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PostSubject: Kwon Sang-Woo   Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:04 am


Kwon Sang-woo (Korean: 권상우) (born August 5, 1976) is a South Korean actor.

Career

Kwon Sang-woo, the most visible example of the so-called "mom-zzang" (slang for "great body") movement, started his career as a fashion model in the late 1990s. His first acting experience was in the TV drama Delicious Proposal, and for the first few years of his entertainment career he received only minor roles on television, before debuting in Volcano High (2001). The following year he played his first lead role in the comedy Make It Big together with real-life best friend Song Seung-heon.

Kwon's breakthrough came in the phenomenally successful comedy My Tutor Friend, as a troublesome high school boy who is tutored by a college student of the same age (played by actress Kim Ha-neul). In this year he also starred in My Good Partner, the world's first movie made for mobile phones, and in the music video collection Project X.

His next film released in early 2004 was also a great hit. Once Upon a Time in High School portrays the authoritarian society of the 1970s through a notoriously violent high school. Simultaneously, his tearjerker Stairway to Heaven was winning over high ratings on TV. The drama was eventually screened throughout Asia and helped to turn him into a regional star.

However Kwon's followup film Love, So Divine, about a priest in training who falls in love, earned poor reviews and did not get much attention from audiences.

For 2006, Kwon starred in the big-budget action noir Running Wild, about a detective, a prosecutor, and a criminal who are all equally vicious. Running Wild received satisfactory reviews but disappointing returns, and Kwon's next film Almost Love, a romantic comedy reteaming him with Kim Ha-neul, likewise failed to replicate the success of their previous film.

Thus began Kwon's career slump, as the films Fate and More Than Blue flopped in the box office, and his small screen projects Sad Love Story, Bad Love and Cinderella Man received low ratings.

Things took a turn for the better in 2010 with the box office success of Korean War film 71: Into the Fire which Kwon reportedly didn't hesitate to take on. His drama Daemul about Korea's first female president was also very popular during its run, staying atop TV charts for 11 weeks straight and ending with viewership ratings of around 26 percent.

In the 2011 melodrama Pain, Kwon plays a man who, ever since undergoing a traumatic accident, has been grappling guilt and analgesia, the inability to sense physical pain. He falls in love with a young woman (Jung Ryeo-won) who is the complete opposite of him - who cannot withstand any kind of infliction or wounds due to hemophilia. Based on an original story by webcomic artist Kang Full, Pain is directed by Kwak Kyung-taek in a departure from his previous macho movies. Kwak said, "The production company told me Kwon Sang-woo was contemplating the part, and I said I would do it only if Kwon does. There was nobody else."

Looking to expand his acting career to a wider audience in Asia,[16] Kwon will be starring in movies with Chinese superstars Cecilia Cheung and Jackie Chan. He also made his singing debut in a DVD released in Japan.[18] He has reportedly been cast in a Hollywood film that starts filming in Malaysia in 2012.

Kwon has said in an interview, "I hope I'm remembered as an actor whose work the audience looks forward to rather than an actor who acts well."

Business interests

In 2009 Kwon established the cosmetics firm Natural Tears, of which he is the owner and CEO, as well as the inaugural advertising model for the brand TEARS. It was named after his nickname "Mr. Tears", given to him by fans in recognition of his tear-jerking acting in Stairway to Heaven.

He is the biggest shareholder of the resort Ocean Blue Hotel Bali.

Personal life

Unlike many Korean male stars who had to fulfill their mandatory military service at the height of their careers, Kwon enlisted long before he became an actor.

Kwon's mother is a Roman Catholic, and he himself converted after filming Love, So Divine in which he played a Catholic priest. His confirmation name is Francisco.

Kwon married actress and former Miss Korea Son Tae-young on September 28, 2008 On February 6, 2009, his wife gave birth to a boy, christened as Luke (nicknamed Rookie).

Controversy

Due to fan backlash to his 2008 marriage,[28] Kwon lost numerous lucrative advertising contracts. The Face Shop replaced him with Bae Yong-joon soon after his wedding.

