Ji Chang-wook

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Ji Chang-wook
(TV10) 지창욱의 마지막 드리마 더케이투 제작발표회 현장 지창욱 42s.jpg
At the press conference of The K2, September 2016
Born (1987-07-05) July 5, 1987 (age 29)[1]
Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Alma mater Dankook University
(Performing Arts)[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent Glorious Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 지창욱
Hanja
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 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).

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.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6][7] The series was number one in its timeslot for 13 weeks, and Ji received a "New Star Award" at the SBS Drama Awards.[8][9] 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.[10]

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

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.[13]

2013–present: Breakthrough and overseas ventures[edit]

In February 2017

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.[14][15][16]

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.[17][18] After the drama aired, Ji became popular in China and other parts of Asia.[19][20] He then took on roles in Mandarin-language dramas like The Whirlwind Girl 2 and Mr. Right.[21][22]

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.[23] The drama received favorable reviews, topping cable channel viewership ratings throughout its 8-week broadcast.[24] In November 2016, he co-starred in the promotional web drama titled First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.[25]

In 2017, Ji starred in the action film Fabricated City, playing the role of a jobless game addict who becomes a framed murderer.[26] He was next cast in SBS' romantic comedy thriller Suspicious Partner, which premiered in May.[27] 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.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 You Stole My Heart Lee Phillip KBS2
2009 My Too Perfect Sons Song Mi-poong
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 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

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Guest role
2015 The Long Way Home Nation's armed forces conscription military police
2017 Fabricated City Kwon Yoo
Two Constables
Your Name Taki Tachibana Voice only, Korean dub

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 KARA: Secret Love Angel No. 2013 (Ep. 9 and 10)
2016 First Seven Kisses Ji Chang-wook (Ep. 3-4) Naver TV Cast

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2013 Radio Star MBC Guest, episode 322
2014 Running Man SBS Guest, episodes 211-212
2015 Happy Camp HBS Guest
2016 Taxi tvN Guest, episode 447
We Got Married MBC Guest, episode 347

Music video appearances[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"
"I Need You" K.Will
2013 "That's My Fault" Speed
"It's Over"
"Runaway" Kara

Musical theater[edit]

Year 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.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 2016: Be With You (Mandarin)

Singles[edit]

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
2016 "Kissing You" track from First Seven Kisses OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Smile Again Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Won [5]
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Warrior Baek Dong-soo Won [8]
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 [29]
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 [30]
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award The K2 Nominated [31]
31st Korea's Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed Actor N/A Won [32]
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Fabricated City Nominated [33]

References[edit]

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  23. ^ "Ji Chang-wook confirms lead in 'K2'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 July 2016. 
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  25. ^ "[단독]이종석•이준기•지창욱•박해진 뭉쳤다…'첫키스만 여섯번째' 출연". Naver. 2 November 2016. 
  26. ^ "Ji Chang-wook finds a fitting film : A lead role in the action hit 'Fabricated City' was a first for the young star". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 February 2017. 
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  29. ^ "'기황후' 하지원, MBC연기대상 대상..7년만에 2번째 대상(종합)". Star News. 31 December 2013. 
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  33. ^ http://isplus.live.joins.com/100sang/Candidate/c_sub1.aspx?tp=2&nr=53&pidx=1823

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