Jang Hyuk

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Jang Hyuk
BornJeong Yong-joon
(1976-12-20) 20 December 1976 (age 35)
Busan, South Korea
OccupationActor
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Kim Yeo-jin (m. 2008)
Children2
Korean name
Hangul장혁
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJang Hyeok
McCune–ReischauerChang Hyŏk
Birth name
Hangul정용준
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Yong-joon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yong-chun
 
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Jang Hyuk
BornJeong Yong-joon
(1976-12-20) 20 December 1976 (age 35)
Busan, South Korea
OccupationActor
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Kim Yeo-jin (m. 2008)
Children2
Korean name
Hangul장혁
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJang Hyeok
McCune–ReischauerChang Hyŏk
Birth name
Hangul정용준
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Yong-joon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yong-chun

Jang Hyuk (born as Jeong Yong-joon on December 20, 1976) is a South Korean actor.

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Career

As a child, Jang Hyuk spent most of his life in his birthplace Busan, before making his drama debut in the SBS drama Model in 1997. Besides the TV drama School and a minor role in the little-seen film Zzang, Jang appeared in the music video To My Mother, the 1999 debut single of popular boyband g.o.d.. He also acted in several music videos from his rap album, released in 2000 under the name TJ Project. His career first began to take off in 2001 when he was cast in the lead role of the special-effects extravaganza Volcano High together with actress Shin Min-ah. His acting in the eccentric role drew praise from fans and critics.[1]

In 2002 he continued to make a name for himself, starring in the sleeper hit Jungle Juice, which made the top of the weekly box-office, and especially in the hugely popular TV drama Bright Girl's Success Story with actress Jang Nara. He also took a role in Public Toilet, the HK-Korea co-production by acclaimed Hong Kong director Fruit Chan which won a Special Mention in the Upstream section of the 2002 Venice film festival.[1]

In 2003 Jang appeared with actress Lee Na-young in the comedy Please Teach Me English, by director Kim Sung-soo. His next project was even more high-profile, opposite top star Jeon Ji-hyun in Kwak Jae-yong's Windstruck. Although this film was generally not well received in Korea, it went on to beat Shiri and become one of the best-selling Korean films in Japan.[1]

In late 2004, together with fellow actors Song Seung-heon and Han Jae-suk, Jang was found to have illegally avoided his mandatory military service.[1] Amid widespread public condemnation, Jang apologized to his fans, then began to serve his two-year term.[2][3]

After his discharge from the army in 2006,[4] Jang rejoined the entertainment scene through the MBC drama Thank You.[5] A heartwarming story about a young single mother with an HIV-afflicted daughter and the cynical doctor who enters their lives, Thank You surprisingly became a modest hit, and with it Jang left the stigma of his draft dodging scandal behind him.

He then signed up for the international movie production Dance of the Dragon, a love story that mixes ballroom dancing with martial arts action that costarred Singaporean actress Fann Wong.[6][7] He won the Best Actor award at the inaugural West Hollywood International Film Festival for his role.[8][9]

Jang made a cameo in Japanese drama Ryokiteki na Kanojo, a remake of the 2001 Korean film My Sassy Girl. After his earlier guesting on star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi's talk show, the director of the drama reportedly added new scenes for Jang that were not included in the original script.[10] Jang then appeared as the love interest in three music videos of Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao.[11]

Several more movies and dramas followed, including a 2008 TV adaptation of the gambling film Tazza,[12] and the melodrama Maybe.[13][14]

In 2010, he received the best reviews of his career for his leading role as the slave hunter Dae-gil in the hit fusion historical drama Chuno.[15][16] His acting coach of 14 years describes Jang as being relentless in his analysis of a character. According to Jang, "It is easy to fail if you don’t understand the steps one has to take to be famous."[17] He won several acting awards, most significantly the Daesang ("Grand Prize") at the KBS Drama Awards[18] and a Best Actor nomination at the 2011 International Emmy Awards.[19][20][21]

Shortly afterward he starred in Ai Shang Nu Zhu Bo ("Fall in Love with Anchor Beauty"), the Chinese remake of 2000 Korean drama All About Eve.[22] The drama posted high ratings in China during its run.[23]

In Midas, Jang played a fund manager-turned-lawyer who nabs the job of a lifetime working for a chaebol household, involving him in a high stakes game of power that threatens to transform him into a money-hungry monster.[24]

He next starred in the legal thriller The Client, saying the film satisfied his wish to play a more emotionally complex persona. Playing a man accused of murdering his wife, Jang said he had to find "the right balance" between appearing "as someone who can appear at times like a criminal or at other times like an innocent man."[25]

