Jun 2016 VOL.62


  • [PEOPLE] The Face of the Father in Today’s Society
  • by KIM Heung-suk / 01.29.2015

  • Sincerity is the middle name of actor HWANG Jung-min. Ode to My Father is about the life of Duk-soo. In this film, HWANG played the character from his twenties to seventies. Many believe that without HWANG, the film could not have left an impression on audiences. The most recognizable feature of his acting is that it isn’t artificial. But this does not mean that he projects himself on his characters either. HWANG builds a triangular relationship among the actor, audiences and the character. HWANG knows that an actor’s excessive immersion into his character backfires, failing to win over audiences. The seasoned actor also understands that if an actor keeps too great a distance from his character, sincerity will evaporate. HWANG embraces his characters just outside of the borderline from damaging their true purity. Thus, sometimes, it seems that he chooses typical characters. And perhaps some may think HWANG doesn’t take acting seriously. These points can be attributed to the fact that his approach to his characters is very instinctive. HWANG has a power to simplify a complicated mechanism called ‘acting’ as much as possible. Most of all, the actor is quite skilful at stimulating audiences’ feelings.
    When HWANG barely landed a role in Waikiki Brothers (2001) after turning 30, few expected that he would become popular. This was because despite being an actor, he has ordinary facial features. HWANG may have a sincere look and a tough masculine image, but he wasn't in any way special or out of the oridinary. While it seemed that HWANG could not easily break away from this stereotype, a big turning point came with A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003). HWANG played a contradictory man named JOO Young-jak that created a very unique nuance and shattered audiences’ preconceptions towards character
    Afterwards, HWANG showed the extremity of manhood by combining a wide array of tones and feelings. If president BAEK in A Bittersweet Life (2005) is the extreme of a dirty villain, Seok-jung in You Are My Sunshine (2005) is a man of extremely pure love. In several films, HWANG tried opposing characters. He attempted to play a character with a vague feeling in the psycho thriller Black House (2007) whereas he crossed realities and imagination in A Man Who Was Superman (2008). But audiences were most excited about films where HWANG’s characters exploded. Bloody Tie (2006), The Unjust (2010), New World (2013) and Man In Love were such examples. Characters struggling in the world of crime were deemed as films suitable for HWANG Jung-min. However, in Ode to My Father, HWANG escaped from his previous masculine characters and plays an ordinary person. This film made HWANG a more trusted actor, beyond a performer with excellent acting skills. If HWANG’s images in his previous films are of typical males, Duk-soo in Ode to My Father is a character who labors through his life with a sense of responsibility as a good son, father and husband. Now, whatever character HWANG selects, the respect which he earned by way of Ode to My Father will follow him.

    1990 The General‘s Son
    1999 Swiri
    2001 Waikiki Brothers
    2002 YMCA Baseball Team
           Road Movie
    2003 A Good Lawyer’s Wife
    2004 The Last Wolf
    2005 The Charming Girl, A Bittersweet Life, Heaven’s Soldiers, Y ou Are My Sunshine, My Lovely Week
    2006 Bloody Tie
    2007 Black House, Happiness, My 11th Mother
    2008 A Man Who Was Superman
    2009 Five Senses of Eros, Private Eye
    2010 Blades of Blood, The Unjust, Battlefield Heroes
    2011 Moby Dick
    2012 Dancing Queen
    2013 New World, Fists of Legend, In My End Is My Beginning
    2014 Man In Love, Ode to My Father
    2015 Veteran, Goksung, The Himalayas (working title)
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