Ji Chang-wook (born 5 July 1987) is a South Korean actor and singer. He rose to fame for playing the lead role of Dong-hae in daily drama series Smile Again (2010–2011), and had notable lead roles in television series such as Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011), Empress Ki (2013–2014), Healer (2014–2015), The K2 (2016), Suspicious Partner (2017), Melting Me Softly (2019), Backstreet Rookie (2020), and Lovestruck in the City (2020).
Ji in September 2019
|Born||5 July 1987|
Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
|Alma mater||Dankook University – Department of Performing Arts|
|Revised Romanization||Ji Chang-uk|
Ji began his career in musical theatre. He made his onscreen debut in the 2006 film Days... and had a minor role in the 2008 television drama You Stole My Heart. He officially debuted in 2008 through the film, Sleeping Beauty.
In 2009, he appeared in My Too Perfect Sons, playing the timid, sissy youngest brother who ends up raising his best friend's daughter at just 20 years old. The weekend family drama received over 40% ratings. He then took on a supporting role in the action-comedy, Hero.
2010–2012: Rising popularityEdit
In 2010, Ji was cast in his first lead role in the 159-episode daily drama, Smile Again, playing the role of a Korean-American short track speed skater. Smile Again topped the ratings chart for 15 consecutive weeks, and he was awarded "Best Actor in a Daily Drama" at the KBS Drama Awards.
He then played the titular character in 2011 historical-action series, Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011). Adapted from Lee Jae-heon's manhwa, Honorable Baek Dong-soo, it is an origin story about Joseon-era swordsman, Baek Dong-soo, showing his early years until political intrigue creates a rivalry with his childhood bestfriend-turned-enemy. The series topped in its timeslot for 13 weeks, and Ji received a "New Star Award" at the SBS Drama Awards. Later that year, he played the lead role in cable drama, Bachelor's Vegetable Store which is based on the true story of Lee Young-seok, a young man who turned a tiny 350-square-feet vegetable store in 1998 into a nationwide franchise with 33 stores.
Ji returned to musical theater in 2013 with The Days, playing a presidential bodyguard who went missing 20 years ago along with a mysterious female companion. The Days was a jukebox musical using the folk rock songs of Kim Kwang-seok.
2013–present: Breakthrough and overseas venturesEdit
Ji's breakthrough came through his role as Toghon Temür (also known as Ta Hwan), the 16th emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, in the historical drama Empress Ki. The drama drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with an average rating of 35.12%. Ji's portrayal left a strong impression on both the critics and the audience, earning him critical acclaim and recognition.
Ji then starred as the titular character in action-thriller television series, Healer (2014-2015). After the airing of the drama, Ji became popular in China and other parts of Asia. He then took on roles in Mandarin-language dramas such as The Whirlwind Girl 2 and Mr. Right.
In 2016, Ji starred as the male lead in tvN's action-thriller The K2, a bodyguard who is betrayed by his fellow countrymen and falls in love with a girl with PTSD and apparent sociophobia. The drama received favorable reviews, topping cable channel viewership ratings throughout its 8-week broadcast. In November 2016, he co-starred in the promotional web-drama series, First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.
In 2017, Ji starred in the action film, Fabricated City, playing the role of a jobless game addict who becomes a framed murderer. The same year, he was cast in SBS's romantic-comedy thriller series, Suspicious Partner, as a prosecutor, which premiered in May.
In 2019, following his discharge from military, Ji was cast in the romantic-comedy series, Melting Me Softly, where he plays the role of a television producer who finds himself waking up 20 years into the future following an unsuccessful human-freezing project.
In 2020, Ji was cast in the romantic-comedy series, Backstreet Rookie, based on a webtoon of the same name. He plays the role of a former public-relations director of convenience stores franchises, who ends up managing his own convenience store. In September, Ji was confirmed to appear in multi-season rom-com web series City Couple's Way of Love of Kakao TV, which will depict the real love stories of young people who live fiercely with "another me" in a complex city. The first series Lovestruck in the City is set to air on December 22, 2020 and it will be available for streaming on Netflix.
