At the press conference of The K2, September 2016
July 5, 1987 |
Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
|Alma mater||Dankook University
|Revised Romanization||Ji Chang-uk|
Ji Chang-wook (born July 5, 1987) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame playing the leading role of Dong-hae in daily drama series Smile Again (2010-2011), and has since had roles in Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011) and Empress Ki (2013-2014). Ji has headlined the television series Healer (2014-2015), The K2 (2016) and Suspicious Partner (2017), as well as crime-action film Fabricated City (2017).
- 1 Career
- 2 Filmography
- 3 Musical theater
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Ji began his career in musical theatre. He made his onscreen debut in the 2006 film Days... and had a minor role in the 2008 television drama You Stole My Heart. He only officially debuted in the 2008 film Sleeping Beauty.
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 turning 20 years old. The weekend family drama received 40% ratings. He then had a supporting role in the action-comedy Hero.
2010–2012: Rising popularity
In 2010, Ji was cast in his first starring role in the 159-episode daily drama Smile Again. Playing the role of a Korean-American short track speed skater, Ji trained four to five hours daily at the ice rink. Smile Again topped the ratings chart for 15 consecutive weeks, and he was awarded "Best Actor in a Daily Drama" at the KBS Drama Awards.
He then played the titular character in 2011 action historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011). 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 years until political intrigue creates a rivalry with his childhood best friend-turned-enemy. The series was number one in its timeslot for 13 weeks, and Ji received a "New Star Award" at the SBS Drama Awards. Later that year, he 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.
Ji returned to the musical theater 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.
2013–present: Breakthrough and overseas ventures
Ji's breakthrough came when he played Toghon Temür (also known as Ta Hwan), the 16th emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, in the historical drama Empress Ki. The drama drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with an average rating of 35.12%. Ji's portrayal of the young king left a strong impression on both critics and the audience, earning him critical acclaim.
Ji then starred as the title character in Song Ji-na-penned action thriller Healer from December 2014 to February 2015. He took martial arts lessons for his role as a mysterious errand guy in the series. After the drama aired, Ji became popular in China and other parts of Asia. He then took on roles in Mandarin-language dramas like The Whirlwind Girl 2 and Mr. Right.
In 2016, Ji starred in tvN's action thriller The K2, as the title role, a bodyguard who gets betrayed by his fellow countrymen and falls in love with a girl with fear of people. The drama received favorable reviews, topping cable channel viewership ratings throughout its 8-week broadcast. In November 2016, he co-starred in the promotional web drama titled First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.
In 2017, Ji starred in the action film Fabricated City, playing the role of a jobless game addict who becomes a framed murderer. He was next cast in SBS' romantic comedy thriller Suspicious Partner, which premiered in May. Ji is also set to star as a reckless rookie constable alongside Sol Kyung-gu's apathetic veteran officer in the period-comedy film Two Constables, the fourth installment in the Two Cops franchise directed by Kang Woo-suk.
|2008||You Stole My Heart||Lee Phillip||KBS2|
|2009||My Too Perfect Sons||Song Mi-poong|
|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||Toghon Temür / Ta Hwan||MBC|
|2014||Kara: Secret Love||Chun Sa Nam||Dramacube||Ep.9-10: "Have You Ever Had Coffee with an Angel?"|
|2014-2015||Healer||Seo Jung-hoo / Park Bong-soo / Healer||KBS2|
|2016||The Whirlwind Girl 2||Chang An||Hunan TV|
|The K2||Kim Je-ha||tvN|
|2017||Suspicious Partner||No Ji-wook||SBS|
|TBA||Mr Right||Wang Weian||HBS|
|2010||Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp||Soo-il|
|2013||How to Use Guys with Secret Tips||Hong-jun's brother||Guest role|
|2015||The Long Way Home||Nation's armed forces conscription military police|
|2017||Fabricated City||Kwon Yoo|
|Your Name||Taki Tachibana||Voice only, Korean dub|
|2014||KARA: Secret Love||Angel No. 2013 (Ep. 9 and 10)|
|2016||First Seven Kisses||Ji Chang-wook (Ep. 3-4)||Naver TV Cast|
|2013||Radio Star||MBC||Guest, episode 322|
|2014||Running Man||SBS||Guest, episodes 211-212|
|2016||Taxi||tvN||Guest, episode 447|
|We Got Married||MBC||Guest, episode 347|
Music video appearances
|2007||"Are You Ready"||Lena Park feat. Dynamic Duo|
|2009||"We Broke Up Today"||Younha|
|2010||"I Have to Let You Go"||Young Gun|
|"I Need You"||K.Will|
|2013||"That's My Fault"||Speed|
|2007||Fire and Ice||
|2011||Thrill Me||Richard Loeb|
|Jack the Ripper||Daniel|
|Brothers Were Brave||Lee Joo-bong|
- 2016: Be With You (Mandarin)
|2011||"Meet Again"||track from Warrior Baek Dong-soo OST|
|"Oh Sing Sing Men"
(with Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Young-kwang, Shin Won-ho, Sung-je, and Ji-hyuk)
|tracks from Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST
|2012||"Fill Up"||track from Five Fingers OST|
|2014||"To the Butterfly"||track from Empress Ki OST|
|2015||"I Will Protect You"||track from Healer OST|
|2016||"Kissing You"||track from First Seven Kisses OST|
Awards and nominations
|2011||4th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Smile Again||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Won|||
|2012||Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama||Five Fingers||Nominated|
|2013||7th The Musical Awards||Best New Actor||The Days||Won|
|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|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Healer||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Min-young||Won|
|2015||4th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|China TV Drama Awards||Most Popular Actor (Overseas)||Won|||
|2016||1st Asia Artist Awards||Popularity Award||The K2||Nominated|||
|31st Korea's Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed Actor||N/A||Won|||
|2017||53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Fabricated City||Nominated|||
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