5urprise is the first ever South Korean actor group to debut in South Korea. Launched by Korean talent agency Fantagio in September 2013, the band consists of five members – Seo Kang-joon, Gong Myung, Yoo Il, Kang Tae-Oh and Lee Tae-Hwan.
The group was selected via the entertainment agency’s “Actors League”, where they search for up-and-coming and aspiring actors. Before making their entertainment debut, they would have go through vigorous training for years. As per 5urprise, they trained for two years.
These idol group members started their careers in an acting gig “After School: Lucky or Not” instead of the other idols who started their careers as singers and later expanded to acting endeavors.
“You can define us as a group of newbie actors. Just as many idols start off with dances and songs and ends up acting, we are planning an opposite way and initiate with acting to later head for dancing and singing,” Member Yoo Il stated.
The 12-episode mobile drama that lasted 15 minutes each episode were watched through smartphones and tablet computers. “After School: Lucky or Not” was about a high school club who encountered an outcast where they complete missions, build friendships and help a girl come out of her shell. The soundtrack of the show were sang by 5urprise and some members of the band also appeared in Hello Venus’ music videos.
In 2014, they released their first song, “From My Heart”.
- 2013 – Hey U Come On
- 2016 – Shake it Up
- 2015 – Surprise Flight
- 2014 – From My Heart
After School: Lucky or Not Season 1 and 2
- The first season of the show was the debut of group members Lee Tae Hwan, Gong Myun, Seo Kang Joon, Yoo Il and Kang Tae Oh. It follows a group of high school students who formed the “Pick-A-Mission Club”, where they took new and cool missions every day.
- The first season was many’s favorite while the second season is a bit sad for everyone because Seo Kang Joon wasn’t able to join it. However, the rest of the group was back to school. If you like these kinds of show, you should definitely check this out.
Sly and Single Again
- Seo Kang Joon’s breakout role as the second male lead in this romantic comedy that everybody enjoined. Beware of this pretty face, noona.
- One of the original flower boys of the variety show Rommate is Kang Joon. This was a show that many fans were able to catch a glimpse of this idol’s personality. One all-time favorite moment of the fans was when he dressed as his superhero alter ego, Kang Dash Man.
- Korean idol Kang Joon had a bit small role on this suspense series. He played the role of Choi Soo Hyuk, the band mate and crush of Han Kyul. Han Kyul has a troubled life.
Pride and Prejudice
- Lee Tae Hwan’s breakout role is this second male lead on the show Pride and Prejudice. We might have seen him first with Seo In Guk’s best friend in “King of High School”, but him being pretty and romantic in this show, made him one of many favorites. Tae Hwan looks so cute despite Choi Jin Hyuk is a formidable romantic competition.
- Kang Tae Oh was the deadbeat son in this series. While he didn’t appear much, he did play a very funny and humorous role.
- After starring in the “After School”, Gong Myung landed a role in the web series, “Infinite Power” where he played the role of the owner’s withdrawn son of a man living in a boarding house who built an infinite power machine. Kim Seul Gi was also in the mini-series and he’s just simply hilarious.
Official 5urprise Websites
Daum Café – http://cafe.daum.net/5urprise
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/the5urprise
Website – http://www.fantagio.kr/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujg13EcFt7s
Twitter – http://twitter.com/the5urprise
5urprise Member Yoo-Il
Birth name: Park Sang-Il
Birthday: 11 January 1990
Education: Dong Seoul College, Major in Performing Arts
Former Member of: R-eal
- This idol’s nickname is Car Sangil.
- Standing only 5″10, he is one of the shortest members of 5urprise, side by side with Kang Tae Oh.
- Yong-Il enjoys watching dramas and movies where he can take inspiration and from actors and actresses on the show he is watching.
- Aside from being a couch-potato, he balances it out with exercising and a regular fishing session when he’s up to it.
- We have seen this Korean star acting in numerous drama shows like “Monster”, “You Will Love Me” and “To Be Continued”.
- After starring in their little web series, Yong-Il dived into another web series project where he starred in “Great Secret 25”.
- Yoo-Il is very engrossed with health and fitness, fishing, going to the movies, watching drama and wakeboarding.
- He was a former member of Real Group.
