Kim Jae-joong (Hangul김재중; hanja金在中; born January 26, 1986), also known mononymously as Jaejoong, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, director and designer. He is best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJ, and was one of the original members of boy band TVXQ. Kim was also known by the stage names Hero Jaejoong (in South Korea), Jejung (ジェジュン) (in Japan), and 英雄在中 (영웅재중) (in China). Kim is now using Kim Jae-joong (JYJ) for his activities.

Kim has branched out to act in TV dramas including Sunao ni Narenakute, Protect the Boss, Dr. Jin, Triangle and most recently SPY and in films such as Heaven's Postman and Jackal is Coming. He was also the Executive Director for JYJ's 2011 Worldwide Tour and the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.

In January 2013 he released his first EP, titled I, followed by a full-length album, WWW in October the same year.

Early life

Kim was born Han Jae-joon (한재준; 韩在俊) in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. His real birthday, as revealed by his biological mother, was on 4 February, instead of 26 January. At a young age, he was given up for adoption by his biological mother to the Kim family, and his name was changed to Kim Jae-joong.[2]

When Kim was fifteen, he moved to Seoul by himself in order to take part in the auditions held by SM Entertainment. Life in Seoul was financially difficult and he took various odd jobs to pay for rent, food, and training fees, he even appeared as an extra in movies.[3] In an interview he admitted he used to be tone-deaf in primary school and was frequently ridiculed for his dream of becoming a singer. He practiced singing on his own.[4]

Music career


In 2001, at fifteen years old, Kim auditioned for S.M. Entertainment and was accepted into the agency. From 2003 to 2010, he was the lead vocalist of South Korean boy band TVXQ. After TVXQ went on hiatus in early 2010, he and two other fellow band members Yoochun and Junsu formed a new trio boy group, initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.


In 2009 Kim, Junsu and Yoochun, started a lawsuit against their agency, S.M. Entertainment, and separated from TVXQ, soon founding their own band, JYJ.[5] Their debut Japanese language EP The..., released in September 2010, and their first concert DVD from Tokyo Dome Thanksgiving Live in Dome both reached No. 1 on the Japanese Oricon album and DVD charts.[6] The group's global, English language debut album, The Beginning, was released in October 2010, featuring Kanye West.[7]

In January 2011 they released a Korean EP, Their Rooms "Our Story", with three of Kim's own compositions, "Pierrot" (삐에로), "Nine" and "I.D.S.".[8] In April he toured Asia and North America with JYJ,[9] and later South America and Europe. He was also stage director of the Asian leg of the tour.[10] In September the band released a studio album called In Heaven, which sold 350,000 copies[11] and ranked first on the Gaon charts.[12] He composed two new songs for the album, "In Heaven" and "Get Out".[13][15] He composed "In Heaven" in memory of his good friend, Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide.[17]

In July 2014, JYJ released their second full-length album Just Us. Kim wrote lyrics for 4 songs, “Let Me See”, “Babo Boy”, “Dear J” and “Creation”. Recently over 160,000 and 40,000 copies were sold in South Korea and Japan respectively. The album ranked first and second in Gaon and Oricon charts.[18] [19]

Solo singing projects

Apart from TVXQ and JYJ, Kim has worked on solo activities as a singer. He sang, "Insa" (인사 lit. Greeting), for the soundtrack of A Millionaire's First Love.[20] Kim collaborated with label-mates The Grace for the Japanese version of their song "Just for One Day", which was featured on their fifth Japanese single and their debut album, Graceful 4.[21][22]

Kim also sang the solo track "Maze" for the fifth and final single of the Trick Project, "Keyword/Maze".[3] Jaejoong wrote and composed "Wasurenaide" (忘れないで lit. Don't Forget) which was included on Tohoshinki's twenty-fifth single "Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide."[3][3] The song was also on their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code, along with the songs "9095" and "9096" which were also composed by Kim. The song, "忘れないで" was used in television advertisement for cosmetics in Japan.[3]

On September 30, 2009, Kim and bandmate Yoochun released a self-composed single "Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter." The A-side track, Colors (Melody and Harmony), was used as the image song for Hello Kitty's thirty-fifth year anniversary. Jaejoong and Yoochun also participated in "m-flo TRIBUTE -maison de m-flo" singing "Been So Long."[3]

Kim sang "Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Heaven's Postman in which he starred as the male lead. He also sang "Found You" and "For you It’s Separation, For me It’s Waiting" for the soundtrack of the television drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, "I'll Protect You" for the soundtrack of the television drama Protect the Boss, and "Living Like A Dream" for the soundtrack of the television Drama Dr. Jin.

