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Lee Han


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Kim Nam-gil



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March 13, 1981 (age 43) (
Seoul, South Korea

PaekSang Arts Award for Best New Actor in Television

PaekSang Arts Award for Most Popular Male in Television

Movies and TV shows
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Son Ye‑jin, Bidam, Lee Yo‑won, Go Hyun‑jung, Kim Jae‑wook

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Kim Nam-gil (Hangul김남길; born March 13, 1981) is a South Korean actor, producer, singer and philanthropist. He is best known from leading roles in disaster blockbuster Pandora (2016); crime thriller The Shameless (2015); adventure film The Pirates (2014) and period drama Portrait of a Beauty (2008). His breakthrough role was Bidam in the hit television period drama Queen Seondeok (2009). Kim is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization Gilstory that focuses on preserving cultural heritage, promoting arts and raising special purpose relief funds.


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Kim Nam-gil began his acting career on television with a minor role in the 1999 KBS youth drama School 1. Four years later, he won the 2003 Talent Audition conducted annually by MBC, and appeared in various minor roles on the network's shows, such as Be Strong, Geum-soon!. During this time, he was using the stage name Lee Han, which he made up to give himself a more sophisticated image (The name Nam-gil is considered to be somewhat old fashioned). In the following years he took on more supporting roles in television dramas, among them Goodbye Solo, Lovers, and When Spring Comes.

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In 2009, Kim was cast as one of the supporting characters in the historical drama Queen Seondeok, in a role that would soon change his life. It became one of the highest-rated TV series of that year (reaching a peak of over 40%), and Kim became a household name and the series' breakout star. For his portrayal of the playful but tragic Bidam, Kim said he was inspired by comic book characters such as Han Bi-kwang in Ruler of the Land, Miyamoto Musashi in Vagabond, and Kang Baek-ho in Slam Dunk. The writers rewrote the script to respond to Bidam's popularity with the viewing audience, giving the character more screen time and emphasizing his romance with the titular Seondeok (despite the incredible historical inaccuracy), until there were two main male leads in the series. A horse-riding-related injury on set, and a brief hospitalization due to H1N1 flu, were minor negatives compared to the impact the series had on Kim's career. He won several awards for his performance, gained more local and international fans, received advertisement offers, and was flooded with film and TV scripts. In 2010 he played an antihero lead role in Bad Guy, a dark melodrama about revenge, ambition, and fatal love. But while still in the middle of filming, Kim received his draft notice for mandatory military service. He tried to ask for deferment in order to wrap up the shoot for the series, but it was not granted. Kim shot as much as he could (his scenes were reduced, and a body double was also used) then entered the army two days later on July 15, 2010. He received four weeks of basic training at Nonsan, and served for two years as a public service worker. In 2013 Kim starred in the revenge TV series Shark (also known as Don't Look Back), from the makers of Resurrection and The Devil.


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Kim Nam-gil debuted on the big-screen in 2004 gangster movie Low life. In 2006, he made the bold decision to portray a homosexual character in the controversial queer indie No Regret in a role which included several gay sex scenes. The film was critically praised and traveled the film festival circuit, being shown among others in the Panorama section of the 57th Berlin Film Festival. He then was cast in 2008's Public Enemy Returns, where he could work with the actor Jung Jae-young. Kim had stated in interviews that Jung Jae-young, who attended the same high school he did, had been his role model as an actor. Upon the influence of the film's director Kang Woo-suk (but against the advice of his agent and manager), Kim stopped using the stage name Lee Han and reverted to his birth name. Later that year, Kim played his first leading role in a major commercial film, Portrait of a Beauty. Though his co-star Kim Min-sun garnered most of the attention for the erotic costume drama, Kim's strong performance did not go unnoticed. Another side benefit of Kim's popularity resulting from the Seondeok was the theatrical release in 2010 of his indie Lovers Vanished, a relationship drama which the director described as a "Korean Leaving Las Vegas." Following his discharge from the army in 2012, Kim produced the film Ensemble, a music mockumentary about a group of classical musicians who form a group and take to the streets to perform outside their usual concert halls, showing their youthful passion in making music accessible. It premiered at the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival. He was also one of four celebrities in 2013 who directed a short film using smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 with the theme "Meet a Life Companion"; his short Hello, Mom depicted the love between a mother and her daughter, and evoked the warm feeling of an analog film. This was followed by the 2014 period adventure film The Pirates, which reunited him with Shark costar Son Ye-jin. He next starred opposite award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon in the 2015 thriller The Shameless; Kim played a detective who falls for the girlfriend of the murderer he is investigating.The Shameless had its world premiere at 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. Kim was next cast as powerful nobleman Heungseon Daewongun whose concubine takes up pansori in the period film The Sound of a Flower. In 2016 Kim starred in disaster blockbuster Pandora portraying the aftermath of an explosion in a nuclear plant. Pandora premiered internationally at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao, receiving standing ovation.


