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Park Ki-woong moved to tears at acting praise

As you may know (because I keep harping on it), KBS’s new drama Story of a Man has got me rather hooked, for several reasons. First, the direction of the drama is beautiful, tight, and skilled. The story is mysterious. And the acting is pretty damn good, particularly with its uber-villain played by Kim Kang-woo, followed by the awkward autistic financial genius played by Park Ki-woong.

Park has been in several drama series and films (Love & Marriage, When Night Comes), but this’ll most likely be the breakout role that turns him into “real actor,” and the honor is not lost on him. In a recent interview, he admits that he was moved to tears after receiving the first acting praise of his career.

“I was reading the drama message board, and started tearing up without realizing,” said Park.

In Story of a Man, Park Ki-woong plays the brain behind the “Dream Team” assembled by Park Yong-ha, as Ahn Kyung-tae, who exhibits mild autism but also has an excellent analytical mind and keen judgment.

After he first appeared in the second episode, viewers have heaped strong praise on Park on online message boards for his portrayal of Ahn Kyung-tae.

Park Ki-woong gained popularity after a cell phone CF [watch below] and appeared in several films and dramas, but he hasn’t received praise anywhere as positive as he is currently hearing. After jumping to a lead role in the movie My Tutor Friend 2, he showed promise as an up-and-comer. However, like suffering indigestion after eating too quickly, his following projects weren’t successful and he suffered some mocking as “the guy who became famous through one commercial.”

Here’s Park Ki-woong’s hilarious Sky cell phone CF from three years ago:

 

However, in the case of Story of a Man, eight or nine out of ten online comments about Park have been positive, and one in particular made him well up with tears, which said, “You can see him maturing every time the drama airs.”

Park said, “I only started acting six or seven years ago. My filmography isn’t that long… It doesn’t really make sense to hear that I’m acting well. I know I lack a lot, and I’m always blaming myself, ‘Why can’t you do any better than this?’ I approach each shoot thinking that even if I don’t improve, at least I shouldn’t take a step backward. So to hear that I’m improving every day touched my heart more than any other praise could.”

Ahn Kyung-tae isn’t an easy character to act. It requires a lot of study, given that he suffers from nervous tics and autism, and on top of that is someone who shot to fame as a stock analyst. Park explained, “On set, I usually run through the scene several times myself and familiarize myself with the script in an ‘animalistic’ style [i.e., basic, instinctual], and I don’t memorize the dialogue separately. But this time, I’m getting rid of my previous acting style and did a lot of prior research and study.”

He met with people who suffer from speech and motor impediments, and because his first meeting with Kim Shin (Park Yong-ha) in the drama takes place in prison, he sought out many similar films and documentaries to study. He also practiced constantly to be able to speak financial and stock terminology naturally, and above all he exerted much care to not overly exaggerate his portrayal of a disabled person.

Park Ki-woong says, “I can’t speak too freely about the events in Story of a Man, but I can tell you this. Story of a Man is a drama that all the actors can feel pride in. The cast is working hard and pouring themselves into character, so I hope it does well.”

First of all, it’s interesting to witness this change in Park, because it’s like watching a light bulb turn on over an actor’s head. He must have natural talent if he’s worked as much as he has without needing to do a lot of preparation. I’m not saying Method is the way to go, because I don’t think that at all, but I’m glad to see someone able to work with his natural ability and elevate it to the next level.

And secondly, you know what this means, all you Park Ki-woong fans: HE READS TEH INTERNETZ. Get on it!

Via E Daily

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the video is so funny.

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(confession: i've watched it about ten times since this morning. and i giggle each time.)

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do you know where i can watch this drama online? mysoju.com only has up to ep 2 so far and im dying to watch ep 3 and 4!

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LOL @ the commercial.

And javabeans. You have GOT to stop writing about Story of a Man. Every time I see a new post about this drama I want to start watching it, but I know that I don't have the time so it makes me cry a little.

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^ LoL I want to start watching it now too!

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i have start watching the drama..
and nevertheless, it is so intriguing and so movie-like..
which is good.. :-)

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@ all the people who want to watch the drama

It's on viikii, and I'm helping with segmenting and subbing and such, but I'm very slow, so if anyone else is interested in helping segmenting or subbing that would be great. ^_^

But, 1-2 are basically subbed, and 3-5 are unsubbed(i haven't had time to segment any of them T_T), but if you can understand Korean, you can watch 3-5 on there. :]

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lol... what a funny cf indeed, his head errh neck is so flexible...hihihi

So another actor stepping foot on the magic land of "true actors"... woah, kudos to him...and he's only 24..woot woot, I hope to see more good projects for him in the future... =D

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omg!!! i so remember that commercial but didnt realize it was him...i love him!!! i liked him in WHen its at night...Love and Marriage..not so much..he was annoying in that one..(the character of course)...but im glad...^^

oh man...now you making me want to watch it now when i dont have the time either...and its not subbed anyways...i'll wait....^^

but since its a KBS drama maybe KSB world will sub it!! ^^

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Is that really him moving his neck like that or is that computer enhaced? If that's really him, he can be nicknamed the Incredible Elastic Neck-Man.

