Ji Jin-hee

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ji.
Ji Jin-hee
Ji Jin-hee on June 26, 2013.jpg
Born (1971-06-24) June 24, 1971 (age 44)
South Korea
Education Myongji University - Visual Design
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Agent HB Entertainment[1][2]
Spouse(s) Lee Su-yon (m. 2004)
Korean name
Hangul 지진희
Hanja 池珍熙
Revised Romanization Ji Jin-hui
McCune–Reischauer Chi Chin-hŭi

Ji Jin-hee (born June 24, 1971) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the TV period dramas Dae Jang Geum (2003) and Dong Yi (2010).[3]

Career[edit]

Ji Jin-hee graduated from Myongji University with a degree in Visual Design.[4] He was working as a photographer at an advertising agency when a talent agent from SidusHQ approached him about pursuing a career in entertainment. Content at his present job and doubtful that he had any acting talent, Ji refused the offers for a year, but finally agreed when the ad agency downsized during the IMF financial crisis and he got laid off.[5][6]

In 1999, Ji appeared in the music video for Jo Sung-bin's "Like a Third-rate Movie," and he made his acting debut a year later in 2000 with the television drama Female Secretary. In the next few years, he continued his television career with Juliet's Man (2000), Four Sisters (2001), and the Korean-Japanese co-production Afternoon After the Passing Rain (2002) with Ryoko Yonekura.

Ji made his big screen debut in 2002, playing a detective in the thriller H.[7] This was followed by If You Were Me, a human rights-themed omnibus where he starred in Park Kwang-su's short film Face Value.

He had drawn positive reviews for his portrayal of a surgeon caught up in a love triangle with a priest in the melodrama Love Letter, but Ji's breakthrough came in late 2003 with period drama Dae Jang Geum (also known as Jewel in the Palace). As a Joseon-era government official who falls in love with a female chef turned royal physician (played by Lee Young-ae), Ji's gentlemanly and integrity-filled character attracted female fans across Asia, for not only did Dae Jang Geum receive high viewership ratings domestically (reaching a peak of 57.8%), it also became popular overseas and became one of the proponents of the Korean Wave.[8][9][10]

Ji later parlayed his pan-Asian stardom into roles in the Chinese musical film Perhaps Love and the Taiwanese drama The 100th Bride, both in 2005.[11][12][13][14][15] He next played an amnesiac in Spring Day, the Korean remake of Japanese drama Hoshi no Kinka ("Heaven's Coins").[16]

Fighting against being typecast in "nice" roles after Dae Jang Geum, Ji also played a playboy slacker in romantic comedy series Miss Kim's Million Dollar Quest (2004), for which he received his first acting award.[17] And in black comedy Bewitching Attraction (2006), he was cast as an cartoonist who shares a past with a promiscuous professor.[18]

In 2007, Ji starred in Im Sang-soo's The Old Garden, adapted from Hwang Sok-yong's novel about a couple who meet during the turbulent 1980s surrounding the Gwangju Uprising; he played an anti-government activist who gets released from prison after serving 17 years for his political activities.[19][20] This was followed by Ji's first action film, Yoichi Sai's Soo, in which he played dual roles as a hired killer who avenges the death of his twin brother.[21][22]

Ji returned to television in 2008, as a veteran news reporter in Spotlight.[23] In 2009, he played a fussy, 40-year-old bachelor architect in He Who Can't Marry, the Korean remake of Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko ("The Man Who Can't Get Married").[24] Ji next appeared in the Korean-Japanese "telecinema" Paradise, which both received a theatrical release and aired on SBS and TV Asahi.[25]

He also published Ji Jin-hee in Italy: A Walk in the Clouds, which featured photos and essays about his travels in Rome, Florence and Milan, as well as Ji's recommendations and tips about wine.[26][27]

In 2010, Ji starred in Parallel Life, playing Korea's youngest ever chief presiding judge, who upon his wife's murder discovers that his life may exactly replicate that of someone who died 30 years ago.[5][28] He was next cast as a music critic and radio show host who goes in search of his missing spouse in the road trip comedy Looking for My Wife (also known as Runaway from Home).[29][30][31][32]

Then Ji reunited with Dae Jang Geum television director Lee Byung-hoon in another period drama Dong Yi, which also proved popular with audiences.[33][34] As King Sukjong, who falls for a palace maid (played by Han Hyo-joo) and makes her his royal concubine, Ji said he wanted to show a monarch who had "weak spots that show through his charismatic exterior. Rather than being a dignified king, he is an outgoing and adventurous character."[35][36][37][38]

Ji continued playing leading roles in television, as an airline pilot in Take Care of Us, Captain (2012), general and Joseon dynasty founder Yi Seong-gye in The Great Seer (2012), an adulterous husband in One Warm Word (2013), and a villainous doctor in Blood (2015).[39][40][41][42] He also wrote the original draft of the screenplay of horror-comedy Ghost Sweepers (2012), for which he received a story by credit.

