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Lim Ju-hwan
Lim Ju-hwan at "Uncontrollably Fond" press conference, 4 July 2016.jpg
At Uncontrollably Fond press conference, July 2016
Born (1982-05-18) May 18, 1982 (age 35)
Other names Im Joo-hwan
Education Daejin University
(Theatre and Film)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Agent Blossom Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 임주환
Hanja 林周煥
Revised Romanization Im Ju-hwan
McCune–Reischauer Im Chu-hwan

Lim Ju-hwan (Hangul임주환; born May 18, 1982) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas Tamra, the Island (2009) and Ugly Alert (2013).

Early life and education[edit]

When he was a senior in high school, Lim joined the theater group called Kwangto, an acronym of Kwangdae Tokkaebi referring to traditional performers and hobgoblins in Korean, where he was first introduced to theatrical performance. Lim then played the role of the pastor in The Good Doctor by Neil Simon and won the prize of best performance in the Fourth Youth Theater Festival in 2000. He also directed the play, Pay Tuition Back, at the school festival. He continues to maintain a good friendship with fellow actor Shin Dong-wook, whom he met at the time.

After graduating from high school, Lim began his professional career in modeling at The Men, a modeling and acting agency. He also enrolled at Daejin University for his undergraduate and graduate studies in theatre and film.

Career[edit]

2004–2008: Beginnings[edit]

Lim made his first professional television debut on Magic, aired on SBS in 2004, and made his film debut in A Millionaire's First Love in 2006, followed by a series of supporting roles, notably in The Snow Queen (2006) and Boys Over Flowers (2009). He received favorable reviews for his performance as a blind painter in episode 10 of Auction House, a 2007 TV series revolving around the art world which aired on MBC.

2009–2010: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

Lim's breakthrough came in his first leading role in the 2009 MBC series Tamra, the Island. Set in Jeju Island, Haenam in South Jeolla Province, it was a hybrid form of TV drama that combined romantic comedy and historical fiction. It portrayed the relationship between Koreans and foreigners in 17th century Joseon.[1] Though it received low ratings, Tamra, the Island gained a cult following. Lim later won New Actor of the Year at the 2009 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards for his performance.

To capitalize on his growing fan base in Japan due to Tamra, the Island,[2][3] Lim made the 2-episode special drama Marriage War of Doenjang-kun and Natto-chan about a Korean man and a Japanese woman who fall in love while working together on a Korea-Japan joint project, but face family opposition to their marriage. The romantic comedy is also known under the alternate title Mister Kimchi and Miss Teriyaki's Wedding War.[4]

2011–2012: Military enlistment[edit]

What's Up, the long-delayed musical campus drama that Lim filmed in 2010, finally aired on cable channel MBN in 2011. It was written by renowned drama scribe Song Ji-na (Sandglass) and is the story of college students learning acting and performance arts in the university's musical theatre department. Lim played the leading role of Jang Je-hun, a cynical outsider who becomes completely immersed in the world of musicals.[5] He followed that with a supporting role as a warm-hearted homeless man with Tourette's syndrome in the film The Suicide Forecast in 2011,

In 2011, Lim enlisted for his mandatory military service.[6][7] During basic training, he fainted due to heart problems and was hospitalized for 3 months. He then completed his service despite being given the option for an early discharge.[8] Prior to entering military service Lim left his agency Yedang Entertainment.[9]

2013–present: New agency and comeback[edit]

After his military discharge he moved to Blossom Entertainment. In 2013, he made his acting comeback in the lead role as a devoted brother in 2013 SBS daily drama Ugly Alert, followed by a villain role in the 2014 film The Con Artists[10] as well as supporting roles in tvN's Oh My Ghostess in 2015, KBS2's Uncontrollably Fond in 2016, and tvN's "The Bride of Habaek" in 2017.

Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 A Millionaire's First Love Seung-joon
Arang young Hyun-Ki
2007 M Umbrella man
Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Jae-kwang
2008 A Frozen Flower Han-baek
2011 The Suicide Forecast Kim Young-tak
2014 The Con Artists Lee Jo-hwon
2016 Broker Han Sung-ho
2017 Because I Love You Chan-young

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2004 Magic SBS
2005 A Love to Kill KBS2
2006 Don't Worry
The Snow Queen Seo Geon-ho
2007 The Return of Shim Chung Hong
Drama City Pure Soon-yi
Auction House 열한 번째 그림 MBC Guest (Ep. 10)
2008 Single Dad in Love Min Hyun-ki KBS2
General Hospital 2 Lee Min-soo MBC Guest (Ep, 6-7)
2009 Boys Over Flowers So Il-hyun KBS2
Tamra, the Island Park Gyu MBC
2010 Marriage War of Doenjang-kun and Natto-chan Kim Dae-chun
2011 What's Up Jang Jae-hun MBN
2013 Ugly Alert Gong Joon-soo SBS
2014 Drama Festival The Diary of Heong Yeong-dang Kim Sang-yun MBC
2015 Shine or Go Crazy Wang Uk
Oh My Ghostess Choi Sung-jae tvN
2016 Uncontrollably Fond Choi Ji-tae KBS2
2017 The Bride of Habaek Hoo-ye tvN

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist Ref.
2006 "Key of Heart" BoA
2017 "Miss You" Huh Gak

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2002 Our Town
2000 The Good Doctor

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actor Tamra, the Island Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Ugly Alert Won
2015 4th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Villain Oh My Ghostess Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamra the Island - Concept". iMBC.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (26 February 2010). "Actor Lim Ju-hwan to open official Japanese website". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (25 October 2010). "Lim Ju-hwan holds first ever meet-and-greet in Japan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Mister Kimchi and Miss Teriyaki's Wedding War". MBC Global Media. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ Kim, Jessica (5 December 2011). "REVIEW: MBN TV series What's Up - 1st episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (12 May 2011). "Actor Lim Ju-hwan to enter military this month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  7. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (27 June 2011). "Lim Ju-hwan admitted to hospital during military training". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  8. ^ "Im Joo-hwan in the military hospital for 'heart problems'". Hancinema. 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Lim Ju-hwan profile" Archived 2011-02-10 at the Wayback Machine.. Yedang Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
  10. ^ Park, Sunghee (28 January 2014). "Im Joo Hwan, Comes Back To Screen With New Movie The Technician". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 

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