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Hyun Bin, a Topnotch South Korean actor
Hyun Bin's Profile & Discovery
His screen name - ‘Hyun Bin’, his real name - Kim Tae Pyeong, he was born in Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 25, 1982. He is 184 cm tall and averagely weighs 74 kg. His blood type is B. His fans fondly call him ‘Binnie’.
He was accidentally discovered by a talent scout while riding at the back of a friend’s motorcycle. He was in high school then and his parents initially didn’t permit him to enter into show business and pursue an acting career. His parents only relented when he has able to fulfill their condition that is to pass admission to Chung-Ang University, the best university for acting.
After finishing college where he majored in Theatre Studies, he started accepting minor roles and made his acting debut in a TV drama, ‘Bodyguard’ in 2003. His looks and unique way of talking was noticed by a screenwriter who cast him the lead role in another TV drama ‘Ireland’ in 2004. He became more popular especially among female viewers when he got the lead role alongside Kim Sun-ah for the romantic drama “My Name is Kim Sam Soon” which become a huge hit in South Korea, gaining one of the highest ratings in a Korean drama, starting the first episode with 19% viewership that gradually sky rocketed up to 50% in the last episode. The show and its casts received numerous awards in different award giving bodies. This is also the TV series where he learned to play the piano to actually play the character’s hobby.
Hyun Bin in TV and FilmClick thumbnail to view full-size
After that, Hyun Bin continuously gained popularity as he appeared both in TV and movies, and year after year he consistently receives numerous recognitions. The latest of which is from the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards held last May 26, 2011, he won the Daeksang (grand) award for “Best Actor in a TV drama category” for the romantic-comedy-drama TV series, ‘Secret Garden’ which was also awarded with “Best Drama in a TV category. His co-lead Ha Ji-won won “Best Actress in a TV drama” award while scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook received the “Best Scriptwriting” award and Yoo Inna won Best New Actress.
Secret Garden which was aired from Nov. 13, 2010 to Jan. 16, 2011, became a phenomenal success in South Korea. Some scenes in the drama were even adapted to TV commercials. Hyun Bin’s character as Kim Joo Won created a fad that made him do 6 new product endorsements and renewed his existing endorsement contracts. Because of this, he is now tagged as the new CF (commercial film) king.
Hyun Bin's commercial adapted from Secret Garden characters
Months before that, Hyun Bin filmed the movie ‘Late Autumn’ where he spoke mostly English dialogues, it was intended to be released both locally and internationally. Late Autumn is an entry to various international film festivals such as Toronto, Pusan, Berlin, Fribourg, Jeonju and Seattle’s. He has also managed to do a low-budgeted movie “Come Rain, Come Shine” in just 3 weeks, it is his 2nd movie entry to Berlin Film Festival. While shooting Secret Garden, he squeezed in his time to provide voice for the narration of a documentary film ‘Tears in Africa’.
Hyun Bin Military picturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
On March 7, 2011, he was enlisted in the Marines for South Korea government’s compulsory 21 months of military service. Before entering the Marines, he bid his fans goodbye with teary eyes and told them that he will strive to be a better man during this time and that he wish to return the love he have received from them when he comes back. He has always been grateful to his fans and never fails to greet them wherever he is. He was discharged from military service last December 6, 2012.
Hyun Bin doesn’t give much weight to TV ratings or to movie production budget so long as he likes the project. He wants to be remembered more for his good acting skills. Another skill he seldom shows is that he also sings and he sings quiet good. He has done some tracks for his TV series since 2009, the most popular of which is his male version of Secret Garden’s OST, ‘That Woman’. His version, ‘That Man’ also became a hit for topping South Korea’s 8 billboard charts in just 5 days after its release, that even beat the original version done by Baek Ji Young. During his international fan meetings, he would usually play the piano and/or sing an English song.
Above video is a slideshow of Hyun Bin's pictures which I personally made to show his different images and styles through the years. The music is Hyun Bin's version of 'That Man', which was also played in their Secret Garden TV drama.
Hyun Bin in his movie 'I am Happy"
Latest News on Hyun Bin
This 2013, still one of the most credible and in-demand product endorser, he reclaimed his throne as CF king and had been busy doing commercials for various companies. Check out his latest CF for Kia Motors new sedan, "the new K5", Samsung Smart TV, Cantata coffee and CheilJedang's Freshian for now. For sure there'll be more to come up since Binnie looks more gorgeous now.
For his big screen come-back, Hyun Bin choses to do 'The King's Wrath' where he would play as King Jeongjo, one of the most successful and visionary rulers of Korea. This is the first time that he would do a historical film which is scheduled to be released early 2014.
Eversince he got out from military, he has been doing fan meetings in 5 countries in Asia. He already went to Taipei Taiwan, Bangkok Thailand, Bugis Singapore, Hongkong and China. Find more about Hyun Bin, his activities and new projects through his official website - http://www.hyun-bin.co.kr/
The making of Hyun Bin's CJ Freshian commercial
Credit to Sources
For the images:
Hyun Bin's family postings at http://www.hyun-bin.co.kr
chowonjin posted on star.koreandrama.org
omghairstyles.net, kdramachoa.com, babelpop.com, allkpop.com, bjunkyard.com
wallpaperpimper.com, yonhap news agency, tiffanykimchiland.blogspot.com
Cosmopolitan magazine, Men's Uno magazine
MyDaily, Starnews, MBC, SBS, SPN
For the data:
thedramascenes.com, asianmediawiki.com, hancinema.net
For the videos:
KMDb01, XStarCandii, HyunBin Latino