Kim Ji-soo (actress)

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Kim Ji-soo
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Kim Ji-soo at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale press conference in Korea (2009)
Yang Sung-yoon

(1972-10-24) 24 October 1972 (age 48)
Other namesKim Ji-su
Years active1992–present
AgentLead Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-su
McCune–ReischauerKim Chisu
Birth name
Revised RomanizationYang Seong-yun
McCune–ReischauerYang Sŏngyun

Kim Ji-soo (born Yang Sung-yoon on October 24, 1972) is a South Korean actress.


A graduate of Kaywon High School of the Arts, Kim made her acting debut in 1992. She worked as a television actress for over a decade before branching out into film, saying in an interview that, "I was getting older by the second, and I hated becoming complacent."[1] In 2005, Kim made her first big screen appearance with a leading role in Lee Yoon-ki's This Charming Girl, a character study of a twenty-something single woman working at a post office. The film was well received by critics, and Kim herself was singled out for praise, with The Japan Times commenting, "Kim's performance is a masterful balance of understatedness and open-wounded vulnerability."[2] Kim won Best Actress at the Singapore International Film Festival,[3] and Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,[4] Busan Film Critics Awards,[5] and Korean Film Awards,[6] with a further nomination at the Grand Bell Awards.[7] Due to the success of This Charming Girl on the international film festival circuit, and in recognition of her role in promoting Korean culture overseas, Kim was invited to a Blue House luncheon, where she met then-South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and First Lady Kwon Yang-suk.[8]

In 2006 Kim appeared in several films, first with Jo Jae-hyun in the melodrama Romance, though she was publicly critical about the lack of depth to her character.[9] In October 2006, she portrayed a victim of the Sampoong Department Store collapse in Traces of Love, which was selected as the opening film of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival.[10] In November 2006, Kim starred opposite Han Suk-kyu in the romantic drama Solace, receiving a nomination for Best Actress at the Korean Film Awards.[11]

Kim returned to television in May 2008 with a leading role in the drama Women of the Sun.[12][13] Her turn as a complex antiheroine garnered praise, and she won a Top Excellence Award in Acting at the year-end KBS Drama Awards and a nomination for Best TV Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards.

In 2010 she starred in her first historical series The King of Legend which focuses on Geunchogo, the 13th ruler of Baekje. Shortly before the drama's premiere, Kim was involved in a drunken hit-and-run accident (this was her second offense; her first DUI was in 2000 for which she lost her license). Amidst a wave of complaints demanding that she be fired from the drama, broadcast station KBS stuck by the actress, and Kim released an official apology and paid the fine of ₩10 million.[14] She was later listed among the top 10 highest-paid entertainers on KBS for the year 2011, with a salary of ₩400 million.[15] Starring roles followed in Love Again (2012) and One Warm Word (2013).[16][17]

When asked in an interview if she would consider appearing nude onscreen, Kim replied, "I don't want to take nude scenes to prove my passion for acting, which I have always had."[18]

In November 2020, Kim signed with new agency Lead Entertainment.[19]

Personal life[edit]

She was in a six-year relationship with actor Kim Joo-hyuk, with whom she co-starred in the 2002 SBS drama series Like a Flowing River. The couple broke up in 2009.[20][21][22]

After her change in relationship status on Facebook was leaked in March 2012, Kim confirmed that she was dating a Korean-Canadian 16 years her junior. The couple split in 2013.[23][24][25]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1992 Female Detective 8080 Detective Cha Song-hwa SBS
Time of Ardor
1993 Faraway Songba River Lee Ok-im
1993-1994 To the Lovely Others Lee Myung-sook
1994 General Hospital Nurse Joo Kyung-hee MBC
M Kim Eun-hee
The Last Lover Kim Joo-hee
1995 Little Heroes Yeo-jin HBS
1996 Sibling Relations Lee Guk-hee MBC
1997 The Angel Within KBS2
Mountain Lee Soo-jung MBC
One-Act Play "Two Mothers" SBS
MBC Best Theater "Solomon's Thieves" MBC
1997-1998 When She Beckons Kim In-hwa/Jang In-young KBS2
1998 Love Lee So-jin MBC
1998-1999 See and See Again Eun-joo
I Hate You, But It's Fine SBS
Letters Written on a Cloudy Day
1999 MBC Best Theater "Once in a Lifetime" MBC
1999-2000 Sweet Bride Min-hee
2000 Bad Friends Lee Sang-eun
MBC Best Theater "Dong-bo's Bluebird" Ji-soo
2000-2001 Full of Sun Park Ji-sook KBS2
Foolish Princes Joo Jang-mi MBC
2001 Wind from the Straits Fuji TV
Legend Yoon Seo-yeon SBS
2002 Sunshine Hunting Song Hee-ju KBS2
2002-2003 Like a Flowing River Park Sang-hee SBS
2003 First Love Yoon Seo-gyung
2004-2005 The Age of Heroes Park So-sun MBC
2008 Women of the Sun Shin Do-young/Kim Han-sook KBS2
2010-2011 The King of Legend Buyeo Hwa KBS1
2012 Love Again Uhm Ji-hyun jTBC
2013 One Warm Word Song Mi-kyung SBS
2016 Memory Seo Yeong-joo tvN
2016-2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Queen Mother Jiso KBS2
2017-2018 A Korean Odyssey Na Chal-nyeo[26] tvN
2018 Where Stars Land Yang Seo-gun[27] SBS
2020 365: Repeat the Year Lee Shin MBC
2021 High Class Nam Ji-seon[28] tvN
TBA All of Us Are Dead TBA Netflix