On January 17, 2013, Kim released his first solo mini-album titled I/MINE. The rock-themed album debuted at the top of both the Hanteo and Gaon weekly charts in Korea and broke previous pre-order records in Japan.[3][3][3] It also topped the iTunes overall chart in Japan, as well as the iTunes rock charts in nine countries.[3][3] On 26 and 27 January, Kim held two days of special concerts at the KINTEX Ilsan to celebrate the launch of the album, as well as his birthday.[4] The 16,000 tickets to the concert were sold in record time.[4]

His first full-length solo album WWW is scheduled for release on 29 October 2013. A duet with Lee Sang-gon of Noel was pre-released on the 15th of October.[35]

Composing and songwriting

Composer; Lyricist사랑아 울지마 (Sarang-a Uljima; Don't Cry My Lover)KoreanMirotic – The 4th Album by TVXQ
Co-composerKiss したまま、さよなら (Kiss Shita Mama Sayonara; As We Kissed, Goodbye)JapaneseT – The 3rd Album by TVXQ
Composer; Lyricist忘れないで (Wasurenaide; Don’t Forget)JapaneseThe Secret Code – The 4th Album by TVXQ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments9095
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments9096
Co-composer; Co-arrangerColors~Melody and Harmony~JapaneseColors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter by JEJUNG & YUCHUN from TVXQ
Co-composer; Co-arranger; ProgrammingShelter
ComposerStill in LoveEnglishThe Beginning by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; ArrangerNineKoreanTheir Rooms "Our Story" (우리 이야기 "Our Story") by JYJ, In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; ArrangerPierrot
Composer; LyricistI.D.S.
Composer; Lyricist지켜줄게 (Jikyeojulge; I'll Protect You)KoreanProtect the Boss OST
LyricistBoy’s LetterKoreanIn Heaven by JYJ
Co-composer; Co-arranger; Co-lyricistGet Out
Composer; Lyricist; Co-arrangerIn Heaven
Composer; LyricistNo GainKoreanTarantallegra by Junsu
Lyricist살아도 꿈인 것처럼 (Sarado Kkum-in Geotcheoreom; Living Like A Dream)KoreanDr. Jin OST
Composer; LyricistUntil the Sun RisesKoreanUntil the Sun Rises by Baek Seung Heon
Composer; LyricistStayKoreanJackal is Coming OST
Co-composer; Co-lyricistKiss BJackal is Coming OST, Y by Kim Jae-joong
Composer; Lyricist나만의 위로 (Naman-eui Wiro; Healing for Myself/My Only Comfort)Jackal is Coming OST, I/MINE by Kim Jae-joong
LyricistOne KissKoreanI/MINE by Kim Jae-joong
Composer; LyricistAll Alone
Co-composer; Co-lyricistOnly LoveKoreanY by Kim Jae-joong
Composer; LyricistOn My MindKoreanNew Born by M.Pire (엠파이어)
Lyricist빛 (Bit; Light/Brighter)KoreanWWW by Kim Jae-joong
LyricistDon't Walk Away
LyricistJust Another Girl
Composer; LyricistRotten Love
LyricistLet The Rhythm Flow
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger그랬지 (Geuraettji; It is/I said I am sorry)
Composer; Lyricist9+1#
Co-LyricistModem Beat
Composer; LyricistParadise
Lyricist싫어도 (Sirheodo; But I)KoreanTriangle OST
Lyricist우연 (Uyeon; Coincidence)
LyricistLet Me SeeKoreanJust Us by JYJ
LyricistBabo Boy
LyricistDear J
LyricistLet Me See
LyricistGood Morning NightKoreanNO.X by Kim Jae-joong
LyricistLove You To Death
Co-composer; LyricistGood Luck
Co-composer; Lyricist원망해요 (Wonmanghaeyo; Blame)
LyricistAll That Glitters
Lyricist다시 만나지만 다시 만나겠지만 (Dashi Mannajiman Dashi Mannagettjiman; Meeting Again, Will Meet Again, but...)
Lyricist그거 알아? (Geugeo Ara?; You Know What?)
LyricistRun Away

Acting career

Prior to his debut as a singer, Kim worked as an extra, playing a soldier in film Taegeukgi. Along with the other members of TVXQ, he acted in television programmes, Banjun Theater and Vacation.[4][4]

In November 2009 Kim co-starred with Han Hyo-joo in a joint Korean-Japanese telecinema Heaven's Postman, as Shin Jaejun, a young man who delivers letters written by the living to the dead and helps lingering ghosts settle their earthly affairs.[4] This was followed by Fuji TV's Japanese television drama Sunao ni Narenakute in September 2010. Where he portrayed a "doctor", who moved from Korea to Japan with his younger sister, working for a medical equipment manufacturer.[4]

In August 2011, he starred in his first television series in South Korea, with Choi Kang-hee and Ji Sung in Korean drama Protect the Boss. He played the role of seemingly perfect Director Cha Mu-won, nicknamed "Prince of the Financial World" for his business acumen, who becomes frustrated and fight against the constraints in his life.[4] He was also in Ayumi Hamasaki's music video for her 2010 song "Blossom".

