Kim Ok-bin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Ok-bin
Kim Ok Vin (김옥빈).jpg
Born (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 27)
Gwangyang, South Korea
Other names Kim Ok-vin
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Agent Will Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 김옥빈
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Ok-bin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Okpin

Kim Ok-bin (born 3 January 1987) is a South Korean actress. Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest in 2004, and began her acting career with a role in 2005 film Voice. Subsequent appearances include the television drama series Over the Rainbow and films such as Dasepo Naughty Girls and The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan. Kim has received several award nominations, and won Best Actress at the 2009 Sitges Film Festival for her role in Thirst.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province,[1] Kim was born on 3 January 1987 and is the eldest of three siblings.[2] As a child she trained in martial arts,[1] and has attained third dan in Hapkido and second dan in Taekwondo; she also practices muay thai[3] and boxing. She is known to have an interest in cars and motorcycles, speed racing, building computers, sports such as soccer and baseball. Her IQ is known to be 141 (test taken during elementary school) and is ambidextrous. Prior to her career as an actress, Kim considered joining the police.[1]

Career[edit]

Early work: 2004–2008[edit]

Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest hosted by web portal Naver in 2004.[3] Despite having little prior acting experience, she was cast of one of the three leads in the 2005 film Voice,[4] a role which saw her nominated for "Best New Actress" at both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards.[5][6]

Kim next starred as the lead actress in Hanoi Bride, a two-part SBS drama aired during the Chuseok holidays to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam war. Her performance as Vietnamese girl Lý Thị Vũ caught the attention of film director E J-yong, who subsequently cast her as the main character in his 2006 film Dasepo Naughty Girls, based on a popular webcomic. E commented that, "Not many young actresses would be mature enough to completely understand the heroine who has to support the family by selling herself as a prostitute... But Kim seemed like an actress who had the ability to understand the character."[2] Despite her initial reluctance due to the original comic having some explicit scenes, she ultimately took the part, having faith in the director because of his previous works.[7]

Kim auditioned for a part in the 2006 KBS drama series Hello, God, and after impressing director Ji Yeong-soo with her "intense determination," was handed a leading role as confidence trickster Seo Eun-hye. During filming she expressed self-doubts, saying, "I used to cry two or three times everyday [sic] when the shooting began because I felt that I was a rubbish actress," and with a tight schedule that allowed her less than two hours of sleep per day, was reported to have collapsed on set.[2] Later that year, she appeared in MBC drama Over the Rainbow as aspiring pop singer Jeong Hee-su, a part which required her to sing and master difficult breakdance moves. Series producer Han Hee complimented Kim, saying, "She is a bold actress. She’s very enthusiastic about her role with an almost perfectionist attitude."[3] However, she caused some concern when she admitted to only eating one meal per day while filming the drama.[8] In her next film, The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan, Kim starred alongside Lee Jung-jae as a Joseon-era kisaeng. Kim said that she found it difficult performing a historical role, but was helped by consultations with director Yeo Gyoon-dong and studied traditional Korean dance for two months. The film opened in South Korea in December 2008.[9]

Speaking in 2006 of her own ambitions as an actress, Kim said, "I am not attracted to easy and simple roles... I only feel alive when I am challenged with difficult roles that push me to improve my acting skills".[2]

Successful breakthrough: 2008–present[edit]

In February 2008, Kim was announced as the female lead in Park Chan-wook's Thirst, in a part that required numerous adult scenes with co-star Song Kang-ho.[10] Kim felt that she learned much from working alongside Song, while Park commended her versatility in showing the different sides to her character.[11] Thirst topped the South Korean box office over its opening weekend with over one million admissions,[12] and was invited to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize.[13] Richard Corliss of Time praised Kim's performance in the film, saying, "it's the lovely Kim, just 22, who is the revelation here. She can play — no, she can be — a creature of mute docility, then searching ardor, then explosive eroticism, then murderous intent. She is Lady Chatterley and Lady Macbeth in one smoldering package."[14] The Hollywood Reporter's Maggie Lee was more critical, commenting, "[Kim's] high-pitched neurosis is sometimes grating, but for a relative newcomer, she keeps her continuous personality transformations in stride,"[15] while Kyu Hyun Kim of OhmyNews said, "Kim is stunningly sexy in both wilted-housewife and full-blown femme fatale modes, and throws all of herself into the role," but also considered her "a bit too young and contemporary" for the role.[16] She was a co-recipient of the Best Actress award at the 42nd Sitges Film Festival (shared with Elena Anaya for Hierro),[17] and received further nominations at the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards,[18] the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards,[19] and the 46th Baeksang Arts Awards.[20]