Year Title Role
2005 This Charming Girl Jeong-hae
Murder, Take One Jung Yun-jung (cameo)
Love Talk Jeong-hae (cameo)
2006 Romance Yun-hee
Traces of Love Seo Min-joo
Solace Lee Hye-ran
2011 Come Rain, Come Shine Woman next door (cameo)
2015 Gangnam Blues Min Seong-hee
2016 Woo-joo's Christmas Sung Woo-joo
2018 Intimate Strangers Ye-jin

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
1995 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 MC
MBC Popular Song Best 50 MBC
1998 Live Dating 11
1999 Seo Se-won's Super Stardom SBS
2000 To You Who Forget the Night KBS Radio 2 DJ
2005 Ya Shim Man Man SBS Guest (Episode 100, 188)
2008 LOVE tvN Guest (Episode 4)
2010 Sweet Rain MBC Guest (Episode 17-18)
2013 Thank You SBS Guest (Episode 8)
2015 Running Man SBS Guest (Episode 232)
2017 I Live Alone MBC Guest (Episode 197)

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1999 "Are You Going" Jinju
2001 "Should I Say I Love You Again?" Kim Dong-ryool
2004 "Memory Loss" Gummy
2006 "That Man, That Woman" Vibe

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress When She Beckons Won [29]
1998 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) See and See Again Won
2002 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Like a Flowing River Won
2005 18th Singapore International Film Festival Best Actress This Charming Girl Won [3]
41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated
42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Nominated [7]
6th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Won [5]
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Won [4]
4th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Won [6]
2006 Mnet KM Music Festival Best Actress in a Music Video That Man, That Woman Won [30]
2007 6th Korean Film Awards Best Actress Solace Nominated [11]
2008 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Women of the Sun Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
2011 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama The King of Legend Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) One Warm Word Nominated [31]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Nominated
2018 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Where Stars Land Nominated


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  2. ^ Shoji, Kaori (29 September 2006). "Safe in a world of her own". The Japan Times.
  3. ^ a b ""Kim Ji-su Wins Best Actress Award at Singapore Film Festival". KBS Global. 29 April 2005.
  4. ^ a b ""Sympathy for Lady Vengeance wins Best Picture Award". KBS Global. 30 November 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Film Awards Ceremonies in Korea". Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  6. ^ a b "4th Korean Film Awards". (in Korean). Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  7. ^ a b "Grand Bell Awards - Daejong Film Festival (2005)". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  8. ^ "Kim Ji-soo Meets President Roh at Luncheon". KBS Global. 31 March 2005.
  9. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Romance review". Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  10. ^ "Pusan film festival opens with Traces of Love". The Hankyoreh. 12 October 2006.
  11. ^ a b "6th Korean Film Awards". (in Korean). Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  12. ^ "Big4 여배우, 안방극장 U턴 '별들의 전쟁'" [Big 4 Actresses, Television U-Turn War of the Stars]. Sportsseoul (in Korean). 11 April 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013.
  13. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (25 May 2012). "Women in the Sun Stands Beside The Equator Man". enewsWorld.
  14. ^ Han, Sang-hee (7 March 2011). "Actress fined W10 mil. for drunk driving". The Korea Times.
  15. ^ "KBS' Highest-Paid Stars Revealed". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Kim Ji-soo Draws on Personal Heartache in Adultery-Themed Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 January 2014.
  17. ^ Won, Ho-yeon (24 January 2014). "Warm words, fiery feelings". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  18. ^ Shin, Hae-in (27 March 2006). "What nude scenes mean for actresses". The Korea Herald via Hancinema.
  19. ^ sun, Mi-kyung (13 November 2020). "김지수, 이끌 엔터와 전속계약 체결..지진희⋅김선아와 한솥밥[공식]". OSEN.
  20. ^ "Star Couple Part Ways". The Korea Times. 8 October 2009.
  21. ^ "Actors End 6-Year Love". The Korea Times. 8 October 2009.
  22. ^ Lim, Hye-seon (8 October 2009). ""Kim Ju-hyeok, Kim Ji-su break up". 10Asia.
  23. ^ "Kim Ji-su opens up about her younger man". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 May 2012.
  24. ^ ""Kim Ji-su says he's not a boy toy". Korea JoongAng Daily. 24 May 2012.
  25. ^ "Actress Kim Ji-soo unveils picture of boyfriend". The Korea Herald. 3 June 2012.
  26. ^ 김지수, '화유기' 출연확정 "차승원 첫사랑녀". My Daily (in Korean). October 30, 2017.
  27. ^ [단독] "워커홀릭 변신" 김지수, '여우각시별'로 안방 컴백. News1 (in Korean). July 30, 2018.
  28. ^ Kim Soo-jin (March 11, 2021). "조여정 김지수 하준, '하이클래스' 출연 [공식]" [Jo Yeo-jeong, Kim Ji-soo, Ha-jun to appear in 'High Class' [Official]]. Star News (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  29. ^ "Kim Ji-soo profile". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  30. ^ "2006 Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  31. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (30 April 2014). "Nominees in 50th Baeksang Art Awards revealed". Manila Bulletin.

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