Kim Dong-wan

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Kim Dong-wan in September 2018.
Background information
Native name
김동완 (金烔完)
Born (1979-11-21) 21 November 1979 (age 39)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active1998–present
Labels
Associated acts Shinhwa
Website http://www.shinhwacompany.co.kr/
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Dongwan
McCune–Reischauer Kim Tong-wan

Kim Dong-wan (hangul: 김동완; born 21 November 1979) is a South Korean entertainer, known as a member of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. He has been acting since 2002, with roles in television dramas such as A Farewell to Sorrow and Children of Heaven. He has said that given the opportunity he would prefer a career in acting rather than as a singer, [1] However, since the release of his debut album, he has stated that now he prefers singing more. From Shinhwa, Kim is the fourth member to go solo, following Lee Min-woo, Shin Hye-sung, and Jun Jin.

Hangul Native alphabet of the Korean language

The Korean alphabet, known as Hangul, has been used to write the Korean language since its creation in the 15th century by King Sejong the Great. It may also be written as Hangeul following the standard Romanization.

A boy band is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation, singing love songs marketed towards young women. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term something of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Many boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.

Shinhwa South Korean boy band

Shinhwa is a South Korean six-member boy band based in Seoul, composed of Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin, and Andy Lee. Launched by SM Entertainment on March 24, 1998, the group signed with Good Entertainment in 2004 before creating their Shinhwa Company to manage their career as a band. The band struggled initially with their first album before finding commercial success with their sophomore album T.O.P.. When their contract with SM Entertainment expired in July 2003, all six members signed with Good Entertainment and assumed creative control with the release of Brand New. That same year, members began to pursue individual careers.

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Early life

Kim was a child actor and starred in several dramas as a teenager but opted not to pursue acting as a career. [2] He later joined S.M. Entertainment as a trainee after being "streetcasted". [3]

Career

1998: Debut with Shinhwa

Kim made his debut in 1998 as a vocalist in the boy band Shinhwa. Although he is not lead vocalist, he began singing bigger parts on Shinhwa's 7th album, Brand New . One song from the album, "Liar", actually only has Kim as the vocalist, along with Eric Mun as the rapper. He also wrote, composed, and arranged a song on the album, titled "Set Free". Though he had branched out as a solo artist, he is part of Shinhwa and just released Shinhwa's 9th album. [4]

The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

<i>Brand New</i> (Shinhwa album) 2004 studio album by Shinhwa

Brand New is the seventh studio album of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. It was released on 27 August 2004 by Good Entertainment. It is their first album since leaving SM Entertainment and signing with Good Entertainment. The four lead tracks are "Brand New", "Angel", "Crazy" and "Oh".

Eric Mun South Korean singer and actor

Eric Mun is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member and leader of the South Korean boy band Shinhwa. He is also well known for several dramas such as Phoenix (2004), Super Rookie (2005) and Another Oh Hae-young (2016). He was with Top Class Entertainment from 2007 to December 2013. In 2014, Mun and his manager of 10 years, Lee Jong-hyun, set up a new management agency, E&J Entertainment, for his individual activities. Mun is also the CEO of Shinhwa Company, the home agency of his group, with Lee Min-woo as co-CEO since 2011, and with the remaining members—Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin and Andy Lee—as shareholders.

Kim was one of several Korean celebrities praised by the Japanese media for giving generous donations for flood victims in 2006. [5]

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On April 16, 2007, Kim appeared as a guest on MC Mong's "Pleasure and Pain" radio show. When asked about an incident early in his career where he injured his nose, he confessed that he in fact had plastic surgery to change its shape. [6]

MC Mong Korean rapper

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2007: Solo debut

Kim released his debut solo album, Kimdongwan Is, on July 5, 2007, which featured collaborations with his fellow Shinhwa members, including Lee Andy rapping in the song "Loving Summer", Shin Hye Sung singing a duet with Kim in "The One Left Alone", and Eric rapping in "My Love". [7] The other members have contribute to the album as well, with Lee Min Woo writing, composing and arranging the song "My Love," and with Jun Jin helping him with choreography. [8] Kim expressed gratitude for their contributions, saying, "I’ve been working together with the group Shinhwa, thus there was a lot of pressure working on the solo album, but since the other members showed up and helped me with most of it, it has been a great big help for me". Kim's first single was the ballad, "Handkerchief", a song about a guy who consoles his girlfriend and wipes away her tears. Despite Shinhwa's genre in music like American R&B and bubblegum pop, Kim said he wanted his album to be more J-pop influenced, having redone a song by Glay and Exile in the album.

