Kim Tae-ri

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Kim Tae-ri
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At the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards, November 2016
Born (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Kyung Hee University
(Journalism and Communication)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Agent J-Wide Company
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'ae-ri

Kim Tae-ri (born April 24, 1990) is a South Korean actress.

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 appeared in the political thriller 1987: When the Day Comes.[5][6] In 2018, Kim headlined the Korean film adaptation of the manga series Little Forest.[7][8] The same year, she is set to make her small-screen debut in the period melodrama Mr. Sunshine, written by Kim Eun-sook.[9]



Year Title Hangul Role Notes Ref.
2010 Citizen Zombie 시민좀비 Art Short film
2014 What Are You Looking At? 뭐보노? High School Girl
2015 Who Is It? 누구인가
Lock Out 락아웃 The Woman
Moon Young 문영 Moon-young [10]
2016 The Handmaiden 아가씨 Sook-hee [2]
2017 1987: When the Day Comes 1987 Yeon-hee [5]
2018 Little Forest 리틀 포레스트 Hye-won [7]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2016 Entourage Herself tvN Cameo (episode 1) [11]
2018 Mr. Sunshine Ko Ae-shin [9]

Music video appearances[edit]

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


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 16th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress The Handmaiden Won [12]
25th Buil Film Awards Won [13]
17th Busan Film Critics Awards Won
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [14]
17th Women in Film Korea Festival Won [15]
2017 8th Korean Film Reporters Association Awards (KOFRA) Won [16]
6th Marie Claire Film Festival Best Newcomer Won
11th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Won [17]
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 [18]
2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer N/A Won [19]
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Little Forest Nominated [20]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated [21]


  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. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi. "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. ^ a b "'The Handmaiden' starlet to act in 'Little Forest'". K-POP Herald. 19 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "LITTLE FOREST's KIM Tae-ri". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 March 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Kim Tae-ri to star with Lee Byung-hun in period drama". The Korea Herald. 6 July 2017. 
  10. ^ ""Moon Young", thanks to Kim Tae-ri". Hancinema. Dailian. 3 January 2017. 
  11. ^ ""The Handmaiden" Park Chan-wook, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Tae-ri finish their parts in "Entourage"". Hancinema. Wow TV. 8 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Lee, Ji-hae. "Winners of annual Korean film awards announced". K-POP Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Kil, Sonia. "Busan: Bu-il Awards Provide Counterpoint to Festival". Variety. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Inside Men wins best film at Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Women in Film Korea Festival Held on December 7". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "'The Wailing' named best film by Korean film reporters". Yonhap News Agency. 18 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Asian Film Awards: South Korean Erotic Thriller 'The Handmaiden' Wins Big". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "전국 청소년이 뽑은 인기 영화인은?". Naver (in Korean). News1. 7 October 2017. 
  19. ^ "Kim Hee Sun & EXO win Grand Prize Awards at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards". KBS World. 16 November 2017. 
  20. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). 6 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "제23회 춘사영화제 5월18일 개최..홍상수·김민희 참석하나". Newsen (in Korean). 3 May 2018. 

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