Uhm Jung-hwa

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Uhm Jung-hwa
2013 Blue Dragon Film Awards Uhm Jung-hwa2.jpg
Uhm at the 2013 Blue Dragon Awards
Born (1969-08-17) August 17, 1969 (age 52)
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Actress
  • designer
Years active1987–present
RelativesUhm Tae-woong (brother)
Musical career
Genres
Labels
Associated actsRefund Sisters
Websiteilovejunghwa.com
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationEom Jeong-hwa
McCune–ReischauerŎm Chŏnghwa

Uhm Jung-hwa (Korean엄정화; born August 17, 1969)[1] is a South Korean singer, actress and dancer. Uhm is considered to be one of the most influential women in the Korean entertainment industry, with many female artists recognizing her as a role model.[2]

Uhm began her career in 1989 as a chorus member for the broadcasting company MBC. She starred in the 1993 romance drama film, On a Windy Day, We Must Go to Apgujeong, and released her debut studio album, Sorrowful Secret, that same year. Though both releases found limited audiences, the album's lead single, "Pupil", helped to establish a uniquely sensual image for Uhm.

She pivoted to dance music with 1996's "Sad Expectation", and found breakthrough success with "Rose of Betrayal" (배반의 장미) from her third studio album, After Love (1997). Subsequent releases Invitation (1998) and 005.1999.06 (1999) were bolstered by a string of hit singles: "Poison", "Invitation", "I Don't Know" (몰라), and "Festival", which gained status as her signature songs and cemented her position as the preeminent pop icon of the '90s decade.

Starting in 2001, Uhm began to concentrate efforts on her acting career. Her performance in the 2002 erotic comedy Marriage Is a Crazy Thing won Best Actress at the 39th Baeksang Arts Awards. Her 2000s musical output saw declining commercial reception but greater appeal with critics. Uhm began experimenting with electronica on Self Control (2004), and funk on Prestige (2006), the latter of which won Best Dance and Electronic Album at the 4th Korean Music Awards.

Uhm was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010, and following a nearly decade-long hiatus from music, she released her tenth studio album The Cloud Dream of the Nine in 2017.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Uhm was born in Jecheon, North Chungcheong, South Korea. She is the second child of Yoo Gyeong-sook and Uhm Jin-ok, a music teacher who died in a motorcycle accident when she was six. Her younger and only brother Uhm Tae-woong is an actor. Following her father's death, her family struggled financially.[3]

Music career[edit]

1990s[edit]

Uhm Jung-hwa officially debuted as a singer in 1993 with her first studio album Sorrowful Secret. By the mid-90s she established herself as one of the top Korean female singers and entertainers, with a series of hit singles: "Sad Expectation" (Korean슬픈 기대; RRSeulpeun Gidae), "A Love Only Heaven Permits" (Korean하늘만 허락한 사랑; RRHaneulman Heorakan Sarang), "Rose of Betrayal" (Korean배반의 장미; RRBaeban-ui Jangmi), and "Tell Me" (Korean말해 줘; RRMalhae Jwo).

Uhm's fourth studio album, Invitation, introduced a new mature side of the singer. The music video for its title track caused a lot of controversy due to its suggestive nature. Invitation quickly became one of the highest selling albums of the year and received positive reviews from critics and fans.

She released two of her most recognizable singles of her career, "Poison" and "Invitation" (Korean초대; RRChodae). She remained successful the following year, in 1999, with her fifth studio album 005.1999.06

As of 2020 she currently released ten studio albums, two compilation albums and one extended play.

2000s–present[edit]

During the 2000s, Uhm began to focus more on her acting career and committed herself to taking a variety of acting roles. She also began to pursue and experiment with different musical genres, in particular electronica. In 2004, she released her double album Self Control, which featured songs composed by Jung Jae-hyung, Fractal and Roller Coaster. Music critics praised Uhm for her ability to reinvent her image and sound.