Bubblegum pop is a genre of pop music with an upbeat sound contrived and marketed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers, which may be produced in an assembly-line process, driven by producers and often using unknown singers. Bubblegum's classic period ran from 1967 to 1972. A second wave of bubblegum began two years later and ran until 1977 when disco took over.

J-pop, natively also known simply as pops, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in traditional Japanese music, but significantly in 1960s pop and rock music, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, which led to Japanese rock bands such as Happy End fusing rock with Japanese music in the early 1970s. J-pop was further defined by new wave groups in the late 1970s, particularly electronic synth-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra and pop rock band Southern All Stars.

For the debut album, Kim also lost a lot of weight, saying that "it's not good for a ballad singer to have a muscular image. Someone singing ballads should have a lean, 'hungry-looking' image." His album sold over 25,000 copies in two days, with 41,490 copies sold by the end of 2007, allowing it to rank 19th for the year. [9] In 2008, he released his 2nd solo album, The Secret; Between Us. The album featured collaborations with Tiffany of SNSD, Jade Valerie, Shinhwa bandmate, Eric and Heritage.

2008-2011: Military service and musical

Kim enlisted for mandatory military service in November 2008, at an army training camp in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do [10] He was discharged on 17 December 2010, after serving 24 months as an administrative worker at the Seodaemun-gu District Office. [11]

Upon being discharged Kim joined Shinhwa bandmate Shin Hye-sung at Liveworks Company and has since played the lead role of Hedwig in theatrical musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Sang Sang Art Hall in Seoul. In August 2011, Kim played the role of Korean independence activist, Lee Youk-sa in MBC two-part special drama, The Peak, also known as Life of Lee Youk-Sa, the Poet who Embraced Epoch. It was broadcast on Korea's Liberation Day, 15 August 2011. Lee Youk-sa was a poet, during Japanese Colonial Period, who died in prison at the age of 40, leaving a collection of some 40 works of poetry.

2012: Shinhwa comeback and acting

In March 2012, Kim reunited with his Shinhwa bandmates for their comeback after four years, under the management of 'Shinhwa Company'. It is a joint venture agency for members to perform as a group, of which Eric and Lee Min-woo are co-CEOs and the remaining members are shareholders. The Company manages the group as a whole, whilst members' individual activities are managed by their respective agencies. [12] The group released their tenth studio album The Return on 23 March 2012, [13] [14] launched their comeback concerts 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return throughout Asia [15] [16] and their first exclusive variety program Shinhwa Broadcast premiered on 17 March 2012 on cable channel JTBC. [17]

In July, Kim co-starred with Kim Myung-min and Lee Ha-nui in thriller Deranged as Jae-pil, a detective agonized with guilt for squandering his brother's money, in the stock market. [18] [19] In August, Kim was cast as the title role of Kim Tae-pyung in KBS' daily drama, Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! , about a male domestic cleaner and housekeeper, the guardian of three, later four,children none of which are his own. The series premiered in November and marked Kim's first television drama since Good Bye, Sadness in 2005. [20] At the 2012 KBS Drama Awards, Kim received the Best Actor in Daily Drama award for his portrayal of Mr Kim. [21]

2015: Donation to Nepal

In April 2015, after the earthquake in Nepal, Dong Wan was reported to have donated 36,000,000 (equivalent to approximately $33,660 USD) towards the relief fund. [22]

