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Kim Ok-vin
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Kim Ok-vin in 2017
Born (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 32)
Other namesKim Ok-bin
Alma materKyung Hee University
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Years active2005–present
AgentHuayi Brothers[1]
RelativesChae Seo-jin (sister)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ok-bin
McCune–ReischauerKim Okpin

Kim Ok-vin (Hangul김옥빈; born 3 January 1987), also known as Kim Ok-bin, is a South Korean actress. Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest in 2004, and began her acting career with a role in the 2005 film Voice. Subsequent appearances include the television drama series Over the Rainbow and films such as Dasepo Naughty Girls and The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan. Kim has received several award nominations, and won Best Actress at the 2009 Sitges Film Festival for her role in Thirst.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born on 3 January 1987 and is the eldest of three siblings.[2][3] She trained in martial arts as a child,[4] and has attained third dan in Hapkido and second dan in Taekwondo. She also practices muay thai[5] and boxing. She is known to have an interest in cars and motorcycles, speed racing, building computers, sports such as soccer and baseball. Her IQ is known to be 141 (test taken during elementary school) and is ambidextrous.[4]


Early work: 2004–2008[edit]

Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest hosted by web portal Naver in 2004.[5] Despite having little prior acting experience, she was cast of one of the three leads in the 2005 horror film Voice,[6] a role which saw her nominated for "Best New Actress" at both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards.[7][8]

Kim next starred as the lead actress in Hanoi Bride, a two-part SBS drama aired during the Chuseok holidays to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam war.[9] Her performance as Vietnamese girl Lý Thị Vũ caught the attention of film director E J-yong, who subsequently cast her as the main character in his 2006 film Dasepo Naughty Girls, based on a popular webcomic. E commented that, "Not many young actresses would be mature enough to completely understand the heroine who has to support the family by selling herself as a prostitute... But Kim seemed like an actress who had the ability to understand the character."[3] Despite her initial reluctance due to the original comic having some explicit scenes, she ultimately took the part, having faith in the director because of his previous works.[10]

Kim auditioned for a part in the 2006 KBS drama series Hello, God, and after impressing director Ji Yeong-soo with her "intense determination," was handed a leading role as confidence trickster Seo Eun-hye.[11] During filming she expressed self-doubts, saying, "I used to cry two or three times everyday [sic] when the shooting began because I felt that I was a rubbish actress," and with a tight schedule that allowed her less than two hours of sleep per day, was reported to have collapsed on set.[3] Later that year, she appeared in MBC drama Over the Rainbow as aspiring pop singer Jeong Hee-su, a part which required her to sing and master difficult breakdance moves.[12] Series producer Han Hee complimented Kim, saying, "She is a bold actress. She's very enthusiastic about her role with an almost perfectionist attitude."[5] However, she caused some concern when she admitted to only eating one meal per day while filming the drama.[13]

In her next film, The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan, she starred alongside Lee Jung-jae as a Joseon-era kisaeng. She said she had found it difficult performing a historical role, but was helped by consultations with director Yeo Gyoon-dong and studied traditional Korean dance for two months. The film opened in South Korea in December 2008.[14]


In February 2008, Kim was announced as the female lead in Park Chan-wook's Thirst, in a part that required numerous adult scenes with co-star Song Kang-ho.[15] Kim felt that she learned much from working alongside Song, while Park commended her versatility in showing the different sides to her character.[16] Thirst topped the South Korean box office during its opening weekend with over one million admissions,[17] and was invited to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize.[18] Richard Corliss of Time praised Kim's performance in the film, saying, "It's the lovely Kim, just 22, who is the revelation here. She can play — no, she can be — a creature of mute docility, then searching ardor, then explosive eroticism, then murderous intent. She is Lady Chatterley and Lady Macbeth in one smoldering package."[19] The Hollywood Reporter's Maggie Lee was more critical, commenting, "[Kim's] high-pitched neurosis is sometimes grating, but for a relative newcomer, she keeps her continuous personality transformations in stride,"[20] while Kyu Hyun Kim of OhmyNews said, "Kim is stunningly sexy in both wilted-housewife and full-blown femme fatale modes, and throws all of herself into the role," but considered her "a bit too young and contemporary" for the role.[21] She was a co-recipient of the Best Actress award at the 42nd Sitges Film Festival (shared with Elena Anaya for Hierro),[22] and received further nominations at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,[23] the Green Globe Film Awards,[24] and the Baeksang Arts Awards.[25]

