Chinese name 韓庚 (Traditional)
Chinese name 韩庚 (Simplified)
Pinyin Hán Gēng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Hon4 Gang1 (Cantonese)
Born February 9, 1984 (1984-02-09) (age 26)
Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China China
Other name(s) 한경 (Hankyung)
Occupation Singer, dancer, actor, model
Genre(s) Pop, dance, R&B
Voice type(s) Tenor
Label(s) SM Entertainment
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts SM Town, Super Junior, Super Junior-M
Influences Andy Lau, Leehom Wang, Jang Dong-gun
Han Geng (born February 9, 1984), better known in Korea as Hankyung, is a Chinese pop singer and actor. A member of the Korean boy band Super Junior, he is also the leader of its subgroup, Super Junior-M. Being one of the four lead dancers of Super Junior, he is also one of the two members in the group who frequently performs Chinese martial arts in Super Junior’s dance routines the other being Sung Min. Han is well-known for his dancing, being particularly skillful in Chinese traditional dances from the 56 Chinese ethnic groups.[a] As a member of a Korean music group, he is an important contributor to the Korean wave in China. One of the first and more influential Chinese artist in Korea, Han was elected as a torch bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for his contribution to the cultural changes between China and South Korea.
He has recently requested the courts to terminate his contract with SM Entertainment, as he feels that it is unlawful and overly restrictive.
Han Geng, an ethnic Nanai from Northeast China, was born in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China. At the age of 13, he was accepted into Central University for Nationalities and left Mudanjiang for Beijing to perfect his craft in dance. In December 2001, Han’s friend notified him of a talent scouting audition that was going to be held in Beijing, and his friend encouraged Han to sign up with him. Although hesitant at first, Han agreed to audition with his friend. Together they signed up for the H.O.T. CHINA Audition Casting, a casting audition that was hosted by Korean talent agency and label SM Entertainment. The competition rate was 3000 to 1, and Han had no hopes of getting selected after auditions ended.
After the audition, Han began to work briefly as a cameo actor in short low-budget Chinese films to earn a salary before entering college. In late August 2002, Han was notified that he had been accepted into SM Entertainment. After Han’s graduation at the Central University for Nationalities, he was sent to South Korea and received private lessons in singing, dancing, and acting, as well as learning the Korean language. Mid 2003, Han moved into dormitories and lived with other trainees who were under the same label. With the other trainees, he was enrolled in training classes and became a Class A dancing student.
See also: Super Junior’s musical career
On February 6, 2005, Han was officially announced to be part of one of South Korea’s all-boy rotational musical groups, Super Junior, as a member of its first generation, Super Junior 05. Being the first group with a Chinese and foreign member to formally debut in South Korea, the media closely followed the group. Three months later after the announcement, Han made his first media appearance as a runway model in a Fashion Show organized by Bum Suk.
With a total of twelve members, Super Junior 05 officially debuted on November 6, 2005 on SBS’s music program Popular Songs, performing their first single, “TWINS (Knock Out)”. Their debut performance attracted over 500 fans and also garnered oversea viewers from both China and Japan. A full studio album was released a month later, which debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed when the company added in a thirteenth member, Kyuhyun, and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. The group dropped the suffix “05” and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group hit big after they released their first CD single “U” the following summer, which became Super Junior’s most successful single in the music charts until the release of “Sorry, Sorry” in March 2009.
Han is one of the few members of Super Junior who actively appears on variety shows, such as being a regular guest in Love Letter and Star Golden Bell. Being active in variety shows, his popularity within Super Junior grew and Han became popular overseas. Aside South Korea, Han is also well-known in China, where he has made guest appearances in over three different Chinese variety shows, being one of the first K-pop idols to appear in them. Han became a national celebrity in China with the debut of Super Junior’s third subgroup Super Junior-M on April 8, 2008 in China. The subgroup released their first Chinese-language studio album, Me on May 2, 2008. The album debuted on Taiwan’s G-music combo charts as #2 and #1 on many of China’s and Thailand’s music charts.
