– Hero Jaejoong (김재중)

This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Jaejoong (Korean: 김재중, Japanese: ジェジュン(Jejung?); born on January 26, 1986 as Han Jaejun), also known by his stage name Hero, is a Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and director.

Best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJand one of the original members of TVXQ, he has branched out to act in dramas including Sunao ni Narenakute and Protect the Boss and in films such asHeaven’s Postman. He was also the Executive Director for JYJ’s 2011 Worldwide Tour and the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.

Early life

Jaejoong was born as Han Jaejun in Gongju,Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. At a young age, he was given up for adoption by his birth mother to the Kims and his name was changed to Kim Jaejoong. When he 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.



Main article: TVXQ

Jaejoong auditioned at SM Entertainment in 2001 and was accepted into the agency.[1] From 2003 to 2010, he was the lead vocalist of South Korean boy band TVXQ, known as Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK) in South Korea and Tohoshinki in Japan. After TVXQ went on hiatus in early 2010, he and two other fellow band members Yoochun and Junsu formed formed a new three member group initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.


Main article: JYJ

Their debut Japanese language EP The… and their first concert DVD from Tokyo Dome Thanksgiving Live in Dome both reached No. 1 on the Japanese Oricon album and DVD charts.[2] The group’s global debut album, The Beginning, was released in October 2010. JYJ followed up in January 2011 with another EP in the format of a “Music Essay” entitled “Their Rooms, Our Story”.” JYJ’s second group album and first Korean language album In Heaven was released on September 28, 2011.

Solo singing projects

Apart from TVXQ and JYJ, Jaejoong has worked on solo activities as a singer. He sang, “Insa” (인사 lit. Greeting), for the soundtrack ofA Millionaire’s First Love.[5] Jaejoong 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.

Jaejoong 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.”[9][10] The song was also on their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code, along with the songs “9095” and “9096” which were also composed by Jaejoong. The song, “忘れないで” was used in television advertisement for cosmetics in Japan.

On September 30, 2009, Jaejoong and 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.”

Jaejoong 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 DramaDr. Jin.

On January 17, 2013, Jaejoong will release his first solo mini album titled “Mine”[13]. The genre of the album will be rock-themed. Jaejoong will continue his comeback by celebrating the album launch and commemorating his birthday with his fans with two days of special concerts on January 26th and 27th at KINTEX Ilsan.

Composing & Songwriting

Role Song Language Album
Composer; Lyricist 사랑아 울지마 (Saranga Uljima; Don’t Cry My Lover) Korean Mirotic – The 4th Album by DBSK
Co-composer with Yoochun Kiss したまま、さよなら (Kiss Shita Mama Sayonara; As We Kissed, Goodbye) Japanese T – The 3rd Album by Tohoshinki
Composer; Lyricist 忘れないで (Wasurenaide; Don’t Forget) Japanese The Secret Code – The 4th Album by Tohoshinki
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; all instruments 9095 Japanese The Secret Code – The 4th Album by Tohoshinki
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; all instruments 9096 Japanese The Secret Code – The 4th Album by Tohoshinki
Composer; Arranger Colors~Melody and Harmony~ Japanese Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter by JEJUNG & YUCHUN from Tohoshinki
Composer; Arranger; Programming Shelter Japanese Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter by JEJUNG & YUCHUN from Tohoshinki
Composer Still in Love English The Beginning by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger Nine Korean Their Rooms “Our Story” (우리 이야기 “Our Story”) by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger Pierrot Korean Their Rooms “Our Story” (우리 이야기 “Our Story”) by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist I.D.S. Korean Their Rooms “Our Story” (우리 이야기 “Our Story”) by JYJ
Lyricist Boy’s Letter Korean In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Arranger; Lyricist Get Out Korean In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist In Heaven Korean In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist No Gain Korean Tarantallegra by Junsu
Composer; Lyricist Until the Sun Rises Korean Until the Sun Rises by Baek Seung Heon
Composer; Lyricist Stay Korean Jackal is Coming OST by Kim Jaejoong
Composer; Lyricist Kiss Be Korean Jackal is Coming OST by Kim Jaejoong
Composer; Lyricist 나만의 위로(Healing for Myself) Korean Jackal is Coming OST by Kim Jaejoong
Lyricist One Kiss Korean I / MINE by Kim Jaejoong
Lyricist Mine Korean I / MINE by Kim Jaejoong
Composer; Lyricist All Alone Korean I / MINE by Kim Jaejoong


Prior to his debut as a singer, Jaejoong 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.[15][16]

In November 2009 Jaejoong 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

Jaejoong starred in a teaser video along with actress Kim Ji-won, for debut song for Baek Seung-heon.[21] He also wrote the lyrics for the song “Until the Sun Rises”, which was released on 7 November.[22] However neither he nor Kim Ji-won were featured in the official full length music video.[23][24]

In November 2012, Jaejoong 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.[25][26]


Jaejoong served as Executive Director for the Asian leg of JYJ’s 2011 Worldwide Tour.[27] He also participated in the directing team for the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.

