Biography

Choi Min-Sik was born on January 22, 1962 and first achieved fame on the stage and on television. He started appearing in films in 1992 and soon began making his mark in such notable works as Ji-Wun Kim’s The Quiet Family (1998). Commercial success came his way in 1999, when he played a North Korean spy in Kang Je-Gyu’s blistering action film, Shiri, a huge box office smash. In 2002 he received international acclaim by starring in Chihwaseon, a film by Korea’s most revered director, Kwon-Taek Im. As the nineteenth-century painter Seung-Up Jang, Choi created a vivid portrait of a proudly vulgar artist who both upset aristocratic artistic norms and altered the shape of Korean painting. Choi Min-Sik has said that he created the character, OH Dae-su, in Oldboy in a very different manner than Chihwaseon. Choi said he felt a responsibility to bring back to life the painter JANG Seung-Up in Chihwaseon, while in Oldboy OH Dae-su is the absolute product of his imagination. At various points during 2006 Choi (and several other Korean filmmakers, though separately from Choi) demonstrated in Seoul and at the Cannes Film Festival against the Korean decision to reduce the Film Quota from 146 to 73 days. While not successful (the reduced quota stands), the market share of Korean films remains at the top of the box office, with 7 of the top 10 films this year remaining homegrown (the same rate as in 2005).   - From asianmediawiki.com

Choi Min-Sik was born on January 22, 1962 and first achieved fame on the stage and on television. He started appearing in films in 1992 and soon began making his mark in such notable works as Ji-Wun Kim’s The Quiet Family (1998). Commercial success came his way in 1999, when he played a North Korean spy in Kang Je-Gyu’s blistering action film, Shiri, a huge box office smash. In 2002 he received international acclaim by starring in Chihwaseon, a film by Korea’s most revered director, Kwon-Taek Im. As the nineteenth-century painter Seung-Up Jang, Choi created a vivid portrait of a proudly vulgar artist who both upset aristocratic artistic norms and altered the shape of Korean painting. Choi Min-Sik has said that he created the character, OH Dae-su, in Oldboy in a very different manner than Chihwaseon. Choi said he felt a responsibility to bring back to life the painter JANG Seung-Up in Chihwaseon, while in Oldboy OH Dae-su is the absolute product of his imagination. At various points during 2006 Choi (and several other Korean filmmakers, though separately from Choi) demonstrated in Seoul and at the Cannes Film Festival against the Korean decision to reduce the Film Quota from 146 to 73 days. While not successful (the reduced quota stands), the market share of Korean films remains at the top of the box office, with 7 of the top 10 films this year remaining homegrown (the same rate as in 2005).   - From asianmediawiki.com

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1962-04-27

Place of Birth Seoul, South Korea

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Also Known As

  • 최민식
  • Choi Min-shik
  • Choi Min-sik
  • Min-sik Choi
  • Choe Min-sik
  • 崔岷植

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Heart Blackened as Lim Tae-san
2017 The Mayor as Byeon Jong-gu
2016 Old Days
2015 The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale as Cheon Man-deok
2014 The Admiral: Roaring Currents as Admiral Yi Sun-Shin
2014 Lucy as Mr. Jang
2013 In My End Is My Beginning
2013 New World as Section chief Kang Hyung-chul
2012 Ari Ari the Korean Cinema as Himself
2012 Nameless Gangster as Choi Ik-hyun
2011 Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild as Drifter
2010 I Saw the Devil as Kyung-chul
2008 Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells as Choi
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance as Mr. Baek
2005 Crying Fist as Gang Tae-shik
2004 Springtime as Hyeon-woo
2004 Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War as North Korean commander
2003 Oldboy as Oh Dae-su
2002 Painted Fire as Jang Seung-up
2001 Failan as Kang-jae
1999 Happy End as Seo Min-ki
1999 Shiri as Park Mu-young
1998 The Quiet Family as uncle
1997 No.3 as Ma Dong-pal
1992 Our Twisted Hero as Mr. Kim
1990 All That Falls Has Wings as Tae-sik
1989 Kuro Arirang

Sound

2006 HolidayMusic

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