No Min-woo (Korean노민우; born May 29, 1986) is a Japanese-born South Korean actor, musician, rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is also known under the stage names ICON and MINUE. He debuted as a drummer in TRAX in 2004, and left the band two years later. In 2008, he began acting in various television series and movies, such as Pasta, My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox and Full House Take 2, and he regularly contributes to movie and drama soundtracks. In 2013, No made a comeback as a singer under the stage name ICON. In 2016 he enlisted in the military, and returned in 2018. In 2020, he made a comeback as the lead singer and leader of the newly formed band The Midnight Romance.[3][4]

No Min-woo
No in June 2019
Born (1986-05-29) May 29, 1986 (age 38)
Japan[1]
Occupations
  • Actor
  • musician
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present
Agentn.CH Entertainment
Musical career
Also known asICON
MINUE
Instrument(s)
  • Piano
  • guitar
  • drums
  • bass guitar
  • saxophone
  • vocals
[2]
Years active2004–present
Labels
Member ofThe Midnight Romance
Formerly of
Korean name
Hangul
노민우
Hanja
Revised RomanizationNo Min-u
McCune–ReischauerNo Min-u

Career

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No Min-woo in 2014

No Min-woo was born in Japan while his mother, then 20 years old, was aspiring to become an enka singer there.[1]

He moved back and forth between Korea and Japan for a long time, and started playing the piano at age 7.[2]

He has a younger brother, No Jeong-hun, who is a singer under the pseudonym I'll (아일).[5]

He made his debut as the drummer (with the stage name Rose) in the rock band TraxX in 2004.[6] Prior to debut, No appeared in "2002 Survival Audition HeeJun vs. KangTa Battle of the Century" with bandmates Typhoon and Attack, as well as Kim Junsu, Super Junior's Sungmin and Eunhyuk.

No left TraxX in 2006, and briefly became a guitarist for The Romantist before it disbanded.

In 2009 he returned to the music scene as the leader of the project group 24/7, with Lee Jang-woo and Hyun Woo. They released the single 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week.

No began pursuing an acting career in 2008 and gained notice with his supporting roles in the 2010 South Korean television series Pasta and My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox. He landed his first leading role in the four-episode drama special Rock Rock Rock, a biographical film about the life of Boohwal lead guitarist Kim Tae-won.[7]

In 2011 for his role as a cancer patient in the SBS television series Midas, No lost 9.5 kilograms (21 pounds).[8] [unreliable source?]

His long-delayed television series Full House Take 2 (a loose sequel to the 2004 hit) secured air dates on Japan's TBS and Korean cable channel SBS Plus in 2012.[9][10] No was cast as the male lead in the Chinese television series Love Expiration Date, for which he will also serve as OST music director, composing and writing songs for the soundtrack.[11][12][13]

In 2012 his contract with Core Contents Media came to an end, and he established his own management company, MJ Dreamsys.[14]

In 2013, on July 1, No released his MV, ROCKSTAR, under his newly opened YouTube channel, officialminewTV.[15]

In 2014, No appeared in a minor role in Roaring Currents (released July 30, 2014),[16] which became the highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea. Later in 2014, No played one of the main characters in The Greatest Marriage.[17]

No starred in MBC Dramanet's My Unfortunate Boyfriend, which premiered on April 10, 2015.[18]

In 2019, No played a lead role in the MBC television series Partners for Justice 2 as Jang Chul, a talented but mysterious ER doctor.[19][20]

On May 17, 2020, his newly formed band The Midnight Romance (stylized in all caps) released their self-titled debut single of the same name which consisted of three songs.[21][4]

On January 19, 2022 it was confirmed that No signed an exclusive contract with n.CH Entertainment.[22]

Lawsuit

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In April 2015, No filed a lawsuit against his former agency, S.M. Entertainment, as well as reported the agency to the South Korea Fair Trade Commission. Documents from the lawsuit reveal that No originally signed a 17-year exclusive contract with S.M. No sought 100 million KRW for damages resulting from the agency's interference in his career.[23]

