Kim Jae-joong (Hangul: 김재중; 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. The group's global, English language debut album, The Beginning, was released in October 2010, featuring Kanye West.
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.". In April he toured Asia and North America with JYJ, and later South America and Europe. He was also stage director of the Asian leg of the tour. In September the band released a studio album called In Heaven, which sold 350,000 copies and ranked first on the Gaon charts. He composed two new songs for the album, "In Heaven" and "Get Out". He composed "In Heaven" in memory of his good friend, Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide.
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. 
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. 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.
Kim also sang the solo track "Maze" for the fifth and final single of the Trick Project, "Keyword/Maze". 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." 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.
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."
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. It also topped the iTunes overall chart in Japan, as well as the iTunes rock charts in nine countries. 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. The 16,000 tickets to the concert were sold in record time.
Composing and songwriting
|Composer; Lyricist||사랑아 울지마 (Sarang-a Uljima; Don't Cry My Lover)||Korean||Mirotic – The 4th Album by TVXQ|
|Co-composer||Kiss したまま、さよなら (Kiss Shita Mama Sayonara; As We Kissed, Goodbye)||Japanese||T – The 3rd Album by TVXQ|
|Composer; Lyricist||忘れないで (Wasurenaide; Don’t Forget)||Japanese||The Secret Code – The 4th Album by TVXQ|
|Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments||9095|
|Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments||9096|
|Co-composer; Co-arranger||Colors~Melody and Harmony~||Japanese||Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter by JEJUNG & YUCHUN from TVXQ|
|Co-composer; Co-arranger; Programming||Shelter|
|Composer||Still in Love||English||The Beginning by JYJ|
|Composer; Lyricist; Arranger||Nine||Korean||Their Rooms "Our Story" (우리 이야기 "Our Story") by JYJ, In Heaven by JYJ|
|Composer; Lyricist; Arranger||Pierrot|
|Composer; Lyricist||지켜줄게 (Jikyeojulge; I'll Protect You)||Korean||Protect the Boss OST|
|Lyricist||Boy’s Letter||Korean||In Heaven by JYJ|
|Co-composer; Co-arranger; Co-lyricist||Get Out|
|Composer; Lyricist; Co-arranger||In Heaven|
|Composer; Lyricist||No Gain||Korean||Tarantallegra by Junsu|
|Lyricist||살아도 꿈인 것처럼 (Sarado Kkum-in Geotcheoreom; Living Like A Dream)||Korean||Dr. Jin OST|
|Composer; Lyricist||Until the Sun Rises||Korean||Until the Sun Rises by Baek Seung Heon|
|Composer; Lyricist||Stay||Korean||Jackal is Coming OST|
|Co-composer; Co-lyricist||Kiss B||Jackal is Coming OST, Y by Kim Jae-joong|
|Composer; Lyricist||나만의 위로 (Naman-eui Wiro; Healing for Myself/My Only Comfort)||Jackal is Coming OST, I/MINE by Kim Jae-joong|
|Lyricist||One Kiss||Korean||I/MINE by Kim Jae-joong|
|Composer; Lyricist||All Alone|
|Co-composer; Co-lyricist||Only Love||Korean||Y by Kim Jae-joong|
|Composer; Lyricist||On My Mind||Korean||New Born by M.Pire (엠파이어)|
|Lyricist||빛 (Bit; Light/Brighter)||Korean||WWW by Kim Jae-joong|
|Lyricist||Don't Walk Away|
|Lyricist||Just Another Girl|
|Composer; Lyricist||Rotten Love|
|Lyricist||Let The Rhythm Flow|
|Composer; Lyricist; Arranger||그랬지 (Geuraettji; It is/I said I am sorry)|
|Lyricist||싫어도 (Sirheodo; But I)||Korean||Triangle OST|
|Lyricist||우연 (Uyeon; Coincidence)|
|Lyricist||Let Me See||Korean||Just Us by JYJ|
|Lyricist||Let Me See|
|Lyricist||Good Morning Night||Korean||NO.X by Kim Jae-joong|
|Lyricist||Love You To Death|
|Co-composer; Lyricist||Good Luck|
|Co-composer; Lyricist||원망해요 (Wonmanghaeyo; Blame)|
|Lyricist||All That Glitters|
|Lyricist||다시 만나지만 다시 만나겠지만 (Dashi Mannajiman Dashi Mannagettjiman; Meeting Again, Will Meet Again, but...)|
|Lyricist||그거 알아? (Geugeo Ara?; You Know What?)|
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Kim starred in a teaser video along with actress Kim Ji-won, for debut song for Baek Seung-heon. He also wrote the lyrics for the song "Until the Sun Rises", which was released on 7 November. However neither he nor Kim Ji-won were featured in the official full-length music video.
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.
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. 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.
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. He underwent surgery on the same day to repair the tissue.
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.
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." 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.
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.
He expressed his will to live by the name of Kim Jae-joong, not by his birth name Han Jae-jun (한재준).