Kim was reunited with director E J-yong for Actresses, a low-budget film in which she and five other leading Korean actresses portray themselves at a special Vogue magazine shoot. Like her co-stars, Kim agreed to take part with no guarantee and shared writing credits. The film opened on 10 December 2009.[21][22] For his short How to Fall in Love in 10 Minutes (in the Samsung Galaxy Note-sponsored film Cine Note), E J-yong contacted actors that he′s personally close to and offered them the roles, and most of them accepted without pay based on their friendship and loyalty to him, Kim included.[23]

In 2011, Kim was to co-star in the lead role of Lee Soo-yoon, with Eric Mun of Shinhwa, in KBS2's action drama Poseidon, set for broadcast in July 2011. However they dropped out when production was halted after the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong incident in November 2010.[24] She dyed her hair pink for the 2012 comedy Over My Dead Body, which Kim greatly enjoyed filming, being a fan of the genre.[25]

In early 2012, she became the vocalist of a rock band, Ok Punk, which was also the title of the Mnet variety show starring the band. Then Kim once again worked with director E J-yong for Behind the Camera, a mockumentary with a similar concept as Actresses. After the opening of her comedy film Over My Dead Body, she was announced as the lead actress in a science fiction-thriller film, AM 11:00. It is lined up to be released in the second half of 2013.[26]

She was then cast in her next film Minority Opinion alongside Yoon Kye-sang and Yoo Hae-jin, which wrapped filming in June 2013.[27] Kim also returned to television in the KBS2 period epic The Blade and Petal set in the Goguryeo dynasty, her first TV drama in seven years.[28][29] This was followed by another TV role as a pickpocket in the 2014 jTBC cable comedy series Yoo-na's Street.[30][31]

Criticism incident[edit]

Kim faced criticism after appearing on a TV show and saying, "I think flamboyant men who use discount cards on the first date mess up the mood." Some called her dwenjangnyeo, a term referring to women who rely on rich parents or boyfriends rather than their own income, which unfortunately was becoming widely used right at that time. On the other hand, some have been stating that what she has said on the show is not so much of a big deal and that it should not even be considered a mistake for it is her personal taste. There's also a saying that it was all based on a script for the show and that it was not her intention. However, the incident had a negative impact on her popularity, though she later stated that her comments were taken out of context.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Voice (여고괴담 4 - 목소리) Young-eon
2006 Arang (아랑) Cameo appearance.
2006 Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포소녀) Poor Girl
2008 The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (1724 기방난동사건) Seol-ji
2009 Thirst (박쥐) Tae-ju
2009 Actresses (여배우들) Herself Also co-screenwriter.
2011 The Front Line (고지전) Cha Tae-gyeong
2012 Over My Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다) Han Dong-hwa
2013 Behind the Camera (뒷담화: 감독이 미쳤어요) Herself
2013 AM 11:00 (열한시) Young-eun
2014 Minority Opinion (소수의견) Soo-gyeong

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005 Hanoi Bride (하노이 신부) Lý Thị Vũ SBS
2006 Hello, God (안녕하세요, 하느님) Seo Eun-hye KBS2
2006 Over the Rainbow (오버 더 레인보우) Jeong Hee-su MBC Also sang "Start" on the soundtrack.
2007 War of Money (쩐의 전쟁) Lee Soo-young SBS Appeared only in the four bonus episodes.
2013 The Blade and Petal (칼과 꽃) Princess So-hee/Moo-young KBS2
2014 Yoo-na's Street (유나의 거리) Kang Yoo-na jTBC

