Choi Woo-shik

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Choi Woo-shik
(빅매치) 제작보고회 말.말.말 영상 최우식.jpg
Choi in 2014
Born (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 29)
Alma materChung-Ang University – Cultural Studies
Years active2011–present
AgentManagement SOOP[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationChoe U-sik
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe U-sik

Choi Woo-shik (born March 26, 1990) is a South Korean actor. He first gained widespread recognition for his role in the film Set Me Free (2014). He then went on to appear in the films Train to Busan (2016) and Parasite (2019), both of which received international critical acclaim and success.

Early life[edit]

Choi is the younger of two sons and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was in fifth grade, where he spent the next ten years of his life.[2] He attended high school at Pinetree Secondary School.[3]

Then in 2011, while a junior at Simon Fraser University, the then-21-year-old Choi returned to Korea to go on auditions and he made his acting debut in the period drama The Duo (2011).[4]


Choi pursued acting full-time, and supporting roles followed in television series such as Rooftop Prince (2012) and Special Affairs Team TEN (2011-2013).[5][6] In 2014, Choi starred in his first leading role in the coming-of-age indie film Set Me Free,[7] for which he won Actor of the Year at the Busan International Film Festival.[8][9] This was followed by the romantic comedy cable series Hogu's Love (2015), in which he played the title character.[10]

Choi gained international recognition with the blockbuster zombie thriller film Train to Busan and action-adventure film Okja.[11]

In 2018, Choi played a mysterious assassin called the Nobleman in the action film The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion. The dark persona was a shift from the characters Choi usually played, and in a press interview, his co-star Park Hee-soon remarked that Nobleman could be Choi's once-in-a-lifetime character.[12][13]

In 2019, Choi appeared in the comedy film Rosebud. [14] He also reunited with renowned director Bong Joon-ho in the critically acclaimed film Parasite.[15][16]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Etude, Solo Short film
2012 Circle of Crime – Director's Cut [17]
2013 Secretly, Greatly Yoon Yoo-joon [18]
2014 Set Me Free Young-jae [7]
Big Match Guru [19]
2015 In the Room Min-jun Singaporean film [20]
2016 Train to Busan Yong-guk [21]
2017 Okja Kim Woo-shik [22]
2018 Golden Slumber Joo-ho Cameo [23]
The Princess and the Matchmaker Nam Chi-ho [24]
The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion Nobleman
Monstrum Officer Hur [25]
2019 Rosebud Young Soon-cheol
Parasite Ki-woo
The Divine Fury Father Choi Special appearance [26]
Hunting Time Ki-hoon [27]
2020 Puppy [28]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2011 The Duo young Gwi-dong MBC [29]
Living in Style Na Joo-ra SBS [30]
Deep Rooted Tree young Jung Gi-joon / Ga Ri-on [31]
Special Affairs Team TEN Park Min-ho OCN [32]
2012 Rooftop Prince Do Chi-san SBS [33]
Shut Up Family Yeol Woo-bong KBS2 [34]
Drama Special – "Culprit Among Friends" young Do-hyun
2013 Special Affairs Team TEN Season 2 Park Min-ho OCN [35]
Who Are You? Hee-koo tvN Cameo, Episodes 10, 12 [36]
Drama Festival – "Principal Investigator: Save Wang Jo-hyun!" Boo Joong-shik MBC [37]
2014 You're All Surrounded Choi Woo-shik SBS Cameo, Episode 4 [38]
You Are My Destiny Lee Yong MBC [39]
Pride and Prejudice Lee Jang-won [40]
Dr. Frost Kim Jung-hoon OCN Cameo, Episode 8
2015 Dream Knight Naver TV Cast Cameo [41]
Hogu's Love Kang Ho-gu tvN [10]
My Fantastic Funeral Park Dong-soo SBS Two-part special [42]
2017 Fight for My Way Park Moo-bin KBS2 Cameo, Episode 1-7 [43]
The Package Kim Gyung-jae jTBC [44]
The Boy Next Door Park Gyu-tae Dingo Studios [45]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2012 Real Mate in Australia, Rooftop Prince Trio QTV Cast member [46]
2013–2014 Beating Hearts SBS [47]
2015 Law of the Jungle in Nicaragua [48]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2014 "My Old Story" IU [49]
2015 "Congratulations" DAY6 [50]
2017 "That Moment" Im Seulong [51]
"You Were Beautiful" DAY6 [52]


