Kim Sun-a

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Sun-a
Born (1975-10-01) October 1, 1975 (age 38)
Daegu, South Korea[1]
Other names Kim Sun-ah
Kim Seon-ah
Education Kyung Hee University
Theater and Film[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Agent Fantagio
(2014-present)
Korean name
Hangul 김선아
Hanja 金宣兒
Revised Romanization Gim Seon-a
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏna

Kim Sun-a (born October 1, 1975) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her role as Kim Sam-soon in My Lovely Sam Soon.

Biography[edit]

Kim Sun-a was born in Daegu and then spent much of her school years in Chōfu, Tokyo (she speaks Japanese fluently). After first appearing in a music video by Kim Hyun-cheol, she started appearing often on TV but did not emerge as a star. She would first become well known as a film actress, debuting in the big-budget box office failure Yesterday but going on to play a lead role as a student teacher in the unexpected hit Wet Dreams.[2]

Following her film success, Kim began to establish a niche for herself in comedies, often appearing as a straight-talking and not particularly demure comic heroine. She appeared in three films in 2003: a memorable cameo appearance in the period comedy Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield, opposite Im Chang-jung in the commercially successful The Greatest Expectation, and together with Cha Tae-hyun in the little-watched Happy Ero Christmas. In 2004 she took the lead role in S Diary as a jilted woman who decides to get revenge on her ex-boyfriends.[2]

The early part of 2005 saw her star in the action-comedy She's on Duty, but she would follow up by returning to the realm of TV dramas. It proved to be the best move of her career, as My Lovely Sam Soon ended up becoming the most-watched drama of 2005.[3] The forthright, independent personality she displayed in her leading role as a woman who finds unexpected success in life as a baker endeared her to women across Korea, and later Asia, establishing her as a top star.[2][4]

Kim then re-enrolled in college at Ball State University in the US as a piano major, presumably also brushing up on her English skills in order to further her career.[2]

Her first post-Sam Soon project was supposed to have been the movie Thursday's Child, but the project ran into problems midway through filming. The film production company Yoon and Joon sued Kim for breach of contract and damages worth 1 billion won, claiming that the actress was liable for their losses of more than 2.3 billion won. She won the lawsuit in 2007, with the Seoul Central District Court ruling that Kim bore no responsibility for the shutdown of the movie.[5] After undergoing script revisions and a change of director and lead actress (to Yunjin Kim), Thursday's Child was eventually renamed and released as Seven Days.

In early 2008, Kim was involved in another controversy. Na Hoon-a, a successful trot singer with a career spanning over 40 years, was falsely rumored to had been castrated by yakuza, because he was having an affair with the mistress of a gang boss. The mistress was wildly guessed at, with the names of actresses Kim Hye-soo and Kim Sun-a thrown around (both issued official denials). Na ended up holding a press conference in which he almost stripped in order to prove the rumor was untrue, and demanded that the media apologize to the two actresses.[6][7]

After a three-year hiatus caused by legal and contractual disputes, Kim finally got back to work in 2008, starring in the big-screen comedy Girl Scout,[8] and the poorly received TV drama Night After Night (also known as When It's At Night).[9] 2009's City Hall, where she played a low-ranking city official whose life takes a turn when she wins a pageant and later becomes the mayor,[10][11] was a modest hit, with fans crediting its success to Kim's chemistry with her co-star Cha Seung-won.

Originally cast as the lead actress for 2010's I Am Legend, Kim quit before filming started due to issues with the production (she was replaced by her good friend Kim Jung-eun). Instead she chose the 2011 drama Scent of a Woman, which centers on a spinster who, after slaving herself at a travel agency for many years, is diagnosed that she only has six months left to live, and decides to live the rest of her life happily, turning in her resignation and leaving for a vacation of luxury.[12][13] She next starred in the movie Pitch High (in Korean, Fighting Spirit), in which she plays the supportive wife of a second string baseball pitcher (Kim Joo-hyuk).[14]

In 2012 drama I Do, I Do, Kim's character is described as an "alpha girl", a workaholic shoe designer who gets knocked up by a young newbie employee, then meets a charming obstetrician.[15][16] She returned to the big screen in 2013 thriller The Five, based on the popular webtoon by Jung Yeon-shik, in which Kim plays a woman who plots revenge against the serial killer who murdered her family and left her crippled.[17][18]

