By Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik with Vice Chairman Ha Eui-chul
Last Sunday, I had a rare opportunity to meet with Mrs. Kim Hee-ra, madam of Korea’s famous actor, Kim Hee-ra. His farther, Kim Seung-ho, was even more famous for many outstanding award-winning movies, including Mabu (A Horse Cart Driver).
The meeting was also attended by Vice Chairman Ha Hee-chul of The Korea Post media, Director Mme. Kim Eun-jeong of Wall Art Gallery in Seoul, Mme. Nam Ki-hee (chairperson of Art Education Committee of the Korean Fine Arts Association).
In the history of Korean motion pictures, there are two persons who continue to remain in the minds of many people in Korea, especially the established generation, the senior citizens in particular.
Kim Hee-ra is the son of the late male star, Actor Kim Seung-ho who is famous paricularly for the movie, Mabu (horse cart-man or a drayman).
Kim Sung-ho was born on July 13, 1917 and decased on Dec. 1, 196 at the age of 51.
Kim Seung-ho was a very famous star of the 1950s and 1960s and was regarded as one of the best actors in Korean film history. Kim started acting at the age of 20, but he took lead roles when he was over 40 years old.
There are so many famous works where he starred, which include, besides Mabu, A Family Tree, The Magical Ship , Sahwa-san Mountain, Youth Gone in Void, Mother's Balloon, and The General's Mustache.
1963: The 1st, Blue Dragon Film Award: Best Actor (for Hyeolmaek)
1964: The 3rd Grand Bell Award: Best Actor (also for Hyeolmaek)
1967: The 5th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best Actor (for Manseon)
During the difficult years in Korea, one of the most popular means of transportation was horse-driven carts and the horse driver was called Mabu. Mabu was one of rarest hit films in those days.
Kim Hee-ra, son of Kim Seung-ho, also won many coveted awards for appearing in various films, which include:,
1969: The Old Jar Craftsman
1972: Oyster Village
1973: The Tragedy of Deaf Sam-yong
1974: The Land
1976: Let's Talk About Youth
1980: Lonely Star of Osaka, Love Me Once Again Despite Hatred
1981: Mrs. Kangbyeon, Forgive Me Once Again Despite Hatred '80, Even If You Take Everything, Children of Darkness Part 1, Young-ae the Songstress, Let's Meet in the Sad Season
1982: Abengo, Airborne Corps, People of Kkobang Neighborhood aka People in the Slums, Night of a Sorceress, Bird That Cries At Night .
1983: Yong-pal Has Returned, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Iron Me, Daughter of Fire.
1984: Love and Farewell, The Tiger That Doesn't Cry
1985: Adultery Tree, The Oldest Son, Cabbage in a Pepper Field
1986: Red Cherry, No Regret, Seoul Is Cloudy with Rain Showers, Son of God
1987: My Bare Feet In The Air, A Woman Beating the Drum
1988: Gam-dong, If You Want
1990: Rooster, Dreaming Plant
1991: Byun Geum-ryun, The Echo of Love and Death Part 1, The Echo of Love and Death Part 2
1992: Byun Geum-ryun 2
1994: The Eternal Empire, The Story of Two Women, Vanished, Apricot Blossom in Snow for One Born in Seven Months
The Great Hunter G. J. , Mom, the Star, and the Sea Anemone
1998: Tie a Yellow Ribbon
2006: Bloody Tie Lee Taek-jo, The Fox Family, Man living in the container
2010: Poetry, Mr. Kang
2012: Star Chairman (guest)
Awards and nominations:
1972: 16th Buil Film Awards, Best Actor Award for Oyster Village.
2010: Won the 47th Grand Bell Awards, Best Supporting Actor.