January 21, 1968|
Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
|Education||Dong-eui University - German Language & Literature|
(formerly Sim Entertainment)
|Spouse(s)||Bang Joo-ran (m. 2002)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Yun-seok|
Kim Yoon-seok (born January 21, 1968) is a South Korean actor. Kim's theater background first led him to be cast in minor roles on film and television. His breakout role came as the villain in gambling film Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), but it was his performance as an ex-cop turned pimp in surprise hit The Chaser (2008) that brought him acting awards and stardom in his forties. Kim has since become an acclaimed actor in South Korea, with notable performances in films such as Running Turtle (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010), Punch (2011),The Thieves (2012), Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), Sea Fog (2014), The Classified File (2015), The Priests (2015) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017).
Kim Yoon-seok was trained on stage as a member of the renowned Theater Yeonwoo Company (Yeonwoo Mudae), and he made his acting debut in 1988 with A Streetcar Named Desire. After many years in theater, he began acting in film and television late in his career, at first appearing in minor roles.
Then in 2006, Kim had his breakthrough in Choi Dong-hoon's Tazza: The High Rollers, with audiences praising his performance in the supporting role as ruthless gambler Agwi (meaning "starving demon" in Buddhism). A leading role followed in 2008 with The Chaser, directed by Na Hong-jin. He successfully portrayed the morally ambiguous character of a retired-cop-turned-pimp hunting down a serial killer who murdered the call girls due to his impotence. The thriller was a critical and commercial hit, becoming one of the classic films in thriller genre, and Kim's excellent performance brought him 8 awards totally, made him a major player in the Korean film industry.
He transitioned from one of the finest character actors in the industry into a popular leading actor: Kim played a middle-aged man following his lifelong dream to play in a rock band in The Happy Life, a rural detective trying to capture a legendary prison breaker in Running Turtle, and a rival Taoist wizard in Jeon Woo-chi.
In 2010, Kim reunited with The Chaser costar Ha Jung-woo in Na's sophomore film The Yellow Sea. Kim then costarred with Yoo Ah-in in coming-of-age film Punch, a critically and commercial hit.
In 2013, he continued working with one of Korea's leading directors, in Yim Soon-rye's family drama film South Bound. He then starred in Hwayi: A Monster Boy, an action thriller directed by Jang Joon-hwan. In 2014, Kim starred in the critically acclaimed arthouse film Sea Fog directed by Shim Sung-bo.
In 2015, Kim collaborated with director Kwak Kyung-taek in The Classified File., playing a detective cooperating with a shaman to find out and save a kidnapped girl. Kim then reunited with Kang Dong-won in The Priests, a supernatural mystery thriller by director Jang Jae-hyun. The Priests was a box office hit, attracting 5.44 million admissions to cinema. Kim then made a brief appearance in retro film C'est Si Bon by Kim Hyun-seok, playing a middle-aged man retrospecting his youth in 1980s. In 2016, Kim starred in romance film Will You Be There?, directed by Hong Ji-young, based on the novel of the same name of Guillaume Musso. Kim portrayed a middle-aged pediatric whose last wish before death was to see his first love once again.
In 2017, Kim starred in director Hwang Dong-hyuk's historical film The Fortress. He also reunited with director Jang Joon-hwan in 1987: When the Day Comes, another historical political film about pro-democratic movement in South Korea in 1987.
Kim is slated to make his directorial debut with Underage, a family drama film. In 2018, he stars in murder mystery film Dark Figure of Crime. Kim reportedly worked on the script alongside director Kwak Kyung-taek.
He married actress Bang Joo-ran in 2002, and has 2 daughters.