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OH-EM-GEE!
The picture with him and his make shift headset is just way too cute.
I've only seen the first two episodes and I hope to be able to catch up with the rest so I can follow along with your recaps.

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I like both stories of Time Between Dog an Wolf (Lee Jun Ki) and The Devil (Joo Ji Hoon)..Does this drama will have the same kind of story like the dramas i mentioned before? If it's so, i'll try to watch it..

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I watched the first episode and i excpected it to bore me to death because of all he action(i know i'm weird if action bores me but i always like some romance ad comedy mixed in; a variety), but it was surprisingly good! The evil guy is obviously hot like you said and so is the main character but to me the way Kim Kang Woo( who i mistook for Kwon Sang Woo, how crazy is it that they also have almost the same name)played his role seemed like there was too much effort. I can see what his character is supposed to be, cool, creepy, slick, but he doesn't creep me out yet. Like the part where he took the strand of hair off the company guy making it look like he was about to hit him, i KNEW that he wouldn't really hit him, you know what I mean? I feel like i'm supposed to be surprised at his every move and i'm not, and his putting a tiny bit TOO much effort into a character that is completly effortless. I'm not the most articulate person out there and i don't know if that makes sense to anyone, but i hope so.

And one more observation: omg the directing is SICK. When it started it looked just like a movie and even if you don't like action-y stuff, you get sucked in and excited....just trust me you guys check it out!

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Ahaha, that commercial is adorable!

Kyung-tae has been my second favourite character (Do-woo obviously being the first) pretty much since we met him. I've taken to calling him Twitchy/Twitchy McTwitcherson, and it's the highlight of my day when he does something adorable (like almost doing the ET finger-poke thing to Eun-soo). I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for him in the future. This kid has some serious talent.

I'm becoming obsessed with the dramaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa~ The direction is just amazing--I was especially struck by it in episode 4, when the camera's pulling up through the middle of the stairs and Do-woo's laying exhausted on the floor after beating the crap out of his "friend"..

Am I the only one who finds Philip Lee's English weird, though? I mean, I know he speaks it fluently, and his pronunciation is perfect, but he has a really strange lack of inflection. It kind of bothers me.. It's almost like he's not acting when he speaks English.

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the cellphone commercial is so funny
hahahahahahah lmao lol

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anyone know where i can watch the video?

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i know i wasn't "supposed" to like him in love & marriage because he was an obstacle(-ish) to the main couple, but he was so fun and while kim ji hoon is hot to the omegath (...) degree, he was borin' and i loved park ki woong much more.

that commercial is HILARIOUS.

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People, you have to watch this drama. Ep 1 and 2 are awesome, each actor has got skills needed, and as javabeans said Park Ki-wong is incredible. He reminds me of Heath Ledger in the Dark Night. And reading your recaps helps a lot that watching it without subtitle is not bad at all.

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kyungtae is actually my favorite character out of all of them =D

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That commercial is hilarious. Can't. Stop. Watching. OMG! Bad, Javabeans, baad, for posting addicting stuff!

As for Story of a man, Sarah, seriously, you have *got* to stop praising this. My kdrama of the moment is Flowers for my life, but you make me want to ditch it in favor of SoaM and that'd be a shame because Flowers is all kinds of awesome.

Also, look, I had The return of Iljimae lined up next to Flowers and now I'm all torn: which was should I go for after Flowers, The return of Iljimae or Story of a man? Dude, I already take forever to make a decision and you're not making my life any easier, ack!

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I'm glad Story of a Man comes on KBS....will be able to catch it soon!!!

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hmmmm his acting sound interesting after ive read your comment probably im going to start watching it......

Thanks

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People who is watching Story of A Man because reading Javabeans' recaps, you SHOULD thank her! :P

I'm watching it without sub, thanks to your recaps, so...really looking forward for the next recap ( no need to hurry tho, but I bet you've seen ep. 5 and probably is watching ep.6 now? :) )

I tried not to hurry to watch this, but man, I really curious with the story's progress, so I keep lurking on its Soompi thread..

Ki Woong is not the most handsome actor out there, but he does a great job here!
I had watched ep.1-2, while I still haven't seen his "impressing" acting, but I believed you, that he'll be improving in ep. 3-4.

ahahahaha, the CF is funnyyyy. He does have the geek look!

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wow ! i didn't realize how cute he wass :D
i think it was because, in love and marriage, he was shadowed by mr. sexy.