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak
chart positions
Track listing
KOR
(RIAK)
Kimdongwan Is
  • Released: July 5, 2007 (SDL-0009) [23]
  • Repackage Released: October 4, 2007 (SDL-0051) [24]
  • Label: H2 Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
  • Sales: 41,490 [25]
4 [26]
Track listing
  1. Dongwan Is (Intro)
  2. 내 잘못이니까 (It's My Fault)
  3. 손수건 (Handkerchief)
  4. 삼총사 (feat. MC Mong, Ho In-chang) (Three Musketeers)
  5. Scream (feat. D.Bace, DJ Tukutz of Epik High)
  6. 사랑이 가여워 (Love... Poor)
  7. My Love (feat. Eric)
  8. 여름이 좋아 (feat. Andy) (Loving Summer)
  9. 남은 사람 (duet with Shin Hye-sung) (The One Left Alone)
  10. 사랑해선 안 될 사람 (duet with Byul) (Cannot Love You)
  11. 진담 (Truth)
  12. Scream (Instrumental)
Repackage Track listing
  1. Dongwan Is (Intro)
  2. 들어봐 (For 신화창조) Listen (For Shinhwa Changjo)
  3. 내 잘못이니까 (It's My Fault)
  4. 손수건 (Handkerchief)
  5. 삼총사 (feat. MC Mong, Ho In-chang) (Three Musketeers)
  6. Scream (feat. D.Bace, DJ Tukutz of Epik High)
  7. 사랑이 가여워 (Love... Poor)
  8. My Love (feat. Eric)
  9. 여름이 좋아 (feat. Andy) (Loving Summer)
  10. 남은 사람 (duet with Shin Hye-sung) (The One Left Alone)
  11. 사랑해선 안 될 사람 (duet with Byul) (Cannot Love You)
  12. 진담 (Truth)
  13. 손수건 (Remix)(Handkerchief)
The Secret Between Us
  • Released: May 13, 2008 (SDL-0111) [27]
  • Repackage Released: July 22, 2008 (SDL-0140) [28]
  • Label: H2 Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
  • Sales: 16,537+ [29]
2 [29]
Track listing
  1. 남자의 사랑 (Man's Love)
  2. 비밀 (narration by Tiffany of Girls' Generation) (Secret)
  3. 왜 그래 (feat. Heritage) (What's Wrong?)
  4. Honey (feat. Eric)
  5. 사랑하는 사람아 (Person You Love)
  6. 바람의 노래 (Wind's Song)
  7. 사이 키스 (Kiss Between Us)
  8. 떠나도 돼 (You Can Leave)
  9. 악녀 탈출 (Witch's Escape)
  10. 좋을 사람 (Good Person)
  11. 잊어야겠다 (I Need to Forget)
  12. You Don't Know Me (duet with Jade Valerie)
  13. 비밀 (Instrumental)
  14. 왜 그래 (Instrumental)
Repackage Track listing
  1. 남자의 사랑 (Man's Love)
  2. 비밀 (narration by Tiffany of Girls' Generation) (Secret)
  3. 왜 그래 (feat. Heritage) (What's Wrong?)
  4. Honey (feat. Eric)
  5. 사랑하는 사람아 (Person You Love)
  6. 바람의 노래 (Wind's Song)
  7. 사이 키스 (Kiss Between Us)
  8. 떠나도 돼 (You Can Leave)
  9. 악녀 탈출 (Witch's Escape)
  10. 좋을 사람 (Good Person)
  11. 잊어야겠다 (I Need to Forget)
  12. 후애 (After)
  13. 이별 전화 (duet With Wanted Kim Jae-seok)
  14. You Don't Know Me (duet with Jade Valerie)
  15. 비밀 (Instrumental)
  16. 왜 그래 (Instrumental)

Mini albums

TitleDetailsPeak
chart positions
Track listing
KOR
(RIAK)
D
  • Released: October 21, 2015 [30]
  • Label: Loen Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: CD, digital download
-
Track listing
  1. I'm Fine
  2. Piece (feat. C Jamm)
  3. My Friend (feat. Danny Ahn of g.o.d)
  4. Piece (Inst.)
  5. My Friend (Inst.)
W
  • Released: November 27, 2015
  • Label: Loen Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: CD, digital download

20 [31]

Track listing
  1. 잘자 (feat. Andy of Shinhwa)
  2. DU DU DU
  3. HE_SUNSHINE
  4. DU DU DU (Inst.)
  5. 잘자 (Inst.)

