Film veteran Song Kang-ho to star in his first television drama
After 32 years on Chungmuro, multi-awarded film actor Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer, Parasite, Broker) will be starring in his first television series. Entitled Uncle Sam Sik, the 10 episode drama will be centered on a bromance between Sam Sik and Kim San. The drama will be directed by PD Shin Yeon-seok, with whom Song is currently working on two separate films.
Anticipation is of course high for the small screen debut of this cinema legend, who recently became the first Korean to win Best Actor at the Cannes International Film Festival for his work in Broker.
From a humble theater background, Song shot to popularity when he starred in Park Chan Wook's now-classic Joint Security Area (2000). His profile rose even higher when he starred in Chan-Wook's follow-up, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) where he played a deaf-mute trying to earn money for his sister's kidney transplant. Since then, he was worked with many other notable directors such as Lee Chang-dong in Secret Sunshine (2007), but he has collaborated most frequently with Bong Joon-ho, who has cast him as the lead in Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006) and of course, Parasite (2019). Other notable films of Song Kang-ho include the Oscar entry The Throne (2015), the period film The Age of Shadows (2016), and the political film A Taxi Driver (2017).