3 Must-Watch Films, TV Series Starring Kim Tae-ri

Kim Tae-ri, the lead actress of the Korean series, Twenty-Five Twenty-One, has been winning hearts nowadays for her exceptional performance in the said drama.

In fact, she topped the recent most buzzworthy drama actors, according to Good Data Corporation.

Perhaps fans of the drama are wondering about her other projects. Thus, here are 2 films and 1 TV series starring Kim Tae-ri that are worth binge-watching:


1. The Handmaiden (2016) | Film

In this psychological thriller film, Kim Tae-ri played as Nam Sook-hee, an orphaned pickpocket who gets hired as a handmaiden to a young Japanese heiress. She then gets involved in a secret plot with a Korean con man to defraud the woman.

The film grossed over $38 million worldwide and received 43 awards including “Best Foreign Film” at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards, 2017 Houston Critic Film Critics Society, 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association, to name a few.

The Handmaiden also made it to 2017 Baeksang Arts Awards with 7 nominations and 1 Grand Prize (Daesang) award for Park Chan-wook, the main actor.

Meanwhile, Kim Tae-ri received several recognition for this project including “Best New Actress” at the 2016 Blue Dragon Film Awards, 2016 Buil Film Awards, 2016 Busan Film Critic Awards, 2016 Cine 21 Awards, 2016 Director’s Cut Awards, 2016 Women in Film Korea Festical, 2017 KOFRA Film Awards, 2017 Asian Film Awards, 2017 Korea World Youth Film Festival, and 2017 Marie Claire Film Festival.

Synopsis: With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce and bilk a Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) out of her inheritance.
Based on: a 2002 novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Genre: Psychological, Thriller
Running time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
Starring: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo and Cho Jin-woong
Written by: Park Chan-wook, Jeong Seo-kyeong
Directed by: Park Chan-wook
Date: June 2016


2. Little Forest (2018) | Film

In this dramatic film, Kim Tae-ri played as Song Hye-won, a young woman who abandons her part-time job in Seoul after failing to pass the national qualification exam to become a teacher. She then returns to her hometown and reunites with two childhood friends.

Little Forest is a box office hit, achieving US$11.1 million in sales and 4 awards including Top 11 Films at the 38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.

Kim Tae-ri also received the “Best Actress” award at the 18th Director’s Cut Awards.

Synopsis: A young woman grows tired of life in the city and returns to her hometown in the countryside.
Based on: a manga series Little Forest by Daisuke Igarashi
Genre: Drama
Running time: 103 minutes
Starring: Kim Tae-ri, Ryu Jun-yeol, Moon So-ri, Jin Ki-joo
Written by: Hwang Seong-gu
Directed by: Yim Soon-rye
Date: February 28, 2018


3. Mr. Sunshine (2018) | TV Series

In this romantic sageuk drama, Kim Tae-ri played as Go Ae-shin, a fearless Joseon noblewoman who trains hard to become a sniper. She encounters a US Captain of Joseon descent and falls in love with him.

Mr. Sunshine is one of the highest-rated dramas on cable TV, attaining its highest nationwide viewership rating of 18.1%

It also took home 15 awards including “Drama of the Year” at the 2018 APAN Star Awards and Grand Prize (Daesang) awards for Lee Byung-hun, the main actor. The drama also made it to 2019 Baeksang Arts Awards with 9 nominations.

Meanwhile, Kim Tae-ri received the “Best New Actress” and “K-Star Award” at the 2018 APAN Star Awards.

Synopsis: The series is set in Hanseong (present-day Seoul) in the early 1900s, and focuses on activists fighting for Korea’s independence.
Genre: Historical, Romance, Melodrama
No. of episodes: 24
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Min-jung, Byun Yo-han
Written by: Kim Eun-sook 
Directed by: Lee Eung-bok
Date: July 7 – September 30, 2018
Network: tvN, Netflix