Go Soo

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Go Soo
Go Soo at the Beaker launching party on October 25, 2012
Born (1978-10-04) October 4, 1978 (age 39)
Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent BH Entertainment
Spouse(s) Kim Hye-yeon (m. 2012)
Children 2
Korean name
Revised Romanization Go Su
McCune–Reischauer Ko Su

Go Soo (born October 4, 1978), also known as Ko Soo, is a South Korean actor. He has appeared in television series such as Piano, Green Rose and Will It Snow for Christmas?, as well as the films White Night and The Front Line.


1998–2005: Debut and breakout fame[edit]

Go Soo first appeared in a soft drink TV commercial, followed by a role as an extra in the 1998 music video "Last Promise" by the band Position. He made his television debut in 1999 through the MBC sitcoms My Funky Family and Jump. Go drew critical praise for his performance in the television drama Piano in 2001, with one review describing him as an "actor with precision." Piano was his first TV series produced by SBS; he signed an exclusivity contract with the broadcast network, and thereafter all of his dramas have been SBS-produced.

Go made his big screen debut as a drug crime officer in 2004's Some, in which he performed his own stunts and was later recognized as Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards. In 2005, he starred in the revenge drama Green Rose, which was shot on location in China and Korea. He played a simple man who falls in love with a rich woman and gets accused of a crime he did not commit. Then in the romantic comedy Marrying a Millionaire, Go played a delivery man who is asked by a TV producer to act like a rich bachelor to attract several women on a televised reality dating show

2006–2008: Military[edit]

Go began his two-year mandatory military service on March 2, 2006 and he was assigned as a Civil Service Personnel in Gangnam District, Seoul. He was discharged on April 25, 2008, and received recognition for being an outstanding Public Interest Service Personnel.

For his first post-army project, Go surprised fans by choosing a stage play. Invited to join the "Best Play Series" by veteran actor Cho Jae-hyun (Jo was his costar in Piano, and the senior colleague he "most respects"), Go made his theater debut as the lead actor in The Return of President Eom, which ran from May 23 to August 3, 2008.[1][2]

He also completed his very first photo diary, with the concept "24 Hours with Go Soo". Shot by actor-singer Ryu Si-won, a photography hobbyist who used Go as a muse, it was published as a commemorative for Go's Japan fanmeeting on November 1, 2008. It was also released as a DVD with approximately 100 shots. Ryu, who had been active in Japan for many years as a singer, extended his support to friend and junior colleague Go when the latter decided to expand his career into the Japanese market.

2009–present: Comeback[edit]

In 2009, he starred in the dark mystery film White Night, based on the Japanese novel Byakuyakō by Keigo Higashino. Go said he was "completely absorbed by the intriguing storyline."[3] Go then made his television comeback in the melodrama Will It Snow for Christmas?, a tale of rekindled childhood love penned by renowned TV writer Lee Kyung-hee.[4][5] He described his character as "hurt by love and tries to overcome that pain."[6][7]

His next film Haunters, in which he played the only man immune to a psychic's supernatural powers, was a box office hit in 2010.[8][9][10] He next played a soldier in the Korean War-set The Front Line,[11][12] then a grieving firefighter in the 2012 romance drama Love 911.[13][14] During this period, he signed under the management of Lee Byung-hun thru BH Entertainment.[15]

Afterwards, he collaborated with the makers of The Chaser for Empire of Gold, a TV series about the power struggle within a rich family living through Korea's turbulent economy of the 1990s, produced by SBS.[16][17] Later that year, he starred in Way Back Home, playing the devastated husband of a woman wrongfully accused of drug smuggling. Go said the reason he chose the film was because he wanted to work with acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon, and that through his character he "was able to tackle the challenge of internal and external change".[18][19]

In 2014, Go appeared in two short films. Directed by Kang Je-gyu, Awaiting is about a married couple separated for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea. Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.[20] Meanwhile, Myohyangsangwan ("View of Mount Myohyang"), which depicted the rendezvous of a South Korean painter and a North Korean waitress in a North Korean restaurant, is a collaboration by contemporary artists Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho, and combined a theatrical plot, experimental imagery, dance and performance art.[21][22] He then starred in the period film The Royal Tailor, in the role of an upstart new designer whose talent and instincts challenges the traditional master artisan of royal attire.[23][24]

In June 2015, Go Soo has amicably parted ways with BH Entertainment, and joined a new agency founded by his previous manager at BH Entertainment, still Lee Byung-hun (almost a subsidiary of BH Entertainment).[citation needed]

Go made his small screen comeback after three years in MBC's 55th-founding anniversary historical drama directed by a famed director Lee Byung-hoon, The Flower in Prison.[25]

In 2017, Go starred in Lucid Dream, as a psychological thriller in which Go played a former journalist who attempts to find his kidnapped son using lucid dreaming.[26][27] Go has also been cast in The Tooth and the Nail, based on the 1955 mystery novel by Bill S. Ballinger in which a magician discovers the incinerated teeth and fingernails of his missing butler.[28] He next starred in period epic The Fortress, where he will with his manager Lee Byung-hun.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Go began dating Kim Hye-yeon, an art student eleven years his junior, shortly after meeting her in 2008. The couple married on February 17, 2012 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.[30][31][32] Their son was born on January 28, 2013, and their daughter was born on April 17, 2015.[33][34][35]



