Jang JiHwan

Jo Tae-gyu

Kang Ji-hwan(born Jo Tae-gyu on March 20, 1977) is a South Korean actor. He began his career in musical theatre , and has since starred in television dramas such asBe Strong, Geum-soon!(2005),Capital Scandal(2007), andHong Gil-dong(2008), as well as the filmsRough Cut(2008) andMy Girlfriend Is an Agent(2009).

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 Jang JiHwan's Career

Jo Tae-gyu made his acting debut in musical theatre in 2001, in the Korean stagings of popular musicalsThe Rocky Horror ShowandGrease. From 2003 to 2004, using the stage name Kang Ji-hwan, he began appearing in small roles on television, which included the sitcomNonstop 4and the Korean dramasSummer ScentandSave the Last Dance for Me.

, which traveled the international film festival circuit.

, about two cosmetics firm employees who plot revenge against their exes (opposite Han Chae-young ), and90 Days, Time to Love, about a terminally ill married man who's in love with his cousin (opposite Kim Ha-neul ), received low viewership ratings. In 2007, he and Han Ji-min starred inCapital Scandal, a period drama adapted from Lee Sun-mi's novel set in Japanese-occupied Korea . His portrayal of a carefree playboy who transforms into an independence fighter garnered positive reviews.

Later that year, he also starred inRough Cut, a low-budget film directed by Jang Hoon and written by Kim Ki-duk about a gangster who wants to become an actor and a hot-tempered star who acts like a thug.Kang and costar So Ji-sub were praised for their performances, and both won several Best New Actor awards.

Afterwards, he played a looks-oriented architect whose eye problem magically causes him to see the homely heroine (played by Lee Ji-ah ) as beautiful inThe Relation of Face, Mind and Love, a "telecinema" which received a brief theatrical release and a TV run.

, a love story between a male sommelier and a female barista . Kang produced the show's Korean and Japanese runs, and he also starred in the latter, becoming the first Korean actor to perform at the Tokyo Globe Theatre .

, playing a hotelier and a civil servant who fake being married to each other after she tells a white lie that quickly spreads through the gossip channels.

Following that, he and Lee Ki-woo appeared in a 25-minute " music video drama" to promote Kim Hyung-jun 's EPEscape.

Heartbreak Hotelin Los Angeles and Las Vegas , and the indie was released in 2015. He was next cast in the Korean-Chinese romantic comedyA-lister Fall from the Sky, about a scandal-ridden Hallyu star who goes to China and encounters his biggest fan (played by Jiang Yuan).

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 Jang JiHwan's Filmography

Television series

2003 MBC Best Theater
"Confession of Murder"
Summer Scent Park Jung-ah's husband
(episode 20)
Nonstop 4 MBC
2004 More Beautiful Than a Flower Kim Jae-sik
(sticker photo on cellphone)
If You Only Knew Seo In-woo KBS2
Save the Last Dance for Me Shin Jung-kyu SBS
2005 Be Strong, Geum-soon! Goo Jae-hee MBC
2006 Fireworks Na In-jae MBC
90 Days, Time to Love Hyun Ji-seok MBC
2007 Capital Scandal Sunwoo Wan KBS2
2008 Hong Gil-dong Hong Gil-dong KBS2
2010 Coffee House Lee Jin-soo SBS
2011 Lie to Me Hyun Ki-joon SBS
2013 Incarnation of Money Lee Kang-seok / Lee Cha-don SBS
2014 Big Man Kim Ji-hyuk KBS2
2016 Monster Kang Ki-tan / Lee Guk-cheol MBC


2006 Host and Guest Kye-sang
2008 Rough Cut Jang Soo-ta
2009 My Girlfriend Is an Agent Lee Jae-joon
The Relation of Face, Mind and Love Kang Tae-poong
2012 Runway Cop Cha Chul-soo
2015 Heartbreak Hotel John
A-lister Fall from the Sky Kim Hyun-joon

Variety Show

2017 Island Trio tvN Guest (ep 21- )

Music video

2012 "Just Let It Go" / "Bad Guy Thing" Kim Hyung-jun From the albumEscape

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 Jang JiHwan's Musical theatre

2002 The Rocky Horror Show
2004 Grease Danny Zuko
2010 Cafe In Jung-min

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 Jang JiHwan's Discography

YearSong titleNotes
2006 "Just a Person I Know" Track fromFireworksOST
2011 "Lovin' Ice Cream" (feat.As One) Track fromLie to MeJapaneseOST

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 Jang JiHwan's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2005MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, ActorBe Strong, Geum-soon!Won
Best New ActorWon
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV)Nominated
2007KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesCapital ScandalWon
Best Couple Award with Han Ji-minWon
200844th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV)Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Hong Gil-dongWon
28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New ActorRough CutWon
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New ActorWon
7th Korean Film Awards Best New ActorWon
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorHong Gil-dongNominated
Netizen AwardWon
Best Couple Award with Sung Yu-riWon
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film)Rough CutWon
18th Buil Film Awards Best New ActorNominated
10th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New ActorWon
46th Grand Bell Awards Best New ActorMy Girlfriend Is an AgentWon
5th University Film Festival of Korea Best New ActorWon
2010 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning DramaCoffee HouseNominated
2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean ActorNominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Lie to MeNominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Incarnation of MoneyNominated
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Asia Star AwardN/AWon
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorBig ManNominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesNominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Actor in a serial drama (excellence award)MonsterNominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project DramaNominated