Compilation albums

TitleDetailsPeak
chart positions
Track listing
JPN
(Oricon)
Japan Premium Best
  • Released: December 15, 2010
  • Label: Tsubasa Records
  • Language: Korean, Japanese
57 [32]
Track listing
CD
  1. 聞いて...(for Shinhwa Changjo)
  2. 僕のせいだから (It's My Fault)
  3. ハンカチ (Handkerchief)
  4. My Love (feat. Eric)
  5. 夏が好き Feat. Andy (Loving Summer)
  6. 愛してはいけない人 (feat. Byul) (Cannot Love You)
  7. もう、いいよ (It's Good)
  8. とうして? (feat. Heritage) (Why?)
  9. 秘密 (narration by Tiffany of Girls' Generation) (Secret)
  10. サイキス -キスとキスの間- (Kiss Kiss -Between the Kisses-)
  11. 風の歌 (Wind's Song)
  12. いい人 (Good Person)
  13. 後愛 (After Love)
  14. 約束 (duet with Younha) (Can't Forget)
  15. 君がいるべき場所 (feat. K)
DVD
  1. ハンカチ (Handkerchief)
  2. 秘密 (narration by Tiffany of Girls' Generation) (Secret)
  3. 約束 (duet with Younha) (Can't Forget)
  4. 君がいるべき場所 (feat. K)

Singles

TitleDetailsPeak
chart positions
Track listing
KOR
(RIAK)
JPN
(Oricon)
"약속"
("Promise")
  • Released: November 7, 2008 (SDL-0187) [33]
  • Label: H2 Entertainment
  • Format: CD
  • Language: Korean
--
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 약속 (duet with Younha) (Promise)
  3. 못잊어 (Can't Forget)
  4. 약속 (Instrumental)
"My Summer Girl"
  • Released: August 24, 2011 (POCE-92007, POCE-32007) [34] [35]
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD
  • Language: Japanese
-109 [36]
Version 1 Track listing
  1. My Summer Girl (duet with Kohmi Hirose)
  2. Time Machine
  3. My Summer Girl (instrumental)
  4. Time Machine (instrumental)
Version 2 Track listing
  1. My Summer Girl (duet with Kohmi Hirose)
  2. Time Machine
  3. My Summer Girl (instrumental)
  4. Time Machine (instrumental)
  5. My Summer Girl (KDW Solo Version)
"He_Sunshine"
  • Released: November 21, 2014 [37]
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital
  • Language: Korean
Track listing
  1. He_Sunshine
  2. He_Sunshine (instrumental)
"He_Starlight" (Feat. Jeon So-min
  • Released: December 23, 2014 [38]
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital
  • Language: Korean
Track listing
  1. He_Starlight
  2. He_Starlight (instrumental)

Video albums

TitleDetailsTrack listing
약속: 첫번째 라이브 콘서트
Promise: The First Live Concert
  • Released: June 18, 2009 [39]
  • Released Under:
  • Language: Korean
  • Formats: DVD
Track listing
Disc
Concert
  1. Honey
  2. 악녀탈출
  3. 비밀
  4. 사랑이 가여워
  5. 내 잘못이니까
  6. 후애
  7. 잊어야겠다
  8. 여름이 좋아
  9. 들어봐
  10. 사이키스
  11. Say Anything + Always
  12. 바람의 노래
  13. 이별전화
  14. 좋을 사람
  15. 왜 그래
  16. Scream
  17. 남자의 사랑
  18. Brand New
  19. 손수건
Disc 2
Concert Special
  1. Special Talk 텐텐클럽
  2. Multi Angles – 사이키스
  3. Concert Making Film

Filmography

Television dramas

Film

Variety shows

MC

Awards and nominations

YearAwardsCategoryWorkResultRef
200425th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New ActorSpin KickNominated
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New ActorA Farewell to SorrowWon
Best CoupleNominated
2007 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen AwardHandkerchiefWon
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Ballad Performance Nominated [44]
2012 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! Won [21]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) Deranged Won [45] [46]
6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, ActorCheer Up, Mr. Kim!Won
2015 SBS MTV The Show The Show Choice winnersI'm FineWon
2015 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Variety Show I Live Alone Won

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