Jang Geun Suk (Jang Keun-Suk) - A Talented Korean Actor
Jang Geun Suk (Jang Keun-Suk)
(Hangul: 장근석; Hanja: 張根碩)
Born in 1987 in Danyang County, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, he was spotted by a talent agent when he was six years old, and started working as child model since then. Four years later, he acted in sitcom "Selling Happiness" (Haengbokeul Pabmoda). Since then, he continued to work as child actor. He learnt how to speak Japanese Language by himself. Then, when he was in junior high school, he studied in New Zealand. Therefore, he is able to speak both Japanese and English fluently. Often self-criticized his acting, he never ceased to improve his acting skills.
Then to better prepare his role as a deaf boy in “One Missed Call Final”, he learned sign language prior to the movie making. His acting in various drama such as “Hwang Jin-Yi”, “Beethoven Virus”, “He is beautiful”, “Mary stayed out all night” and “Love Rain” has gained attention of many female fans.
Jang Geun Suk in Drama
In the drama, “Beethoven Virus”, Jang Geun Suk played the role of a genius trumpet player. He looked very boyish in this drama, with very short hair. He also appeared very man-ly with muscular thighs in this drama. He was not as thin as in later years. He lost quite some weight in the later drama series, “You’re Beautiful”, and “Mary Stayed Out All Night”, appearing with slimmer look.
I didn’t quite like his look in “You’re Beautiful” where he applied eye-liner around his eyes. It looked rather un-natural.
Jang Geun Suk is also the first Korean artist featured on special postage stamps in Japan. This personal set of stamps is released in conjunction with his 20th debut anniversary. The stamps will feature his life as a child actor, teenage year, young adult actor and present life.
Why is Jang Geun Suk so popular ?
Born with that killer smile that warms your heart, there is not another Korean actor that can achieve the same as Jang Geun Suk. In the drama, “Mary Stayed Out All Night”, for instance, he appeared so sweet and lovable, instantly stole the hearts of his female fans. In fact, his passionate kiss scene in this drama was the best of all Korean dramas, and voted so by many fans. (Most Korean drama kiss scenes are just “touching each others’ lips” and lack of passion.) Watch this :
Best Kiss Scene among Korean Dramas
- Korean Drama: Best Kiss Scene in Korean Dramas
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A hardworking and talented artist, Jang Geun Suk has won many awards across Asia – Japan, Taiwan, and China, for his acting and singing, notably, just to name a few :
2012 10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards: Best Korean Album – The Lounge H Vol. 1
2012 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards: Best 3 New Artists
2011 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards: Taiwan Top Searched Single Korean Artis
2011 15th Global Chinese Music Awards: Most Popular Korean Artist Award
2010 KBS Drama Awards: Netizens’ Award (Mary Stayed Out All Night)
2010 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Moon Geun Young (Mary Stayed Out All Night)
2009 SBS Drama Awards: Teens’ Star Award (Actor) – You’re Beautiful
2008 MBC Drama Awards: New Actor Award – Beethoven Virus
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MNet Top 100 Adorable Males (2006): # 29
MNet Top 100 Must Have Males (2007): # 3
Jang Geun Suk’s Popularity in Japan
Jang Geun Suk, has undoubtedly created Korean wave or Jang-Geun-Suk wave in Japan. Jang’s extraordinary charm has won himself a contract to sing a song for a famous Japanese comedy called, Amemiya. The explosive popularity of the song has further boosted his image in the country. Appearing on a talk show in Japan, his fans and celebrity guests openly showed their affection for him.
During the talk show, Amemiya devoted a fun loving song called, “Hey Hey Hey” to him, watch this.
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