With the fraternal relationship between Ha Jung-woo and Cha Hyun-woo back in the news, the question is naturally begged - why do the two brothers have different surnames? Both are the children of veteran actor Kim Yong-gun. Old footage from a talk show in 2009 sheds some light on the situation.
In the talk show Ha Jung-woo talks about how his father divorced his mother in 1997. At the time she ran a food related business that was hit hard by the IMF Crisis. Ha Jung-woo said that after work one day he spent an hour just looking at his father out on the veranda.
Ha Jung-woo declined to comment on the matter further, expressing a desire to maintain his father's privacy. It's unclear whether the divorce played into a conscious decision on the part of the brothers to disassociate from their father, or if they merely wanted to avoid the appearance of nepotism by giving themselves distinct names. Their real names are Sung-hoon for Ha Jung-woo and Young-hoon for Cha Hyun-woo.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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