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January 1, 1952) is the consummate veteran actor, having starred in close to 70 films at the time of this writing.
The local press has even dubbed him with the nickname, "The National Actor".
Therefore you may find the same person's name spelled in different ways, for example "Jang Jin-young" vs. The letter "iung" is silent and is followed by a vowel; note that the name "Lee" is actually pronounced "ee" or "yi" in Korean.
(To learn more -- it's easier than you think -- visit this introduction to the Korean alphabet) Ahn Sung-ki (b.
Ahn also took an active role in supporting Korea's Screen Quota System after the US began to place pressure on Korea to abolish the system in the late 1990s.
The early 2000s has seen Ahn continue to balance more popular works with films by veteran directors.
3, the hugely popular internet romance The Contact, Hur Jin-ho's classic Christmas in August, and the film that officially kicked off Korea's modern-day commercial boom, Kang Je-kyu's Swiri.
Ahn was also the obvious choice to play the nation's chief executive in the romantic comedy The Romantic President.
From 1999 until early 2003, however, Han took an extended leave of absence from filmmaking, only appearing occasionally on TV commercials.
By the time of his return in the film Double Agent -- a spy film in which he stars with Ko So-young, which was a disappointment at the box-office -- he had lost his status as the most popular actor in the Korean film industry.
Meanwhile Kang Woo-suk's big budget Silmido, in which he played a tough but loyal military trainer, became the first film ever to sell 10 million tickets in Korea.
Meanwhile Ryoo Seung-wan's Arahan (2004) presented Ahn with yet another new challenge: wire action.
However despite (or perhaps because of) her long absence, she remains the undisputedly most popular actress of the last decade.