Yeo Jin Ku

여진구

Yeo Jin-goo(born August 13, 1997) is a South Korean actor . Yeo began his career as child actor, debuting in the filmSad Movie(2005). Nicknamed " Nation's Little Brother ",he went on to play the younger version of the lead roles in movies and television dramas such asA Frozen Flower(2008),Giant(2010),Moon Embracing the Sun(2012), andMissing You(2012). He is known for playing the title character in action thrillerHwayi: A Monster Boy(2013), for which he won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards .Since then, he has taken on lead roles in the filmsShoot Me in the Heart(2015),The Long Way Home(2015), andWarriors of the Dawn(2017). He has also starred in the dramasOrange Marmalade(2015),The Royal Gambler(2016),Circle(2017) andReunited Worlds(2017).

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Early life and education

(2005).

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Career

2005–2011: Beginnings as a child actoredit

. He auditioned for the role of Park Hwi-chan and was chosen among 150 candidates despite having no previous acting experience.In 2006, he appeared in his first television dramaI Want to Love, playing a sickly child of a single mother; followed by his first role in a sageuk dramaYeon Gaesomunas young Kim Heum-soon.

.He won his first acting award as Best Child Actor at the SBS Drama Awards for both dramas.

According to Yeo, this was the first time he fully immersed himself in a role and began taking acting seriously.

. He also made a brief appearance as teenage Ddol-bok in the dramaDeep Rooted Tree. The appearance was upon the request of its lead actor Jang Hyuk , who took a liking to Yeo when the latter portrayed his younger version in the dramaTazza.

2012: Rising popularityedit

.He won Best Young Actor at the 2012 MBC Drama Awards for his portrayal in both dramas.

2013–present: Transition to lead rolesedit

In the same year, he was also cast in the sitcom,Potato Star 2013QR3as an aspiring mobile application developer.

, based on the webtoon of the same name .In the same year, he appeared in the Korean War film,The Long Way Home. Veteran actor Sol Kyung-gu , his co-star in the film, strongly recommended Yeo for the role of Yeong-gwang, and only signed the movie contract once Yeo's casting had been finalized.

, and won an Excellence Award at the year end SBS Drama Awards .

1987: When the Day Comes, based on the June Democratic Uprising . The movie reunites him with Director Jang Joon-hwan and actor Kim Yoon-seok ofHwayi: A Monster Boy.In July, he starred in SBS's romance dramaReunited Worlds.

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 Sad Movie Park Hwi-chan
2006 Sa-kwa Young boy
No Mercy For The Rude Young Killer
2007 Dance of the Dragon Young Kwon Tae-san
2008 Santamaria Kang Da-seong
Antique Young Kim Jin-hyuk
A Frozen Flower Young Hong-rim
2013 Sky Force 3D Ace
Hwayi: A Monster Boy Hwa-yi
2014 Mr. Perfect Lee Byung-joo
Tazza: The Hidden Card Agui's pupil Special appearance
2015 Shoot Me In The Heart Lee Soo-myung
The Long Way Home Kim Yeong-gwang
2017 Warriors of the Dawn Gwanghaegun
1987: When the Day Comes Park Jong-chul Special appearance

Television series

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2006 I Want to Love Baek Min-hyungSBS
Yeon Gaesomun young Kim Heum-soon
2007 Queen of the Game young Lee Shin-jeon
2008 Iljimae young Lee Gyeom
Tazza young Kim Gon
Gourmet Hotae
2009 Can Anyone Love? Lee Poo-reum-chan
Ja Myung Go young Hodong
Swallow the Sun young Kim Jung-woo
2010 The Reputable Family young Choi Guk-seon KBS1
Giant young Lee Kang-moSBS
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo youngBaek Dong-soo
Deep Rooted Tree teenage Ddol-bok
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun young Lee HwonMBC
Missing You young Han Jung-woo
2013 Potato Star 2013QR3 Hong Hye-sung / Noh Jun-hyuk tvN
2015 Orange Marmalade Jung Jae-min KBS2
2016 The Royal Gambler King Yeongjo of Joseon SBS
2017 Circle Kim Woo-jin tvN
Reunited Worlds Sung Hae-sung SBS
2018 Absolute Boyfriend Young Goo TBA

Reality show

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2012 I'm Real, Yeo Jingoo in Italy QTV
2016 Giving From Jingoo Oppa tvN Asia A 2-episode documentary forTOMSGiving Project
2018 4 Wheeled Restaurant tvN

