The Info List - Son Ye-jin

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).[2]


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,[3] 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.[4]

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.[4]

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,[5][6] while April Snow in which she co-starred with superstar Bae Yong-joon[7] was also a smash hit in Japan and China (though not, incidentally, in Korea).[4][8] 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.[9]

2006–2015: Film roles in diverse genres

Son then cast off her nice girl image in her next projects.[4] She took on the roles of a con artist in The Art of Seduction, an ambitious reporter in Spotlight,[10] a femme fatale in Open City,[11] and a divorcée in the critically acclaimed series Alone in Love.[12][13] In 2008, her portrayal of a polyandrous woman in My Wife Got Married[14] bagged her Best Actress honors from the prestigious Blue Dragon Film Awards[15] and other local award-giving bodies.

After filming the dark mystery White Night,[16] Son wanted to do a more fun project, so she chose the romantic comedy series Personal Taste,[17] followed by the horror-romantic comedy film Spellbound.[18]

In 2012, Son starred in her first blockbuster The Tower, a remake of the 1974 Hollywood disaster film The Towering Inferno.[19] She returned to television in 2013 in the revenge drama Shark (also known as Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus),[20] then headlined Blood and Ties, a thriller about a daughter who suspects that her father was involved in a kidnap-murder case.[21]

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.[22][23] 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.[24]

2016–present: Critical acclaim

In 2016, Son reunited with My Wife Got Married co-star Kim Joo-hyuk in The Truth Beneath, a political thriller.[25] She won Best Actress at the 25th Buil Film Awards and 17th Busan Film Critics Awards for her performance.[26][27] She then played Princess Deokhye in the biopic The Last Princess, helmed by April Snow director Hur Jin-ho.[28][29] 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".[30]

In 2017, Son was cast in the crime thriller Negotiation alongside Hyun Bin.[31]

In 2018, Son starred alongside So Ji-sub in the romance film Be with You, based on the Japanese novel of the same name.[32][33] The same year, Son is set to return to the small screen after five years with JTBC's romance drama Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food.[34]



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 Kim 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 Be with You Soo-ah
Negotiation Ha Chae-yoon

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
2018 Something in the Rain Yoon Jin-ah JTBC

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 Lovers' Concerto Won
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
1st Korean Film Awards 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 [35]
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 [36]
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Alone in Love Won [37]
Korea Fashion & Design Awards Fashion Icon Award N/A Won [38]
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 [15]
4th University Film Festival of Korea Won
7th Korean Film Awards Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Won [39]
2010 1st Seoul Arts & Culture Awards Grand Prize, Film Actor category White Night Won [40]
46th Baeksang Arts Awards InStyle Award N/A Won [41]
5th Asia-Pacific Producer's Network (APN) Awards Award for Figure in Asian Film N/A Won [42]
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award White Night Won [43]
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 [44]
51st Grand Bell Awards Best Actress The Pirates Won [23]
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Blood and Ties Nominated
Actors' Night Awards Korean Top Star The Pirates Won [45]
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 [26]
36th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [46]
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards The Last Princess Nominated
Popularity Award Won [47]
17th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Truth Beneath Won [27]
3rd Korean Film Producers Association Awards Won [48]
The Last Princess Won
17th Women in Film Korea Awards The Truth Beneath Won [49][50]
The Last Princess Won
53rd Grand Bell Awards Won [51]
2017 8th KOFRA Film Awards Won [52]
11th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Won [53]
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress The Truth Beneath Won [54]
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Be with You Pending [55]