- Yoo-Il is the shortest member of the group together with Kang Tae Oh.
Seo Kang Joon
Birth name: Lee Seung-Hwan
Birthday: 12 October 1993
Position: Leader, Vocalist
Education: Dong Seoul College, Major in Performing Arts
Blood Type: AB
5urprise Member Seo Kang-Joon Facts
- This idol is very well versed with playing the piano. Aside from his musical abilities, he enjoys sports also.
He plays tennis and golf, as well as horseback riding.
- Seo Kang-Joon was once part of “Laws of the Jungle”.
- He also acted in numerous shows like “Entourage”, “Entertainer”, “Cheese in the Trap”, “What Happens to my Family?”, “Cunning Single Lady”, “The Suspicious Housekeeper” and “The Good Doctor”.
- He has killer abs which he revealed in a scene of “Cunning Single Lady”. According to Fantagio, his agency, Seo Kang Joon’s abs is the result of vigorous workouts and a healthy diet. He actively participates in so many physical activities for fun and to be healthier.
- Not only was Seo Kang-Joon in several television shows, he also landed roles for the big screen as well. He was on “Summer Snow”, “The Beauty Inside” and “My Love, My Bride”.
- His ideal girlfriend is someone who has a beautiful smile.
- He was very nervous when he landed the role in the film “My Love, My Bride” because his co-stars when Shin Mina and Jo Jung Suk. He said, “It’s my first movie, so I’m very nervous. It’s an honor to be working with such great seniors and staff, and I’m learning a lot from A to Z.”
Birth name: Kim Dong-Hyun
Birthday: 26 May 1994
Blood Type: A
5urprise Gong Myung Facts
- He is the younger brother of NCT U’s Doyoung.
- Gong Myung enjoys watching movies and TV shows as well as sparring for Taekwondo.
- His dream girl is someone who enjoys sports and enjoys living a healthy, well-balanced life.
- “Drinking Solo”, “Entertainer”, “Beautiful You” and “Hwajung” were some of the TV shows he starred in.
- Go Myung also played roles for the big screen such as “Su Saek”, “Futureless Things”, “A Girl at My Door” and “If You Were Me 6”.
- He likes watching dramas, going to do the movies and hapkido.
Kang Tae Oh
Birth Name: Kim Yoon-Hwan
Birthday: 20 June 1994
Blood Type: B
5urprise Kang Taeoh Facts
- Kang Taeoh Enjoys working out. Getting fit and being fit is important to have especially with his aspirations.
- Along with Yoo Il, he is one of the shortest members of 5urprise.
- This idol also acted in the music video in Hello Venus’ “Venus”.
- He also played roles in a few Korean dramas such as “Miss Korea”, “Flower of the Queen, “Second Time Twenty Years Old”, “The Dearest Lady” and “You are Too Much”.
- Kang Tae Oh also enjoys going to the movies and listening to some music.
- He and Yoo-Il have the same blood type.
Lee Tae Hwan
Birth Name: Lee Tae Hwan
Birthday: 21 February 1995
Blood Type: B
Position: Maknae, Vocalist
5urprise Lee Tae Hwan Facts
- This Korean superstar graduated from Sungkyunkwan University with a major in Acting.
- He once had a rivalry with Seo Kang Joon – and maybe it is still on-going.
- Lee Taehwan is the only 5urprise member who has not changed his name.
- He also appeared in Hello Venus’ music video, “What Are You Doing Today?”.
- He appeared in TV shows like “Father, I’ll Take Care of You”, “W”, “Come Back Mister”, “Hwajung”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “King of High School Life Conduct”.
- Lee Taehwan also starred in a movie, “Su Saek” back in 2016.
- He enjoys listening to some music, working out and exercising to be fit and healthy.
Has 5urprise disbanded?
5urprise was not created to be a typical idol group but more of an acting group. While it’s similar to the idols where they also do dramas as side gigs, their number one priority is their acting and getting into dramas. And what the band does is sing OST for each other’s dramas. Remember when they sang a song of Kangjun’s “Cheese in the Trap” drama?
Who is the cutest among your 5urprise bias?
- Seo Kang-Joon
- Gong Myung
- Lee Tae-hwan
- Kang Tae-Oh
- Park Sangil