Ji Chang-wook

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Ji Chang-wook
Born (1987-07-05) July 5, 1987 (age 31)
Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Alma mater Dankook University – Department of Performing Arts[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent Glorious Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Ji Chang-uk
McCune–Reischauer Chi Ch'anguk

Ji Chang-wook (born July 5, 1987) is a South Korean actor.[2] 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 popular television series Healer (2014–2015), The K2 (2016) and Suspicious Partner (2017), as well as crime-action film Fabricated City (2017).

Career[edit]

2006–2009: Beginnings[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] The weekend family drama received 40% ratings.[5] He then had a supporting role in the action-comedy Hero.


2010–2012: Rising popularity[edit]

In September 2014

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.[6] 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.[7][8]

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.[9][10] The series was number one in its timeslot for 13 weeks, and Ji received a "New Star Award" at the SBS Drama Awards.[11][12] 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.[13]

In his first villain role, Ji played a pianist who envies his older brother's natural gift for music in 2012 melodrama Five Fingers.[14][15]

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.[16]

2013–present: Breakthrough and overseas ventures[edit]

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.[17] 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 and increased recognition.[18][19]

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.[20][21] After the drama aired, Ji became popular in China and other parts of Asia.[22][23] He then took on roles in Mandarin-language dramas like The Whirlwind Girl 2 and Mr. Right.[24][25]

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.[26] The drama received favorable reviews, topping cable channel viewership ratings throughout its 8-week broadcast.[27] In November 2016, he co-starred in the promotional web drama titled First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.[28]

In 2017, Ji starred in the action film Fabricated City, playing the role of a jobless game addict who becomes a framed murderer.[29] He was next cast in SBS's romantic comedy/thriller Suspicious Partner, which premiered in May.[30]

Ji was 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.[31] However the project has been put on indefinite hold due to problems with scheduling and funding.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Ji began his mandatory military service on August 14, 2017.[33] He first underwent basic training at the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Cheorwon, Gangwon Province.[34] Upon completion, he was awarded a prize for high performance.[35]

Ji has been assigned to the Army's 5th Artillery Brigade at Cheorwon, Gangwon Province to complete the remainder of his military service.[36] He has been appointed as a Platoon Leader and got promoted to a Corporal.[37] Ji is scheduled to be discharged in April 28, 2019.[38]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Days...
2008 Sleeping Beauty Jin-seo
2009 The Weird Missing Case of Mr. J Sun Gun-man [39]
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Soo-il [40]
2011 Confession Short film [41]
2013 How to Use Guys with Secret Tips Hong-jun's brother Cameo
2015 The Long Way Home Nation's armed forces conscription military police [42]
2017 Fabricated City Kwon Yoo [43]
Your Name Taki Tachibana Voice only, Korean dub [44]
The Bros Young Choon-bae Cameo [45]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2008 You Stole My Heart Lee Phillip KBS2
2009 My Too Perfect Sons Song Mi-poong [4]
2009–2010 Hero Park Jun-hyeong MBC [46]
2010–2011 Smile Again Carl Laker / Dong-hae KBS1 [6]
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo Baek Dong-soo SBS [47]
2011–2012 Bachelor's Vegetable Store Han Tae-yang Channel A [48]
2012 Five Fingers Yoo In-ha SBS [14]
2013–2014 Empress Ki Toghon Temür / Ta Hwan MBC [17]
2014–2015 Healer Seo Jung-hoo / Park Bong-soo / Healer KBS2 [49]
2016 The Whirlwind Girl 2 Chang An Hunan TV [24]
The K2 Kim Je-ha tvN [50]
2017 Suspicious Partner Noh Ji-wook SBS [51]
TBA Mr Right Wang Weian HBS [25]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Kara: Secret Love Angel No. 2013, Chun Sa Nam Ep.9–10: "Have You Ever Had Coffee with an Angel?" [52]
2016 First Seven Kisses Ji Chang-wook (Ep. 3–4) Naver TV Cast [28]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2007 "Are You Ready" Lena Park feat. Dynamic Duo
2009 "We Broke Up Today" Younha [53]
2010 "I Have to Let You Go" Young Gun [54]
2011 "Cry Cry" T-ara
2012 "Lovey-Dovey" [55]
"I Need You" K.Will [56]
2013 "That's My Fault" Speed [57]
"It's Over" [58]

Musical theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Fire and Ice
  • Composed of three short plays: Moon Story, Sandglass, That's Right!
2011 Thrill Me Richard Loeb [59]
2013 The Days Mu-young
  • Jukebox musical featuring songs by late folk-rock singer Kim Kwang-seok.
  • Starred in the musical's first run from April to September 2013.
[16]
Jack the Ripper Daniel [60]
Brothers Were Brave Lee Joo-bong [61]
2014 The Days Mu-young
  • Reprised his role for the musical's second run from October 2014 to May 2015, December 2015.
2016
  • Reprised his role for the musical's third and final run from August to November 2016 (select performances only).

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
2016 Be With You Mandarin [62]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
2011 "Meet-Again Meet Again" track from Warrior Baek Dong-soo OST [63]
"Oh-Sing-Sing-Men 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
Japanese release
[64]
"Your Warmth"
2012 "Fill Up" track from Five Fingers OST [65]
2014 "To the Butterfly" track from Empress Ki OST [66]
2015 "I Will Protect You" track from Healer OST [67]
2016 "Kissing You" track from First Seven Kisses OST [68]
2017 "101 Reasons Why I Like You" track from Suspicious Partner OST [69]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Smile Again Nominated
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Won [8]
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Warrior Baek Dong-soo Won [11]
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Five Fingers Nominated
2013 7th The Musical Awards Best New Actor The Days Won [70]
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Empress Ki Won [71]
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 [72]
Best Couple Award with Park Min-young Won [73]
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actor (Overseas) Won [74]
2016 31st Korea's Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed Actor N/A Won [75]
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Fabricated City Nominated
25th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Suspicious Partner Nominated
Best Couple Award with Nam Ji-hyun Nominated

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