Kim Yoo-jin (director)

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Kim Yoo-jin
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 37)
South Korea
Occupation Film director
Years active 1986-present
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Yu-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yu-chin

Kim Yoo-jin (born March 3, 1981) is a South Korean film director. His films include A Promise (1998), Wild Card (2003) and The Divine Weapon (2008).


Kim Yoo-jin said he began his filmmaking career to "voice social opinion," notably in Only Because You Are a Woman (1990), where Won Mi-kyung played a raped housewife who faces doubt and victim blaming from her family, neighbors and inside the courtroom.[1] But most of Kim's films have been commercial fare, with a string of box office hits from the 1980s through the 2000s. He won Best Director at the 14th Blue Dragon Film Awards for Love Is Oh Yeah! (1993), which starred Shin Hyun-joon and Kim Hye-sun. In 1995, he directed My Dear Keumhong in which Kim Kap-soo and Kim Soo-chul played the painter Koo Bon-woong and the poet Yi Sang, friends who both fall for the same concubine. Kim then cast Park Shin-yang and Jeon Do-yeon in A Promise, a melodrama about the romance between a gangster and a doctor; it drew critical acclaim for its actors and became the top-grossing Korean film of 1998.[2] In 2003, Jung Jin-young and Yang Dong-geun played detectives determined to find a young killer and his gang in Kim's gritty cop drama Wild Card.[3]

Kim took on a more ambitious project for his eighth feature film, which had a ₩10 billion budget and took nearly six years to produce: period action blockbuster The Divine Weapon.[4][5][6] Starring Jung Jae-young, Ahn Sung-ki and Han Eun-jung, the Korean title Singijeon refers to a multi-launch fire arrow rocket system, a sophisticated military weapon that was secretly developed in the Joseon era during King Sejong's reign to fight off foreign invasion.[7] The Divine Weapon was the seventh top-grossing Korean film of 2008 with 3.75 million admissions and won Best Film at the 46th Grand Bell Awards in 2009, while Kim was nominated for Best Director at the 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards and the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards.[8][9][10]


  • Hero's Love Song (1986)
  • The Isle of Shiro (1988)
  • Only Because You Are a Woman (1990)
  • Love Is Oh Yeah! (1993)
  • My Dear Keumhong (1995)
  • Seven Reasons Why Beer Is Better Than a Lover (1996)
  • A Promise (1998)
  • Wild Card (2003) (also credited as executive producer and producer)
  • The Divine Weapon (2008)



  1. ^ "KIM Yoo-jin". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  2. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 1998". Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (17 June 2003). "Review: Wild Card". Variety. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  4. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (6 August 2008). "Movie sheds light on old military technology". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  5. ^ Len, Sam (16 September 2008). "Korean Movies Bring Period Pieces to Life". Arirang News. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Shingijeon Replica Donated to National Science Museum". KBS Global via Hancinema. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (21 August 2008). "Divine Weapon Targets Chuseok". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  8. ^ Yi, Ch'ang-ho (11 September 2008). "Historical films dominate the fall". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  9. ^ Yi, Ch'ang-ho (11 December 2008). "2008 packed surprises". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  10. ^ Han, Sang-hee (8 November 2009). "Grand Bell Film Fest Puzzles Movie Fans". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 

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