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Choi Min-sik

Choi Min-Sik was born on January 22, 1962 and first achieved fame on the stage and on television. He started appearing in films in 1992 and soon began making his mark in such notable works as Ji-Wun Kim’s The Quiet Family (1998). Commercial success came his way in 1999, when he played a North Korean spy in Kang Je-Gyu’s blistering action film, Shiri, a huge box office smash. In 2002 he received international acclaim by starring in Chihwaseon, a film by Korea’s most revered director, Kwon-Taek Im. As the nineteenth-century painter Seung-Up Jang, Choi created a vivid portrait of a proudly vulgar artist who both upset aristocratic artistic norms and altered the shape of Korean painting. Choi Min-Sik has said that he created the character, OH Dae-su, in Oldboy in a very different manner than Chihwaseon. Choi said he felt a responsibility to bring back to life the painter JANG Seung-Up in Chihwaseon, while in Oldboy OH Dae-su is the absolute product of his imagination. At various points during 2006 Choi (and several other Korean filmmakers, though separately from Choi) demonstrated in Seoul and at the Cannes Film Festival against the Korean decision to reduce the Film Quota from 146 to 73 days. While not successful (the reduced quota stands), the market share of Korean films remains at the top of the box office, with 7 of the top 10 films this year remaining homegrown (the same rate as in 2005).   - From

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Apr 27, 1962 In Seoul - South Korea
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie All That Falls Has Wings 1990-01-26
Latest Project:
Movie Heart Blackened 2017-11-02
Known For
Poster of Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild
Poster of Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells
Poster of Our Twisted Hero
Poster of All That Falls Has Wings
Movie Heart Blackened Lim Tae-san 2017-11-02
Movie The Mayor Byeon Jong-gu 2017-04-26
Movie Old Days 2016-04-29
Movie The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Cheon Man-deok 2015-12-16
Movie The Admiral: Roaring Currents Admiral Yi Sun-Shin 2014-08-15
Movie Lucy Mr. Jang 2014-07-25
Movie New World Section chief Kang Hyung-chul 2013-02-21
Movie In My End Is My Beginning 2013-04-04
Movie Nameless Gangster Choi Ik-hyun 2012-03-30
Movie Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild Drifter 2011-07-28
Movie I Saw the Devil Kyung-chul 2010-08-12
Movie Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells Choi 2008-10-11
Movie Crying Fist Gang Tae-shik 2005-03-31
Movie Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Mr. Baek 2005-09-30
Movie Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War North Korean commander 2004-09-03
Movie Springtime Hyeon-woo 2004-09-16
Movie Oldboy Oh Dae-su 2003-09-28
Movie Painted Fire Jang Seung-up 2002-05-10
Movie Failan Kang-jae 2001-04-28
Movie Shiri Park Mu-young 1999-02-13
Movie Happy End Seo Min-ki 1999-12-11
Movie The Quiet Family uncle 1998-04-25
Movie No.3 Ma Dong-pal 1997-08-02
Movie Our Twisted Hero Mr. Kim 1992-08-15
Movie All That Falls Has Wings Tae-sik 1990-01-26