Ju Ji-hoon (born May 16, 1982) is a South Korean actor and model. His first leading role was in the 2006 hit drama Princess Hours. His other notable works include The Devil, Antique, Mask, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and its sequel, The Spy Gone North, Dark Figure of Crime, Kingdom and Jirisan.
May 16, 1982
|Other names||Joo Ji-hoon|
|Alma mater||Kyonggi University|
|Revised Romanization||Ju Ji-hun|
In 2003, Ju debuted as a model, in advertisements for clothing brands such as Calvin Klein, Levi's and Reebok. He won many awards for modeling. Before entering the entertainment industry, he studied at Tongwon College, majoring in e-Business.
2006–2008: Acting debut and recognitionEdit
Ju had various bit parts in television dramas, but it was in 2006's romantic comedy Princess Hours, based on the manhwa Goong, that he achieved breakthrough. The drama was a hit domestically with a peak rating of 28.3%, and internationally across Asia, catapulting Ju into Korean Wave stardom. He won the Best New Actor award at the MBC Drama Awards along with his co-star Yoon Eun-hye.
In March 2007, Ju starred in KBS2's revenge drama The Devil, opposite Uhm Tae-woong and Shin Min-a. The same month, he received the New Asian Star award at the 1st Astar TV Drama Awards for his performance in Princess Hours and The Devil.
Ju's film debut was in Antique (2008), based on the manga Antique Bakery. The film was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. He then reunited with The Devil co-star Shin Min-ah in the romantic comedy The Naked Kitchen.
In August 2012, Ju made his comeback in the period comedy film I Am the King. Inspired by the popular novel The Prince and the Pauper, Ju played the dual role of Grand Prince Choong-nyung and the slave Deok-chil, in a fictional period before the prince becomes King Sejong the Great. This was followed by his starring role as a pianist in the melodrama Five Fingers, broadcast from August to November 2012. Joo also starred in medical drama Medical Top Team, and romantic comedy film Marriage Blue.
Ju made his film debut in China with Love Suspicion, a romantic thriller. In 2014, Ju was paired up with Ji Sung and Lee Kwang-soo in Confession, a neo-noir film that brutally explores the aftermath of three men's friendship after the death of one's mother.
In 2015, Ju starred in the period film The Treacherous, reuniting him with the director of Antique and Naked Kitchen. He then made his small screen comeback with SBS' melodrama Mask alongside Soo Ae.
In 2016, Ju starred in the noir crime thriller Asura: The City of Madness, which premiered globally at the 41st Toronto Film Festival. He received the Popular Film Star award at the Korea Top Star Awards.
2017–present: Career resurgenceEdit
From 2017 to 2018, Ju starred in the two-part fantasy epic Along With the Gods. The film was the second highest grossing film in South Korea, and Ju became known for his role as Haewonmaek.
In 2018, Ju starred in the thriller films The Spy Gone North, and Dark Figure of Crime. Ju's performance in both films earned acclaim, and he won several Best Supporting Actor awards at film ceremonies for his performance in The Spy Gone North, and was nominated for Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Awards for Dark Figure of Crime.
In January 2021, Ju signed with new agency H& Entertainment.
On February 2, 2010, Ju enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army to serve his mandatory military service for five weeks of basic training at 306th draft in Uijeongbu of Gyeonggi Province, followed by active duty with the reserve forces.
In August, Ju co-starred with fellow actor Lee Joon-gi in the military musical Voyage of Life. The musical, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association. It ran from August 21 to 29 at the National Theater of Korea. Ju was discharged on November 21, 2011.
On April 27, 2009, Ju was arrested by Seoul Metropolitan Police on drug charges. He was arrested along with 15 people and an actress identified as Yoon on suspicion of supplying ecstasy. On June 23, 2009, Ju pleaded guilty in court to drug use of ecstasy and ketamine. He was sentenced to six months of jail time, suspended for one year, 120 hours of community service, and a fine of ₩360,000. The judge explained, "The nature of the crime is by no means light. However, he has reflected deeply on the crime and has not taken any drugs since the time a year and two months ago. Also, many fans from within the country and from overseas have appealed for an appropriate handling of the matter and sent petitions." Ju's lawyer also stated, "Of course he must accept the price of his crime, but wrong information kept coming out and exaggerated him as a habitual user, and some of it was unfair."
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes|
|2008||Antique||서양골동양과자점 앤티크||Kim Jin-hyeok|
|2009||The Naked Kitchen||키친||Park Du-re|
|2012||I Am the King||나는 왕이로소이다||Yi Do / Deok-chil|
|2015||The Treacherous||간신||Im Soong-jae|
|2016||Asura: The City of Madness||아수라||Moon Sun-mo|
|2017||Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds||신과함께-죄와 벌||Hae Won-maek|
|2018||Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days||신과함께-인과 연|
|The Spy Gone North||공작||Manager Jung|
|Dark Figure of Crime||암수살인||Kang Tae-oh|
|2022||Hunt||헌트||Hyun Soo-jung||Special appearance|
|Gentleman||젠틀맨||Ji Hyeon-soo||wavve films|
|Year||English title||Original title||Role|
|2006||Princess Hours||궁||Crown Prince Lee Shin|
|2007||The Devil||마왕||Oh Seung-ha|
|2012||Five Fingers||다섯손가락||Yoo Ji-ho|
|2013||Medical Top Team||메디컬탑팀||Han Seung-jae|
|2019–2020||Kingdom||Crown Prince Lee Chang||Season 1–2|
|TBA||Dominant Species||Woo Chae-woon|||
|2021||Kiss the Universe||Narrator||One of the three documentaries|||
Music video appearancesEdit
|2014||"Fxxk U"||Gain feat. Bumkey|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2004||Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Male Model||—||Won|||
|2005||The Photographers' Association||—||Won|||
|Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||—||Won|
|Style Magazine||Most Stylish Male Model||—||Won|
|2006||42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Princess Hours||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||The Devil||Nominated|
|2008||Asia Model Festival Awards||Star Prize||—||Won|||
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Antique||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Won|||
|2012||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama||Five Fingers||Nominated|
|2013||2nd APAN Star Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Medical Top Team||Nominated|
|2015||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Mask||Won|||
|Top 10 Star Award||Won|||
|2016||The Korea Film Actor's Association||Popular Film Star Award||Asura: The City of Madness||Won|||
|2017||22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|26th Buil Film Awards||Nominated|
|2018||2nd The Seoul Awards||Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds
The Spy Gone North
|6th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards||Asian Star Award||Won|||
|3rd Asia Artist Awards||Artist of the Year||—||Won|||
|23rd KCA Consumer Day Awards||Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds
Dark Figure of Crime
|5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards||Dark Figure of Crime||Won|||
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actor||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor||The Spy Gone North||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|27th Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
|38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|2019||10th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|||
|Best Actor||Dark Figure of Crime||Won|||
|39th Golden Cinema Film Festival||Won|||
|28th Buil Film Awards||Nominated|||
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries||Item||Nominated|
|2020||2nd Asia Contents Awards||Best Actor||Kingdom||Won|||
|56th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Hyena||Nominated|||
|7th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|||
|15th Asia Model Festival||Asia Star Award||—||Won|||
|28th SBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Hyena||Nominated|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Action Drama||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Kim Hye-soo||Nominated|||
|Forbes||2019||Korea Power Celebrity||40th|||
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North Korea Thriller Co-Stars LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong & JU Ji-hoon
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