In May 2012, he starred in his second South Korean television series, Dr. Jin, with Song Seung-heon. He played the role of Kim Kyung Tak, a high-ranking officer of the police force of Joseon Dynasty, who is an illegitimate son of the Joseon era's Prime Minister and his concubine. His character was entangled in a love triangle with his childhood friend, Hong Young-rae, and the drama's main protagonist, Dr. Jin.[41]

Kim starred in a teaser video along with actress Kim Ji-won, for debut song for Baek Seung-heon.[4] He also wrote the lyrics for the song "Until the Sun Rises", which was released on 7 November.[43] However neither he nor Kim Ji-won were featured in the official full-length music video.[44][45]

In November 2012, Kim in his big screen debut in dark comedy feature film Jackal is Coming, portrayed Choi Hyun, a Hallyu star who is kidnapped by the assassin Bong Min-jung, played by labelmate Song Ji-hyo.[46][47]

In May 2014, Kim starred in MBC drama Triangle as the male lead. He portrayed Jang Dong-chul / Heo Young-dal, the middle brother who grows up to become a lowlife gangster; his older brother Jang Dong-soo (Lee Beom-soo) becomes a detective, while little brother Jang Dong-woo (Yim Si-wan) is adopted into a chaebol family. Jang Dong-chul eventually becomes a senior executive of a casino and starts his plan for revenge.[48] The character brought Kim the “Top Excellence Award, Actor” at the 7th Korea Drama Awards in October the same year.

In January 2015, Kim starred in KBS2 drama SPY as the male lead Kim Seon-woo, who is a genius analyst working for South Korea's National Intelligence Service along with actress Bae Jong-ok as his mother Park Hye-rim, an ex-spy from North Korea. The drama is based on the Israeli drama The Gordin Cell, modified to depict North/South Korean relations.[49][50][51]

Directing career

Kim served as Executive Director for the Asian leg of JYJ's 2011 Worldwide Tour.[10] He also participated in the directing team for the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.[52]

Personal life


In September 2005, while rehearsing the dance steps for "Rising Sun", Kim ruptured his cartilage in his knee and was admitted to a hospital in Seoul.[53] He underwent surgery on the same day to repair the tissue.[54]

Custody battle

On November 21, 2006, a man with the surname Han filed a lawsuit against Kim's guardians. Han claimed he was Kim's biological father, and thus wanted parental rights.[55]

Han cited the reason for the lawsuit against Kim's legal guardians as "for not going through the proper procedures before registering [Jaejoong] in [the legal guardians'] custody."[57] The first hearing was to be held in Kim's hometown, Gongju, on November 29, 2006, but on November 22 Han dropped the charges against Kim's legal guardians.[59]

In reaction to the matter, Kim uploaded a journal entry on his official fan club website, and said that he was informed of the existence of separate biological parents by his mother two or three years ago, and it had been quite a shock to him. With his current mother's support, his biological mother has been able to keep in touch with him, and to meet occasionally, but whereabouts of his father had been unknown.[61]

He expressed his will to live by the name of Kim Jae-joong, not by his birth name Han Jae-jun (한재준).[61]

Military Service

Kim enlisted in the army on 31 March 2015, the first five weeks spent for his mandatory basic training at the 1st Infantry Division (Republic of Korea) recruit training center in Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi province. He later ended up as the top recruit among the 244 in his batch, earning the Excellence Award during the graduation ceremony. He is currently under the 55th Infantry Division in Cheoin-gu, Yongin to serve as an active-duty soldier for 21 months and is also a member of the military band. Expected date of military discharge is on 30 December 2016.[62]


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended plays

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
  • Released: January 13, 2013
  • Repackage Album: Y, released on February 26, 2013
  • Label: C-JeS Entertainment, A&G Modes
  • Format: CD, Digital

Music videos

  • Personal videos
Release dateSongArtist
2013-01-17MineKim Jae-joong
2013-10-29Just Another GirlKim Jae-joong
2016-02-11Love You MoreKim Jae-joong
  • Appearances
Release dateSongArtist
2009-01-15Call MeTaegoon
2010-07-14BlossomAyumi Hamasaki
2012-11-02Until the Sun RisesBaek Seung-heon