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Artist Notes
2004 "A Cold Heart" Lee Seung-chul
2006 "Tomorrow" Hwanhee
2006 위태로운 이야기 ("Dangerous Love") Lena Park
2007 물끄러미 ("Absentmindedly") Zi-A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Voice Nominated [5]
2006 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Voice Nominated [6]
2006 MBC Drama Awards PD Award Over the Rainbow Won [32]
2009 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan Nominated
2009 Sitges Film Festival Best Actress[33] Thirst Won [17]
2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Thirst Nominated [18]
2010 Green Globe Film Awards Best International Actress Thirst Nominated [19]
2010 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Thirst Nominated [20]
2013 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama The Blade and Petal Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lee, Hyo-won (29 November 2009). "Kim Ok-vin Hopes to Conquer Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d Shin, Hae-in (9 February 2006). "UP AND COMING TALENTS (8): Kim Ok-bin: 'greedy' actress". Hancinema; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  3. ^ a b c d "Speaking Her Mind". The Dong-A Ilbo. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  4. ^ "Close your ears!". The Malay Mail. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  5. ^ a b "26th Blue Dragon Awards Winners". Twitch Film. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  6. ^ a b "42nd Baeksang Awards Nominations +Winners". Twitch Film. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  7. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (6 August 2006). "Popular Internet Comic Is Made Into Film". Hancinema; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  8. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (25 October 2006). "Excessive Diet Leads to Anorexia". Nate; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  9. ^ Yi, Ch'ang-ho (20 November 2008). "LEE Jung-jae fights over KIM Ok-vin". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  10. ^ "Park Chan-wook Chooses Heroine for Vampire Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  11. ^ "Actress Kim Ok-bin Speaks Out About Starring in Thirst". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  12. ^ Noh, Jean (5 May 2009). "Thirst tops Korean box office over holiday weekend". Screen International. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  13. ^ "Thirst Gets Jury Prize in Cannes". The Korea Times. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  14. ^ Corliss, Richard (31 July 2009). "Thirst: Why Vampires Beat Zombies". Time. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  15. ^ Lee, Maggie (15 May 2009). "Thirst -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  16. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun (3 August 2009). "Unquenchable Thirst". OhmyNews International. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  17. ^ a b Lee, Hyo-won (12 October 2009). "Kim Ok-vin Named Best Actress at Sitges Film Fest". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  18. ^ a b Park, Soo-mee (13 November 2009). "Blue Dragon nominates Thirst, President". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  19. ^ a b Hong, Lucia (13 March 2010). "Korean films, stars nominated for U.S. Green Globe Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  20. ^ a b Hicap, Jonathan H. (28 March 2010). "Queen Seon Deok, Haeundae top Baeksang awards". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  21. ^ "Six Actresses Get Together for Film". KBS Global. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  22. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (17 November 2009). "Actresses to Present Off-Screen Personas Onscreen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  23. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (18 January 2012). "Were Kim Min Hee, Kang Hye Jung, Kim Ok Bin Extras?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  24. ^ "Choi Si-won, Lee Si-young embark Poseidon". 10Asia. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  25. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (31 March 2012). "Interview: Kim Ok Bin Didn't Want to be Locked Up Like a Celebrity". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  26. ^ Park, Jin-hee (5 April 2013). "[연예산업 파워를 찾아서① CJ E&M 영화사업부문]한국 영화산업 견인차 CJ E&M, 글로벌 스크린 잡는다". eToday (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  27. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (10 June 2013). "Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Ok-vin's New Film Cranks Up". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  28. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (30 April 2013). "Kim Ok Bin to Play Uhm Tae Woong's Lover in Knife and Flower". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  29. ^ Son, Bo-kyung (1 July 2013). "Kim Ok Bin Says She's Worried About Her Small Screen Return with Blade and Petal". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  30. ^ An, So-hyoun (14 May 2014). "Kim Ok Bin Received Training from a Former Pickpocket for Her Drama Role". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  31. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (20 May 2014). "Down and out but happy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  32. ^ "2006 MBC 연기대상에 '주몽' 송일국". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). 31 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  33. ^ Shared with Elena Anaya for Hierro.

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