After a two-year break from the music scene, she released her ninth studio album Prestige. Throughout the year she released two singles, "Come 2 Me" and "Song of the Wind" (Korean바람의 노래; RRBaram-ui Norae), each enjoyed positive critical reception. In early 2007, she won a Korean Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Record.

In the summer of 2008, she released her first EP titled D.I.S.C.O with help from her longtime friend Yang Hyun-suk of YG Entertainment. The lead single "D.I.S.C.O" featured T.O.P, a member from the popular boy band Big Bang. The EP was one of the best-selling albums by a female artist in 2008, and was further promoted by the digital single "D.I.S.C.O Part 2" which was a remix version of "D.I.S.C.O" and featured G-Dragon, the leader of Big Bang.

After an eight-year-long hiatus Uhm announced that she would be releasing her first new album since D.I.S.C.O in 2008, the album title would be The Cloud Dream of the Nine. She revealed that she would be releasing the album in two parts, the first part would be released on December 27, 2017, and the second part at a later date. Uhm performed the title tracks "Watch Me Move" and "Dreamer" on Gayo Daejeon along with "D.I.S.C.O", she would also perform the two tracks on MCountdown on the January 5. One year after the release of Part 1, Uhm revealed through her Instagram account that she was in the preparation stage of her comeback with part 2 of The Cloud Dream of the Nine.

In the summer of 2020, Uhm joined with singers Lee Hyori, Jessi, and Hwasa to form the "supergroup" Refund Sisters. Their first single, "Don't Touch Me" debuted in October, 2020, and reached #1 on the Gaon chart.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Uhm has established herself as one of South Korea's top actresses. She is known for her roles in the films Marriage Is a Crazy Thing, Singles, Princess Aurora, Dancing Queen, Seducing Mr. Perfect and Haeundae, which became one of the highest-grossing movies in Korea. She has won two Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actress, in 2002 for Marriage is a Crazy Thing and again in 2012 for Dancing Queen.

Fashion line[edit]

Uhm launched her new clothing and lingerie line, "Corner Suite" and "ZHUM in New York", which made $10M USD within three months of its release. "Corner Suite" became an instant hit when the line debuted on online markets. The line immediately sold out. Future plans include putting her line of clothes on more home shopping channels, as the demand for it is great.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Uhm was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but fully recovered after surgery in May 2010.[6] Uhm said she felt a little afraid leading up to the surgery, but rather than being discouraged by the pain she was experiencing, she made up her mind to dedicate herself to helping others by inspiring them. "I want to use my talent and influence in a meaningful way," she said.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[8][9]
Sorrowful Secret
  • Released: July 1993
  • Label: Samsung
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Sad Secret (슬픈비밀)
  2. Like All the Lovers in the World (세상모든연인들 처럼)
  3. Urban Mosaic (도시모자이크)
  4. If I'm In Your Heart (너의마음속에 내가있다면)
  5. Pupil (눈동자)
  6. Another Me (또다른 나)
  7. Don't Think You're Alone (혼자란 생각하지마)
  8. Your Tired Face (지쳐 버린 네모습)
N/A N/A
Uhm Jung Hwa 2
  • Released: January 1996
  • Label: Samsung
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Love Conflict (사랑 갈등)
  2. A Love Only Heaven Permits (하늘만 허락한 사랑)
  3. Sad Expectations (슬픈기대)
  4. Causal Retribution (인과응보)
  5. Secret Meeting (밀회)"
  6. A Prima Donna's Love (프리마돈나의 사랑)
  7. Last Temptation (마지막유혹)
  8. Love Has No Borders (사랑에는 국경이 없지 않다)
  9. Reply (대답)
After Love (후애)(後愛)
  • Released: March 1997
  • Label: E&E Media
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Invitation
  • Released: August 6, 1998
  • Label: Nuri Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
005.1999.06
  • Released: June 17, 1999
  • Label: Nuri Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
Queen of Charisma
  • Released: November 1, 2000
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Come On
  2. Gap
  3. Escape
  4. Time Goes By
  5. Sad Delusion
  6. Pleasure
  7. Maria
  8. When You Were By My Side
  9. Game
  10. Fantasy
  11. War Of Roses
  12. It’s A Goodbye
  13. Falling
  14. Baby Baby Tell Me
3
Hwa (화)
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Istar Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
5
Self Control 3
Prestige
  • Released: October 26, 2006
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Friday Night
  2. Shining Star
  3. Come 2 Me
  4. Gammer
  5. 거칠게..로멘틱하게 (Roughly...Romantically)
  6. 바림의 노래 (Varim’s Song)
  7. Dance with Me
  8. Ticket to the Moon
  9. 1996 년 10월 16일 날씨 맑음
  10. 여왕 폐하의 순정
  11. Innocence
  12. 사랑해 사랑해
17
The Cloud Dream Of The Nine 22 N/A

