Ji Chang-wook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ji.
Ji Chang-wook
Born (1987-07-05) July 5, 1987 (age 29)
Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Alma mater Dankook University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent Glorious Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 지창욱
Revised Romanization Ji Chang-uk
McCune–Reischauer Chi Ch'anguk

Ji Chang-wook (born July 5, 1987) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in the leading role of Dong-hae in daily drama series Smile Again (2010-2011), followed by notable roles in Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011), Empress Ki (2013-2014), and Healer (2014-2015)."K2" (2016)."


Ji began his career as a struggling actor in musical theatre. He made his onscreen debut in the 2006 film Days... and had a minor role in the 2008 TV drama You Stole My Heart. However, he only official debuted in the 2008 film Sleeping Beauty.[1] 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 family drama received 40% ratings, and shot Ji to stardom out of obscurity.[2] He followed that with a supporting role in Lee Joon-gi's Hero.

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 under a former national speed skater in order to lend those scenes as much realism as possible, spending four to five hours daily at the ice rink.[3] Smile Again topped the ratings chart for 15 consecutive weeks, and Ji was awarded Best Actor in a Daily Drama at the KBS Drama Awards.[4][5]

He then played the titular character in 2011 action historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo. 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.[6][7] The series was number one in its timeslot for 13 weeks, and Ji received a New Star Award from the SBS Drama Awards.[8][9] Later that year, he again 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.[10]

In his first villain role, Ji played a pianist who envies his older brother's genius and natural gift for music in 2012 melodrama Five Fingers.[11][12][13]

Ji returned to the stage 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.[14] Ji then played Toghon Temür (also known as Huizong), the 16th emperor of the Yuan Dynasty in the historical drama, Empress Ki, which aired from late 2013 to 2014. The drama drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with an average rating of 25.12%, further raising Ji's popularity and making him a household name in Korea. Described as his breakthrough role, Ji's portrayal of the young king left a strong impression on both critics and the audience.[15][16][17][18]

Ji then starred in Healer from December 2014 to February 2015. He took martial arts lessons for his role as a mysterious errand guy in the Song Ji-na-penned series.[19][20] After the drama aired, Ji's popularity started to soar in China.[21] He began expanding his career into China, starring in domestic dramas like Tornado Girl and My Male God.

In 2015, Ji was cast in action thriller film Fabricated City, playing the role of a framed murderer. This will be Ji's first leading role on the big screen. He 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.[22]

In 2016, Ji was cast in tvN's action thriller The K2, as the titular bodyguard who gets betrayed by his fellow countrymen.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2008 You Stole My Heart Lee Phillip KBS2
2009 My Too Perfect Sons Song Mi-poong KBS2
2009-2010 Hero Park Jun-hyeong MBC
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 Emperor Huizong MBC
2014 Secret Love Guardian Angel DRAMAcube
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
TBA Mr Right Wang Weian HBS


Year Title Role
2006 Days...
2008 Sleeping Beauty Jin-seo
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Soo-il
2013 How to Use Guys with Secret Tips Hong-jun's brother (cameo)
2016 Fabricated City Kwon Yoo
TBA Two Constables

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2014 Running Man SBS Guest, episodes 211-212
2015 Happy Camp HBS Guest

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Are You Ready" Lena Park feat. Dynamic Duo
2009 "We Broke Up Today" Younha
2009 "Falling You" T-ara
2010 "I Have to Let You Go" Young Gun
2011 "Cry Cry" T-ara
2012 "Lovey-Dovey"[23][24]
"I Need You" K.Will
2013 "That's My Fault" Speed
"It's Over"
"Runaway" Kara

Musical theatre[edit]

Title Role Notes
2007 Fire and Ice
  • Composed of three short plays: Moon Story, Sandglass, That's Right!
2011 Thrill Me Richard Loeb
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.
Jack the Ripper Daniel
Brothers Were Brave Lee Joo-bong
2014 The Days Mu-young
  • Reprised his role for the musical's second run from October 2014 to May 2015, December 2015.


Year Title Notes
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
Japanese release
"Your Warmth"
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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 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
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
TV Drama Awards Made In China Most Popular Actor (Overseas)[25] Won


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