Jin Hyuk

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Jin Hyuk
EducationYonsei University - Business Administration
OccupationTelevision director
Years active2003–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJin Hyeok
McCune–ReischauerChin Hyŏk

Jin Hyuk is a South Korean television director. He directed Brilliant Legacy (2009), City Hunter (2011), Prosecutor Princess (2010), Master's Sun (2013), Doctor Stranger (2014), and Legend of the Blue Sea (2016).[1]


Jin Hyuk graduated from Yonsei University in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration, then joined the TV network Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS). He first worked as a producer, became an assistant director from 2003 to 2007, then a second unit director in 2008.

In 2009, Jin directed his first television drama, Brilliant Legacy (also known as Shining Inheritance). A Cinderella-esque story about a poor, kind-hearted girl who becomes the sole heiress of a rich, elderly woman who wants to teach her spoiled family a lesson, Brilliant Legacy became an unexpected hit, reaching a peak viewership rating of 47.1%, and catapulted its relatively unknown stars Han Hyo-joo and Lee Seung-gi to fame.[2] Jin won Best Drama PD[3] at the 17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards, and was nominated for Best New Television Director at the 46th Baeksang Arts Awards.

He and Brilliant Legacy screenwriter So Hyun-kyung collaborated again for Prosecutor Princess (2010), a romantic comedy/legal drama in which a vain and shallow law graduate is forced to work as a public prosecutor which gradually changes her outlook on the world.[4] City Hunter followed in 2011, which Jin considered a prequel of the same-titled manga by Tsukasa Hojo, transforming its protagonist into a Blue House IT expert by day, and a vengeful, justice-seeking vigilante by night.[5] Despite middling domestic ratings for both series, Kim So-yeon (previously typecast in dramatic roles) drew praise for her comic acting in Prosecutor Princess, while her co-star Park Si-hoo and City Hunter lead actor Lee Min-ho increased their overseas fanbase due to their respective series.[6] Jin received a Best Production Director nomination at the 4th Korea Drama Awards for City Hunter.

He then worked with the Hong sisters for Master's Sun (2013), a horror/romantic comedy starring So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin about a selfish shopping mall CEO who finds himself falling for a woman who can communicate with ghosts.[7] In 2014, Jin cast Lee Jong-suk as a genius doctor who defected from North Korea then encounters the doppelgänger of his dead first love in Doctor Stranger.[8][9][10]

Jin is set to direct FHM 2, the sequel to the 2011 Chinese television drama FHM, which revolves around the friendship, desires, and ambitions of men in their thirties. Starring Park Hae-jin, Zhang Liang and Joker Xue, FHM 2 is a joint venture between a Chinese production company and Korean conglomerate CJ E&M and will air in 2015.[11]


As assistant director[edit]

  • South of the Sun (SBS, 2003)
  • Queen's Conditions (SBS, 2005)
  • Single Life (SBS, 2006)
  • Blue Fish (SBS, 2007)
  • Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung (SBS, 2007)
  • Bichunmoo (SBS, 2008)

As second unit director[edit]

As director[edit]


  1. ^ "Dramabeans exclusive: Interview with City Hunter, Doctor Stranger PD Jin Hyuk". Dramabeans. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  2. ^ Park, Sun-young (16 July 2009). "Brilliant drama leaving its own legacy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  3. ^ "PD" stands for Production Director.
  4. ^ Yoon, Ina (24 March 2010). "Preview: SBS TV series Prosecutor Princess". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  5. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (18 May 2011). "Preview: SBS TV series City Hunter". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 November 2010). "Park Si-hoo to promote Princess Prosecutor in Japan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  7. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (26 April 2013). "So Ji Sub and Kong Hyo Jin Cast for The Sun of the Lord". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  8. ^ Lee, Na-rae (29 April 2014). "Doctor Stranger PD Reminisces over Working with Lee Jong Suk in His Debut Drama". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  9. ^ "Dr. Stranger Producer Jin Hyuk Mystery And Mellow". KDramaStars. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  10. ^ Hope, Diane (22 September 2014). "A Shining Career - excerpts from an exclusive interview with director Jin Hyeok". Kickstarter via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  11. ^ "Park Hae Jin and director Jin Hyuk head to China for FHM 2 discussions". Kpop Fighting. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-07.

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