Kim Tae-ri

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Kim Tae-ri
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Tae-ri at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards, November 2016
Born (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 30)
Alma materKyung Hee University
(Journalism and Communication)
Years active2010–present
AgentJ-Wide Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-ri
McCune–ReischauerKim T'ae-ri

Kim Tae-ri (born April 24, 1990) is a South Korean actress. She is known for her leading role in the critically acclaimed film The Handmaiden (2016), Little Forest (2018) and in the highly rated historical drama Mr. Sunshine (2018).

Early life[edit]

Kim was born on April 24, 1990, in Seoul and has a brother who is two years older than her. She was raised by her grandmother during childhood. After graduating from Youngshin Girls' High School, Kim enrolled into the Department of Media Communication at Kyung Hee University.[1]


Kim started her career appearing in theater productions and modelling in TV adverts. She made her feature film debut in Park Chan-wook's film The Handmaiden (2016) where she was chosen from among 1,500 candidates who auditioned for the role.[2] Park's first impression of Kim reminded him strongly of his first meeting with actress Kang Hye-jung, who had her career breakthrough in Park's film Oldboy (2003).[3][4]

In 2017, Kim co-starred in the political thriller 1987: When the Day Comes.[5][6][7] In 2018, Kim headlined the Korean film adaptation of the manga series Little Forest.[8][9] The same year, she made her small-screen debut in the period melodrama Mr. Sunshine, written by Kim Eun-sook;[10] which became a hit domestically.[11]

Kim was ranked among Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Entertainment & Sports category in 2019.[12][13]

In 2020, Kim will co-star with Song Joong-ki in the science fiction film Space Sweepers, which will be directed by Jo Sung-hee.[14]

In 2021, she is set to appear in Choi Dong-hoon's upcoming sci-fi crime film Alien, which will be released in two parts.[15][16]



Year Title Hangul Role Notes Ref.
2010 Citizen Zombie 시민좀비 Art Short films
2015 What Are You Looking At? 뭐보노? High school girl
Who Is It? 누구인가
Lock Out 락아웃 The woman
2016 The Handmaiden 아가씨 Sook-hee [2]
2017 Moon Young 문영 Moon-young Independent film [17]
1987: When the Day Comes 1987 Yeon-hee [5]
2018 Little Forest 리틀 포레스트 Song Hye-won [8]
2020 Space Sweepers 승리호 Captain Post-production [14]
2021 Alien 외계인 Filming [15]
TBA Alien Part 2 외계인 2부 [16]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2016 Entourage Herself tvN Cameo (Ep. 1) [18]
2018 Mr. Sunshine Go Ae-shin Lead role [10]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2010 "Spring Is Coming" Tafka Buddah
2012 "봄타령" Bitnara Yang
"먹다버린 레몬" Number Nine
2014 "Catwalk" Tafka Buddah


Year Title
2013 사랑을 묻다
너한테 실망이야
Spoonface Steinberg
지금도 가슴 설렌다

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress The Handmaiden Won [19]
16th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Won [20]
25th Buil Film Awards Won [21]
17th Busan Film Critics Awards Won [22]
17th Women in Film Korea Festival Won [23]
Cine 21 Awards Won [24]
2017 8th KOFRA Film Awards Won [25]
6th Marie Claire Film Festival Best Newcomer Won
11th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Won [26]
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actress Nominated
17th Korea World Youth Film Festival Favorite New Actress Won [27]
2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer N/A Won [28]
2018 24th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation N/A Won [29]
2nd Shinfilm Art Film Festival Choi Eun-hee Actor Award Little Forest Won [30]
18th Korea World Youth Film Festival Popular Actress Award Won [31]
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated [32]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actress Nominated [33]
27th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [34]
18th Director's Cut Awards Won [35]
13th University Film Festival of Korea Won [36]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated [37]
55th Grand Bell Awards Nominated [38]
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [39]
Best New Actress Mr. Sunshine Nominated
11th Korea Drama Awards Nominated [40]
6th APAN Star Awards Won [41]
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated [42]
24th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Little Forest Nominated [43]