Soundtrack contributions

Release dateSongAlbum
2006-02-09인사 (Greetings)A Millionaire's First Love》OST
2009-11-11사랑아(Love)Heaven's Postman》OST
2010-08-30To You It's Goodbye, To Me It's Waiting《Sungkyunkwan Scandal》OST
2011-08-10"지켜줄게" (I'll Protect You)Protect the Boss》OST
2012-05-25살아도 꿈인 것처럼" (Living Like A Dream)Dr. Jin》OST[70]
2012-12-15StayJackal is Coming》 OST
2014-06-09싫어도 (But I)《'Triangle》OST
2014-07-21우연 (Coincidence)


Television series

Release dateTitleRole
2010-04-15Sunao ni NarenakutePark Seon-su/Doctor
2011-08-03Protect the BossCha Mu-won
2012-05-26Dr. JinKim Kyung-tak
2014-05-05TriangleJang Dong-chul/Heo Young-dal
2015-01-09SPYKim Seon-woo


Release dateTitleRole
2009-11-11Heaven's PostmanShin Jae-joon
2012-11-15Jackal is ComingChoi Hyun


Release dateTitleRole
2013-08-12The Zoo is Alive 2Animal documentary

Concerts and Tours

  • Solo Fan meeting
December 10, 2011ShanghaiChinaShanghai Changning Gymnastic Center6,500
February 5, 2012AnkaraTurkeyAnkara University800
May 23, 2012TaipeiTaiwanATT BOX3,500
October 20, 2012NanjingChinaNanjing Olympic Sports Center6,000
October 20, 2012BangkokThailandBitec Hall6,000
November 3, 2012JakartaIndonesiaMata Elang International Stadium7,000
November 9, 2012Ho Chi Minh CityVietnamSaigon Exhibition and Convention Center3,500
  • 1st Asia Tour - Your,My&Mine mini concert&Fan meeting
January 26, 2013GyeonggiSouth KoreaKINTEX Ilsan10,000
January 27, 201310,000
February 17, 2013BangkokThailandBITEC Hall8,000
March 17, 2013ShanghaiChinaShanghai Gymnasium8,000
March 24, 2013Hong KongHKCEC Hall6,000
April 6, 2013NanjingNanjing Olympic Sports Center5,000
April 13, 2013TaipeiTaiwanTaiwan University Gymnasium6,000
  • 2013 Grand Finale Live Concert and Fanmeeting in Japan
June 24, 2013YokohamaJapanYokohama Arena15,000
June 25, 201315,000
June 26, 201315,000
  • 1st Solo Album Asia Tour - WWW
November 2, 2013SeoulSouth KoreaCoex Hall D10,000
November 3, 201310,000
November 15, 2013YokohamaJapanYokohama Stadium35,000
November 16, 201335,000
November 23, 2013TaipeiTaiwanTaiwan University Gymnasium6,000
December 7, 2013NanjingChinaWutaishan Stadium8,000
December 8, 20136,000
December 17, 2013OsakaJapanOsaka-jō Hall15,000
December 18, 201315,000
January 4, 2014BusanSouth KoreaBusan Exhibition and Convention Center6,000
January 22, 2014NagoyaJapanNippon Gaishi Hall10,000
January 23, 201410,000
January 25, 2014SeoulSouth KoreaKorea University Tiger Dome5,000
January 26, 20145,000
  • 2015 Kim Jae Joong J-Party
January 21, 2015YokohamaJapanYokohama Arena12,500
January 22, 201512,500
January 26, 2015SeoulSouth KoreaJamsil Indoor Stadium6,000
  • 2015 Kim Jae Joong Concert in Seoul
March 28, 2015SeoulSouth KoreaKorea University Tiger Dome
March 29, 2015


Drama Awards

2010-07-0814th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand PrixBest Supporting Actor for Spring Season[71]Sunao ni NarenakuteWon
2011-12-31SBS Drama AwardsNew Star Award[72]Protect the BossWon
Best Couple Award(withWang Ji-hye)Nominated
2012-04-2648th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actor (TV)Protect the BossNominated
2012-10-025th Korea Drama AwardsExcellence Award, ActorDr. JinNominated
2012-12-30MBC Drama AwardsBest New Male Actor[73]Dr. JinWon
Popularity AwardNominated
2013-05-0949th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actor (TV)Dr. JinNominated
Most Popular Actor (Film)Jackal is ComingNominated
2014-10-017th Korea Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actor[74]TriangleWon
2014-12-30MBC Drama AwardsBest Actor in a Special Project DramaNominated

Music Awards

2013-09-05Seoul International Drama AwardsBest Hallyu Drama OST Award[75]Living Like A Dream
Dr. JinOST

Other Awards

20012nd Annual SM Best CompetitionBest Appearance[77]Won
201027th Best Jeanist AwardBest Male Jeanist[8]3rd Place
201128th Best Jeanist AwardBest Male Jeanist2nd Place
Shorty AwardsBest Celebrity on Twitter[8]Won
201229th Best Jeanist AwardBest Male Jeanist2nd Place