Jo in 2014
|Revised Romanization||Jo Min-su|
Jo Min-su graduated from a vocational high school, Gyungbok Girls' Commercial High School, and first entered the entertainment business by doing a television commercial for ₩120 thousand (about US$100). She debuted in 1986 via the KBS TV Cultural Center, then appeared first on the big screen in Chung: Blue Sketch. But her public profile grew more through her television roles than movies, culminating in a Best Actress trophy in the 1989 KBS Drama Awards. Among her other notable TV series were Sandglass, Daemang (also known as Great Ambition), and Piano. After her marriage in 2005, she took a break from her acting career, but returned four years later with a memorable performance in Will It Snow for Christmas?.
But 2012 would prove to be the now-veteran actress's breakthrough year. Though she initially had reservations about doing a film by controversial auteur Kim Ki-duk, Jo became thankful to Kim for giving her the chance "to work with new material from what I was used to in the past. There aren't too many roles that women my age can do. They all seem the same. But this role was different." Her performance in Pietà brought her rave reviews and praise at the Venice Film Festival, as well as from domestic critics and audiences, notably a Best Actress trophy at the Grand Bell Awards. She was also awarded the prestigious Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit.
|1986||Chung: Blue Sketch||Yu-mi|
|Son of God||Jeon Bo-bae|
|1990||I'm Gonna Do Something Shocking||Jang-mi|
|2005||Boy Goes to Heaven||Ne-mo's mother||Cameo|
|2013||The Stone||Lee Tae-sam||Cameo|
|2014||Venus Talk||Lee Hae-young|
|2018||The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion||Doctor Baek|
|1986||TV Literature "Fire"||KBS1|
|TV Literature "Tale of a Mad Painter"||Blind girl||KBS1|
|1987||TV Literature "Stairway of Green"||KBS1|
|Door of Desire||Tan-sil,
Chung Ju-yung's wife
|시냇물 흘러흘러 어디로 가나||KBS|
|1988||Sun Rising Over the Hill||KBS2|
|1989||Wang Rung's Family||Woman from Seoul||KBS2|
|Mount Jiri||Partisan Soon-yi||KBS1|
|Merry Go Round||KBS1|
|1990-1998||Love on a Jujube Tree||Myo-soon||KBS1|
|1991||MBC Best Theater "A Midsummer Night's
Dream - Desert Island Blues"
|1992||TV Literary Theater "Doll Making"||Min Young-joo||KBS1|
|백번 선본 여자||Jae-hee||KBS2|
|Wind Blowing in the Woods||Yoo Mi-sun||KBS2|
|1993||Mountain Wind||Choi Yoon-hwa||MBC|
|Asphalt Man||Bae Jong-ok||SBS|
|1996||Until We Can Love||KBS2|
|MBC Best Theater
"Seranade for Yeo-woon"
|1997||MBC Best Theater "Changing Partners"||Ae-ri||MBC|
|Love and Farewell||Kang Min-joo||MBC|
|1999||House Above the Waves||So-ran||SBS|
|Happy Together||Seo Chan-joo||SBS|
|2000||The Aspen Tree||SBS|
|2002||My Name Is Princess||Choi Hwa-young||MBC|
|Ice Flower||Shin Young-joo||SBS|
|2009||Will It Snow for Christmas?||Cha Chun-hee||MBC|
|2011||My Daughter the Flower||Jang Soon-ae||SBS|
|2013||Goddess of Marriage||Song Ji-sun||SBS|
|2020||The Cursed||Jin Kyung||OCN|
|1998||"To Heaven"||Jo Sung-mo|
|2015||"The Light"||The Ark|
Awards and nominations
|1987||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|1989||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|1990||26th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|2012||32nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|49th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism||Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit||Won|
|6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Screen International Jury Grand Prize||Won|
|Korea Film Actor's Association||Achievement Award||Won|
|2013||4th KOFRA Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|23rd Fantasporto Director's Week||Best Actress||Won|
|7th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|People's Choice for Favorite Actress||Won|
|49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|22nd Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2018||27th Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion||Nominated|
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Nominated|
- Also romanized as Cho Min-soo or Jo Min-soo.
- Song, Ho-jin (22 September 2012). "Interview: Pieta star says she now has something to hold onto". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- 조민수 "피아노, 연기 공백때도 절대 잊혀지지않는 드라마" 고백 [Jo Min-soo "I have never forgotten my experience with Piano, even during my hiatus."]. Newsen (in Korean). 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- "Cho Min-soo". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Collett-White, Mike (4 September 2012). "Brutal, beautiful South Korean film jolts Venice". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Lee, Claire (30 October 2012). "Gwanghae sweeps Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Ji, Yong-jin (21 November 2012). "PIETA Shines Once Again". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
- "Psy to receive cultural merit honor from government". The Korea Times. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- Lee, Tae-ho (19 November 2012). "Venice-winning Film Pieta Director, Stars Receive Cultural Merit Honor from Korea Government". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- Jang, Sung-ran (19 October 2012). "PIETA Wins a Triple Crown: KAFC Announces winners of KAFC Awards". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Ji, Yong-jin (9 November 2012). "PIETA, Critics' No.1 Choice". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Lee, Jin-ho (31 October 2012). "Lee Byung Hun and Jo Min Su Become the Best Actor and Actress at the Daejong Film Awards". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- Jang, Sung-ran (27 November 2012). "Korean Films Shine in Asia-Pacific Region and Europe". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
- Ji, Yong-jin (2 January 2013). "Korea Film Actor's Association Holds Year-end Event". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- Ji, Yong-jin (1 February 2013). "PIETA Regarded as the Best Film in 2012 by Reporters". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Conran, Pierce (12 March 2013). "Multiple Awards for Korean Films at Fantasporto". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Cho Min-soo Named Most Popular Actress at Asian Film Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Lee, Sun-min (20 March 2013). "Pieta's Cho Min-soo awarded for role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Conran, Pierce (21 March 2013). "CHO Min-soo Picks up People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- [23회 부산국제영화제] 부일영화상. Busan.com (in Korean). 20 September 2018.
- Cho, Yeon-gyeong (April 5, 2019). 55회 백상예술대상 영화부문 최종 후보 공개. Is Plus (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
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