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Yunjin Kim


Yunjin Kim is a Korean-American film and theater actress who is best known in the English-speaking world for her role as Sun on the U.S. television series "Lost." Ms. Kim has also appeared in numerous film and TV projects in South Korea and she speaks Korean.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Kim and her family emigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old. She 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. She said that in her zeal to become Americanized quickly, she studied acting, academics and pronunciation with equal intensity. She is also a trained dancer and martial arts fighter.


After graduation, Ms. 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.

Ms. Kim decided to return to Korea where 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. Her breakthrough debut came in the 1999 film "Shiri," South Korea's first blockbuster film as it became the highest grossing film in Korean history at the time. In November 2000, she continued her association with KangJeGyu in "The Legend of Gingko."


After acting in a Japanese film and a feature set in Los Angeles, Ms. Kim appeared in the sci-fi feature "Yesterday." Then in 2002, she 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, she landed her biggest role so far by appearing in the U.S. television series "Lost."

In 2006, Ms. Kim was on Maxim's annual Hot 100 List and featured on the cover of Stuff magazine. In 2013, she had a leading role in the ABC drama series "Mistresses."

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