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Korean-Canadian Choi Woo-shik always understands the assignment. In this article, we list several shows where he displayed exemplary acting chops

Choi Woo-shik has undeniably gained global recognition after his award-winning performance in Bong Joon-ho's Parasite. In the movie, he stepped into the shoes of Ki-woo, a poor family's son who infiltrates a wealthy household by posing as a highly qualified art tutor. 

Since its release, the movie bagged the biggest titles in Hollywood including six Academy Awards, seven Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and a Palme d'Or.

But believe it or not, many of Woo-shik's fans have heard of his name even before he starred in this movie. For this article, Tatler lists some of the shows where the actor displayed his range in acting. 

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Train To Busan

In 2016, Korea has shown the world that it could not only make viewers' hearts flutter through their rom-com dramas. When the spine-chilling zombie film Train To Busan hit movie theatres, the country proved that it could also produce quality horror that lingers in people's thoughts for days! 

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In this film, Woo-shik plays the role of Yong-guk, a baseball player who goes to Busan with his team. When the infection starts to spread onboard, only he and cheerleader Jin-hee (Ahn So-hee) survives in the team. Later at the Daejeon station, the military army supposed to protect the population have been infected and attacks the survivors. Yong-guk tries to defend himself and the group.

Although his role in the film is not that big, Woo-shik showed that he could perform very well. In his last scene, Woo-shik was seen breaking down until he was bitten by a now infected Jin-hee.

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Rooftop Prince

In Rooftop Prince, Choi Woo-shik gives life to the role of Do Chi-san, a palace eunuch who travelled time with the noble Joseon Crown Prince Lee-gak (Park Yoochun). In the series, the men find themselves trapped in 2012 Korea to investigate the death of the prince's wife. 

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Time To Hunt

Helmed by Yoon Sung-hyun, Time To Hunt tells the story of a group planning a heist to escape a dystopian world. In this film, Woo-Shik portrays the role of Ki-hoon, who is hunted by a mysterious assassin after accomplishing a dangerous mission. He is joined by stellar castmates including Lee Je-hoon (Move to Heaven), Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook), and Ahn Jae-hong (Fight For My Way). 

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The 2017 film Okja has a star-studded cast including Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Woo-shik. The movie follows the story of Mija (Ann Seo-hyeon), the caretaker and constant companion of a massive animal named Okja.

As she and her companion live peacefully in their South Korean home, a multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja and transports it to New York. Without a particular plan, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.

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Monstrum (2018)

Monstrum (2018) is a South Korean movie set in 1527 during the reign of King Jungjong. In his country, it was believed that a mysterious vicious creature called "Monstrum" is roaming around to kill him. In this film, Woo-shik gives life to the role of Hur, a henchman ready to defend the king from the said monster. 

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