Im Soo-jung
Lim Soo-Jung.jpg
Im in 2013
Born (1979-07-11) July 11, 1979 (age 40)[1]
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesLim Soo-jung
EducationMyungduk Girls' High School
Years active2001–present
AgentKing Kong by Starship[2]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationIm Su-jeong
McCune–ReischauerRim Sujŏng

Im Soo-jung (born July 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress. After modeling for teen magazines, Im made her acting breakthrough in Kim Jee-woon's horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), followed by the popular television drama I'm Sorry, I Love You (2004). She has since appeared in numerous films, notably Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006), Hur Jin-ho's Happiness (2007), Lee Yoon-ki's Come Rain, Come Shine (2011), and Min Kyu-dong's All About My Wife, for which she won Best Actress at the 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards.[3]


Im Soo-jung made her debut in 1998 as a cover model for teen magazines. She then moved onto acting and debuted in the teen drama School 4,[4] but it was Kim Jee-woon's 2003 stylish horror A Tale of Two Sisters that first drew her critical notice and newcomer awards.[5][6] A year later, the hit KBS2 drama series I'm Sorry, I Love You catapulted her into stardom.[7][8] With Im looking much younger than her age, those projects solidified her image as an eternal ingenue, as did touching character study,[9] horse jockey film Lump Sugar,[10] and Park Chan-wook's surrealist I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK.[11]

In recent years she began shedding that image by taking on more adult roles,[12] notable among them Hur Jin-ho's romantic melodrama Happiness,[13][14] Choi Dong-hoon's blockbuster fantasy Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard,[15][16] romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny,[17] and Lee Yoon-ki's minimalist breakup indie Come Rain, Come Shine.[18] For her performance in All About My Wife,[19][20] she won Best Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards,[21] and the Women in Film Korea Awards.[22][23]

Im and Lee Jung-jae played two artists in a post-apocalyptic environment in the short film El Fin del Mundo ("The End of the World"), which screened at the prestigious contemporary art exhibition dOCUMENTA.[24][25] She also acted opposite veteran Thai actor Sorapong Chatree in Aditya Assarat's short film Phuket, which was commissioned jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Association of Tourism and Hotel Operators of Phuket.[26][27]

Im was previously part of the SidusHQ agency, but moved to being managed by KeyEast. KeyEast launched her official website in June 2012. According to the actress, the online space will be a place where she can converse with her fans directly.[28][29]

In 2015, Im starred in Perfect Proposal, a remake of British crime thriller Woman of Straw that was partly shot in Macau.[30][31] She next starred in Time Renegades, a time-hopping romantic thriller where she played dual roles.[32]

In October 2015, her contract with KeyEast expired and she decided to sign with new management agency YNK Entertainment.[33][34]

Im then starred in the female-centric indie film The Table directed by Kim Jong-kwan, which premiered at the 21st Busan International Film Festival.[35]

In February 2017, Im was cast in the drama Chicago Typewriter alongside Yoo Ah-in. This marks Im's small screen come back after thirteen years since 2004.[36] The same year, she was named the cultural ambassador for the UK-Korea Creative Futures mutual exchange.[37]

She then returned to the big screen with Mothers based on the book Your Request - My Other Mother by Lee Dong-eun, who also directs the film.[38][39]

Im is set to return to the small screen with fantasy drama Search: WWW in 2019.[40][41]



Year English title Korean title Role Notes
2002 The Romantic President 피아노 치는 대통령 Han Young-hee
2003 A Tale of Two Sisters 장화, 홍련 Bae Su-mi 아이엔지 Kang Min-ah
2005 Sad Movie 새드무비 Ahn Soo-jung [42]
2006 Lump Sugar 각설탕 Kim Shi-eun
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK 싸이보그지만 괜찮아 Cha Young-goon
2007 Happiness 행복 Eun-hee
2009 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard 전우치 Seo In-kyung
2010 Finding Mr. Destiny 김종욱 찾기 Seo Ji-woo
2011 Come Rain, Come Shine 사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다 Young-shin
2012 All About My Wife 내 아내의 모든 것 Yeon Jung-in
2015 Perfect Proposal 은밀한 유혹 Ji-yeon
2016 Time Renegade 시간이탈자 Yoon-jung (1983) / So-eun (2015)
2017 The Table 더 테이블 Hye-gyeong
2018 Mothers 당신의 부탁 Hyo-jin
2019 Our Cat 고양이 집사 Narration

Television series

Year English title Korean title Role Network
2001–2002 School 4 학교 4 Oh Hye-ra KBS2
2004 I'm Sorry, I Love You 미안하다, 사랑한다 Song Eun-chae
2017 Chicago Typewriter 시카고 타자기 Jeon Seol tvN
2019 Search: WWW 검색어를 입력하세요: www Bae Ta-mi

Music video

Year Song title Artist
1999 "Deep Sadness" Y2K
2001 "I'm Sorry" Kim Jang-hoon
2012 "White Night"[43] Nell

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress A Tale of Two Sisters Won [44]
2nd Korean Film Awards Won [45]
23rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [46]
4th Busan Film Critics Awards Won [47]
6th Director's Cut Awards Won [48]
4th Women in Film Korea Awards Nominated
Cine 21 Awards Won [49]
Screamfest Horror Film Festival Best Actress Won [50]
2004 24th Fantasporto Film Festival Best Actress in an International Fantasy Film Won [51]
41st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards I'm Sorry, I Love You Won [52]
Netizen Award Won
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple Award with So Ji-sub Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2006 2nd Premiere Rising Star Awards Best Actress Lump Sugar Won [53]
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
2007 1st Asian Film Awards Best Actress I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK Nominated
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Happiness Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
16th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Nominated
17th Buil Film Awards Nominated
45th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
2012 5th Style Icon Awards Style Icon N/A Won [54]
21st Buil Film Awards Best Actress All About My Wife Nominated
55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Nominated
49th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [55]
13th Women in Film Korea Awards Won [56]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Search: WWW Nominated
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