In 2014, Kim signed with management agency Fantagio.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 A Scent of That Winter's Day MBC
MBC Best Theater: "Her Flower Pot No. 1" Oh Hyun-ah MBC
Forever Yours Hwang Ji-young MBC
Love and Success Lee Mi-ran MBC
Showdown SBS
1999 Love Story: "Sunflower" SBS
Jump MBC
2000 Joa, Joa Woon Choo-ah SBS
Golden Era Lee Ju-young MBC
2005 My Lovely Sam Soon Kim Sam-soon MBC
2008 Night After Night Heo Cho-hee MBC
2009 City Hall Shin Mi-rae SBS
2011 Scent of a Woman Lee Yeon-jae SBS
2012 I Do, I Do Hwang Ji-ahn MBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Yesterday May
Wet Dreams Yoo-ri
2003 Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield cameo
The Greatest Expectation Mi-yeong
Happy Ero Christmas Heo Min-kyung
2004 S Diary Jin-yi
2005 She's on Duty Chun Jae-in
2007 The Worst Guy Ever cameo
2008 Girl Scout Choi Mi-kyung
2010 Attack the Gas Station 2 Herself cameo
2011 Pitch High Oh Yoo-ran
2013 The Five Go Eun-ah

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Guys and Dolls

Commercials[edit]

  • Fried BBQ Chicken
  • Hanafos Telecom
  • Lotte Pokhan Potato Chips
  • Pizza Hut
  • DHC Cosmetics
  • Chamasi
  • Max Beer
  • Crystia
  • Paris Baguette
  • Lotte Binch
  • Collagen Drink
  • Samsung Credit Card
  • Dongwon
  • VONO
  • Waffle Bant
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Emporio Armani watch
  • OB Beer Americas

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work
2003 Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actress
2004 Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film)
Golden Cinematography Awards Popularity Award
CGV Viewer's Choice of the Year Awards Best Actress
2005 Grimae Awards Best Actress My Lovely Sam Soon
Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award, TV Actress category My Lovely Sam Soon
Korea Green Foundation 100 People Who Brightened Our World
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) My Lovely Sam Soon
Top Excellence Award, Actress
Popularity Award
Best Couple Award (with Hyun Bin)
2006 Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries My Lovely Sam Soon
Korea Broadcasting Producers Awards Best Actress My Lovely Sam Soon
2009 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special City Hall
Top 10 Stars
2011 China Entertainment Television Top Ten Hottest Asia Award Scent of a Woman
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Scent of a Woman
Top 10 Stars

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "김선아 영화배우, 탤런트" (in Korean). Naver. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Kim Suna". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  3. ^ "MBC Drama Sparks "Kim Sam-soon Syndrome"". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 July 2005. 
  4. ^ "Kim Sun-a Gains Weight to Win Hearts". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 July 2005. 
  5. ^ "Kim Seon-ah Wins Breach-of-Contract Suit". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 December 2007.
  6. ^ Park, Sang-woo (26 January 2008). "Na Hoon-a denies gangster rumors, drops his trousers". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  7. ^ "Na Hoon-a and the Posion of Celebrity Rumor". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 January 2008.
  8. ^ Ki, Sun-min (11 June 2008). "No pain, no gain for the streetwise ajumma squad". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  9. ^ "Night after Night premiered on June 16, 2008 and actress Kim Seon-a plays the main character Hur Cho-hee". MBC Global Media. 2 July 2008.
  10. ^ Han, Sang-hee (21 April 2009). "'City Hall' to Bring Public Officials to TV". The Korea Times.
  11. ^ Oh, Jean (29 April 2009). "More romantic comedy for prime time". The Korea Herald. 
  12. ^ Park, So-jung (1 June 2011). "Kim Suna, Lee Dong-wook and Um Ki-joon cast in new drama". 10Asia.
  13. ^ Lee, Ga-on (4 November 2011). "Actress Kim Suna's Song Picks". 10Asia.
  14. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 February 2010). "Kim Suna and Kim Ju-hyeok cast in new drama movie". 10Asia.
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 April 2012). "MBC's new TV series cast holds 1st script reading". 10Asia.
  16. ^ Oh, Jean (25 May 2012). "Kim, well-shod, chic and ready for her close-up". The Korea Herald. 
  17. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (30 January 2013). "Kim Sun-a to make way back to the big screen". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  18. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (29 January 2013). "Kim Sun Ah to Star in The 5ive Hearts". enewsWorld. 
  19. ^ "Kim Sun Ah no longer a Free Agent and signs with Fantagio". Allkpop. 4 February 2014. 

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