Year Song title Notes
2017 "Some Guys" (with Jang Ki-yong) From an OST of the web series The Boy Next Door

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 19th Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year Set Me Free Won [53]
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Nominated
16th Busan Film Critics Awards Won [54]
2nd Wildflower Film Awards Won [55]
24th Buil Film Awards Nominated
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [56]
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [57]
The Korea Film Actors' Association Awards Popular Actor Award Won [58]
2016 11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won [59]
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Special Popularity Award Won [60]
2019 24th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Parasite Nominated [61]
28th Buil Film Awards Pending


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  2. ^ "최우식, 노영학 / My name is 최우식". 10Asia (Korea Economic Daily) (in Korean). March 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Lee, Ga-on (March 9, 2011). "My Name Is: Choi Woo-shik (sravan)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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  5. ^ "TV series "Rooftop Prince" ready to make the audience raise the roof". 10Asia. March 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Ho, Stewart (January 26, 2013). "JYP's Choi Woo Sik Returns to Second Season of Special Affairs Team Ten". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  7. ^ a b "Choi Woo-shik to Take 1st Leading Role in Feature Film". 10Asia. October 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Kim, Su-yeon (October 30, 2014). "Actor CHOI Woo-sik: Dreams to Be a Real Giant in the Film World". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  9. ^ "Indie Film Draws 20,000 Viewers in 2 Weeks". The Chosun Ilbo. November 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
  10. ^ a b Doo, Rumy (January 30, 2015). "Uee plays haughty swimming champion in new TV rom-com". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  11. ^ "Busan Facetime: Actor Choi Woo-shik Looks to Make a Hollywood Leap". Variety. August 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "PARK Hoon-jung's Upcoming WITCH Cranks Up". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Choi Woo-shik is ready to show his dark side : The popular 'Okja' truck driver plays a villain in 'The Witch: Part 1'". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "YOO Ho-jeong, PARK Sung-woong Lead YOUR NAME IS ROSE". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 26, 2016.
  15. ^ "BONG Joon-ho's upcoming movie PARASITE Confirms Cast". Korean Film Biz Zone. February 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Bong Joon-ho's next film has a cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "[리뷰] 영화 '비정한 도시', 잡탕 구성에 흐려진 '묵직한' 메시지". Kuki News (in Korean). October 24, 2012.
  18. ^ ""Secretly and Greatly" Choi Wooshik verses Kim Soo-hyun". Hancinema. Osen. June 4, 2013.
  19. ^ "Choi Woo-shik Cast in Shin Ha-kyun's Action Movie". 10Asia. January 9, 2014.
  20. ^ Noh, I-seul (September 13, 2014). "Choi Woo Shik casted for Singaporean film, In The Room". StarN News. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  21. ^ "Main Cast Confirmed for BUSAN BOUND". Korean Film Biz Zone. April 8, 2015.
  22. ^ "Production Begins on BONG Joon-ho/Netflix Film OKJA". Korean Film Biz Zone. May 9, 2016.
  23. ^ "'존재감 요정' 최우식, 영화 '골든슬럼버' 통해 입증한 카메오의 품격". WOW TV (in Korean). February 22, 2018.
  24. ^ "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 15, 2015.
  25. ^ "KIM Myung-min and PARK Hee-Soon Wrap Period Monster Film MULGOE". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 7, 2017.
