The Info List - Shin Eun-kyung

Shin Eun-kyung (born 15 February 1973) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in Downfall (1997) and My Wife Is a Gangster (2001).


1 Career 2 Other activities 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television series 4.3 Variety show 4.4 Music video

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Career[edit] Shin began appearing in commercials in 1986 at the age of 13, and made her television debut in 1988 on KBS. Throughout the late eighties and early nineties, she acted in a great number of films and TV dramas (notably in the 2001 medical drama General Hospital), garnering fame for her warm screen presence.[1] In 1997, however, she took on her most daring role as a prostitute in veteran director Im Kwon-taek's Downfall.[2] The film was a box-office success, leading her to star status.[3] In 1999, she starred in two films, including the Korean-Japanese co-produced horror film The Ring Virus, based on the novel by Koji Suzuki. Her success in this role led to her being cast in a small role for a Japanese film, Uzumaki (also known as Spiral). Around this time, Shin was also working as an MC for a television game show.[3] In 2002, Shin starred in her most famous role as a tough, female gang boss in My Wife Is a Gangster. The film drew more than 5 million spectators and became a strong hit throughout Asia.[4] She also appeared in the sequel, My Wife Is a Gangster
My Wife Is a Gangster
2, but the film faltered at the box office in 2003. Other roles Shin starred in around this time were as a detective in This Is Law (also known as Out of Justice), as a professional matchmaker in the romantic comedy A Perfect Match, and as a naval officer in the box office bomb Blue.[5][3] Shin went on a short hiatus after she married and had a baby, and returned to acting in 2005, starring in films such as Bystanders and Mr. Housewife,[6][7] and television series such as Bad Couple, Mom's Dead Upset,[8] White Lies, Still You, and Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident. She gained praise for her impassioned portrayals of ruthless and ambitious women in the 2010 melodrama Flames of Desire and the 2014 revenge thriller The Plan.[9][10][11] Other activities[edit] Shin is a professor at Seoul Hoseo Art College's Department of Performing Arts since 2011.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] On 22 September, 2003, Shin married Kim Jung-soo, who was then the CEO of her talent agency Good Player Entertainment. The following year, she gave birth to a son, who was later diagnosed with hydrocephalus.[12] On August 24, 2007, Shin filed for divorce when she learned that Kim had used her private seal without her permission to misappropriate ₩400 million (US$424,800) for his business after its merger with Fantom Entertainment and the box office failure of several films he'd produced. In November, Shin sued Kim for forgery of private documents. In a separate case, she was sued by KM Culture, the company from whom Kim had taken a loan which amounted to ₩290 million (US$218,000). On December 28, 2008, the court ruled that Shin was not liable for her ex-husband's debts, stating that although Shin's seal is on the loan contract, Shin had not seen any of the money loaned, had not authorized her seal's use, and is therefore not responsible for the debt.[13][14] She again landed in the entertainment headlines in 2011 when she underwent bimaxillary osteotomy surgery (or jaw realignment surgery), reportedly because she felt making her strong jawline "slimmer and more rounded" would give her a "younger, softer, more feminine" look, which would result in more acting roles.[15][12][16] Shin later spoke candidly that she regretted having undergone the procedure for pure cosmetic purposes, saying the public should be better informed about the pain and danger associated with the invasive surgery.[17][18] In 2012, she sued an oriental medicine clinic for violating her portrait rights and privacy after it posted false ads on the internet without her permission, featuring her photo and treatment process; she had gone to the clinic to decrease the swelling of her face, a side effect of her jaw reconstruction surgery, but the clinic's treatments proved ineffective. The court ruled in Shin's favor and awarded her damages amounting to ₩35 million.[19][20][21] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role

1989 Kuro Arirang Sook-hee

1990 This Is the Beginning of Love Hyeon-im

1991 The Lover on the Bicycle

1992 Life Isn't a Multiple Choice Test Min Cho-hee

1993 No Emergency Exit

1994 Love on a Rainy Day Peng Young-mi

The Young Man Jae-yi

1997 Downfall Eun-young

1998 A Mystery of the Cube Shin Tae-kyung

1999 The Ring Virus Hong Sun-joo

2000 Uzumaki Chie Maruyama

General Hospital the Movie: A Thousand Days Kang Eun-soo

2001 My Wife Is a Gangster Cha Eun-jin

This Is Law Kang Min-joo

2002 A Perfect Match Kim Hyo-jin

Baby Alone

2003 Blue Kang Su-jin

My Wife Is a Gangster
My Wife Is a Gangster
2 Cha Eun-jin

2005 Mr. Housewife Go Soo-hee

Diary of June Chu Ja-young

2010 Love, In Between Han So-young

2013 Born to Sing Moon Bo-ri's mother

2014 The Plan Se-hee

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network

1988 Door of Desire


1990 What the Women Live


Pacheonmu Queen Jeongsun KBS2

1991 Thief's Wife


Velvet Grass of the Old Days


1992 Self-Portrait in Black


1993 January


Pilot Do Jin-sook MBC

1994 The Last Match Kim Soo-jin MBC

General Hospital Lee Jung-hwa MBC

1995 Yeo (Woman) Yong-seol MBC

1996 Salted Mackerel Yoo Young-woo MBC

1998 Song of the Wind Jung Sun-joo SBS

1999 Wave Lee Ok-jeom SBS

2007 Bad Couple Kim Dang-ja SBS

2008 Mom's Dead Upset Na Young-su KBS2

White Lies Seo Eun-young MBC

2010 Flames of Desire Yoon Na-young MBC

2012 Still You Cha Soon-young/ Baek In-ah SBS

2013 Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident Yoon Hwa-young MBC

