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Joo Jin-mo (born Park Jin-tae on 26 September 1974),[2] is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the films Happy End (1999) in which he won Grand Bell Awards for Best Supporting Actor, 200 Pounds Beauty (2006), and A Frozen Flower (2008) in which he won Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actor, as well as the television series Empress Ki (2013).

Born in Seoul, South Korea as Park Jin-tae, he borrowed his manager's name "Joo Jin-mo" for his stage name when he began his acting career.[3]

After appearing in TV dramas and some minor roles in film, Joo was first cast as a lead in Dance Dance in 1999, for which he underwent extensive dance training. Although the film itself did not perform well, it gave Joo some publicity before he broke through with the box-office and critical hit Happy End. His role as a spurned lover in this psycho-drama attracted considerable notice in Korea, and the film itself also traveled to Hong Kong.[4]

After taking the lead in Kim Ki-duk's mildly experimental Real Fiction (which was shot in 3.5 hours without any retakes), Joo took a major role in the much-hyped Musa, set in 14th-century China and starring Zhang Ziyi from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.[5][6] He also acted in Wanee & Junah, a melodrama about a screenwriter and an animator opposite Kim Hee-sun.[4]

After some films he had been cast in were cancelled due to lack of financing, Joo did the 2003 boxing drama Punch with Shin Min-ah, then returned to the big screen in 2004, in the comedy Liar based on the play Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney.[4]

From 2004 to early 2005, Joo filmed the epic wuxia historical drama Bichunmoo ("Dance in the Sky"), but due to copyright issues with Korean broadcasters, it aired first in China and Taiwan in 2006.[7] It was finally shown on Korean television in 2008, though SBS edited down the original 33 episodes into 14.[8]

Meanwhile, Joo and Lee Yo-won's 2005 TV series Fashion 70's received good ratings of 30%.[9] In 2006 he starred in Puzzle about a bank robbery gone wrong, and opposite Kim Ah-joong in the hugely popular romantic comedy 200 Pounds Beauty.[10] The Kwak Kyung-taek gangster romance A Love co-starring Park Si-yeon followed in 2007.[11][12]

A Frozen Flower, Yoo Ha's controversial 2008 film which revolved around the love triangle between a homosexual Goryeo king (Joo), his queen (Song Ji-hyo), and the royal guard (Jo In-sung) they're both in love with,[13][14][15] won Joo his first Best Actor trophy at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards.

He played a sports agent to a K-1 fighter in the 2009 TV series Dream,[16] but it received low ratings for sharing the same timeslot as Queen Seondeok.[17] The year after, Joo and Hallyu star Song Seung-heon appeared in A Better Tomorrow, the 2010 Korean remake of John Woo's classic Hong Kong noir film.[18][19] Joo was ranked fourth in CNNGo's "South Korea's Top 20 Hottest Male Celebs."[20][21]

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