Sunday, June 8, 2014

SAT:// Kim Young Ok

Kim Young Ok 김영옥 banner for She's All That - International Fangirl

Kim Young Ok; if you're a kdrama fan, chances are you've seen her even if you may not realize it. She's been in so many dramas including fan favorites like Boys Over Flowers and Coffee Prince. She has a broad range, giving such perfect performances in roles ranging from the quintessential refined woman, shrewd loan shark, thug grandma and dementia suffering grandma. In all her roles, she exudes a spunky energy that is undeniable.

I don't know who made this, but it's brilliant!

Young Ok's nickname is Bockenem Grandma, which as this article points out, sounds like Eminem. She has the verbal power to live up to the name too, as you can see from the Old Miss Diary clip below.

And here in Robot Taekwon V, her verbal assault defeats the villain:

Unfortunately there isn't much information available (at least not online that I can find) on Young Ok's early works, and scant photos. I wish all the hamonis would have their own websites where we could see photos from their youth and early performances! She started acting in her 20's and I would love to watch her as a young woman. However her current performances more than satisfy, so I can't complain too much.

Kim Young Ok in Dal Ja's Spring 달자의 봄 Kim Young Ok in I Hate You But It's Fine 미우나 고우나 Kim Young Ok in Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War 식객 : 김치전쟁 Kim Young Ok in Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 Kim Young Ok in Children of Heaven 천국의 아이들
Kim Young Ok in Assorted Gems 보석비빔밥 Chuno 추노 Kim Young Ok in Protect the Boss 보스를 지켜라 Kim Young Ok in My Love, Madame Butterfly 원더풀 마마 Kim Young Ok in Wonderful Mama 원더풀 마마

Here is a sampling of Young Ok's grandchildren. She's played halmoni to an illustrious bunch!

Cha In Pyo 차인표 from Her House 그여자네집
Lee Seo Jin 이서진 from Since We Met 그대를 알고부터
Lee Jae Ryong 이재룡 from The Maengs' Golden Era 맹가네 전성시대
Jang Na Ra 장나라 from Successful Story of a Bright Girl 명랑소녀 성공기
Gong Yoo 공유 from Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점
Chae Rim 채림 from Dal Ja's spring 달자의 봄
Yoo In Young 유인영 from I Hate You, But It's Fine 미우나 고우나
Eric Moon 에릭 from Strongest Chil Woo 최강칠우
Yoon Kye Sang 윤계상 from Beyond the Clouds 태양은 가득히

In 2011, Young Ok won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Protect the Boss at the SBS Drama Awards. Her co-stars were on hand for picture taking.

Young Ok winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards / Young Ok poses with Protect the Boss co-stars, Kim Jae Joong 김재중 and Wang Ji Hye 왕지혜.

2011 SBS Drama Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award (Protect the Boss)
2009 MBC Drama Awards, Golden Acting Award - Soap Opera (Assorted Gems)
2005 KBS Entertainment Awards Lifetime Achievement
Award (Old Miss Diary)
1993 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress
1992 The 28th Baek Sang Arts Awards - TV Segment
Popularity Award
1979 15th Baeksang Arts Awards - Television

Kim Young Ok shares her wedding photo in KBS2's Mom

Young Ok shared her wedding photo on KBS2's broadcast of Mom in the fall of 2013. Close-up please!

This photo was first posted on naver in 2008 and appears to be an agency picture. I can't say for sure if it's the same Kim Young Ok, but it was taken in 1976 when she would be 39 years old (her birthday is 1937 Dec 05), so the age seems to fit.
Kim Young Ok with her brother in North Korea.

On SBS's February 16, 2012 broadcast of Good Morning, Young Ok talked about reuniting with her brother in North Korea on August 15, 2000. She hasn't seen him since and doesn't know if he's alive and well.


DramaWiki, AsianWiki and even the Korean Wiki weren't complete in listing Young Ok's work, so I've cobbled them together and added what I knew was missing. There could be more.