  1. ^ "[Interview] "The Handmaiden" Kim Tae-ri, "I used to work hard as a student"". Hancinema. TV Report. 7 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kim, June (1 December 2014). "KIM Min-hee and KIM Tae-ri Confirmed for FINGERSMITH". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Starlet in Spotlight as Debut Film Invited to Cannes". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (2 May 2016). "Will Kim Tae-ri become Park Chan-wook's new muse". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "KIM Tae-ri Joins Cast of JANG Joon-hwan's 1987". Korean Film Biz Zone. 3 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Kim Tae-ri Speaks out About Role in Democracy-Themed Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Kim Tae-ri looks back at a year full of work : In '1987,' she plays a student looking for truth". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "'The Handmaiden' starlet to act in 'Little Forest'". K-POP Herald. 19 September 2016.
  9. ^ "LITTLE FOREST's KIM Tae-ri". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 March 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Kim Tae-ri cast in latest Kim Eun-sook drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 July 2017.
  11. ^ "'Mr. Sunshine' gives new life to independence fighters". The Korea Times. 1 October 2018.
  12. ^ "BLACKPINK, CL in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list". Manila Bulletin Entertainment. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Tae-ri Kim". Forbes. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b "SONG Joong-ki and KIM Tae-ri Confirmed for THE VICTORY". Korean Film Biz Zone. 31 May 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Kim Tae-ri, Ryu Jun-yeol to Reunite in Sci-Fi Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 August 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Director CHOI Dong-hoon to Return with Simultaneously Filmed 2-Part Sci-Fi Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. 16 September 2019.
  17. ^ ""Moon Young", thanks to Kim Tae-ri". Hancinema. Dailian. 3 January 2017.
  18. ^ ""The Handmaiden" Park Chan-wook, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Tae-ri finish their parts in "Entourage"". Hancinema. Wow TV. 8 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Inside Men wins best film at Blue Dragon Awards". Yonhap News Agency. 25 November 2016.
  20. ^ Lee, Ji-hae (9 August 2016). "Winners of annual Korean film awards announced". K-POP Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  21. ^ Kil, Sonia (7 October 2016). "Busan: Bu-il Awards Provide Counterpoint to Festival". Variety.
  22. ^ "제17회 부산영화평론가협회상, '비밀은 없다'가 선정". Newsis (in Korean). 28 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Women in Film Korea Festival Held on December 7". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 December 2016.
  24. ^ "<아가씨> 김태리". Cine21 (in Korean). 19 December 2016.
  25. ^ "'The Wailing' named best film by Korean film reporters". Yonhap News Agency. 18 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Asian Film Awards: South Korean Erotic Thriller 'The Handmaiden' Wins Big". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 March 2017.
  27. ^ "전국 청소년이 뽑은 인기 영화인은?". Naver (in Korean). News1. 7 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Kim Hee Sun & EXO win Grand Prize Awards at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards". KBS World. 16 November 2017.
  29. ^ "[대중문화예술상] 레드벨벳-박나래-김태리-국가스텐 등, 문화체육관광부 장관표창". TopStarNews (in Korean). 24 October 2018.
  30. ^ "'신필름예술영화제' 신성일 공로상-김태리 최은희 배우상 받는다". Newsen (in Korean). 30 August 2018.
  31. ^ "차태현, 김태리 청소년이 뽑은 인기스타". Gg Ilbo (in Korean). 1 November 2018.
  32. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). 6 April 2018.
  33. ^ "청룡영화상 후보 발표, '1987' 최다·'공작'도 9개부문 후보". Newsen (in Korean). 1 November 2018.
  34. ^ "김희애·나문희·김태리 등 부일영화상 女주연상 격돌". Star News (in Korean). 25 August 2018.
  35. ^ "KIM Tae-ri and LEE Sung-min Crowned Best Actress and Actor at Director's Cut". Korean Film Biz Zone. 24 December 2018.
  36. ^ ""영화·영상 전공 대학생들의 축제"···제13회 대한민국 대학영화제 열렸다". Insight (in Korean). 24 November 2018.
  37. ^ "제23회 춘사영화제 5월18일 개최..홍상수·김민희 참석하나". Newsen (in Korean). 3 May 2018.
  38. ^ "제55회 대종상, 각 부문 후보 공개…'공작' 12개 최다부문 노미네이트". Sports Seoul (in Korean). 21 September 2018.
  39. ^ "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). 28 September 2018.
  40. ^ "2018 코리아드라마어워즈(KDA) 수상후보 및 작품 공개…10월 2일 경남 진주 경남문화예술회관 개최". TopStarNews (in Korean). 28 September 2018.
  41. ^ "양세종X장기용X김태리X원진아, 남녀신인상 공동수상 영예[2018 APAN]". Osen (in Korean). 13 October 2018.
  42. ^ Yoo, Chung-hee (April 4, 2019). "김서형·염정아·김혜자 등 '백상예술대상' TV부문 최종 후보 공개". Ten Asia (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  43. ^ "2019 춘사영화제, 7월 18일 개최..트로피 주인공 누구?". K Starnews (in Korean). July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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