Ji Chang-wook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ji.
Ji Chang-wook
Born (1987-07-05) July 5, 1987 (age 27)
Anyang, South Korea
Education Dankook University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006-present
Korean name
Hangul 지창욱
Revised Romanization Ji Chang-uk
McCune–Reischauer Chi Ch'anguk

Ji Chang-wook (born July 5, 1987) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in the leading role of Dong-hae in daily drama series Smile Again, followed by historical dramas, Warrior Baek Dong-soo and Empress Ki.


Ji Chang-wook began his career as a struggling actor in musicals.[1] He made his onscreen debut in the 2006 film Days... and had a role in the 2008 TV drama I Like You (also known as You Stole My Heart). In 2009 he appeared in My Too Perfect Sons, playing the timid, "sissy" youngest brother who ends up raising his best friend's daughter while just 20 years old. The family drama received 40% ratings, and shot Ji to stardom out of obscurity.[1] He followed that with a supporting role in Lee Joon-gi's Hero.

In 2010, Ji was cast in his first starring role in the 159-episode daily drama Smile, Dong-hae (also known as Smile Again). Playing a Korean-American short track speed skater, Ji trained under a former national speed skater in order to lend those scenes as much realism as possible, spending four to five hours daily at the ice rink. His character Dong-hae was raised in the US by his adoptee mother, and in hopes of finding his biological father, he flies to Korea and works as a hotel chef.[2] Smile Again topped the ratings chart for 15 consecutive weeks, and Ji was awarded Best Actor in a Daily Drama at the KBS Drama Awards.[3][4]

He then played the titular character in 2011 action historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo. Adapted from Lee Jae-heon's manhwa Honorable Baek Dong-soo, it is an origin story about Joseon-era swordsman Baek Dong-soo, showing his growing up years until political intrigue creates a rivalry with his childhood best friend-turned-enemy.[5][6] The series was number one in its timeslot for 13 weeks, and Ji received a New Star Award from the SBS Drama Awards.[7][8]

Later that year, he again played the lead role in cable drama Bachelor's Vegetable Store, based on the true success story of Lee Young-seok, a young man who turned a tiny 350-square-feet vegetable store in 1998 into a nationwide franchise with 33 stores.[9]

In his first villain role, Ji played a pianist who envies his older brother's genius and natural gift for music in 2012 melodrama Five Fingers. Conflicts and passions come to a head as the brothers compete over their father's piano manufacturing business and the same woman.[10][11][12]

Ji returned to the stage in 2013 with The Days, playing a presidential bodyguard who went missing 20 years ago along with a mysterious female companion. The Days was a jukebox musical using the folk rock songs of Kim Kwang-seok.[13]

His popularity rose further when Ji played Toghon Temür (also known as Huizong), the 16th emperor of the Yuan Dynasty who marries the Goryeo-born titular character in the historical drama, Empress Ki, which aired from late 2013 to 2014.[14][15][16][17]

In 2014, he played Park Gyu-ri's love interest in Have You Ever Had Coffee With an Angel?, an episode in the five-part omnibus drama Secret Love starring members of the girl group Kara.[18]

Ji is set to star as a reckless rookie constable alongside Sol Kyung-gu's apathetic veteran officer in 2014 period-comedy film Two Constables, the fourth installment in the Two Cops franchise directed by Kang Woo-suk.[19] He was also cast in Healer, written by Song Ji-na and for which Ji began taking martial arts lessons.[20]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2008 You Stole My Heart KBS2
2009 My Too Perfect Sons Song Mi-poong KBS2
2009-2010 Hero Park Jun-hyeong MBC
2010-2011 Smile Again Carl Laker/Dong-hae KBS1
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo Baek Dong-soo SBS
2011-2012 Bachelor's Vegetable Store Han Tae-yang Channel A
2012 Five Fingers Yoo In-ha SBS
2013-2014 Empress Ki Emperor Huizong MBC
2014 Secret Love Guardian Angel No. 2013
(ep 9-10: "Have You Ever Had Coffee With an Angel?")
Healer Seo Jung-hoo KBS2


Year Title Role
2006 Days...
2008 Sleeping Beauty
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Soo-il
2013 How to Use Guys with Secret Tips Hong-joon
2014 Two Constables

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Are You Ready" Lena Park feat. Dynamic Duo
2009 "We Broke Up Today" Younha
2010 "I Have to Let You Go" Young Gun
2011 "Cry Cry" T-ara
2012 "Lovey-Dovey"[21][22]
"I Need You" K.Will
2013 "That's My Fault" Speed
"It's Over"
"Runaway" Kara

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Running Man Guest, ep 211-212 SBS

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Fire and Ice
2010 Thrill Me Richard Loeb
2013 The Days Mu-young
Jack the Ripper Daniel
Brothers Were Brave


Year Product Notes
2008 SK Telecom T-Cash
2009 Shinhan Financial Group
Lotte Chilsung Tropicana
2011 Nongshim Japagetti
2014 North Cape with Ha Ji-won


Year Title Notes
2011 "Meet Again" track from Warrior Baek Dong-soo OST
2012 "Fill Up" track from Five Fingers OST
2014 "To the Butterfly" track from Empress Ki OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Smile Again Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Warrior Baek Dong-soo Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Five Fingers Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Empress Ki Won
2014 9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated


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  2. ^ Yoon, Seo-hyun (24 September 2011). "Trace the steps of your favorite drama stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ Kim, Heidi (16 May 2011). "Smile Again wraps up after commanding TV charts for 15 weeks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
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  8. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 January 2012). "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
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  10. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (4 July 2012). "Five Fingers Confirms Cast with Joo Ji Hoon and T-ara's Ham Eun Jung". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
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  12. ^ Oh, Jean (17 August 2012). "T-ara's Eun-jung, first public outing". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  13. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (21 February 2013). "Emptying nostalgia's vault". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  14. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (10 September 2013). "Ji Chang-wook Cast in Ha Ji-won's New Historic Series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  15. ^ Chung, Joo-won (2 May 2014). "Ji Chang-wook benchmarks Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho over Asia". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  16. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (18 May 2014). "Leaping toward stardom: Empress Ki actor outshines Ha Ji-won with breakthrough role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  17. ^ Lee, Min-ji (24 May 2014). "Interview: Ji Chang Wook Was Shocked During His First Conversation with Ha Ji Won". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  18. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (21 June 2013). "Kara's Park Gyuri Goes Trekking with Her Guardian Angel Ji Chang Wook". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  19. ^ Song, Soon-jin (27 January 2014). "JI Chang-wook Joins SEOL Kyung-gu in DU POJOL". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  20. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (4 August 2014). "Ji Chang Wook to Join Park Min Young and Yoo Ji Tae in Drama Healer". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  21. ^ Hong, Lucia (29 November 2011). "T-ara to unveil teaser video for new song Lovey-Dovey". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  22. ^ Lee, Nancy (2 January 2012). "T-ara's Lovey Dovey MV Isn't So Lovey-Dovey". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 

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