Jang Hyuk

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Jang Hyuk
K Drama IRIS2 Press 24 (Jang Hyuk) (cropped).jpg
BornJung Yong-joon
(1976-12-20) December 20, 1976 (age 38)
Busan, South Korea
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Kim Yeo-jin (m. 2008)
Children2 sons
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJang Hyeok
McCune–ReischauerChang Hyŏk
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJeong Yong-jun
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yong-jun
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung. In stage/pen name, the surname is Jang.
Jang Hyuk
K Drama IRIS2 Press 24 (Jang Hyuk) (cropped).jpg
BornJung Yong-joon
(1976-12-20) December 20, 1976 (age 38)
Busan, South Korea
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Kim Yeo-jin (m. 2008)
Children2 sons
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJang Hyeok
McCune–ReischauerChang Hyŏk
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJeong Yong-jun
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yong-jun

Jang Hyuk (born Jung Yong-joon on December 20, 1976) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the films Volcano High (2001) and Windstruck (2004), and the television dramas Successful Story of a Bright Girl (2002), The Slave Hunters (2010), Deep Rooted Tree (2011), and Fated to Love You (2014).


As a child, Jung Yong-joon spent most of his life in his birthplace Busan, before making his acting debut in 1997 in the television drama Model under the stage name Jang Hyuk. Besides the teen series School and a minor role in the little-seen film Zzang (The Best), Jang appeared in the music video To My Mother, the 1999 debut single of popular boyband g.o.d. He also acted in several music videos from his rap album, released in 2000 under the name TJ Project. His career first began to take off in 2001 when he was cast in the lead role of the special-effects extravaganza Volcano High together with actress Shin Min-ah. His acting in the eccentric role drew praise from fans and critics.[1]

In 2002 he continued to make a name for himself, starring in the sleeper hit Jungle Juice, which made the top of the weekly box-office, and especially in the hugely popular TV drama Successful Story of a Bright Girl with actress Jang Na-ra. He also took a role in Public Toilet, the HK-Korea co-production by acclaimed Hong Kong director Fruit Chan which won a Special Mention in the Upstream section of the 2002 Venice Film Festival.[1]

In 2003 Jang appeared with actress Lee Na-young in the comedy Please Teach Me English, by director Kim Sung-su. His next project was even more high-profile, opposite top star Jun Ji-hyun in Kwak Jae-yong's Windstruck. Although this film was generally not well received in Korea, it went on to beat Shiri and become one of the best-selling Korean films in Japan.[1]

In late 2004, together with fellow actors Song Seung-heon and Han Jae-suk, Jang was found to have illegally avoided his mandatory military service.[1] Amid widespread public condemnation, Jang apologized to his fans, then began to serve his two-year term.[2][3]

After his discharge from the army in 2006,[4] Jang rejoined the entertainment scene through the drama series Thank You.[5] A heartwarming story about a young single mother (played by Gong Hyo-jin) with an HIV-positive daughter and the cynical doctor who enters their lives, Thank You surprisingly became a modest hit, and with it Jang left the stigma of his draft-dodging scandal behind him.

He then signed up for the international movie production Dance of the Dragon, a love story that mixed ballroom dancing with martial arts action and costarred Singaporean actress Fann Wong.[6][7] He won the Best Actor award at the inaugural West Hollywood International Film Festival for his role.[8][9]

Jang made a cameo in Japanese drama Ryokiteki na Kanojo, a remake of the 2001 Korean film My Sassy Girl. After his earlier guesting on star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi's talk show, the director of the drama reportedly added new scenes for Jang that were not included in the original script.[10] Jang then appeared as the love interest in three music videos of Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao.[11]

More TV dramas and movies followed, including Robber, Tazza opposite Han Ye-seul adapted from the gambling manhwa,[12] the short film His Concern in the omnibus Five Senses of Eros, the risque thriller Searching for the Elephant (also known as Penthouse Elephant) with Jo Dong-hyuk and Lee Sang-woo, and the melodrama Maybe (also known as The Rabbit and the Lizard) opposite Sung Yu-ri.[13][14]