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I'm usually just a reader of you Javabeans... but I think I'm going to try this drama out... maybe because I just missed Fringe and I need a distraction. :P

I'm also not good at staring at a screen for long, so we'll see how this goes.

Anyway, it intrigues me that this drama is shot like a movie!! :D

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This is completely unrelated to this. I'm not Korean so I still don't know um ya --- question - what's the deal w/ the paint or whatever it is on the gloves? In the beginning I thought the guys were working so hard that their hand was bleeding like they need to atoning for something.

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His first pic reminds me of "L" from the death note.

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I loved the commercial and I also liked his acting in Love & marriage and My tutor friend 2 ^^

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lol. He reads the internet! OMGOSH!!! JAVABEANS~ what if... he's reading your article right now? *spazzes*

honestly though, I'm proud of him. Seeing him on the CF (and, I'll be the first one to admit that EVERY TIME someone danced that two-step-neck thing on variety shows, I was annoyed) and then seeing him evolve as an actor has made me so... fulfilled? Does that make sense?

There are so many actors who's careers I've followed but Park Ki-woong feels like a friend... someone you can relate to.

XD

Or maybe it's just because I had a friend just like his character in My Tutor Friend 2. I need to remember that actors and characters they play are different entities.

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Oh I was surprised by Park Ki-Woong's acting skills in the "Story of the Man". Because unlike Love Marriage, his character here seems so intriguing and he shows it through his elevated acting skills. Every time the camera comes on him, you can feel the intensity. He does an awesome FANTASTIC job! ^_^

Btw, mysoju.com has the first two episodes subbed from dailymotion.com.

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the CF is so funny! my favorite part is when the girls moved out of the way when he moved his head :D

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Aw, I'm so happy for him I could burst.

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dang. judging from the stills, he still reminds me of "L" from death note :p but then again i haven't watched his actual performance/acting yet, so i'm looking forward to it :D

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you made me really want to watch Story of a Man!

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Omg, I agree with what everyone else said about really wanting to watch Story of a Man now that you've been ranting about it, JB. And that video is sooo great. Not what I expected...kinda reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite.

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THAT WAS HIM?!
You would think I'd realize that the neck movement from MTF2 and Sky CF were the same xD
I think he's uber adorable, especially in the trailer for MTF2 when they play out the winter sonata walk in the park. XD

"If you got any problems meet me out back." xD
I think I'll remember him for that line forever.

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oh kiwoong ;) you're a really dedicated actor :) best wishes to you :) i know you'll become a top!

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One word: HOT! (:

Seriously, he looks good in the second picture there =D
So where can we leave him comments? (Does he understand English? >.>)

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I have a question ...even though this drama is REALLY good why r they getting such bad ratings in Korea?

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the show is really good but sadly the ratings are not doing so well

how come koreans don't like this drama???

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Mawang's ratings were like this too. Drama's WAY too dark, especially in this current economic situation, to be conventionally popular. In this timeslot, you go straight from THE escapist drama of the year in Boys Before Flowers to THE grittiest drama (thus far) of the year in Man's Story. No audience carryover.

It's however, a hot mania drama, and it'll still be a hot Hallyu property (Japanese audience LOVED Resurrection and Mawang) thanks to Park Yong Ha. You MAY see a Resurrection-style spike in the 2nd half of the show.

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the vid's hilarious! :D :D :D

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the part when he does the chicken head thing among all the girls just cracks me up!!! love him<3

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I just start watching Story of a Man because of your recap on this drama. Thanks JB!!
You're right this show is addicting and so intense.

Park Ki-woong indeed looks like "L". lol

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I like this guy , his a brilliant actor and I`m happy to know that his career is doing great. I think I try to watch this drama Story of a man because his one of the cast.

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I’m ganna finally see him in drama…gosh I first saw him in My Tutor Friend 2 and got attracted first how handsome he is but believe me he really has a hand in comedy you can’t help but admire him coz he can act. I’m not saying that My Tutor friend is a masterpiece of a drama but like any typical Korean movie it has its own at one point of heartwarming scene.

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he looks familiar & he's another cutie! can't wait to see this! thnx javabeans for sharing!

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@26, Philippa -

"This is completely unrelated to this. I’m not Korean so I still don’t know um ya — question - what’s the deal w/ the paint or whatever it is on the gloves? In the beginning I thought the guys were working so hard that their hand was bleeding like they need to atoning for something"

Likely, it is a rubber-like substance. You can find them in most hardware stores for gardening and other things. The back of the glove is just light cotton, and the front of the glove (where you grip) has a rubber-like substance that is applied to make it grippy and durable.

-Samsooki

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if korea ever decide to do death note he would make the PERFECT L~~

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I haven't watch yet, but since Park Ki-woong is in it . . . of course!!! I loved him in 'when it's at night'.

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