Narration

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2010 United Reporter! Goes to Unification of Germany School IPTVPresentation and narration
2011 United Reporter! Goes to Transformation of

Countries in Eastern Europe (Hungary portion)

School IPTV
2012 New Life for ChildrenMBCNarration
2014 Help for the Children in Myanmar,

Hand of Hope to Hold on

Uigwe, the 8-Day Festival in 3D KBS(Theatrical version)
2015 Marine Documentary, Sharks KBS
2016 Graduation - The Youths Who Cannot

Leave School(Documentary Special)

SBS
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie, 20th Century Fox Korea Novel narrator
2017 Animal Farm SBS Narration

Music video

YearTitleArtist
2012 "I Need You" K.Will
2014 "Still in Love" Baek Ji-young

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Musical theater

YearTitleRole
2008 Chorus of Angels Lee Woo-ri

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Ambassadorship

YearTitle
2010 Youth Unified Education
2012 Child Protection Institution Child Abuse Prevention Day
2013 Stop the School Violence
2014 Vietnam Film Festival
Nanumyieum (Sharing by Connecting)
2016-present Taiwan Tourism

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Fan meeting

Date City Country Title Venue Ref.
August 9, 2013 Yokohama Japan Pacifico
August 9, 2015 Seoul South Korea Yeo Jin-goo Birthday Fan Meeting Ilchi Art Hall
August 28, 2015 Tokyo Japan Square Ebara Hiratsuka Hall
November 12, 2015 Hong Kong Hong Kong Sheung Shui Plaza
October 23, 2016 Tokyo Japan Happy Magic Hour Shinagawa Intercity Hall

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 Yeo Jin Ku's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2008 SBS Drama AwardsBest Young Actor Iljimae , Tazza , GourmetWon
2010 KBS Drama Awards The Reputable FamilyNominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV)Moon Embracing the SunNominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Upcoming 20'sWon
4th Pierson Movie Festival Best Child ActorWon
5th Korea Drama AwardsBest Young ActorNominated
MBC Drama Awards Moon Embracing the Sun ,
Missing You
Won
Popularity AwardMoon Embracing the SunNominated
Best Couple Award
(with Kim Yoo-jung )
Nominated
5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards Style Icon RookieN/AWon
2013 5th Pierson Movie Festival Best Child Actor Moon Embracing the SunWon
6th Style Icon Awards Child Actor to ManN/AWon
28th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards The Rising StarN/AWon
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (Film)Hwayi: A Monster BoyWon
33rd Korean Association of Film Critics AwardsBest New ActorWon
34th Blue Dragon Film AwardsWon
2014 5th KOFRA Film AwardsWon
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film)Nominated
14th Director's Cut AwardsBest New ActorWon
23rd Buil Film AwardsNominated
51st Grand Bell AwardsNominated
6th Pierson Movie Festival Trend Choice AwardN/AWon
2015 4th Marie Claire Film Festival Rookie AwardShoot Me in the HeartWon
52nd Grand Bell AwardsBest New ActorNominated
KBS Drama AwardsOrange MarmaladeWon
Popularity Award, ActorNominated
Best Couple Award
(with Kim Seolhyun )
Nominated
2016SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial DramaThe Royal GamblerWon
Best Couple Award
(with Jang Keun-suk )
Nominated
2017 tvN Movies Awards Most Promising Actor Hwayi: A Monster BoyWon
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Reunited WorldsNominated

