Uhm Ji-won in 2012
December 25, 1977 |
Daegu, South Korea
|Other names||Um Ji-won
|Spouse(s)||Oh Young-wook (m. 2014)|
|Revised Romanization||Eom Ji-won|
Uhm Ji-won made her acting debut in the late 1990s, and after an early role in the Korean tokusatsu series Vectorman, went on to appear in a number of films and television drama series. In 2004, she appeared alongside Han Suk-kyu and Lee Eun-ju in The Scarlet Letter, receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
In 2005, Uhm played a leading role in Hong Sang-soo's Tale of Cinema, and was praised for giving an "engaging, emotionally nuanced dual performance" as fictional actress Choi Young-shil. The film required her to perform her first nude scene, and she later remarked that, "After stripping in front of the camera, I felt that I could now take any role."
Uhm starred alongside Yoo Ji-tae and Kim Ji-soo in the 2006 film Traces of Love, portraying a survivor of the 1995 Sampoong Department Store collapse who still suffers from psychological trauma years later. She prepared for the role by studying news and documentaries of the event, as well as reading through various psychology texts. Uhm was once again nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, and later won the same category at the Chunsa Film Art Awards.
After a cameo in director Kim Jee-woon's 2008 epic western The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and a leading role in another Hong Sang-soo art film Like You Know It All, she returned to lighter fare in 2010 with the romantic comedy series The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry.
In 2011, Uhm appeared an episode of BBC World's The Third Eye, a documentary series that spotlights up-and-coming countries. The installment of the eight-part segment on Korea is interspersed with interviews with Uhm giving her opinions on Korean culture, domestic movies and the Korean Wave. It also featured footage from her 2010 sex comedy movie Foxy Festival. Uhm, who was interviewed in Korea, was chosen in light of her impressive acting skills, natural charm and English fluency, producers said.
From 2012 to 2013, she starred in family dramas by renowned TV writer Kim Soo-hyun, Childless Comfort and Thrice Married Woman. This was followed by a well-received supporting performance in the gangster comedy Man on the Edge.
Uhm then played the mother of a sexually assaulted child in Hope; she said it was the first movie where she let go of everything, calling it one of her best works. Uhm won Best Actress at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, and received nominations at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards. This was followed by period mystery-thriller The Silenced and kidnapping drama Missing Child.
Uhm began dating architect Oh Young-wook in 2013; Oh is the founder of well-known architectural firm ogisadesign d'espacio architects (oddaa), and has also published several books on travel and art. They married on May 27, 2014 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.
|1999||Vectorman: Counterattack of the Evil Empire||Princess Radia|
|2000||The Record||Older sister|
|2002||Over the Rainbow||Kim Eun-seong|
|2003||Mutt Boy||Kim Jeong-ae|
|2004||The Scarlet Letter||Han Su-hyeon|
|2005||Tale of Cinema||Choi Young-shil|
|2006||Running Wild||Kang Joo-hee|
|Traces of Love||Yun Se-jin|
|2007||Epitaph||Professor Park's daughter (cameo)|
|2008||The Good, the Bad, the Weird||Na-yeon (cameo)|
|2009||The End (short film)|
|Like You Know It All||Gong Hyeon-hee|
|Invitation (short film)||Woman|
|2010||Romantic Debtors||Kim Mu-ryeong|
|2013||Man on the Edge||Myeong Bosal|
|The Phone||Jo Yeong-soo|
(episode: 납량특선 8부작)
|1999||Vectorman: Warriors of the Earth 2||Princess Radia||KBS2|
|2000||Three Friends||Uhm Ji-won (guest, episode 1)||MBC|
|2002||Golden Wagon||Hwang Soon-jung||MBC|
|2004||Into the Storm||Oh Jung-hee||SBS|
|2008||On Air||Herself (cameo, episode 5)||SBS|
|2010||The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry||Jung Da-jung||MBC|
|2012||Can Love Become Money?||Yoon Da-ran||MBN|
|Childless Comfort||Ahn So-young||jTBC|
|2013||Thrice Married Woman||Oh Hyun-soo||SBS|
|2008-2010||TV Entertainment Tonight||SBS||MC|
|2010||Road for Hope||KBS||Charity documentary|
|2013||Running Man||SBS||Guest (episode 128)|
|2007||"Goodbye" (Hangul: 안녕)||KCM|
|2009||"Maze" (Hangul: 미로)||Pearl (Hangul: 진주)|
|2009||Our Sweet Days of Youth||Hye-rin|||
Awards and nominations
|2003||24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Mutt Boy||Nominated|
|2004||25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Scarlet Letter||Nominated|||
|2006||27th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Traces of Love||Nominated|||
|2007||15th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|2008||5th Max Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Scout||Won|||
|2009||18th Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Like You Know It All||Nominated|
|2010||18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Film||Romantic Debtors||Won|
|2011||3rd Asia Jewelry Awards||Sapphire Award||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Sign||Nominated|
|2013||22nd Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Man on the Edge||Nominated|
|50th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Hope||Nominated|
|33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|Korean Film Actor's Association||Top Film Star Award||Won|||
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Thrice Married Woman||Nominated|
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- Park Chung-a (1 July 2007). "Pop Diva Tops Internet News". The Korea Times.
- Han Sang-hee (19 January 2010). "New Romantic Drama Aiming to Top Period Piece". The Korea Times.
- "Uhm Ji-won Takes Center Stage for BBC's Third Eye Documentary". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 June 2011.
- Lim Ju-ri (22 October 2012). "Screenwriter breaks taboos with JTBC drama". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Lee Eun-sun (15 October 2013). "Uhm bared face to bare her sou". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Pierce Conran (17 August 2015). "UHM Ji-won & KONG Hyo-jin Pair Up for MISSING CHILD". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- "Uhm Ji-won Dating Architect". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 July 2013.
- Cha Yo-rim (16 July 2013). "Actress Uhm Ji-won dating architect". The Korea Herald.
- Chung Joo-won (1 May 2014). "Uhm Ji-won to marry architect". The Korea Herald.
- Park Si-soo (2 May 2014). "Um Ji-won to marry architect". The Korea Times.
- "Uhm Ji-won to Wed Architect in Low-Key Ceremony". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2014.
- Julie Jones (29 May 2014). "Which Celebrities Attended Uhm Ji Won's Wedding?". KDramaStars.
- 영화로 이미지 변신하고 뮤지컬 무대에 도전장 낸 엄지원. Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). June 2009.
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- Pierce Conran (30 December 2013). "Achievement Awards for BONG Joon-ho and MOON Byoung-gon". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- June Kim (12 November 2014). "The 51st Daejong Film Awards Nominations Announced". Korean Film Biz Zone.