Let’s Get to Know More About the Legend Actor, Kwon Sang-woo
Everyone who knows the hit melodrama Stairway to Heaven must be familiar with the lead actor, Kwon Sang-woo. This South Korean actor was born on August 5, 1976, in Daejeon. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a fashion model in the late 1990s then gained fame after starring a 2003 film titled My Tutor Friend and a melodrama Stairway to Heaven.
Years by years, his popularity continues to increase. Not only in Korea, he even gains popularity in Asia. It’s proven by the high rating held by most of his dramas and films. Curious to know about it? Don’t worry, because in this article, Byeol Korea has listed the top 10 must-watch dramas and movies by Kwon Sang-woo. Stay tuned!
2001: Delicious Proposal
Delicious Proposal is an MBC drama starring Jung Joon, Son Ye-jin, So Yoo-jin, and So Ji-sub as the main roles which aired on February 7 to March 29, 2001, every Wednesdays and Thursday at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
This romantic-comedy drama depicts a story about two families operating Chinese food restaurant and become rival to each other, and the love stories of twenty-something high school graduates who are in their own respective ways for becoming the first-class chefs.
Hyo-dong (Jung Joon) who continues his father business to serve the best Chinese food in the area, has been struggling for some time due to the aggresive techniques of their rivals. In the middle of this competition, Hyo-dong gets to know Hee-ae (Son Ye-jin), a beautiful young girl who attends the same cooking class as him. They also meet Shin-ae (So Yoo-jin), a poor student with big dreams of owning her own restaurant in the future. Hyo-dong finally falls for Hee-ae, but he later finds out that she’s the daughter of the rival that destroy his father’s restaurant.
In this drama, Kwon Sang-woo acted as a funny and humble delivery man for the restaurant.
2003: Into The Sun
Into The Sun is an SBS Korean drama which aired on January 11 until March 16, 2003, for 20 episodes. This drama starring Myung Se-bin and Kwon Sang-woo as the main roles, and Oh Joo-eun, Jung Sung-hwan, and Jung So-young for the supporting roles.
The drama depicts a story about Lieutenant senior Kang Seok-min (Kwon Sang-woo) who joined the navy to continue his dead father’s footseps, with a dream of becoming an admiral. At the hospital where his sister occupied as an doctor, he meets Hye-rin (Myung Se-bin) who is also a female doctor at the hospital. He tries to approach Hye-rin, but she has closed her heart for any man since his boyfriend from college died.
Hyerin’s college senior who falls for her, Seung-ha (Jung Sung-hwan), plays the role of guardian for her, but only to win her love. Meanwhile, Kang Seok-min’s honest and yet impulsive behavior throws her heart off. But ever since Seok-min gets involved in the critical situation at the naval base, she later finds out that she falls for him.
2003-2004: Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven is an SBS Korean drama which aired on December 3, 2003 until February 5, 2004, every Wednesdays and Thursday at 21:55 KST. This drama starring Kwon Sang-woo, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Tae-hee, and Shin Hyun-joon as the main roles.
This drama depicts a story about love story that has begun from the childhood between Han Jung-seo (Choi Ji-woo) and Cha Song-joo (Kwon Sang-woo). Their sincerity and faithfulness of their love is tested by the problems that come and go caused by Jung-seo’s step mother and step sister.
The conflict was begun when Jung-seo’s father married Tae Mi-ra (Lee Whee-hyang) who pretended to be kind to Jung-seo at the beginning. She also bring her daughters with her, Yu-ri and Tae-hwa. Yu-ri is jealous of the closeness of Jung-seo and Song-joo, because she also loves Song-joo. She tries to destroy their relationship with the support from his mother because Song-joo is the sole heir of a well-known company.
Song-joo and and Jung-seo were separated by distance and time because Song-joo has to continue his study abroad. Unfortunately, when Song-joo comes back to Korea, he has to receive the death news of his lover, Jung-seo, who died in an accident. No one knows that the real cause of the Jung-seo’s death was Yu-ri who had bumped into her car. But, Song-joo is still believe that Jung-seo is alive and keeps searching for her.
Until one day, he finally finds out that the person who has been close to him is Jung-seo who has amnesia for four years. They are back together until they get married. But, the problem doesn’t stop there. Song-joo has to face the reality of Jung-seo’s eye cancer that cause blindness on her. But, Song-joo still love her until she died his arms. Before Jung-seo’s dead, she said that the round of their love story has just begun, she will wait for Song-joo in the heaven where there is no pain, sadness, and tears.
2005: Sad Love Story
Sad Love Story is an MBC Korean drama which aired on January 5 to march 17, 2005 on Wednesdays and Thursday at 21:55 for 20 episodes. This drama starring Kwon Sang-woo, Kim Hee-sun, and Yeon Jung-hoon as the main roles.
The young Jun-yeong (Kwon Sang-woo) and the blind Hye-in (Kim Hee-sun) became childhood sweethearts. Young and naive, they believe that nothing can change their love to each other. But life, however, will always go on then puts them in the opposite directions. Jun-yeong is sent to Seoul, while Hye-in immigrates to the United States. There she meets Keon-woo (Yeon Jung-hoon) then becomes his girlfriend after the death news of Jun-yeong. After the surgery, Hye-in finally ables to see again and becomes a singer. When she comes back to Korea, he meets her producer’s friend that turns out to be Jun-yeong. He instantly recognize her, but Hye-in has never seen Jun-yeong before.
Daemul is an SBS Korean drama which aired on October 6 until December 23, 2010 that runs every Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 KST for 24 episodes. This drama was based on Manhwa with the same name and stars Go Hyun-jung, Kwon Sang-woo, Cha In-pyo, and Lee Soo-kyung as the main roles.
The drama depicts a story about an anchorwoman Seo Hye-rim (Go Hyun-jung) who gets fired while protesting her husband’s undeserved death. She later enter the politics through the proposal of Kang Tae-san (Cha In-pyo) who is the candidate for the next presidential elections. Through the help of Ha Do-ya (Kwon Sang-woo), she becomes the first female president of Korea.
CZ12 also known as Chinese Zodiac is a Hongkong action movie which produced, written, and directed by Jackie Chan. Released in Desember 2012, this movie received the gross income over USD 138 million in Tiongkok box office. This movie starred by Jackie Chan, Kwon Sang-woo, Liao Fan, Yao Xing Tong, Zhang Lan Xin, and Laura Weissbecker as the main roles.
The movie depicts a story about a man who explores the world to find a book related to big events in Chinese history. Therein are terrible predictions about some events that has occured as well as that will occur. Until he realizes that he’s involved to the events that will occur in the future.