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12 Top Korean Dramas Featuring Ji Chang Wook

Written by Sera Serinda A

A frequent star in Korean dramas, Ji Chang Wook consistently delivers performances that captivate audiences. His remarkable acting skills are why he's regularly chosen for new drama projects almost annually.

Which dramas have featured Ji Chang Wook and significantly boosted his fame? Explore a selection of these shows, as compiled by Bacaterus, in the list below!

"Healer" revolves around a night courier, Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook), known by his alias, Healer. He's no ordinary courier, as he often undertakes risky and challenging tasks for his clients.

Healer is skilled in combat and disguise, allowing him to complete his assignments flawlessly without leaving any evidence behind. His life takes a dramatic turn with a particular mission that requires him to investigate a reporter, Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young).

This task leads Healer to a discovery about an incident from the past involving his biological parents. The nature of this incident and Healer's response form the crux of the story, which can be uncovered by watching the entire series.

Despite its action and mystery, Healer also weaves a romantic subplot into its narrative. The performances of the actors, particularly Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young, are amazing. Their chemistry was so remarkable that they won the Best Couple award at the 4th Annual Drama Fever Awards for their roles in this drama.

The drama follows Ki Seung Nyang's life journey, marked by unexpected twists and turns, as she rises to the peak of power as Empress Ki. Throughout her life, Seung Nyang faces various tragic events and injustices.

Fate intervenes when she meets Wang Yoo, the royal crown prince disguised as a commoner. Despite falling in love, fate leads them down different paths, with Seung Nyang eventually marrying Emperor Ta Hwan (Ji Chang Wook).

However, as empress, Ki Seung Nyang shows her strength by helping her husband in facing political enemies in the struggle for royal power. Then, how will Ki Seung Nyang's story continue to reach the peak of power?

The drama has caused some controversy. It's been criticized for not sticking to the real historical facts about Empress Ki's family, which was involved in a major attack in Goryeo. In the show, the Empress is shown as a perfect and heroic figure.

3. The Worst of Evil

Year 2023
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Wi Ha Joon Im Se Mi
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Park Jun Mo, portrayed by Ji Chang Wook, is a police officer striving for a promotion. He bravely takes on a perilous mission to infiltrate a gang led by Jung Ki Chul, played by Wi Ha Joon. Ki Chul is a notorious drug lord with a vast network spanning China, South Korea, and Japan.

Jun Mo successfully penetrates the gang and works diligently to earn Ki Chul's trust. However, Jun Mo's life is more than his undercover mission; he is a family man. He is married to Yu Eui Jeong, a fellow police officer and his college love, played by Lim Se Mi.

As Jun Mo delves deeper into the gang, he uncovers a startling revelation: Eui Jeong and Ki Chul were high school sweethearts. The situation grows more complex when Eui Jeong becomes involved in the case, revealing that Ki Chul still has feelings for her. This love triangle adds a layer of tension to the mission's conclusion.

For fans of the action genre, "The Worst of Evil" is a must-see this year. Praised on IMDb for its realistic action sequences and exceptional acting, particularly by Ji Chang Wook, this drama promises an immersive and thrilling experience.

4. Welcome to Samdal-ri

Year 2023
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Shin Hye Sun
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As 2023 draws to a close, K-drama enthusiasts are treated to the new series "Welcome to Samdal-ri," directed by Cha Young Hoon. Spanning 16 episodes, this drama showcases the talents of renowned actor Ji Chang Wook and the beautiful Shin Hye Sun. Together, they bring to life a tender story of childhood love that endures and evolves into adulthood, set in the picturesque region of Samdal-ri.

The series revolves around Cho Yong Pil (Ji Chang Wook) and Cho Sam Dal (Shin Hye Sun). They were close friends in their youth, but as time passed, their lives took different paths, leading to an eventual separation. Yong Pil now works as a weather forecaster on the scenic Jeju Island, while Sam Dal has made a name for herself as a celebrated photographer in Seoul, operating under the pseudonym Cho Eun Hye.

However, Sam Dal's career takes an unexpected hit due to an unforeseen incident, causing her world to crumble. In the wake of this setback, she returns to her roots in Samdal-ri. It's in her hometown that she meets Yong Pil again, her ex boyfriend, and reconnects with friends from her childhood.

Though the initial reunion is fraught with discomfort and challenges, Sam Dal endeavors to adjust and make peace with her past. As she navigates the complexities of homecoming and rekindled relationships, Sam Dal discovers a deeper sense of joy and fulfillment in the village where she grew up.

5. Suspicious Partner

Year 2017
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Nam Ji Hyun Choi Tae Joon Kwon Na Ra
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"Suspicious Partner" has been a big hit, earning its stars, Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun, lots of award nominations. Nam Ji Hyun even snagged the Excellence Award for Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama at the 2017 SBS Drama Awards.

The storyline revolves around Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) and Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun), both involved in solving a murder case. Ji Wook serves as a prosecutor, while Bong Hee works as an intern in his office.

The narrative takes a gripping turn when Bong Hee finds her boyfriend has been killed in her apartment. With no trace or evidence left behind, Bong Hee becomes a murder suspect.

Ji Wook steps in to help Bong Hee track down the real killer. At first, they're like oil and water, but as they work through this challenge, they start to grow closer and even fall for each other.

6. If You Wish Upon Me

Year 2022
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Sung Dong Il Choi Soo Young
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Yoon Gyeo Re (Ji Chang Wook) had a tough life. He grew up in an orphanage and spent his teenage years in a Juvenile Detention Centre. He faced a lot of hard times. But then, something happened that started to change his life.

