Kim Bum

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Kim Bum
Kim Bum (FM).jpg
Kim in 2013
Born Kim Sang-bum
(1989-07-07) July 7, 1989 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2006–present
Agent King Kong by Starship Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 김범
Revised Romanization Gim Beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Pŏm
Birth name
Hangul 김상범
Revised Romanization Gim Sang-beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sangpŏm
Website Official website

Kim Sang-bum (Hangul김상범; Hanja金尚汎; born July 7, 1989), known by the stage name Kim Bum, is a South Korean actor, dancer, singer and model. He is best known for his role as So Yi-jung in Boys Over Flowers.

Early life and education[edit]

Kim Sang-bum was born in Seoul, South Korea on July 7, 1989. He attended Chung-ang University, majoring in Film and Theater.[1][2]


2006–2007: Beginnings[edit]

Kim joined the "Survival Star Audition", and was placed 6th out of hundreds of contestants. However, because he was under 20, he could not proceed in the competition. "Survival Star Audition" opened many opportunities for Kim, and he received multiple roles in television series. Kim made his acting debut in the sitcom High Kick!.

2008–2011: Rising popularity[edit]

Kim first gained recognition for his scene-stealing role in MBC's anniversary drama East of Eden,[3] winning the Netizen Popularity Award at the Korea Drama Awards.[4] He rose to prominence in 2009 after playing the role of So Yi-jung in the hit drama Boys Over Flowers.[5][6] He achieved further recognition with his supporting role in fantasy melodrama Padam Padam (2011), written by Noh Hee-kyung.[7][8][9][2]

2012–2015: Solo debut and overseas activities[edit]

Kim released his first studio album, Hometown, on June 20, 2012.[10] He performed his first solo concert, Kim Beom Japan Live 2012, at the Stellar Ball in Tokyo's Shinagawa Prince Hotel.[11]

In 2013, Kim reunited with Noh in romance melodrama That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013).[12][13][14] He made his Chinese film debut in Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon directed by Tsui Hark, which became one of the highest grossing Chinese films of the year.[15] He then starred in the thriller Miracle Hands by Kwon Ho-young.[16] The same year, he took on his first historical drama Goddess of Fire which co-stars Moon Geun-young.[17]

In 2014, Kim was cast in his first Chinese television drama V Love, also known as the Chinese version of Gossip Girls.[18] Kim subsequently starred in two Chinese films; romantic comedy Lovers & Movies and suspense film The Beloved.[19][20]

2015–present: Comeback to Korea[edit]

Kim made his small-screen comeback in tvN's crime thriller Hidden Identity in 2015.[21][22] He starred in another crime thriller Mrs. Cop 2, and earned praise for his portrayal of a villain.[23]

In 2018, Kim appeared in Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead, the third installment in the comedy-mystery Detective K film series, marking his return to Korean cinemas after four years.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2012, Kim's agency announced that he was suffering from degenerative arthritis due to the dramatic weight-loss he experienced after training for his role in the JTBC cable drama Padam Padam.[25]

Kim is close friends with fellow actors Lee Min-ho and Jung Il-woo.[26][27][2]

It was revealed on November 1, 2013, that Kim was dating his Goddess of Fire co-star, Moon Geun-young.[28] On May 15, 2014, media outlets reported that they had ended their 7-month-long relationship. Agencies of both actors confirmed the news stating: "They did break up not too long ago but have decided to remain good friends and supportive colleagues".[29][30]

On March 29, 2018, it was confirmed that Kim is in a relationship with actress Oh Yeon-seo.[31][32][33]



Year Title Role
2007 Hellcats Lee Ho-jae
2008 The Story
2008 Death Bell Kang Hyeon
2009 Flight Si-beom
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Yuan Zhen
The Gifted Hands Kim Joon
2015 Lovers and Movies Lin Jun
The Beloved Jiang Suying
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Cheon-moo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rude Women Jeong Hyeon-jun
Unstoppable High Kick Kim Bum
2008 East of Eden Lee Dong-cheol (15 years old)
2009 Boys Over Flowers So Yi-jung
Dream Lee Jang-seok
High Kick Through the Roof Ja-ok's nephew Cameo (episode 72)
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry Ha Min-jae
Haru: An Unforgettable Day in Korea Photographer Produced by the Korea National Tourism Organization.
2011 Padam Padam Lee Gook-soo
2012 High Kick 3 Cameo (episode 108)[34]
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Park Jin-sung
Goddess of Fire Kim Tae-do
2014 The Micro Era of Love Ou Hui
2015 Hidden Identity Cha Gun-woo
2016 Mrs. Cop 2 Lee Ro-jun