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In 2012 Kim published a book titled Way Back to the Road, his memoir of the past two years, which contained photos had taken himself. It also featured New Zealand scenery captured by photographer Cho Nam-ryong, and contributions from writer Lee Yoon-chul.

In July 2013 he released his debut single in Japan. The title track is a cover of Kōji Tamaki's "Roman," and the single also included Kim's two songs from the Queen Seondeok soundtrack.


Song of the Bandits (TV Series) (post-production) as
Lee Yoon
Island (TV Series) as
A Man of Reason
Hunt as
Agent #2
Those Who Read the Hearts of Evil (TV Series) as
Song Ha-Young
Emergency Declaration as
Okay Madam as
[Nervous man]
The Closet as
Kyeong Hoon
The Fiery Priest (TV Series) as
Kim Hae Il
- Unexpected Visit (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Showdown (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Father Han Falling into a Critical Condition (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- The Truth of Father Lee's Death (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Father Han Trying to Persuade Dong Ja (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Cheol Bum Suggests To Hae Il For A Cooperation (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- The Safe and People Locked in There (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Scheme to Sneak in the Safe (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Father Kim, Go to Argentina (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Let Me Teach You a Lesson (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- The Secret of Sister Kim (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Scheme to Find out the Owner of Rising Moon (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Kyung Sun and Seung Ah Entering Anton's Lair (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il and Kyung Sun Devising a Scheme (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Kyung Sun Cooperating with Hae Il (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Break-In to Kyung Sun's House (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il Saves Kyung Sun (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il's Past Is Revealed (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Save Him (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Escape from the Villa (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- A Covert Infiltration (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- A New Lead Comes Up (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Kyung Sun Is Back (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il Reports The Bribery Case (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Raid Wangmat Foods (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- To Tame A Fighting Dog (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- The Corrupt Food Service Company (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Kyung Sun Meets Dong Ja (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Dae Young's Old Partner (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il And Seung Ah Find The Witnesses (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Cooperative Investigation Begins (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il Investigates On His Own (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- The Church Gets Desolate (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- A Cooperative Investigation (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- The Case Gets Closed (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il Investigates the Death of Father Lee (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Father Lee's Death (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il Meets Cheol Bum (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- Hae Il Moves to Gudam (2019) - Kim Hae Il
- A Priest in Trouble (2019) - Kim Hae Il
Zombie for Sale as
Live Up to Your Name (TV Series) as
Heo Im
- I want to go with you (2017) - Heo Im
- Thank you for returning (2017) - Heo Im
- I will be back (2017) - Heo Im
- Don't get hurt (2017) - Heo Im
- I must go back (2017) - Heo Im
- Who is Heo Im? (2017) - Heo Im
- What right do I have? (2017) - Heo Im
- I'll do whatever it takes (2017) - Heo Im
- Lowly Life (2017) - Heo Im
- This is joseon (2017) - Heo Im
- I will do everything I can (2017) - Heo Im
- Surviving the modern world (2017) - Heo Im
- What kind of Doctor is he? (2017) - Heo Im
- Back and forth (2017) - Heo Im
- The duty of Doctors (2017) - Heo Im
- I Am Dr. Heo From Haeminseo (2017) - Heo Im
Memoir of a Murderer as
One Day as
Pandora as
The Sound of a Flower as
Heungseon Daewongun
The Shameless as
Jung Jae-gon
The Pirates as
Jang Sa-jung
Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus (TV Series) as
Yoshimura Jun / Han Yi Soo
Bad Boy (TV Series) as
Geon-Ok / Hong Tae-Sung / Chae Tae-Sung
Personal Taste (TV Series) as
Guest - Man sitting in Cafe
- Clear Skies from Today? (2010) - Guest - Man sitting in Cafe
Lovers Vanished (Video) as
The Great Queen Seondeok (TV Series) as
Haendeupon as
Jang Yun-Ho
Portrait of a Beauty as
Modeon boi as
Hidaka Shinsuke
Kang Chul-jung: Gonggongui jeog 1-1 as
Lovers (TV Series) as
Tae San
No Regret as
Song Jae-min (as Han Lee)
Gootbai sollo (TV Series) as
Yoo Ji-an
Nae cheongchun-ege goham (as Han Lee)
Be Strong, Geum-Soon! (TV Series) as
Noh Seong-hwan
Hello, Mom! (Short)
MMTG (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.258 (2022) - Self
Golden Disc Awards (TV Series) as
Self - Presenter
- 34th Golden Disc Awards (2020) - Self - Presenter
Trans-Siberian Pathfinders (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.9 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.8 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.7 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.6 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.5 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.4 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.3 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.2 (2019) - Self
- Episode #1.1 (2019) - Self
Les zo'é, l'Amazonie en héritage (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator (voice)


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