Song Kang-ho (born January 17, 1967) is a South Korean actor. Following his debut appearance in The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, Song came to national prominence with a series of critically acclaimed performances in films such as No. 3, Joint Security Area, Memories of Murder and The Host. He also starred in the internationally released science fiction film Snowpiercer and box office hit A Taxi Driver. Together with Choi Min-sik and Sol Kyung-gu, Song is considered to be one of the most talented actors in South KoreaIn 2006, Song was thrust back in the spotlight, however, with a leading role in Bong Joon-ho's record-breaking creature movie The Host. The film helped to broaden international awareness of Song's talent, and indeed he beat out several of Asia's best known stars to be named Best Actor at the inaugural Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong in March 2007. More high-profile projects followed: The Show Must Go On about an aging gangster, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, Kim Jee-woon's western set in Manchuria The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Park Chan-wook's vampire film Thirst in which he notably appeared full frontally nude, the North-South spy thriller Secret Reunion, the gangster love story Hindsight, the suspense film Howling, the English-language dystopian blockbuster Snowpiercer, the period drama The Face Reader, and The Attorney which was inspired by Roh Moo-hyun's early days as a human rights lawyer. Song has continued to star in a number of critically acclaimed films; including period film The Throne, a new spin on the relationship between King Yeongjo and Prince Sado;period action film The Age of Shadows and A Taxi Driver, a film which depicts the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement.
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