From 2014 to 2015, Ji starred in three Chinese films, namely: On the Way opposite Eva Huang, in which a recently divorced Korean man meets a Chinese woman on a train while traveling in China;[43] Bad Sister opposite Ivy Chen, a romantic comedy where a father who wants to stop his daughter's wedding teams up with the groom's equally disapproving older sister;[44] and Helios, a crime thriller about the theft of nuclear weapons by a group of terrorists.[45]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 H Detective Kang Tae-hyun
2003 If You Were Me Driver segment: "Face Value"
2005 Perhaps Love Monty Chinese film
2006 Bewitching Attraction Park Seok-gyu
2007 The Old Garden Oh Hyun-woo
Soo Jang Tae-soo
Meet Mr. Daddy Ha Sun-young's husband (cameo)
2009 Paradise Il-ho telecinema
2010 Parallel Life Kim Seok-hyun
Looking for My Wife Ji Sung-hee
2011 Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue The Narrator (Korean dubbed)[46] animated film
2012 Love Fiction Joo-ro
Ghost Sweepers N/A story by credit
2014 On the Way Ju-hwan Chinese film
Bad Sister Chinese film
2015 Helios Choi Min-ho Hong Kong film

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2000 Female Secretary KBS2
MBC Best Theater "Beautiful Man" MBC
Juliet's Man Choi Seung-woo SBS
2001 MBC Best Theater "Seongju Puri" MBC
Four Sisters Han Tae-suk MBC
2002 Afternoon After the Passing Rain Hong Dae-jin MBC/Fuji TV Korean-Japanese
co-production
2003 Love Letter Jung Woo-jin MBC
MBC Best Theater "Our Writing Class" MBC
MBC Best Theater "Farewell Waltz" MBC
Dae Jang Geum Min Jeong-ho MBC
Hanppyeom Drama
"What's in Her Refrigerator?"
MBC
2004 Miss Kim's Million Dollar Quest Park Moo-yeol SBS
MBC Best Theater "Big Brother Is Back" MBC
2005 Spring Days Go Eun-ho SBS
Hanppyeom Drama "Rosy Life" Cafe owner MBC
The 100th Bride Han Wei Taiwanese drama
2008 Spotlight Oh Tae-suk MBC
Star's Lover Ma-ri's actor ex-boyfriend
(cameo, episode 8)
SBS
2009 He Who Can't Marry Jo Jae-hee KBS2
2010 Dong Yi King Sukjong MBC
2012 Take Care of Us, Captain Kim Yoon-sung SBS
My Husband Got a Family Pastor (cameo, episode 19) KBS2
The Great Seer Yi Seong-gye SBS
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Seon Jung-nam, F-ranked client
(cameo, episode 1)
tvN
One Warm Word Yoo Jae-hak SBS
2015 Blood Lee Jae-wook KBS2

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1999 "Like a Third-rate Movie" Jo Sung-bin
2000 "Once Upon a Day" Kim Bum-soo
2001 "Never" Jo Sungmo

Discography[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2005 "The Pain and Even the Sadness" Ji Jin-hee track 5 from Spring Day OST
"Fate" Jacky Cheung, Ji Jin-hee tracks 2, 3, 6 from Perhaps Love OST
"Life's Montage" Ji Jin-hee
"A Beautiful Story" Ji Jin-hee, Takeshi Kaneshiro
2009 "Difficult to Love You" Ji Jin-hee track 4 from He Who Can't Marry OST
2010 "We" Jang Dong-gun, Kim Seung-woo,
Hwang Jung-min, Ji Jin-hee
Gong Hyung-jin, Lee Ha-na
Actors Choice single[47]
"In Life We Are Alone" Ji Jin-hee track 3 of Looking for My Wife OST

Book[edit]

Year Title Publisher ISBN
2009 Ji Jin-hee in Italy: A Walk in the Clouds Seed Paper ISBN 9788996187615