Ji began his mandatory military service on 14 August 2017. He underwent his basic military training at the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. Upon completion, he was awarded a prize for high performance.
Ji was assigned to the Army's 5th Artillery Brigade at Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, to complete the remainder of his military service. He was appointed as a Platoon Leader and promoted to Corporal. He was further promoted to Sergeant. Ji was discharged on 27 April 2019.
|2009||The Weird Missing Case of Mr. J||Sun Gun-man|||
|2010||Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp||Soo-il|||
|2013||How to Use Guys with Secret Tips||Hong-jun's brother||Cameo|
|2015||The Long Way Home||Nation's armed forces conscription military police|||
|2017||Fabricated City||Kwon Yoo|||
|Your Name||Taki Tachibana||Voice only, Korean dub|||
|The Bros||Young Choon-bae||Cameo|||
|2008||You Stole My Heart||Lee Phillip||KBS2|
|2009||My Too Perfect Sons||Song Mi-poong|||
|2010–2011||Smile Again||Carl Laker / Dong-hae||KBS1|||
|2011||Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Baek Dong-soo||SBS|||
|2011–2012||Bachelor's Vegetable Store||Han Tae-yang||Channel A|||
|2012||Five Fingers||Yoo In-ha||SBS|||
|2013–2014||Empress Ki||Toghon Temür / Ta Hwan||MBC|||
|2014–2015||Healer||Seo Jung-hoo / Park Bong-soo / Healer||KBS2|||
|2016||The Whirlwind Girl 2||Chang An||Hunan TV||Chinese drama|||
|The K2||Kim Je-ha / K2||tvN|||
|2017||Suspicious Partner||Noh Ji-wook||SBS|||
|2019||Melting Me Softly||Ma Dong-chan||tvN|||
|2020||Backstreet Rookie||Choi Dae-hyun||SBS|||
|TBA||Mr Right||Wang Weian||HBS||Chinese drama|||
|2014||Kara: Secret Love||Angel No. 2013, Chun Sa Nam||Ep. 9–10: "Have You Ever Had Coffee with an Angel?"|||
|2016||First Seven Kisses||Himself||Ep. 3–4|||
|2020||Lovestruck in the City||Park Chae-won||KakaoTV/ Netflix|||
Variety show appearancesEdit
|2014||Running Man||SBS||Ep. 211–212: "1470 Amusement Park"||with Ailee, Lim Seul-ong, Kim Tae-woo, Lee Sung-jae, Skull, and Song Eun-Yi|
|2015||Happy Camp||HBS||16 May 2015||with Jing Boran, Yang Yang, and Hans Zhang|
|2016||Live Talk Show Taxi||tvN||Ep. 445||with Yoona|
|2017||You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||KBS2||Ep. 350|
|2019||Laborhood on Hire||tvN||Ep. 6||with Im Won-hee|
|2019||The Fishermen and the City||Channel A||Ep. 91–92: Gangwon Province||with Lee Man Ki|
|2020||Running Man||SBS||Ep. 507: "Concealed Broker Race: Convenience Store Hot Items"||with Kim Yoo-jung, Do Sang-woo, and Han Sun-hwa|
|2020||Knowing Bros||JTBC||Ep. 260||with Kim Min-seok, Ryu Kyung-soo|
Music video appearancesEdit
|2007||"Are You Ready"||Lena Park feat. Dynamic Duo|
|2009||"We Broke Up Today"||Younha|||
|2010||"I Have to Let You Go"||Young Gun|||
|"I Need You"||K.Will|||
|2013||"That's My Fault"||Speed|||
|2007||Fire and Ice||
|2011||Thrill Me||Richard Loeb|||
|Jack the Ripper||Daniel|||
|Brothers Were Brave||Lee Joo-bong|||
|2018||Shinheung Military Academy Musical||Dong-gyu||
|2016||Be With You||Mandarin|||
|2011||"Meet-Again Meet Again"||track from Warrior Baek Dong-soo OST|||
|"Oh-Sing-Sing-Men Oh Sing Sing Men"
(with Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Young-kwang, Shin Won-ho, Sung-je, and Ji-hyuk)
|tracks from Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST
|2012||"Fill Up"||track from Five Fingers OST|||
|2014||"To the Butterfly"||track from Empress Ki OST|||
|2015||"I Will Protect You"||track from Healer OST|||
|2016||"Kissing You"||track from First Seven Kisses OST|||
|2017||"101 Reasons Why I Like You"||track from Suspicious Partner OST|||
|2019||"When Love Passes By"||track from Melting Me Softly OST|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Smile Again||Nominated|
