Jo Min-su

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Jo Min-su
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Born (1965-01-29) January 29, 1965 (age 53)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Agent Management Koo
Known for Pietà
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jo Min-su
McCune–Reischauer Cho Min-su

Jo Min-su (Hangul조민수; born January 29, 1965)[1] is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her award-winning turn in the Kim Ki-duk film Pietà.[2]


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.[3] 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?.[2][4]

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."[2] Her performance in Pietà brought her rave reviews and praise at the Venice Film Festival,[5] as well as from domestic critics and audiences, notably a Best Actress trophy at the Grand Bell Awards.[6] She was also awarded the prestigious Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit.[7][8][9]



Year Title Role
1986 Chung: Blue Sketch Yu-mi
Son of God Jeon Bo-bae
1990 I'm Gonna Do Something Shocking Jang-mi
1995 Man? Mi-ah
2005 Boy Goes to Heaven Ne-mo's mother (cameo)
2012 Pietà Jang Mi-sun
2014 Venus Talk Lee Hae-young
The Stone Lee Tae-sam (cameo)

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1986 TV Literature "Fire" KBS1
TV Literature "Tale of a Mad Painter" Blind girl KBS1
이화에 월백하고 KBS2
Rich Artifacts 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
Punggaek Park Da-som KBS2
1989 Wang Rung's Family Woman from Seoul KBS2
Mount Jiri Partisan Soon-yi KBS1
Merry Go Round KBS1
Moonlight Family Young-sook KBS2
1990 Pacheonmu Yeon-shil KBS2
1990-1998 Love on a Jujube Tree Myo-soon KBS1
1991 MBC Best Theater "A Midsummer Night's
Dream - Desert Island Blues"
Baek Hye-young MBC
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
Lovers Hye-in KBS2
Marriage Na Seo-young SBS
1995 Sandglass Sun-young SBS
Asphalt Man Bae Jong-ok SBS
1996 Until We Can Love KBS2
MBC Best Theater
"Seranade for Yeo-woon"
Jung-hoo MBC
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
Fireworks Heo Min-kyung SBS
2001 Piano Shin Hye-rim SBS
2002 My Name Is Princess Choi Hwa-young MBC
Great Ambition Dan-ae SBS
Ice Flower Shin Young-joo SBS
2004 Proposal Han Kyung-hee 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

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1998 "To Heaven" Jo Sung-mo
2000 "Y" Koyote
2015 "The Light" The Ark

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1987 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Won
1989 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress
Mount Jiri
1990 26th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2012 32nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[10][11] Best Actress
49th Grand Bell Awards[6][12] 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[13] Best Actress Nominated
Screen International Jury Grand Prize Won
Korea Film Actor's Association[14] Achievement Award Won
2013 4th KOFRA Film Awards[15] Best Actress Won
23rd Fantasporto Director's Week[16] Best Actress Won
7th Asian Film Awards[17][18][19] People's Choice for Favorite Actress Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
22nd Buil Film Awards Best Actress Nominated


  1. ^ Also romanized as Cho Min-soo or Jo Min-soo.
  2. ^ a b c Song, Ho-jin (22 September 2012). "Interview: Pieta star says she now has something to hold onto". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Cho Min-soo". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  5. ^ Collett-White, Mike (4 September 2012). "Brutal, beautiful South Korean film jolts Venice". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  6. ^ a b Lee, Claire (30 October 2012). "Gwanghae sweeps Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  7. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (21 November 2012). "PIETA Shines Once Again". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Psy to receive cultural merit honor from government". The Korea Times. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  9. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (19 November 2012). "Venice-winning Film Pieta Director, Stars Receive Cultural Merit Honor from Korea Government". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  10. ^ Jang, Sung-ran (19 October 2012). "PIETA Wins a Triple Crown: KAFC Announces winners of KAFC Awards". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  11. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (9 November 2012). "PIETA, Critics' No.1 Choice". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Jang, Sung-ran (27 November 2012). "Korean Films Shine in Asia-Pacific Region and Europe". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  14. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (2 January 2013). "Korea Film Actor's Association Holds Year-end Event". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  15. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (1 February 2013). "PIETA Regarded as the Best Film in 2012 by Reporters". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  16. ^ Conran, Pierce (12 March 2013). "Multiple Awards for Korean Films at Fantasporto". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  17. ^ "Cho Min-soo Named Most Popular Actress at Asian Film Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Conran, Pierce (21 March 2013). "CHO Min-soo Picks up People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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