Top Most Popular Films Starring Choi Ji-woo

1. Winter Sonata (2001), 2. Stairway to Heaven (2003), 3. Everybody Has Secrets (2004), 4. Now And Forever (2006), 5. Air City (2007), 6. Can’t Lose (2011), 7. The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013), 8. Temptation (2014), 9. Twenty Again (2015), 10. Like For Likes (2016). Choi Ji Woo is an excellent actress in Korean film. Because of how well-received and instantly relatable her emotional passages were, the audience dubbed her the "Tear Queen".  She has a long career and has been a part of many notable Korean film and television productions. Let's with Toplist make a list of the most popular films starring Choi Ji-woo!

  1. Winter Sonata (2001)
  2. Stairway to Heaven (2003)
  3. Everybody Has Secrets (2004)
  4. Now And Forever (2006)
  5. Air City (2007)
  6. Can’t Lose (2011)
  7. The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013)
  8. Temptation (2014)
  9. Twenty Again (2015)
  10. Like For Likes (2016)

Winter Sonata (2001)

The most popular drama of 2002 was Winter Sonata, which told the sad love story of Joon Sang (Bae Yong Joon) and Yu Jin (Choi Ji Woo). The plot revolves around Joon Sang and Yu Jin’s tragic love tale. The film ends on a melancholy note, with Joon Sang dying in a car accident, and Yu Jin unable to forget his image because the person she loves forever and only is him.

Winter Sonata was immensely popular at the time the drama aired, with extremely high viewership rates. The film is regarded as the pinnacle of the Hallyu movement, bringing Choi Ji Woo and Bae Yong Joon enormous notoriety. Even the film’s OST album has sold 2 million copies in Japan alone. The Korean tear queen’s acting talent in the film, the Winter sonata earned her the 2002 Baeksang Award for Best Actress. Choi Ji Woon’s fame extended not just within the country but also throughout the world as result of this.

Detailed information:

Release year: 2002

Genre: Romance, Romance

Length: 20 episodes

Directed by: Yoon Seok Ho

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Bae Yong Joon

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

Winter Sonata

Stairway to Heaven (2003)

The tragic core of Han Jung Seo (Choi Ji Woo) and Cha Song Joo is central to Stairway to Heaven (Kwon Sang Woo). Both must overcome many hardships and challenges in order to be together, but their love story does not end when Jung Seo is blinded and has only a few days to live. The film’s side-by-side love tale, complete with sacrifices, losses, intrigues, and calculations, has a big following in Korea and other Asian nations. Stairway to Heaven is another exceptional work in the motif: the male/female lead suffers from an incurable ailment, which leads to a terrible finale, which was formerly a “specialty” of Korean cinema.

The film’s melancholy finale shocked many spectators, and even though it has been about 20 years since its premiere, Stairway to Heaven is still recognized as an immortal monument pioneering the Hallyu Korean. The film serves as a springboard for the film’s major cast, particularly Choi Ji Won, who was named Favorite Leading Actress at the 2003 SBS Drama Awards.

Release year: 2003

Genre: Romance

Directed by: Lee Jang Soo

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Kwon Sang Woo, Kim Tae Hee

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

Stairway to Heaven

Everybody Has Secrets (2004)

In the film Everybody Has Secrets, Mi Young (Kim Hyo Jin), the youngest of three sisters, starts dating Choi Su Hyeon (Lee Byung Hun), an attractive and charming man. Ironically, Su Hyeon grows fond of both of her older sisters Sun Young (Choi Ji Woo) and Jin Young (Chu Sang Mi). Since then, Su Hyeon’s relationship with each of the three sisters has been murky. Through the film, the four people’s complicated relationships will be clarified.

In order to meet the two major actors Lee Byung-hun and Choi Ji-woo in the movie “Everybody Has Secrets”, hundreds of visitors from Asian nations including Hong Kong and Japan flocked to Korea when the film first began to be screened. Choi Ji Won, who previously solely “specialized” in playing naive females, had a complete transformation into a completely new character for the first time in the film. She had anticipated that changing into a new persona for the first time would be difficult, but judging by the audience’s awe, this is unquestionably the movie of a lifetime for her.

