Best known for her appearances as a child actor, Kim Hyang-gi is building a new image for herself as she takes on more mature roles in the ongoing series “Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist” and the movie “Hansan: Rising Dragon. “.
“Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist” is tvN’s new historical comedy-drama series in which the 22-year-old plays the role of a widow.
The show is about Yoo Se-poong, played by royal family doctor Kim Min-jae. But after becoming embroiled in controversy, he is kicked out to the outskirts of town where he meets an eccentric teacher named Gye Ji-han, played by Kim Sang-kyung, and widow Seo Eun-woo, played by Kim Hyang- im. . As Yoo Se-poong spends time with them, he becomes a better doctor who helps people overcome their sadness.
The series is based on a novel of the same name by author Lee Eun-so. It won the Excellence Award in the 2016 Korean Storytelling Contest.
“Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist” premiered on August 1 and aired two episodes in total. They recorded domestic viewership ratings of 3.9% and 5.1%, respectively, according to Nielsen Korea.
“Even during the Joseon Dynasty, there must have been people who felt sadness,” Park Won-guk, the drama’s director, said during the July 27 online press conference. “Through the series, I imagined how they would overcome this sadness and live.
When Kim first saw the script, she said she could easily imagine the scenes.
“It was very well written and I was excited to start shooting,” she said.
Kim’s Seo Eun-woo is an energetic and kind character who is drawn to solving mysteries and helping others.
“Seo Eun-woo is an amazing and affable character who is curious about everything that is happening in the world,” Kim said. “She knows the sadness of losing her husband, but she has a good heart and strives to overcome her past pains and care for others.”
Kim added that her character wasn’t perfect, saying she wanted Seo Eun-woo to appear like an average human with flaws.
“She seems perfect when she takes care of others, and those scenes are very heartwarming, but I didn’t want the audience to think she was born perfect,” Kim said. “I wanted people to see the human side of her and I focused on that when I was performing.”
“Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist” airs every Monday and Tuesday at 11:30 p.m.
Kim is also currently on the big screen as an undercover spy in Japan in the movie “Hansan: Rising Dragon.”
“Hansan: Rising Dragon” revolves around Yi Sun-shin during the Battle of Hansan Island (1592), a two-day naval war between Joseon and the Japanese Navy. The battle earned Yi the title of one of the country’s most revered heroes. Destroying at least 59 Japanese warships, it is also considered one of the greatest naval wars in the world and Joseon’s greatest victory during the Imjin War (1592-1598).
The film is the second in director Kim Han-min’s trilogy portraying Yi Sun-shin (1545-1598), a victorious naval commander of the Korean fleet during the Imjin War of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The first was “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” (2014). The latest film “Noryang” is expected to be released at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
Kim portrays Jung Bo-reum, an undercover Korean spy in Japan as a servant of Japanese daimyo Wakisaka Yasuharu. During a press conference for the film last month, the actor described his character as “someone who looks weak but is actually very bold.”
“She doesn’t shy away from the things she believes are right.”
“Through this role, I wanted to show the public my more mature side and escape the image of a child actor,” she said.
Although Kim is only in her twenties, she has a career spanning over a decade. Debuting in 2006 as an actor in the film “Heart is…”, the actor worked persistently on the small and big screen.
One of her most recognized performances early in her career was in the MBC drama series “The Queen’s Classroom” in 2013.
A remake of the popular 2005 Japanese drama of the same title, the series was about a teacher whose harsh teaching style and punishments cause trouble for sixth graders at her school.
The series’ cast involved a series of prominent child actors, including Seo Shin-ae and Lee Young-yoo, but Kim’s performance as lead character Shim Ha-na was outstanding. Thirteen years old at the time, the actress received the MBC Drama Award’s Child Actor Award for her performance.
In the same year, Kim appeared in the movie “Thread of Lies” alongside veteran actor Lee Young-ae and received the Best Debut Actor award at the 2014 Baeksang Arts Awards. “Thread of Lies” is about a mother, played by Lee, and her teenage daughter, played by Go Ah-sung, who tries to figure out the reason why their daughter and sister, played by Kim, committed suicide.
In 2017, Kim enjoyed box office success in the country’s third highest-grossing film “With the Gods: The Two Worlds.”
The fantasy action film is about three grim reapers, played by Kim, Ju Ji-hoon and Ha Jung-woo, who escort a man to his afterlife and decide his fate based on his life on Earth. Of the three grim reapers, Kim’s Lee Deok-chun was praised for bringing humor to the film. For his work, the actress received the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2018 Blue Dragon Film Awards, among other awards.
Kim also received critical acclaim for her performance in the 2019 crime drama “Innocent Witness.” Wow”. Kim portrayed an autistic high school student named Im Ji-woo who is the only witness to a crime. But she is manipulated by a lawyer, played by Jung Woo-sung, who tries to clear his client and get a promotion. She then received the Best Lead Actor award at the 2019 Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards.
Date of Birth: August 9, 2000
Zodiac sign: Leo
Place of birth: undisclosed
Beginning: 2003 through a Paris Baguette ad
Agency: Jikim Entertainment
Kim Hyang-gi made her debut in a Paris Baguette commercial in 2003 when she was just 3 years old. She started acting in 2006 in the movie “Heart is…”. She then starred in 13 dramas and 20 movies. Among them, Kim is best known for her performance in the MBC drama “The Queen’s Classroom” and the films “Thread of Lies” (2013), “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds” (2017) and “Innocent Witness”. ( 2019).
This information was confirmed by Jikim Entertainment on August 4, 2022.
BY LEE JIAN [[email protected]]