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 Jang JiHwan's References

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  2. "Alienation". The Dong-a Ilbo. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. "Kang Ji-hwan's Movie Picks". 10Asia. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  4. Kwon, Mee-yoo (1 January 2008). "Epic Dramas Continues to Boom This Year". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  5. Lee, Hyo-won (12 August 2008). "Buddies Play Enemies in New Action Flick". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  6. "Kang, So awarded best new actor by critics". 10Asia. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  7. Lee, Hyo-won (23 April 2009). "Girlfriend Prevails With Small, Tactful Jokes". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  8. "The Best Selling Films of 2009". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  9. Lee, Hyo-won (5 November 2009). "Relation Trips Over Own Subject Matter". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  10. "Kang Ji-hwan wants "to break Mon-Tues TV ratings record"". 10Asia. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  11. Han, Sang-hee (16 May 2010). "New drama to bring more than coffee". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  12. "Kang Ji-hwan says Coffee House is adventure". 10Asia. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  13. "Kang Ji-hwan to star in Korean original musical in Japan". 10Asia. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  14. "Kang Ji-hwan says will act in musical Cafe In Japan show". 10Asia. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  15. Hong, Lucia (28 October 2010). "Kim Hyung-joon to visit Kang Ji-hwan in Japan for Cafe In". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  16. Kwon, Mee-yoo (8 May 2011). "True Romance: new spin on rom-coms?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  17. Hong, Lucia (4 May 2011). "Kang Ji-hwan says will sign for more episodes of drama if extended". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  18. "Kang Ji-hwan, Sung Yu-ri cast as leads in new movie". 10Asia. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  19. "Kang Ji-hwan, Sung Yu-ri's comedy Runway Cop to hit local theaters next month". 10Asia. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  20. Ho, Stewart (2 May 2012). "Kang Ji Hwan Gains 10 Kgs [sic] for Detective Cha Then Sheds 20 Kgs in Two Weeks". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  21. Ho, Stewart (25 May 2012). "Kang Ji Hwan Unveils Photo Timeline of Dramatic Weight Gain and Loss". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  22. Oh, Mi-jung (28 May 2012). "Kang Ji Hwan Got Worried About His Commercials When He Was Fat and Dirty". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  23. Oh, Mi-jung (10 June 2012). "Interview Part 1: Kang Ji Hwan Opens Up About Being A Fat and Dirty Detective". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  24. Oh, Mi-jung (10 June 2012). "Interview Part 2: Kang Ji Hwan of Detective Cha Wants to Be Nominated for His Role". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  25. Hong, Grace Danbi (26 June 2012). "Kang Ji Hwan and Lee Ki Woo to Join Kim Hyung Jun in his Upcoming MV". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  26. Jang, Seo-yoon (31 May 2013). "Kang Ji-hwan's Song Picks". TenAsia. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  27. Kim, Jessica (13 February 2014). "Kang Ji-hwan, Choi Daniel to go Face to Face in New Series". TenAsia. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  28. Choi, Eun-hwa (28 April 2014). "Big Man Kang Ji Hwan Gained 4 Kg for His Drama Role". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  29. Jung, Jung Ji-young (29 April 2014). "Kang Ji Hwan Says the Most Important Thing in Choosing New Project is 'Feeling'". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  30. Choi, Eun-hwa (27 May 2014). "Kang Ji Hwan Continued Filming Despite Injuring His Toe". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  31. Jung, Jin-young (5 July 2014). "Interview: Kang Ji Hwan Expresses His Special Hubae Love for Choi Daniel". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  32. Jung, Jin-young (5 July 2014). "Interview: Kang Ji Hwan Spills His Plan to Build a House for Future Family". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  33. Jin, Min-ji (18 July 2015). "Kang takes turn in new film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  34. "Kang Ji-hwan may face lawsuit by former agency". 10Asia. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  35. "Kang Ji-hwan's rep takes legal action against former agency". 10Asia. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  36. "Police start grilling Kang Ji-hwan and former agency". 10Asia. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  37. "Faith loses its second leading man in Kang Ji-hwan". Dramabeans. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  38. Lee, Cory (24 December 2012). "Kang Ji-hwan Embroiled in Lawsuit with His Agency". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  39. Lee, Jin-ho (8 November 2012). "Kang Ji Hwan and Agency Fight Over Contract and Mediation Claims". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  40. Ko, Hong-ju (21 December 2012). "S-Plus Entertainment Files 360 Million Won Compensation Suit Against Kang Ji Hwan". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  41. "Kang Ji Hwan Wins the Legal Battle Against His Old Agency". Soompi. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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