|Other names||Yoon Yeo-jeong|
(m. 1975; div. 1987)
|Revised Romanization||Yun Yeo-jeong|
Youn Yuh-jung (born June 19, 1947) is a South Korean actress. In a film and television career spanning nearly 50 years, Youn is best known for starring in Woman of Fire (1971), The Housemaid (2010), The Taste of Money (2012) and The Bacchus Lady (2016).
Youn Yuh-jung was a freshman at Hanyang University majoring in Korean Language and Literature, when she passed the open auditions held by TBC in 1966. She dropped out of college, and made her acting debut in the television drama Mister Gong in 1967. Youn shot to stardom in 1971 with two memorable portrayals of femme fatales. Her first film, Kim Ki-young's Woman of Fire became a critical and commercial hit, for which she won Best Actress at the Sitges Film Festival. This was followed by the MBC period drama series Jang Hui-bin where she played the titular infamous royal concubine. Kim was considered Korea's first style-conscious, experimental director, and Youn didn't balk in playing risque, provocative characters that explore the grotesque in the female psyche in further collaborations with him such as The Insect Woman (1972) and Be a Wicked Woman (1990). Audiences found Youn's fast way of speaking and atypical appearance refreshing and she frequently took roles in TV dramas depicting a modern woman of the new generation, notably in Stepmother (1972) written by Kim Soo-hyun.
At the peak of her career, Youn retired after she married singer Jo Young-nam in 1975, then immigrated to the United States. In 1984, she returned to Korea and permanently resumed her acting career. She and Jo divorced in 1987.
Making such a stellar comeback after taking a long break was an unusual feat for a Korean middle-aged actress. Though most actresses her age played cliched self-sacrificing mothers or coarse ajummas, Youn's acting range led to her being cast in more complex, stylish, and independent roles. In A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003), she drew critical acclaim for her nonchalant acting as a mother-in-law who neglected her husband dying of liver cancer and enjoyed extramarital affairs. Her frank and confident persona again manifested itself in E J-yong's mockumentary Actresses (2009). Youn continued playing supporting roles in film and television, notably her award-winning scene-stealing turn in The Housemaid (2010). She reunited with director Im Sang-soo for the fourth time in The Taste of Money (2012), as a cruel chaebol heiress at the center of the drama that unfolds and touches upon the themes of corruption, greed and sex. Youn said, "I don't mind being called an old actress, but I do worry about how to carry on my acting career without looking like an old fool."
In 2013, she was cast against type as a loving mother to three loser children in Song Hae-sung's Boomerang Family. Later in the year, Youn gained renewed mainstream popularity after appearing in her first ever reality show Sisters Over Flowers, a backpacking travel show shot in Croatia.
Youn starred in two leading roles in 2015: Kang Je-gyu's Salut d'Amour about the romance between an elderly supermarket employee and a flower shop owner, and Grandmother Gye-choon about a Jeju Island female diver who reunites with her long-lost granddaughter.
|1971||Woman of Fire||화녀||Myeong-ja|
|1972||The Insect Woman||충녀||Myeong-ja|
|1973||Love and Hatred||다정다한|
|Tto Sun Yi, a College Girl||여대생 또순이|
|1978||The Day and Night of a Korean-American||코메리칸의 낮과 밤|
|1990||Be a Wicked Woman||천사여 악녀가 되라|
|1995||An Experience to Die For||죽어도 좋은 경험||Choi Yeo-jung|
