Ji Chang Wook: Complete Guide To His Dramas, Awards & Life

Ji Chang Wook is one of the most popular Korean actor known for his romance & action dramas.

Ji Chang Wook is one of South Korea’s most famous and good-looking actors. He is known for his roles in action and romance dramas. He became famous when he played the main character, Dong-hae, in the daily drama Smile Again.

His father died of cancer when Ji Chang was 11 years old. His mother was left alone, and she worked hard day and night to give him a good life. In high school, he wanted to major in architecture.

But by the time he graduated from high school, he decided that engineering was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. So, he made the decision to become an actor.

Hangul Name지창욱
Date Of BirthJuly 5, 1987
BirthplaceGyeonggi Province, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
AgencyGlorious Entertainment
Recent DramaIf You Wish Upon Me

Ji Chang Wook first started out in musical theatre. He first appeared on screen in the 2006 movie “Days”. In 2008, he had a small part in the TV drama “You Stole My Heart”. He made his big screen debut in 2008 with the movie Sleeping Beauty.

He has been in a few music videos, like K. Will’s “I Need You” and “We Broke Up Today” by Younha. He has also been in the popular K-pop songs “Cry Cry” and “Lovey Dovey” by T-ara and “That’s My Fault” and “It’s Over” by SPEED.

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Korean Dramas & Movies

Although he had domestic successes with his roles in dramas Smile Again and Warrior Baek Dong Soo, it was not until he acted in Empress Ki, which enjoyed popularity both locally and internationally. His acting skills started getting him more and more attention and fame.

He underwent special training in martial arts for his role as an elite bodyguard in action drama The K2. Ji Chang Wook performed all of his stunts and did not use a body double.

1. If You Wish Upon Me

The story revolves around a young man who is endangered at the end of his life, enters a hospice hospital on the order of community service, and together with the hospital staff, listens to the last wishes of people at the end of their lives.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Yoon Gyeo Re
  • Choi Soo Young as Seo Yeon Joo
  • Sung Dong Il as Kang Tae Shik
  • Won Ji An as Ha Joon Kyung

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

2. The Sound Of Magic

The story unfolds when the mysterious magician Lee Eul suddenly appears in front of a girl named Yoon Ai, who has lost her dreams, and her classmate named Na Il Deung, who is being forced to dream.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Lee Eul
  • Choi Sung Eun as Yun Ai
  • Hwang In Yeop as Na Il Deung
  • Nam Da Reum as Lee Eul [Young]

No. Of Episodes – 6

Watch On – Netflix

3. Lovestruck in the City

A realistic portrayal of young people who pursue romance and happiness, while struggling to get by in a busy, competitive urban environment. The storyline of the drama is in interview format talking about their dating life.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Park Jae Won
  • Kim Ji Won as Lee Eun Oh
  • Kim Min Seok as Choi Kyung Joon
  • So Ju Yeon as Seo Rin Yi

No. Of Episodes – 17

Watch On – Netflix

4. Backstreet Rookie

Saet Byul, a fiery and confident woman with great martial arts skills, applies for a job at a convenience store to get closer to her childhood crush Choi Dae Hyun who hires her despite thinking she’s a delinquent.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Choi Dae Hyun
  • Kim Yoo Jung as Jung Saet Byul
  • Han Sun Hwa as Yoo Yeon Joo
  • Do Sang Woo as Jo Seung Joon

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki, iQiyi

5. Melting Me Softly

The story of a man and a woman who are both frozen during an experiment. They wake up 20 years later instead of 24 hours later and must keep their body temperature below 31.5°C to keep their heart rate normal.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Ma Dong Chan
  • Won Jin Ah as Go Mi Ran
  • Yoon Se Ah as Na Ha Young
  • Im Won Hee as Son Hyun Ki

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

6. Suspicious Partner

Hangul: 수상한 파트너

Year: 2017

Ji Wook is a perfect prosecutor. Bong Hee is a trainee and assigned to work under him. They work together on a mysterious case involving a psychopath murderer. As they’re working as a team, they develop affection between them.

