Won-hee Jo, also known as Owen CHO, graduated from Kyungsung University in theatre and film before starting a career in journalism. Having notably worked for monthly pop culture magazine Box, as editor-in-chief, but also for film webzine Nkino and weekly film magazine Cinebus, he gained wider recognition by appearing on TV shows Cinema World for MBC and O-Cine for OCN. He would keep working in television, writing scripts for Saturday Movie Expedition on KBS and Let’s Go Video Travel on MBC. Following a first experience in fiction writing with Ani Franceska (2005), the animation film adaptation of popular black comedy TV series Hello Franceska (2005-2006), he eventually jumped into the director’s chair in 2009 to helm along with his friend and former schoolmate KIM Sang-hwa the thriller Enemy At The Dead End based on his own scenario. After doing screenwriting job on drama film The Magician (2015), he was reunited with his friend Dong-seok Ma, with whom he had already worked on the short ‘Showtime!’ (2011), to make his sophomore feature, the comedy The Soul-Mate (2018).
Born: September 27, 1964, South Korea
Korean Name: 조원희
English Name: Owen Cho