  26. ^ "[단독] 이솜·최우식, 박서준X우도환 '사자' 출연 물망". SE Daily (in Korean). June 1, 2018.
  27. ^ "YOON Sung-hyun's HUNTING TIME Locks Down Cast". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 23, 2017.
  28. ^ "CHOI Woo-shik and GONG Myung Cuddle Up to PUPPY". Korean Film Biz Zone. June 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "'짝패' 아역 호연+탄탄한 스토리 '명품사극 되나?'". Newsen (in Korean). February 9, 2011.
  30. ^ "뚜껑 열린 '폼나게 살거야', 문영남 사단 식상해? 180° 변신했어". TV Report (in Korean). September 19, 2011.
  31. ^ "<뿌리깊은 나무> 정기준의 삼단 변신". Oh My Star (in Korean). November 10, 2011.
  32. ^ "최우식, 'TEN'서 열정 넘치는 신참 형사 변신". TenAsia (in Korean). November 10, 2011.
  33. ^ "TV series "Rooftop Prince" ready to make the audience raise the roof". 10Asia. March 29, 2012.
  34. ^ "'닥치고 패밀리' 심지호-최우식-박희본 합류 확정". BNT News (in Korean). July 4, 2012.
  35. ^ "Actor Choi Woo Shik, Rookie Detective in OCN drama "Ten 2"". 10Asia. April 12, 2013.
  36. ^ "최우식, '후아유' 천재해커 등장···짧지만 강한 존재감". TV Report (in Korean). August 28, 2013.
  37. ^ "'수사 부반장' 최우식, 시청자 웃기고 울리는 팔색조 매력 통해". Sports World (in Korean). November 15, 2013.
  38. ^ "최우식, '너희들은 포위됐다' 깜짝 출연 '암울한 인질범 역'". Financial News (in Korean). May 15, 2014.
  39. ^ "최우식, '운명처럼 널 사랑해' 캐스팅..장혁과 맞대결". Star Money (in Korean). May 22, 2014.
  40. ^ "최우식, '오만과 편견' 캐스팅…최진혁-백진희-최민수-손창민과 호흡". WOWTV (in Korean). October 1, 2014.
  41. ^ "드림나이트, 갓세븐의 굴욕 육탄전...이국주에 최우식까지". Segye (in Korean). 3 February 2015.
  42. ^ "최우식·경수진, SBS 단막극 '나의 판타스틱한 장례식'서 연인호흡". Xports News (in Korean). September 11, 2015.
  43. ^ "[팝인터뷰③]최우식 "쌈마이웨이→궁합→마녀..스스로 도전 필요했다"". Herald Pop (in Korean). 3 July 2018.
  44. ^ "JTBC's 'The Package' tells stories of travelers". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 12, 2017.
  45. ^ "Train to Busan actor Choi Woo Sik to appear with Jang Hee Ryung in new web drama". International Business Times. December 23, 2016.
  46. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (June 4, 2012). "Royal Trio Jung Seok Won, Lee Min Ho, Choi Woo Shik Hang Out in Australia". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  47. ^ "Choi Woo-shik to Make 1st TV Show Apperance [sic] Next Month". 10Asia. August 12, 2013.
  48. ^ "정글의 법칙' 하니부터 조한선까지…정글 멤버 공개". Sports World (in Korean). July 25, 2015.
  49. ^ Choi, Hyun-jung (May 17, 2014). "Actor Choi Woo Shik shows a deeper side of him on IU's new MV". StarN News. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  50. ^ "최우식·강윤제·장희령, '데뷔' DAY6 뮤비서 삼각로맨스". Xports News (in Korean). September 7, 2015.
  51. ^ "'임슬옹 목소리+최우식 연기', 오늘 '그 순간' 티저 공개". Sports Donga (in Korean). January 5, 2017.
  52. ^ "'JYP 밴드' DAY6, 신곡 '예뻤어' 공개…아련감성 폭발". Sports Chosun (in Korean). February 6, 2017.
  53. ^ Conran, Pierce (October 13, 2014). "END OF WINTER and 13 Share BIFF New Currents Honors". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  54. ^ "'거인' 최우식 날다…부산영평상 신인남우상까지 수상". Sports Donga (in Korean). December 11, 2014.
  55. ^ "HAN GONG-JU Tops Wildflower Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. April 10, 2015.
  56. ^ Conran, Pierce (November 2, 2015). "THE THRONE Tops Korean Association of Film Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  57. ^ "ASSASSINATION Tops Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 27, 2015.
  58. ^ Conran, Pierce (December 30, 2015). "LEE Byung-hun, YOO Ah-in and HAN Hyo-joo Take Top Star Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
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  60. ^ "Train to Busan, The Wailing win at 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards". International Business Times. May 25, 2017.
  61. ^ "2019 춘사영화제, 7월 18일 개최..트로피 주인공 누구?". K Starnews (in Korean). July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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