Jung Woo

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Jung Woo
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Born Kim Jung-guk
(1981-01-14) January 14, 1981 (age 36)
Busan, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film
Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Journalism and Communication - Master's degree in Cultural Contents Studies
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Agent FNC Entertainment[1]
Spouse(s) Kim Yoo-mi (m. 2016)
Korean name
Hangul 정우
Revised Romanization Jeong-u
McCune–Reischauer Jŏngu
Birth name
Hangul 김정국
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong-guk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Jŏngguk

Jung Woo (born Kim Jung-guk on January 14, 1981) is a South Korean actor.


Jung Woo made his acting debut in 2006, and began his career appearing in minor roles on film and television. He drew attention in 2008 for his turn as a morally challenged but lovable villain in action film Spare, the directorial debut of Lee Seong-han.[2]

In 2009, Lee directed Jung Woo again, this time in the leading role in Wish, a film which Jung Woo had written himself based on his own experiences as a troubled youth dreaming of becoming the number one fighter at his school. The character uses his real name Kim Jung-guk and nickname Jjianggu, the movie was shot at his childhood home and high school, Busan Commercial High School, and Jung Woo's real-life friends play themselves in the film. Spanning the years from Jjianggu's school life to his father's last days, the film was an official selection at the 2009 Busan International Film Festival.[3] Jung Woo was praised for his performance, and won Best New Actor at the prestigious Grand Bell Awards in 2010.[4]

In 2013, Jung Woo played a supporting role as a baker who falls for a divorced single mother in the family drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin.[5] His mainstream popularity further increased when he was cast as one of the main characters of Reply 1994, a cable drama about a group of young students from different regions in Korea living together in a boarding house while going to college in 1990s Seoul.[6][7] This was followed by a role in arthouse spy movie Red Family, produced by Kim Ki-duk.

Jung Woo next starred in the 2015 musical biopic C'est Si Bon. Set in the eponymous live music cafe in Mugyo-dong, downtown Seoul, the film depicted the formation of legendary folk music group Twin Folio, which was active from the 1960s to 80s.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Jung Woo married actress Kim Yoo-mi on January 16, 2016.[11][12] They became a couple after starring together in the 2013 film Red Family.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Running 7 Dogs
2002 Break Out Henchman 7
Conduct Zero Gangster Dan-gun
2003 My Tutor Friend Thug
A Good Lawyer's Wife Neighborhood bully
Spring Breeze Young friend 2
2004 He Was Cool Ppa-Park-yi
Spin Kick Park Do-soo
2005 The President's Last Bang Han Jae-guk
2006 Bloody Tie Detective Kim
The City of Violence young Wang-jae
How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men Ignorant person
2008 Fate Choi Jung-hak
Spare Gil-do
Dachimawa Lee MP captain
Summer Whispers Jung-sik
2009 Wish Jjianggu also credited as screenwriter
2012 Doomsday Book Joong-dong segment "A Brave New World"
2013 Red Family Kim Jae-hong
2015 C'est Si Bon Oh Geun-tae
The Himalayas Park Mu-taek
2017 New Trial Lee Joon-young
2018 Heung-bu Heung-bu

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Sad Love Story Lee Min-ho MBC
Princess Lulu Assistant manager Lee SBS
2007 If In Love...Like Them SBS/Mnet
Bad Love Han Jung-woo KBS2
2009 Cinderella Man Ma Yi-san MBC
Green Coach Kang Seok-jong SBS
2010 Dandelion Family[14] Kim No-shik MBC
2012 Drama Special "The Great Dipper" Park Yong-dae KBS2
2013 You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin Seo Jin-wook
Reply 1994 Sseureki(nickname) Kim jae-jun(full name) tvN
2015-2016 Reply 1988 Sseureki(nickname) Kim jae-jun(full name) (cameo)

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Channel Notes
2013 Happy Together KBS2 Guest, episode 297
2014 Taxi tvN Guest, episodes 317-318
2015 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Guest
Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village tvN Guest, episodes 5-6
2016 Youth Over Flowers Cast member

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2004 "Incurable Disease" Wheesung
"Fall in Love with Someone"
2006 "The Day" JeA and Kim Yeonji
2007 "New Skin" Monday Kiz
"A Good Man"
"The Man"
"What Can I Do If I Like It" Black Pearl
"Finally It's You"
"White Lie" Lee Seung-gi
"Why Are You Leaving"
2008 "That Person" SeeYa
"Without Me"
2009 "Jjarajajja" Joo Hyun-mi and Seohyun
"It's Over" Jung Yup


Year Product Notes
2014 Everland
LG Uplus with Go Ara
Windsor Whiskey with Sung Dong-il
Mr. Pizza with Son Yeon-jae
Trugen with Yoo Yeon-seok and Son Ho-jun
Chevrolet Korea
2015 ULOS
SK Telecom

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 47th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor
2013 KBS Drama Awards[15] Best New Actor
You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Popularity Award N/A Won
50th Baeksang Arts Awards[16] Best New Actor (TV)
Reply 1994
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
9th Seoul International Drama Awards People's Choice Actor Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
2015 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival[17] Fantasia Award
C'est Si Bon


  1. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (21 May 2015). "Jung Woo Signs with FNC Entertainment". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  2. ^ Han, Sung-joo (19 August 2008). "Spare offers plenty more than fist-fights". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  3. ^ "New Films". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (31 October 2010). "Poetry sweeps 47th Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Today's Photo: March 5, 2013". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Reply 1994's "Trash Oppa" Jung Woo Poses for CeCi and Talks About Co-Stars' Acting". Soompi. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  7. ^ Yun, Chloe (20 December 2013). "Reply 1994 Jung Woo Reveals Sexy Masculine Pictorial". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Jung Woo to star in new film". The Korea Times. 10 March 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ Lee, Eun-sun (6 February 2015). "Jung Woo selects another retro role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Jung Woo Says He'd Put Love Before Friendship". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  11. ^ Ahn, Woorim (13 January 2016). "Jung Woo Gets Married with Kim Yumi". BNTNews. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  12. ^ Yoon, Ga-yi (17 January 2016). "Jung Woo and Kim Yu Mi's Wedding Ceremony Photos Released". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  13. ^ "Actors Jung Woo, Kim Yu-mi to tie the knot". The Korea Times. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  14. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (29 January 2010). "PREVIEW: MBC weekend drama Dandelion Family". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  15. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Kim Hye-soo Reclaims Glory, Good Doctor, Secret Love Win Big at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  16. ^ "Stars on the red carpet at Baeksang Awards". The Korea Herald. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  17. ^ Conran, Pierce (10 July 2015). "LEE Min-ho and MOON Chae-won to Receive BiFan Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 

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