|2003||A Good Lawyer's Wife||바람난 가족||Hong Byeong-han|
|2004||Springtime||꽃피는 봄이 오면||Hyun-woo's mother|
|2005||The President's Last Bang||그때 그사람들||Yoon-hee's mother/Epilogue narration|
|2006||Maundy Thursday||우리들의 행복한 시간||Sister Monica|
|2007||The Old Garden||오래된 정원||Hyun-woo's mother|
|Hwang Jin-yi||황진이||Old woman|
|2008||A Tale of Legendary Libido||가루지기||Old woman|
|2010||Ha Ha Ha||하하하||Moon-kyeong's mother|
|2011||Hindsight||푸른 소금||Madame Kang|
|2012||The Taste of Money||돈의 맛||Baek Geum-ok|
|In Another Country||다른 나라에서||Park Sook|
|2013||Behind the Camera||뒷담화: 감독이 미쳤어요||Herself|
|2014||Hill of Freedom||자유의 언덕||Gu-ok|
|2015||Salut d'Amour||장수상회||Im Geum-nim|
|Intimate Enemies||나의 절친 악당들||Yeo-jung||Cameo|
|Right Now, Wrong Then||지금은맞고그때는틀리다||Kang Deok-soo|
|The Bacchus Lady||죽여주는 여자||So-young|||
|2018||Keys to the Heart||그것만이 내 세상||In-sook|||
|2019||Beasts That Cling to the Straw|||
|1967||Mister Gong||미스터 공||TBC|
|River of Love and Sorrow||사랑과 슬픔의 강||MBC|
|1971||Jang Hui-bin||장희빈||Hui-bin Jang||MBC|
|1972||Rainbow||무지개||President Han's daughter||MBC|
|1976||Girl's High School Days||여고 동창생||MBC|
|1984||MBC Bestseller Theater "고깔"||MBC 베스트셀러극장 - 고깔||MBC|
|1985||Mom's Room||엄마의 방||MBC|
|1987||Love and Ambition||사랑과 야망||Song Hye-joo||MBC|
|1988||Sand Castle||모래성||Kim Jin-ae||MBC|
|People from Wonmi-dong||원미동 사람들||MBC|
|1989||Fetters of Love||사랑의 굴레||KBS2|
|Sleepless Tree||잠들지 않는 나무||Dance school teacher||MBC|
|Betrayal of the Rose||배반의 장미||Ok-sun||MBC|
|1991||What Is Love||사랑이 뭐길래||Han Shim-ae||MBC|
|Another Happiness||또 하나의 행복||MBC|
|1992||Bun-rye's Story||분례기||Bun-rye's mother||SBS|
|Gwanchon Essay||관촌 수필||SBS|
|Women's Room||여자의 방||MBC|
|1993||How's Your Husband?||댁의 남편은 어떠십니까?||Song Eun-nyeo||SBS|
|To Live||산다는 것은||Pung-gae's mother||SBS|
|1995||Men of the Bath House||목욕탕집 남자들||Noh Hye-young||KBS2|
|Your Voice||그대 목소리||Eon-nyeon-yi||SBS|
|MBC Best Theater "Hospice Ajumma"||호스피스 아줌마||Jung-sook||MBC|
|Ganyiyeok||간이역||Gangneung restaurant owner||MBC|
|Open Your Heart||가슴을 열어라||Choi Soon-joo||MBC|
|1997||The Reason I Live||내가 사는 이유||Bar madam Son||MBC|
|Woman Next Door||이웃집 여자||SBS|
|MBC Best Theater - Bok-soon's Boomerang||MBC 베스트극장 - 복순씨의 부메랑||Actuary Bok-soon||MBC|
|Love Is All I Know||사랑 밖엔 난 몰라||MBC|
|Hong Gil-dong||홍길동||In-ok's mother||SBS|
|1999||KAIST||카이스트||Professor of Mechanical Engineering||SBS|
|Did We Really Love?||우리가 정말 사랑했을까||Choi Hye-ja||MBC|
|Who Are You||당신은 누구시길래||Jung Shin-ae||SBS|
|Hur Jun||허준||Sung In-chul's wife||MBC|
|2000||Tough Guy's Love||꼭지||Kim Bok-nyeo||KBS2|
|I Want to Keep Seeing You||자꾸만 보고 싶네||Lee Ok-bun||SBS|
|2001||Stock Flower||비단향꽃무||Ahn Jung-hee||KBS2|
|Blue Mist||푸른 안개||Mi-soon||KBS2|
|MBC Best Theater "Walking With II"||동행II||Geum-nyeo||MBC|
|This Is Love||사랑은 이런거야||Lee Jung-ja||KBS1|
|I Like Dong-seo||동서는 좋겠네||Choi Jong-sook||KBS2|
|2002||Ruler of Your Own World||네 멋대로 해라||Jung Yoo-soon||MBC|
|Who's My Love?||내사랑 누굴까||In-ae||KBS2|
|2003||Dal-joong's Cinderella||달중씨의 신데렐라||Pal-soon||KBS1|
|Pearl Necklace||진주목걸이||Yoon Hae-myung||KBS2|
|One Million Roses||백만송이 장미||Choi Geum-ja||MBC|
|Rose Fence||장미울타리||Mrs. Heo||KBS2|
|On the Prairie||저 푸른 초원위에||Kim Jeom-hee||KBS2|
|War of the Roses||장미의 전쟁||Heo Young-shim||MBC|
|Drama City- Our Ham||우리 햄||Grandma||KBS2|
|2005||Becoming a Popular Song||유행가가 되리||Oh Sook-young||KBS2|
|Be Strong, Geum-soon!||굳세어라 금순아||Geum-soon's grandmother||MBC|
|A Farewell to Sorrow||슬픔이여안녕||Lee Young-shim||KBS2|
|Love and Sympathy||사랑공감||Hee-soo's mother||SBS|
|2006||Love Truly||진짜 진짜 좋아해||Goo Hyang-sook||MBC|
|Pure in Heart||열아홉 순정||Yoon Myung-hye||KBS2|
|What's Up Fox?||여우야 뭐하니||Jo Soon-nam||MBC|
