Shim Eun-kyung

Shim Eun-kyung (born May 31, 1994) is a South Korean actress. She has starred in the box office hits Sunny (2011), Miss Granny (2014) and Fabricated City (2017),[1] as well as television series Naeil's Cantabile (2014). In 2020, she became the first Korean to win Best Actress at the Japanese Academy Awards (Japan's equivalent of the Oscars).

Shim Eun-kyung
Actress Shim Eun-Kyuong poses for a photo during Pifan's opening ceremony on July 17, 2014.jpg
At the PiFan opening ceremony on July 17, 2014
Born (1994-05-31) May 31, 1994 (age 27)
EducationProfessional Children's School
Years active2004-present
AgentA.N.D Entertainment (South Korea)
Yumanite (Japan)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSim Eun-gyeong
McCune–ReischauerSim Ŭngyŏng


Shim made her acting debut at age 9 in the 2004 TV series The Woman Who Wants to Marry, and subsequently made a career as one of the best child actresses of her generation.[2] She first gained attention for her role as a sexually abused girl in horror fairytale Hansel and Gretel,[3][4] and also starred in TV series such as Hwang Jini, The Legend, Women of the Sun, and The Great Merchant; critics say at times she even outshined her adult counterparts.[5][6]

In 2011, she successfully transitioned as a lead actress via retro dramedy Sunny, which tells the story of seven women, crosscutting between their lives in the present and the experiences that first brought them together as teenagers in the 1980s.[4] Distinguished for its period detail, witty dialogue and the performances of its ensemble cast,[7][8][9] the film shattered the common belief that women-centered pictures can't achieve blockbuster-level success. By appealing to a wide range of age groups,[10] Sunny's box office total stood at more than 7 million admissions at the end of its long run.[11][12] Director Kang Hyeong-cheol described Shim as someone "who is already complete as an actress."[13]

Shim's other notable roles include a girl caught amidst the Korean War in black comedy Kyung-sook, Kyung-sook's Father (also known as My Dad Loves Trouble),[14] a sister with seemingly supernatural abilities in Possessed,[15] a depressive in The Quiz Show Scandal, and a court taster in Masquerade.[16]

In the 2014 comedy Miss Granny, Shim played a woman in her 70s who miraculously finds herself back in her 20-year-old body.[13][17] She said, "This film is quite close to my heart as it is the first film for me to star in not as a child actor, but as full-fledged actress."[18] With 8.65 million admissions, its box office success surpassed Sunny's, proving Shim's ability to carry a film.[19][4][20] She also won Best Actress at the Chunsa Film Art Awards, the Baeksang Arts Awards, the Director's Cut Awards, and the Buil Film Awards.[21][22][23][24]

Shim next starred as the eccentric savant pianist heroine in Naeil's Cantabile, a Korean drama adaptation of Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile.[25][26] However, the series was a critical and commercial flop; and Shim was criticized for her acting in the series.[27]

Shim returned to film, starring in animated prequel Seoul Station directed by Yeon Sang-ho,[28] revenge thriller Missing You,[29][30] and Queen of Walking, which Shim calls a turning point in her career.[31] In 2017, she starred alongside Ji Chang-wook in the action thriller Fabricated City and alongside Choi Min-shik in the election film The Mayor.[32][33] In 2018, she starred in The Princess and the Matchmaker, the second installment of the "divining art trilogy" after The Face Reader;[34] and black comedy film Psychokinesis.[35][36]

In 2019, Shim made her Japanese film debut in The Journalist and gained good reviews for her performance as a Japanese reporter who delves into a government corruption scandal targeting the Abe administration.[37] She won the Best Actress award at the Mainichi Film Awards,[38] and subsequently the Best Actress award at 43rd Japanese Academy Awards in the following year after. She also starred in the film Blue Hour, a story of an unusual friendship.[39] She won the Best Actress award at the Takasaki Film Festival for her performance.[40][41]

In 2020, Shim returned to Korean entertainment with the finance drama Money Game.[42]

Personal lifeEdit

Shim is the youngest daughter in her family. Her hobbies are listening to music, reading science fiction comics, and doing taekwondo. She is the drummer of a band she formed with friends, Chick and Candy.[1]

After graduating from Eonbuk Elementary School and Cheongdam Middle School, in 2010 Shim temporarily quit acting to move to the U.S., explaining, "I chose a place where there aren’t a lot of Korean people and decided on a high school in Pittsburgh. Studying is a goal, but I also chose this because I've grown tired mentally and physically after having acted since a young age." She finished her high school at the Professional Children's School in 2013.[43]

