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Son Ye-jin

Son Ye-jin South Korean actress

South Korean actress
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Intro South Korean actress
A.K.A. 손예진, 孫藝珍
Is Actor Film actor Model
From South Korea
Type Fashion Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 11 January 1982, Daegu, South Korea
Age: 38 years
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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 costar 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 2017, Son was cast in the crime thriller Negotiation alongside Hyun Bin.

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.



Year Title Role
2000 Secret Tears
2002 Chi-hwa-seon So-woon
Lover's Concerto Shim Soo-in/Gyung-hee
2003 The Classic Ji-hye/Joo-hee
Crazy First Love Ju Il-mae
2004 A Moment to Remember Su-jin
2005 April Snow Seo-young
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
2011 Spellbound Kang Yeo-ri
2012 The Tower Seo Yoon-hee
2013 Blood and Ties Jung Da-eun
2014 The Pirates Yeo-wol
2015 Bad Guys Always Die Ji-yeon
2016 The Truth Beneath Kim Yeon-hong
The Last Princess Princess Deokhye
2018 Negotiation Ha Chae-yoon
Now I Will Meet You Soo-ah

Television series

Year Title Role Network
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
2008 Spotlight Seo Woo-jin MBC
2010 Personal Taste Park Kae-in MBC
2011 Secret Garden Herself (cameo, episode 20) SBS
2013 Shark Jo Hae-woo KBS2

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2001 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Delicious Proposal Won
Sun-hee and Jin-hee Won
2002 22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Lovers' Concerto Won
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
1st Korean Film Awards Best New Actress 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
Best Actress Won
4th University Film Festival of Korea Best Actress Won
7th Korean Film Awards Best Actress 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 Best Actress 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
Popularity Award Won
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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