Kim Yoon-seok

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Yoon-seok
(TV10) 김윤석 무릎 담요 성희롱 발언 공개 사과 (영화 당신, 거기 있어줄래요 언론시사회) 김윤석 58s.jpg
Born (1968-01-21) January 21, 1968 (age 49)
Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Education Dong-eui University - German Language & Literature
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988-present
Agent Huayi Brothers
(formerly Sim Entertainment)
Spouse(s) Bang Joo-ran
Korean name
Hangul 김윤석
Revised Romanization Gim Yun-seok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yunsŏk

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 a pimp and ex-cop in surprise hit The Chaser (2008) that brought him acting awards and stardom in his forties. Kim has since become an acclaimed leading actor in Korean cinema, in films such as Running Turtle (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010), Punch (2011), and The Thieves (2012).


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.[1] 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. The thriller was a critical and commercial hit, and Kim became a major player in the Korean film industry.[2] 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,[3] and a rival Taoist wizard in Jeon Woo-chi.[4][5][6] In 2010 Kim reunited with The Chaser costar Ha Jung-woo in Na's ambitious sophomore film The Yellow Sea.[7] The year after, Punch became the third highest-grossing film of 2011, in which Kim portrayed an ill-tempered teacher giving courage to a youth from the slums.[8][9] Kim once again triumphed in 2012, as his heist movie The Thieves became the second best-selling Korean film of all time.[10][11] He continued working with Korea's leading directors, in Yim Soon-rye's South Bound,[12] Jang Joon-hwan's Hwayi: A Monster Boy,[13] and Kwak Kyung-taek's The Classified File.[14]



Year Title Role
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
2011 Punch Lee Dong-ju
2012 The Thieves Macao Park
2013 South Bound Choi Hae-gab
Hwayi: A Monster Boy Seok-tae
2014 Haemoo Captain Cheol-joo
Tazza: The Hidden Card Agwi
2015 C'est Si Bon Oh Geun-tae (40s)
The Classified File Gong Gil-yong
The Priests Father Kim
2016 Will You Be There?[15] Soo-Hyun (present day)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2004 Drama City "Anagram" Detective KBS2
Drama City "Blue Skies in Jeju Island" Kyung-soo KBS2
2005 Drama City "Home Improvement Activity Log" KBS2
Loveholic KBS2
Resurrection Cheon Gong-myung KBS2
2006 Thank You, My Life Kang Yoon-ho KBS2
Love Me When You Can Han Dong-gyu MBC


Year Title Role
1988 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski
1993 There Is a Soup
The Revolt of Women
1994 Giselle
살찐 소파에 대한 일기
Waiting for Godot
The Birthday Party
1998 Equus Martin Dysart
2000 아싸나체
Blood Brothers
2001 Oedipus
Line 1
2002 Long Day's Journey into Night
2006 Dream of Autumn

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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 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 46th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Running Turtle Nominated
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Nominated
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor The Yellow Sea Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards Best Actor Punch Won
48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor 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
2015 24th Buil Film Awards Best Actor The Classified File Nominated


  1. ^ "KIM Yun-seok". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (29 June 2008). "Daejong Film Fest Showcases Trends". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  3. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (3 June 2009). "A creative take on detective character". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  4. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic – Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  5. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic – Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  6. ^ Kang, Myoung-seok (17 December 2009). "Gang Dong-won says he may write Woochi sequel". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  7. ^ Han, Sang-hee (23 November 2010). "Yellow Sea to offer real drama, thrills". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  8. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (6 October 2011). "Hope Seeping from the Scars of Youth, Punch". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  9. ^ "Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  10. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (13 June 2012). "The Thieves all-star cast set to steal show". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  11. ^ Quinn, Paul (November 2012). "The London Korean Film Festival 2012 Interviews - Choi Dong-hoon and Kim Yoon-suk". Hangul Celluloid. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  12. ^ Park, Eun-jee (1 February 2013). "Run to the South explores freedom's pleasures, price". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  13. ^ Frater, Patrick (12 December 2012). "Hwayi marks return for Kim, Jang". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  14. ^ Yoon, Ji-won (5 June 2015). "Kim Yun-seok shows a softer side in Classified". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  15. ^ Doo, Rumy (12 December 2016). "[Herald Review] A life well-regretted in 'Will You Be There?'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 

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