Year Title Role
2004 Some Kang Sung-joo
2009 White Night Kim Yo-han
2010 Haunters Im Kyu-nam
2011 The Front Line Kim Soo-hyuk
2012 Love 911 Chun Kang-il
2013 Way Back Home Kim Jong-bae
2014 Awaiting (short film) Kim Min-woo
View of Mount Myohyang (short film) South Korean painter
The Royal Tailor Lee Gong-jin
2016 The Last Princess Prince Lee Woo (cameo)
2017 Lucid Dream Choi Dae-ho
The Tooth and the Nail Lee Suk-jin / Choi Seung-man
The Fortress Seo Nal-soi

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 Ad Madness
Jump Go Soo
2000 Say It With Your Eyes Jang Ki-woong's brother
Nonstop Go Soo
NEW Nonstop Go Soo (ep.238-239)
Mothers and Sisters Jang Kyung-bin
2001 Piano Han Jae-soo
2002 Age of Innocence Tae-suk
2003 My Fair Lady Shin Young-ho
2004 When a Man Loves a Woman Ji-hoon
2005 Green Rose Lee Jung-hyun / Jang Joong-won
Marrying a Millionaire Kim Young-hoon
2009 Will It Snow for Christmas? Cha Kang-jin
2013 Empire of Gold Jang Tae-joo
2016 The Flower in Prison Yoon Tae-won

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
1998 "Last Promise"
"Pig Man"
2000 "U Got the Funk"
Lee Hyun-do (Deux)
2001 "I'll Be Back"
Yoo Seung-joon
2002 "Sadness"
Kang Hyung-rok
"A Sad Gift"
Kim Jang-hoon
2003 "1:1"
Juju Club
"I Still Bite My Lips"
Lee Soo-young
"Left Alone"
2004 "Confession"
Park Hye-kyung
"Burying My Face in Tears"
Jang Na-ra


Year Title Role
2008 The Return of President Eom Eom Go-soo


Year Title Notes
2006 I Will Be Happy Poetry readings[36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 19th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Mothers and Sisters Won
2001 9th SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Piano Won
Popularity Award Won
2002 10th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Age of Innocence Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2003 19th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Model Line - Popularity Award N/A Won
11th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special My Fair Lady Nominated
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Some Nominated
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Won
13th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Green Rose Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2010 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award[37] White Night Won
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2011 4th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons[38] N/A Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor The Front Line Nominated
Popular Star Award[39] Won
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Empire of Gold Nominated
21st SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated
2014 34th Golden Cinema Festival Best Actor Way Back Home Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Flower in Prison Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
35th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated


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  2. ^ "New play to be staged starring actor Go Soo". The Korea Herald. 12 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (21 October 2009). "Son Ye-jin, Ko Soo to Bring Mystery Romance". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Ko Soo back in Christmas drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Han, Sang-hee (1 December 2009). "New Drama to Bring Warmth This Christmas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  6. ^ Oh, Jean (2 December 2009). "Is SBS' new melodrama classic or stale?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  7. ^ Kang, Myoung-seok (27 November 2009). "SBS drama Will It Snow On Christmas? is all about love". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Gang Dong-won, Ko Soo cast in new action thriller". Hancinema. 15 March 2010. 
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  10. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (4 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Ko Soo - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  11. ^ "Ko Soo was "shocked" by 1st-time war flick experience". 10Asia. 14 June 2011. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Park, Sung-hee (16 June 2011). "The Front Line spotlights the Forgotten War". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  13. ^ "Ko Soo, Han Hyo-joo Ask to Dial Love 911". 10Asia. 22 November 2012. 
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  16. ^ An, So-hyoun (23 April 2013). "Go Soo to Star in Drama Empire of Gold". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
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  18. ^ "Jeon Do-yeon and Ko Soo's New Film Project to Start Shooting". 10Asia. 7 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (14 November 2013). "WAY BACK HOME Nears Release Date: Cast and Director Participate in Press Conference". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
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  21. ^ "Myohyangsangwan". News From Nowhere. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
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  23. ^ Conran, Pierce (26 December 2013). "HAN Suk-kyu and KO Soo Headline New Period Film". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  24. ^ Lee, Seung-mi (19 December 2014). "Go Soo lightens up for The Tailors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  25. ^ "'Flower in Prison' set to be next hit drama". The Korea Times. 8 May 2016. 
  26. ^ Kim, June (21 January 2015). "KO Soo and SUL Kyung-gu Star in LUCID DREAM". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  27. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Go Soo sympathizes with father character's instinctive love in 'Lucid Dream'". The Korea Times. 20 February 2017. 
  28. ^ Jin, Min-ji (19 June 2015). "Go Soo will star as magician in film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  29. ^ "LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il Tapped for NAMHANSANSEONG FORTRESS". Korean Film Biz Zone. 21 November 2016. 
  30. ^ Suwoo, Carla (11 January 2012). "Actor Go Soo to wed in February". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
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  34. ^ "Actor Go Soo is happy to be a dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  35. ^ "Actor Go Soo welcomes birth of daughter". The Korea Times. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  36. ^ "Go Soo poem reciting - I Will Be Happy". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  37. ^ "Stars light up opening day of Puchon film fest". 10Asia. 16 July 2010. 
  38. ^ "Who Took Home a Prize at the Style Icon Awards?". enewsWorld. 4 November 2011. 
  39. ^ "'The Unjust' Wins Top Honors at Blue Dragon Film Awards". enewsWorld. 26 November 2011. 

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