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|Born||Jo Tae Gyu
March 20, 1977
Seoul, South Korea
|Years active||2001 – present|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Ji-hwan|
|Revised Romanization||Jo Tae-gyu|
Kang Ji-hwan (born March 20, 1977, as Jo Tae-gyu) is a South Korean actor.
Kang made his debut in the entertainment industry through popular musical productions The Rocky Horror Show and Grease. Then he played small roles in popular Korean TV Dramas such as Summer Scent (KBS2, 2003), Nonstop 4 (MBC,2003), Youth! Fly To The Sky (KBS2, 2004), More Beautiful Than A Flower (KBS2) and Save the Last Dance for Me (SBS,2004).
He started to play lead roles and shot to fame in MBC's 2005 TV Drama Be Strong, Geum-soon!, in which he co-starred with Han Hye-jin. His role in this drama also made him become famous outside Korea, especially in Japan, China, and Taiwan.
Meanwhile his first movie debut was in an independent movie in 2005 titled Host and Guest from the Korean director named Shin Dong-il. This movie was acclaimed both in Korean and International Film Festival, including shown in Berlin Film Festival and The 32nd Seattle Film Festival in 2006. He was then cast in the film Rough Cut for which he won several Best New Actor awards for his performance. He played Su-ta, a hot-tempered action star opposite So Ji-sub who played a gangster who wants to be an actor. In 2009 he starred in the action romantic comedy My Girlfriend Is An Agent opposite Kim Ha-neul and won Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards.
In 2011, he starred with Yoon Eun-hye in the drama Lie To Me, as the wealthy owner of World Hotel, Hyun Ki-Joon. In this drama Gong Ah-Jung (Yoon Eun-hye) tells a small white lie to an old friend saying she is married. When Gong is seen with Hyun later, everyone assumes he is her husband and the rumour starts to spread.
|2005||Host and Guest||Gye-sang|
|2008||Rough Cut||Jang Su-ta|
|2009||My Girlfriend Is an Agent||Lee Jae-joon|
|The Relation of Face, Mind and Love||Kang Tae-pung|
|2012||Runway Cop||Cha Chul-soo|
|2003||Summer Scent||Jung-ah's husband||KBS2|
|2004||More Beautiful Than a Flower||Sticker photo on cellphone||KBS2|
|Youth! Fly To The Sky||KBS2|
|If You Only Knew||Suh In-woo||KBS2|
|Save the Last Dance for Me||Shin Jung-kyu||SBS|
|2005||Be Strong, Geum-soon!||Goo Jae-hee||MBC|
|2006||Exhibition of 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 Cha-don||SBS|
|2014||Big Man||Kim Ji-hyeok||KBS2|
|2001||The Rocky Horror Show (Korean Version)|
|2004||Grease (Korean Version)|
|2012||Kim Hyung-jun Music Video Drama||Kim Hyung-jun
|Korean||Complimentary music video drama featuring snippets of songs "Just Let It Go" and "Bad Guy" from Kim Hyung-jun's album Escape|
|2006||"Just a Person I Know"||Exhibition of Fireworks OST|
|2011||"Lovin' Ice Cream" feat. As One||Lie to Me Japanese OST|
Awards and nominations
|2005||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Be Strong, Geum-soon!||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Han Ji-min||Capital Scandal||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Popularity Award||Hong Gil-dong||Won|
|28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Rough Cut||Won|
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|7th Korean Film Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Sung Yu-ri||Hong Gil-dong||Won|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor||Rough Cut||Won|
|10th Pusan Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|46th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||My Girlfriend Is an Agent||Won|
|5th University Film Festival of Korea||Best New Actor||Won|
|2011||6th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Coffee House||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Lie to Me||Nominated|
|2013||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Incarnation of Money||Nominated|
|2014||9th Asia Model Festival Awards||Asia Star Award||N/A||Won|
- Kangster – Official Japan fanclub (Japanese)
- WithTG Daum Cafe (Korean)
- EPG Profile(Korean)
- Empas Profile(Korean)
- News: [Korean Film News] Host & Guest [방문자] (2005). Twitchfilm.net. Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
- > The Berlin 2006 Film Festival. Film Intelligence (2006-11-20). Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
- Host & Guest (Bangmunja) | 2006 Seattle International Film Festival | Dong-il Shin | South Korea < Films. Seattlefilm.org. Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
- Lie to Me Releases Kang Ji Hwan and As One Version of “Lovin’ Ice-cream” for the Japan OST | A Koala's Playground. Koalasplayground.com (2011-07-31). Retrieved on 2011-10-12.