Uhm Ji-won

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Uhm.
Uhm Ji-won
Uhm Ji-won from acrofan.jpg
Uhm Ji-won in 2012
Born (1977-12-25) December 25, 1977 (age 38)
Daegu, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Other names Um Ji-won
Um Jee-won
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Oh Young-wook (m. 2014)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Eom Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Ŏm Chiwŏn

Uhm Ji-won (born December 25, 1977) is a South Korean actress.

Career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] 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."[3]

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.[4] Uhm was once again nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,[5] and later won the same category at the Chunsa Film Art Awards.[6]

After a cameo in director Kim Jee-woon's 2008 epic western The Good, the Bad, the Weird,[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

From 2012 to 2013, she starred in family dramas by renowned TV writer Kim Soo-hyun, Childless Comfort and Thrice Married Woman.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

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.[13][14] They married on May 27, 2014 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.[15][16][17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
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)
Scout Kim Se-young
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Na-yeon (cameo)
2009 The End (short film)
Private Eye Soon-deok
Like You Know It All Gong Hyeon-hee
Invitation (short film) Woman
2010 Romantic Debtors Kim Mu-ryeong
Foxy Festival Ji-su
2013 Man on the Edge Myeong Bosal
Hope Kim Mi-hee
2015 The Silenced Headmistress
The Phone Jo Yeong-soo
2016 Missing Child Ji-sun
Master Shin Gemma

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 공포의 눈동자
(episode: 납량특선 8부작)
SBS
아니 벌써 MBC
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
Magic Ha Yeon-jin SBS
2008 On Air Herself (cameo, episode 5) SBS
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry Jung Da-jung MBC
2011 Sign Jung Woo-jin SBS
2012 Can Love Become Money? Yoon Da-ran MBN
Childless Comfort Ahn So-young jTBC
2013 Thrice Married Woman Oh Hyun-soo SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008-2010 TV Entertainment Tonight SBS MC
2010 Road for Hope KBS Charity documentary
2013 Running Man SBS Guest (episode 128)

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Goodbye" (Hangul안녕) KCM
2009 "Maze" (Hangul미로) Pearl (Hangul진주)

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2009 Our Sweet Days of Youth Hye-rin [19][20][21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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 [1]
2006 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Traces of Love Nominated [5]
2007 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [6]
2008 5th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Scout Won [22]
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 [23]
Korean Film Actor's Association Top Film Star Award Won [24]
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Nominated [25]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Thrice Married Woman Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blue Dragon Film Awards 2004". Cinemaise. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  2. ^ Neil Young (October 2005). "VIENNALE '05 (pt4 - Tue 25 Oct) Tropic of Cancer / The Novena / Tale of Cinema / Black Dragon Canyon". Neil Young's Film Lounge.
  3. ^ Shin Hae-in (27 March 2006). " What nude scenes mean for actresses". The Korea Herald via Hancinema.
  4. ^ "Eom Ji-won Rediscovered". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 October 2006.
  5. ^ a b "The 27th Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Society. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  6. ^ a b "'그해 여름', 춘사영화제 5관왕!(종합)" (in Korean). Naver. 14 September 2007.
  7. ^ Park Chung-a (1 July 2007). "Pop Diva Tops Internet News". The Korea Times.
  8. ^ Han Sang-hee (19 January 2010). "New Romantic Drama Aiming to Top Period Piece". The Korea Times. 
  9. ^ "Uhm Ji-won Takes Center Stage for BBC's Third Eye Documentary". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 June 2011.
  10. ^ Lim Ju-ri (22 October 2012). "Screenwriter breaks taboos with JTBC drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  11. ^ Lee Eun-sun (15 October 2013). "Uhm bared face to bare her sou". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  12. ^ Pierce Conran (17 August 2015). "UHM Ji-won & KONG Hyo-jin Pair Up for MISSING CHILD". Korean Film Biz Zone. 
  13. ^ "Uhm Ji-won Dating Architect". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 July 2013. 
  14. ^ Cha Yo-rim (16 July 2013). "Actress Uhm Ji-won dating architect". The Korea Herald. 
  15. ^ Chung Joo-won (1 May 2014). "Uhm Ji-won to marry architect". The Korea Herald. 
  16. ^ Park Si-soo (2 May 2014). "Um Ji-won to marry architect". The Korea Times. 
  17. ^ "Uhm Ji-won to Wed Architect in Low-Key Ceremony". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Julie Jones (29 May 2014). "Which Celebrities Attended Uhm Ji Won's Wedding?". KDramaStars. 
  19. ^ 영화로 이미지 변신하고 뮤지컬 무대에 도전장 낸 엄지원. Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Movie into Musical: Our Sweet Days of Youth". Arirang News. 5 June 2009. 
  21. ^ "Events Calendar". The Korea Herald. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  22. ^ "MaxMovie Film Awards "The Day of Park Cheol-min" (Bae Dae-ro from the drama "New Heart")". Hancinema. 21 February 2008.
  23. ^ Lee Hyo-won (18 November 2013). "Snowpiercer Wins Big at South Korean Film Critics Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  24. ^ Pierce Conran (30 December 2013). "Achievement Awards for BONG Joon-ho and MOON Byoung-gon". Korean Film Biz Zone. 
  25. ^ June Kim (12 November 2014). "The 51st Daejong Film Awards Nominations Announced". Korean Film Biz Zone. 

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