November 4, 1977 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Soh Ji-sup, Soh Ji-Seob|
ATN Entertainment (China)
|Revised Romanization||So Ji-seob|
So Ji-sub (born November 4, 1977) is a South Korean actor. After making his entertainment debut as a jeans model, he became best known for his leading roles in the television series I'm Sorry, I Love You, Cain and Abel, Phantom , Master's Sun and Oh My Venus , as well as the film Rough Cut. So has also released several hip-hop EPs.
Self-described as introverted and insecure in his childhood and teenage years, So Ji-sub trained to become a professional swimmer for 11 years and bagged the bronze medal at the Korean National Games. His parents divorced at a young age. He has one older sister who lives in Australia.
He tried out modeling simply because he wanted to pose alongside hip-hop artist Kim Sung-jae, who was the celebrity face for a clothing brand at the time. "I was never really interested in becoming a celebrity," So said. "My life was all about swimming and hip-hop music. I did modeling because I wanted to see Kim and also because it was the best way to earn good easy money."
So was chosen as a model for jeans brand STORM in 1995, then made his acting debut in the sitcom Three Guys and Three Girls and the television drama Model. But whereas fellow STORM model Song Seung-heon quickly rose to stardom, So had difficulty raising his profile. He appeared in small roles on television throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, and started to gain popularity when he was cast as the male second lead in Glass Slippers in 2002.
So began to show his potential to become a true actor in 2004's What Happened in Bali, but was again overshadowed by co-star Jo In-sung. At the time, So thought he would end up being a supporting actor. But later that year, he had his breakout role as the tragic hero in smash hit I'm Sorry, I Love You. It made him a top star in Korea, as well as all over Asia. In a 2009 interview, So said he still considers the two the best television dramas in his filmography.
So enlisted for mandatory military service in 2005 as a public relations officer with the Mapo District Office, and was discharged on April 27, 2007. He made his comeback in Jang Hoon's directorial debut Rough Cut, in which he played a thug who dreams of becoming an actor. Because of the film's low budget, So and costar Kang Ji-hwan decided to invest their fees back into the movie, and were credited as producers. So's performance was well received by audiences and critics, and the film became a surprise box office hit.
In 2009, So attempted to break into the Japanese and Chinese markets. In I am GHOST, an action drama that aired in 24 five-minute episodes on Japan's mobile-exclusive broadcaster BeeTV, he played a mysterious killer on the run with a high school girl. So spoke no lines in the mobile drama, and was "worried whether (their) emotions would be delivered just through (their) motions." The year before, he had appeared in a supporting role as a monster in the Japanese manga live-action adaptation GeGeGe No Kitaro 2: Kitaro and the Millenium Curse.
So starred opposite Zhang Ziyi in the Chinese romantic comedy Sophie's Revenge, saying, "I wanted to do a bright and cheery role because I've played so many sad and gloomy ones." He later signed with a Chinese talent agency, ATN Entertainment. So then returned to Korean television with Cain and Abel, about two doctor brothers with an intense sibling rivalry.
Following that, So published his photo-essay collection, So Ji-sub's Journey. The volume covers stories and photos over the past 13 years since his debut, using unpretentious language and sensitive photography taken during So's trips to the DMZ and Gangwon Province. The usually taciturn and stoic actor revealed his inner thoughts throughout the book, with essays on his favorite number 51 (reflected in the name of his company - it means a 50-50 probability then believing just 1% more; the K stands for Korea), Romeo and Juliet, why he likes rainy days, and stories about his interactions with other celebrities and artists such as Tiger JK. Within ten days of its release, the book hit the bestseller list, and entered its third printing.[not in citation given] He was subsequently named the goodwill ambassador of Gangwon Province in an effort to boost tourism there, and a 51 kilometer-long trail in the province was named "So Ji-sub Road," which was unveiled to the public on May 20, 2012. He was the first Korean actor to have an entire road named after him.
A professed longtime hip-hop lover, So rapped for two original tracks – Lonely Life and Foolish Love – under the artist pseudonym "G" or "G-Sonic" for the Rough Cut and Cain and Abel soundtracks, respectively. In 2011, he released another digital single Pick Up Line under his own name. Two teaser videos were released, the first one described as a comedic version that featured guest stars Jung Joon-ha (who is a close friend of So's) and Kim Byung-man (whom So named as one of his favorite comedians). The single, along with the music video itself, was released on February 17, 2011, but recorded low sales.
