Jung Jae-young

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Jung Jae-young
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Jung Ji-hyun

(1970-11-21) November 21, 1970 (age 48)
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts – Theater[1]
Years active1996–present
AgentMy Name Is Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Jae-yeong
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Chae-yŏng
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJeong Ji-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Chi-hyŏn

Jung Jae-young (born Jung Ji-hyun on November 21, 1970) is a South Korean actor.[2] He's best known for his roles in critically acclaimed films Silmido (2003), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), and On the Beach at Night Alone (2017). For his works in films, he won the Best Actors and Best Supporting Actor awards at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, Busan Film Critics Awards, Director's Cut Awards, Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Locarno International Film Festival.


Jung Jae-young started his career taking minor roles in films ranging from his debut The Adventures of Mrs. Park to Green Fish (1997), The Quiet Family (1998), and Die Bad (2000). However throughout this period he was primarily occupied with works by director/playwright Jang Jin, both on the stage and in minor roles for the films The Happenings and The Spy.[3]

Jung's first prominent film role came in Jang Jin's third film Guns & Talks in 2001, where he played one member of the film's central quartet of assassins. The following year, he played a ruthless, cruel-minded hustler in Ryoo Seung-wan's No Blood No Tears. In 2003, his role as a death row convict turned soldier in the record-breaking Silmido marked the height of this stage of his career.[3]

In 2004, Jung reunited with Jang in a romantic comedy Someone Special which provided him with his first lead role. For his performance in the film, he won Best Actor award at Busan Film Critics Awards. He then starred in a commercially and critically success film Welcome to Dongmakgol. The film was based on one of Jang Jin's plays which Jung had also performed in.[3][4] For his performance as a war-weary North Korean officer who befriends his counterparts from the South, Jung won Best Actor at Director's Cut Awards.

From 2005 to 2009, Jung played a string of various roles; from a shy rural farmer who travels to Uzbekistan in the hopes of finding a wife in Wedding Campaign,[5] a betrayed gangster in Righteous Ties, a cop during a bank robbery drill gone awry in Going by the Book, a CEO under investigation in Public Enemy Returns, to a Joseon merchant who gets drawn into plans for developing a rocket against the Ming Dynasty in The Divine Weapon, and a suicidal man who finds himself washed up and stranded on an uninhabited island in Castaway on the Moon.[6][7]

In 2010, Jung starred as a sinister 70-year-old village elder in the film adaptation of the popular webcomic Moss.[8][9] His performance in Moss won him Buil Film Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best Actor. The following year, Jung was cast as a fading baseball star who is forced to coach a team of hearing-impaired kids in GLove,[10] and a cold-hearted debt collector who needs a transplant in Countdown.[11]

Jung returned in 2014 as a detective facing off against a bestselling novelist who makes a Confession of Murder,[12][13] an obsessive-compulsive who falls for a carefree musician in rom-com The Plan Man,[14] a father tracking down his daughter's killers in Broken,[15][16] and an undercover assassin who tries to protect King Jeongjo in a period drama The Fatal Encounter.[17]

In 2015, Jung was cast in his first ever television series as a welder-turned-rookie lawmaker in political drama Assembly.[18] He next starred as a detective in science fiction thriller Duel,[19] followed by Hong Sang-soo's film Right Now, Wrong Then.[20] The film won the Golden Leopard, the top prize at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival, as well as Best Actor for Jung.[21][22][23] For his performance in Right Now, Wrong Then, Jung also won Best Actor at the 35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[24], 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards[25], 53rd Gijon International Film Festival[26], and 3rd Wildflower Film Awards. In the same year, he starred in a comedy film You Call It Passion.[27]

Jung reunited with Hong Sang-soo in a 2017 film On the Beach at Night Alone. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.[28] The following year, Jung played in his second television series Partners for Justice.[29] For his performance in the series, Jung won Top Excellence Award at the 2018 MBC Drama Awards.

In 2019, Jung played Joon-gul in a comedy film The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale.[30]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Adventures of Mrs. Park 불량배
1997 Green Fish cabaret guest
Push! Push! Park Jang-geun
1998 The Quiet Family Hyun-suk, the gigolo
The Happenings 낯익은
1999 The Spy taxi robber #4
2000 Taxi of Terror Nonstop
Die Bad Seong-bin's older brother short film "Nightmare"
A Terrible Day short film
2001 Guns & Talks Jae-young
2002 No Blood No Tears Dok-bul
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance husband of Dong-jin's ex-wife cameo
No Comment stalker/arsonist
high school bully #1
short film "Enemies in Four Directions"
short film "My Nike"
2003 So Cute 뭐시기 ("So-and-So")
Silmido Han Sang-pil
2004 Someone Special Dong Chi-sung
2005 Welcome to Dongmakgol Rhee Su-hwa
Murder, Take One bully cameo
Wedding Campaign Hong Man-taek
2006 My Captain, Mr. Underground Kim Dae-chul
Righteous Ties Dong Chi-sung
2007 My Son father goose voice cameo
Going by the Book Jung Do-man
2008 Public Enemy Returns Lee Won-sool
The Divine Weapon Seol-joo
2009 Castaway on the Moon Kim Seung-geun
2010 Moss Cheon Yong-deok
The Quiz Show Scandal judo man cameo
2011 GLove Kim Sang-nam
Countdown Tae Gun-ho
2012 Confession of Murder Detective Choi Hyung-gu
2013 Our Sunhi Jae-hak
11 A.M. Woo-seok [31]
2014 The Plan Man Han Jung-seok
Broken Lee Sang-hyeon
The Fatal Encounter Sang-chaek
2015 Right Now, Wrong Then Ham Chun-su [32]
You Call It Passion Ha Jae-kwan [33]
2017 On the Beach at Night Alone Myung-soo [34]
2019 The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale Joon-geol [35]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Assembly Jin Sang-pil KBS2
2017 Duel Jang Deuk-cheon OCN
2018 - Present Partners for Justice Baek Bom MBC

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Silmido Won
3rd Korean Film Awards Nominated
5th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Someone Special Won
2005 4th Korean Film Awards Welcome to Dongmakgol Nominated
13th Chunsa Film Awards Nominated
8th Director's Cut Awards[36] Won
2008 5th Max Movie Awards Going by the Book Won
17th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
7th Korean Film Awards Best Actor The Divine Weapon Nominated
2009 46th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
32nd Golden Cinematography Awards Castaway on the Moon Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Nominated
19th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Moss Won
47th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards[37] Won
8th Korean Film Awards Nominated
18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[38] Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film Won
11th Korean Entertainment Culture Awards Won
11th Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award (Movie Actor category) Won
2011 8th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 68th Locarno International Film Festival[39] Best Actor Right Now, Wrong Then Won
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[40] Best Actor Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
53rd Gijon International Film Festival[41] Won
9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards[42] Best Actor Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Assembly Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
2016 21st Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Right Now, Wrong Then Nominated
3rd Wildflower Film Awards[43] Won
25th Buil Film Awards Nominated
2017 14th International Cinephile Society Awards Nominated
2018 MBC Drama Awards[44] Grand Prize (Daesang) Partners for Justice Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Won


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  10. ^ "Glove pitches for love of the game". The Korea Times. 13 January 2011.
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  38. ^ "The 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards". KBS World. 15 December 2010.
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  44. ^ "소지섭 '데뷔 23년 만에 첫 대상'(mbc연기대상)[포토엔HD]". Newsen (in Korean). 31 December 2018.

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