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Kim Jae-wook
2009 아시아모델 페스티벌 어워즈 - 김재욱 02.jpg
Born (1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2002-present
Agent Better ENT
(2015-2017)
Management Soop
(2017-present)
Korean name
Hangul 재욱
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Jae-uk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chae-uk

Kim Jae-wook (Hangul김재욱; Hanja金材昱; born April 2, 1983) is a South Korean model and actor.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and the beginning[edit]

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Japan until he was seven years old before returning to South Korea. He started out performing in a band, but when he was 17, he started to model. Due to the time he spent in Japan, he can speak fluent Japanese.

In 2002, Kim debuted as the member of an indie band in the MBC drama Ruler of Your Own World. After this first role, he concentrated on his modeling career.

Transition into acting[edit]

In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role of No Sun-ki in the 2007 hit drama series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, more commonly known as just Coffee Prince, which made him more popular in South Korea and several Asian countries. This role allowed him to use his Japanese language skills. He later appeared in the 2008 drama The Kingdom of The Winds and served as the ambassador of goodwill for the 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May 2008.

His first movie in 2009, Antique, based on the manga Antique Bakery, grossed a total of $5,608,515 in South Korea[1] and was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.[2] In this movie, he played Min Seon-woo, a gay chef working at Antique cake shop.[3] The role won him the Best New Actor award at 16th Korean Entertainment Awards; the same year, he also won the Special Model Award at the Asia Model Festival Awards. In October 2009, he formed a modern rock band named Walrus as guitarist and vocal. The name of the group came from the Beatles single "I am the Walrus" released in 1967.

Kim got his first leading role in Bee TV's first original Korean drama Give Me Your Memory: Pygmalion's Love, which aired in March 2010. For this role he spoke Japanese and Korean.

Co-authoring a book and military enlistment[edit]

In May 2011, along with fashion models Jang Yoon-ju, Ji Hyun-jung, Han Hye-jin and Song Kyung-ah, he co-authored Top Model, a book based on their experiences in the industry.[4] He also co-starred in Golden Heart, a miniseries featuring Janice Man of Hong Kong, in which he spoke English. He completed filming for Mary Stayed Out All Night and enlisted for mandatory military service on 5 July 2011 for 21 months of active duty after five weeks of basic military training.[5]

Comeback[edit]

He made his comeback in 2013 in tvN television series Who Are You?, playing the dead boyfriend of So Yi-hyun's character.[6] He also played a role in KBS television series Inspiring Generation as Kim Hyun-joong's rival, but quit after episode 8 due to unavoidable circumstances.[7]

In 2015, Kim was cast for the lead role in the fantasy-lustful movie Plank Constant. He played a character of a script writer who imagines weird sexual fantasises.[8][9] In June, he signed an exclusive contract with management agency Better ENT.[10]

Kim was cast in the period movie The Last Princess which was box office success in 2016. He became a Japanese nobleman who marries Son Ye-jin's character Princess Deokhye.[11] In the same year, Kim took a leading role in the film "Two Rooms, Two Nights" as a popular movie director who tries to maintain secretive romantic relationships with both: his current girl friend and ex-girl friend.[12][13]

2017-Present:Rising popularity[edit]

After almost two years of hold back Kim's movie Another Way premiered in January. Kim played a role of a police officer who finds Seo Ye-ji's character online and forms a suicide pact.[14]

In 2017, Kim was cast as the main antagonist in OCN's hit 2017 drama Voice, which broke existing OCN viewership records with its popularity. He played a power-oriented serial killer who toys with two detectives, both of whom have lost loved ones to his bloodlust.[15]

In June same year, Kim left Better ENT and signed with new management agency Management SOOP.[16]

In July, Kim confirmed to appear in the drama Temperature of Love.[17] He is set to play a role of a successful businessman who falls for Seo Hyun-jin's character in the drama.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 Monopoly
2008 Antique Min Sun-woo (Ono)
2010 Heart of Gold Yoo-sung
2010 Bang Alex
2015 C'est Si Bon Kang Myung-chan (cameo)
Planck Constant Kim Woo-joo
2016 Two Rooms, Two Nights In-sung
The Last Princess So Takeyuki
2017 Another Way Soo-wan
2017 Butterfly Sleep Soh Chan hae

