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Min-sik Choi Poster

Biography

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Overview (2)

Born in Seoul, South Korea
Height 5' 9¾" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han Seok-gyu. 1997 marked his return to motion pictures, with a role as a tough-talking police investigator in Song Neung-han's No. 3 (1997). His biggest role came in 1999, when he was cast in Korea's most successful film ever, Swiri (1999). His portrayal of a North Korean agent garnered him much praise and a Best Actor Award from the 1999 domestic Grand Bell Awards.

After starring in a theater production of Hamlet in spring of 1999, Choi took on the role of a husband who discovers his wife's infidelity in Haepi-endeu (1999), and in early 2001 starred as a third-rate gangster opposite Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung in the acclaimed Failan (2001). In 2003 he starred in the now classic Oldeuboi (2003).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Witrack

Trivia (2)

Names Han Suk-kyu and Song Kang-ho as his close friends from the entertainment industry. Choi and Han are both graduates of Drama & Film department of Dongguk University, from class of '89. Before entering film, Choi and Song crossed paths many times in theater. Now that all three are successful leading men on their own, Choi has fond memories of working with them, in Shiri '99, No. 3 '97, and The Quiet Family '98. [Source: May 2001 interview with Chosun.].
Has starred in two of Park Chan Wook's Vengenace Trilogy films - 2003's Oldboy and 2005's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Personal Quotes (2)

Western ghosts are evil, but Korean ghosts are about making peace. That is part of our Korean psyche.
[on working with Luc Besson] I was on vacation and I suddenly receive a call saying Luc Besson was looking for me. When I was a young actor, I was watching some Luc Besson movies and they were always a great inspiration for me, and so I thought, OK, so now that I'm an actor for so many years, finally I meet this great director.

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