Han Ji-min (born November 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress. After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrection in 2005. This was followed by leading roles in period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abel and Padam Padam, romantic dramas Rooftop Prince, Familiar Wife, and The Light in Your Eyes, as well as drama film Miss Baek.
Han Ji-min in May 2019
|Born||November 5, 1982|
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Seoul Women's University - Social Welfare|
|Revised Romanization||Han Ji-min|
2003–2010: Beginnings and breakthroughEdit
Han Ji-min started her career in show business while still a high school student. She did various commercial films (CF) and music videos before gaining wider attention in 2003, when she appeared in hit Korean television dramas All In and Dae Jang Geum. Han said she hadn't dreamed of becoming a serious actress, but changed her mind after starring in All In, where she played the teenage counterpart of the drama's main character, played by popular actress Song Hye-kyo.
Han achieved breakthrough with her performance in the critically acclaimed mania drama Resurrection in 2005. She then challenged herself by playing a cute yet ambitious tomboy who dreams of becoming a pilot in her first movie Blue Swallow.
A car accident on the set of Wolf seriously injured Han and her co-star Eric Mun, causing the drama to be delayed repeatedly until the decision was finally made to discontinue it with only three episodes aired. After a long recovery for Mun, the two actors reunited instead in the drama Super Rookie Ranger (also known as Invincible Parachute Agent or Korea Secret Agency).
Han continued to act in TV dramas, with memorable turns as a straitlaced resistance fighter in Capital Scandal and a royal concubine in the historical drama Yi San. Known for her sweet, innocent and fragile image and her depictions of good girls, Han surprised audiences with her performance as a sexy femme fatale in Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow.
2011–2017: Diverse genresEdit
Han played a cynical veterinarian in Padam Padam, written by famous drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, which aired on newly launched cable channel jTBC. She then starred in Rooftop Prince, about a Joseon-era prince who time-travels to the 21st century where he meets his dead beloved's doppelgänger. The popularity of Rooftop Prince garnered Han several awards, and increased her international profile, notably in Japan.
In 2014, she starred in the opposites-attract romantic comedy film The Plan Man, about a methodical, mysophobic librarian who falls for a spontaneous, adventurous musician. Following that, she played the dowager Queen Jeongsun in period film The Fatal Encounter, who is the fierce political rival of her step-grandson King Jeongjo. Han next reunited with The Fatal Encounter co-star Hyun Bin in the 2015 suspense series Hyde, Jekyll, Me, in the role of a circus master who falls for a theme park owner with split personality disorder.
In 2016, Han starred in action thriller The Age of Shadows, based on the 1920s about anti-Japanese independence workers' plots and betrayals. In 2017, Han was cast in romantic short film titled Two Rays of Light alongside Park Hyung-sik.
2018–present: Critical acclaimEdit
In 2018, Han starred in the film Miss Baek, playing the titular protagonist; an ex-convict who is emotionally closed up due to the social stigma. Han's performance in the film won her the Best Actress award at the prestigious Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards as well as other major award ceremonies. The same year, she returned to the small screen with romance fantasy drama Familiar Wife, taking on the role of an ordinary wife with anger management issues.
Activism and donationsEdit
A Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, Han is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society. In 2009, she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school. She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia.
|2005||The Act 1, Chapter 2||Man (voice)||Animated short film|||
|Blue Swallow||Lee Jung-hee|
|2011||Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow||Han Kaek-ju|
|2012||Ending Note||Narrator, barrier-free version|||
|2014||The Plan Man||Yoo So-jung|||
|The Fatal Encounter||Queen Jeongsun|
|2016||The Age of Shadows||Yeon Gye-soon|
|2017||Two Rays of Light||Soo-young||Short film|
|2018||Keys to the Heart||Han Ga-yool||Special appearance|||
|Miss Baek||Baek Sang-ah|||
|2003||All In||young Min Soo-yeon||SBS|
|Good Person||Oh Soon-jung||MBC|||
|Dae Jang Geum||Shin-bi|
|2004||Déjà vu (Drama City episode)||Soo-yeon||KBS2|
|2005||Memory (Drama City episode)||Soo-kyung|
|Great Inheritance||Yoo Mi-rae||KBS2|||
|Super Rookie Ranger||Gong Joo-yeon||SBS|||
|2007||Capital Scandal||Na Yeo-kyung||KBS2|||
|Yi San||Seong Song-yeon||MBC|||
|2009||Cain and Abel||Oh Young-ji||SBS|||
|2011||Padam Padam||Jung Ji-na||jTBC|
|2012||Rooftop Prince||Park Ha/Hong Bu-yong||SBS|||
|2015||Hyde Jekyll, Me||Jang Ha-na|||
|Don't Dare to Dream||Dr. Han Ji-min (cameo ep. 11)||SBS|||
|2018||Familiar Wife||Seo Woo-jin||tvN|||
|One Spring Night||Lee Jung-in||MBC|||
|2006||Happy Together||KBS||Guest||Ep. 87|
|2008||Infinite Challenge||MBC||Guest||Ep. 141/S4 Ep. 88|
|Ep. 145/S4 Ep. 92|
|Voice appearance||Ep. 153/S4 Ep. 100|
|2012||Running Man||SBS||Guest||Ep. 105–106|
|2016||The Return of Superman||KBS||Ep. 160|
|2017||My House Appeared||JTBC||Ep. 4|
|I Live Alone||MBC||Han Hye-yeon's segment (Ep. 216)|
|Three Meals a Day||tvN||Seaside Ranch (Fishing Village 4) Ep. 1–3|
|2018||Master in the House||SBS||Phone Call Hint Fairy||Ep. 19|
|Happy Together||KBS||Guest||Ep. 558 ('Han Ji-min' special)|
|2020||Master in the House||SBS||Special voice appearance||Ep. 117|
|The Manager||MBC||Special guest appearance||Ep. 133–134|
|Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook||KBS||Guest||Performed 'Winter Story'|
|2009||We're Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book||Book Log Company|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2004||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actress in a One-Act/Drama Special||Déjà vu||Won|||
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Resurrection||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Uhm Tae-woong||Won|
|2006||43rd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Blue Swallow||Nominated|
|2007||28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||The Cut||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Yi San||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Capital Scandal||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Kang Ji-hwan||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Won|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2009||Ministry of Health and Welfare||Minister's Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|2011||6th Asia Model Festival Awards||BBF Popular Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|2012||46th Taxpayer's Day||Presidential Commendation as Exemplary Taxpayer||N/A||Won|||
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Padam Padam||Won|||
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Female Drama Star||Rooftop Prince||Won|||
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Won|||
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Yuchun||Won|
|2014||3rd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Actress||N/A||Won|||
|2015||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Hyde, Jekyll, Me||Nominated|
|35th Golden Cinema Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Salut d'Amour||Won|||
|2016||53rd Grand Bell Awards||The Age of Shadows||Nominated|
|2017||37th Golden Cinema Festival||Won|||
|53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Nominated|
|Ministry of Health and Welfare||Happiness Sharing Award||N/A||Won|||
|2018||6th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards||Marie Claire Award||Miss Baek||Won|||
|3rd London East Asia Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|||
|38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|||
|5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards||Won|||
|19th Women in Film Korea Festival||Won|||
|Cine 21 Awards||Won|||
|2019||10th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
|19th Director's Cut Awards||Won|||
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|||
|28th Buil Film Awards||Nominated|||
|21st Asian Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated|
|Faro Island Film Festival||Nominated|
|13th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|10th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards||Prime Minister’s Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|38th MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||One Spring Night||Nominated|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries||Won|
|2020||56th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Miss Baek||Nominated|
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