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Han Hyo-Joo (한효주) is a South Korean actress who is known for her roles in the TV drama "Brilliant Legacy" (2009) and film "Cold Eyes" (2013). She won the Best Actress award at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards for "Cold Eyes." Against her strict father's wishes, Han moved to Seoul to attend Bulgok High School. She later attended Dongguk University to study theater and film. In 2003, Han won the grand prize at a beauty pageant organized by Binggrae, a Korean food company. Her first roles were in "Nonstop 5" and "My Boss, My Teacher."
Han's first major television acting role was in the KBS2 drama "Spring Waltz, " and film acting role was in "Ad-Lib Night." Han said that she struggled with her role in "Spring Waltz" due to lack of acting experience. Despite her perceived lack of experience, she won "Best Actress" at the 26th Korean Movie Critics Organization and the 20th Singapore International Film Festival for "Ad-Lib Night" later that year. In 2007, Han's roles in the Korean dramas "Like Land and Sky" and "Iljimae" were highly successful and made her a household name in Korea. Despite already receiving acceptance from viewers around the country, Han's true breakout role was in the drama "Brilliant Legacy." After the drama's end, she received numerous endorsement offers, and her fame surged throughout Korea. In 2012, Han starred in "Masquerade," which became one of the highest grossing Korean movies of all time; she cemented her leading lady status with a hilarious turn that same year in Love 911. Her acting in "Cold Eyes" won her "Best Actress" at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Buil Film Awards. In 2015, she took home a Top Actor prize at the Korean Film Actors Association's annual awards.
Hyo-Joo has built up a fan base in Japan as well. In fact, she learned Japanese because she is also a fan of Japanese movies. She starred in the Korean-Japanese production "Heaven's Postman" in 2009 and Japanese movie "My Back Page" in 2011. Her most recent project is a thriller entitled "Golden Slumber," based on a Japanese movie of the same name. "Golden Slumber" was released in March 2017.