Park Jung-min (actor)

Park Jung-min (born March 24, 1987)[1] is a South Korean actor. Dubbed as the blue chip of Chungmuro, he is best known for starring in films Bleak Night (2011), Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2015) and Keys to the Heart (2018).[2][3] He is also a best-selling author and owns a book cafe by the name of Book, Night, Day.[4]

Park Jung-min
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Park at a Tazza: One Eyed Jack press conference, 2019
Born (1987-03-24) March 24, 1987 (age 33)
Chungju, South Korea
EducationKorea National University of Arts – Film and Acting
OccupationActor, Writer
Years active2011–present
AgentSEM Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Jeong-min
McCune–ReischauerPak Chŏng-min


2005–2010: BeginningsEdit

In 2005, Park entered one of the three most prestigious universities in South Korea, Korea University's College of Liberal Arts, but left to focus on acting. He then majored in film making at Korea National University of Arts, but then changed his major to acting after his military discharge and graduated.[5]

2011–2015: BreakthroughEdit

In 2011, Park had his breakthrough with his debut feature, the critically acclaimed indie film Bleak Night, for which he was nominated for Best New Actor at the 20th Buil Film Awards.[6] When Park starred in the film, he uploaded several behind-the-scenes stories on the film’s promotional blog, which were met with great interest. Around three years later, Park started writing a monthly column for Topclass magazine and established a following of devoted readers. His column is called “Eonhee,” which means “to make others happy through words.” [5]

He gained mainstream popularity for his highly acclaimed performance in Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2015) as Song Mong-gyu, a cousin of the famous poet Yoon Dong-ju who wrote about their agony and resistance of Japanese rule (1910-1945). His portrayal won him five Best New Actor awards at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards, the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards, the 36th Golden Cinema Festival, the Korea Film Actors Association Awards and the 16th Director's Cut Awards and a Best Supporting Actor award at the 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards.[2][3][4]

Long known for his witty writings found online and in magazines, Park finally published his own book of essays in 2016, titled A Useful Person. The book became a best-seller due to his amusing writing style and humorous stories which were able to capture the hearts of many readers.[5] As of 2019, A Useful Person had its eleventh round of printing.

2016–present: Rising popularity and prominence in filmEdit

In 2017, Park returned to theater as Romeo in the Korean adaptation of the classic play Romeo & Juliet with Moon Geun-young playing Juliet. In 2018, he starred alongside Lee Byung-hun in film Keys to the Heart as a gifted pianist with savant syndrome, earning favourable reviews from its viewers. To execute this role, Park spent time with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and trained to play the piano for 6 months.[7] In the same year, Park headlined the film Sunset in My Hometown in which he plays a rapper. With the help of professional rappers, Park practiced rapping for a year, and wrote the lyrics for the songs that appear in the film himself.[8]

In 2019, Park starred in mystery thriller film Svaha: The Sixth Finger followed by lead roles in films Tazza: One Eyed Jack and Start-Up.[9][10] In 2020, he was part of the main cast of Netflix original film Time to Hunt which premiered at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, making it the first South Korean film to be screened in the Berlinale Special section.[11] Later that year, Park acted alongside Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae in film Deliver Us from Evil as Yui, a transgender woman who wishes to undergo sex reassignment surgery but cannot afford to do so. Upon accepting this role, Park met up with transgender individuals and did further research on the transgender community by reading books and watching videos. In post-film interviews, Park said he wishes to tell Yui to not lose hope and that a life worth living will come.[12] The film became the second highest-grossing South Korean film of 2020.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The End of the World Boy Short film
2009 Lovers Ho-young Short film
2010 Study Group Short film
2011 The Cap of Fools Park Jung-min Short film
Bleak Night Baek Hee-joon
Short! Short! Short! 2010:
Fantastic Theater
I-mae Segment: "The Famished"
2012 Dancing Queen "Ramyun in package"
2013 Fists of Legend young Im Deok-kyu
The Flu Chul-gyo
2014 Hot Young Bloods Hwang-kyu
Tinker Ticker Lee Hyo-min
Mad Sad Bad Bizen/Bo-hyun Segment: "Ghost"[14]
Momo Salon Chang-gyun
2015 Heartbreak Hotel Chen [15]
Office Lee Won-suk
Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Song Mong-gyu
2016 Pure Love Yong-soo
Horror Stories 3 Dong-geun Segment: "Road Rage"[16]
2017 The King Heo Ki-hoon Special appearance
The Artist: Reborn Jae-bum
The King's Case Note Crown Prince Uikyung Special appearance
2018 Keys to the Heart Jin-tae [17]
Psychokinesis Kim Jung-hyun [18]
Sunset in My Hometown Hak-soo [19][20][21]
2019 Svaha: The Sixth Finger Na-han [22]
Tazza: One Eyed Jack Do Il-chul [23]
Start-Up Go Taek-il [24]
2020 Time to Hunt Sang-soo [25]
Deliver Us from Evil Yui [26]
2021 Miracle Jun-kyung [6]
One Victory TBA

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Drama Special "Human Casino" Cha Tae-oh KBS2
2012 Feast of the Gods Jang Mi-so MBC
Golden Time Jang Young-woo
2013 Adolescence Medley Shin Young-bok KBS2 [27]
2014 You're All Surrounded Ji Gook SBS
Righteous Love Jang Ki-tae tvN
2015 Reply 1988 Sung Bo-ra's boyfriend
Cameo, Episode 8
2016 Entourage Lee Ho-jin [28]
2018 Mr. Sunshine Ahn Chang-ho Cameo[29]
2021 Hellbound Bae Young-jae Netflix [30]

Music videoEdit

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2012 Butterfly SUJUNGSUN [31]
2018 With the Heart to Forget You IU [32]
2018 HERO OST : Byunsan Monologue jung min park,kim go eun,yankie [33]
2019 I'm Always You LEE SEUNG HWAN [34]
2020 RECONNECT For the gone Code Kunst, Simon Dominic, Choi Jung-hoon [35]


Year Title Role Reprised
2011 Kisaragi Miki-chan Snake 2012-2013
2014 The Escape of G-Code Man
2017 Romeo & Juliet[36] Romeo

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Bleak Night Nominated
2013 50th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Fists of Legend Nominated
2016 36th Golden Cinema Festival Best New Actor Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Won [37]
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won [38]
Korea Film Actors Association Awards Best New Actor Won [39]
16th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Won [40]
25th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Nominated
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Won [41]
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [42]
4th Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2018 13th Asia Model Awards Popular Star Award N/A Won [43]
19th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actor Sunset in My Hometown Won [44]
2020 29th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Deliver Us from Evil Nominated
40th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [45]
2021 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards[46][47] Best Supporting Actor Won [48][49]


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