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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
- Personal videos
|2013-10-29||Just Another Girl||Kim Jae-joong|
|2016-02-11||Love You More||Kim Jae-joong|
|2012-11-02||Until the Sun Rises||Baek Seung-heon|
|2006-02-09||인사 (Greetings)||《A Millionaire's First Love》OST|
|2009-11-11||사랑아(Love)||《 Heaven's Postman》OST|
|2010-08-30||To You It's Goodbye, To Me It's Waiting||《Sungkyunkwan Scandal》OST|
|2011-08-10||"지켜줄게" (I'll Protect You)||《Protect the Boss》OST|
|2012-05-25||살아도 꿈인 것처럼" (Living Like A Dream)||《Dr. Jin》OST|
|2012-12-15||Stay||《Jackal is Coming》 OST|
|2014-06-09||싫어도 (But I)||《'Triangle》OST|
|2010-04-15||Sunao ni Narenakute||Park Seon-su/Doctor|
|2011-08-03||Protect the Boss||Cha Mu-won|
|2012-05-26||Dr. Jin||Kim Kyung-tak|
|2014-05-05||Triangle||Jang Dong-chul/Heo Young-dal|
|2009-11-11||Heaven's Postman||Shin Jae-joon|
|2012-11-15||Jackal is Coming||Choi Hyun|
|2013-08-12||The Zoo is Alive 2||Animal documentary|
Concerts and Tours
- Solo Fan meeting
|December 10, 2011||Shanghai||China||Shanghai Changning Gymnastic Center||6,500|
|February 5, 2012||Ankara||Turkey||Ankara University||800|
|May 23, 2012||Taipei||Taiwan||ATT BOX||3,500|
|October 20, 2012||Nanjing||China||Nanjing Olympic Sports Center||6,000|
|October 20, 2012||Bangkok||Thailand||Bitec Hall||6,000|
|November 3, 2012||Jakarta||Indonesia||Mata Elang International Stadium||7,000|
|November 9, 2012||Ho Chi Minh City||Vietnam||Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center||3,500|
- 1st Asia Tour - Your,My&Mine mini concert&Fan meeting
|January 26, 2013||Gyeonggi||South Korea||KINTEX Ilsan||10,000|
|January 27, 2013||10,000|
|February 17, 2013||Bangkok||Thailand||BITEC Hall||8,000|
|March 17, 2013||Shanghai||China||Shanghai Gymnasium||8,000|
|March 24, 2013||Hong Kong||HKCEC Hall||6,000|
|April 6, 2013||Nanjing||Nanjing Olympic Sports Center||5,000|
|April 13, 2013||Taipei||Taiwan||Taiwan University Gymnasium||6,000|
- 2013 Grand Finale Live Concert and Fanmeeting in Japan
|June 24, 2013||Yokohama||Japan||Yokohama Arena||15,000|
|June 25, 2013||15,000|
|June 26, 2013||15,000|
- 1st Solo Album Asia Tour - WWW
|November 2, 2013||Seoul||South Korea||Coex Hall D||10,000|
|November 3, 2013||10,000|
|November 15, 2013||Yokohama||Japan||Yokohama Stadium||35,000|
|November 16, 2013||35,000|
|November 23, 2013||Taipei||Taiwan||Taiwan University Gymnasium||6,000|
|December 7, 2013||Nanjing||China||Wutaishan Stadium||8,000|
|December 8, 2013||6,000|
|December 17, 2013||Osaka||Japan||Osaka-jō Hall||15,000|
|December 18, 2013||15,000|
|January 4, 2014||Busan||South Korea||Busan Exhibition and Convention Center||6,000|
|January 22, 2014||Nagoya||Japan||Nippon Gaishi Hall||10,000|
|January 23, 2014||10,000|
|January 25, 2014||Seoul||South Korea||Korea University Tiger Dome||5,000|
|January 26, 2014||5,000|
- 2015 Kim Jae Joong J-Party
|January 21, 2015||Yokohama||Japan||Yokohama Arena||12,500|
|January 22, 2015||12,500|
|January 26, 2015||Seoul||South Korea||Jamsil Indoor Stadium||6,000|
- 2015 Kim Jae Joong Concert in Seoul
|March 28, 2015||Seoul||South Korea||Korea University Tiger Dome|
|March 29, 2015|
|2010-07-08||14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix||Best Supporting Actor for Spring Season||Sunao ni Narenakute||Won|
|2011-12-31||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Protect the Boss||Won|
|Best Couple Award(withWang Ji-hye)||Nominated|
|2012-04-26||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Protect the Boss||Nominated|
|2012-10-02||5th Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Dr. Jin||Nominated|
|2012-12-30||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Male Actor||Dr. Jin||Won|
|2013-05-09||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Dr. Jin||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Jackal is Coming||Nominated|
|2014-10-01||7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Triangle||Won|
|2014-12-30||MBC Drama Awards||Best Actor in a Special Project Drama||Nominated|
|2013-09-05||Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Hallyu Drama OST Award||Living Like A Dream|
|2001||2nd Annual SM Best Competition||Best Appearance||Won|
|2010||27th Best Jeanist Award||Best Male Jeanist||3rd Place|
|2011||28th Best Jeanist Award||Best Male Jeanist||2nd Place|
|Shorty Awards||Best Celebrity on Twitter||Won|
|2012||29th Best Jeanist Award||Best Male Jeanist||2nd Place|