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  2. ^ "10LINE: Actress Son Ye-jin". 10Asia. 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Young, Charming and Innocent ? What More Could You Want?". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 March 2001. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Son Ye-jin". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  5. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2004". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  6. ^ "A Moment to Remember breaks Japanese record". Korean Film Council. 14 December 2005. 
  7. ^ "Son Ye-jin to Star Alongside Bae Yong-joon in New Film". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 24 December 2004. 
  8. ^ "Films Starring Sohn Ye-jin Attract 10 Mil. Viewers in Korea, Japan". KBS Global. 28 December 2005. 
  9. ^ "Korean stars dubbed 'Nation's first love'". Kpop Herald. 10 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Spotlight Shows Lives of Reporters". The Korea Times. 13 May 2008.
  11. ^ "SON Ye-jin as a Criminal Kingpin". Korean Film Council. 26 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Alone in Love Review". Twitch Film. 1 September 2006. 
  13. ^ "Actress Son Ye-jin's Movie Picks". 10Asia. 23 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "SON Ye-jin puts a new spin on marriage". Korean Film Council. 11 February 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Son Ye-jin, Ko Soo to Bring Mystery Romance". The Korea Times. 21 October 21 2009.
  17. ^ "Top Actresses Heading Toward Small Screen". The Korea Times. 8 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Son Ye-jin casts her spell over new romantic comedy". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2 December 2011.
  19. ^ "Queen of romance returns in disaster flick". The Korea Herald. 17 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Son Ye-jin returns to the small screen". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "'Emotional, skirmishing scenes exhausted us': Accomplice actors". The Korea Herald. 27 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Son Ye-jin Jumps into Action in Pirate-Themed Film". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 August 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Roaring Currents Named This Year's Best Film". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Son Ye-jin to star in Huayi's Bad Guys". Screen Daily. 30 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "Son Ye-jin to lead in political thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 August 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Buil Film Awards 2016: Lee Byung Hun, Son Ye Jin and others bag trophy; complete winners list". International Business Times. 8 October 2016. 
  27. ^ a b "정우성-손예진, 부산 영평상 남녀주연상 수상". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 November 2016. 
  28. ^ "Korea's 'Last Princess' comes alive in new film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 July 2016. 
  29. ^ "Actress Son Ye-jin reveals difficulties in playing historical figure". Yonhap News Agency. 29 June 2016. 
  30. ^ Woo Jae-yeon (29 July 2016). "(Movie Review) Life is swept away in historical turmoil in 'The Last Princess'". Yonhap News Agency. 
  31. ^ "Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin to star in 'Negotiation'". The Korea Herald. 25 May 2017. 
  32. ^ "SON Ye-jin and SO Ji-sub Come Together for Melodrama BE WITH YOU". Korean Film Biz Zone. 7 September 2017. 
  33. ^ "Japanese film 'Be With You' to be remade in Korea, starring So Ji-sub, Son Ye-jin". Kpop Herald. 31 August 2017. 
  34. ^ "Actress Son Ye-jin to return to small screen". The Korea Herald. 10 January 2018. 
  35. ^ "S. Korea sweeps Asia-Pacific film fest Festival". The China Post. 26 November 2006. 
  36. ^ "2007 Asia Model Awards Model Star Award Jeong Jun Ho & Son Ye Jin". AMFOC. 
  37. ^ Pais, Jon (27 April 2007). "43rd Baeksang Arts Awards". Twitch Film. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  38. ^ "Kim Hee-ae named best dressed 2007". The Korea Herald. 23 June 2014. 
  39. ^ "[백상예술대상] 환호와 갈채, 탄식의 2시간". JoongAng Ilbo. 27 February 2009. 
  40. ^ "1st Seoul Arts and Culture Award". HanCinema. 23 February 2010. 
  41. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung, "Haeundae" win grand prize at PaekSang Arts Awards". Asiae. 29 March 2010. 
  42. ^ "Lee Byung-hun, Son Ye-jin, Bong Joon-ho to win APN Awards". The Korea Times. 
  43. ^ ""Secret Reunion" wins best picture at Blue Dragon awards". 10Asia. 29 November 2010. 
  44. ^ "Fantastic Film Festival kicks off for 11-day run". The Korea Herald. 17 July 2014. 
  45. ^ "Son Ye-jin says she is lucky as actress and will stay close to audience". Hancinema. 19 December 2014. 
  46. ^ "THE AGE OF SHADOWS Tops Korean Association of Film Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 3 November 2016. 
  47. ^ "'내부자들', 청룡영화상 작품상..이병헌·김민희 남녀주연상(종합)". Naver. 25 November 2016. 
  48. ^ "INSIDE MEN Tops Korean Film Producers Association Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 27 December 2016. 
  49. ^ "Son Ye-jin takes home This Year's Actress Award". HanCinema. The Dong-a Ilbo. 5 December 2016. 
  50. ^ "Women in Film Korea Festival Held on December 7". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 December 2016. 
  51. ^ "INSIDE MEN Takes Film, Director and Actor Awards in 5-Prize Daejong Sweep". Korean Film Biz Zone. 28 December 2016. 
  52. ^ "Song Kang-ho, Son Ye-jin Get Top Nod from Journalists". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 January 2017. 
  53. ^ "'Guardian,' 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". Korea Herald. 4 May 2017. 
  54. ^ "NA Hong-jin Tops Chunsa Film Art Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 2 June 2017. 
  55. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). 6 April 2018. 

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