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Movie star Namgung Won to make small screen debut

July 21, 2011 - 18:44 By 김윤미
Veteran film actor Namgung Won will make his television drama debut this weekend, starring in the SBS TV drama “Scent of a Woman.”

The 77-year-old has starred in 302 Korean movies since 1959 and has won a number of film awards, including two Best Male Actor Awards at the Daejong Film Awards.
Namgung Won in a scene from SBS drama “Scent of a Woman” (SBS)

His latest role will be the first in 10 years since he starred in the 2001 movie “Saulabi.” The actor, whose real name is Hong Kyung-il, is the father of Rep. Jungwook Hong of the Grand National Party.

“Scent of a Woman,” scheduled to air starting Saturday, revolves around a woman who chooses to make a “bucket list” instead of receiving chemotherapy after being told by her doctor that she has six months to live.

Namgung plays the role of a tycoon who takes revenge against a man who refused to marry his daughter. Actress Kim Sun-a will play the lead role.