Sung Hyun-ah

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Sung Hyun-ah
Born (1975-07-23) July 23, 1975 (age 44)
Other namesA.One
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Heo Eun-gyo (2007-2010; divorced)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeong Hyeon-a
McCune–ReischauerSŏng Hyŏn-a

Sung Hyun-ah (born July 23, 1975) is a South Korean actress and former Miss Korea.


Sung Hyun-ah placed second runner-up (or third place) at the Miss Korea pageant in 1994.[1] She was the country's representative at the 1994 Miss International pageant, where she was a semi-finalist and won Miss Photogenic.

Sung made her acting debut in Salut D'Amour, and continued to appear in TV dramas such as See and See Again (also known as Can't Take My Eyes Off You), Should My Tears Show, Hur Jun, One Day Suddenly, Bad Woman, Good Woman,[2] Yi San, and Flames of Desire. She also released an EP in 2004 titled Turn It Up under the name A.One.[3]

But Sung became best known for her strong, sexy roles in films such as Hong Sang-soo's Woman is the Future of Man,[4] Kim Tae-eun's The Intimate, and Kim Ki-duk's Time.[5] She also appeared in The Scarlet Letter and The Customer Is Always Right. In 2007 Sung won the Best Actress award from the Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain, for her role in the horror film Cello.[6]

No stranger to controversy, Sung was caught for using the drug ecstasy in 2002,[7] and previously published a book containing nude photographs of herself.[8] In 2006, a dispute broke out between Sung and the producers of the movie The Intimate when she protested against their marketing strategy to emphasize only the nude scenes. Sung said, "I filmed the nude scenes to make a good movie. I can't bear to see that such scenes are being used as tools for promotion. I am not an actress who undresses and tumbles about for no reason." She declared that from then on, she would avoid nude scenes altogether.[9]

She married businessman Heo Eun-gyo on December 9, 2007 at the Paradise Hotel in Busan.[10][11][12] After she and Heo divorced in 2010, Sung remarried three months later and gave birth to a son in 2012.

In December 2013, Sung was indicted on charges of prostitution, for allegedly receiving ₩50 million from a businessman surnamed Chae with whom she met up three times for sexual intercourse in 2010. She countersued to prove her innocence.[13][14] In August 2014, the court dismissed Sung's request for a full trial and ruled that she was guilty of prostitution; she was sentenced to a fine of ₩2 million (US$1,930).[15] But, February 18 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that she was innocent of prostitution charges, overturning the lower court's decision.[16]



Television drama[edit]

  • "Wave, Wave" (KBS, 2018)
  • Flames of Desire (MBC, 2010-2011)
  • Ja Myung Go (SBS, 2009)
  • Yi San (MBC, 2007–2008)
  • Bad Woman, Good Woman (MBC, 2007)
  • One Day Suddenly (SBS, 2006)
  • Open Drama Man and Woman "I'm Mr. Heidi and Married" (SBS, 2001)
  • Twins (KBS, 2001)
  • Lipstick (iTV, 2001)
  • MBC Best Theater "Train Heading to Kaikoura" (MBC, 2000)
  • Because of You (MBC, 2000)
  • Hur Jun (MBC, 1999-2000)
  • Should My Tears Show (MBC, 1999)
  • Crystal (SBS, 1999)
  • Advocate (MBC, 1998)
  • See and See Again (MBC, 1998-1999)
  • Kim Chang-wan's Three Stories (KBS, 1998)
  • Devotion (KBS, 1997)
  • 70-Minute Dramas "가방을 든 남자" (SBS, 1997)
  • 18 Years of Growing Up (SBS, 1996)
  • Exploration of Man (SBS, 1996)
  • LA Arirang (SBS, 1995-1996)
  • MBC Best Theater "Adelaide" (MBC, 1995)
  • Salut D'Amour (KBS2, 1994)

Variety show[edit]

  • Scandal 2.0 (tvN, 2009)
  • Catch-One's World of Film (Catch-One, 1999)
  • 진상을 찾아라 (HBS, 1997)
  • 세상체험, 온몸을 던져라 (SBS, 1997)
  • 행운의 일요특급 (KBS, 1995)
  • 명사 가요초대석 (MBC, 1995)


Album information Track listing
Turn It Up
  • EP
  • Artist: A.One
  • Released: September 24, 2004
  • Label: EMG Media/EMI
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. Turn It Up
  3. Hush (Remix)
  4. 어서
  5. What You Say
  6. Hush (Original Mix)



  1. ^ 그대로', 성현아 데뷔 시절, 1994년 미스코리아 사진 '미모는 (2018-01-17). "성현아 데뷔 시절, 1994년 미스코리아 사진 '미모는 그대로'". 서울경제 (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ Lee, Min-a (25 December 2006). "For actress, fiction imitates real life". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  3. ^ "A.One: Turn It Up". ManiaDB (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  4. ^ Lee, Seung-jae (27 April 2004). "Woman is the Future of Man?". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (30 May 2006). "KIM Ki-duk's Time to Open Karlovy Vary Fest". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  6. ^ Paquet, Darcy (23 November 2007). "SUNG Hyun-ah Wins Best Actress at Malaga Festival". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  7. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (28 April 2009). "Drug Scandal Jolts Showbiz Industry". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  8. ^ Chung, Sun-gu; Wohn, Dong-hee (2 June 2004). "Web logs turn into marketing tools for firms". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  9. ^ Shin, Hae-in (27 March 2006). "What nude scenes mean for actresses". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  10. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (14 October 2007). "Actress Sung to Get Married in December". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  11. ^ "TV Star Sung Hyun-ah Marries Businessman". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  12. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (12 December 2007). "Wedding bells ring overtime on weekend". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  13. ^ Cho, Hyun-eui (20 February 2014). "Did Sung get paid W50 mil. for having sex?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  14. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (25 June 2014). "Sung charged for prostitution". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  15. ^ Tae-hoon, Lee (8 August 2014). "Actress Sung Hyun-ah found guilty of prostitution". The Korea Observer. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  16. ^ "Actress found not guilty of prostitution". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 2018-04-09.

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