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[8]
Best...My Songs
  • Released: September 19, 1998
  • Label: E&E Media
  • Formats: CD, cassette
N/A
All Details
  • Released: December 28, 1999
  • Label: Nuri Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
10

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[8]
D.I.S.C.O 18

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[19]
"Pupil" (눈동자) 1993 Sorrowful Secret
"Sad Expectation" (슬픈기대) 1996 Uhm Jung Hwa 2
"A Love Only Heaven Permits" (하늘만 허락한 사랑)
"Rose of Betrayal" (배반의 장미) 1997 70 After Love
"After Love" (후애 (後愛))
"Poison" 1998 7 Invitation
"Invitation" (초대) 19
"I Don't Know" (몰라) 1999 005.1999.06
"Festival"
"Cross" (크로스) All Details
"Escape" 2000 Queen of Charisma
"Crack" ()
"All Go Away" (다가라) 2001 Hwa
"Eternity" 2004 Self Control
"Invitation" (tvN Remix) (초대 tvN Remix) 2006 Non-album single
"Come 2 Me" Prestige
"Come 2 Me" (New Remix) Non-album single
"D.I.S.C.O"
feat. T.O.P
2008 D.I.S.C.O
"D.I.S.C.O Part 2"
feat. G-Dragon
Non-album single
"Watch Me Move" 2016 The Cloud Dream Of The Nine
"Dreamer" 70
"Ending Credit" 2017 87
"She"
"Hop in" (호피무늬)
feat. Hwasa, DPR Live
2020 [a] TBA
Peak chart positions are from the Gaon Digital Chart, which was established in 2010.

OSTs[edit]

Title Year Album
"Pupil" (눈동자) 1993 On a windy day, we should go to Apkujeong Dong OST
"Luxury good" (럭셔리 굳) 2002 Boss X File OST
"Narration" 2003 Wife OST
"Recipe" (레시피) 2009 He Who Can't Marry OST
"Call My Name"
with Dancing Queens
2012 Dancing Queen OST
"Second Chance"
with Dancing Queens feat. Cheetah
"Let Me Cry" 2017 You Are Too Much OST
"Who am I?" (나는 누구?)
feat. Duk Bae
"Emerald" (에메랄드)

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"October - As always" (10월 October - 늘 그렇듯) 2001 ZOY Project 1st
"My love, crybaby" (내사랑 울보) 2002 Jeon Yeong-Rok's 30th Anniversary Dedication Album "Legend"
"Sad Christmas"
Lee Jae-hoon feat. Leessang, Uhm Jung-hwa
2005 White winter 2005
"Love is" (사랑이란) 2008 Song Book
"Time passes with you (Original Ver.)" (시간은 그대와 흘러 (Original Ver.))
Jung Jae-hyung feat. Lucid Fall, Uhm Jung-hwa
2009 Promenade