|1994||A Little Lover||Student at karaoke|
|2001||Kiss Me Much||Bailiff 1|
|2002||Oollala Sisters||Sachae Quik|
|2004||The Big Swindle||Detective Lee|
|To Catch a Virgin Ghost||Hak-gyu|
|2005||All for Love||Dong-man|
|My Girl and I||Biology teacher|
|2006||Running Wild||Joo Hyun-tae|
|Like a Virgin||Oh Dong-ku's father|
|Tazza: The High Rollers||Agwi|
|2007||The Happy Life||Seong-wook|
|2008||The Chaser||Eom Joong-ho|
|2009||Running Turtle||Jo Pil-seong|
|Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard||Hwadam|
|2010||The Yellow Sea||Myun Jung-hak|
|2012||The Thieves||Macao Park|
|2013||South Bound||Choi Hae-gab|
|Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Seok-tae|
|Tazza: The Hidden Card||Agwi|
|2015||C'est Si Bon||Oh Geun-tae (40s)|
|The Classified File||Gong Gil-yong|
|The Priests||Father Kim Bum-shin|
|2016||Will You Be There?||Han Soo-hyun (present day)|
|2017||The Fortress||Kim Sang-heon|
|1987: When the Day Comes||Park Cheo-won|
|2018||Dark Figure of Crime||Hyung-min|
|2004||Drama City "Anagram"||Detective||KBS2|
|Drama City "Blue Skies in Jeju Island"||Kyung-soo||KBS2|
|2005||Drama City "Home Improvement Activity Log"||KBS2|
|2006||Thank You, My Life||Kang Yoon-ho||KBS2|
|Love Me When You Can||Han Dong-gyu||MBC|
|1988||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski|
|1993||There Is a Soup|
|The Revolt of Women|
|살찐 소파에 대한 일기|
|Waiting for Godot|
|The Birthday Party|
|2002||Long Day's Journey into Night|
|2006||Dream of Autumn|
Awards and nominations
|2006||27th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Tazza: The High Rollers||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Love Me When You Can||Won|
|2007||8th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Tazza: The High Rollers||Won|
|1st Korea Movie Star Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|44th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||The Chaser||Nominated|
|16th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|9th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|17th Buil Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|45th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Most Popular Actor||Won|
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|7th Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|4th University Film Festival of Korea||Best Actor||Won|
|2nd Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2009||1st Kmdb Choice Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|18th Buil Film Awards||Best Actor||Running Turtle||Nominated|
|46th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|30th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|2011||20th Buil Film Awards||Best Actor||The Yellow Sea||Nominated|
|48th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2012||3rd KOFRA Film Awards||Best Actor||Punch||Won|
|48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|21st Buil Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) in Film||The Thieves||Won|
|12th Korea World Youth Film Festival||Favorite Actor||Won|
|2015||24th Buil Film Awards||Best Actor||The Classified File||Nominated|
|2017||38th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||The Fortress||Nominated|
|2018||12th Asian Film Awards||Best Actor||1987: When the Day Comes||Nominated|
|54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Won|
|Grand Prize (Film)||1987: When the Day Comes, The Fortress||Nominated|
|23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||1987: When the Day Comes||Nominated|
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- "`Chaser' Offers Heart-Thumping Thrills". The Korea Times. 31 January 2008.
- "Gritty psycho-thriller pursues audiences". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 February 2008.
- Yang, Sung-jin (3 June 2009). "A creative take on detective character". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Lee, Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic – Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Lee, Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic – Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Kang, Myoung-seok (17 December 2009). "Gang Dong-won says he may write Woochi sequel". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Han, Sang-hee (23 November 2010). "Yellow Sea to offer real drama, thrills". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- "Kim Yun-seok, Yoo A-in begin shooting new film". 10Asia. 8 March 2011.
- Lee, Jin-ho (6 October 2011). "Hope Seeping from the Scars of Youth, Punch". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Cho, Jae-eun (13 June 2012). "The Thieves all-star cast set to steal show". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Quinn, Paul (November 2012). "The London Korean Film Festival 2012 Interviews - Choi Dong-hoon and Kim Yoon-suk". Hangul Celluloid. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Park, Eun-jee (1 February 2013). "Run to the South explores freedom's pleasures, price". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- "Review: Kim Yun-seok on Form in SOUTH BOUND". Screen Anarchy. 13 April 2013.
- Frater, Patrick (12 December 2012). "Hwayi marks return for Kim, Jang". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- "Film Review: 'Hwayi: A Monster Boy'". Variety. 23 December 2013.
- "Kim Yun-seok Climbs Aboard Bong Joon-ho Produced SEA FOG". Screen Anarchy. 14 June 2013.
- "'Haemoo': Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 September 2014.
- Yoon, Ji-won (5 June 2015). "Kim Yun-seok shows a softer side in Classified". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
- Kim, June (9 December 2014). "Rendezvous for KIM Yun-seok and GANG Dong-won". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- "KIM Yun-seok, HAN Hyo-joo Board Music Biopic". Korean Film Biz Zone. 11 March 2014.
- "KIM Yun-seok Selects Romantic Drama as Next Project". Korean Film Biz Zone. 30 December 2015.
- Doo, Rumy (12 December 2016). "[Herald Review] A life well-regretted in 'Will You Be There?'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il Tapped for NAMHANSANSEONG FORTRESS". Korean Film Biz Zone. 21 November 2016.
- "[Herald Interview] Kim Yoon-seok on playing principled Joseon minister". The Korea Herald. 27 September 2017.
- "KIM Yun-seok and HA Jung-woo to Reunite for SAVE THE GREEN PLANET Director". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 December 2016.
- "KIM Yun-seok to Helm UNDERAGE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 30 January 2018.
- "KIM Yun-seok and JU Ji-hoon Face Off in MURDER OF MAN OR WOMAN". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 September 2017.
- ""Family Ties" ("The Birth of a Family") Wins Top Prize at Home". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 June 2007.
- "The Chaser extends awards lead". Korean Film Biz Zone. 24 October 2008.
- Lee, Hyo-won (29 June 2008). "Daejong Film Fest Showcases Trends". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- "Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 November 2008.
- "54회 백상 심사 채점 결과 공개, 어떻게 뽑았나". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 8 May 2018.
- "Baeksang Arts Awards recognize 'Stranger,' '1987'". The Korea Herald. 4 May 2018.
- "ANARCHIST FROM COLONY Leads Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominees". Korean Film Biz Zone. 10 May 2018.