At the age of 24, Youn Yuh Jung possesses a pure, innocent beauty and has the first role to help her become the Best Actress at 2 prestigious film awards.
Youn Yuh Jung is a veteran actress who made history for Korean cinema when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Soon Ja in the movie ‘Minari’. This award makes her the first Korean actress to win an Oscar.
Over 50 years of career, Youn Yuh Jung has participated in more than 35 movies and 96 dramas. With diverse acting, she incarnated in many different types of roles. Thanks to her screen coverage, Youn Yuh Jung is also known as the Korean “national grandmother”.
Youn Yuh Jung was born in 1947, started acting in 1966 with a supporting role in TBC’s drama ‘Mister Gong’. But it was not until 5 years later that she reached the peak of her career thanks to her role in the movie ‘Woman Of Fire’. This role brought her 2 Best Actress awards at Blue Dragon Film Awards and Golden Bell Film Awards when she was 24 years old. When awarded the golden statue at the 93rd Academy Awards, the veteran actress thanked director Kim Ki Young, who helped her get an impressive role in ‘Woman Of Fire’.
‘Woman Of Fire’ is one of the three famous Housemaid-themed movies series by director Kim Ki Young. In the movie, Youn Yuh Jung plays Myung Ja – a village girl who accidentally murders her rapist. When going to the city, Myung Ja went to work at a chicken farm through a broker. Here she developed an affair with her boss, a composer. When his wife discovered their affair, Myung Ja was forced to have an abortion. This caused her to kill the owner’s son in turn, kill the broker, and force the boss to commit suicide with her.
At the age of 24, Youn Yuh Jung possesses a pure, innocent beauty and is considered suitable for the image of a village girl. Director Kim Ki Young once commented that she acted brilliantly through her eyes and facial expressions, showing the malice and despair of the character. This role helped the actress become the Best Actress at the Blue Dragon and the Golden Bell Film Awards – two prestigious Korean film awards. She also won the Best Actress award at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain.