Kim Jae-wook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Jae-wook
Born (1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor, Model (profession)
Years active 2002-present
Korean name
Hangul 김재욱
Hanja 金材昱
Revised Romanization Kim Jaeuk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chae-uk

Kim Jae Wook (Hangul: 김재욱; hanja: 金材昱) was born on 2 April 1983. He is a South Korean model and actor.

Biography[edit]

Jae Wook was born in Seoul, South Korea, but his family went to Japan later on. Kim Jae Wook grew up in Japan until he was 7 years old, then returned to Korea. He started out performing in a band, but when he was 17, he started to model. Due to the time he spent in Japan, he can speak fluent Japanese.

In 2002, Jae Wook debuted in the role of a member of an indie band, in the MBC drama Ruler of Your Own World. After the first role, he concentrated on his modeling career.

In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role No Sun-ki in the 2007 hit drama series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, more commonly known as just Coffee Prince, which made him more popular in South Korea and several Asian countries. This role allowed him to use his Japanese language skills. He later appeared in the 2008 drama The Kingdom of The Winds.

Jae Wook served as the ambassador of goodwill for the 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May, 2008.

His first movie in 2009, Antique, which is based on the manga Antique Bakery, grossed a total of $5,608,515 in South Korea,[1] and was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.[2] In this movie, he plays Min Seon-woo, a gay chef who works at Antique cake shop.[3] The role won him the Best New Actor award at 16th Korean Entertainment Awards. The same year, he also won the Special Model Award at the Asia Model Festival Awards.

Jae Wook worked as the Grand Mint Festival (GMF, one of Korea's representative music festivals) Guy in October, 2009. At the same time he formed a modern rock band 「Walrus」 and was in charge of the guitar and the vocals. The name of the group came from the Beatles single 「I am the Walrus」 released in 1967.

Jae Wook played the leading part in Bee TV's first original Korean Drama 「キミの記憶をボクにください〜ピグマリオンの恋〜 (Please give me the memory of you~A Romance of Pygmalion~)」. The drama will be aired in March, 2010. For this role he spoke Japanese and Korean.

In May 2011 Jae Wook along with fashion models, Jang Yoon-ju, Ji Hyun-jung, Han Hye-jin and Song Kyung-ah, co-authred a book titled Top Model. It is based on their experiences in the industry and includes beauty, makeup and styling tips.[4]

He also co-starred in Golden Heart, a miniseries featuring Janice Man of Hong Kong, in which he spoke English.

He completed filming for Mary Stayed Out All Night (also known as Marry Me, Mary!) and enlisted for mandatory military service on 5 July 2011 for 21 months of active duty after five weeks of basic military training.[5]

He made his comeback in TVN television series Who Are You, playing the dead boyfriend of Seo Yi-hyun's character

He also played a role in KBS television series Inspiring Generation as Kim Hyun-joong's rival, but appeared in only 8 episodes, then quit as a result of an unavoidable circumstance.[6][7][8][9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 Monopoly
2008 Antique Min Seon-woo (Ono)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Ki-hong (band member) MBC
2007 The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Noh Sun-ki MBC
Dal-ja's Spring Choon-ha KBS2
2008 The Kingdom of The Winds Chu Balso KBS2
2010 Bad Guy Hong Tae-sung SBS
Mary Stayed Out All Night Byun Jung-in KBS2
2013 Who Are You? Lee Hyung-joon tvN
2014 Inspiring Generation Kim Soo-ok KBS2
Drama Festival "4teen" Adult Joon-yi (cameo) MBC

Book[edit]

Title Role
Top Model co-author

Awards[edit]

  • 2008 Asia Model Festival Awards: Special Male Model Award

References[edit]

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