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Kang Ji-hwan
Born Jo Tae Gyu
(1977-03-20) March 20, 1977 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001 – present
Height 184cm
Weight 73kg
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gang Ji-hwan
McCune–Reischauer Kang Chihwan
Birth name
Revised Romanization Jo Tae-gyu
McCune–Reischauer Cho T'aegyu

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,[1] including shown in Berlin Film Festival and The 32nd Seattle Film Festival in 2006.[2][3] 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.



Year Title Role
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

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Summer Scent Jung-ah's husband KBS2
Nonstop 4 MBC
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

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title
2001 The Rocky Horror Show (Korean Version)
2004 Grease (Korean Version)
2010 Cafe In

Miscellaneous videos[edit]

Year Title Starring Language Notes
2012 Kim Hyung-jun Music Video Drama Kim Hyung-jun
Lee Ki-woo
Kang Ji-hwan
Korean Complimentary music video drama featuring snippets of songs "Just Let It Go" and "Bad Guy" from Kim Hyung-jun's album Escape


Year Track Album
2006 "Just a Person I Know" Exhibition of Fireworks OST
2011 "Lovin' Ice Cream" feat. As One Lie to Me Japanese OST[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
Netizen Award 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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ News: [Korean Film News] Host & Guest [방문자] (2005). Twitchfilm.net. Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
  2. ^ > The Berlin 2006 Film Festival. Film Intelligence (2006-11-20). Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
  3. ^ Host & Guest (Bangmunja) | 2006 Seattle International Film Festival | Dong-il Shin | South Korea < Films. Seattlefilm.org. Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
  4. ^ 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.

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