Farmiga, he explained that their first encounter extinguished his fears.

"We met at a coffee shop. She was reshooting and promoting 'The Departed' at the time, and showed up carrying her costumes and make-up box herself," Ha said.

"She came across as being very open, humane and warm, and maintained this first impression throughout the whole of the filming. Vera is a big actress who encompasses an equal amount of absorption (with her work) and is very considerate of her co-stars."

Though Ha worked in a foreign environment, much like his character in the film, he learned how to "act using all the five senses" by intensely concentrating on his co-star and reacting to her every move.

Lee Chang-dong co-produced the film with Now Film representative Lee Joon-dong and New York-based producer Andrew Fierberg ("Keane," 2006).

Lee praised Ha's performance: "It's very difficult for a young actor to possess such powerful presence and depth. I believe he's a very special actor, and look forward to what he has to offer in the future. He is an actor who will mature along with the Korean film industry."

Lee decided to take part in the film project after reading the screenplay.

"Despite being a Korean film with Korean characteristics, the film takes place in the United States and embraces the American culture and system," said Lee. "I wanted to see what we (Korean and American filmmakers) could offer each other, and I learned a lot about the American independent film industry."

Lee complimented Kim's ability to put the film together with enormous speed, concentration and calculation. "She created a good film full of intensity that also manages to loosen up when it needs to," he said.

It is also noteworthy that composer Michael Nyman, renowned in Korea for his soundtracks for films such as "The Piano" (2003), created the beautiful piano score for "Never."

"I had met Michael as a fan of his when he performed in Korea," Kim said. "I immediately thought of him for the music, and got a 'yes' two hours after e-mailing him. It was a great honor for a rookie like me to work with such a great artist."

Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2...6/135_4445.html

June 11, 2007

[movie REVIEW] 'Never Forever' explores contract-based sex

Contract-based sex is not a revolutionary subject in the film industry. But a talented storyteller can turn a trite topic into a refreshing tale. Such is the reality thrust upon Kim Gina, director of "Never Forever."

"Never Forever," the first Korean-American joint film project, explores the blurred boundary between sex and affection, and director Kim puts her own creative spin on the storyline, showcasing her knack for spotting the complex yet fascinating elements of human emotions.

The film, made by VOX3 Films in New York and Now Film in Seoul, immediately generated a buzz in Korean film circles when it was screened in the main competition section at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the up-and-coming director who has built her reputation fairly quickly at major international film festivals, "Never Forever" has another advantage. One of the film's producers is none other than Lee Chang-dong, a star director and former culture minister, who impressed both Korean and foreign critics with his latest flick "Secret Sunshine," which took home the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last month.


"Never Forever" involves a Korean man, Ji-hah (Ha Jung-woo), an illegal laborer in the United States. He barely makes a living through manual labor, but he is driven by the hope of getting his girlfriend, who is now in Korea, into America. Since Ji-hah does not have a green card, he is even disqualified as a sperm donor at a fertility clinic. Meanwhile, Sophie (Ver Farmiga) and her Korean-American husband Andrew (David McInnis) fall into despair when tests show that they are unable to have a child together. Sophie wants a child, so she makes an appointment at a fertility clinic where she happens to encounter Ji-hah. She notices that the man strangely resembles her husband -- tempting her to explore alternative options other than the fertility clinic treatment.

A few days later, Sophie offers a deal: she will pay him $300 when they have sex and $30,000 if she gets pregnant. After Ji-hah accepts the deal, their strange sex-for-money relationship begins, but they slowly sense that something has gone awry -- emotionally.

The refined storytelling, after all, reflects director Kim's renowned cinematic sensibility. Her previous films, "Gina Kim's Video Diary" (2002) and "Invisible Light" (2003), have been featured at many international film festivals, including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Pusan, and Torino. And her works have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Museum and Lincoln Center in New York.

"Never Forever" also reflects her simple yet profoundly provocative aesthetic rigors and narrative techniques. Kim's key cinematic style has won critical acclaims around the world.

At a press preview held in Seoul on Thursday, director Kim said she had had many worries about whether the story's key idea -- absolute love that goes beyond class, race and nationality -- could be properly delivered to local audiences.

"The Korea title 'Dubeon-jje Sarang' (Second Love) literally means the second romantic relationship that comes after the first one. Women have some fantasy about their first love. But when their first love falls short, women tend to seek another love. And that's why we have chosen this Korean title," Kim told reporters at a news conference following the screening.

