Han Ji-min

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Han Ji-min
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Han Ji-min in 2016
Born (1982-11-05) November 5, 1982 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Women's University - Social Welfare
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Agent BH Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Han Ji-min
McCune–Reischauer Han Chimin

Han Ji-min (born November 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress. After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrection in 2005. This was followed by period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abel and Padam Padam, romantic comedy Rooftop Prince, and romantic fantasy Familiar Wife.


Han Ji-min started her career in show business while still a high school student. She did various commercial films (CF) and music videos before gaining wider attention in 2003, when she appeared in hit Korean television dramas All In and Dae Jang Geum. Han said she hadn't dreamed of becoming a serious actress, but changed her mind after starring in All In, where she played the teenage counterpart of the drama's main character, played by popular actress Song Hye-kyo.

Han achieved breakthrough with her performance in the critically acclaimed mania drama Resurrection in 2005.[1][2] She then challenged herself by playing a cute yet ambitious tomboy who dreams of becoming a pilot in her first movie Blue Swallow.[3]

A car accident on the set of Wolf seriously injured Han and her co-star Eric Mun,[4][5] causing the drama to be delayed repeatedly[6] until the decision was finally made to discontinue it with only three episodes aired. After a long recovery for Mun, the two actors reunited instead in the drama Super Rookie Ranger (also known as Invincible Parachute Agent or Korea Secret Agency).[7]

Han continued to act in TV dramas, with memorable turns as a straitlaced resistance fighter in Capital Scandal and a royal concubine in the historical drama Yi San.[8][9] Known for her sweet, innocent and fragile image and her depictions of good girls,[10] Han surprised audiences with her performance as a sexy femme fatale in Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow.[11]

Han played a cynical veterinarian in Padam Padam, written by famous drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, which aired on newly launched cable channel jTBC.[12][13] She then starred in Rooftop Prince, about a Joseon-era prince who time-travels to the 21st century where he meets his dead beloved's doppelgänger.[14][15] The popularity of Rooftop Prince garnered Han several awards,[16][17] and increased her international profile, notably in Japan.[18][19]

In October 2013, Han left her talent agency S.M. Entertainment's SM C&C and joined Lee Byung-hun's BH Entertainment.[20]

In 2014, she starred in the opposites-attract romantic comedy film The Plan Man, about a methodical, mysophobic librarian who falls for a spontaneous, adventurous musician.[21][22][23] Following that, she played the dowager Queen Jeongsun in period film The Fatal Encounter, who is the fierce political rival of her step-grandson King Jeongjo.[24] Han next reunited with The Fatal Encounter co-star Hyun Bin in the 2015 suspense series Hyde, Jekyll, Me, in the role of a circus master who falls for a theme park owner with split personality disorder.[25][26]

In 2016, Han starred in action thriller The Age of Shadows, based on the 1920s about anti-Japanese independence workers' plots and betrayals.[27]

In 2017, Han was cast in the film Miss Baek, playing the titular protagonist; an ex-convict who is emotionally closed up due to the social stigma.[28][29] Han also joined the cast of comedy-drama Keys to the Heart.[30] In November, she was cast in romantic short film titled Two Rays of Light alongside Park Hyung-sik.[31]

In 2018, Han is set to return to the small screen with romance fantasy drama Familiar Wife.[32][33][34]

Personal life[edit]

A Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, Han is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society. In 2009, she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school.[35] She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia.[36]

In 2012, she was designated as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Act 1, Chapter 2 Man (voice) Animated short film[38]
Blue Swallow Lee Jung-hee
2007 The Cut Seon-hwa
2011 Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow Han Kaek-ju
2012 Ending Note Narrator, barrier-free version[39]
2014 The Plan Man Yoo So-jung
The Fatal Encounter Queen Jeongsun
2015 Salut d'Amour Min-jung [40]
2016 The Age of Shadows Yeon Gye-soon
2017 Two Rays of Light Soo-young Short film
2018 Keys to the Heart Han Ga-yool Special appearance
Herstory Teacher Cameo
Miss Baek

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 All In young Min Soo-yeon SBS
Good Person Oh Soon-jung MBC
Dae Jang Geum Shin-bi
2004 Déjà vu (Drama City episode) Soo-yeon KBS2
2005 Memory (Drama City episode) Soo-kyung
Resurrection Seo Eun-ha
2006 Wolf Han Ji-soo MBC
Great Inheritance Yoo Mi-rae KBS2
Super Rookie Ranger Gong Joo-yeon SBS
2007 Capital Scandal Na Yeo-kyung KBS2
Yi San Seong Song-yeon MBC
2009 Cain and Abel Oh Young-ji SBS
2011 Padam Padam Jung Ji-na jTBC
2012 Rooftop Prince Park Ha/Hong Bu-yong SBS
2015 Hyde Jekyll, Me Jang Ha-na
2016 Dramaworld Herself Viki
Don't Dare to Dream Dr. Han Ji-min (cameo ep. 11) SBS
2018 Familiar Wife Seo Woo-jin tvN


Year Title Network Notes
2006-2008 Entertainment Weekly KBS2


Year Title Publisher
2009 We're Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book Book Log Company