In 2010, he received the best reviews of his career for his leading role as the slave hunter ("chuno") Dae-gil in the hit fusion period drama The Slave Hunters.[15][16] His acting coach of 14 years described Jang as being relentless in his analysis of a character. According to Jang, "It is easy to fail if you don’t understand the steps one has to take to be famous."[17] He won several acting awards, most significantly the Grand Prize ("Daesang") at the KBS Drama Awards,[18] and a Best Actor nomination at the 2011 International Emmy Awards.[19][20][21]

Shortly afterward he starred in Ai Shang Nu Zhu Bo ("Fall in Love with Anchor Beauty"), the Chinese remake of 2000 Korean drama All About Eve.[22] Fall in Love with Anchor Beauty received high ratings in China during its run.[23]

Back in Korea, Jang played a fund manager-turned-lawyer in 2011's Midas, also starring Lee Min-jung and Kim Hee-ae. Jang's character nabs the job of a lifetime working for a chaebol household, but it involves him in a high stakes game of power that threatens to transform him into a money-hungry monster.[24][25]

He next starred in legal thriller The Client with Ha Jung-woo and Park Hee-soon, saying the film satisfied his wish to portray a more emotionally complex persona. Playing a man accused of murdering his wife, Jang said he had to find "the right balance" "as someone who can appear at times like a criminal or at other times like an innocent man."[26]

Initially reluctant to sign on to period drama Deep Rooted Tree because he found the role of low-level royal guard Kang Chae-yoon uninteresting in the original novel, Jang changed his mind upon reading that the character had been dramatized and made richer in the TV script. It tells the story of Kang investigating a case involving the serial murders of Jiphyeonjeon scholars in Gyeongbok Palace while King Sejong (played by Han Suk-kyu) is developing the Korean alphabet.[27][28]

In 2013, he headlined Iris II, sequel to the 2009 spy action series.[29][30][31][32] This was his third acting collaboration with actress Lee Da-hae, after Robber and The Slave Hunters.[33][34]

To the surprise of many given his past draft-dodging scandal, he then joined Real Men, a weekly show in which six male celebrities are filmed documentary-style as they enter army boot camp. This was Jang's first regular appearance on a variety/reality show in his 17-year acting career. He said, "I'd like to use this opportunity to reflect on myself through Real Men and to experience army life again."[35] He appeared on Real Men from June 2013 to February 2014.[36]

Jang returned to the big screen in 2013 blockbuster disaster film The Flu, in which he and Soo Ae played a firefighter and a doctor racing against time to find the cure for a deadly strain of the cold virus.[37][38] He then wrote a collection of essays on his life experiences titled Jang Hyuk, Hot-Blooded Man, published on August 6, 2013.[39][40]

In 2014, he reunited with Volcano High director Kim Tae-gyun in Innocent Thing, a thriller about a high school girl who becomes obsessed with her married gym teacher.[41][42] He also teamed up again with Successful Story of a Bright Girl costar Jang Na-ra in Fated to Love You, a Korean remake of the same-titled 2008 Taiwanese drama.[43][44][45] Shortly after, he and Jang starred together for the third time in Old Farewell, about a boxer who travels into the past and re-encounters his recently deceased wife. It was part of the single-episode anthology Drama Festival, and helmed by one of their directors on Fated.[46]

Personal life[edit]

On June 2, 2008, Jang tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Kim Yeo-jin. The couple have been together since 2002; she was his Pilates instructor.[47] His close friends singer Kim Jong-kook and actor Cha Tae-hyun participated in the wedding ceremony.

The couple have two sons (born in 2008 and 2009).[48]

Jang has practiced Jeet Kune Do for more than 10 years and is a former professional Taekwondo athlete.



1998ZzangIm Se-bin
2001Volcano HighKim Kyung-soo
2002Jungle JuiceKi-tae
Public ToiletKim Seon-bak
2003Please Teach Me EnglishPark Mun-su
2004WindstruckGo Myung-woo
S DiaryIm Chan (cameo)
2008Dance of the DragonKwon Tae-san
2009Five Senses of ErosJung Min-soosegment: "His Concern"
Searching for the ElephantHyun-woo
2011The ClientHan Chul-min
2013The FluKang Ji-goo
2014Innocent ThingKim Joon-ki
2015The Age of Innocence

Television drama[edit]

