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Ji Chang-uk
South Korean actor

Ji Chang-uk

Ji Chang-uk
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Intro South Korean actor
A.K.A. Ji Chang-uk, Jee Chang-wook, Jee Chang-uk, Ji Chang-wuk, Jee Chang-wuk
Is Actor Film actor Television actor
From South Korea
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 5 July 1987, Anyang, South Korea
Age 35 years
Star sign Cancer
Education
Dankook University
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Ji Chang-wook (born July 5, 1987) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame playing the leading role of Dong-hae in daily drama series Smile Again (2010–2011), and has since had roles in Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011) and Empress Ki (2013–2014). Chang-wook has headlined the popular television series Healer (2014–2015), The K2 (2016) and Suspicious Partner (2017), as well as crime-action film Fabricated City (2017).

Career

2006–2009: Beginnings

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 only officially debuted in the 2008 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 while just turning 20 years old. The weekend family drama received 40% ratings. He then had a supporting role in the action-comedy Hero.

2010–2012: Rising popularity

In 2010, Ji was cast in his first starring role in the 159-episode daily drama Smile Again. Playing the role of a Korean-American short track speed skater, Ji trained four to five hours daily at the ice rink. 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 action historical drama 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 growing years until political intrigue creates a rivalry with his childhood best friend-turned-enemy. The series was number one 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, based on the true success 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.

In his first villain role, Ji played a pianist who envies his older brother's natural gift for music in 2012 melodrama Five Fingers.

Ji returned to the 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 ventures

Ji's breakthrough came when he played 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 of the young king left a strong impression on both critics and the audience, earning him critical acclaim and increased recognition.

Ji then starred as the title character in Song Ji-na-penned action thriller Healer from December 2014 to February 2015. He took martial arts lessons for his role as a mysterious errand guy in the series. After the drama aired, Ji became popular in China and other parts of Asia. He then took on roles in Mandarin-language dramas like The Whirlwind Girl 2 and Mr. Right.

In 2016, Ji starred in tvN's action thriller The K2 as the title role, a bodyguard who gets 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 titled 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 Suspicious Partner as a prosecutor, which premiered in May.

In 2019, following his discharge from military, Ji was cast in the romantic comedy drama Melting Me Softly where he plays a television producer who finds himself waking up 20 years following a human freezing project.

In 2020, Ji was cast in the romantic comedy drama Backstreet Rookie alongside Kim Yoo-jung, based on the webtoon of the same name. He plays a young director who runs a convenience store.

Personal life

Ji began his mandatory military service on August 14, 2017. He first underwent basic training at the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. Upon completion, he was awarded a prize for high performance.

Ji has been assigned to the Army's 5th Artillery Brigade at Cheorwon, Gangwon Province to complete the remainder of his military service. He has been appointed as a Platoon Leader and got promoted to a Corporal. He was further promoted as a Sergeant. Ji was discharged on April 27, 2019.

Musical theater

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Fire and Ice
  • Composed of three short plays: Moon Story, Sandglass, That's Right!
2011 Thrill Me Richard Loeb
2013 The Days Mu-young
  • Jukebox musical featuring songs by late folk-rock singer Kim Kwang-seok.
  • Starred in the musical's first run from April to September 2013.
Jack the Ripper Daniel
Brothers Were Brave Lee Joo-bong
2014 The Days Mu-young
  • Reprised his role for the musical's second run from October 2014 to May 2015, December 2015.
2016
  • Reprised his role for the musical's third and final run from August to November 2016 (select performances only).
2018 Shinheung Military Academy Musical Dong-gyu
  • Musical staged by the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) in celebration of its 70th founding anniversary.

Discography

EPs

Year Title Notes Ref.
2016 Be With You Mandarin

Singles

Year Title Notes Ref.
2011 "Meet-Again Meet Again" track from Warrior Baek Dong-soo OST
"Oh-Sing-Sing-Men Oh Sing Sing Men"
tracks from Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST
Japanese release
"Your Warmth"
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 nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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
Best Actor Won
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