Release year: 2004

Genre: Psychological Drama – Romance

Length: 105 minutes

Directed by: Jang Hyun Soo

Actors: Lee Byung Hun, Kim Hyo Jin, Chu Sang Mi, Choi Ji Won

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

Everybody Has Secrets

Now And Forever (2006)

The title “queen of tears” was not chosen by accident, but it has come to be associated with Choi Ji Won because she excels in dramatic plays. In the drama Now and Forever, Choi Ji Woo plays a girl who is suffering from a terrible disease. Although she appears weak on the exterior in the film, she is actually a powerful lady who fights to protect her loved ones no matter what, including death.

“Now and Forever” is a melodrama and romance in which the filmmaker Lee Min Soo pursues Han Hye Woo (played by Choi Ji Woo) while juggling his work and finances. Despite being aware of her condition, Min Soo continues to devotedly remain by her side. He believes she holds the key to his future. Han Hye Woo is his first and only love; he has never been in a relationship before.

Release year: 2006

Genre: Drama, Romance

Length: 45 minutes

Directed by: Kim Seong Jung

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Jo Han Sun

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Now and Forever

Air City (2007)

Following a three-year break on the Korean small screen following the release of the 2004 film Stairway to Heaven, Choi Ji Woo will make a comeback with the film Air City. Han Do Kyung (Choi Ji Woo) is a talented and successful woman who serves as the regional director of a large corporation. Despite having a lucrative career, she is really challenging to fall in love with. However, Kim Ji Sung (Lee Jung Jae), an intelligence agent, no longer believes in love. He is a guy who is dedicated to his work and is knowledgeable and brave. However, since they first met, things have changed for these two unique people.

Choi Ji Woo is present in the movie despite her hiatus from small-screen television for three years. The movie also stars Lee Jun Jae and Lee Jin Wook, two well-known actors. The success of Air City fell short of expectations. The drama was broadcast on MBC Television starting in mid-May 2007, however, just 10% of viewers rated it favorably. Despite the fact that Choi Ji Woo’s acting in this movie is highly praised, the movie is overly slow and clumsy, which turns off viewers.

Release year: 2007

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Length: 16 episodes

Directed by: Im Tae Woo

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Lee Jung Jae

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

Air City

Can’t Lose (2011)

The present setting of Can’t Lose centers on the union of lawyer couple Lee Eun Jae (Choi Ji Woo) and Yun Hyung Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun). Eun Jae and Hyung Woo immediately fell in love after meeting, thus they married without waiting to learn one other’s occupations. The young couple’s separation widened when the third individual entered the picture, complicating already difficult circumstances. They not only argue all the time at home, but they also argue in court. The tragic comedy details presented by Choi Ji Woo and Yoon Sang Hyun promise to provide the audience with a lot of intriguing stuff through cunning techniques.

A-list actress Choi Ji Woo is well-known to fans of small-screen entertainment thanks to her ground-breaking performances in both television and movies. Choi Ji Woo, who played lawyer Lee Eun Jae, shocked viewers, by having the capacity to argue. This movie accurately depicted the marital experience of contemporary couples. Meaningful film content aids in better preparing young people for marriage.

Release year: 2011

Genre: Psychological – Romance, Comedy

Length: 18 episodes

Directed by: Lee Jae Dong

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Yoon Sang Hyun

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

Can’t Lose

The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013)

The original Kaseifu no Mita, which previously set records on the Japanese small screen, was adapted into The Suspicious Housekeeper. The family of a widower and his four school-age children is the focus of the movie. After the mother passed away, the people living under this roof huddled in the chaos of life, each one keeping secrets in their own nook, and eventually becoming cynical and impasse. When the ennui had reached its peak, the butler Park Bok Nyeo (Choi Ji Won) showed in and started acting strangely, which completely changed the situation.