Personal life


In September 2005, while rehearsing the dance steps for “Rising Sun”, Jaejoong ruptured his cartilage in his knee and was admitted to a hospital in Seoul.[28] He underwent surgery on the same day to repair the tissue.[29]


On April 7, 2006 at 1:20 AM, Jaejoong was pulled over in his father’s friend’s BMW by a police officer on his way home from theRenaissance Hotels. He was ordered to take a breath test and his level of alcohol was revealed to be 0.071%. After spending 20 minutes at the police station, he was released. Due to violating traffic laws, Jaejoong was temporarily suspended from all TVXQ activities and had his license taken away for 100 days.[30]

Custody battle

On November 21, 2006, a man with the surname Han filed a lawsuit against Jaejoong’s guardians. Han claimed he was Jaejoong’s biological father, and thus wanted parental rights.[31]

Han cited the reason for the lawsuit against Jaejoong’s legal guardians as “for not going through the proper procedures before registering [Jaejoong] in [the legal guardians’] custody.”[32] He divorced Jaejoong’s biological mother in late 1980s, and gave up his custody over his child, leaving him under Mrs. Han’s custody. However, he had found out some years ago Jaejoong had been raised by a third party, not his biological mother. A DNA test was to be performed in order to prove validity of Han’s claim. Many legal consultants comment that since the adoption had taken place correctly according to the corresponding law, no legal change will be involved regardless of the outcome.

The first hearing was to be held in Jaejoong’s hometown, Gongju, on November 29, 2006. But on November 22, Han dropped the charges against Jaejoong’s legal guardians.[33] Han said that he originally intended to resolve his biological son’s military duty conflicts after being informed of dual citizenship by Ministry of Military Affairs, which involved verifying the fact that he is the biological father. He did not expect his intention to lead to such a scandal, and states that he was scarred by speculations that he wanted to take advantage of Jaejoong’s fame.

In reaction to the matter, Jaejoong 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.[34]

He vigorously expressed his will to live by the name of “Kim Jaejoong,” not by his birth name Han Jaejoon (한재준), and promised to be loyal to all four of his parents.[34]


Main articles: TVXQ discography and JYJ discography

Soundtrack contributions

  • 2010: “너에겐 이별 나에겐 기다림” (To You It’s Goodbye, To Me It’s Waiting) – Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST
  • 2011: “지켜줄게” (I’ll Protect You) – Protect the Boss OST
  • 2012: “살아도 꿈인 것처럼” (Living Like A Dream) – Dr. Jin OST[35]
  • 2012: “나만의 위로” (Healing for Myself) – Jackal is Coming OST
  • 2012: “Kiss Be” – Jackal is Coming OST
  • 2012: “Stay” – Jackal is Coming OST


Television series

Year Title Role
2005 Banjun Theater himself
2006 Vacation himself
2010 Sunao ni Narenakute Doctor
2011 Protect the Boss Cha Mu-won
2012 Time Slip Dr. Jin[36] Kim Kyung-tak


Year Title Role
2004 Taegeukgi Extra
2010 Heaven Postman Shin Jae Joon / Yuu
2012 Jackal is Coming Choi Hyun

Music Videos

Year Song Artist
2009 “Call Me” Taegoon
2010 “Blossom” Ayumi Hamasaki
2012 “Until the Sun Rises”
(Movie Version)
Baek Seung-heon


  • The 2nd Annual SM Best Competition – Best Appearance 1st Place
  • The 14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix – Best Supporting Actor for Spring season (Sunao ni Narenakute)
  • The Oricon’s “Spring Drama ☆ AWARD 2010″ – Spring Drama Most Interesting Actor (Sunao ni Narenakute)
  • The 27th Best Jeans Award : Best Male Jeanist – the 3rd place[38]
  • The Year’s Best Celebrity on Twitter 2011 – Shorty Awards Celebrity – the 1st place and Celebrity Shorty Awards Winner.
  • 2011 SBS Drama Awards : New Star Award (Protect the Boss)
  • Hottest Male Artist of 2010 – 2nd Philippine Kpop Convention 
  • Hottest Male Artist of 2011 – 3rd Philippine Kpop Convention 
  • 2012 Shorty Awards Vox Populi (People’s Choice) Winner : Celebrity 
  • 2012 MBC Drama Awards : Best New Male Actor (Dr. Jin)
  • Hottest Male Artist of 2012 – 4th Philippine Kpop Convention

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