Cho Jin-woong

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Cho Jin-woong
ChoJin-woong at news conference of movie 사냥.jpg
Cho Jin-woong in 2016
Jo Won-jun

(1976-04-02) April 2, 1976 (age 44)
Busan, South Korea
Other namesJo Jin-woong
EducationKyungsung University
Years active2004–present
AgentSaram Entertainment
Kim Min-a
(m. 2013)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJo Jin-ung
McCune–ReischauerCho Chinung
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJo Won-jun
McCune–ReischauerCho Wŏnjun

Cho Jin-woong (born Jo Won-jun on April 2, 1976) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles as Sejong's loyal bodyguard in Deep Rooted Tree (2011), a mobster in Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012), and a mysterious villain in A Hard Day (2014).[1][2] He also gained recognition and praise for his performance as a detective in the television series Signal (2016).[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Once Upon a Time in High School Yasaengma[4] gang member
My Brother Doo-shik
2006 Hello Stranger Yong-gil Short film
Running Wild Guryongpa gang member
A Dirty Carnival Young-pil
Les Formidables Detective Shin
Gangster High Jo Hong-kyu
2008 His Last Gift Baek In-chul
My New Partner Jung Young-chul
The Guard Post Cook
Spare Smuggler's Voice
Sweet Lie Jung Han-sang
A Frozen Flower Tae Ahn-gong
2009 Take Off Commentator
Fly, Penguin Han Chang-soo
City of Fathers Han Sang-goo
2010 Killing of Game Viper
Bestseller Chan-sik
A Barefoot Dream James
2011 Glove Charles
The Front Line Yoo Jae-ho
Perfect Game Kim Yong-chul[5]
2012 Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time Kim Pan-ho
A Millionaire on the Run Kim Seung-dae
Perfect Number Jo Min-beom
2013 Man on the Edge Public prosecutor Hwang Cameo
An Ethics Lesson Myung-rok
My Paparotti Chang-soo
Hwayi: A Monster Boy Ki-tae[6]
2014 A Hard Day Park Chang-min [7]
Kundo: Age of the Rampant Lee Tae-ki
The Admiral: Roaring Currents Wakisaka Yasuharu [8]
We Are Brothers Park Sang-yeon [9]
2015 Chronicle of a Blood Merchant Mr. Ahn
Foulball Documentary narrator
Salut d'Amour Jang-soo [10]
Assassination Chu Sang-ok [11]
2016 The Handmaiden Kouzuki [12]
The Hunt Park Dong-geun [13]
2017 Bluebeard Seung-hoon [14]
The Sheriff in Town Jong-jin [15]
Blue Busking Special appearance
The Outlaws Regional investigation unit leader Cameo
Man of Will Kim Chang-soo [16][17]
2018 The Spy Gone North Hak-sung [18]
Believer Won-ho [19]
Intimate Strangers Seok-ho [20]
2019 Jesters: The Game Changers Deok-Ho [21]
Close to You [22]
Man of Men Young-ki [23]
Black Money Min-Hyuk
Me and Me [24]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2007 Romance Hunter Park Cheol-gi tvN
2008 Don't Ask Me About the Past Bae Yoon-goo OCN
Lottery Trio President Park KBS N
2009 My Too Perfect Sons Brutus Lee KBS2
Hot Blood Lee Soon-gil KBS2
2010 The Slave Hunters Kwak Han-seom KBS2
A Man Called God Jang-ho MBC
Flames of Desire Kang Joon-goo MBC
2011 Believe in Love Kim Chul-soo KBS2
Deep Rooted Tree Moo-hyul[25] SBS
2014 The Full Sun Park Kang-jae[26] KBS2
2016 Signal Lee Jae-han tvN
Entourage Kim Eun-gap[27] tvN


Year Title Role
2001 Baridaegi Mu Jang-seng
2002 앵무가 Tiger
2003 Macbeth Macbeth
Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Lee
2004 The Balba Balba

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor My Too Perfect Sons, Hot Blood Nominated
2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards[28] Best New Actor Bestseller Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) GLove Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Drama Special Deep Rooted Tree Nominated
2012 21st Buil Film Awards[29] Best Supporting Actor Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film) Perfect Number Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Hwayi: A Monster Boy Nominated
2014 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival[30] It Award A Hard Day Won
23rd Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards[31] Best Supporting Actor Won
4th Korea Film Actors Association Awards Korea's Top Supporting Actor Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor The Full Sun Nominated
2015 10th Max Movie Awards[32] Best Supporting Actor A Hard Day Won
9th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards[33] Best Actor (Film) Won
24th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Assassination Nominated
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2016 21st Chunsa Film Art Awards[34] Best Supporting Actor Won
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film) Nominated
Best Actor (TV) Signal Nominated
5th APAN Star Awards[35] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
tvN10 Awards[36][37] Grand Prize (Daesang) - Actor Won
Best Actor Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards[38] Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
5th Korea Film Actors Association Awards[39] Korea's Top Star N/A Won
7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards[40] Prime Minister Award N/A Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film) The Handmaiden Nominated
26th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Bluebeard Nominated
2018 55th Grand Bell Awards[41] Best Actor Believer Nominated
3rd DongA's PICK Golden Hand Award N/A Won