|2007||The Person I Love||사랑하는 사람아||Yoon Min-ja||SBS|
|The Golden Age of Daughters-in-Law||며느리 전성시대||Seo Mi-soon||KBS2|
|2008||Chunja's Happy Events||춘자네 경사났네||Yang Boon-hee||MBC|
|Worlds Within||그들이 사는 세상||Oh Min-sook||KBS2|
|2009||The Road Home||집으로 가는 길||Nam Soon-jung||KBS1|
|Heading to the Ground||맨땅에 헤딩||Ae-ja||MBC|
|2010||Golden Fish||황금물고기||Jo Yoon-hee||MBC|
|Home Sweet Home||즐거운 나의 집||Sung Eun-sook||MBC|
|2011||Listen to My Heart||내 마음이 들리니||Hwang Soon-geum||MBC|
|2012||My Husband Got a Family||넝쿨째 굴러온 당신||Uhm Chung-ae||KBS2|
|The King 2 Hearts||더킹 투하츠||Bang Young-sun||MBC|
|2013||The Queen's Classroom||여왕의 교실||Yong Hyun-ja||MBC|
|2014||Wonderful Days||참 좋은 시절||Jang So-shim||KBS2|
|2015||The Producers||프로듀사||Herself (cameo, episodes 1-2)||KBS2|
|2016||Dear My Friends||디어 마이 프렌즈||Oh Choong-nam||tvN|
|2013||Sisters Over Flowers||Cast member||tvN|
|2018||Youn's Kitchen - Season 2|
|All The Butlers||Fourth Master||SBS|
Awards and nominations
|1969||TBC Drama Awards||Best New Talent||Mister Gong||Won|
|1971||4th Sitges Film Festival||Best Actress||Woman of Fire||Won|
|10th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|8th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|1992||19th Korean Broadcasting Awards||Best Female Talent||Bun-rye's Story||Won|
|2003||4th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actress||A Good Lawyer's Wife||Won|
|2nd Korean Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2004||41st Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|3rd Korean Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Springtime||Nominated|
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actress in a One-Act Special/Drama||Becoming a Popular Song||Won|
|2010||18th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Housemaid||Won|
|11th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||The Housemaid, Ha Ha Ha, Actresses||Won|
|43rd Sitges Film Festival||Maria Honorifica Award||N/A||Won|
|6th People Who Make the World Brighter Awards||Recipient, Culture and Arts category||N/A||Won|
|19th Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Housemaid||Won|
|47th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|8th Korean Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|12th Cinemanila International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2011||8th Max Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|5th Asian Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2012||21st Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Taste of Money||Nominated|
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||My Husband Got a Family||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Won|
|2013||50th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Boomerang Family||Nominated|
|2014||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Wonderful Days||Nominated|
|2016||Korean Film Shining Star Awards||Star award||Canola||Won|
|37th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||The Bacchus Lady||Nominated|
|20th Fantasia Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Special Jury Prize||Won|
|17th Women in Film Korea Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|53rd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Canola||Nominated|
|2017||53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||The Bacchus Lady||Nominated|
|Grand Prize (Film)||Nominated|
|4th Wildflower Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|26th Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|17th Korea World Youth Film Festival||Favorite Actress - Senior Actress||Won|
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