Cho Seung Woo completes 20 years of acting career this year.

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You may not know who Cho Seung Woo is, upon completing his 20 years of his remarkable acting carrier, I thought of writing an article about him for those of you who don’t know the actor. He was born March 28, 1980 in South Korea. He has participated in many significant musical creations since 2000, for example, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Jekyll and Hyde”, and “Werther”.

The mix of solid vocals, Detailed acting, and an attractive consider shot him along with fame. Beside melodic theater, he has additionally participated in many significant movies and TV shows. He is best known for his leading roles in the films The Classic (2003), Marathon (2005), Tazza: The high Rollers (2006) and inside Men (2015). He is also known for his television dramas The King’s Doctor (2012), Stranger 1&2 (2017&2020) and life (2018).

Cho Seung Woo experienced his childhood in a musical family; his father Cho Kyung-soo is a singer, and his older sister Cho Seo-Yeon acts in musical theatre. Cho himself in his childhood dreamed about becoming a musical entertainer, anyway in 1999 while studying at Dankook University he auditioned for Im Kwon-taek’s film Chunhyang, and ended up winning the part among 1000 entertainers. Chunhyang screened as the first Korean film in competition at Cannes, but locally it did not attract much audience.

Cho continued to show up in musicals after his film debut, acting in local creations “Subway Line 1” and “Last Empress”. Before long he was moved once again into the film industry, with a key supporting role in “Wanee and Junah (2001), villainous turn in H (2002), plus a leading role in Who Are U? (2002). In 2003, Cho acted in Kwak Jae-yong’s romance The Classic opposite Son Ye-jin, receiving good reviews for his sincere acting. His popularity continued to grow, and in 2004 he appeared in Im Kwon-taek’s 99th film Low Life.

Year 2005 was his break through with Marathon and Jekyll & Hyde

Cho’s breakthrough in his career came in early 2005 with the hit movie Marathon, where he played an autistic young man who only finds release in running. Over 5 million tickets were sold and at the age of 26, Cho won several awards for his performance including Best Actor at the 2005 Grand Bell Awards, Best actor at 2005 Baeksang Arts Awards in the film category, as well as Best actor in the foreign film category at China’s Hundred Flowers Awards. What is unique about Cho is that he continued to pursue his career in musicals, with critically acclaimed appearances in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Jekyll and Hyde“. His success at pursuing both film and musicals make him an unusual case among contemporary actors.

2006–2009 Cho had Continued success

Cho stared in “Love Phobia (2006) with his then girlfriend Kang Hye-jung; both were praised for their acting, but the melodrama wasn’t successful commercially. He then made the biggest Korean blockbuster hits of all time, with “Tazza: The High Rollers” with Kim Hye Soo, the 2006 film adaption of Hug Young-man’s same-titled “manhwa”. Following that with “Go Go 70s”, about a rock and roll band during the height of the Park Chung Hee military regime; and “The Sward with No Name”, in which he played a fictional royal guard in love with Empress Myeongseong (Soo Ae).

2010–present: Comeback

After completing his mandatory military service, Cho made his comeback in 2010 production of Jekyll and Hyde. Making him the highest paid actor in any musical theatre in Korean history. Once vibrant but now stagnant musical theatre industry sparkled with Cho’s appearance, all tickets were soled out within 15 minutes, crashing the online server.

His 2011 Sports movie “Perfect Game” revisited one of the most exciting matches in Korean baseball history of 1987, Heating up the rivalry during provinces and bringing up the historical memory back. in the same year Choi played the lead role in the musical “Zorro”.

in 2012, Cho joined the stage production of “Doctor Zhivago” as the lead actor, just two weeks ahead of opening, turning the musical into a hit.  Same year, He and Ryu Deok-hwan played the role of conjoined twins in actress Ku Hye-sun’s second directorial effort “The Peach Tree”. 2012 looks like a remarkable year for the actor, he also made his small screen debut with “The King’s Doctor”, a period drama based on a true story about a Joseon era veterinarian in treatment of horses and animals rising to become the royal physician. Cho won the highest award (“Daesang” or Grand Prize) at the MBC Drama awards for his performance in the King’s Doctor, Cho then returned back to the stage in 2013 repeating one of his most memorable musical roles, in “Hedwig”.

Cho continued working in television. Poet “Yi Sang” in crow’s-Eye View, a single episode anthology of MBC’s Drama festival. “Time Travel, Thriller God’s gift-14 days, Playing a private investigator who helps a mother save her child.

in 2014 Cho returened back to one of his most beloved roles in Jekyll and Hyde for the musical’s 10th anniversary and 18, 7000 tickets were sold in just 10 minutes. Because of Cho’s incredible Ticket selling power, he was chosen as the top 30 most influential people in Korean popular culture in 2006, and for four consecutive years in 2010 to 2014.

In 2015, Cho played a heroic prosecutor who uncovers bribery in the halls of power in “Inside Men” an adaptation of Yoon Tae Ho’s Webtoon The Insiders. It was a box office success with more than 7 million admissions, becoming Cho’s highest grossing film.

Cho decided to take a break from musicals and focus on films on 2016. Cho starred in tvN’s Mystery thriller drama “Stranger” in 2017, playing a prosecutor who lacks empathetic abilities. The series was a hit and gained favorable reviews for its tight plot, gripping sequences and strong performances winning him Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actor in TV category. “Stranger” Series 2 was produced in 2020.

in 2018, Cho starred in the period film Feng Shui, the third installment of the “divining art trilogy’ by Han Jae Rim. He starred in JTBC’s medical drama “Life”.

JTBC’s upcoming 10th anniversary special drama “Sisyphus: The Myth” has now ended filming and headed into post-production. Cho plays the role of a genius Engineer Han Tae Sool who embarks a on a perilous journey to find out the truth, and his savior Park shin Hye, who has walked a long and dangerous path for him. “Sisyphus: The Myth” is a fantasy mystery drama. We may be able to see the drama on New Year 2021.

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Mahesha Idddagoda

I am a passionate writer. I love Korean Drama, So I decided to blog about them. I love writing reviews.
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