Son Ye-jin in July 2014
January 11, 1982
Suseong District, Daegu, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Son Ye-jin|
|Revised Romanization||Son Yeon-jin|
Son Ye-jin (born Son Yeon-jin on January 11, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame in romance-themed films and television series such as The Classic (2003), Summer Scent (2003), A Moment to Remember (2004), and April Snow (2005). She has won acting recognition for her versatility in diverse genres, notably in Alone in Love (2006), My Wife Got Married (2008), The Pirates (2014), The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess (both in 2016).
2000–2005: Beginnings and Pan-asia stardom
Son Ye-jin first appeared in a supporting role in Park Ki-hyung's film Secret Tears in 2000, and then went on to take the leading role in television dramas such as Delicious Proposal, Sun-hee and Jin-hee, and Great Ambition. Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's Chi-hwa-seon, which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002.
The biggest success of her early career was in the subsequent films Lovers' Concerto and The Classic. Both were solid mid-level hits in Korea, and The Classic in particular — being a work of My Sassy Girl director Kwak Jae-yong — received wide exposure in countries such as Hong Kong and China, and launched Son into pan-asia stardom. Son further solidified her status as a Hallyu (Korean Wave) star in 2003 by taking the lead in TV drama Summer Scent, the third installment of season-themed tetralogy Endless Love drama series directed by Yoon Seok-ho.
Her next two films also proved to be huge hits in Asia: A Moment to Remember, based on a famous Japanese series, set box office records in Japan and sold over two million tickets in Korea, while April Snow in which she co-starred with superstar Bae Yong-joon was also a smash hit in Japan and China (though not, incidentally, in Korea). Son, who adorned a pure and innocent image in her films The Classic and A Moment to Remember, was given the title of the "Nation's First Love" in Korea.
2006–2015: Film roles in diverse genres
Son then cast off her nice girl image in her next projects. She took on the roles of a con artist in The Art of Seduction, an ambitious reporter in Spotlight, a femme fatale in Open City, and a divorcée in the critically acclaimed series Alone in Love. In 2008, her portrayal of a polyandrous woman in My Wife Got Married bagged her Best Actress honors from the prestigious Blue Dragon Film Awards and other local award-giving bodies.
After filming the dark mystery White Night, Son wanted to do a more fun project, so she chose the romantic comedy series Personal Taste, followed by the horror-romantic comedy film Spellbound.
In 2012, Son starred in her first blockbuster The Tower, a remake of the 1974 Hollywood disaster film The Towering Inferno. She returned to television in 2013 in the revenge drama Shark (also known as Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus), then headlined Blood and Ties, a thriller about a daughter who suspects that her father was involved in a kidnap-murder case.
Son reunited with Shark costar Kim Nam-gil in the 2014 period adventure film The Pirates, which received mixed reviews but was a commercial hit and won Son the Best Actress award at the Grand Bell Awards. Son next starred in the black comedy Bad Guys Always Die opposite Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin, a Chinese-Korean co-production that was filmed on Jeju Island.
2016–present: Critical acclaim
In 2016, Son reunited with My Wife Got Married co-star Kim Joo-hyuk in The Truth Beneath, a political thriller. She won Best Actress at the 25th Buil Film Awards and 17th Busan Film Critics Awards for her performance. She then played Princess Deokhye in the biopic The Last Princess, helmed by April Snow director Hur Jin-ho. The film drew positive reviews by critics and went on to become a box office hit, grossing US$40.35 million worldwide. Son was praised by critics for her "outstanding" performance in her portrayal of "the unfathomable depths of the emotional ups and downs of Deokhye".
In 2018, Son will star alongside So Ji-sub in the film Now I Will Meet You, based on the Japanese novel Be With You. The pair has previously worked together back in 2001 in the drama Delicious Proposal.