Han made a cameo appearance with band-mate Eunhyuk as a friend of Heechul in an episode of the MBC drama Rainbow Romance early 2006. In August 2006, Han played the role of a police officer in Zhang Liyin’s debut music video “Timeless”, starring alongside Lee Yeon-hee and band-mate Siwon. The two-part music video was separately released in September 2006. The music video was ranked #1 for a full four weeks on Melon’s Video Chart. In November 2007, Han starred as the lead role in Zhang’s debut Chinese music video, “I Will”, and “The Left Shore of Happiness” alongside Lee and Siwon. Both music videos were released in February 2008.
Han’s first big-scale film was Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, an SM Pictures production that starred all Super Junior members except Kyuhyun. He played the role of a popular basketball player who later got attacked by a mysterious force. Despite positive critical ratings, that film did not do well in the box-office. However, all four versions of the film’s DVD were sold out and broke chart records.
Late 2008, Han filmed the CCTV mini drama called Stage of Youth in China. He plays Xia Lei, a young man who has to go through numerous obstacles and challenges in order to achieve his dream to become the new generation’s dancing star. The 12-episode drama was a Chinese New Year Special and also a tribute to the Beijing Olympics 2008. It aired on CCTV-Children (少儿频道) from January 19–31, 2009.
2008 Beijing Olympics torch bearer
On March 20, 2008, Han was announced to be one of the torch bearers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the first boy-band member to be chosen in history. Being active in a foreign country, Han has simultaneously promoted Chinese culture to Korea, earning him a spot as torch bearer. His torch relay was in the Beijing route on August 7, 2008. He was runner number 240. Not only was he a torch bearer, he’d also sung the Beijing Olympic theme song “Beijing Welcomes You”.
Before his debut, Han entered Korea with a vacation visa and had to return to China every three months for a new one. After debuting in 2005, his company obtained an E-6 (Entertainment Industry) passport, allowing him to stay for longer periods. However, the passport strictly limited his promotional activities and appearances in various broadcasting corporations in Korea. By law, a foreigner in Korea is only permitted to perform on three television stations. Han was allowed to perform on KBS and SBS, as stated by Lee Soo Man during a Harvard Korean Wave conference in early 2007. Fellow labelmate, Zhang Liyin, also experienced the same issue. Initially, the company did not know of the procedures, and was fined because of it. Before Han signed contracts with KBS and SBS, he performed on stage with a mask and a hat to hide his face on screen. Many thought Han was a back-up dancer until three months later when a band mate (Heechul) finally revealed him to the media by publicly taking off his mask.
Despite visa restrictions, Han performed with the rest of Super Junior at the 2007 M.NET/KM Music Festival and the 2007 Golden Disk Awards. Both award ceremonies air on channels that Han was restricted to perform on. On August 1, 2008, the Korean government’s law of restrictions on foreigners were lifted, and foreign entertainers in Korea are now allowed to perform in every station.
Lawsuit Filed Against SM Entertainment
News source in China released information in December 2009 that Han Geng was filing a law suit against the SM Entertainment for unfair activity-scheduling. Han Geng is said to have developed gastritis and kidney illness due to his busy schedule assigned by SME and is seeking termination for his exclusive contract with the company. With a legal representative, the law suit was filed on December 21st with the Seoul District Court.
According to the litigation, it has been two years since Han Geng had rested from his continuous activities SME has designated to him and it was rejected every single time Han Geng requested to return to China for rest. Due to the contract obligation and heavy penalties, Han is not to skip any activity even during bad health. It was revealed later on that the non-stopping schedule is not the only unfair element presented in the contract; other problems deemed unsuitable include: that the contract was in SME’s favor, a 13-year exclusive contract is too long, the real amount of Han’s responsibilities and rights are different from those of the contract, real profit earned by Super Junior members is too low, etc.
SM Entertainment stated that for the sake of Han Geng and Super Junior, they will be in talks to resolve the dispute.
