Shin Eun-kyung

Shin Eun-kyung (born 15 February 1973) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in Downfall (1997) and My Wife Is a Gangster (2001).

Shin Eun-kyung
Born (1973-02-15) 15 February 1973 (age 47)
EducationDankook University - Theater and Film
Years active1988–present
AgentRun Entertainment
Spouse(s)Kim Jung-soo (2003-2007; divorced)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Eun-gyeong
McCune–ReischauerSin Ŭn’gyŏng


Shin began appearing in commercials in 1986 at the age of 13, and made her television debut in 1988 on KBS. Throughout the late eighties and early nineties, she acted in a great number of films and TV dramas (notably in the 2001 medical drama General Hospital), garnering fame for her warm screen presence.[1] In 1997, however, she took on her most daring role as a prostitute in veteran director Im Kwon-taek's Downfall.[2] The film was a box-office success, leading her to star status.[3]

In 1999, she starred in two films, including the Korean-Japanese co-produced horror film The Ring Virus, based on the novel by Koji Suzuki. Her success in this role led to her being cast in a small role for a Japanese film, Uzumaki (also known as Spiral). Around this time, Shin was also working as an MC for a television game show.[3]

In 2002, Shin starred in her most famous role as a tough, female gang boss in My Wife Is a Gangster. The film drew more than 5 million spectators and became a strong hit throughout Asia.[4] She also appeared in the sequel, My Wife Is a Gangster 2, but the film faltered at the box office in 2003. Other roles Shin starred in around this time were as a detective in This Is Law (also known as Out of Justice), as a professional matchmaker in the romantic comedy A Perfect Match, and as a naval officer in the box office bomb Blue.[5][3]

Shin went on a short hiatus after she married and had a baby, and returned to acting in 2005, starring in films such as Bystanders and Mr. Housewife,[6][7] and television series such as Bad Couple, Mom's Dead Upset,[8] White Lie, Still You, and The Scandal. She gained praise for her impassioned portrayals of ruthless and ambitious women in the 2010 melodrama Flames of Desire and the 2014 revenge thriller The Plan.[9][10][11]

Other activitiesEdit

Shin has been a professor at Seoul Hoseo Art College's Department of Performing Arts since 2011.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

On 22 September, 2003, Shin married Kim Jung-soo, who was then the CEO of her talent agency Good Player Entertainment. The following year, she gave birth to a son, who was later diagnosed with hydrocephalus.[12] On August 24, 2007, Shin filed for divorce when she learned that Kim had used her private seal without her permission to misappropriate ₩400 million (US$424,800) for his business after its merger with Fantom Entertainment and the box office failure of several films he'd produced. In November, Shin sued Kim for forgery of private documents. In a separate case, she was sued by KM Culture, the company from whom Kim had taken a loan which amounted to ₩290 million (US$218,000). On December 28, 2008, the court ruled that Shin was not liable for her ex-husband's debts, stating that although Shin's seal is on the loan contract, Shin had not seen any of the money loaned, had not authorized her seal's use, and is therefore not responsible for the debt.[13][14]

She again landed in the entertainment headlines in 2011 when she underwent bimaxillary osteotomy surgery (or jaw realignment surgery), reportedly because she felt making her strong jawline "slimmer and more rounded" would give her a "younger, softer, more feminine" look, which would result in more acting roles.[15][12][16] Shin later spoke candidly that she regretted having undergone the procedure for pure cosmetic purposes, saying the public should be better informed about the pain and danger associated with the invasive surgery.[17][18] In 2012, she sued an oriental medicine clinic for violating her portrait rights and privacy after it posted false ads on the internet without her permission, featuring her photo and treatment process; she had gone to the clinic to decrease the swelling of her face, a side effect of her jaw reconstruction surgery, but the clinic's treatments proved ineffective. The court ruled in Shin's favor and awarded her damages amounting to ₩35 million.[19][20][21]



Year Title Role
1989 Kuro Arirang Sook-hee
1990 This Is the Beginning of Love Hyeon-im
1991 The Lover on the Bicycle
1992 Life Isn't a Multiple Choice Test Min Cho-hee
1993 No Emergency Exit
1994 Love on a Rainy Day Peng Young-mi
The Young Man Jae-yi
1997 Downfall Eun-young
1998 A Mystery of the Cube Shin Tae-kyung
1999 The Ring Virus Hong Sun-joo
2000 Uzumaki Chie Maruyama
General Hospital the Movie: A Thousand Days Kang Eun-soo
2001 My Wife Is a Gangster Cha Eun-jin
This Is Law Kang Min-joo
2002 A Perfect Match Kim Hyo-jin
Baby Alone
2003 Blue Kang Su-jin
My Wife Is a Gangster 2 Cha Eun-jin
2005 Mr. Housewife Go Soo-hee
Diary of June Chu Ja-young
2010 Love, In Between Han So-young
2013 Born to Sing Moon Bo-ri's mother
2014 The Plan Se-hee

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1988 Door of Desire KBS1
1990 What the Women Live MBC
Pacheonmu Queen Jeongsun KBS2
1991 Thief's Wife
Velvet Grass of the Old Days
1992 Self-Portrait in Black
1993 January
Pilot Do Jin-sook MBC
1994 The Last Match Kim Soo-jin
General Hospital Lee Jung-hwa
1995 Yeo (Woman) Yong-seol
1996 Salted Mackerel Yoo Young-woo
1998 Song of the Wind Jung Sun-joo SBS
1999 Wave Lee Ok-jeom
2007 Bad Couple Kim Dang-ja
2008 Mom's Dead Upset Na Young-su KBS2
White Lie Seo Eun-young MBC
2010 Flames of Desire Yoon Na-young
2012 Still You Cha Soon-young/
Baek In-ah
2013 The Scandal Yoon Hwa-young MBC
Your Neighbor's Wife Hong Kyung-joo jTBC
2014 Wife Scandal - The Wind Rises Wife (episode 1: "Lie") TV Chosun
Family Secret Han Jung-yeon tvN
2015 Oh My Ghost Jo Hye-young
The Time We Were Not in Love Gu Yeon-jung SBS
The Village: Achiara's Secret Yoon Ji-sook
Drama Special Bad Families Park Myung-hwa KBS
2018 The Last Empress[22] Empress Kang SBS
2020 The Penthouse: War in Life Kang Ma-ri SBS

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
1997 Beautiful Morning with
Shin Eun-kyung and Kim Chang-wan
SBS Host
1999 Creating a Better World SBS
2011-2012 She and Him Channel A
2014 A Man Who Satisfies 99 Women[23][24] jTBC Host

Music videoEdit

Year Song Title Artist
2001 "Fixing My Makeup" Wax
2002 "Ace of Sorrow" Jo Sung-mo
2005 "Smile Again" KCM

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1994 TV Journal Star of the Year Awards Excellence Award, TV Acting category General Hospital Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Won
1995 31st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won
1997 18th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Downfall Won
Popular Star Award Won
1998 34th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) Won
2001 22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award My Wife Is a Gangster Won
2002 1st Korean Film Awards Best Actress A Perfect Match Nominated
2007 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Bad Couple Nominated[25]
Top 10 Stars Won
2008 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Mom's Dead Upset Nominated
2009 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress White Lie Nominated
2010 MBC Drama Awards[26][27] Top Excellence Award, Actress Flames of Desire Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Serial Drama Still You Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2013 21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama The Scandal Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Won
2020 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-Length Drama The Penthouse: War in Life Won[28]


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