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Ryoo Seung-bum (류승범) is an award-winning Korean actor famed for creating utterly unique, show-stopping supporting roles--often in the films of his own brother, director Ryoo Seung-wan.
Ryoo's acting career began casually, starring in his brother's first batch of low-budget short films, shot with friends as co-stars over 3 years. The aesthetically-disparate films would eventually be condensed and released in 2000 as Seung-wan's directorial debut, the critically-acclaimed cult hit Die Bad, a gritty debut that earned Seung-bum Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards.
The Ryoo brothers continued their success with their next film, a short action-comedy satirizing iconic Korean and kung-fu action films of the '60s and '70s: Dachimawa Lee. Ryoo then branched off from his brother's work for a supporting role in Waikiki Brothers, a hilarious and melancholy love letter to music from director Yim Soon-rye.
After winning a Best New Actor in TV award for his television debut in the family drama Wonderful Days, Ryoo turned to darker roles in films like the No Blood No Tears and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. His comedic performance in the anthology No Comment, however, was a standout. He then returned to TV for another series with the writer of Wonderful Days, this time playing a young man in love with a much older, terminally-ill single mother in Solitude.
His first leading man movie role came in 2002 with Conduct Zero, where he plays a popular high schooler falling in love with a shy, geeky girl.
The real turning point in his career, however, came with 2005's Crying Fist, considered a huge achievement for both Ryoo and his brother. The true-story-inspired tale of two boxers cemented Ryoo Seung-beum as a master actor in his own right--some even claiming he outshone his veteran co-star Choi Min-sik.
After a few years of dabbling more in theatre and television--including a drama co-starring Song Hye-kyo--Ryoo returned to the silver screen with his brother's genre-bending Arahan, a superpowered wuxia-cum-comedy in which he portrayed a traffic cop who discovers he has innate, magical martial arts abilities.
In 2008, Ryoo returned to reprise one of his former roles as a villain in the full-length feature version of Dachimawa Lee.
In 2010, he joined the all-star ensemble cast of raunchy sex comedy Foxy Festival, wherein he played a fish hawker with a RealDoll fetish, then in 2012, starred in Radio Days, where he played a radio announcer.
In 2013, he spoke four languages for his role as a North Korean assassin in the critically-acclaimed spy thriller The Berlin File, a film that became Korea's most successful action film and earned him rave reviews for his "brilliant" performance's "electrifying viciousness."
After the massive success of The Berlin File, Ryoo took a break from acting; he returned to star in 2015's Intimate Enemies, but has focused his attention outside the cinematic world since.