Hwang Jung-min



Place of birth:

Masan, South Gyeongsang, South Korea:


Hwang Jung-min (황정민) began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995. He then starred in various musicals and plays in Daehangno such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats". Despite a career on stage, Hwang had difficulty transitioning to film. He went through a long struggle for recognition, with people saying he "didn’t have the right face for film." He even considered giving up his dream, but stuck to his conviction about walking the path of acting. Hwang said, "After becoming interested about the stage and how it feels to be that person on stage, I've never thought of anything else. That I never swayed -- that is one thing I can say with confidence." His big break came when he was cast in Waikiki Brothers, a 2001 film that was a sleeper hit in Korea. In his role as a hopeless drummer, Hwang left a strong impression and earned favorable reviews, with director Im Soon-rye calling him "an uncut gemstone." It was in 2005 that Hwang became a household name, portraying a naive farmer in love with an AIDS-stricken prostitute in the hit melodrama "You Are My Sunshine". Hwang explains that he was "moved by the tale of the genuine love between two people. I agreed with the director's idea of showing it as pure love, like an uncut gem, without sloppily adding to it or embellishing it." When he accepted the best actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance in You Are My Sunshine, many were moved by his now-famous speech: "All I did was add a spoon to a dinner table that had already been prepared by others."

Film Credits

교섭 (2021)
인질 (2021)
as Hwang Jung-min
다만 악에서 구하소서 (2020)
as In-nam
as Investor (voice)
공작 (2018)
as Heuk Geum-seong / Park Seok-yeong
군함도 (2017)
as Lee Kang-ok
아수라 (2016)
as Park Sung-bae
곡성 (2016)
as Il-Gwang
검사외전 (2016)
as Byun Jae-Wook
히말라야 (2015)
as Um Hong-gil
베테랑 (2015)
as Seo Do-cheol
국제시장 (2014)
as Yoon Deok-soo
남자가 사랑할 때 (2014)
as Han Tae-il
전설의 주먹 (2013)
as Lim Deok-gyu
끝과 시작 (2013)
as Min Jae-in
신세계 (2013)
as Jung Chung
댄싱퀸 (2012)
as Jeong-min
모비딕 (2011)
as Lee Bang-woo
평양성 (2011)
as Silla King
부당거래 (2010)
as Choi Cheol-gi
구르믈 버서난 달처럼 (2010)
as Kyeon-Ja
오감도 (2009)
as Min Jae-in
그림자 살인 (2009)
as Hong Jin-ho
슈퍼맨이었던 사나이 (2008)
as Superman
열한번째 엄마 (2007)
as Baek-joong
행복 (2007)
as Young-su
검은 집 (2007)
as Jun-oh
사생결단 (2006)
as Lieutenant Do
내 생애 가장 아름다운 일주일 (2005)
as Na Do-Chul
너는 내 운명 (2005)
as Seok-joong
천군 (2005)
as Park Jung-woo
달콤한 인생 (2005)
as President Baek
여자, 정혜 (2005)
as Writer
마지막 늑대 (2004)
바람난 가족 (2003)
as Joo Young-jak
Digital Short Film Omnibus Project Twentidentity, Vol. 1 (2003)
as Man - segment: "Under a Big Tree"
로드 무비 (2002)
as Dae-shik
YMCA 야구단 (2002)
as Ryu Kwang-tae
와이키키 브라더스 (2001)
as Kang-soo
쉬리 (1999)
as Special Investigation Team (uncredited)