On July 21, 2016 No lost his damage suit against S.M as a result of insufficient evidence and the court ruled out the contract between S.M and No invalid.[24]

In June 2018, it was reported No had lost the appeal in his lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment due to the insufficient evidence to the above stated claims.[25]

Military enlistment

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No was confirmed to have quietly enlisted for his mandatory military service in October 2016.[26] He was discharged in July 2018.[27]

Filmography

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Television drama

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Year Title Role Notes
1997 Propose
2001 Truth
2008 Detective Mr. Lee Seo Joo-Heon
2009 Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun Noh Min Woo
Mrs. Town Jackie Jung's younger lover
Jung Yak-yong Cameo
2010 Pasta Philip
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho Park Dong-joo
Rock, Rock, Rock Kim Tae-won Drama Special Series
2011 Midas Yoo Myung-joon
2012 Full House Take 2 Lee Tae-ik
2013 Monstar Daniel Park Cameo (episode 12)
Love Expiration Date Lee Ti En
The Blade and Petal Yeon Namsaeng
2014 God's Gift: 14 Days Theo
The Greatest Marriage Park Tae-yeon
2015 My Unfortunate Boyfriend Yoon Tae-woon
Eating Existence Park Byeong
2019 Partners of Justice 2 Jang Chul / Dr. K
2022 Behind Every Star Oh Hyeon
2023 The Forbidden Marriage Banju Bantan Cameo[28]

Film

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Year Title Role
2008 Story of Wine Taek-jin
A Frozen Flower Min-woo
2011 Ghastly Cheol-Woong
2014 One Day, First Love Invaded Me Min-Hyuk
The Admiral: Roaring Currents Haru

Television shows

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Year Title Role Ref.
2022 Great Seoul Invasion Consultant [29]

Theater

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Year English title Korean title Role Ref.
2022 Elisabeth 엘리자벳 Death [30][31]

Discography

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  • The Midnight Romance - 1st Debut Single of THE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE (2020) [4][21]
    • Dream Baby Dream
    • Midnight Romance
    • 해줄래 (IMYT)
  • Partners for Justice 2 OST (2019)[32]
    • Dr. K
    • Poison (as composer of the track)[33]
  • Jupiter - Digital Single (Under the name MINUE) (2018)[4]
    • Intro/Motion Stop
    • Jupiter
    • Trust Me
  • Gravity - Japanese Debut Single (Under the name MINUE) (2016)
    • Gravity
    • We rock
    • Believe
  • My Unfortunate Boyfriend OST (2015)
    • I Love You
    • Shining Love
  • ICON the 1st Single Album (2013)
    • ROCKSTAR
    • Baby
    • Hello
    • Alive
  • The Greatest Marriage OST (2014)
    • Crazy Love
  • God's Gift - 14 Days OST (2014)
    • Snake Eyes
    • Heaven
  • Love Expiration Date OST (2013)
    • 1 Minute 1 Second
  • Full House Take 2 OST (2012)
    • Touch (singer)
    • Sad Touch (singer)
    • Hello Hello (singer)
  • Midas OST (2011)
    • 슬픈사랑 Seulpheun Sarang (lyricist, singer)
    • 사랑해도 되나요 Sarangaedo doinayo (composer, singer)
  • My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox OST (2010)
    • Trap
  • Story of Wine OST (lyricist, music director, singer; 2009)
    • 자작나무 (Love is you)  
    • Even now (Singer:Sunny)  
    • Firstsnow  
    • Nobody  
    • Confession
    • MyPerfect Romance  
    • Peaceof Melody  
    • Express
  • That guy's woman (2009)
  • Rhapsody Album (2005)
  • Blaze Away Album (2005)
  • Paradox Album (2004)
  • Scorpio Album[citation needed] (2004)

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Rock, Rock, Rock Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho Won
2019 World Star Entertainment

Awards 2019

Hallyu Global Award 2019

(Korean Wave Global Award)

Partners for Justice 2 Won [34]
MBC Drama Awards Scene Stealer Award Partners for Justice 2 Won [35][unreliable source?]
2019 Best Couple Award with Jung Jae-young Nominated

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