Joo Jin-mo

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Joo Jin-mo
(TV10) 최지우와 주진모의 완벽한 케미 캐리어를 끄는 여자 제작발표회 주진모 55s.jpg
Park Jin-tae

(1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 (age 45)
EducationUniversity of Incheon - Physical Education (dropped out)
Years active1999-present
AgentHuayi Brothers
Min Hye-yeon (m. 2019)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJoo Jin-mo
McCune–ReischauerChu Chinmo
Birth name
Revised RomanizationBak Jin-tae
McCune–ReischauerPak Chint'ae

Joo Jin-mo (born Park Jin-tae on 26 September 1974),[2] is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the films Happy End (1999) in which he won Grand Bell Awards for Best Supporting Actor, 200 Pounds Beauty (2006), and A Frozen Flower (2008) in which he won Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actor, as well as the television series Empress Ki (2013).


Born in Seoul, South Korea as Park Jin-tae, he borrowed his manager's name "Joo Jin-mo" for his stage name when he began his acting career.[3]


After appearing in TV dramas and some minor roles in film, Joo was first cast as a lead in Dance Dance in 1999, for which he underwent extensive dance training. Although the film itself did not perform well, it gave Joo some publicity before he broke through with the box-office and critical hit Happy End. His role as a spurned lover in this psycho-drama attracted considerable notice in Korea, and the film itself also traveled to Hong Kong.[4]

After taking the lead in Kim Ki-duk's mildly experimental Real Fiction (which was shot in 3.5 hours without any retakes), Joo took a major role in the much-hyped Musa, set in 14th-century China and starring Zhang Ziyi from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.[5][6] He also acted in Wanee & Junah, a melodrama about a screenwriter and an animator opposite Kim Hee-sun.[4]

After some films he had been cast in were cancelled due to lack of financing, Joo did the 2003 boxing drama Punch with Shin Min-ah, then returned to the big screen in 2004, in the comedy Liar based on the play Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney.[4]

From 2004 to early 2005, Joo filmed the epic wuxia historical drama Bichunmoo ("Dance in the Sky"), but due to copyright issues with Korean broadcasters, it aired first in China and Taiwan in 2006.[7] It was finally shown on Korean television in 2008, though SBS edited down the original 33 episodes into 14.[8]

Meanwhile, Joo and Lee Yo-won's 2005 TV series Fashion 70's received good ratings of 30%.[9] In 2006 he starred in Puzzle about a bank robbery gone wrong, and opposite Kim Ah-joong in the hugely popular romantic comedy 200 Pounds Beauty.[10] The Kwak Kyung-taek gangster romance A Love co-starring Park Si-yeon followed in 2007.[11][12]

A Frozen Flower, Yoo Ha's controversial 2008 film which revolved around the love triangle between a homosexual Goryeo king (Joo), his queen (Song Ji-hyo), and the royal guard (Jo In-sung) they're both in love with,[13][14][15] won Joo his first Best Actor trophy at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards.

He played a sports agent to a K-1 fighter in the 2009 TV series Dream,[16] but it received low ratings for sharing the same timeslot as Queen Seondeok.[17] The year after, Joo and Hallyu star Song Seung-heon appeared in A Better Tomorrow, the 2010 Korean remake of John Woo's classic Hong Kong noir film.[18][19] Joo was ranked fourth in CNNGo's "South Korea's Top 20 Hottest Male Celebs."[20][21]

Joo first sang "Like Rain, Like Music" by late singer Kim Hyun-sik during his first fan meeting in Japan at the Nakano Sun Plaza in Tokyo.[22] He later released his cover of "Like Rain, Like Music" as a digital single in September 2011.[23] Joo also starred in the accompanying music video with Go Joon-hee.[24]

In 2012's Gabi (the antiquated local term for "coffee"), Joo played a late 19th-century international con man who becomes embroiled in the espionage and political conspiracy surrounding King Gojong.[25][26] In making the role his own, Joo said he enjoyed the depth of his participation in the creative process with director Chang Yoon-hyun.[27] He said he is still waiting for a new role, a complete departure from the brooding masculinity he has come to be equated with. "All male actors dream of playing macho men at one point or another, but they also dream of playing emotionally complex roles. I'm the same," Joo said at a press conference.[27]