Your Neighbor's Wife Hong Kyung-joo jTBC

2014 Wife Scandal
- The Wind Rises Wife (episode 1: "Lie") TV Chosun

Family Secrets Han Jung-yeon tvN

2015 Oh My Ghost Jo Hye-young tvN

The Time We Were Not in Love Gu Yeon-jung SBS

The Village: Achiara's Secret Yoon Ji-sook SBS

2017 While You Were Sleeping Kim Joo-young ( Special
appearance, episodes 11-12) SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes

1997 Beautiful Morning with Shin Eun-kyung and Kim Chang-wan SBS Host

1999 Creating a Better World SBS

2011-2012 She and Him Channel A

2014 A Man Who Satisfies 99 Women[22][23] jTBC Host

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist

2001 "Fixing My Makeup" Wax

2002 "Ace of Sorrow" Jo Sung-mo

2005 "Smile Again" KCM

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

1994 TV Journal Star of the Year Awards Excellence Award, TV Acting category General Hospital Won

MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Won

1995 31st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress
(TV) Won

1997 18th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Downfall Won

Popular Star Award Won

1998 34th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress
(Film) Won

2001 22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award My Wife Is a Gangster Won

2002 1st Korean Film Awards Best Actress A Perfect Match Nominated

2007 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Bad Couple Won

2008 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress
in a Serial Drama Mom's Dead Upset Nominated

2009 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress White Lies Nominated

2010 MBC Drama Awards[24][25] Top Excellence Award, Actress Flames of Desire Won

2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress
in a Weekend/Serial Drama Still You Won

Top 10 Stars Won

2013 21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress
in a Drama Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident Won

MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress
in a Special
Project Drama Won


^ "SHIN Eun-kyung". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ "New Taeheung Collection DVDs Announced (Im Kwon-Taek, Jang Sun-Woo)". Twitch Film. 25 July 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ a b c "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Shin Eun-kyung". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Chun, Su-jin (19 October 2001). "Success of My Wife Spurs U.S. Adaptation". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Kim, Hee-kyung (6 February 2003). "Three Naval Officers, Love and Friendship". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Kim, Tae-jong (23 November 2005). "New Thriller Deals With Bullying in School". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ "미스터주부퀴즈왕 (Mr. Housewife) Press Screening Report". Twitch Film. 16 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ " Shin Eun-kyung Comes to Terms With Her Inner Child". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Jin, Eun-soo (27 March 2014). " Actress
Shin Eun-kyung returns after 4 years". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-21.  ^ Jin, Eun-soo (15 July 2014). " Shin Eun-kyung to star in new thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-21.  ^ Song, Da-in (22 August 2014). "Plan dives into loan sharks' world". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-21.  ^ a b "Shin Eun Kyung's Jaw Line Surgery: "I Was Horrified at Myself"". Soompi. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (9 August 2007). " Actress
Shin to Divorce". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Lee, Eun-joo (29 August 2007). "Money troubles, trust issues lead to divorce of actress Shin Eun-kyoung". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ "Photo reveals actress' dramatic transformation after surgery". Korea JoongAng Daily. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ " Shin Eun-kyung Advertises Plastic Surgery Clinic". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Sunwoo, Carla (11 April 2012). " Shin Eun-kyung speaks out on new jawline". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Cho, Jae-eun (21 June 2012). "'Baby-face' trend puts added pressure on Korean women". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ " Actress
Sues Oriental Medicine Clinic for W1 Billion". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ Sunwoo, Carla (21 September 2012). " Shin Eun-kyung sues oriental medicine clinic for libel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ "Stars Sue Cosmetic Clinic for Unauthorized Advertising". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ "Shin Dong Yup, Baek Ji Young, and more to find the perfect husband for new JTBC
variety show 99 Meeting". Allkpop. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-08-09.  ^ Kim, Jae-yeon (23 January 2014). "Ex-anchorwoman Moon Ji-ae returns as entertainment show host". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-08-09.  ^ Hong, Lucia (31 December 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo
Han Hyo-joo
win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-25.  ^ "Today's Photo: December 31, 2010". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

External links[edit]

Shin Eun-kyung at Run Entertainment (in Korean) Shin Eun-kyung at the Korean Movie Database Shin Eun-kyung on IMDb Shin Eun-kyung 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)

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