Uhm Ji-won

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Uhm Ji-won
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Born (1977-12-25) December 25, 1977 (age 36)
Daegu, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Other names Um Ji-won
Um Jee-won
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Korean name
Revised Romanization Eom Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Ŏm Chiwŏn

Uhm Ji-won (born December 25, 1977) is a South Korean actress.


Uhm Ji-won made her acting debut in the late 1990s, and after an early role in the Korean tokusatsu series Vectorman, went on to appear in a number of films and television drama series. In 2004, she appeared alongside Han Suk-kyu and Lee Eun-ju in The Scarlet Letter, receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards.1

In 2005, Uhm played a leading role in Hong Sang-soo's Tale of Cinema, and was praised for giving an "engaging, emotionally nuanced dual performance" as fictional actress Choi Young-shil.2 The film required her to perform her first nude scene, and she later remarked that, "After stripping in front of the camera, I felt that I could now take any role."3

Uhm starred alongside Yoo Ji-tae and Kim Ji-soo in the 2006 film Traces of Love, portraying a survivor of the 1995 Sampoong Department Store collapse who still suffers from psychological trauma years later. She prepared for the role by studying news and documentaries of the event, as well as reading through various psychology texts.4 Uhm was once again nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,5 and later won the same category at the 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards.6

After a cameo in director Kim Ji-woon's 2008 epic western The Good, the Bad, the Weird,7 and a leading role in another Hong Sang-soo art film Like You Know It All, she returned to lighter fare in 2010 with the romantic comedy series The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry.8

In 2011, Uhm appeared an episode of BBC World's The Third Eye, a documentary series that spotlights up-and-coming countries. The installment of the eight-part segment on Korea is interspersed with interviews with Uhm giving her opinions on Korean culture, domestic movies and the Korean Wave. It also featured footage from her 2010 sex comedy movie Foxy Festival. Uhm, who was interviewed in Korea, was chosen in light of her impressive acting skills, natural charm and English fluency, producers said.9

From 2012 to 2013, she starred in family dramas by renowned TV writer Kim Soo-hyun, Childless Comfort and Thrice Married Woman. This was followed by a well-received supporting performance in the gangster comedy Man on the Edge.

Uhm then played the mother of a sexually assaulted child in Wish; she said it was the first movie where she let go of everything, calling it one of her best works.10 Uhm won Best Actress at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, and received a nomination at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Personal life

Uhm is currently dating architect Oh Young-wook. Oh is the founder of well-known architectural firm ogisadesign d'espacio architects (oddaa), and has also published several books on travel and art.1112



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Vectorman: Counterattack of the Evil Empire Radia
2000 The Record
2002 Over the Rainbow Kim Eun-seong
2003 Mutt Boy Jeong-ae
2004 The Scarlet Letter Han Su-hyeon
2005 Tale of Cinema Choi Young-shil
2006 Running Wild Kang Joo-hee
Traces of Love Yun Se-jin
2007 Epitaph Cameo appearance
Scout Se-young
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Na-yeon Cameo appearance
2009 Invitation Short film
Private Eye Soon-deok
The End Short film
Like You Know It All Kong Yun-hee
2010 Romantic Debtors Kim Mu-ryung
Foxy Festival Ji-su
2013 Man on the Edge Female shaman
Wish Kim Mi-hee

Television series

Year Title Network Role Notes
1999 Vectorman: Warriors of the Earth 2 KBS Radia
2002 Ruler of Your Own World MBC
Golden Wagon MBC Hwang Soon-jung
2004 Into the Storm SBS Oh Jung-hee
Magic SBS Ha Yun-jin
2008 On Air SBS Herself Cameo appearance (ep. 5)
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry MBC Jung Da-jung
2011 Sign SBS Jung Woo-jin
2012 Can Love Become Money? MBN Yoon Da-ran
Childless Comfort jTBC Ahn So-young
2013 Thrice Married Woman SBS Oh Hyun-soo

Variety show

Year Title Network Notes
2008-2010 Night of TV Entertainment SBS as MC
2010 Road for Hope KBS Charity documentary
2013 Running Man SBS

Music video

Year Artist Title
2007 KCM "Goodbye" (Hangul: 안녕)

Musical theatre

Year Title Role Ref.
2009 Our Sweet Days of Youth 131415

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Scarlet Letter Nominated 1
2006 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Traces of Love Nominated 5
2007 Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Won 6
2008 Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Scout Won 16
2013 Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Man on the Edge Nominated
Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Wish Nominated
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Won
Korean Film Actor's Association Top Film Star Award Won 17


  1. ^ a b "Blue Dragon Film Awards 2004". Cinemaise. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  2. ^ Neil Young (October 2005). "VIENNALE '05 (pt4 - Tue 25 Oct) Tropic of Cancer / The Novena / Tale of Cinema / Black Dragon Canyon". Neil Young's Film Lounge.
  3. ^ Shin Hae-in (27 March 2006). " What nude scenes mean for actresses". The Korea Herald via Hancinema.
  4. ^ "Eom Ji-won Rediscovered". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 October 2006.
  5. ^ a b "The 27th Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Society. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  6. ^ a b "'그해 여름', 춘사영화제 5관왕!(종합)" (in Korean). Naver. 14 September 2007.
  7. ^ Park Chung-a (1 July 2007). "Pop Diva Tops Internet News". The Korea Times.
  8. ^ Han Sang-hee (19 January 2010). "New Romantic Drama Aiming to Top Period Piece". The Korea Times. 
  9. ^ "Uhm Ji-won Takes Center Stage for BBC's Third Eye Documentary". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 June 2011.
  10. ^ Lee Eun-sun (15 October 2013). "Uhm bared face to bare her sou". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  11. ^ "Uhm Ji-won Dating Architect". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Cha Yo-rim (16 July 2013). "Actress Uhm Ji-won dating architect". The Korea Herald. 
  13. ^ "영화로 이미지 변신하고 뮤지컬 무대에 도전장 낸 엄지원". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). June 2009. 
  14. ^ "Movie into Musical: Our Sweet Days of Youth". Arirang News. 5 June 2009. 
  15. ^ "Events Calendar". The Korea Herald. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  16. ^ "MaxMovie Film Awards "The Day of Park Cheol-min" (Bae Dae-ro from the drama "New Heart")". Hancinema. 21 February 2008.
  17. ^ Pierce Conran (30 December 2013). "Achievement Awards for BONG Joon-ho and MOON Byoung-gon". Korean Film Council. 

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