Yunjin Kim

Yunjin Kim (Hangul: 김윤진; born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American[1][2][3] film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in the ABC drama series Mistresses.

Yunjin Kim
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Kim Yun-jin

(1973-11-07) November 7, 1973 (age 47)
Alma materBoston University
Years active1996–present
Park Jeong-hyeok
(m. after 2010)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yunjin
McCune–ReischauerKim Yunjin

Early lifeEdit

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 1973. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1983-1984.[4] They lived in Staten Island, New York. She joined the middle school drama club in the 7th grade and performed in the musical My Fair Lady.

Kim attended high school at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, a public high school located in Manhattan. From there, she went on to study drama at the London Academy of Performing Arts and later earned her BFA degree in drama at Boston University. Kim has remarked that in her zeal to become Americanized quickly, she studied acting, academics and pronunciation with equal intensity.[citation needed] She is also a trained dancer and martial arts fighter.[5]


After graduation, Kim devoted herself full-time to acting. She garnered several minor parts on MTV, in soap opera-style dramas on ABC, and on the off-Broadway stage. In 1997, she starred in Splendid Holiday, a Korean TV drama shot on location in New York. Kim decided to return to Korea. She was cast in the TV drama Wedding Dress and was also invited to act in Lee Kwangmo's feature Spring in My Hometown, although she ended up not taking this role.[citation needed] Her breakthrough debut came in the 1999 film Shiri, South Korea's first blockbuster film. Shiri became the highest-grossing film in Korean history at the time. In November 2000, she continued her association with Kang Je-gyu in The Legend of Gingko.

After acting in a Japanese film and a feature set in Los Angeles, Kim appeared in the sci-fi feature Yesterday. Then in 2002, Kim took the lead role in Ardor, the feature film debut of documentarist Byun Young-ju. The film was invited to screen in a non-competitive section at the 2003 Berlin film festival.

In 2004, Kim started appearing in the U.S. television series Lost, which ran for six seasons.

In May 2006, Maxim named Kim number 98 on its annual Hot 100 List.[6] In October 2006 she was featured on the cover of Stuff, as well as an inside spread.

In 2013, she had a leading role in the ABC drama series Mistresses.[7]

In 2018, Kim returned to Korean television by headlining the series Ms. Ma, Nemesis.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim married her former manager Park Jeong-hyeok in March 2010 on the island of Oahu, after shooting her final scenes for Lost.[9]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Shiri Lee Myung-hyun
2000 The Legend of Gingko Yeon
2001 Rush! Seo-yeong
2002 Iron Palm Ji-ni
Yesterday Kim Hisu / No Hisu
Ardor Mi-heun
2005 Diary of June Seo Yun-hee
2007 Mother
2008 Seven Days Yoo Ji-yeon
2010 Harmony Jeong-hye
2011 Heartbeat Chae Yeon-hee
2012 The Neighbor Kyung-hee
2014 Ode to My Father Young-ja
2017 House of the Disappeared Kang Mi-hee
2020 Pawn Myung-ja Special appearance
2020 Confession Yang Shin-ae


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Splendid Holiday (화려한 휴가)
1997 Foreboding (예감) Jang Se-young 16 episodes
1998 Wedding Dress drama (웨딩 드레스) Gina 22 episodes
1999 Love in 3 Colors (유정) Jang Hee-ju Main role, 56 episodes
2004–2010 Lost Sun-Hwa Kwon Main role, 88 episodes
2013–2016 Mistresses Karen Kim Main role, 51 episodes
2018 Ms. Ma, Nemesis Ms. Ma Main role, 40 episodes
TBA Money Heist Seon Woo-jin [10]

Variety showsEdit

Year Channel Show Notes
2007  MBC Knee-Drop Guru Guest
2017 JTBC  Let's Eat Dinner Together  Guest

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
2007 Lost: Via Domus Sun-Hwa Kwon
2012 Sleeping Dogs Tiffany Kim

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Shiri Nominated
36th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Won
19th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won
22nd Golden Cinematography Awards Won
20th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Legend of Gingko Nominated
2002 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actress Milae Won
5th Director's Cut Awards Best Actress Won
7th Women Viewers Film Awards Won
2003 40th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
2nd Korean Film Awards Nominated
39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated
2006 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding Television Actress Lost Won
12th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Dresser Award N/A Won
2008 2nd Asian Film Awards Best Actress Seven Days Nominated
44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated
45th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Won
5th Max Movie Awards Won
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actress Nominated
7th Korean Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2009 35th Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Lost Nominated
2010 47th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Harmony Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actress Nominated
2015 52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Ode to My Father Nominated
8th Seoul Senior Citizen Movie Awards Movie in couple Award (with Hwang Jung-min) Won
2017 2017 Korean Film Shining Star Awards Star Award House of the Disappeared Won
1st The Seoul Awards Best Actress Nominated
2018 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily and Weekend Drama Ms. Ma, Nemesis Nominated


  1. ^ "Actress Kim in Lost as Sun". 2013-07-17.
  2. ^ William Keck (January 15, 2006). "Actress Kim gets 'Lost' in generous gifts, jewels". USA Today. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Jae-Ha Kim (April 13, 2005). "Asian stars are rising – Latest TV breakthroughs look like the real deal". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on April 9, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Todd Gilchrist (August 29, 2006). "Interview: Yunjin Kim". IGN Entertainment, Inc.
  5. ^ "Yunjin Kim Pictures, Blog, Interviews, News, Trivia, Yunjin Kim Biography". 1973-11-07. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  6. ^ "2006 Hot 100 List".
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich Lost's Yunjin Kim Finds Role on ABC's Mistresses, TV Line, March 16, 2012
  8. ^ "Yunjin Kim hopes 'Ms. Ma, Goddess of Revenge' becomes her best Korean TV series". Yonhap News. March 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lost's Yunjin Kim gets married in Hawaii". CNN. March 30, 2010.
  10. ^ Kim Na-young (March 31, 2021). "한국판 '종이의 집', 유지태·김윤진→박해수·전종서·김지훈 출연 확정 (공식)". MKSports (in Korean). Retrieved March 31, 2021.

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