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Screen Name: Kang Ji Hwan 
Real Name: Cho TaeGyu 
Birth Date: Mar 20,1977
Profession: Actor
Height: 184cm
Weight: 73kg
Blood Type: B
Hobbies: Watch Movie, Body Building
Speciality: Kendo, Design



Kang Ji Hwan (born March 20, 1977 as Jo Tae-gyu) is a South Korean actor.

KJH started his acting career in the Korean version of the stage musical, "The Rocky Horror Show" in 2001. He then played bit 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, 2004) 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 being shown in the Berlin Film Festival and The 32nd Seattle Film Festival in 2006.



2019 TV Chosun Joseon Survival




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2018  KBS Happy If You Die




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2018 OCN Children of the Lesser God




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2016 MBC Monster




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2014 KBS Big Man 




Website Links:
Facebook Page

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2013 SBS Incarnation of Money




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2011 SBS Lie to Me




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2010 SBS Coffee House   



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Soompi Thread

2009 SBS Style (Cameo)




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2009 SBS My Love, Ugly Duckling ( Tele-Cinema)   




Website links:
Soompi Thread

2008 KBS Hong Gil Dong


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official KBS Website
dc HGD
dramabeans' recaps

2007 KBS Capital Scandal


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official KBS Website
dc CS

2006 MBC 90 Days,Time for Love


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official MBC Website
Baidu 90 days

2006 MBC Fireworks 


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official MBC Website

2005 MBC Be Strong Geum Soon


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official MBC Website
BSGS @ runboard.com
BSGS Baidu

2004 SBS Save the Last Dance for Me


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official SBS Website
Save the last dance clip 1
Save the last dance clip 2

2004 More Beautiful than a Flower (cameo)



Website links:
Twitchfilm.net Link
Dramawiki Link
Ji Hwan's cameo -Youtube

2004 Youth! Fly to the Sky


Website links:
Opening Credits
KJH scenes compilation  MV
KBS website

2003 MBC Non Stop 4 (Cameo)



Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official MBC Website
Youtube Link Epi 40

2003 KBS Summer Scent (Cameo)


Website links:
Soompi Thread
Official KBS Website


2003 MBC  Best Theater Confession Murder




2016 Island Dream (C-Movie)




2015 A-Lister Fall from the Sky (C-Movie)




2013 Shoot Toward the Sun /Heartbreak Hotel




Website Link:



Hancinema Page

2012 Detective Cha/ Runway Cop




Website Link:


Hancinema Page


2009 7 Grade Civil Servant


Website links:
Soompi thread
daum link
cyworld link

2008 Rough Cut aka Movie is Movie


Website links:
Soompi thread
Daum link
official website
film2 trailer
Japanese Website

2005 Host&Guest


Website links:
Hancinema Link
Twitchfilm.net Link
Soompi Link
KBS world news link


2017 Island Trip (Guest Appearance)






2018 Real Men 300




Website links:




2010 Cafe In (Role: Jung-min)




YouTube link

2004 Grease (Role: Danny Zuko)



YouTube link (Summer Lovin' performance @ 2006 KJH bday celebration)

1000th Show Celebration

2002 Rocky Horror



Rocky Horror Show performance @MNET show festival


2012 Just Let it Go by Kim Hyung-jun





2006 Just the Person I Know - Fireworks OST

2011 Lovin' Ice Cream  (Feat. As One) - from Lie to Me Japanese OST



2012 Tom Ford Eye Wear
2011 Indian Clothing  

2010 Maxim Coffee
2009, 2010, 2011 Lotte Duty Free Shops

2005 Lotte Chocolate
Lotte Chocolate CF

2005 Crown Bakery
Crown Bakery CF
Making of Crown Bakery CF

2005 002sky Telecom
Sky Telecom CF with Kim Ha Neul
002 Sky Telecom CF version 1 link 2
Sky Telecom CF version 2
Making of Sky Telecom

2004 ACE Biscuit
Making of Ace Biscuit CF
Ace Biscuit CF

2004 LG Telecom
LG Telecom CF with BYJ
LG CF link 2

2004 SK Telecom

KJH Soompi links:

Website links:
daum tv
yahoo korea

2005 MBC Drama Awards    Best Newcomer award - for BSGS

2005 MBC Drama Awards  Excellent Actor award - for BSGS
2007 KBS Drama Awards    Excellent Actor award for -CS

2007 KBS Drama Awards   Best Couple ( with Han Ji Min) -for CS
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards   Male Popularity Award for Drama - for CS
2008 28th Critic's Choice Awards    Best New Actor - for Rough Cut
2008 29th Blue Dragon Awards  Best New Actor  - for Rough Cut
2008 7th Korean Film Awards  Best New Actor  - for Rough Cut
2008 4th Innolife Awards   Best Next Generation Hallyu Actor
2008 KBS Drama Awards Netizen Award - for HGD

