Jung Yu-mi (actress, born 1983)

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Jung Yu-mi
Jung Yoo-mi from acrofan.jpg
Jung Yu-mi in 2012
Born (1983-01-18) January 18, 1983 (age 34)
South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film major
Occupation Actress
Agent Management SOOP
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Yu(-)mi
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng 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).


Jung Yu-mi made her acting debut in short films, notably How to Operate a Polaroid Camera.[1] Shortly after the then-aspiring actress impressed critics in feature film Blossom Again, in which she gave an engrossing performance as an emotionally vulnerable teenager experiencing her first love, and thus received several newcomer awards that year.[2] Her next film Family Ties was also critically acclaimed, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.[3][4]

Jung's filmography is a diverse mix of arthouse indies such as The Room Nearby[5] and Cafe Noir,[6] cult monster flick Chaw,[7] odd-couple romantic comedy My Dear Desperado,[8] and melodrama Come, Closer.[9] 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 the highest-grossing film that Jung has starred in.[10][11][12] 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.[13] 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.[14] Oki's Movie premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival, while Our Sunhi premiered at the 66th Locarno International Film Festival.

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).[15][16][17]


Feature film[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role Notes
2005 A Bittersweet Life 달콤한 인생 Mi-ae
Blossom Again 사랑니 Cho In-young
2006 Family Ties 가족의 탄생 Chae-hyun
2007 Shim's Family - Skeletons in the Closet 좋지 아니한가 Ha-eun
2009 Oishii Man 오이시맨 Jae-yeong
The Room Nearby 그녀들의 방 Koo Eon-joo
Like You Know It All 잘 알지도 못하면서 Yoo-shin
Chaw 차우 Byeon Soo-ryeon
A Million 10억 Kim Ji-eun
Good Morning, President 굿모닝 프레지던트 Mi-mi Cameo
2010 My Dear Desperado 내 깡패 같은 애인 Se-jin
Oki's Movie 옥희의 영화 Ok-hee
Come, Closer 조금만 더 가까이 Eun-hee
Cafe Noir 카페 느와르 Sun-hwa
2011 The Crucible - Silenced 도가니 Seo Yoo-jin
2012 In Another Country 다른 나라에서 Won-joo
2013 Our Sunhi 우리 선희 Sunhi
Tough as Iron 깡철이 Soo-ji
2014 The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (animated)[18] 우리별 일호와 얼룩소 Il-ho Voice
Manhole 맨홀 Yeon-seo
2015 The Himalayas 히말라야 Choi Soo-young Cameo
2016 Train to Busan 부산행 Seong-kyeong
2016 The Table 더 테이블 Yu-jin
2017 The Princess in the Forest 산나물처녀
2018 Psychokinesis 염력

Short film[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role
2003 Tell Her I Love Her N/A N/A
2004 How to Operate a Polaroid Camera 폴라로이드 작동법 Sun-ah
2006 09:05 N/A N/A
2007 A Puppy, Our Family 가족 같은 개, 개 같은 가족 Min-joo
2009 Relay (If You Were Me 4) 시선 1318: 릴레이 N/A
Lost in the Mountains (Jeonju Digital Project) 어떤 방문: 첩첩산중 Mi-sook
2011 List 리스트 N/A
2012 The Winter Pianist 겨울의 피아니스트 N/A

Television series[edit]

Year Title Hangul Network No. of Episodes Role Notes
2007 Que Sera, Sera 케세라, 세라 MBC 17 Han Eun-soo
2010 Drama Special: The Great Gye Choon-bin 위대한 계춘빈 KBS2 1 Gye Choon-bin
2012 I Need Romance 2012 로맨스가 필요해 2 tvN 16 Joo Yeol-mae
2013 Queen of the Office 직장의 신 KBS2 16 Jeong Joo-ri
Dating Agency: Cyrano 연애조작단: 시라노 tvN Ep. 8-9 Bong Soo-ah Guest appearance
Reply 1994 응답하라 1994 tvN Ep. 21 Girl who bumps into Chilbong Cameo
2014 Discovery of Love 연애의 발견 KBS2 16 Han Yeo-reum
2016 My Wife's Having an Affair this Week 이번 주, 아내가 바람을 핍니다 JTBC Ep. 08 Han Jun-Hee


Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2017 Youn's Kitchen Cast member tvN

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist
2015 "Zero Gravity" Zion.T

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
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated [19]
4th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated [20]
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Won [21]
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Family Ties Won [19]
5th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated [20]
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
2011 33rd Golden Cinematography Awards Best Actress My Dear Desperado Won
20th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Oki's Movie Won [22]
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress The Crucible Nominated
2013 14th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actress Our Sunhi Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Queen of the Office Nominated
2014 1st Wildflower Film Awards Best Actress Our Sunhi Nominated [23]
23rd Buil Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [24]
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Discovery of Love Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won
Netizen Award, Actress Won
Best Couple Award with Eric Mun Won
2016 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Train to Busan Nominated
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated


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  2. ^ Lee, Claire (2 May 2012). "Jung Ji-woo talks on his new film, new muse". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "The 27th Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Society. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  4. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (21 December 2006). "BONG's Host Takes Top Prize at Blue Dragon". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Shin, Hae-in (28 February 2009). "Two rooms, two desires invoke catastrophe in The Room Nearby". Yonhap. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (6 January 2011). "Film critic puts his reputation on the line in directing debut". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (17 June 2009). "Korea's new B-movie star: a CGI pig". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (29 April 2010). "My Dear Desperado is not a romantic comedy nor comedy". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ "2010.10.29 NOW PLAYING". Korea Joongang Daily. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (24 August 2011). "Film examines child abuse case". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ "The Crucible Brings Demons of Child Molestation Case Back to Life". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ Song, Ho-jin (28 September 2011). "The Crucible surpasses 1 million viewers at box office". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ "JUNG Yu-Mi". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  14. ^ Elley, Derek (5 February 2011). "Oki's Movie". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  15. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (18 June 2012). "Jung Yu Mi Hesitated to Appear in I Need a Romance 2". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  16. ^ "Jung Yu-mi's Gamble on TV Soap Proves Worthwhile". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  17. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (23 May 2014). "Jung Yu-mi to star in new steamy drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  18. ^ Conran, Pierce (31 January 2014). "JUNG Yu-Mi and YOO Ah-in Voice New Animation". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  19. ^ a b "Blue Dragon Film Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  20. ^ a b "Korean Film Awards (MBC)". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  21. ^ "42nd Baeksang Awards Nominations +Winners". Twitch Film. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  22. ^ "Ryu Seung Bum and Jung Yoo Mi Win Best Actor and Actress at 20th Buil Film Awards". Soompi. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  23. ^ "Wildflower Film Awards". Koreanfilm.org. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  24. ^ Kim, June (6 October 2014). "SHIM Eun-kyung, SONG Kang-ho, HONG Sangsoo and ROARING CURRENTS Win at 23rd Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 

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