Kim Ok-bin

김옥빈 / Kim Ok Bin (Gim Ok Pin)

Kim Ok-bin(born 3 January 1987) is a South Korean actress. Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest in 2004, and began her acting career with a role in 2005 filmVoice. Subsequent appearances include the television drama seriesOver the Rainbowand films such asDasepo Naughty GirlsandThe Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan. Kim has received several award nominations, and won Best Actress at the 2009 Sitges Film Festival for her role inThirst.

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 Kim Ok-bin's Early life

and has attained third dan in Hapkido and second dan in Taekwondo ; she also practices muay thaiand boxing . She is known to have an interest in cars and motorcycles, speed racing, building computers, sports such as soccer and baseball. Her IQ is known to be 141 (test taken during elementary school) and is ambidextrous .

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 Kim Ok-bin's Career

Early work: 2004–2008[edit]

,a role which saw her nominated for "Best New Actress" at both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards .

, based on a popular webcomic . E commented that, "Not many young actresses would be mature enough to completely understand the heroine who has to support the family by selling herself as a prostitute... But Kim seemed like an actress who had the ability to understand the character."Despite her initial reluctance due to the original comic having some explicit scenes, she ultimately took the part, having faith in the director because of his previous works.

] when the shooting began because I felt that I was a rubbish actress," and with a tight schedule that allowed her less than two hours of sleep per day, was reported to have collapsed on set.Later that year, she appeared in MBC dramaOver the Rainbowas aspiring pop singer Jeong Hee-su, a part which required her to sing and master difficult breakdance moves. Series producer Han Hee complimented Kim, saying, "She is a bold actress. She's very enthusiastic about her role with an almost perfectionist attitude."However, she caused some concern when she admitted to only eating one meal per day while filming the drama.

, she starred alongside Lee Jung-jae as a Joseon -era kisaeng . She said she had found it difficult performing a historical role, but was helped by consultations with director Yeo Gyoon-dong and studied traditional Korean dance for two months. The film opened in South Korea in December 2008.


The Hollywood Reporter's Maggie Lee was more critical, commenting, "[Kim's] high-pitched neurosis is sometimes grating, but for a relative newcomer, she keeps her continuous personality transformations in stride,"while Kyu Hyun Kim ofOhmyNewssaid, "Kim is stunningly sexy in both wilted-housewife and full-blown femme fatale modes, and throws all of herself into the role," but considered her "a bit too young and contemporary" for the role.She was a co-recipient of the Best Actress award at the 42nd Sitges Film Festival (shared with Elena Anaya forHierro),and received further nominations at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,the Green Globe Film Awards,and the Baeksang Arts Awards.

magazine shoot. Like her co-stars, Kim agreed to take part with no guarantee and shared writing credits. The film opened on 10 December 2009.

Kim Ok-Bin in 2011

Poseidon, set for broadcast in July 2011. However they dropped out when production was halted after the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong incident in November 2010.In early 2012, she became the vocalist of a rock band, Ok Punk, which was also the title of the Mnet variety show starring the band.

How to Fall in Love in 10 Minutes, as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note -sponsored filmCine Note. E J-yong had contacted actors that he's personally close to and offered them the roles, and most of them accepted without pay based on their friendship and loyalty to him, Kim included.The filmmaking process was later depicted inBehind the Camera, E's 2013 mockumentary with a similar concept asActresses.

This was followed by a leading role in the science fiction-thriller film11 A.M., which was released in the second half of 2013.

Minority Opinion, her courtroom drama alongside Yoon Kye-sang and Yoo Hae-jin which had wrapped filming in 2013, was released in theaters in 2015.

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 Kim Ok-bin's Filmography


2005 Voice(여고괴담 4 - 목소리) Park Young-eon
2006 Arang(아랑) Cameo appearance.
2006 Dasepo Naughty Girls(다세포소녀) Poor Girl
2008 The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan(1724 기방난동사건) Seol-ji
2009 Thirst(박쥐) Tae-ju
2009 Actresses(여배우들) Herself Also co-screenwriter.
2011 The Front Line(고지전) Cha Tae-gyeong
2012 Over My Dead Body(시체가 돌아왔다) Han Dong-hwa
2013 Behind the Camera(뒷담화: 감독이 미쳤어요) Herself
2013 11 A.M.(열한시) Young-eun
2015 Minority Opinion(소수의견) Gong Soo-kyung

Television series[]

