Song Kang-ho

Song Kang-ho

Highest Rated: 100% The Age of Shadows (2016)

Lowest Rated: 53% Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

Birthday: Feb 25, 1967

Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

One of the most prominent faces in 21st century Asian cinema, actor Song Kang-ho became instrumental in the rise of the Korean new wave thanks to his memorable performances in the likes of "Memories Of Murder" (2003), "The Host" (2006) and "Thirst" (2009). Born in the South Gyeongsang Province of South Korea in 1967, Song graduated from Busan Kyungsang College with a broadcasting degree before switching his attention to acting and joining Kee Kuk-seo's influential improvisational-based theatre company. Initially focusing on stage work, Song eventually made his first notable on-screen appearance in the crime drama "Green Fish" (1997) before stealing the show as a gangster who trains a group of young recruits in mafia thriller "No. 3" (1997). Following small parts in "Bad Movie" (1997), a quasi-documentary about the violent lives of delinquent teenagers in Seoul, and "The Quiet Family" (1998), a comedy horror about a family whose hunting lodge becomes a death trap, Song appeared as secret agent Jang-gil Lee in an homage to the '80s Hollywood blockbuster, "Swiri" (1999), and landed his first lead role as an inept bank clerk-turned-professional wrestler in "The Foul King" (2000). From then on, Song became one of the most bankable and acclaimed Korean actors of his generation, with performances as a revenge-fuelled business executive in "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance" (2002) and a lovestruck baseball pitcher in romantic comedy "YMCA Baseball Team" (2002) showcasing his versatility. Roles as a North Korean sergeant in "J.S.A. Joint Security Area" (2000) and incompetent detective Park Doo-Man in "Memories Of Murder" (2003) attracted awards attention. After playing the titular character in "The President's Barber" (2004) and Choi Do-hyung, the leader of an expedition to the pole of inaccessibility in psychological thriller "Antarctic Journal" (2006), Song achieved international fame as the head of the dysfunctional family that's tormented by a sea monster in Bong Joon-ho's box-office smash, "The Host" (2006) and returned to the gangster genre as the retired mobster Kang In-goo in "The Show Must Go On" (2007). Song then appeared in "Secret Sunrise" (2008) as a mechanic who befriends a grieving woman in the adaptation of Lee Cheong-jun's short story The Story Of A Bug; the Sergio Leone-inspired Western, "The Good, The Bad & The Weird" (2008) as 'The Weird' thief, Yun Tae-goo; and horror "Thirst" (2009) as a catholic priest who turns into a vampire following a failed experiment. After playing an NIS agent who falls from grace in North/South Korea spy thriller "Secret Reunion" (2010) and a retired gangster who has a hit taken out on him in "Hindsight" (2011), Song mixed with the Hollywood elite for the first time as drug-addicted designer Namgoong Minsu in the dystopian sci-fi adventure "Snowpiercer" (2013). He soon returned to homegrown territory with roles as the physiognomy-studying son of a disgraced noble family in period piece "The Face Reader" (2013), human rights lawyer Song Woo-seok in courtroom drama "The Attorney" (2013), and King Yeongjo in royal biopic "Sado" (2014).

Highest rated movies

The Age of Shadows
A Taxi Driver
Memories of Murder
Secret Sunshine
The Host
Joint Security Area




87% 96% Broker Sang-hyeon (Character) - 2022
61% 81% Emergency Declaration Unknown (Character) - 2021
99% 90% Parasite Kim Ki-taek (Character) $53.4M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King's Letters King Sejong (Character) - 2019
83% 64% The Drug King Lee Dusam (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drug King Unknown (Character) - 2018
96% 91% A Taxi Driver Man-seop (Character) $1.5M 2017
100% 83% The Age of Shadows Lee Jeongchul (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 77% The Throne King Yeongjo (Character) - 2015
94% 73% Snowpiercer Namgoong Minsu (Character) $4.6M 2013
77% 87% The Attorney Song Woo-seok (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 74% The Face Reader Naegyeong (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 38% Howling Detective Jo Sang-gil (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 41% Hindsight Unknown (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hindsight Du Heon (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 69% The Secret Reunion Lee Han-gyu (Character) - 2010
80% 75% Thirst Sang-hyeon (Character) $296.4K 2009
80% 83% The Good, the Bad, the Weird Yun Tae-Goo/The Weird (Character) $128.5K 2008
No Score Yet 77% The Show Must Go On Kang In-goo (Character) - 2007
94% 79% Secret Sunshine Kim Jong-chan (Character) - 2007
93% 72% The Host Park Kang-du (Character) $2.2M 2006
No Score Yet 42% Antarctic Journal Choi Do-hyung (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 71% The President's Barber Seong Han-mo (Character) - 2004
95% 93% Memories of Murder Det. Park Doo-man (Character) $14.1K 2003
53% 85% Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Park Dong-jin (Character) $45.2K 2002
No Score Yet 40% YMCA Baseball Team Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet YMCA Baseball Team Unknown (Character) - 2002
88% 91% Joint Security Area Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 74% The Foul King Dae-Ho (Character) - 2000
59% 69% Shiri Jang-gil Lee (Character) $97.2K 1999
80% 79% The Quiet Family Yeong-min Kang (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 69% Green Fish Pansu (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet No.3 Jo-pil (Character) - 1997