Title Album details Peak chart positions
Christmas Eve's Sky (聖夜の空)
  • Released: December 16, 2009
  • Label: Glory Entertainment
Track listing
  1. イントロ(フォー・イブズ・ラバーズ) Intro (For Eve’s Lovers)
  2. 聖夜の空 (Christmas Eve’s Sky)
  3. 今、会いに行きます (I’m Going To Meet Her Now)
  4. 今、会いに行きます(韓国語版) (I’m Going To Meet Her Now (Korean))
  5. 聖夜の空(インストゥルメンタル) (Christmas Eve’s Sky (Inst.))
  6. 今、会いに行きます(インストゥルメンタル) (I’m Going To meet Her Now (Inst.))
Home Town
Track listing
  1. Day Break
  2. My Old Friend
  3. Home Town
  4. 雪月花 (The End of Silence / Serene Beauty)
  5. 君のための歌 (Song for You)
  6. 夢の後先 (Beyond Dreams / Consequences of a Dream )
  7. 太陽と月 (The Sun & The Moon)



  1. ^ "Kim Bum - Park Shin-hye, We're Classmates, Jeong Il-woo - Lee Tae-ran, Freshmen in 2008". Hancinema. 6 March 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Choi, Eun-hwa (9 February 2012). "[Interview] Kim Bum's Three Keywords: Sincerity, Acting, Challenge". enewsWorld. 
  3. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Kim Bum (2)". 10Asia. 28 October 2009. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Actor Kim Wins Top Prize at Korea Drama Festival Awards". The Korea Times. 2 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "[PHOTO] Kim Bum on set of "Boys Over Flowers"". 10Asia. 13 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Kim Bum (1)". 10Asia. 29 October 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (10 August 2011). "Kim Beom to star in new TV series with Jung Woo-sung". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  8. ^ Hong, Lucia (30 November 2011). "Kim Beom watched foreign films to prep for TV series role". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  9. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (5 December 2011). "Kim Bum Toughens Up for Padam Padam". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  10. ^ "Actor Kim Bum's new role is singer". Korea JoongAng Daily. 20 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kim Bum holds first Japan concert". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Ho, Stewart (23 October 2012). "Kim Bum Confirmed to Join Zo in Sung, Song Hye Gyo for Wind Blows in Winter". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. 
  13. ^ An, So-hyoun (21 April 2013). "Interview: Kim Bum, the Boy with the Man′s Eyes". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. 
  14. ^ Bae, Sun-young (3 July 2013). "INTERVIEW: Actor Kim Beom". 10Asia. 
  15. ^ "Kim Bum to team up with Tsui Hark". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kim Bum starts work on 'Miracle'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (6 May 2013). "Kim Bum Cast in His First Sageuk Drama Alongside Moon Geun Young". enewsWorld. 
  18. ^ "Kim Bum Cast for Chinese drama ′V Love′". enewsWorld. 30 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Chinese Film LOVERS & MOVIES Featuring KIM Beom, To Be Released in March". Korean Film Biz Zone. 17 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Kim Bum Becomes Top Box Office Actor in China with 'The Beloved'". 19 May 2015. 
  21. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (24 March 2015). "Kim Bum to Make Small Screen Comeback through tvN Drama". enewsWorld. 
  22. ^ Ghim, Sora (24 March 2015). "Kim Bum To Become A Homicide Detective". BNTNews. 
  23. ^ "'미세스캅2' 김범, 냉혈한의 눈빛…'악역의 품격' [Kim Bum goes dark both inside and out for Mrs. Cop 2]". SBS Fune (in Korean). 23 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Kim Bum to return to big screen for 'Detective K'". The Korea Herald. 20 July 2017. 
  25. ^ "Kim Bum's diet gives him arthritis". Korea Joongang Daily. 13 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Lee Min-ho, Kim Bum surprise visit Jung Il-woo fan meeting". 10Asia. 7 September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. 
  27. ^ "Lee Min-ho, Jung Il-woo, Kim Bum renew friendship". Kpop Herald. 20 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "Moon Geun-young, Kim Bum Dating". The Korea Times. 3 November 2013. 
  29. ^ Kim Hee-eun (16 May 2014). "Moon Geun-young, Kim Beom split". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  30. ^ "Kim Bum, Moon Geun-young Split Up After Seven Months". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 May 2014. 
  31. ^ "오연서 측, 김범과 열애 초고속 인정 "호감 갖고 알아가는 단계"(공식)". Naver (in Korean). enews24. 29 March 2018. 
  32. ^ "Oh Yeon-seo, Kim Beom confirm relationship". The Korea Herald. 29 March 2018. 
  33. ^ "Actress Oh Yeon-seo, actor Kim Beom 'in early blush of romance'". The Korea Times. 29 March 2018. 
  34. ^ "Kim Bum makes a cameo appearance on "High Kick 3"". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 March 2012. 
  35. ^ "キム・ボムのランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 5 July 2018. 
  36. ^ "Actor Kim Wins Top Prize at Korea Drama Festival Awards". Hancinema. The Korea Times. 2 November 2008. 
  37. ^ Stars Shine at Andre Kim's Atelier The Korea Times. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  38. ^ Ko Jae-wan (4 January 2010). "Jang Seo-hee wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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