2005 Hanoi Bride(하노이 신부) Lý Thị Vũ SBS
2006 Hello, God(안녕하세요, 하느님) Seo Eun-hye KBS2
2006 Over the Rainbow(오버 더 레인보우) Jeong Hee-su MBC Also sang "Start" on thesoundtrack.
2007 War of Money(쩐의 전쟁) Lee Soo-young SBS Appeared only in thefour bonus episodes.
2013 The Blade and Petal(칼과 꽃) Princess So-hee/Moo-young KBS2
2014 Yoo-na's Street(유나의 거리) Kang Yoo-na jTBC

Music video[]

YearSong TitleArtist
2004 "A Cold Heart" Lee Seung-chul
2006 "Tomorrow" Hwanhee
2006 위태로운 이야기 ("Dangerous Love") Lena Park
2007 물끄러미 ("Absentmindedly") Zi-A

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 Kim Ok-bin's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress VoiceNominated
2006 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress VoiceNominated
2006MBC Drama Awards PD AwardOver the RainbowWon
Best New ActressNominated
2006 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Hello, GodNominated
2009 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken CourtesanNominated
2009 Sitges Film Festival ThirstWon
2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress ThirstNominated
2010 Green Globe Film Awards Best International Actress ThirstNominated
2010 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress ThirstNominated
2013 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama The Blade and PetalNominated
2014 APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Yoo-na's StreetWon
2015 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Yoo-na's StreetNominated

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 Kim Ok-bin's References

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  2. Shin, Hae-in (9 February 2006). "UP AND COMING TALENTS (8): Kim Ok-bin: 'greedy' actress". Hancinema; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  3. "Speaking Her Mind". The Dong-A Ilbo. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  4. "Close your ears!". The Malay Mail. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  5. "26th Blue Dragon Awards Winners". Twitch Film. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  6. "42nd Baeksang Awards Nominations +Winners". Twitch Film. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  7. Kim, Tae-jong (6 August 2006). "Popular Internet Comic Is Made Into Film". Hancinema; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  8. Bae, Ji-sook (25 October 2006). "Excessive Diet Leads to Anorexia". Nate; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
  9. Yi, Ch'ang-ho (20 November 2008). "LEE Jung-jae fights over KIM Ok-vin". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  10. "Park Chan-wook Chooses Heroine for Vampire Movie", The Chosun Ilbo. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  11. "Actress Kim Ok-bin Speaks Out About Starring in Thirst". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  12. Noh, Jean (5 May 2009). "Thirst tops Korean box office over holiday weekend". Screen International. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  13. "Thirst Gets Jury Prize in Cannes". The Korea Times. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  14. Corliss, Richard (31 July 2009)."Thirst: Why Vampires Beat Zombies". Time. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
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  17. Lee, Hyo-won (12 October 2009). "Kim Ok-vin Named Best Actress at Sitges Film Fest". The Korea Times. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  18. Park, Soo-mee (13 November 2009)."Blue Dragon nominates Thirst, President". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  19. Hong, Lucia (13 March 2010). "Korean films, stars nominated for U.S. Green Globe Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  20. Hicap, Jonathan H. (28 March 2010). "Queen Seon Deok, Haeundae top Baeksang awards". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  21. "Six Actresses Get Together for Film". KBS Global. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
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  23. "Choi Si-won, Lee Si-young embark Poseidon". 10Asia. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  24. Lee, Jin-ho (18 January 2012). "Were Kim Min Hee, Kang Hye Jung, Kim Ok Bin Extras?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  25. Oh, Mi-jung (31 March 2012). Interview: Kim Ok Bin Didn't Want to be Locked Up Like a Celebrity. enewsWorld. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  26. Park, Jin-hee (5 April 2013). "[연예산업 파워를 찾아서① CJ E&M 영화사업부문]한국 영화산업 견인차 CJ E&M, 글로벌 스크린 잡는다". eToday (in Korean). Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  27. Jeon, Su-mi (30 April 2013). "Kim Ok Bin to Play Uhm Tae Woong's Lover in Knife and Flower". enewsWorld. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  28. Son, Bo-kyung (1 July 2013). "Kim Ok Bin Says She's Worried About Her Small Screen Return with Blade and Petal". enewsWorld. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  29. An, So-hyoun (14 May 2014). "Kim Ok Bin Received Training from a Former Pickpocket for Her Drama Role". enewsWorld. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  30. Yang, Sung-hee (20 May 2014). "Down and out but happy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  31. Jang, Seo-yoon (16 December 2014). "Inteview: Kim Ok-bin, her work and her love". TenAsia via Hancinema. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  32. Lee, Eun-ah (10 June 2013). "Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Ok-vin's New Film Cranks Up". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  33. "2006 MBC 연기대상에 '주몽' 송일국". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean), 31 December 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  34. Shared with Elena Anaya for Hierro.

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