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1992 Marriage Story Disc Jockey
1993 On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong
1994 Blue Seagull Joshua (voice)
How to Top My Wife Manula jugigi
2002 Marriage Is a Crazy Thing Yeon-hee
2003 Singles Dong-mi
2004 Mr. Hong Yoon Hye-Jin
2005 All for Love Hur Yu-jung
Princess Aurora Jung Soon-jung
2006 For Horowitz Kim Ji-soo
Seducing Mr. Perfect Min-june
2007 Love Now Seo Yu-na
2009 Insadong Scandal Bae Tae-jin
Haeundae Yoo-jin
Five Senses of Eros Lee Jung-ha
2010 Bestseller Baek Hee-soo
2011 Mama Dong-sook
2012 Dancing Queen Herself
2013 In My End Is My Beginning Lee Jung-ha
Montage Ha-kyung
2014 Venus Talk Jung Shin-hye
2015 Wonderful Nightmare Lee Yeon-woo
2020 Okay Madam! (literal title) Mi Young
TBA Beautiful Woman [21]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role
1990 Sarang
1992 The Wild
1993 Good Morning Youngdong
Sisters
1994 The rich people also cry
Police
Close One Eye
Mystery Melodrama
1995 Human Theater
Angel Inside the Mask
Remember to Love
1996 Intimacy Between Father and Son
1997 Park Bit-na
Star
Beautiful Sin Areumdawoon Joe
2003 Wife Ahnae
2004 Tropical Nights in December
2007 Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung' Oh Soo-jung
2009 He Who Can't Marry Jang Moon-jung
2014 A Witch's Love Ban Ji-yeon
2017 You Are Too Much Yoo Ji-na / Kim Hye-jung
2022 Our Blues Go Mi-ran [22]

Television show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2020 Hangout with Yoo MBC Cast Member (Episode 56–68)
2021 On & Off tvN Cast Member [23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Acting Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1993 31st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong Nominated
17th Golden Cinema Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Won
1995 16th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress How to Top My Wife Nominated
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Marriage Is a Crazy Thing Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Wife Won
2004 27th Golden Cinematography Award Special Award Mr. Handy Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Tropical Nights in December Nominated
2006 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actress For Horowitz Nominated
44th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Nominated
5th Korean Film Awards Nominated
7th Busan Film Critics Awards Princess Aurora Won
42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
Donga TV Fashion Beauty Award Fashion Icon N/A Won
2007 Gala Dinner Party sponsored by FKCCI Friendship Award N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung Nominated
2009 46th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Tidal Wave Nominated
2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Bestseller Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Dancing Queen Won
49th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actress Nominated
2013 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Montage Nominated
Korean Film Actors Association Popular Film Star Award Won
50th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Won
21st Korean Culture Entertainment Awards Won
2014 19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated
2015 52nd Grand Bell Awards Wonderful Nightmare Nominated
2017 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) You Are Too Much Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Nominated
2020 20th MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Music/Talk Category – Female[24] Hangout with Yoo Won
2021 17th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival JIMFFACE [25] N/A Won

Music awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
1998 Golden Disk Awards Bonsang Award (Song Division) "Poison" Won
1999 "I Don't Know" Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist "I Don't Know"
(005.1999.06)
Won [26][27]
Best Dance Performance Nominated
2000 Best Female Artist "Cross" Nominated [28]
Golden Disk Awards Bonsang Award (Song Division) "Escape" Won
SBS Gayo Daejeon Main Prize N/A Won
2001 N/A Won
MBC Gayo Daejejeon 30 years Old and Above Award N/A Won
KBS Song Festival Main Prize N/A Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist "Crack" (틈) Nominated [29]
2007 Korean Music Awards Best Electronic Dance Album Prestige Won
2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best House & Electronic "Disco" ft. T.O.P Nominated [30]
Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated

Accolades[edit]

In 2021 she was selected as Jury member for Actor and Actress of the Year Award in 26th Busan International Film Festival to be held in October.[31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hop in" did not enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked at number 59 on the component Gaon Download Chart.[20]

References[edit]

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