Choi Ji Woo plays Park Bok Nyeo. In contrast to her prior frail image when donning monochromatic attire in dark hues, icy facial expressions, and bizarre mannerisms, she utterly astonished the audience with a new character. such as. When she dared to hand out flyers informing others of her boss’s adultery, doused the home in gasoline, and even demanded… murder, she frequently emphasized her “irregularity”. Choi Ji Won is asked to entirely alter her character image for this movie, but she doesn’t find it challenging. The actress was instrumental in the success of The Suspicious Housekeeper because of her skill and natural acting.

Release year: 2013

Genre: Family, Comedy

Directed by: Kim Hyung Shik

Actors: Seo Kang Joon, Choi Ji Woo, Lee Sung Jae

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

The Suspicious Housekeeper

Temptation (2014)

After several years since the release of Stairway to Heaven, Choi Ji Woo and Kwon Sang Woo reunite in the film Temptation. In this film, the audience saw a drastically different Choi Ji Woo. She portrays Yoo Se Young, a volatile and wealthy entrepreneur who falls in love with Cha Seok Hoon (Kwon Sang Woo), a married guy.

Choi Ji Won once more selected a script about a love story fraught with peril. Yoo Se-young, an heir to a hotel, was raised with the intention of taking over his father’s business. She is a workaholic, a resolute leader, and is known as an “iron woman” because neither love nor marriage is of importance to her. Cha Seok Hoon feels lonely, but he’s married, which is a shame. Se Young has suffered greatly as a result of their unrequited love tale. The feisty and strong-willed girl who appeared to be lonely and weak on the inside caused viewers to feel pity for her.

Release year: 2014

Directed by: Park Young Soo

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Kwon Sang Woo

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo


Twenty Again (2015)

Choi Ji Woo returned to the small screen after a long absence with the 2015 film “Twenty Again” in the role of a housewife named Ha No Ra. She is 38 years old and has always wanted to be a dancer. She met her love (later husband – Kim Woo Cheol) at the age of 19 and unknowingly became a single mother. She had to give up her dream after that in order to focus on her responsibilities as a mother and wife. It was the year her kid reached 20 that she decided to enroll him in the appropriate school. So she returned to the lecture hall and lived as if she had returned to the most beautiful youth.

Choi Ji Won’s young appearance suddenly “saw horns” to relive youth, which greatly delighted the audience. Right from the first episode, this work, which marked her comeback, broke the record for viewership. The crew and cast are inspired by this accomplishment. With her assured and polished performance, the actress definitely nailed the part and contributed to the film’s success.

Release year: 2015

Directed by: Kim Hyeong Sik

Actors: Choi Ji Woo, Lee Sang Yoon

top most popular films starring choi ji-woo

Twenty Again

Like For Likes (2016)

Park Hyun-jin directed the 2016 South Korean romantic comedy film Like for Likes. The film follows three couples who use social media to express their innermost sentiments. Six people have six distinct jobs, six different locations, and six different personalities, yet because of the functions of social networks, an invisible relationship has been developed between them.

Choi Ji Won plays Han Joo Ran, a gorgeous hostess who is usually cheery and optimistic. The job of a flight attendant appears to be an appealing, “fashionable” one, but for Joo Ran, “life is not as dreamy” because she did not advance at work. The issue was simple: she didn’t know how to flatter her bosses. Not to mention that Joo Ran had to share an apartment with Sung-chan, a middle-aged cook who had lately been betrayed. When Sung-chan offered to be Joo Ran on social media, a slew of bad and hilarious things happened to them. Choi Ji Woo plays roles in this drama that emanates pure beauty and innocence, and the audience adores her. Even at the age of 40, she still proves his charm with his radiant youthful appearance and professional acting ability.

Release year: 2016

Length: 120 minutes

Directed by: Park Hyeon-jin

Actors: Lee Miyeon, Choi Ji Woo, Kim Joo Hyuk

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Like for Likes