So then played a boxer who falls in love with a blind girl in romantic melodrama Always (Korean title: Only You), directed by auteur Song Il-gon. It was the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. He published a second book of photo-essays titled Only You with So Ji-sub featuring photographs, notes and commentary on playing his movie character.
On March 14, 2012, he launched a magazine for his fans titled SONICe; inside were So's suggested dating ideas and locations, favorite food and books, and more stories through his eyes. Its name is a combination of "so nice" and "Sonic," which is So's nickname. He also became the owner of the Apgujeong-dong branch of CJ Foodville's A Twosome Place.
So's first mini-album (or EP) Corona Borealis was released in March 2012. It featured collaborations with songwriter Kim Kun-woo, vocal trainer Mellow, soprano Han Kyung-mi, and singers Huh Gak and Bobby Kim. Bobby Kim complimented So's rapping in their duet track That Day, a Year Ago, saying, "So has a talent in feeling the groove and it's as good as his acting skills." So also starred in a music video of the album's title song Some Kind of Story.
After portraying a workaholic detective in the cyber criminal investigative service in TV procedural Phantom, So starred in the film A Company Man, about a hitman in a killer-for-hire company who, after he falls in love and decides he wants out of his job, finds himself the target of his former colleagues.
In January 2013, So released another rap EP titled 6 PM...Ground, and his recording process aired on Music Triangle as part of Mnet's Collabo One project. The four songs of the album were combined together to make a 12-minute music drama starring So, Park Shin-hye and Yoo Seung-ho; which was also re-edited into individual music videos for each track.
In June 2014, So released his third electro-hip-hop EP titled 18 Years, which represents how long he has been in the industry since he debuted as an actor. He wrote and composed the title track (featuring the vocals of singer Satbyeol), and the other two tracks were collaborations with hip-hop group Soul Dive. He released another single in July 2015 titled So Ganzi, his second collaboration with Soul Dive.
|1996||Three Guys and Three Girls||Kim Chul-soo||MBC|
|1998||MBC Best Theater episode 316:
"What You Cherish Can Never Be Forgotten"
|I Hate You, But It's Fine||Chul-min||SBS|
|2000||Love Story episode 6:
"Miss Hip-hop & Mr. Rock"
|MBC Best Theater episode 389:
"Have You Ever Said 'I Love You'?"
|Wang Rung's Land||Park Min-ho||SBS|
|Because of You||Yoon Min-ki||MBC|
|Joa, Joa||Park Ji-sub||SBS|
|Cheers for the Women||Hwang Joon-won||SBS|
|Delicious Proposal||Jang Hee-moon||MBC|
|Law Firm||Choi Jang-goon||SBS|
|2002||We Are Dating Now||Choi Kyo-in||SBS|
|Glass Slippers||Park Chul-woong||SBS|
|2003||Thousand Years of Love||General Guishil Ari / Kang In-chul||SBS|
|2004||What Happened in Bali||Kang In-wook||SBS|
|I'm Sorry, I Love You||Cha Moo-hyuk||KBS2|
|2009||Cain and Abel||Lee Cho-in / Oh Kang-ho||SBS|
|I am GHOST||Ghost||BeeTV|
|2010||Road No. 1||Lee Jang-woo||MBC|
|2012||Phantom||Kim Woo-hyun / Park Gi-young||SBS|
|2013||Master's Sun||Joo Joong-won||SBS|
|2014||One Sunny Day||Kim Ji-ho||Line TV|
|2015||Warm and Cozy||Jeju Island restaurant owner
(cameo, episode 1)
|One Sunny Day||Ji Ho||LINE TV|
|Oh My Venus||Kim Young-ho / John Kim||KBS2|
|2002||Can't Live Without Robbery||Choi Kang-jo|
|2008||Kitaro and the Millennium Curse||Yaksha|
|2012||A Company Man||Ji Hyeong-do|
|2015||The Throne||King Jeongjo (cameo)|
|1999||"For You"||Ryu Chan|
|2001||"The End"||Lee Hyun-woo||Ryu Si-won, Park Jin-hee|
|"Beautiful Days"||Jang Hye-jin|
|2005||"Mr. Flower"||Jo Sung-mo||Kim Jung-eun, Takao Osawa|
|2008||"Lonely Life"||G||Yoo Seung-ho|
|2010||"Smiling Goodbye"||Soya n Sun||Park Han-byul|
|2011||"Pick Up Line"||So Ji-sub feat. Shi Jin|
|"Take"||Seo In-guk||Jung So-min|
|2012||"Some Kind of Story"||So Ji-sub feat. Huh Gak and Mellow|
|2013||"Picnic"||So Ji-sub feat. Younha||Younha|
|"6PM...Ground"||So Ji-sub feat. Mellow||Park Shin-hye, Yoo Seung-ho|
|2014||"18 Years"||So Ji-sub feat. Satbyeol|
|"Boy Go"||So Ji-sub feat. Soul Dive|
|1997||Saturday Power Start "Oh Happy Day"||KBS|
|1999||Declaration of Freedom Today is Saturday||KBS||MC|
|Joy Super Sunday TV "Let's Go Dream Team"||KBS|
|Sunday Sunday Night
"Shin Dong-yup's Fateful Drama"
|1999-2000||Music Camp||MBC||MC, co-hosted by Chae Rim|
|TV Entertainment Tonight||SBS|
|2000||Beautiful Life "Crossing the Korea Strait"||SBS|
|2011||Infinity Challenge||MBC||Guest, episodes 260, 264-265|
|2013||Infinity Challenge ("Lonely Friends" Episode)||MBC||Guest, episode 360|
|Album information||Track listing|
|고독한 인생 (Lonely Life)
|미련한 사랑 (Foolish Love)|
|미련한 사랑 (Foolish Love) Drama Ver.|
|추억소리 (The Sound Of Memory)|
|Pick Up Line|
|북쪽왕관자리 (Corona Borealis)|
|2010||So Ji-sub's Journey||Sallim||photo-essays|
|2011||Only You with So Ji-sub||51K||photo-essays|
|2012||SONICe Vol. 1||51K & CJ E&M||magazine|
Awards and nominations
|2000||SBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Joa, Joa
Cheers for the Women
|2001||Fashion Model Awards||Ms. & Mr. Davidoff Award||N/A||Won|