Joo and Ruby Lin starred in the 42-episode Chinese TV drama Flowers in Fog based on the novel by Qiong Yao (the title 花非花雾非雾 literally translates to "Flower is Not Flower, Fog is Not Fog").[28] It was shot in France, and aired on Hunan TV in 2013.[29] He then returned to the Goryeo era to play a fictional character based on King Chunghye in Empress Ki, a historical drama with Ha Ji-won in the title role.[30]

On the big screen, Joo reunited with director Kwak Kyung-taek for Friend: The Great Legacy, the sequel to the 2001 hit film. Joo plays a gangster in 1963, the father of Yoo Oh-sung's character in the original movie.[31][32][33]

Jo made his theater debut in a 2015 staging of the musical Gone with the Wind, adapted from Margaret Mitchell's novel. Joo said, "Rhett Butler is a character every actor would dream to play."[34] This was followed by melodrama series This is My Love with Kim Sa-rang (actress) on cable channel jTBC.[35]

On November 2016, Joo signed with new management agency Huayi Brothers.[36] He next played in the series Woman with a Suitcase, followed by Bad Guys 2 in 2017, and Big Issue in 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Joo Jin-mo tied the knot with doctor Min Hye-yeon on June 1, 2019 in Jeju Island. Min is a Seoul National University graduate who specializes in family medicine. She has appeared on various health-related TV programs, in which she gained popularity and often dubbed as "Kim Tae-hee of the medical world."[1]

Legal case[edit]

In January 2020, Joo Jin-mo revealed that he was a victim of phone hacking and was being blackmailed after several personal messages shared between Joo and his close actor friend appeared on an online community board on January 10, 2020. The messages allegedly included pictures of women and vulgar comments made by the two men about the women in the pictures. Joo's agency has reported the case to authorities. Investigation is ongoing.[37][38]



Year Title Role
1999 Dance Dance Jun-young
Happy End Kim Il-beom
2000 Real Fiction Kim Han-sik
2001 Musa: The Warrior Choi Jung
Wanee & Junah Jun-ha
2004 Liar Jeong Man-cheol
2006 Puzzle Ryu
200 Pounds Beauty Han Sang-jun
2007 A Love Chae In-ho
2008 A Frozen Flower King
2010 A Better Tomorrow Kim Hyuk
2012 Gabi Ilyich
2013 Friend: The Great Legacy Lee Chul-joo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1999 Sad Temptation Shin Joon-young KBS2
2000 Look Back in Anger Lee Dong-hoon
2003 Punch Lee Han-sae SBS
2005 Fashion 70's Kim Dong-young
2006 Queen of the Game Lee Shin-jeon / Chase
Bichunmoo Liu Zhen He
(Yoo Jin-ha)
GDTV Also aired on SBS in 2008.
2009 Dream Nam Je-il SBS
2013 Flowers in Fog Qi Yuan Hunan TV Chinese television drama
Empress Ki Wang Yoo MBC
2015 This is My Love Ji Eun-ho /
Park Hyun-soo
2016 Woman with a Suitcase Ham Bok-geo MBC
2017 Bad Guys 2 Heo Il-hoo OCN
2019 Big Issue Han Seok-joo SBS [39]


Year Title Role
1997 Taxi Driver
2015 Gone with the Wind Rhett Butler


Album information Track listing
Like Rain, Like Music
Track listing
  1. 비처럼 음악처럼 (Like Rain, Like Music)
  2. 비처럼 음악처럼 (Like Rain, Like Music) (Inst.)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 36th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Sad Temptation Nominated
37th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Happy End Won
Best New Actor Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Look Back in Anger Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Punch Won
2005 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Fashion 70's Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor A Love Nominated
Popular Star Award Won
6th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) A Frozen Flower Won
2010 3rd Style Icon Awards Style Icon Award, Movie Actor A Better Tomorrow Won
2013 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Empress Ki Won
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated


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  2. ^ He shares a name with another actor. Joo Jin-mo (born 26 February 1958) creating some confusion over the actors' projects as listed in the IMDb.
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