Kim was reunited with director E J-yong for Actresses, a low-budget film in which she and five other leading Korean actresses portray themselves at a special Vogue magazine shoot. Like her co-stars, Kim agreed to take part with no guarantee and shared writing credits. The film opened on 10 December 2009.[26][27]

Kim Ok-vin in 2011

In 2011, Kim was to star opposite Eric Mun in KBS's action drama Poseidon, set for broadcast in July 2011. However they dropped out when production was halted after the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong incident in November 2010.[28] Then Kim appeared in the war film The Front Line, playing a sharpshooter.[29]

Then Kim once again worked with E J-yong for the short How to Fall in Love in 10 Minutes, as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note-sponsored film Cine Note. E J-yong had contacted actors that he's personally close to and offered them the roles, and most of them accepted without pay based on their friendship and loyalty to him, Kim included.[30] The filmmaking process was later depicted in Behind the Camera, E's 2013 mockumentary with a similar concept as Actresses.

Kim then dyed her hair pink for the 2012 comedy Over My Dead Body, which she said she greatly enjoyed filming, being a fan of the genre.[31] This was followed by a leading role in the science fiction-thriller film 11 A.M., which was released in the second half of 2013.[32]

Kim returned to television in 2013 in the KBS period epic The Blade and Petal set in the Goguryeo dynasty, her first TV drama in seven years.[33][34] In 2014, Kim played a pickpocket in the jTBC cable comedy series Steal Heart.[35][36][37] Minority Opinion, her courtroom drama alongside Yoon Kye-sang and Yoo Hae-jin which had wrapped filming in 2013, was released in theaters in 2015.[38]

In 2017, Kim starred in action thriller film The Villainess.[39] The film was invited to the Cannes Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.[40]

In 2018, Kim starred in military thriller The Discloser.[41] The same year, she returned to the small screen in OCN's fantasy thriller drama Children of a Lesser God.[42][43][44]

In 2019, Kim is set to star in the historical fantasy drama Arthdal Chronicles.[45]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Voice Park Young-eon
2006 Arang Cameo appearance
Dasepo Naughty Girls Poor Girl
2008 The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan Seol-ji
2009 Thirst Tae-ju
Actresses Herself Also co-screenwriter
2011 The Front Line Cha Tae-gyeong
2012 Over My Dead Body Han Dong-hwa
2013 Behind the Camera Herself
11 A.M. Young-eun
2015 Minority Opinion Gong Soo-kyung
2017 The Villainess Sook-hee
The Discloser Jung-sook

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005 Hanoi Bride Lý Thị Vũ SBS
2006 Hello, God Seo Eun-hye KBS2
2006 Over the Rainbow Jeong Hee-su MBC Also sang "Start" on the soundtrack
2007 War of Money Lee Soo-young SBS Appeared in the four bonus episodes[46]
2013 The Blade and Petal Princess So-hee/Moo-young KBS2
2014 Steal Heart Kang Yoo-na jTBC
2018 Children of a Lesser God Kim Dan OCN
2019 Arthdal Chronicles Tae Ha tvN

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2004 "A Cold Heart" Lee Seung-chul
2006 "Tomorrow" Hwanhee
2006 "Dangerous Love" Lena Park
2007 "Absentmindedly" Zi-A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Voice Nominated [7]
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated [8]
MBC Drama Awards PD Award Over the Rainbow Won [47]
Best New Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Hello, God Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan Nominated
Sitges Film Festival Best Actress Thirst Won [48][22]
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated [23]
2010 Green Globe Film Awards Best International Actress Nominated [24]
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated [25]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2013 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama The Blade and Petal Nominated
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Steal Heart Won [49]
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
2016 21st Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Minority Opinion Nominated
2017 26th Buil Film Awards Best Actress The Villainess Nominated
1st The Seoul Awards Nominated
54th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated [50]
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated [51]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Won [52]


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