2008 KBS Drama Awards  Best Couple Award ( with Sung Yuri) - for HGD
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor - for Rough Cut
2009 46th Daejong Film Awards Best  Best New Actor- for  My Girlfriend is an Agent
2009 10th Pusan Film Critics Association Awards Best New Actor -for Rough Cut

2009 5th University Film Festival of Korea Best New Actor - for My GF is an Agent

2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Asia Star Award
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards   Best New Actor for Drama - for BSGS
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards  Best Actor for Drama - for CS
2008 Korean Drama Festival  Acting Excellence - for Hong Gil Dong
2008 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award- for Hong Gil Dong

2009 18th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor -for Rough Cut

2010 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama  - for Coffee House

2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards  Outstanding Korean Actor -for Coffee House

2011 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama - for Lie to Me

2013 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special - for Incarnation of Money

2014 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor - for Big Man

2014  KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries -for Big Man

2016 5th APAN Star Awards  Best Actor in a serial drama (excellence award) - for Monster

2016 MBC Drama Awards  Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama- for Monster

2018 KBS Drama Awards  Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries  - for Feel Good to Die



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KJH on Naver
kiss gallery



Note from the editor of WithTG : His answers were so cute. But with our poor English, we couldn't translate exactly what he said. But please enjoy his new answers.

1. name : Kang Ji Hwan / Kang Kyoju(minister Kang) / kiss

2. sex : I guess I'm not a woman.

3. birth : 20, March, 1977.

4. blood type : B

5. family : Dad, Mom, a Sister and me

6. sizes : height : 184 cm / weight : 74 kg / waist : 32 inch / shoes 175~180 cm

7. favorite motto : I failed and failed. That's why I could succeed.

8. personality : It's very hard to define. Even I don't know me, sometimes. Whenever I acted in each drama, as I get older and older... it keeps changing.

9. How to solve stresses : I used to turn on TV and sleep. (When I woke up, I calmed down a little). I drank a lot without questioning. Nowadays.....my health isn't good as before.

10. What I dreamed : When I was a boy I used to say, "I want to be a medical doctor." because my mom wanted me to say so. After second thought, I guess
I wanted to run a video shop cause I'd love to watch videos.

11. What I dream now : (what I want in 2007) To act in a drama whose program rating is over 20%. To have a fan cafe whose members are over 50,000.

12. When I was saddest : I was a nameless actor and had no money at all in my pocket. I couldn't buy anything for mom on her birthday and I couldn't enter my house, sitting on a swing in the playground in the apartment where I lived for 2 hours. (ㅠㅠㅠㅠ)

13. When I was happiest : Because I had heard the news that politicians put money in the box to give to a powerful man, I put my first big money in two square boxes (in cash). (The boxes were for putting underwears.) I handed them to my parents' knees, holding for 2 seconds. When they opened them, surprising, smiling with tears in their eyes, watching me for 30 seconds.

14. What I regret : When I was at school, I never planned anything, did nothing special, and graduated for nothing. I wasted meaningless 6 years.

15. What I hear often : "I guess I saw you somewhere.....Are you an actor????" (Uhu~~~~~)

16. What I like to hear most : 오빠~~~~ (It means young star, in Korean.As you know)

17. What I hate to hear most : 아저씨~~~ (It means an old, married man. It's real meaning is different from an uncle.)

18. My ideal type : A woman who has pretty hands, feet.

19. Now, girl friend? : No. (I don't have one)

20. Am I flirtatious : Guess!!!

21. When I get married : about 35 years old?

22. How old she must be : I've never considered about older one. If she isn't too young.

23. Attractions in your memory : To take pictures I went to Saipan. I've never been to place like that. It was like pictures. In such place, I spent every night crying for having no girl friend.

24. Where I want to visit : Phuket. One of my friends moved and runs a spa. I keep saying to go there someday. (But I don't still have a chance to.)

25. What I want to bring when I'm in a manless island. : wireless Internet, girl friend, beer.

26. What I'm interested in most. : 경성스캔들 (Scandal of Kyungsung, (old name of Seoul)

27. What life I want to live : To achieve what people around me and I want to, smiling happily.
28. If I were to be born again. : Well, Yonsama? Actually, I've never thought. I will think about it sincerely this time.

29. If the world were to be destroyed. : I will notice at the KHS.

30. What I want to say to KHS* : The drama, 경성스캔들 that my fourth and
after 구사시, a long-four-month vacuum in my heart, will be made on
7, May. My ex-drama hurt my feeling so much, I hesitated which drama
to choose. But I've just got the script 10 days before the shooting.
It's my first historical drama, I'm busy with one thing or another.
Taking a prudent attitude isn't always good, I guess. I feel keenly the
necessity of your help.

Please Help Me~~~~ (I'm saying like an anteater)

One that is worth a hundred, you guys clicked for me each event in Chiname i
I appreciate. Finally, congratulation the new beginning of the Webzin.
I also appreciate the managers who always work hard, you members who
join all the events.

*KHS = Kang Ham Sa. It refers to WithTG (KJH official Korean fansclub) but I think it is also the name given to KJH legion of fans.