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Main Cast (Characters):

  • Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
  • Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
  • Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
  • Kwon Na Ra as Cha Yoo Jung

No. Of Episodes: 40 (30 min. each)

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7. The K2

Hangul: 더 케이투

Year: 2016

Je Ha is an ex-mercenary soldier who was wrongly blamed for killing his girlfriend. Yoo Jin, who is married to a man running for president, hires him as a bodyguard. An Na is the president’s secret daughter. They begin to develop feelings one another.

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Main Cast (Characters):

  • Ji Chang Wook as Kim Je Ha / K2
  • Im Yoon Ah as Go An Na
  • Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin
  • Jo Sung Ha as Jang Se Joon

No. Of Episodes: 16 (60 min. each)

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8. Healer

Hangul: 힐러

Year: 2014

A long-forgotten event that hides dark truths brings together a well-known reporter, a less-known reporter, and a man with the code name “Healer.” The Healer starts to figure out how he and the two reporters know each other, which puts them all in danger.

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Main Cast (Characters):

  • Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo
  • Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin
  • Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
  • Kim Mi Kyung as Jo Min Ja

No. Of Episodes: 20 (60 min. each)

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9. Empress Ki

The drama revolves around Ki Seungnyang, a Goryeo-born woman who had to be a servant at the Mongol Yuan court. She rises to power despite the restrictions of the era’s class system, and later marries the emperor of the Mongol empire to become an empress of the Yuan dynasty.

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Cast –

  • Ha Ji Won as Ki Yang
  • Ji Chang Wook as Toghon Temur
  • Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo
  • Baek Jin Hee as Tanashili

No. Of Episodes – 51

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

10. Five Fingers

An heir to his family’s business loves his stepmother and stepbrother more than himself. But when he finds out the secrets, lies, and plots, he vows to revenge on the people who he once thought were his closest family.

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Cast –

  • Chae Shi Ra as Chae Young Rang
  • Joo Ji Hoon as Yoo Ji Ho
  • Ji Chang Wook as Yoo In Ha
  • Jin Se Yeon as Hong Da Mi

No. Of Episodes – 30

Watch On – Viki

11. Bachelor’s Vegetable Store

Based on the true story of a young man who turned a tiny vegetable shop into a national chain, the drama centers on the love lives and successes of six single young men, their careers.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Han Tae Yang
  • Wang Ji Hye as Mok Ga On
  • Kim Young Kwang as Lee Seul Woo
  • Park Soo Jin as Jung Dan Bi

No. Of Episodes – 24

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

12. Warrior Baek Dong Soo

Set in the Joseon Dynasty the drama centers around the events involving Crown Prince Sado’s conspiracy. Warrior Baek Dong Soo was a real-life legend who created a martial arts guide in Joseon.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Baek Dong Soo
  • Yoo Seung Ho as Yeo Woon
  • Yoon So Yi as Hwang Jin Joo
  • Shin Hyun Bin as Yoo Ji Sun

No. Of Episodes – 29

Watch On – Viki, YouTube

13. Hard Hit

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One morning, a bank manager sets off to drive his kids to school and then go to work. He receives an anonymous call claiming there’s a bomb under his car seat, and if anyone exits the car, it will explode.

14. Fabricated City

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In real life, Kwon Yoo is unemployed, but in the virtual game world, he is the best leader. He is then framed for murder. With the help of a hacker, he tries to uncover the truth behind the murder case.

Awards & Achievements

Ji Chang Wook has won some awards for his fabulous work in his dramas. Here is the list of his awards.

The Sound Of Magic

  • Global Star Award – 2022 APAN Star Awards


  • Popularity Award – 2014 KBS Drama Awards
  • Best Couple Award – 2014 KBS Drama Awards

Empress Ki

  • Excellence Award (special project) – 2013 MBC Drama Awards

Smile Again

  • Excellent Actor (daily drama) – 2011 KBS Drama Awards

Warrior Baek Dong Soo

  • New Star Award – 2011 SBS Drama Awards

In 2019, Ji Chang Wook won an “Asia Celebrity (Actor) Award” and a “Best Actor Award”, for his career, at the Asia Artist Awards.

Wrapping Up

So, this was the complete guide that included all the details of Ji Chang Wook including his dramas, movies, childhood, awards and achievements. He is one of the best actors of South Korea.

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