She shot a commercial with rocker Seo Taiji in 2008 and played the younger version of Lee Ji-ah's character Sujini in The Legend, but she didn't know that Lee and Seo were secretly married until 2011 when Shim was implicated in rumors that she was Seo and Lee's daughter, which she denied.[44]

Originally nominated for the Best Actress award at the 2011 Grand Bell Awards for her role in Sunny, Shim complained publicly through her Twitter account when the awards committee removed her name from the official list of the nominees after she notified them she could not attend the event because she was currently studying in the U.S. She was one of four actors and actresses removed from the initial nomination. Shim ended up winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Romantic Heaven; Chun Woo-hee, her castmate in Sunny, accepted the honor on Shim's behalf.[45][46][47][48]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Thomas An Jung-geun An Jung-geun's daughter
2007 Hansel and Gretel Kim Young-hee
2009 Possessed So-jin
2010 Happy Killers Kim Ha-rin
The Quiz Show Scandal Kim Yeo-na
A Night on Earth short film
2011 Earth Rep Rolling Stars Soo-ji (voice) animated film
Sunny young Im Na-mi
Romantic Heaven young Kim Boon-yi
2012 Masquerade Sa-wol
2014 Miss Granny Oh Doo-ri
2016 Sori: Voice From The Heart Sori (voice)
Missing You Hee-joo
Train to Busan Runaway Girl cameo appearance
Seoul Station Daughter (voice) animated film
Queen of Walking Man-bok
2017 Fabricated City Yeo-wool
The Mayor Park Kyeong
2018 Psychokinesis Roo-mi
The Princess and the Matchmaker Princess Songhwa
2019 The Journalist Erika Yoshioka Japanese film
Blue Hour Asami Kiyoura
2020 Fictitious Girl's Diary So-yeon
2021 A Garden of Camellias Nagisa

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2003 Dae Jang Geum MBC Saenggaksi
2004 The Woman Who Wants to Marry young Lee Shin-young
Jang Gil-san SBS young Bong-soon
Sweet Buns MBC young Han Ka-ran
Emperor of the Sea KBS2 student under Lady Jung-hwa uncredited
2005 That Summer's Typhoon SBS young Kang Soo-min
Drama City – Goblins Are Alive KBS2 Ji-won
I Love You, My Enemy SBS Kim Ga-ram
The Secret Lovers MBC
Lovers in Prague SBS student in Hangul class uncredited
2006 641 Family KBS2 Jin Dal-rae
Spring Waltz young Song Yi-na
Drama City – Kkot-nim-yi Kkot-nim-yi
Hwang Jini young Hwang Jini
2007 The Legend MBC young Sujini
2008 Women of the Sun KBS2 young Shin Do-young
2009 Kyung-sook, Kyung-sook's Father Jo Kyung-sook
Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun MBC Shim Eun-kyung
2010 The Great Merchant KBS1 young Kim Man-deok
Bad Guy SBS Moon Won-in
2014 Naeil's Cantabile KBS2 Seol Nae-il
2020 Shinchinin no Hisho TV Asahi Park Sa-ran Japanese drama
Money Game tvN Lee Hye-joon
2021 Anonymous: Keishicho "Yubisatsujin" Taisakushitsu" TV Tokyo Kuraki Sena Japanese drama
Guncheong area NHK Kim Jun-hee [49]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2021 44th Japan Academy Film Prize Nippon Television with Shinichi Hatori [50]


Year Song title From the Album Notes
Seo Taiji: Record of the 8th - 398
2010 "Fly High"
Happy Killers OST
duet with
Kim Dong-wook
2014 "If You Go to Los Angeles"
Miss Granny OST
"White Butterfly"
"Once More"
"If You Go to Los Angeles" with Rose Motel

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Hwang Jini, Kkot-nim-yi Won [51]
2008 Women of the Sun Won
2009 Kyung-sook, Kyung-sook's Father Nominated
2010 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress The Quiz Show Scandal Nominated
47th Grand Bell Awards Happy Killers Nominated
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated
48th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Romantic Heaven Won [46]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Sunny Nominated
2014 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award N/A Won [52]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Naeil's Cantabile Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Miss Granny Won [22]
14th Director's Cut Awards Best Actress Won [24]
19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Won [21]
10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Won [53]
23rd Buil Film Awards Won [23]
51st Grand Bell Awards Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
1st Korean Film Producers Association Awards Won
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Missing You Nominated
2019 Tama Cinema Forum Awards Best New Actress The Journalist Won [54]
2020 43rd Japan Academy Film Prize Best Actress Won [55]
74th Mainichi Film Awards Best Actress Won [38]
Best Supporting Actress Blue Hour Nominated
34th Takasaki Film Festival Best Actress Won [40]


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