In 2006 Kwon filed a complaint against Kim Tae-chon, the godfather of the Sobang-pa crime gang, for threatening him when the actor failed to keep his promise to hold a fan meeting in Japan. Kwon and the defendant eventually came to a settlement, but prosecutors continued investigations into possible ties between kkangpae and Japanese and Chinese crime syndicates that are looking to cash in on the Korean Wave entertainment business.

In the early hours of June 12, 2010, Kwon was involved in a car accident in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. According to news reports, Kwon was driving on the wrong side of the road and hit a parked car. He then ran into the police car that had pursued him, continued driving and hit a tree before fleeing the scene on foot. Two days later, he turned himself in at Gangnam Police Station, claiming he had not been drunk. Kwon later made a public apology through a handwritten letter.
Filmography
TV drama

* 2001: Man and Woman (SBS)
* 2001: The Legend (SBS)
* 2001: Delicious Proposal (MBC)
* 2003: Into the Sun (SBS)
* 2002: We are Dating Now (SBS)
* 2003: Stairway to Heaven (SBS)
* 2005: Sad Love Story (MBC)
* 2007: Bad Love (KBS)
* 2009: Cinderella Man (MBC)
* 2010: Daemul (SBS)

Film

* 2001: Volcano High
* 2002: Make It Big
* 2003: My Tutor Friend
* 2004: Once Upon a Time in High School
* 2004: Love, So Divine
* 2006: Running Wild
* 2006: Almost Love
* 2008: Fate
* 2009: More Than Blue
* 2010: 71: Into the Fire
* 2011: Pain
* 2011: Repeat, I Love You
* 2012: 12 Chinese Zodiac Heads

Music videos

* 1999: "Ace of Sorrow" by Jo Sungmo (co-starring Jung Joon-ho and Shin Eun-kyung)
* 2000: "Smile Smile" by Papaya
* 2001: "Why" by Zoy Project (co-starring Ryu Shi-won, Lee Yo-won and Gong Yoo)
* 2002: "First Love" by Ji Young-sun (co-starring Moon Geun-young)[34]
* 2003: "Project X" (co-starring Cha Seung-won and Kim Min-jung)
* 2005: "Anyclub" by Eric Mun and Lee Hyori

TV Commercials / Advertisements

* 2001: 국민(kb) Pass Card; Hangten
* 2002: KT Icom GCUV
* 2003: Ibros; Haetae Ice Cafe; Hannam University; Try; K-Fimm/K-merce; KTF-Terminal Relief Service; KTF-Skylife; Biltmore
* 2004: Maru; Hite Prime; Vivaldi Park; Haetae Aminoup; KTF-Good Time Cinema Party; Samsung Anycall; The Face Shop
* 2005: GS e-Store; BangBang; Healthy Vinegar (Japan); F-Cure Shampoo (Japan); Morinaga Milk (Japan)
* 2007: Ocean Blue Hotel Bali

Awards

* 2002 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award (We are Dating Now)
* 2003 Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor (My Tutor Friend)
* 2003 Grand Bell Awards: Best New Actor (My Tutor Friend)
* 2003 Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards: Best Dresser, Actor category
* 2003 SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award (Stairway to Heaven)
* 2003 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars (Stairway to Heaven)
* 2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popularity Award (Once Upon a Time in High School)
* 2004 Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Once Upon a Time in High School)
* 2004 Grand Bell Awards: Popularity Award (Once Upon a Time in High School)
* 2005 Savings Day Presidential Award
* 2005 The Motion Pictures Association of Korea: Year's Award in Film, Special category
* 2007 Andre Kim Best Star Awards: Best Star Award
* 2007 Korea-Japan Culture Awards: Nongovernmental Diplomacy Award
* 2008 Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Fate)
* 2009 Style Icon Awards: Style Icon, TV Actor category
* 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars (Daemul)
* 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actor, Top Excellence Award - Drama Special (Daemul)
* 2011 Asia Model Festival Awards: Asia Star Award


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