Initially reluctant to sign on to historical drama Deep Rooted Tree because he found the role of low-level royal guard Kang Chae-yoon uninteresting in the original novel, Jang changed his mind upon reading that the character had been dramatized and made richer in the TV script. It tells the story of Kang investigating a case involving the serial murders of Jiphyeonjeon scholars in Gyeongbok Palace while King Sejong the Great (played by Han Suk-kyu) is developing the Korean alphabet.[26][27]

He returns to the big screen in disaster blockbuster film Virus, in which a deadly strain of the cold virus spreads like wildfire, and a firefighter and a doctor race against time to find the cure by searching for the host.[28]

In 2013 he headlines IRIS 2, sequel to the successful 2009 spy action series. It will be his third acting collaboration with actress Lee Da-hae, after Robber and Chuno.[29][30]

Personal life

On June 2, 2008, Jang tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Kim Yeo-jin. The couple have been together since 2002; she was his Pilates instructor.[31] His close friends singer Kim Jong-kook and actor Cha Tae-hyun participated in the wedding ceremony.

The couple have two children (born in 2008 and 2009).

Jang has practiced Jeet Kune Do for more than 10 years and is a former professional Tae Kwon Do athlete.

Filmography

Films

TV Dramas

Music Videos

Discography

TJ Project (2000)

Awards

References

  1. ^ a b c d Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Jang Hyuk Koreanfilm.org.
  2. ^ "More Actors Come Forward on Draft Dodging". Chosun Ilbo. September 19, 2004. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2004/09/19/2004091961025.html. 
  3. ^ "Song Seung-heon Appointed as Artilleryman, Jang Hyuk as Rifleman". KBS Global. December 17, 2004. http://english.kbs.co.kr/Entertain/EntertainmentNews/view.html?No=1592. 
  4. ^ "Yellow Ribbons Time for Song Seung-hun". Chosun Ilbo. November 16, 2006. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2006/11/16/2006111661015.html. 
  5. ^ First Script In Three Yrs: “Like When I first Started...” Dong-A Ilbo. March 15, 2007.
  6. ^ I am a dandy boy The New Paper. September 28, 2007.
  7. ^ JANG Hyuk enters the world stage impressively Korean Film Biz Zone. April 24, 2008.
  8. ^ 2008 Winners West Hollywood International Film Festival.
  9. ^ Korean hunk gives interview in English The New Paper. January 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Jang Hyuk Makes Cameo Appearance in Japanese Drama KBS Global. April 23, 2008.
  11. ^ Actor Jang Hyuk Stars in Taiwanese Singer Elva's New Music Video KBS Global. June 25, 2008.
  12. ^ Dramas Bring Hero, Gamblers and Orchestra Korea Times. September 9, 2008.
  13. ^ Jang Hyuk praises big screen newcomer Sung Yu-ri 10Asia. October 5, 2009.
  14. ^ "Maybe" set out to mend hearts 10Asia. October 14, 2009.
  15. ^ Interview: Actor Jang Hyuk - Part 1 10Asia. March 11, 2010.
  16. ^ Interview: Actor Jang Hyuk - Part 2 10Asia. March 11, 2010.
  17. ^ Acting coach tells what it takes to be a star JoongAng Daily. October 25, 2010.
  18. ^ Jang Hyuk scores top prize at KBS Drama Awards 10Asia. January 3, 2011.
  19. ^ Korea gets 2 International Emmy nominations Korea Herald. October 4, 2011.
  20. ^ Korea represented at Intl. Emmys JoongAng Daily. October 5, 2011.
  21. ^ Jang Hyuk, KBS "The Master Show" nominated for International Emmy Awards 10Asia. October 6, 2011.
  22. ^ Jang Hyuk to star in Chinese remake of "All About Eve" 10Asia. March 26, 2010.
  23. ^ Chinese remake of "All About Eve" No. 1 show in China 10Asia. October 15, 2010.
  24. ^ Will Jang score another success with ‘Midas’? Korea Herald. February 21, 2011.
  25. ^ Ha Jung-woo confident about Korean-style legal thriller Korea Times. August 31, 2011.
  26. ^ Jang Hyuk said did not want to take the role in "Tree" at first 10Asia. September 29, 2011.
  27. ^ Actor Jang Hyuk's Soundtrack Picks 10Asia. December 2, 2011.
  28. ^ Jang Hyuk to play male lead in Kim Sung-soo film 10Asia. February 21, 2012.
  29. ^ Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hae Confirm Roles in “IRIS” Sequel 10Asia. September 20, 2012.
  30. ^ Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae to star in ‘Iris 2’ JoongAng Daily. September 21, 2012.
  31. ^ Actor Jang Hyuk to Marry in June Korea Times. December 30, 2007.

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