Gyeo Re was given a job to volunteer at a hospital. There, he met Kang Tae Sik (Sung Dong Il), who's in charge of the hospital volunteers, and Seo Yeon Joo (Choi Soo Young), a cheerful nurse.

Together, they became part of Team Genie. This group of volunteers works to make the last wishes of patients come true. This new experience brought many changes to Gyeo Re's life, making it brighter and more interesting.

The drama "If You Wish Upon Me" is based on a real-life idea, similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in the Netherlands.

7. The Sound of Magic

Year 2022
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Choi Sung Eun Hwang In Yeop
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The Sound of Magic tells the story of a magical guy named Lee Eul (Ji Chang Wook), who lives in an old, forgotten amusement park.

Lee Eul meets Yoon Ah Yi (Choi Sung Eun), a student who's lost her dreams. She works hard to take care of herself and her sister after their parents left them because of debt problems.

Lee Eul steps in with some magic and wonders to help Yoon Ah Yi. This magic starts changing Lee Eul's life too. What kind of magic is it? You'll have to watch the drama to find out!

Ji Chang Wook, the actor playing Lee Eul, really dives into his roles. For this one, he learned magic from a famous Korean illusionist, Lee Eun Kyul, for three months! He wanted to really capture the charm of a mysterious and entertaining magician. Plus, Ji Chang Wook shows off his singing skills in the drama too.

This drama takes us back to the 18th century, during Korea's Joseon Dynasty. It's inspired by the real-life story of a famous Korean soldier, Baek Dong Soo (1743-1816).

Baek Dong Soo (played by Ji Chang Wook) was an incredible soldier, known for his amazing skills with a sword. He became the personal bodyguard of Crown Prince Sado, who later became King Jeongjo.

When King Jeongjo was in power, Baek Dong Soo and his team faced off against a secret group of assassins. These assassins were trying to take down King Jeongjo. The drama shows how Baek Dong Soo bravely protected the king from these dangerous enemies.

Baek Dong Soo is not just a great fighter; he's also really smart. He becomes a legendary swordsman and even creates new martial arts in Joseon during King Jeongjo's time.

Kim Je Ha, also known as K2 (Ji Chang Wook), is a former mercenary who turns into a fugitive after being wrongly accused of murdering his girlfriend. He knows the real murderer is Park Kwan Soo (Kim Kap Soo).

K2 gets a job as a bodyguard for Choi Yoo Jin, the wife of a presidential candidate, Jang Se Joon (Jo Sung Ha). K2 sees this as a chance to get back at Kwan Soo, who is Se Joon's political enemy.

His job includes looking after Kwan Soo's daughter, Go An Na (Im Yoon Ah). But as he spends time with An Na, K2 starts falling for her. This makes him question his original plan for revenge. Will he stick to his plan, or will his new feelings change everything?

This action-packed drama is filled with exciting fight scenes. K2 shows off his skills in various martial arts like taekwondo, aikido, and jiu-jitsu.

"Lovestruck in the City" revolves around a group of young individuals: Park Jae Won, Lee Eun Oh/Yoon Seon A, Choi Kyung Joon, Seo Rin Yi, Kang Gun, and Oh Sun Young. Each character shares their love story on camera through flashbacks, creating an intimate narrative that captivates the audience as if they are hearing the story in person.

Park Jae Won (Ji Chang Wook) recounts his unforgettable encounter with a woman on vacation, where he met Yoon Seon Ah (Kim Ji Won) and instantly fell in love with her. Later, Jae Won and Seon Ah bump into each other again after going back to their normal lives

At the same time, Lee Eun Oh (Kim Ji Won) recounts her experience of falling in love with a man she met while doing freelance work. The drama continues to develop with other characters sharing their unique love stories, including Oh Sun Young, who is often in short-term relationships, and Kang Geon, who has not been in a relationship for two years.

11. Melting Me Softly

Year 2019
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Won Jin Ah Yoon Se Ah
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"Melting Me Softly" is the drama that marked Ji Chang Wook's return to acting after his military service in April 2019. For Won Jin Ah, this was her third drama since she started acting in 2015.

The story is about Ma Dong Chan (Ji Chang Wook), a well-known TV producer, and Go Mi Ran (Won Jin Ah), a woman who joins a 24-hour freezing experiment. This experiment takes place in a lab and is recorded by a TV crew.

But things go wrong when the professor running the experiment dies in an accident. This causes chaos in the lab, and without the professor, no one knows how to safely unfreeze them. Everyone panics, thinking the experiment has failed.

Ma Dong Chan and Go Mi Ran remain frozen. Twenty years later, they unexpectedly thaw out, finding themselves weak and confused. They now have to adjust to a world that's changed a lot while they were frozen.

If you're in the mood for a fun and light-hearted drama, "Backstreet Rookie" is a great choice. It's about Choi Dae Hyun (Ji Chang Wook), a good-looking guy who runs his family's convenience store. The store is popular, but it doesn't make a lot of money.

Dae Hyun decides to hire a part-time worker to help out. Enter Jung Saet Byul (Kim You Jung), a girl he met by chance three years earlier. She gets the job, and the drama focuses on their growing relationship.

This 16-episode series, directed by Son Geun Joo, is based on a popular webcomic. It's a mix of slice-of-life and romantic comedy. Ji Chang Wook and Kim You Jung, despite their age difference, have great chemistry as their characters.

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