The Info List - Shim Eun-ha

Shim Eun-ha (born September 23, 1972) is a retired South Korean actress. Shim rose to popularity in the 1990s, starring in some of the highest-rated Korean dramas of all time, such as The Last Match, M and Trap of Youth. But she is best known for her acclaimed performance in Hur Jin-ho's melodrama Christmas in August, for which she swept the Best Actress awards in 1998. This was followed by another well-received turn in romantic comedy Art Museum by the Zoo. Shim suddenly retired from show business at the height of her fame in 2001, and her mystique solidified her status as the most beloved South Korean actress of that decade.[1]


1 Career 2 Post-retirement 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television series

5 Awards and nominations 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Career[edit] Shim Eun-ha made her acting debut in 1993 after being recruited by MBC. In 1994, she starred in the basketball-themed TV drama The Last Match, and quickly became the nation's most popular and talked-about star. After more forays in television (including the horror drama M) and two lesser-known films (including Born to Kill with Jung Woo-sung), she made a permanent mark in the film industry with her performance in Hur Jin-ho's modern-day classic Christmas in August (1998). Later that year Art Museum by the Zoo, which presented a more down-to-earth side of the actress, saw her win over more critical praise for her acting abilities. Throughout this period, Shim consistently topped magazine polls as the most popular actress in the film industry.[1] In Trap of Youth (1999), Shim originated the anti-heroine in modern Korean dramas, when her innocent-looking character avenged herself upon her beloved who had betrayed her. The revenge drama was enormously popular, with viewer ratings soaring to 35.7 percent.[2] She then reunited with Han Suk-kyu in Tell Me Something
Tell Me Something
(1999), and their star power combined to create one of the most highly anticipated works in Korean film history (though most viewers ultimately expressed disappointment at the film's convoluted narrative).[3] The following year she appeared in Korea's first Dogme
film Interview (2000) opposite Lee Jung-jae, which would end up being her last appearance.[1] Post-retirement[edit] In 2001, after rumors surfaced of an engagement which was later called off, Shim was chased and hounded for months by reporters from local tabloids and entertainment programs.[4] Because of this, she decided to quit acting, simply stating a desire for an ordinary life. In the ensuing years, despite periodic rumors that she would resume her film career, Shim has tried her best to remain out of the public eye, studying in France and taking up painting.[5] Personal life[edit] In September 2005, Shim appeared in the news again when she announced in a press release that she was marrying Ji Sang-wook.[6][7] The couple wed at a private ceremony attended by about 150 people at Aston House, Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul on October 18, 2005.[8][9] At the time she reaffirmed that she will not return to acting.[1] The couple have two daughters, the first born on March 2, 2006 and the second on November 28, 2007.[10][11] Having expressed regret that she hadn't pursued further education while she'd been acting, Shim entered the Korea National Open University in 2009 to study for a liberal arts degree.[12] She then displayed her artwork at the 2009 Seoul Open Art Fair, where the Oriental ink-and-wash landscape paintings, done in classical Korean style, attracted attention for their exquisite detail.[13][14][15] She sold her first painting at a fundraiser exhibit later that year. After being appointed as spokesperson for the Liberty Forward Party,[16] Shim's husband Ji unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Seoul in 2010.[17][18][19][20] Ji subsequently joined the Saenuri Party and was elected a member of the National Assembly for Seoul in April 2016.[21] Ji now joined Bareun Party. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Director

1995 My Old Sweetheart 아찌 아빠 Ajji appa Nam Yoo-ri Shin Seung-soo

1996 Born to Kill 본 투 킬 Bon tu kil Jung Soo-ha Jang Hyun-soo

1998 Christmas in August 8월의 크리스마스 Palweolui Keuriseumaseu Kim Da-rim Hur Jin-ho

Art Museum by the Zoo 미술관 옆 동물원 Misulgwan yup dongmulwon Lee Choon-hee Lee Jeong-hyang

1999 The Uprising 이재수의 난 Lee Jae-su-eui nan Il Sook-hwa Park Kwang-su

Tell Me Something 텔 미 썸딩 Telmisseomding Chae Soo-yeon Chang Yoon-hyun

2000 Interview 인터뷰 In-teo-byoo Lee Young-hee Byun Hyuk (Daniel H. Byun)

Television series[edit]

Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Network

1993 Three Families Under One Roof 한지붕 세가족

Yoo Ji-hee MBC

1994 The Last Match 마지막 승부 Majimak Seungbu Jung Da-seul MBC

MBC Best Theater "Little Thief" MBC 베스트극장 - 작은 도둑

Lee Jung-eun MBC


Park Ma-ri/Kim Joo-ri MBC

Shoal 여울목

Na Seung-ri MBC

1995 Hotel 호텔 Ho-tel movie actress (cameo) MBC

Sook-hee 숙희 Suk-hui Kim Sook-hee MBC

1996 1.5 Generation 1.5

Cha Hye-kyung MBC

TV Literature "Between Heaven and Earth" TV문학관 - 천지간 Cheonjigan woman KBS1

Power of Love 사랑한다면 Saranghanda Myeon Kim Young-hee MBC

1997 Beautiful Lady 아름다운 그녀 Areumdawoon Geunyeo Yoo Seon-young SBS

SBS 70-Minute Drama "I Want" SBS 70분드라마 - 나는 원한다 Naneun Wonhanda Hong Young-ki SBS

