"Jung Woo Sung"

Jung Woo-sung (Korean: 정우성, born March 20, 1973 in Seoul) is a South Korean actor.

After first finding work as a model, Jung Woo-sung made his film debut in the 1994 movie The Fox with Nine Tails, together with Ko So-young. He and Ko would go on to act in two more films together.

Jung found widespread fame in Kim Sung-soo's 1997 film Beat, in which he played a high school student who becomes caught up in gang life against his will. Since this film, he became known as one of Korea's top commercial stars. In the subsequent years he portrayed a young boxer in City of the Rising Sun, a naval lieutenant in Phantom: The Submarine, and a marathoner in Love.

In 2001, Jung took on one of his most high-profile roles in Kim Sung-soo's epic blockbuster Musa. Playing a long-haired slave, he acted opposite Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi and received wide exposure abroad as well as in Korea. After spending time in 2002 directing a series of music videos and appearing in a large number of commercials, Jung took on the eccentric lead role in Mutt Boy, the fifth film by director Kwak Kyung-taek.

Jung's next roles would be in highly romantic roles that played off his established screen image. In the box office hit A Moment to Remember he plays an architect whose wife (played by Son Ye-jin) is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and in the Netherlands-set Daisy, he plays a hired assassin who falls in love with a street artist played by Jeon Ji-hyun. He portrays a happily committed fireman in Sad Movie, and rekindles a romance with an old friend in A Good Rain Knows. His big-budget martial arts films The Restless and Reign of Assassins would also have romantic elements.

Kim Ji-woon's "kimchi western" The Good, the Bad, the Weird would give Jung one of his most iconic roles, using his physicality to great effect as the Clint Eastwood counterpart in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Shortly after he would work again with the director in a short film for W Korea.

Given the hype regarding his return to the small screen after 15 years, Jung's spy genre drama Athena: Goddess of War (spin-off to 2009's IRIS) was a disappointment, failing to duplicate its predecessor's ratings. He made his Japanese drama debut with a guest appearance in episodes 6 and 7 of Good Life ~Arigatou, Papa. Sayonara~.

He followed that with another TV series Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats which marked the establishment of new cable broadcasting station jTBC. Jung said he "decided on this drama because (he) was drawn to the way Noh Hee-kyung writes 'family drama.' Whether mother-son or father-son, the love and pain experienced by families is something (he)’d like to try portraying in a realistic way." He played a man who has recently been released from jail after serving a 16-year sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

Jung was cast in the English-language 3D remake of John Woo's The Killer. The film will be shot in Los Angeles, and reunites him with A Moment to Remember director John H. Lee and Reign of Assassins director John Woo who will be producing.

In 2012 he directed and starred in the commercial for cable channel XTM. He is currently preparing for his next role as the villain in 2013 thriller Stakeout.

Jung grew up in Sadang-dong, then one of the poorest towns in Seoul.

He gave up studying to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, dropping out of high school after one year. It was controversial at the time that he did not conceal this fact but rather claimed that he did not regret his decision.

Jung is best friends with fellow actor Lee Jung-jae, whom he met while filming City of the Rising Sun. They are co-owners and co-investors of several businesses.

After they were photographed on a date in Paris, Jung confirmed in March 2011 that he was dating Athena co-star Lee Ji-ah. But after Lee's married and divorced past with top Korean singer-songwriter Seo Taiji became exposed to the public the following month, the Korean press reported in June that Jung and Lee had broken up.


Year Title Role
1994 The Fox with Nine Tails Hyuk
1996 Born to Kill Kil
Shanghai Grand Ryu So-hwang
1997 Beat Min
Motel Cactus Lee Mi-ku
1998 City of the Rising Sun Do-chul
1999 Phantom: The Submarine Number 431
Love Myung-soo
2001 Musa Yeo-sol
2003 Mutt Boy Cha Cheol-min
2004 A Moment to Remember Cheol-su
2005 Sad Movie Jin-woo
2006 Daisy Park Yi
The Restless Yi-gwak
2007 Close to You (short film) cameo
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Park Do-won, the Good
2009 Present (W Korea short film) Min-woo
A Good Rain Knows Park Dong-ha
2010 Reign of Assassins Jiang Ah-sheng (Before: Zhang Renfang)
2011 Friends & Love (Giordano short film)
2013 Stakeout James
TBA The Killer


Year Title Role Network
1994 Asphalt Man Kang Dong-suk SBS
1996 Oxtail Soup
1.5 Lee Jang-wook MBC
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Lee Jung-woo SBS
2011 Good Life ~Arigatou, Papa. Sayonara~ Dr. Lee (ep. 6-7) Fuji TV
Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats Yang Kang-chil jTBC

Music videos

He directed (but did not star in) the following g.o.d. music videos:
  • Since You Left Me (2000)
  • You Just Don’t Know (2002)
  • Sad Love (2002)
  • A Fool (2002)


  • 2011 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism: Distinguished Korean Wave Entertainer Award for Film
  • 2009 Style Icon Awards: Style Icon Actor
  • 2009 Asian Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor (The Good, the Bad, the Weird)
  • 2008 Korea Fashion & Design Awards: Best Dresser of the Year
  • 2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popularity Award
  • 2008 Hawaii International Film Festival: Outstanding Achievement in Acting
  • 2001 Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popularity Award
  • 1999 Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popularity Award
  • 1997 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards: Best New Actor (Beat)
  • 1996 Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor, TV category (Asphalt Man)

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org


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