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Actor Ha-kyun Shin is best known for his collaborations with influential South Korean director Park Chan-wook in such well-received films as the war thriller "J.S.A.: Joint Security Area," the crime drama "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," and the inventive horror film "Thirst." Shin was trained as a theater actor in his home city of Seoul at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, but he quickly found a home in screen acting. After appearing in two films by director Jin Jang in the late '90s, Shin broke into the mainstream with his Blue Dragon Award-winning portrayal of Private Chong U-jin in Park's "Joint Security Area," about the murder of two soldiers in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The film was a massive critical and commercial success and, at the time of its release in 2000, stood as the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. Shin next starred in the hit 2001 comedy "Guns & Talks" before reuniting with Park in "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance." Another milestone for both Park and Shin, the film follows deaf-mute Ryu (Shin) as he is pushed to extreme lengths to earn money for his sister's kidney transplant. Shin starred in several movies throughout the 2000's, including the outrageous...

Actor Ha-kyun Shin is best known for his collaborations with influential South Korean director Park Chan-wook in such well-received films as the war thriller "J.S.A.: Joint Security Area," the crime drama "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," and the inventive horror film "Thirst." Shin was trained as a theater actor in his home city of Seoul at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, but he quickly found a home in screen acting. After appearing in two films by director Jin Jang in the late '90s, Shin broke into the mainstream with his Blue Dragon Award-winning portrayal of Private Chong U-jin in Park's "Joint Security Area," about the murder of two soldiers in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The film was a massive critical and commercial success and, at the time of its release in 2000, stood as the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. Shin next starred in the hit 2001 comedy "Guns & Talks" before reuniting with Park in "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance." Another milestone for both Park and Shin, the film follows deaf-mute Ryu (Shin) as he is pushed to extreme lengths to earn money for his sister's kidney transplant. Shin starred in several movies throughout the 2000's, including the outrageous comedy-fantasy "Save the Green Planet!" and "No Mercy for the Rude," in which he plays a chef moonlighting as a hitman. He landed a significant role in Park's genre-bending "Thirst," playing an old friend to the lead character, a priest who has recently become a vampire.

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