"Never Forever" may come as somewhat confusing in terms of genre for some Korean audiences because the film can be viewed as either a small-budget independent film or a highly sophisticated commercial film, depending on the perspective of the audiences.

Lee Chang-dong offered his take on the genre of the film: "I jumped into the project because the story is very Korean but the film itself has been seamlessly integrated into American society and culture."

Lee noted that "Never Forever" marks the country's first Korean-American joint production, with all the scenes shot in the United States. "We wanted to learn from each other, and we learned a lot from the American film system," Lee said.

Renowned British composer Michael Nyman has also joined the film project, providing memorable scores that fit the overall mood of "Never Forever." The movie is set to be released nationwide on June 21 through Prime Entertainment.

By Yang Sung-jin

Source: https://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/htm...00706120003.asp

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Inez-sis, lots of clear HJW captures at Cine21, with some Sidus pics included as well...




June 12, 2007

Jumong's Song Il Gook As Most Impressive Second-Generation Celebrity

Result from the website DC Inside survey ranks Ha Jung Woo as second place.

Currently, in the midst of the boom of second-generation celebrities, actor Song Il Gook who had the title role in the drama "Jumong," which aired early this year, was ranked as first as the most impressive second-generation celebrity.

The digital camera community website called DC Inside ran a survey among the internet users from June 4th to 11th that ranked "The Most Impressive Second-Generation Celebrity." It was revealed on the 12th that the results showed that among 1,410 people who took the survey, the highest amount of 505 votes (36%) were for Song Il Gook.

As the son of a famous actor Kim Eul Dong, Song Il Gook started to receive recognition through the KBS drama, "Terms of Endearment," and continued to gain popularity through "Emperor of the Sea," and "Jumong."

As for the second place, the son of a famous celebrity Kim Yong Gun, the movie star Ha Jung Woo was selected. Ha Jung Woo, who secured 215 votes (15.3%), gained recognition for his acting in movies such as "The Unforgiven," "Breath," and the recent MBC drama, "H.I.T." Recently, he was appeared in a movie called "Never Forever" with actress Vera Farmiga, which has high expectations.

Movie start Kim Joo Hyuk ranked a close third after Ha Jung Woo. Kim Joo Hyuk is the son of Kim Moo Saeng, and debuted in 1998 as a talent through SBS. Afterwards, he achieved stardom through movies such as "Singles," "Mr. Hong/Mr. Handy," and the drama "Lovers in Prague."

The others include Jang Nara at 4th place with 93 votes (6.6%), and the likes of Jo Seung Woo, Chu Sang Mi, and Eru in the top ten.

Source: http://www.broasia.com/lwboard/lwboard.php...pg=1&no=300

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Thanks rubie !..



Director: Gina Kim

Screenwriter: Gina Kim

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Ha Jung Woo, David McInnis (he's the toughie in 'Typhoon' and he's also in 'Air City')


Sophie seems to have an idyllic life; she's the perfect Caucasian housewife for Andrew, her successful Asian American husband. Their relationship is put to the test, though, when she can't conceive a child. To save her marriage, Sophie does something desperate. She initiates a bold and clandestine venture with Jihah, an illegal immigrant from Korea. Sophie soon finds this new arrangement spiraling into a situation that may actually destroy what it was meant to liberate.

In Never Forever, writer/director Gina Kim arranges every shot with a calculating eye, building a step-by-step urgency. Her story is rich and her filmmaking lean and precise. Kim creates the perfect tone, right down to a climate of extreme repression where the sexual energy is nearly combustible. The insightful art direction and costume design are marvelously refined for an independent film. And Vera Farmiga's incredible performance as Sophie is a true gift. Her ethereal beauty--crystal blue eyes and porcelain skin--gives her the appearance of a rare doll, which isn't too far from the pampered existence she represents. As the perfect counterpart to two gifted leading men, her mastery of Sophie's gradual transformation makes Never Forever an unforgettable cinematic experience.


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Oh my gosh! i didn't know he is in SHE'S ON DUTY! I am watching H.I.T. now and it always reminds me of Kim Suna's SOD. I didn't know he is there. I think i have to re-watch SOD now... hehehe

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Omo! I found him! He's the guy that plays the "traitor" policeman in SOD! omo!!! I didn't noticed him!

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