Credits: as posted on www.jihwansarang.cjb.net
Source : www.cafe.daum.net/withTG



Acknowledgement: Thank you to all KJH fans for your contributions (translations, d/l links, website links, pics, news articles, MVs, NGs, etc)

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layout, fanart, banners,  and compilation by Jinkzzmec

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17 Apri 2009 Radio Show Guesting - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=358


08.2008 - Entertainment Relay - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=246

2008.09.26 - Section TV - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=255

2008.01.05 - KBS Entertainment Relay - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=102

HGD at Manwon Happines 29Mar2008 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=400


2007 - Kang Ji Hwan's Radio Interview - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=169

2007 - Style Special - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=168

2007.06.27 - Arirang Showbiz Extra - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=39

Sang Sang Plus 2007 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=402


Youth! Fly to the Sky 2004 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=401


2003 - Kang Ji Hwan in NonStop4 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=165


2001 - Kang Ji Hwan In Rocky Horror Show - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=160


Kang Ji Hwan's CF Collection - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=193

Kang Ji Hwan various fanvideo - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=143



Seoul Motor Show 02Mar2009 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=348

Seoul Fashion Week Fahion Show 27Mar2009 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=346

33rd Bday Celebration 09.03.14 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=342

45th Baeksang Arts Awards 09.02.27 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=336

KJH @ Lotte Giants Game 01May2009 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=405 


2008.12.31 KBS Drama Awards - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=322

2008.12.04 7th Korean Film Awardshttp://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=310

2008.11.20 - The 29th Blue Dragon Awards - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=285

2008.11.05 Critic's Choice awards - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=308

2008.03.30 - Sung Yu Ri Fan Meeting - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=190

2008.03.20 - Birthday Party - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=144

KJH Exhibit April 2008 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=403


2007.12.31 KBS Drama Awards - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=96

2007.07.01 - 1st Fanmeeting in Japan - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=175

2007.03.20 - Birthday Party - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=223

2004~2007 - Kang Ji Hwan Modelhttp://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=222


2006.03 - Birthday Celebration - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=108

KJH in Taiwan 2006 - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=408


2005 - Pusan International Festival - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=162

2005.12 MBC Drama Awards - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=92



2006 In Style Photoshoot - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=373


2005 - Frion photoshoot - http://JihwanSarang.cjb.net/index.php?showtopic=221


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Guest second_glance

He's definitely very cute!!! I took notice of him during the MBC awards. Really want to watch BE STRONG GEUM SOON but its so long, and there's no subtitles! BUT HE'S SUPER CUTE!!

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Oh my god, I LOVE this guy.. I'm sure if he came out in one of those dramas soompiers are in love with, he'd be so famous in here. LOL.. But unfortunately, Aja Geumsoon isn't that popular in here.. Also, it doesn't help that that picture isn't the best of him, it doesn't capture his melyuk. He was supposed to be in the drama with Go Hyun Jung, and I was so looking forward to it, and it would have risen his popularity even more coz GHJ is so popular.. But ohwellz.. He will be famous in Soompi yet!!!!!!! v :)

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Oh my god, I LOVE this guy.. I'm sure if he came out in one of those dramas soompiers are in love with, he'd be so famous in here. LOL.. But unfortunately, Aja Geumsoon isn't that popular in here.. Also, it doesn't help that that picture isn't the best of him, it doesn't capture his melyuk. He was supposed to be in the drama with Go Hyun Jung, and I was so looking forward to it, and it would have risen his popularity even more coz GHJ is so popular.. But ohwellz.. He will be famous in Soompi yet!!!!!!! v :)

actually Aja was getting more attention here on Soompi when it was airing, we had SandyC translate scenes, previews, whatnot...then everything was lost when Soompi lost the database =(

Right now I'm having a friend who will be uploading the C-subbed version Aja to my CB. C-subbed w/ Korean audio--not the mandarin dubbed VCD-rip.

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Kang Ji Hwan is truely underrated!!!!

I LOVE him in Geum Soon so much (just completed Geum Soon with chinese subs yesterday).....

He has this charming smile that you will go Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh^^;;;

Just hope to see more of him in the upcoming dramas.

Isn't he suppose to act opposite Go Hyun Jung. (Did i get the name right? - That lead lady from Spring Day.)

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he's so attractive and has such a good humor...he's so funny in be strong geum-soon...you just gotta love him...

i can't wait till his new drama...he is such a good actor and needs to be in more dramas..

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Guest loving_D

^^i haven't downloaded that drama yet. is it good?

i will post some fireworks pics.



i think i prefer him with short hair. :)

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Guest second_glance

Loving_D, I can't understand anything, but it seems really funny!! He makes the funniest face expressions! Hahahha.

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I can't believe he isn't falling in love with HCY yet. EGAD. I'm getting all frustrated with him NOT liking HCY!!

But I love his character! So sweet!

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Love him, his smile is so warm. I like that little mole on his nose.. ahaha..ha -__-.

More pictures anyone? :D

As requested.. enjoy!! :)




















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