|2011||4th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Won|||
|2012||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama||Five Fingers||Nominated|
|2013||7th The Musical Awards||Best New Actor||The Days||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Empress Ki||Won|||
|2014||9th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Nominated|
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, actor||Nominated|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Healer||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, actor||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Park Min-young||Won|||
|2015||4th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|China TV Drama Awards||Most Popular Actor (Overseas)||Won|||
|2016||31st Korea's Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed Actor||The K2||Won|||
|2017||53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Fabricated City||Nominated|
|25th SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Suspicious Partner||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Nam Ji-hyun||Nominated|
|2019||4th Asia Artist Awards||Asia Celebrity (Actor)||N/A||Won|||
|2020||7th APAN Star Awards||Popular Star Award, Actor||Backstreet Rookie||Nominated|||
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Fantasy/Romance Drama||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Yoo-jung||Nominated|||
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- "Ji Chang-wook to star in Chinese drama". Kpop Herald. 29 February 2016.
- "Ji Chang-wook is the new 'Mr. Right'". Kpop Herald. 26 January 2016.
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- "Ji Chang-wook finds a fitting film : A lead role in the action hit 'Fabricated City' was a first for the young star". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 February 2017.
- "Ji Chang-wook confirms role in 'Be Careful of This Woman". The Korea Herald. 17 March 2017.
- "Silly cryogenic plot device may work in 'Melting Me Softly': Freeze two characters, thaw them out 20 years later, and then see what happens". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 September 2018.
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- Kim Jung-kyoon (15 August 2017). "Ji Chang-wook begins his military service". Korea JoongAng Daily.
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- "<정승필 실종사건> 대한민국 최강 코믹 군단에 이은 최강 까메오 열전!". Wide Sports (in Korean). 7 October 2009.
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- "'웃어라 동해야'의 동해, 반전의 패륜연기". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). 27 April 2011.
- "'서부전선' 설경구 "특별출연 지창욱 완성본서 도려내 아쉽다"". Newsen (in Korean). 21 September 2015.
- "After 'Fabricated City,' actor Ji Chang-wook says no more action roles". Yonhap News Agency. 9 January 2017.
- "Ji Chang-wook, Kim So-hyun to dub Japanese film 'Your Name'". The Korea Herald. 16 June 2017.
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- "Ji Chang-wook and Yoo Seung-ho start shooting SBS "Warrior Baek Dong-soo"". Hancinema. Nate. 18 May 2011.
- "Wang Ji-hye and Ji Chang-wook in "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"". Hancinema. Nate. 2 November 2011.
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- "Actor Ji Chang-wook to return with new tvN romantic comedy drama". Yonhap News Agency. 30 April 2019.
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- "Singer Younha recalls awkward kiss with Ji Chang-wook for 2009 music video". Kpop Herald. 16 January 2018.
- "지창욱, 티아라 지연과 MV에서 애절한 연인으로 열연". Hankyung Ilbo (in Korean). 28 June 2010.
- "T-ara′s 'Lovey Dovey' MV Isn't So Lovey-Dovey". enewsWorld. 2 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 December 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
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