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Thousand Years of Love||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Won|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||What Happened in Bali||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Im Soo-jung)||I'm Sorry, I Love You||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|2005||41st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Won|
|2008||25th Best Jeanist Awards||Best Jeanist, International Category||N/A||Won|
|28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Rough Cut||Won|
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|7th Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2009||3rd Asian Film Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Won|
|8th New York Asian Film Festival||Rising Star Asia Award||Won|
|10th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|18th Buil Film Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|46th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Rough Cut||Nominated|
|22nd Grimae Awards||Best Actor||Cain and Abel||Won|
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism||Actor of the Year in Broadcasting||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|47th Daejong Film Festival||Achievement in Cultural Exchange||N/A||Won|
|3rd Style Icon Awards||International Style Icon||N/A||Won|
|Korea Lifestyle Awards||Best Dressed Male of the Year||N/A||Won|
|2011||Korea Tourism Awards||Special Achievement Award||N/A||Won|
|19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) for Acting in Film||Always||Won|
|2012||5th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Phantom||Nominated|
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|
|2013||2nd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Master's Sun||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|
|2015||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Oh My Venus||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Shin Min Ah)||Won|
- "A Company Man star 'understands' office grind". The Korea Herald. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "8 Korean actors you didn't know were sports stars". DramaFever News. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
- "Lingerie Brand Gambles on Heartthrob So Ji-sub". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub Is Optimistic -- but Only Just". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "What Next as Stars Emerge Blinking from the Military?". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- 소지섭 "美진출 제의왔지만 개인적 목표 아니다" [So Ji Sub On Marriage, Hollywood and Dating]. Star News (in Korean). 13 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-seop and Lee Jeong-jin Enter Boot Training Camp". KBS Global. 28 February 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Actor Donates 10 Mil.Won". The Korea Times. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Buddies Play Enemies in New Action Flick". The Korea Times. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Low Budget the New Answer for Chungmuro?". Twitch Film. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- "NYAFF 09 Interview: ROUGH CUT's So Ji-Sub". Twitch Film. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Premiere to Be Held for So Ji-seop's First Japanese TV Drama". KBS Global. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub to appear in Japanese mobile drama". 10Asia. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub Makes Chinese Film Debut with Zhang Ziyi". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Korean Actor So Ji-sub to Court Zhang Ziyi Onscreen". The Korea Times. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub signs with talent agency in China". 10Asia. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub signs contract with Chinese agency". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Taking sibling rivalry to the small screen". The Korea Herald. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub transforms in Road No. 1, says producer (1)". 10Asia. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub transforms in Road No. 1, says producer (2)". 10Asia. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Kim Ha-neul says "first time receiving such a moving script"". 10Asia. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Road No. 1 So Ji-sub and Kim Ha-neul". MBC Global Media. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Road No. 1 to feature war, love, comradeship". The Korea Times. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Korean War retold in two new series". The Korea Herald. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji Sub: 'I Might Not Be Able to Act Again in Drama Like This One'". KBS Global. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- "So Ji-sub Draws Huge Crowds of Fans in Japan". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "So Ji-sub to Promote Tourism in Gangwon Province". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "A road named after So Ji-sub set for construction". 10Asia. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "So Jisup Route opens". StarN News. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub to make debut as hip-hop artist". 10Asia. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji Sub Confesses His Hip Hop Album Was a Failure". enewsWorld. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji-sub to return to big screen in new romantic drama". 