Im Soo-jung (Hangul임수정; born on July 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress. After modeling for teen magazines, Im made her acting breakthrough in Kim Jee-woon's horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), followed by the popular television drama I'm Sorry, I Love You (2004). She has since appeared in numerous films, notably Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006), Hur Jin-ho's Happiness (2007), Lee Yoon-ki's Come Rain, Come Shine (2011), and Min Kyu-dong's All About My Wife (for which she won Best Actress at the 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards).


Im Soo-jung made her debut in 1998 as a cover model for teen magazines. She then moved onto television and film, but it was Kim Jee-woon's 2003 stylish horror A Tale of Two Sisters that first drew her critical notice and newcomer awards.[1][2] A year later, the hit KBS2 drama series I'm Sorry, I Love You catapulted her into stardom.[1][3] With Im looking much younger than her age, those projects solidified her image as an eternal ingenue, as did touching character study ...ing, horse jockey film Lump Sugar and Park Chan-wook's surrealist I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK.[4]

In recent years she began shedding that image by taking on more adult roles,[5] notable among them Hur Jin-ho's romantic melodrama Happiness,[6][7] Choi Dong-hoon's blockbuster fantasy Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard,[8][9] romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny,[10] and Lee Yoon-ki's minimalist breakup indie Come Rain, Come Shine.[11] For her performance in All About My Wife,[12][13] she won Best Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,[14][15] and the Women in Film Korea Awards.[16][17]

Im and Lee Jung-jae played two artists in a post-apocalyptic environment in the short film El Fin del Mundo ("The End of the World"), which screened at the prestigious contemporary art exhibition dOCUMENTA.[18][19] She also acted opposite veteran Thai actor Sorapong Chatree in Aditya Assarat's short film Phuket, which was commissioned jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Association of Tourism and Hotel Operators of Phuket.[20][21]

Im was previously part of the SidusHQ agency, but moved to being managed by KeyEast. KeyEast launched her official website in June 2012. According to the actress, the online space will be a place where she can converse with her fans directly.[22][23]

In 2015, Im starred in Perfect Proposal, a remake of British crime thriller Woman of Straw that was partly shot in Macau.[24][25] She next starred in Time Renegades, a time-hopping romantic thriller where she played dual roles.[26]

In October 2015, her contract with KeyEast expired and she decided to sign with new management agency YNK Entertainment.[27][28]

In February 2017, Im was cast in the drama Chicago Typewriter alongside Yoo Ah-in. This marks Im's small screen come back after thirteen years since 2004.[29] The same year, she was named the cultural ambassador for the UK-Korea Creative Futures mutual exchange.[30]

She then returned to the big screen with Mothers based on the book Your Request - My Other Mother by Lee Dong-eun, who also directs the film.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Romantic President Han Young-hee
2003 A Tale of Two Sisters Bae Su-mi
...ing Kang Min-ah
2005 Sad Movie Ahn Soo-jung
2006 Lump Sugar Kim Shi-eun
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK Cha Young-goon
2007 Happiness Eun-hee
2009 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard Seo In-kyung
2010 Finding Mr. Destiny Seo Ji-woo
2011 Come Rain, Come Shine Woman
2012 All About My Wife Yeon Jung-in
2015 Perfect Proposal Ji-yeon
2016 Time Renegade Yoon-jung (1983) / So-eun (2015)
2017 The Table Hye-gyeong
2018 Mothers Hyo-jin

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2001–2002 School 4 Oh Hye-ra KBS2
2004 I'm Sorry, I Love You Song Eun-chae
2017 Chicago Typewriter Jeon Seol tvN

Music video

Year Song title Artist
1999 "Deep Sadness" Y2K
2001 "I'm Sorry" Kim Jang-hoon
2012 "White Night" Nell