1999SchoolKang Woo-hyukKBS2
Into the SunlightHan Myung-haMBC
2000Wang Rung's LandBong-pilSBS
2002Successful Story of a Bright GirlHan Gi-taeSBS
Daemang (The Great Ambition)Park Jae-youngSBS
2007Thank YouMin Gi-seoMBC
2008RobberKwon Oh-joonSBS
Ryokiteki na KanojoHallyu star "Jang Hyuk"
(cameo, episode 1)
TazzaKim GoniSBS
2010The Slave HuntersLee Dae-gilKBS2
Fall in Love with Anchor BeautyChen Yi PoZJSTV
2011MidasKim Do-hyunSBS
Deep Rooted TreeKang Chae-yoon/Ddol-bokSBS
2013Iris IIJung Yoo-gunKBS2
2014Fated to Love YouLee GunMBC
Drama Festival "Old Farewell"Kang Soo-hyukMBC
Love CellsNeighbor (cameo)Naver TV Cast
2015Shine or Go CrazyWang SoMBC

Variety show[edit]

2004Heroine 5KBS2Guest
2007ZipiZigiMBCGuest, episode 1
Heart to HeartArirang
2008Family OutingSBSGuest, episodes 27-29
2009Happy Together - Season 3KBS2Guest, episode 117
Family OutingSBSGuest, episodes 66-67
2010Happy Together - Season 3KBS2Guest, episodes 130-131
Talk Show RockKBS1Guest, episode 11
Baek Ji-yeon's People InsidetvNGuest, episode 42
연대기 100인의 전설KBS1Guest
Kim Seung-woo's Win WinKBS2Guest, episode 9
It Travel: Jang Hyuk in U.S.A.Trend E
2011BrunchtvNGuest, episode 26
Baek Ji-yeon's People InsidetvNGuest, episode 100
Running ManSBSGuest, episodes 44-45
Secret Asia: Story of OsakaFashion N
Talent Sharing Project DREAMtvN
Healing Camp, Aren't You HappySBSGuest, episode 13
2012TaxitvNGuest, episode 232
2013Hwasin – Controller of the HeartSBSGuest, episode 15
Real MenMBCCast member (until 2014)

Music video[edit]

YearSong TitleArtist
1997"A Request"Lee Seung-hwan
1999"To My Mother"g.o.d
2000"God Bless TJ"TJ Project
"TJ's Love Story"
"Take the Life of You"
"Hey Girl"
"Love of Sun and Moon"
2001"A Better Day"JTL
2006"그저 흐르는 대로"UTO
2008"Impulse"Elva Hsiao
"The Loneliness of Two People"
"Is There Love?"Kim Yong-jin


Album informationTracklisting
T.J Project


2013Jang Hyuk, Hot-Blooded ManPaper BookISBN 9788997148325

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2000SBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorWang Rung's LandWon
2002SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActorSuccessful Story of a Bright Girl,
Top 10 StarsWon
2007MBC Drama AwardsExcellence Award, ActorThank YouNominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a MiniseriesWon
20083rd Asia Model Festival AwardsBBF Popular Star AwardN/AWon
2nd West Hollywood International Film FestivalBest ActorDance of the DragonWon
SBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning DramaTazzaWon
Top 10 StarsWon
201046th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actor (TV)The Slave HuntersNominated
5th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean ActorWon
3rd Korea Drama AwardsBest ActorWon
17th Han Il Culture AwardsActing Award, Cultural Diplomacy categoryN/AWon
2nd Jewelry AwardsRuby AwardN/AWon
5th A-AwardsPassion AwardN/AWon
23rd Grimae AwardsBest ActorThe Slave HuntersWon
KBS Drama AwardsGrand Prize (Daesang)Won
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Da-haeWon
2011International Emmy AwardsBest ActorNominated
23rd Korea PD AwardsBest Performer, TV Actor categoryWon
SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning DramaMidasWon
Top 10 StarsDeep Rooted TreeWon
201246th Taxpayer's DayPresidential CommendationN/AWon
2013MBC Entertainment AwardsPopularity Award in a Variety ShowReal MenWon
KBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length DramaIris IINominated
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
20143rd APAN Star AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesFated to Love YouNominated
7th Herald Donga Lifestyle Awards[49]Best Dressed of the YearN/AWon
MBC Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesFated to Love YouWon
Best Couple Award with Jang Na-raWon
Best Actor in a Drama ShortOld FarewellNominated


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  49. ^ "Jang Hyuk, Cha Ye-ryun named best dressed at Herald Donga awards". The Korea Herald. December 10, 2014. 

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