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Ki-hong (band member) MBC
2007 The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Noh Sun-ki MBC
Dal-ja's Spring Choon-ha KBS2
2008 The Kingdom of The Winds Chu Bal-so KBS2
2010 Give Me Your Memory: Pygmalion's Love Kim Gyeon BeeTV
Bad Guy Hong Tae-sung SBS
Marry Me, Mary! Byun Jung-in KBS2
2013 Who Are You? Lee Hyung-joon tvN
2014 Inspiring Generation Kim Soo-ok KBS2
Drama Festival "4teen" Adult Joon-yi (cameo) MBC
2015 Sweet Temptation (Only For You) Seok-min T-ARA Web-drama
2017 Voice Mo Tae-gu OCN
Temperature of Love Park Jung-woo SBS

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 1stKorea Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Won
2008 16th Korean Entertainment Awards Best New Actor Antique Won
Asia Model Festival Awards Special Male Model Award Won
2017 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Temperature of Love Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Korean Yearly Box Office - 2008
  2. ^ "6 Korean Films to Screen at Berlin Festival". Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Applegate, Ben (3 April 2009). "Pretty boys serve up a musical dramedy". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Models Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Secrets in New Book". Chosun Ilbo. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ '군입대' 김재욱, 짧은머리 2년후 정신차려올게요 (in Korean). Nate News. July 5, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jeon Su Mi (July 12, 2013). "So E Hyun, 2PM′s Ok Taecyeon and Kim Jae Wook Wish for the Success of ′Who Are You′". M Wave. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ Kim Byung-Kwan (February 14, 2014). "'감격시대' 김재욱, 갑작스러운 하차 "불가피한 사정"" [Kim Jae-wook, "Suddenly getting off" "Inevitable circumstances"] (in Korean). ENews. 
  8. ^ "서로 다른 이야기들이 하나의 우주로 이어진다!" [Different stories lead to a universe!]. Movie Daum (in Korean). 
  9. ^ William Schwartz (April 25, 2015). "[HanCinema's Film Review] "Planck Constant"". HanCinema. 
  10. ^ Sung Keun Yoon (June 5, 2015). "김재욱, 소속사 새 둥지..송승헌·채정안과 한솥밥" ['Kim Jae Wook, the new agency nest ... Chae Jung Ahn, Song Seung Hun and hansotbap'] (in Korean). Star News. 
  11. ^ Lee Ju-hee (August 1, 2016). "[ON+리뷰┃'덕혜옹주'] 비극적 역사 속 '한 여인의 삶'…제대로 살려낸 손예진" [[ON + Review ┃ 'Dee-Hee Hye-ju'] 'Tragic history' in a woman's life '... Son Hak-na] (in Korean). ET News. 
  12. ^ Kat Czornij (August 14, 2016). "KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016 REVIEW: TWO ROOMS, TWO NIGHTS (SOUTH KOREA, 2016)". Hello Asia. 
  13. ^ Matthew Rooke (November 6, 2015). "BUSAN 2015 REVIEW: TWO ROOMS, TWO NIGHTS". Filmed in Ether. 
  14. ^ Kim Jae-heun (January 11, 2017). "'Another Way' hopes to share pain and prevent suicide" (in Korean). The Korea Times. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  15. ^ Park Jin-young (2017-02-12). "'보이스', 최고 시청률 5.5%..OCN 드라마 새 역사" [OCN’s Hit Drama "Voice" Continues To Rewrite Ratings History For The Cable Channel]. OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  16. ^ Ji Min-kyung (June 9, 2017). "'김재욱, 매니지먼트 숲과 전속계약...공유와 한솥밥'" [[Official position] Kim Jae-wook, exclusive contract with Management Forest ...] (in Korean). OSEN. 
  17. ^ Hee Sul Hee (2017-07-27). "'사랑의 온도' 측 "김재욱·조보아 합류 확정, 시너지 기대" [공식]" ['Temperature of love' side "Kim Jae-wook, Jo Boa Confirm Confirmation, Synergy Expectation" [Official]]. My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  18. ^ Septina Arifiani (2017-07-27). "Kim Jae Wook dan Jo Bo Ah Bintangi Drama Terbaru SBS" [Kim Jae Wook and Jo Bo Ah Drama Latest SBS]. Solopos (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2017-07-28. 

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