Kim Young-woon (born 17 January, 1985), better known by his stage name Kangin (lit. meaning: “strong benevolence”), is a South Korean singer, actor, television host and radio personality. He is best known as a member of Super Junior and its subgroup Super Junior-T, Super Junior-H.
Kangin officially debut as part of 12-member project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS’ music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, “Twins (Knock Out)”. Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at number three 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 and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix “05” and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group’s first CD single “U” was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of “Sorry, Sorry” in March 2009.
In February 2007, he was placed in the trot-singing Super Junior-T. A year later, he became a member of Super Junior-H. Kangin’s silver-screen debut was in the Super Junior film Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, premiered on 26 July 2007.
In June, 2012, SM Entertainment announced that Kangin will rejoin Super Junior for the group’s sixth album, Sexy, Free & Single which had released on 1 July, 2012. This also mark the first time he has appeared with Super Junior in three years since October 2009. On 25 June his teaser photo was released showing a slim downed Kangin with a frosty look and a net-like veil over his head.
After debut with Super Junior, Kangin became a regular on MBC variety show, Image Survival till February 2006. In 2006, Kangin also frequently acts as MC for SM artists such as DBSK and BoA fanmeeting and MC for EBS TV channel. In 2006 and 2007, he also goes on many variety show as guest and sometimes as a regular for a short time such as Love Triangle, KBS Star King, KBS Vitamin and MBC driving school with Leeteuk as regular. Active in television appearances and hosting, Kangin earns the highest salary in Super Junior.
Five days after Super Junior 05’s debut performance, Kangin became the MC of Mnet’s M!Countdown along with Leeteuk and Shindong. The trio stayed as the hosts throughout the remaining year until Kangin was replaced by Eunhyuk in mid-2006 due to his busy schedule for hosting EBS Reckless Radio and MBC’s music program, Show! Music Core. Kangin left Reckless Radio in June 2007 to host MBC’s Good Friend Radio with Cho Jungrin. In 2008, Kangin was chosen to take the role of ‘Kang Soo’ in the Korean language film, Hello, Schoolgirl.
Kangin also became the television host for two of MBC’s popular entertainment programs, Sunday Sunday Night Dong-An Club and Nothing is Impossible. For Mnet channel, Kangin starred in ‘Band of Brothers 2008’ with Heechul, Jay and Jungmo. For MTV channel, in 2008 kangin was a MC for ‘Class Up’. In 2008, Kangin was one of four MCs for SBS ‘Change’ variety show. From 9 September to 9 November, 2008, Kangin, along with bandmate Heechul, debuted as musical actors through the musical, Xanadu. Xanadu was a 1980s musical film starring Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John. Xanadu has also been reproduced to a Broadway musical. Heechul and Kangin, along with Choi Sungwon, performed the same character, Sonny, according to their time slot, and auditions and casting picks will be chosen in a process through reality television.
In April 2008, Cho’s hosting spot was replaced by Kim Tae-yeon. Kangin’s last day of hosting the program was on 19 April, 2009. From December 2008 to May 2009, Kangin and actress Lee Yoon-ji played as a low-income college couple for the popular MBC reality show We Got Married. This was the first MBC variety show kangin did as a regular after the crisis between MBC variety show producer and SM company regarding Kangin job as host in SBS Super Junior Exploration of Human Body in 2007. In 2009, Kangin with other few Super Junior members hosts television show for charity named ‘Miracle’. Kangin was also cast to take the role of ‘Hotae’ for MBC’s cable comedy drama, Romance Zero. With a total of sixteen episodes, the drama ended in late May 2009 with acceptable reviews and ratings.
On 5 July 2010, Kangin enlisted for his mandatory military service at the Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do Province, for five weeks of basic training followed by 20 months of active duty with the Republic of Korea Army. He was discharged on 16 April 2012 from the 56th army division in Namyangju-si in Gyeonggi-do.
A time-slot dispute occurred between SM Entertainment and MBC when SM insisted to have Kangin stay on SBS’ Explorers of the Human Body instead of MBC’s Sunday Sunday Night Dong-An Club, in which Kangin was a regular host. MBC decided to temporarily ban Super Junior from appearing in any future performances on MBC. Kangin was replaced by T.O.P of Big Bang as the MC of Show! Music Core. Kangin could also no longer host MBC variety shows Nothing is Impossible and Sunday Sunday Night Dong-An Club until the conflict was resolved. MBC also demanded to receive an apology from SM Entertainment if SM artists should continue to perform on shows hosted by the channel. After Kangin left Nothing is Impossible and Sunday Sunday Night Dong-An Club, both shows were later cancelled due to low ratings. A week later, MBC announced that they invited Super Junior to film an exclusive MBC segment, “Giving Children a New Life” despite their previous decision to ban Super Junior. The entertainment director for MBC claimed that the ban on Super Junior was never official, but just a decision made by the programs’ producers.
On 16 September, 2009, Kangin was arrested for his involvement in a fight between two men that took place outside a bar in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. An eye-witness reported that two men entered a room where Kangin and his friend were present and began arguing heatedly. Kangin left the bar, but the two men followed him outside and began displaying acts of violence. Another witness reported that Kangin tried to stop the fight. A nearby surveillance camera caught the brawl, and it was immediately reported to the police. Kangin was brought into interrogation to aid with the investigation along with four other suspects. One of the suspects insisted that Kangin assaulted him, but it was later proven that Kangin only reacted in self-defense.
Kangin was dropped from being the main model of Andre Kim’s fashion show as a result. After Kangin’s appearance in Super Junior’s Super Show 2 concert in Hong Kong, all of Kangin’s future schedules became temporarily postponed.
On 16 October, 2009 around 3am, Kangin collided into a parked taxi that held no one inside, and left the scene of the accident. Five hours later, Kangin turned himself in to the police. He was recorded to have a blood alcohol content of 0.082% when he arrived at the station. He then failed to show up at the Seoul Gangnam Police Station at 2pm on the same day for further investigation and had to be called in the following day.
SM Entertainment and Kangin released a public apology shortly after. All of Kangin’s activities were cancelled by SM Entertainment until the end of the year due to Kangin’s actions. A month later Kangin made an appearance in a new clothing company, SPAO’s website. Netizens were enraged due to SM Entertainment’s declaration of the suspension of Kangin’s activities. It was later found out that the photos were taken prior to Kangin’s DUI accident. On 13 January 2010, Kangin was summarily indicted for drunk driving hit-and-run and fined ₩8 million by the Seoul Central District Court.
On 24 May, 2016, Kangin was involved in another DUI hit-and-run incident, with a blood alcohol content of 0.05%. SM Entertainment has issued a statement, stating his future activities were cancelled while he reflects on his actions. He entered the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office on 15 June, 2016, to face questioning over causing a traffic accident while under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors summarily indicted him on 7 July. On 7 September, 2016, Kangin was sentenced to pay a ₩7 million ($6,420) fine.