20 July 1980 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Years active||2003 – present|
|Revised Romanization||Jin Gu|
Jin Goo (born July 20, 1980) is a South Korean actor.
Jin Goo made his television debut in the 2003 gambling drama All In, as the younger version of protagonist Lee Byung-hun. They reunited onscreen in Kim Ji-woon's film noir A Bittersweet Life, and Jin would later join Lee when he established his own management agency.
In 2005 Jin starred in the one-episode drama Saya, Saya ("Bird, Bird"), adapted from the novel written by Shin Kyung-sook about a mother and son who are both deaf. It won the top award in the TV movie/miniseries category of Prix Italia, and the jury praised it as "a magical, moving and poetic story about the power of love with high quality performances."
After a guest appearance as a Korean language teacher on the webisodes of Japanese drama Joshi Deka!, Jin returned to Korean television in 2008's Spotlight, a glimpse into the lives of broadcast news reporters covering the city beat. To prepare for his role, Jin followed a cub reporter for a day, and realized they didn't have time to bathe or even wash their faces.
Though he appeared in little-seen mystery romance The ESP Couple, Jin would become known for playing strong moody characters, such as a low-ranking thug in Yoo Ha's A Dirty Carnival, and a serial killer in Truck. For his portrayal of a secretive doctor in well-made horror film Epitaph, Jin received a Best New Actor trophy from the Golden Cinematography Awards.
But Jin's breakthrough would be his critically acclaimed supporting turn in 2009's Mother. His performance in the Bong Joon-ho thriller earned him recognition from the Grand Bell Awards, the University Film Festival of Korea, and the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
In 2010 Jin shed his hardboiled image to play a down-to-earth, aspiring chef in Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle. He said the film was a great pleasure to make since cooking is a hobby of his, though emulating a professional chef meant undergoing "200 hours of chopping radishes" in order to perfect the motion. After the filming he was able to make kimchi with his mother, which proved to be a memorable experience.
2011 was a busy year for Jin. Besides appearing in conspiracy thriller Moby Dick, he had a starring role as one of three desperate Joseon soldiers in The Showdown. He also made his stage debut as Nathan in a Korean production of the musical Guys and Dolls.
He next starred in 26 Years, based on Kang Full's manhwa about a plot to assassinate the man responsible for the Gwangju Massacre. Jin had been attached to the project since pre-production began in 2008, but investors backed out due to the politically controversial content. Online donations from thousands of private individuals enabled filming to resume in 2012. Jin was the only holdover from the original cast; initially cast as the young policeman, he now played the more central role of the gangster.
In 2013 he played the titular character in TV series Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, a success story about a man who comes up to Seoul from the countryside armed with nothing but a high school diploma and a gift for drawing, and through sheer hard work, fights his way to become the best ad man and art director in the business.
- The Target (2014)
- Battle of Myeongryang (2014)
- 26 Years (2012)
- Always (2011) (cameo appearance)
- Moby Dick (2011)
- The Showdown (2011)
- Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle (2010)
- Mother (2009)
- The ESP Couple (2008)
- Truck (2008)
- Epitaph (2007)
- Love Me Not (2006)
- Ice Bar (2006)
- A Dirty Carnival (2006)
- A Bittersweet Life (2005)
- 1+1=6 (short film, 2003)
- Romantic Assassins (2003)
- Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek (KBS2, 2013)
- Athena: Goddess of War (SBS, 2010) (cameo appearance, ep 7)
- Swallow the Sun (SBS, 2009) (guest appearance)
- Tokyo Shower (SBS, 2008)
- Spotlight (MBC, 2008)
- Joshi Deka! (TBS, 2007) (guest appearance, ep 10 and webisodes)
- HD TV Literature "새야 새야" Saya, Saya (Bird, Bird) (KBS1, 2005)
- MBC Best Theater "오시오 떡볶이" Oshio Ddeokbokki (MBC, 2004)
- Nonstop 5 (MBC, 2004)
- MBC Best Theater "우리가 쏜 화살은 어디로 갔을까?" Where Are Arrows We Shoot? (MBC, 2004)
- All In (SBS, 2003)
- Guys and Dolls (2011)
- 2011 KBS 감동대상: Hope Award
- 2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Mother)
- 2009 5th University Film Festival of Korea: Best Supporting Actor (Mother)
- 2009 17th Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards: Excellence Award, Movie Actor category (Mother)
- 2009 46th Grand Bell Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Mother)
- 2009 2nd Korea Junior Star Awards: Special Award
- 2008 31st Golden Cinematography Awards: Best New Actor (Epitaph)
- "K-FILM REVIEWS: 달콤한 인생 (A Bittersweet Life)". Twitch Film. 7 August 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "KBS TV drama wins award at Prix Italia". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. 22 October 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "S. Korean actor to star in Japanese drama". Yonhap. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Han, Sang-hee (13 May 2008). "Spotlight Shows Lives of Reporters". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Oh, Jean (12 May 2008). "Reporters get the spotlight". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "The ESP Couple". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Jo In-sung Is Back in 'Dirty Carnival'". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Film "Dirty Carnival" Draws 2 Million Viewers". KBS Global. 20 July 2006.
- "All That Star: Jin Goo". Arirang News. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Yi, Chang-ho (4 April 2008). "Epitaph sold to Japan, Hong Kong, and North America". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Filmmakers Honored at Golden Cinematography Awards". KBS World. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Yi, Chang-ho (31 December 2008). "Happiness is cinematographer’s choice". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Kim, Kyu Hyun (4 July 2009). "Bong Joon-ho's Latest Challenge in Mother". OhmyNews International. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (21 May 2009). "Bongs Mother Highlights Maternal Love". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Han, Sang-hee (8 November 2009). "Grand Bell Film Fest Puzzles Movie Fans". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (1 December 2009). "Ha Ji-won Wins 1st Best Actress Award". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (3 December 2009). "Closer to Heaven Couple Win Best Acting Nods". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Mother Sweeps Blue Dragon Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Kim, Jessica (3 December 2009). "Mother wins Blue Dragon gold". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (30 December 2009). "Sikgaek 2 to Show Creative Kimchi Dishes". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Wee, Geun-woo (25 January 2010). "Kim Jung-eun says Kimchi Battle is about people". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (2 June 2011). "Conspiracy flick is painstakingly real". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Kwon, Mee-yoo (24 February 2011). "Showdown stylish, yet flawed". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Kwon, Mee-yoo (7 July 2011). "Summer musical treats". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Kim, Jessica (8 August 2011). "Lee Yool, Ock Joo-hyun, Jin Goo act out Guys and Girls". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Jang, Kyung-jin (8 August 2011). "At the press call for musical Guys and Dolls". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Park, Min-young (11 July 2011). "Musical fans get star-studded bonanza". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
- Lee, Hye-ji (12 October 2012). "Controversial Film 26 Years to Open Next Month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Ryu Seung-beom, Kim Ah-joong Cast in New Film 29 Years". KBS Global. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Hye-ji (26 July 2012). "Han Hye-jin, Jin Goo's 26 Years kickstarts with social funding". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Hong, Lucia (13 June 2012). "2AM's Seulong, Jin Goo signs on for Kang Full's political film". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Choi, Eun-hwa (30 January 2013). "Jin Goo Explains Why He Hasn′t Been In Many Dramas". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (23 July 2013). "Lee Jung Hyun Demands Attention in Her Freaky MV for V". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-30.