Born in 1986, RYU Jun-yeol pursued acting studies at Suwon University and became a prolific performer in short films and independent titles beginning in 2012. His first feature film role was a small part in the Korean Academy of Film Arts title <INGtoogi: Battle of Internet Trolls>. Following a flurry of shorts in 2014, RYU next featured in the KAFA film <Socialphobia>. Following its debut at the Busan International Film Festival, the youth thriller became a smash hit at the box office and earned RYU numerous accolades, including the KAFA Rising Star Award and similar prizes from the First Brand Awards and the Max Movie Awards.
In 2015, RYU debuted as a TV actor, landing a small part in <The Producers> and next a main role in <Reply 1988>. That role quickly turned him into a star and earned him more prizes, this time from the Paeksang Arts Awards and the Korea Cable TV Awards. RYU also appeared in the KAFA film <The Boys Who Cried Wolf>. The following year saw RYU conquer the film world, scoring roles in diverse titles such as the youth road drama <One Way Trip>, the sci-fi drama <Sori: Voice from the Heart>, island thriller <No Tomorrow>, melodrama <Canola> and the noir thriller <The King>. RYU will also feature alongside SONG Kang-ho in the Gwangju massacre drama <Taxi Driver> in 2017.
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