|Lover's Concerto||Shim Soo-in/Gyung-hee|
|Crazy First Love||Ju Il-mae|
|2004||A Moment to Remember||Su-jin|
|The Art of Seduction||Han Ji-won|
|2007||Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox||Yobi (voice)|
|2008||Open City||Baek Jang-mi|
|My Wife Got Married||Joo In-ah|
|2009||White Night||Yoo Mi-ho/Lee Ji-ah|
|2012||The Tower||Seo Yoon-hee|
|2013||Blood and Ties||Jung Da-eun|
|2015||Bad Guys Always Die||Ji-yeon|
|2016||The Truth Beneath||Kim Yeon-hong|
|The Last Princess||Princess Deokhye|
|Now I Will Meet You||Soo-ah|
|2001||Delicious Proposal||Jang Hee-ae||MBC|
|Sun-hee and Jin-hee||Shim Sun-hee||MBC|
|2002||Great Ambition||Choi Dong-hee||SBS|
|2003||Summer Scent||Shim Hye-won||KBS2|
|2006||Alone in Love||Yoo Eun-ho||SBS|
|2010||Personal Taste||Park Kae-in||MBC|
|2011||Secret Garden||Herself (cameo, episode 20)||SBS|
Awards and nominations
|2001||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Delicious Proposal||Won|
|Sun-hee and Jin-hee||Won|
|2002||22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Lovers' Concerto||Won|
|23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2003||39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||The Classic||Won|
|40th Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|Best New Actress||Won|
|24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|
|2nd Korean Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Summer Scent||Nominated|
|2004||9th Moscow International Love Film Festival||Best Couple with Jo Seung-woo||The Classic||Won|
|2005||26th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||April Snow||Nominated|
|2006||15th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival||Best Actress in a Foreign Film||A Moment to Remember||Won|
|51st Asia Pacific Film Festival||Best Actress||April Snow||Won|||
|4th Korea International Jewelry & Watch Fair||Best Jewelry Lady||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Alone in Love||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2007||2nd Asia Model Festival Awards||Model Star Award||N/A||Won|
|43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Alone in Love||Won|||
|Korea Fashion & Design Awards||Fashion Icon Award||N/A||Won|||
|2008||1st Style Icon Awards||Style Icon - Actress||N/A||Won|
|Fun Fearless Female||N/A||Won|
|1st Korea Jewelry Awards||Diamond Award||N/A||Won|
|25th Korea Best Dresser Awards||Best Dressed - Female Movie Star||N/A||Won|
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Couple with Kim Joo-hyuk||My Wife Got Married||Won|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|4th University Film Festival of Korea||Won|
|7th Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|||
|2010||1st Seoul Arts & Culture Awards||Grand Prize, Film Actor category||White Night||Won|||
|46th Baeksang Arts Awards||InStyle Award||N/A||Won|
|5th Asia-Pacific Producer's Network (APN) Awards||Award for Figure in Asian Film||N/A||Won|||
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||White Night||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Spellbound||Nominated|
|2013||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Shark||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|2014||18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Producer's Choice Award||N/A||Won|||
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||The Pirates||Won|||
|35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Blood and Ties||Nominated|
|Actors' Night Awards||Korean Top Star||The Pirates||Won|||
|2015||10th Max Movie Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|4th KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Actress||N/A||Won|
|2016||25th Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||The Truth Beneath||Won|||
|36th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|The Last Princess||Won|
|37th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|17th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||The Truth Beneath||Won|||
|3rd Korean Film Producers Association Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|The Last Princess||Won|
|17th Women in Film Korea Awards||Best Actress||The Truth Beneath||Won|||
|The Last Princess||Won|
|53rd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|2017||8th KOFRA Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|11th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|||
|22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||The Truth Beneath||Won|||
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- "Queen of romance returns in disaster flick". The Korea Herald. 17 December 2012.
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- "Korea's 'Last Princess' comes alive in new film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 July 2016.
- "Actress Son Ye-jin reveals difficulties in playing historical figure". Yonhap News Agency. 29 June 2016.
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- "Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin to star in 'Negotiation'". The Korea Herald. 25 May 2017.
- Kang Seo-jung (31 August 2017). "[공식입장] 소지섭X손예진, '지금 만나러 갑니다' 출연확정 '크랭크인'". OSEN (in Korean).
- "Japanese film 'Be With You' to be remade in Korea, starring So Ji-sub, Son Ye-jin". Kpop Herald. 31 August 2017.
- "S. Korea sweeps Asia-Pacific film fest Festival". The China Post. 26 November 2006.
- Pais, Jon (27 April 2007). "43rd Baeksang Arts Awards". Twitch Film. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Kim Hee-ae named best dressed 2007". The Korea Herald. 23 June 2014.
- "[백상예술대상] 환호와 갈채, 탄식의 2시간". JoongAng Ilbo. 27 February 2009.
- "1st Seoul Arts and Culture Award". HanCinema. 23 February 2010.
- "Lee Byung-hun, Son Ye-jin, Bong Joon-ho to win APN Awards". The Korea Times.
- "Fantastic Film Festival kicks off for 11-day run". The Korea Herald. 17 July 2014.
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- "Song Kang-ho, Son Ye-jin Get Top Nod from Journalists". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 January 2017.
- "'Guardian,' 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". Korea Herald. 4 May 2017.
- "NA Hong-jin Tops Chunsa Film Art Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 2 June 2017.
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