  1. ^ "CHO Jin-woong". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  2. ^ Hwang, Hee-yeon; Kim, Hyung-seok (17 October 2014). "10 Scene Stealers④ - CHO Jin-woong: Expressing with Subtle Glances". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  3. ^ "'Signal' stars maintaining the momentum". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ Literally means "Wild Horse."
  5. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (13 December 2011). "Cho Jin Woong Has Newfound Respect for Baseball". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Yun, Chloe (4 September 2013). "Cho Jin woong "I want to give everything to Yeo Jin goo"". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  7. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (4 June 2013). "Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong Cast in New Film". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  8. ^ "Cho Jin Woong leaves a comment after 'Roaring Currents' surpasses 15 million views". Star N News. 20 August 2014.
  9. ^ Conran, Pierce (19 March 2014). "Veteran Director JANG Jin Announces 12th Project". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  10. ^ ""Salut D'Amour" Cho Jin-woong, no more charisma". Ilgan Sports. 10 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae and Cho Jin-woong, why they chose "The Assassination"". Ilgan Sports. 22 June 2015.
  12. ^ "'The Handmaiden' generates a buzz". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 May 2016.
  13. ^ ""The Hunt" Cho Jin-woong and why wants to be the character in his work". Asia Today. 28 June 2016.
  14. ^ "'Bluebeard' pioneers new genre for Korean thriller". The Korea Times. 28 February 2017.
  15. ^ "SHERIFF Rounds Up LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong and KIM Sung-kyun". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 April 2016.
  16. ^ "CHO Jin-woong Takes on COMMANDER KIM CHANG-SOO". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Actor Cho recounts pressure of playing Kim Koo role". The Korea Times. 13 October 2017.
  18. ^ "HWANG Jung-min Infiltrates YOON Jong-bin's DUKE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 January 2017.
  19. ^ "LEE Hae-young's DOKJEON Wraps with CHO Jin-woong and RYU Jun-yeol". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 December 2017.
  20. ^ "PERFECT STRANGERS Remake Begins Production". Korean Film Biz Zone. 9 January 2018.
  21. ^ "CHO Jin-woong and SON Hyun-ju Suit Up for THE CLOWNS". Korean Film Biz Zone. 9 April 2018.
  22. ^ "CHO Jin-woong Signs on for Directing Debut of JUNG Jin-young". Korean Film Biz Zone. 27 September 2018.
  23. ^ "SUL Kyung-gu, CHO Jin-woong Face Off in MAN OF MEN". Korean Film Biz Zone. 10 September 2019.
  24. ^ "ME AND ME (2020)". Korean Film Biz Zone. 18 June 2020.
  25. ^ "Shin Se Gyeong and Cho Jin Woong took a picture together". 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  26. ^ "Yoon Kye-sang and Cho Jin-woong in "The Full Sun"". enews24. 26 December 2013.
  27. ^ "'Entourage Korea' names its cast". The Korea Times. 2 February 2016.
  28. ^ "강우석 '이끼', 춘사영화제 작품상 등 7관왕(종합)". Star News (in Korean). 18 September 2010.
  29. ^ "Cho Jin Woong garners the Best Supporting Actor Award in Busan". Star N News. 7 October 2013.
  30. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (8 July 2014). "Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Kim Woo Bin and More to Win Awards from PiFan". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  31. ^ Kim, June (18 December 2014). "35th Blue Dragon Awards Names THE ATTORNEY Best Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  32. ^ "The 10th Max Movie Awards Winners; "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" awarded 2 trophies". TV Daily. 26 February 2015.
  33. ^ Lee, Hoo-nam; Kim, Hyung-eun (28 May 2015). "Baeksang honors new, veteran stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  34. ^ "Chunsa Film Art Awards 2016 Winners". Asiae. 6 April 2016.
  35. ^ "Song Joong-ki wins grand prize at APAN awards". The Korea Herald. 3 October 2016.
  36. ^ "Cho Jin-woong, "Signal" was tough". Seoul English. 10 October 2016.
  37. ^ "tvN10 Awards' full list of winners". Kpop Herald. 10 October 2016.
  38. ^ "[2016 AAA] 조진웅·엑소, 대상 수상…엑소 5관왕 영예[종합]". TV Report (in Korean). 16 November 2016.
  39. ^ "Actors Gong Hyo-jin, Cho Jung-seok, Cho Jin-woong win top star award". Yonhap News Agency. 29 December 2016.
  40. ^ "Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards announces winners". Kpop Herald. 25 October 2016.
  41. ^ "제55회 대종상, 각 부문 후보 공개…'공작' 12개 최다부문 노미네이트". Sports Seoul (in Korean). 21 September 2018.

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