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Drama Special Déjà vu Won
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Resurrection Won
Best Couple Award with Uhm Tae-woong Won
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Blue Swallow Nominated
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress The Cut Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress[41] Yi San' Won
KBS Drama Awards[41] Excellence Award, Actress
Capital Scandal
Netizen Award, Actress Won
Best Couple Award with Kang Ji-hwan Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
2009 Ministry of Health and Welfare Minister's Commendation N/A Won
2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award[42] N/A Won
2012 46th Taxpayer's Day Presidential Commendation as Exemplary Taxpayer N/A Won
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star[16] Rooftop Prince Won
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress[17] Won
5th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress[43] Padam Padam Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special[44] Rooftop Prince Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Park Yuchun Won
2014 3rd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards Most Photogenic Actress N/A Won
2015 35th Golden Cinema Festival Best Supporting Actress[45] Salut d'Amour Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Hyde, Jekyll, Me Nominated
2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress The Age of Shadows Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actress (Film) Nominated
37th Golden Cinema Festival Best Supporting Actress Won
Ministry of Health and Welfare Happiness Sharing Award[46] N/A Won


  1. ^ "Han Ji-min: I am a Happy Woman Addicted to Revenge". KBS Global. July 7, 2005
  2. ^ "KOREAN TV DRAMA REVIEWS: 부활 (Rebirth - Director's Cut) PART 2". Twitch Film. April 12, 2006. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Sky's the Limit for Han Ji-min". The Korea Times. January 8, 2006.
  4. ^ "Eric Hurt in Gallant Attempt to Save Han Ji-min". The Chosun Ilbo. January 23, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Stars of TV drama Wolf injured in car accident". The Korea Herald. Hancinema. January 24, 2006.
  6. ^ "늑대 (Wolf) Return Set For Summer". Twitch Film. February 14, 2006.
  7. ^ "Super Rookie Ranger" Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. SBS Global. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Interview: Han Ji-min, who finished filming Yi San, "I wouldn't love a real king"". Herald Media. Hancinema. June 12, 2008.
  9. ^ "Interview with Han Ji-min (October 18, 2007), who plays the role of Song-yeon in Lee San, Wind of the Palace". MBC Global Media. March 3, 2008.
  10. ^ "'Joseon Detective' mixes wit and tradition". The Korea Times. December 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Han Ji Min: 'I Played Sexy and Mysterious Character'". KBS Global. January 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Jung Woo Sung and Han Ji Min are Lovey-Dovey on Set". enewsWorld. October 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Han Ji Min Likes Her Co-star Jung Woo Sung". enewsWorld. November 30, 2011.
  14. ^ "Han Ji-min to star in Park Yuchun drama". 10Asia. January 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "TV series Rooftop Prince ready to make the audience raise the roof". 10Asia. March 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Han Ji-min takes Mnet drama award". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Deep Rooted Tree scoops up grand prize at Seoul International Drama Awards". 10Asia. August 31, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Han Ji Min Holds First Fan Meet in Japan". enewsWorld. November 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Han Ji-min has first Japan fan meet". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 20, 2012. Archived from the original on November 30, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Han Ji-min Signs with Lee Byung-hun's Agency". 10Asia. October 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Heroine Han Ji-min talks about new movie Plan Man". The Dong-a Ilbo. January 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Han Ji-min Grunges Out But Still Adorable in New Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. January 16, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Han Ji-min happy to be loud, wild". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 21, 2014. 
  24. ^ "'Fatal Encounter' deathly boring". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  25. ^ "Han Ji Min to Transform into Circus Master and Hyun Bin's Love Interest in Jekyll, Hyde, I". enewsWorld. October 29, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Han Ji-min, Hyun Bin together again". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 31, 2014. 
  27. ^ "'The Age of Shadows' is a beautiful spy adventure; Colonial era thriller keeps viewers on the edge of their seats". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Han Ji-min, Lee Hee-jun to star in 'Miss Baek'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  29. ^ "HAN Ji-min Takes on MISS BAEK". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 25, 2017. 
  30. ^ "LEE Byung-hun and PARK Jung-min Wrap THAT'S ONLY MY WORLD". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 30, 2017. 
  31. ^ "HUR Jin-ho Returns with New Short Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. 8 December 2017. 
  32. ^ "Ji Sung to Pair with Han Ji-min in Upcoming TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 June 2018. 
  33. ^ "Actress Han Ji-min to return after three-year hiatus". Kpop Herald. 6 July 2018. 
  34. ^ "'Angelic' Han Ji-min takes role of angry, 'Familiar Wife'". Kpop Herald. 25 July 2018. 
  35. ^ 우리 벌써 친구가 됐어요 - 한지민의 필리핀 도네이션 북. Aladin (in Korean). August 15, 2009. 
  36. ^ "Actress Han Ji-min's Movie Picks". 10Asia. February 7, 2011.
  37. ^ "Han Ji-min to stand up for the environment". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 13, 2012. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. 
  38. ^ "The Act 1, Chapter 2". IndieStory. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  39. ^ "'Talent Donation' Han Ji-Min "I hope the disabled would watch the movie with us"". Innolife. November 17, 2012. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Kang Je-gyu's "Salut D'Amour" casts Han Ji-min, Cho Jin-woong, Chanyeol". Hancinema. edaily. August 18, 2014. 
  41. ^ a b "2007 Year-end Korean drama awards round-up". Hancinema. Star Money. January 7, 2007. 
  42. ^ "Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards". Hancinema. KBS World. January 23, 2011. 
  43. ^ "제1회 '케이 드라마 스타 어워즈' 대상 손현주". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). December 9, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Big Winners of 2012 Announced at Drama Awards Ceremonies of Major Broadcasters". 10Asia. January 1, 2013. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. 
  45. ^ "Kim Hye-soo and Sul Kyung-gu to be awarded the Best Actress and Actor". Hancinema. Segye. September 20, 2015. 
  46. ^ "Actress awarded for sharing". The Korea Times. June 29, 2017. 

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