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Miss Kim's Million Dollar Quest Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor He Who Can't Marry Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
2010 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Dong Yi Won
2011 Hong Kong Cable TV Awards Best Actor Won
CETV Awards Top 10 Hottest Asia Award[48][49] Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special The Great Seer Nominated
2014 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special One Warm Word Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Sun-min (19 March 2013). "Ji Jin-hee moves to HB". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  2. ^ Ji Jin-hee was previously with SidusHQ from 1999-2009, and Fantagio from 2009-2013.
  3. ^ "Actor Ji Jin-hee Holds Fan Meeting in Japan". KBS Global. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  4. ^ "JI Jin-hee". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Ji Jin-hee: 'I Don't Regret a Thing'". KBS Global. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Ji Jin-hee Profile". SidusHQ. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  7. ^ "Serial Killer Turns in Himself... Game Goes on". The Dong-a Ilbo. 16 December 2002. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  8. ^ Shin, Nam-su (22 March 2004). "Curtain Falls on Hit Historical TV Drama The Great Janggeum". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  9. ^ "Japanese Press Gushes for Ji Jin-hee". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  10. ^ Kim, Ji-soo (23 September 2013). "Hallyu drama celebrates 10 years". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Ji Jin-hee Cast to Star in Hong Kong Movie". KBS Global. 3 May 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  12. ^ "Ji Jin-hee launches Asian tour". KBS Global. 17 November 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  13. ^ "Ji Jin-Hee Tests His Pulling Power in Southeast Asia". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  14. ^ "Actor Ji Jin-hee Emerges as Hallyu Star in Thailand". KBS Global. 10 April 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  15. ^ "Actor Ji Jin-hee Visits Thailand to Promote Film Perhaps Love". KBS Global. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  16. ^ "Ji Jin-hee and Cho In-sung to meet with Japanese fans". KBS Global. 28 October 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  17. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (24 February 2010). "Ji Jin-hee's Movie Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  18. ^ Edwards, Russell (7 April 2006). "Review: Bewitching Attraction". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  19. ^ Park, Soo-mee (4 April 2007). "DVD Review: Cost of courage is measured in tears". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  20. ^ "Chinese Fans of Ji Jin-hee Descend on Korea". KBS Global. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  21. ^ "Ji Jin-hee Transforms into Tough Guy". KBS Global. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  22. ^ "Actor Ji Jin-hee to Promote Film Soo in Japan". KBS Global. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  23. ^ Han, Sang-hee (13 May 2008). "Spotlight Shows Lives of Reporters". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  24. ^ Oh, Jean (15 June 2009). "KBS' bachelor battles MBC's queen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  25. ^ "Ji Jin-hee returns as king in drama Dong Yi". 10Asia. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  26. ^ "Actor Ji Jin-hee Renews Modeling Contract with Korea Exchange Bank". KBS Global. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  27. ^ "Ji Jin Hee's new wine/travel book, "it's all about the variety of wine tasting"". Jazzholic. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. 
  28. ^ "Ji Jin-hee feels bad for making Ha Jeong-woo murderer again". 10Asia. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  29. ^ Yi, Ch'ang-ho (31 August 2009). "YANG Ik-june casts JI Jin-hee". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  30. ^ Song, Woong-ki (16 March 2010). "Ji Jin-hee shows his funny side". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  31. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (2 April 2010). "Press conference for film Looking for My Wife". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  32. ^ "All That Star: Ji Jin-hee". Arirang News. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  33. ^ Han, Sang-hee (21 March 2010). "Will Dong-yi Become Next Jewel in the Palace?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  34. ^ Kim, Heidi (14 December 2010). "Actor Ji Jin-hee receives warm welcome in Hong Kong". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  35. ^ Oh, Jean (22 March 2010). "Upbeat rom-com vs. court romance". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  36. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (7 May 2010). "Ji Jin-hee says "happy to break stereotype" as a king". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  37. ^ "Interview: Dong Yi director says Ji Jin-hee "mischievous"". 10Asia. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  38. ^ Lee, Wing-sze (29 March 2012). "Q&A: Ji Jin-hee". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  39. ^ "Ji Jin-hee cast as male lead in upcoming SBS TV series". 10Asia. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  40. ^ "Shooting begins for new Ji Jin-hee, Ku Hye-sun TV series". 10Asia. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  41. ^ "Ji Jin-hee to portray historical figure in new Mon-Tue soap opera". 10Asia. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  42. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (12 February 2015). "Little brother from My Love gets shot at big time". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  43. ^ "Ji Jin-hee finishes filming upcoming Chinese movie". 10Asia. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  44. ^ Kim, Soo-yeon (28 November 2014). "Korean-Chinese Co-production BAD SISTER, released in China November 28th". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  45. ^ "Working together". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  46. ^ Kim, Heidi (1 April 2011). "Actor Ji Jin-hee to voice Korean version of Thomas and Friends". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  47. ^ Kim, Hannah (4 March 2010). "WE are singing for charity". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  48. ^ Choe, Min-ji (21 October 2011). "Ji Jin Hee Wins Top 10 Hottest Asia Award in China". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  49. ^ "Jin Hee Ji won the Top 10 Popular Star Award by CETV, China.". Innolife. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 

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