Main article: Super Junior discography
Further information: Super Junior filmography
Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys
꽃미남 연쇄 테러 사건 himself limited release in South Korea
Year Title Role Network Other notes
2006 Rainbow Romance
레인보우 로망스 himself MBC Guest star (Ep. 136)
2009 Stage of Youth
青春舞台 Xia Lei
夏磊 CCTV-Children Mini-drama
Music video appearances
* 2006: “Timeless” – Zhang Liyin (Feat. Xiah of TVXQ)
* 2008: “I WILL” – Zhang Liyin
* 2008: “The Left Shore of Happiness” – Zhang Liyin
* 2008: “Beijing Welcomes You” – Various artists (100-day countdown for 2008 Beijing Olympics)
* Super Junior
* Super Junior-M
Han Geng’s 100 question & answer
 Name: Han Kyung
 D.O.B: 1984 feb 9
 Address: (korea) don’t know
 Blood Type: Don’t know
 Height: 181cm
 Weight: 64kg
 Shoe Size: 42
 Character: Don’t speak that much
 Dream: To have a business of my own
 Specialize In: Ballet
 Hobbies: Playing computer games
 When You Have a Bad Mood: Sleep
 Fav. Artist: Andy Lau
 Fav. Flower: White lilies
 Fav. Food: Steamboat
 Fav. Fruit: Watermelon
 Fav. Comic: Any
 Duration of sleep: No specific hours.
 What Kind of Girls Do You Like: Girls who r good/kind to their parents
 First Love: 18… no… its 19
 People Whom You Respect: Parents
 Sports You Are Good In: Swimming n long-run
 Music That You Like: No specific kind
 Fav. Brand: Gucci n Calvin Klein
 Time When You Are In Best Condition: Night
 First Thing You Do When You Wake Up: Drink water
 Things you will do before you sleep: Drink water
 Fav. number: 4
 Fav season: Summer
 Religion: None
 What you will think when you see your reflection in the mirror: No thoughts.
 Fav. Color: Black
 Good points about you: Honest… haha~
 Bad points about you: Too honest
 Fav. Country: Rome
 Fav. Accessories: I like any kinds
 Dishes you are good at: A lot
 Fav. Food: Southern dishes *dishes from the southern part of china i guess~*
 Other language you are good at: Korean
 What you want to do with your girlfriend: Being together
 Things you want to give to your girlfriend: Things that she likes
 Things that you want: A lot
 Fav. Korean Food: BBQ meat
 Things you want from your girlfriend: I don’t have high expectations, anything will do
 Cellphone greeting: ??????
 Ringing tone: –
 Ringing tone for the person calling: –
 Brand of cellphone: Anything, what matters is it looks good
 What kind of dressing style do you prefer: Anything
 Fav. Sleeping position: Sleeping on my sides
 When will you think of giving up: No
 How many times have you given flowers to girls: I don’t do that
 How many times have you received flowers from girls: Hehe, all from my fans
 What’s attractive about you: I don’t know
 What do you think others think of you: Frightening
 Which member do you live with from SM: All
 Which member from Super Junior are you close with: Pretty good with all the members
 Which Super Junior member do you think is cute: Shin Dong
 Which Super Junior member do you think is best looking: ??????
 Which Super Junior member do you think has the best complexion: Sung Min
 Which Super Junior member is best at talking: Kang In
 How many times do you call back to your family: 2 times each day
 Do you get angry easily: A little bit
 Things you will never eat: Nothing
 Easily sick: Yes
 Things you want to learn: –
 People whom you want to thank: Mum.
 What is the happiest time in your life: When i graduated?
 What do you think of money: Its a bad thing to have lots of money n same goes to when u don’t have much money
 What do you do when you miss home: Call back home
 Did you cry recently: Yes
 How did you do in your first performance: I’m satisfied
 Do you like yourself on stage or off stage: They are not the same
 Will you join in drama or movie: Yes, in the future
 What kind of chinese culture dance do you like: I like all
 Which part of you do you think is the best: Eyes
 Are you a patient person: No… haha~
 How often do you come online to check your messages: Everyday
 How much is your monthly allowence: 1500 china dollars
 Fav. Animals: dogs
 Fav. Tidbit: don’t like
 The latest time you ate: 5 IN THE MORNING
 What character do you see in when you are dating: –
 Name Given by others: I don’t know… haha~
 What kind of fans you like: Quiet.
 What kind of fans you hate: None
 Things You want to say to your fans: Its great, Lets work hard
together, thanks for your support n i will work extra hard. Lets work
 New Year Greetings: Happy New Year
 New Year Wish: To do well in Asia
*questions 97 -99 were not in it…*
 Gift That You Want to Receive: There are alot… i guess i’m not gonna say it.