[Newsmaker] Song Kang-ho, prolific and versatile actor
Actor Song Kang-ho became the first Korean male actor to win an acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival, grabbing the award for best actor for his role as a “baby broker” in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Broker” on Saturday.This marked the 55-year-old’s seventh invitation to the prestigious film festival, but it is the first title the veteran actor has won at Cannes.
Song starred in several Cannes award-winning films, including Park Chan-wook’s “Thirst” (2009) and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (2019).Last year, Song served on the jury for the prestigious fest, as the fifth Korean to do so, following directors Shin Sang-ok and Lee Chang-dong in 1994 and 2009, respectively, actor Jeon Do-yeon in 2014 and director Park Chan-wook in 2017.While Song has become the first Korean male actor to win the best acting prize at Cannes, Jeon received the award for best actress for her role in Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine” in 2007, in which Song also starred as the male lead.Song also became the third Asian male actor to win the prize at Cannes, following Hong Kong’s Leung Chiu Wai for “In the Mood for Love” in 2000 and Japan’s Yuya Yagira for “Nobody Knows” in 2004.In “Broker,” Kore-eda’s first Korean-language film, depicting a group of people who try to find a new family for an infant abandoned in a “baby box,” Song plays Sang-hyun, who steals an unattended child from a baby box and brokers deals with couples wanting to adopt.Song debuted with a small role in director Hong Sang-soo’s debut film “The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well” in 1996.
One of the most prolific actors in the country today, Song has starred in nearly 40 films so far.Song’s filmography shows an actor who works across genres, from drama and comedy to sci-fi and action, with highlights including “No.
3” (1997), “Swiri” (2000), “Joint Security Area” (2000), “Memories of Murder” (2003), “The Host” (2006), “A Taxi Driver (2017),” “Snowpiercer” (2013) and “Parasite.”Along with Song, director Park Chan-wook wa