Jung Yu-mi (actress, born 1983)

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Jung Yu-mi
Jung Yu-mi in 2018 (1).jpg
Jung Yu-mi in 2018
Born (1983-01-18) January 18, 1983 (age 36)
Busan, South Korea
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts - Film major
AgentManagement SOOP[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Yu-mi
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yumi

Jung Yu-mi (born January 18, 1983) is a South Korean actress. Jung made her feature film debut in Blossom Again (2005), for which she received acting recognition. She has since starred in the critically acclaimed films Family Ties (2006), Chaw (2009), My Dear Desperado (2010), and the box office hits The Crucible (2011) and Train to Busan (2016). She also frequently appears in films by auteur Hong Sang-soo, notably Oki's Movie (2010) and Our Sunhi (2013).

For her works in film, Jung won the Best New Actress award at the Baeksang Arts Awards and Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.


Jung Yu-mi made her acting debut in short films, notably How to Operate a Polaroid Camera.[2] Shortly after, the then-aspiring actress impressed critics in the feature film Blossom Again, in which she gave an engrossing performance as an emotionally vulnerable teenager experiencing her first love,[3] and thus received several newcomer awards that year.[4] Her next film Family Ties was also critically acclaimed,[5] for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.[6][7]

Jung's filmography is a diverse mix of arthouse indies such as The Room Nearby[8] and Cafe Noir,[9] cult monster flick Chaw,[10] odd-couple romantic comedy My Dear Desperado,[11] and melodrama Come, Closer.[12] The Crucible (also known as Silenced), inspired by true events about a group of handicapped children who suffer physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their teachers, drew nearly 5 million viewers and became one of the highest-grossing films that Jung has starred in.[13][14][15] Her ability to portray the lives of ordinary people in ways that are not ordinary have made her one of the most sought-after actresses for auteurial films, as evidenced by her continued collaboration with director Hong Sang-soo.[16] She played the titular character in Hong's Oki's Movie (2010) and Our Sunhi (2013), where her fragile appeal is underpinned by a quiet strength and straightforwardness.[17][18][19] Oki's Movie premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival, while Our Sunhi premiered at the 66th Locarno International Film Festival. In 2015, she starred in the female-centric indie film The Table directed by Kim Jong-kwan, which premiered at the 21st Busan International Film Festival.[20]

Jung has also starred in several commercial films, such as Manhole (2014), where she plays a killer.[21] She was cast in the zombie thriller Train to Busan (2016) directed by Yeon Sang-ho, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.[22][23] The film was a major success, surpassing 10 million audiences.[24] Jung reunited with Yeon in another film, Psychokinesis, a black comedy which premiered in 2018.[25]

Though much less prolific in television, Jung uses her quirky, offbeat image to great effect when playing peculiar but adorable characters in Que Sera, Sera (2007), I Need Romance 2012, and Discovery of Love (2014).[26][27][28][29] In 2018, Jung starred in the tvN drama Live, written by Noh Hee-kyung where she played a policeman.[30][31]

In 2019, Jung will play the titular role in Netflix's upcoming series The School Nurse Files.[32] She is also set to star in the upcoming feminist film Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 based on the best-selling novel of the same title.[33] The film will be released in October 2019.[34]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 25th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Blossom Again Won [35]
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated [36]
4th Korean Film Awards Nominated [37]
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Won [38]
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Family Ties Won [39]
5th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated [37]
2010 8th Korean Film Awards Best Actress My Dear Desperado Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act Drama Special The Great Gye Choon-bin Won [40]
2011 33rd Golden Cinematography Awards Best Actress My Dear Desperado Won [41]
20th Buil Film Awards Oki's Movie Won [42]
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards The Crucible Nominated
2013 14th Busan Film Critics Awards Our Sunhi Won [43]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Queen of the Office Nominated
2014 1st Wildflower Film Awards Best Actress Our Sunhi Nominated [44]
23rd Buil Film Awards Nominated [45]
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Discovery of Love Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won [46]
Netizen Award, Actress Won [47]
Best Couple Award with Eric Mun Won
2016 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Train to Busan Nominated
25th Buil Film Awards Nominated
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated
17th Korea World Youth Film Festival Favorite Film Actress The Table Won [48]
2018 55th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Psychokinesis Nominated [49]
11th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Live Nominated [50]
6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated [51]


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  32. ^ "'School Nurse' heading to Netflix". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 December 2018.
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