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1998 CeCi Magazine's Model Contest N/A N/A Won
2003 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress
A Tale of Two Sisters
2nd Korean Film Awards Won
23rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[32] Won
4th Busan Film Critics Awards Won
6th Director's Cut Awards Won
2004 24th Fantasporto Film Festival Best Actress in an International Fantasy Film Won
41st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards
I'm Sorry, I Love You
Netizen Award Won
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple Award with So Ji-sub Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nominated
2006 2nd Premiere Rising Star Awards Best Actress Won
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Lump Sugar
2007 1st Asian Film Awards
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated
17th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
45th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
2012 5th Style Icon Awards Style Icon N/A Won
21st Buil Film Awards Best Actress
All About My Wife
49th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Won
13th Women in Film Korea Awards Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated


  1. ^ a b "LIM Soo-jung". Korean Film Council. 
  2. ^ "Lim Soo Jung & director Kim Ji Woon reminisce 'A Tale Of Two Sisters'". Yahoo News. 
  3. ^ "Kang Dong-won Selected As Top Dream Date". KBS Global. 24 March 2005. 
  4. ^ "Commercial Vs. Avant-Garde: Park Chan-wook on Cyborg". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 December 2006.
  5. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (4 March 2011). "Lim Soo-jung’s Movie Picks". 10Asia.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2 October 2007). "Actresses Gain Presence Onscreen". The Korea Times.
  7. ^ "Lim Soo-jung Grows Up in New Tearjerker". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 September 2007.
  8. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic - Part 1". 10Asia.
  9. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (18 November 2009). "Woochi set to work its magic - Part 2". 10Asia.
  10. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 February 2010). "Destiny sweetly reminisces first loves". The Korea Times.
  11. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (21 January 2011). "Come Rain invited to Berlinale". The Korea Times.
  12. ^ "Nagging Wife Role Lets Lim Soo-jung Explore Hidden Side" The Chosun Ilbo. 12 May 2012.
  13. ^ Oh, Seol-hye (25 May 2012). "Everything About My Wife Lim Soojung becomes the trend". StarN News.
  14. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (4 December 2012). "PIETA Wins Best Picture at Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Council. 
  15. ^ 제33회 청룡영화상: 여우주연상 임수정 "후보만으로도 감사했는데...". Blue Dragon Film Awards (in Korean). 29 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Byun Young-joo Picked as Director of the Year by Female Film Critics". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 December 2012. 
  17. ^ Kim, Hyun-min (6 December 2012). "BYUN Young-joo Selected as the Woman Filmmaker of 2012". Korean Film Council. 
  18. ^ "Main Film: el Fin Del Mundo". News from Nowhere. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  19. ^ Lee, Woo-young (11 June 2012). "Three Korean artists invited to world's largest contemporary art fair". The Korea Herald. 
  20. ^ "Phuket". BIFF.kr. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  21. ^ "Lim Soo-jung Stars in Thai Indie Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 
  22. ^ Hong, Lucia (12 June 2012). "Actress Lim Soo-jung launches official website". 10Asia.
  23. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (14 June 2012). "Lim Soo-jung says hello to the cyber world" Archived 2013-01-27 at Archive.is. Korea JoongAng Daily.
  24. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (23 June 2014). "LIM Soo-jung and YOO Yeon-seok Lead SECRET TEMPTATION Cranks-up". Korean Film Council. 
  25. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (26 May 2015). "Im Soo-jung is nervous ahead of return to acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  26. ^ "[Interview] Im Soo-jung brings out her true colors". TV Report. 6 April 2016. 
  27. ^ Kim, Ji-hyun (14 October 2015). "임수정 측 "10월 말 키이스트 전속 계약 만료"". TV Report. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  28. ^ Lee, Min-ji (24 March 2016). "임수정, 신생 매니지먼트 YNK엔터테인먼트와 전속계약". Newsen. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  29. ^ "Actress Im Soo-jung Returns to TV After More Than a Decade". The Chosun Ilbo. 
  30. ^ "Lim named cultural ambassador". KoreaJoongAng Daily. 
  31. ^ "LIM Soo-jung Takes on YOUR REQUEST". Korean Film Council. 
  32. ^ "Memories of Murder wins Critics Choice Awards". Hancinema. Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 November 2003. 

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