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 Yeo Jin Ku's References

  1. "Stars are students, too". Kpop Herald. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  2. "중앙헤럴드". The Chun-Ang Herald. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  3. "졸업 여진구, 단체 사진과 함께 소감 밝혀 "나의 친구들아!"". Herald Corporation. 5 February 2016. 
  4. "Yeo Jin-gu graduates from high school". Kpop Herald. 5 February 2016. 
  5. "Yeo Jin-goo accepted to Chung-Ang University". Kpop Herald. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  6. Daum Movie <Sad Movie> (in Korean), retrieved 2017-03-10 
  7. "Yeo Jin-goo at ease with transition from child to adult actor". The Korea Herald. 24 May 2017. 
  8. "문근영, 2008 SBS연기대상大賞". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 1 January 2009. 
  9. "[INTERVIEW] Child actor Yeo Jin-goo". 10Asia. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  10. "KPOP NEWS - [Interview] Yeo Jin Goo Says He Has Yet to Experience First Love". enewsWave. Newsen. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  11. "여진구 "만날 얻어맞다 세자 되니 기분 최고"". Naver (in Korean). 5 January 2012. 
  12. Lee, Ga-on (29 March 2012). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yeo Jin-goo Pt. 1". 10Asia. 
  13. Lee, Ga-on (29 March 2012). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yeo Jin-goo Pt. 2". 10Asia. 
  14. "김소현, 여진구와 재회…'보고싶다' 캐스팅". My Daily (in Korean). 10 September 2012. 
  15. "'해품달' 여진구-김유정-김소현, '아역상' 품었다 (MBC 연기대상)". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 30 December 2012. 
  16. Lee, Seung-mi (24 February 2014). "Yeo Jin-goo a veteran at just 16". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  17. "[청룡 D-2] 최민식-김혜수 주연 3회 최다...장동건-이정재 '트리플 크라운'". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  18. Lee, Eun-ah (10 July 2013). "Yeo Jin-goo to Crack Up TV Audience in New Sitcom". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  19. "여진구, 열 어른 부끄럽게 만드는 '훈고딩' (인터뷰)". TV Report (in Korean). 23 January 2015. 
  20. Kwon, Ji-youn (27 January 2015). "Actor Yeo Jin-goo, 17 going on 25". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  21. Kim, Jae-heun (13 May 2015). "Yeo Jin-goo promises romance in Orange Marmalade". The Korea Times. 
  22. Koo, Yu-rim (28 August 2015). "Film depicts friendship in Korean War". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-12. 
  23. "Yeo Jin-goo to star in a new period drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 March 2016. 
  24. "SBS Drama Awards 2016 Winners". HanCinema. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  25. "Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Kang-woo to star in tvN's new drama 'Circle'". The Korea Herald. 3 March 2017. 
  26. "Yeo Jin-goo, Lee Jung-jae cast as prince, army leader in upcoming period flick". The Korea Herald. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  27. "1987 Adds YOO Hae-jin, YEO Jin-gu and SUL Kyung-gu". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 April 2017. 
  28. "[단독] 여진구, SBS '다시 만난 세계' 남주 확정..이연희와 호흡". OSEN (in Korean). 9 June 2017. 
  29. Hwang Hye-jin (30 May 2018). "'절대그이' 측 "여진구X민아 출연 확정, 홍종현 검토 중"(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). 
  30. "Yeo Jin-goo To Be Absolute Boyfriend in "Absolute Boyfriend"". Hancinema. 26 April 2018. 
  31. Ho, Stewart (14 January 2013). "Yeo Jin Gu Dubs for His First Animation Movie, Sky Force 3D". enewsWorld. 
  32. "Celebrity trio's food truck challenge in Thailand". Kpop Herald. 26 March 2018. 
  33. "Youth Film Festival to Open in Late August". The Chossun Ilbo. 15 July 2014. 
  34. "[SBS연기대상]여진구-김유정 아역상 수상". 10Asia (in Korean). 31 December 2008. 
  35. "Winners announced at 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards". 10Asia. 29 June 2012. 
  36. "Ha Jung-woo and Park Bo-young, The Best Actor and Actress". Hancinema. TV Report. 12 November 2012. 
  37. "'해품달' 여진구-김유정-김소현, MBC 아역상(MBC 연기대상)". Chosun (in Korean). 30 December 2012. 
  38. "Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards presented". The Korea Herald. 6 December 2012. 
  39. "[SIA] Yeo Jin Goo Talks Kiss Scenes and Entering His 20s at '2013 SIA'". enewsWorld. 24 October 2013. 
  40. "SNOWPIERCER won the Best Film Award by Korean Film Critics". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 November 2013. 
  41. "HOPE Scores Best Film at 34th Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 25 November 2013. 
  42. "Korean Film Reporters Name SNOWPIERCER Best of 2013". Korean Film Biz Zone. 28 January 2014. 
  43. "송강호-심은경-여진구-천우희, 디렉터스 컷 어워즈 수상자 등극". Star MBN (in Korean). 11 August 2014. 
  44. "Check out the Winners from '2015 KBS Drama Awards'". BNT News. 4 April 2016. 
  45. "[2016 SBS 연기대상] 여진구-김지영, 장편 드라마 부문 男女 우수연기상 수상". 10Asia (in Korean). 31 December 2016. 
  46. "tvN Movies Results". tvN Movies Facebook. 

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