Kim Yoon-seok

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Kim Yoon-seok
(타짜-신의 손) 최승현 캐스팅 비하인드 영상 Kim Yoon-seok.jpg
Born (1968-01-21) January 21, 1968 (age 51)
EducationDong-eui University - German Language & Literature
Years active1988-present
AgentHuayi Brothers
(formerly Sim Entertainment)
Bang Joo-ran (m. 2002)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yun-seok
McCune–ReischauerKim 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 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.[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 who murdered the call girls due to his impotence.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] and a rival Taoist wizard in Jeon Woo-chi.[5][6][7]

In 2010, Kim reunited with The Chaser costar Ha Jung-woo in Na's sophomore film The Yellow Sea.[8] Kim then costarred with Yoo Ah-in in coming-of-age film Punch, a critically and commercial hit.[9][10]

Kim once again triumphed in 2012, as his heist movie The Thieves became the second best-selling Korean film of all time.[11][12]

In 2013, he continued working with one of Korea's leading directors, in Yim Soon-rye's family drama film South Bound.[13][14] He then starred in Hwayi: A Monster Boy, an action thriller directed by Jang Joon-hwan.[15][16] In 2014, Kim starred in the critically acclaimed arthouse film Sea Fog directed by Shim Sung-bo.[17][18]

In 2015, Kim collaborated with director Kwak Kyung-taek in The Classified File.,[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22][23]

In 2017, Kim starred in director Hwang Dong-hyuk's historical film The Fortress.[24][25] 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.[26]

In 2018, Kim starred in murder mystery film Dark Figure of Crime. He reportedly worked on the script alongside director Kwak Kyung-taek.[27] In 2019, Kim made his directorial debut with Another Child, a family drama film.[28]

Personal life

Kim was born in Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province but grew up in Busan, then moved to Seoul for acting career.

He married actress Bang Joo-ran in 2002, and has 2 daughters.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
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 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
2019 Another Child Dae-won Also as director and screenwriter

Television series

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

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[29] 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[30] Best Actor Won
45th Grand Bell Awards[31] Best Actor Won
Most Popular Actor Won
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards[32] 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 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 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 54th Baeksang Arts Awards[33][34] Grand Prize (Daesang) for Film Nominated
1987: When the Day Comes Nominated
Best Actor Won
12th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
17th New York Asian Film Festival Star Asia Award Won
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards[35] Best Actor Nominated
27th Buil Film Awards[36] Best Actor Nominated
55th Grand Bell Awards[37] Best Actor Nominated
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards[38] Best Actor Won
38th Golden Cinema Film Festival[39] Best Actor Won
Cine 21 Awards Best Actor Won
3rd London Asian Film Festival[40] Best Actor Dark Figure of Crime Won
2018 Korea Best Star Awards[41] Best Actor Won


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  2. ^ "`Chaser' Offers Heart-Thumping Thrills". The Korea Times. 31 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Gritty psycho-thriller pursues audiences". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 February 2008.
  4. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (3 June 2009). "A creative take on detective character". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
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  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Kim Yun-seok, Yoo A-in begin shooting new film". 10Asia. 8 March 2011.
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  33. ^ "54회 백상 심사 채점 결과 공개, 어떻게 뽑았나". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 8 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Baeksang Arts Awards recognize 'Stranger,' '1987'". The Korea Herald. 4 May 2018.
  35. ^ "ANARCHIST FROM COLONY Leads Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominees". Korean Film Biz Zone. 10 May 2018.
  36. ^ "[23회 부산국제영화제] 부일영화상". (in Korean). 20 September 2018.
  37. ^ "제55회 대종상, 각 부문 후보 공개…'공작' 12개 최다부문 노미네이트". Sports Seoul (in Korean). 21 September 2018.
  38. ^ "'1987' wins best picture at Blue Dragon Awards". Yonhap News Agency. 23 November 2018.
  39. ^ "1987 Takes Grand Prize at Golden Cinema Film Festival". Korean Film Biz Zone. 24 December 2018.
  40. ^ "[여기는 BIFF] 런던아시아영화제, 亞 영화·감독·배우 교류의 장으로". Sports Donga (in Korean). 5 October 2018.
  41. ^ "이순재·김윤석·장동건·수애, 베스트 주연상 수상..12일 시상식 [공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). 12 December 2018.

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