Ha Jung-woo — Renaissance Award
Ha Jung-woo is a South Korean actor and film director. Ha studied theater at Chung-Ang University, and after several years of minor and supporting parts, he was cast in his first starring role in the low-budget indie THE UNFORGIVEN (2005), directed by his friend Yoon Jong-bin. This was followed by Kim Ki-duk’s TIME (2006), and Gina Kim’s cross-cultural romance NEVER FOREVER (2007) with Vera Farmiga. But his breakthrough role to stardom was in Na Hong-jin’s serial killer film THE CHASER (2008). Known to attract both critical acclaim and commercial success, Ha quickly became the most in-demand leading actor of his generation in Korean cinema, showcasing his versatility in the road movie MY DEAR ENEMY (2008), the sports film TAKE OFF (2009), crime drama and Na Hong-jin follow-up THE YELLOW SEA (2010), crime saga NAMELESS GANGSTER: RULES OF THE TIME (2012), romantic comedy LOVE FICTION (2012), spy thriller THE BERLIN FILE (2013), newsroom thriller THE TERROR LIVE (2013) and as a Korean Robin Hood in KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT (2014).
Most of these titles have played in HIFF over the years. He made his directorial debut with the comedy FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT (2013), followed by the family drama CHRONICLE OF A BLOOD MERCHANT (2015). His latest starring role, aptly named “Hawaii Pistol”, in director Choi Dong-hoon’s WWII set spy thriller and smash hit film, ASSASSINATION, is playing in this year’s Festival.