1998 White Nights 3.98 백야 3.98 Baekya 3.98 Anastasia Jang SBS

1999 Trap of Youth 청춘의 덫 Cheongchunui Deot Seo Yoon-hee SBS

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

1994 30th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress, TV category The Last Match Won

Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, TV Actress category N/A Won

MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress The Last Match, M Won

1997 31st Tax Payer's Day Prime Minister's Commendation N/A Won

1998 34th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Christmas in August Won

18th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Won

19th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Won

Popular Star Award Won

1st Director's Cut Awards Best Actress Won

1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress, TV category Trap of Youth Won

36th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Art Museum by the Zoo Won

Popularity Award Won

20th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Tell Me Something Nominated

Popular Star Award Won

SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Trap of Youth Won

Top 10 Stars Won

Highest Popularity Award Won

2000 1st Korea Visual Arts Festival (Korea Broadcasting Camera Directors Association) Photogenic Award, Film Actress category Tell Me Something Won

23rd Golden Cinematography Awards (Korean Society of Cinematographers) Most Popular Actress Won

37th Grand Bell Awards Popularity Award Won

1st Korean Film Festival Best Actress Won

21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Interview Nominated

SBS Drama Awards Big Star Award


2001 38th Grand Bell Awards Popularity Award Interview Won

See also[edit]

Korean cinema Korean drama


^ a b c d "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Shim Eun-ha". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-04. ^ "Villains Rule the TV Scene". KBS Global via Hancinema. March 11, 2009.  ^ Russell, Mark (July 30, 2002). "Slasher tale cuts path as a confusing thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily.  ^ Park, Soo-mee (December 9, 2001). "The dark side of Midnight TV". Korea JoongAng Daily.  ^ Choi, Jie-ho (April 29, 2003). "Fat mags give women skinny on life". Korea JoongAng Daily.  ^ "Actress Shim Eun-ha to Marry Next Month". The Korea Times via Hancinema. September 21, 2005. ^ " Shim Eun-ha to get married in October". KBS Global. September 21, 2005. ^ " Shim Eun-ha Marries". The Korea Times via Hancinema. October 18, 2005. ^ 심은하, 결혼으로 은퇴 아닌 더 큰 뉴스메이커로 부각 (in Korean). Newsen via Nate. October 19, 2005.  ^ " Shim Eun-ha Gives Birth to Second Daughter". KBS Global. November 29, 2007. ^ Lee Hyo-jeong. "Stork, not stardom, pays visit to Shim". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 5, 2007. ^ "Former Actress Shim Eun-ha to Study for Open University Degree". The Chosun Ilbo. February 3, 2009. ^ Cathy Rose A. Garcia. "Actress Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
Unveils Painting". The Korea Times. April 15, 2009. ^ "Seoul Open Art Fair to Feature Celebrity Artworks". The Chosun Ilbo. April 15, 2009.  ^ Sung, So-young (April 22, 2010). "Stars play new roles in other media". Korea JoongAng Daily.  ^ " Liberty Forward Party
Liberty Forward Party
Appoints New Spokesman". The Chosun Ilbo. February 12, 2010. ^ " Shim Eun-ha has 1.7 billion won in cash". The Korea Times. May 17, 2010. ^ "Ex-Actress Shows Up at Husband's Seoul Campaign Office". The Chosun Ilbo. May 18, 2010. ^ Kwon Mee-yoo. "Will 'star marketing' help win votes?". The Korea Times. May 31, 2010. ^ "Seoul Mayoral Hopeful Casts Ballot". The Chosun Ilbo. June 2, 2010. ^ "Stars on the Stump Don't Guarantee Election Win". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Shim Eun-ha at the Korean Movie Database Shim Eun-ha on IMDb Shim Eun-ha at HanCinema

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Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Actress

Hwang Jung-seun (1963) Moon Jung-suk (1964) Um Aing-ran (1965) Moon Jung-suk (1966) Ju Jeung-ryu (1967) Nam Jeong-im (1969) Kim Ji-mee (1970) Youn Yuh-jung (1971) Yoon Jeong-hee (1972) Yoon Jeong-hee (1973) Won Mi-kyung (1990) Chang Mi-hee
Chang Mi-hee
(1991) Kang Soo-yeon (1992) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(1993) Choi Myung-gil
Choi Myung-gil
(1994) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
and Bang Eun-jin (1995) Shim Hye-jin (1996) Shin Eun-kyung (1997) Shim Eun-ha (1998) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(1999) Lee Mi-yeon (2000) Jang Jin-young
Jang Jin-young
(2001) Kim Yoon-jin
Kim Yoon-jin
(2002) Jang Jin-young
Jang Jin-young
(2003) Lee Na-young
Lee Na-young
(2004) Lee Young-ae
Lee Young-ae
(2005) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(2006) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2007) Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin
(2008) Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji-won
(2009) Yoon Jeong-hee and Soo Ae
Soo Ae
(2010) Kim Ha-neul
Kim Ha-neul
(2011) Im Soo-jung
Im Soo-jung
(2012) Han Hyo-joo
Han Hyo-joo
(2013) Chun Woo-hee
Chun Woo-hee
(2014) Lee Jung-hyun
Lee Jung-hyun
(2015) Kim Min-hee (2016) Na Moon-hee (2017)

Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress – Film


- (1965)* Moon Jung-suk (1966) Moon Jung-suk (1967) Moon Hee
Moon Hee
(1968) Kim Ji-mee (1969)


Yoon Jeong-hee (1970) Yoon Jeong-hee (1971) Ko Eun-ah (1972) Yoon Jeong-hee (1973) Kim Ji-mee (1974) - (1975)** Kim Ja-ok
Kim Ja-ok
(1976) Tae Hyun-sil (1977) Kim Yun-gyeong and Yoon Mi-ra (1978) Kim Ja-ok
Kim Ja-ok


Yu Ji-in (1980) Jeong Yun-hui (1981) Jeong Yun-hui (1982) Jung Young-sook (1983) Won Mi-kyung (1984) Lee Mi-sook
Lee Mi-sook
(1985) Lee Bo-hee
Lee Bo-hee
(1986) Kim Ji-mee (1987) Lee Bo-hee
Lee Bo-hee
(1988) Lee Hye-young (1989)


Chang Mi-hee
Chang Mi-hee
(1990) Lee Hye-sook (1991) Kang Soo-yeon (1992) Bae Jong-ok
Bae Jong-ok
(1993) Choi Jin-sil
Choi Jin-sil
(1994) Choi Myung-gil
Choi Myung-gil
(1995) Shim Hye-jin (1996) Shim Hye-jin (1997) Shim Eun-ha (1998) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon


Kang Soo-yeon (2000) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2001) Bae Doona
Bae Doona
(2002) Uhm Jung-hwa
Uhm Jung-hwa
(2003) Kim Ha-neul
Kim Ha-neul
(2004) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(2005) Lee Young-ae
Lee Young-ae
(2006) Yum Jung-ah
Yum Jung-ah
(2007) Kim Min-hee (2008) Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin


Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji-won
(2010) Tang Wei
Tang Wei
(2011) Uhm Jung-hwa
Uhm Jung-hwa
(2012) Kim Min-hee (2013) Shim Eun-kyung
Shim Eun-kyung
(2014) Yum Jung-ah
Yum Jung-ah
(2015) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2016) Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin

* category named Best Performance; ** no winner

Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress – Television


Yeo Woon-kay (1974) Kim Ja-ok, Ahn In-sook and Jung Hye-sun (1975) Kim Hye-ja and Hong Se-mi (1976) Kang Boo-ja
Kang Boo-ja
and Kim Yoon-gyeong (1977) Kang Hyo-shil and Kim Hye-ja (1978) Kim Hye-ja, Jung Hye-sun and Kim Young-ok (1979)


Kim Min-ja (1980) Chang Mi-hee
Chang Mi-hee
and Kim Young-ran (1981) Hwang Jung-ah and Kim Young-ae (1982) Lee Kyung-jin (1983) Jung Hye-sun (1984) Jung Ae-ri (1985) Kim Yong-rim (1986) Han Hye-sook (1987) Kim Chung (1988) Park Won-sook and Kim Hye-ja (1989)


Go Doo-shim
Go Doo-shim
(1990) Lee Hwi-hyang and Ha Hee-ra (1991) Chae Shi-ra
Chae Shi-ra
(1992) Go Doo-shim
Go Doo-shim
and Kim Hee-ae
Kim Hee-ae
(1993) Jung Hye-sun (1994) Kim Yoon-gyeong (1995) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(1996) Kim Young-ae (1997) Hwang Shin-hye (1998) Shim Eun-ha (1999)


Kim Young-ae (2000) Won Mi-kyung (2001) Jeon In-hwa
Jeon In-hwa
(2002) Kim Hee-ae
Kim Hee-ae
(2003) Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji-won
(2004) Kim Jung-eun
Kim Jung-eun
(2005) Choi Jin-sil
Choi Jin-sil
(2006) Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin
(2007) Yoon Eun-hye
Yoon Eun-hye
(2008) Moon Geun-young
Moon Geun-young


Kim Nam-joo
Kim Nam-joo
(2010) Han Hyo-joo
Han Hyo-joo
(2011) Gong Hyo-jin
Gong Hyo-jin
(2012) Kim Hee-ae
Kim Hee-ae
(2013) Lee Bo-young
Lee Bo-young
(2014) Song Yoon-ah
Song Yoon-ah
(2015) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(2016) Seo Hyu