10Asia. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub says was difficult to be romantic for new movie". 10Asia. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "Song Il-gon hopes Always will be a reminder of true value of love". 10Asia. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Interview: Actor So Ji-sub". 10Asia. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub to release 2nd photo essay today". 10Asia. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji Seob Publishes Second Photo Essay". KBS Global. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub graces the cover of his magazine". 10Asia. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub Releasing Magazine for Fans". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub launches magazine for fans, bringing Japanese trend home". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub to publish own magazine". 10Asia. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Stars Show Business Savvy with Successful Food, Coffee Franchises". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub to release duet song with Bobby Kim for upcoming album". 10Asia. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji Sub Drops New Album, Corona Borealis". enewsWorld. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji-sup's new MV released". StarN News. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "So Ji-sub set to play detective in new SBS drama". 10Asia. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji Sub Was Attracted by Uniqueness of Ghost". enewsWorld. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji Sub on Ghost, "It Was My Most Challenging Work to Date"". enewsWorld. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-youn finish shooting new film". 10Asia. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub reveals difficulties of keeping acting profession". 10Asia. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub almost walked off the set". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Tough guy gets tougher in new film Company Man". Korea JoongAng Daily. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "SO Ji-sub of A Company Man: I want to play a character with strong emotional expression". Korean Cinema Today. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "So Ji Sub to Rap for Mnet's Collabo One Project". enewsWorld. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji-sub to dabble in rapping". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji Sub Becomes an Expert Rapper for His Upcoming Album". enewsWorld. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji-sub, Kong Hyo-jin Cast in Romantic Comedy". 10Asia. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "Actor So Ji-sub releases hip-hop EP". The Korea Herald. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "So Ji-sub to release a hip-hop album". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
- "Oh My Venus says it's not about beauty". The Korea Herald. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
- "So Ji-sub shoots a cameo for Sado". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
- "Younha to Feature in So Ji Sub's New Album". enewsWorld. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji Sub Lets Younha Go in Picnic MV". enewsWorld. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "So Ji Sub and Yoo Seung Ho Get Together at the Set for So Ji Sub's MV". enewsWorld. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "Yoo Seung Ho and Park Shin Hye Kiss in So Ji Sub's New MV". enewsWorld. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "Winners at the 2004 KBS DRAMA AWARDS". Korea Tourism Organization. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Actor So Ji-sup Receives Best Jeanist Award in Tokyo". KBS Global. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-seop, Kong Hyo-jin Receive Rising Star Award". KBS Global. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Kang, So awarded best new actor by critics". 10Asia. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "남우신인상 - 소지섭 (영화는 영화다)". Buil Film Awards (in Korean). 19 November 2009.
- "So Ji-sup, Lee Yo-won Named Best Actors". The Korea Times. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub receives Grimme Award". 10Asia. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Jang Seo-hee wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub to receive honor at Daejong Film Awards". 10Asia. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub honored at Daejong awards". 10Asia. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Actor So Ji-sub to receive award from KTO". 10Asia. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub, Park Hae-il, Lee Tae-gon win top prize at culture and entertainment ceremony". 10Asia. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "So Ji-sub keeps it short and sweet". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- "Lee Bo-young Grabs 1st Top Prize at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
- "Top Excellence Award winner So Ji-sub, "Sin Min-ah, let's go and take the relaxed and erotic night scene"". Hancinema. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
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