091106* - Kim Myung Min's First Major Film Award


"Nation" actor Kim Myung Min was honored as the Best Lead Actor at the 46th Daejong Film Awards held on November 6 in Seoul. This is his first major award in the film industry, as well as his first award for his realistic portrayal of Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer, Baek Jong-woo in hit melodrama, Closer to Heaven.

Kim Myung Min was recognized twice as Best New Actor in his debut movie Sorum (2001) where he co-starred with the late multi-awarded actress Jang Jin-young. This was followed by three other movies:  Into The Mirror (2003),  Return/Wide Awake (2007) and Open City (2008). Unfortunately, he did not gain much distinction in the mentioned movies.

On the contrary, Kim is widely known for his award-winning roles in the small screen. He bagged 6 awards as Maestro Kang Gun Woo in  Beethoven Virus (MBC, 2008); 4 awards as Dr. Jang Joon Hyuk in The White Tower (MBC, 2007); 2 awards as gangster Oh Dal Gun in Bad Family (SBS, 2006); and 5 awards when he played the title role in The Immortal Admiral Yi Soon-shin (KBS1, 2004-2005).

Kim was also dubbed as Korea's Christian Bale when he lost a whopping 20 kilo in the course of the three-month filming of Closer to Heaven. Film director Park Jin-pyo praised Kim's performance saying that "by offering the best performance in the movie, Kim Myung Min almost lost his life."  Kim  is renowned for his dedication to immerse himself into every role he takes.

6 November 2009, MyungMin International