Kang was born in Gainesville, Georgia, to immigrants from South Korea.His first major role was that of Han Seoul-Oh from Better Luck Tomorrow, in which he played an aloof gang member. He reprised his role as Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast Five. He was one of the stars in The Motel, in which he played Sam Kim. He also had a role in Jet Li's film War playing an FBI agent, and was featured as a son of Genghis Khan, Doran, in the movie Forbidden Warrior. On MADtv, Sung has played the recurring role of the narcissistic President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee in the Korean drama parody, "Tae Do (Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive)." Kang also had a small role in the action movie Live Free or Die Hard. Kang is featured in the music video "Lie" for the Korean band g.o.d.. He owns a restaurant called Saketini in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Kang says that before he was cast as Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift he was unaware of the drifting subculture that exists in Japan. It was not until he began researching for the part that he learned what a popular sport drifting is around the world. As an American actor, Kang says one of his biggest dislikes about Hollywood are the stereotypes that East Asian actors face when being cast in a role.
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