Make a Wish (MBC, 2014)
Beyond the Clouds (KBS2, 2014)
Bride of the Century (TV Chosun, 2014)

Yeon Woo's Summer (KBS2, 2013)
Ruby Ring (KBS2, 2013)

Oh Ja Ryong is Coming (MBC, 2012)
My Love, Madame Butterfly (SBS, 2012)
Haeundae Lovers (KBS2, 2012)
Standby (MBC, 2012) cameo
Love, My Love (KBS2, 2012)
K-POP - The Ultimate Audition (Channel A, 2012)

Brain (KBS, 2011)
Saving Madame Go Bong Shil (TV Chosun, 2011)
Just Like Today (MBC, 2011)
Protect the Boss (SBS, 2011)
Love Manmanse (MBC, 2011)
The Women of Our Home (KBS1, 2011)
Paradise Ranch (SBS, 2011)

All My Love (MBC, 2010)
Gloria (MBC, 2010)
Chuno (KBS2, 2010)
God of Study (KBS2, 2010)

Assorted Gems (MBC, 2009)
Everybody Cha Cha Cha (KBS1, 2009)
Children of Heaven (SBS, 2009)
Partner (KBS2, 2009) cameo
Boys Before Flowers (KBS2, 2009)
Glory of Youth (KBS1, 2009)

Family's Honor (SBS, 2008)
Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2, 2008)
Aster Liar (MBC, 2008)

New Heart (MBC, 2007)
I Hate You, But It's Fine (KBS1, 2007)
Fly High (SBS, 2007)
The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (MBC, 2007)
Crazy For You (SBS, 2007)
Dal Ja's Spring (KBS2, 2007)

Miracle (MBC, 2006)
Snow Flower (SBS, 2006)
My Life's Special (MBC, 2006)

Let's Get Married (MBC, 2005)
Hold My Hand (KBS2, 2005)
The Bizarre Bunch (KBS1, 2005)

Land (SBS, 2004)
Old Miss Diary (KBS2, 2004)
Tropical Nights in December (MBC, 2004) cameo
More Beautiful Than a Flower (KBS2, 2004)

Pearl Necklace (KBS2, 2003)
Bodyguard (KBS2, 2003)
Yellow Handkerchief (KBS1, 2003)

Trio (MBC, 2002)
The Maengs' Golden Era (MBC, 2002)
Solitude (KBS2, 2002)
Since We Met (MBC, 2002)
Successful Story of a Bright Girl (SBS, 2002)

Splendid Days (SBS, 2001)
Father and Sons (SBS, 2001)
Her House (MBC, 2001)
Morning Without Parting (SBS, 2001)

Aunt (MBC, 2000)
Wang Rung's Land (SBS, 2000)

Oh! Happy Day (KBS2, 1999)
Magic Castle (KBS2, 1999)
Beautiful Secrets (KBS2, 1999)

You and My Song (KBS2, 1998)
Please Find Your Dad (KBS2, 1998)
I Do Not Know About Anyone Love (MBC, 1998)
Gift Bird (MBC, 1998)

Bride's Room (KBS2, 1997)
Beautiful Sin (SBS, 1997)
The Reason I Live (MBC, 1997)
Golden  Feather (MBC, 1997)
Bujayuchin (SBS, 1997)

The Scent of Winter (KBS, 1996)
The Most Beautiful Farewell (MBC, 1996)
Until We Can Love (KBS2, 1996)

Start Another (KBS2, 1995)
Road (KBS2 1995)

Matchbox Girl (SBS, 1994)
Buddha Table on theh Street (MBC, 1994)

Mr Byeong Gu Sunndalsora okju Mr Yang (MBC, 1993)
Chapter Torah (SBS, 1993)
Third Republic (MBC, 1993)
Is To Live (SBS, 1993)
Wild Chrysanthemum (KBS2, 1993)
Old and Childhood (KBS1, 1993)

Old Geumjandi (KBS2, 1991)

My Mother (MBC, 1990)
The Women (MBC, 1990)

Armband (MBC, 1989)
Carousel (KBS2, 1989)
Flowering Nest (KBS2, 1989)
Wang Rung Family (KBS2, 1989)

Last Idol (MBC, 1988)
Teacher, My Teacher (MBC, 1988)
Forget Lee Tomorrow (MBC, 1988)

Love and Ambition (MBC, 1986)

Gaetmaeul (MBC, 1985)

Saeahssi, (MBC, 1981)

Happiness Sale (MBC, 1978)


Spring Snow (2012)
Sunny (2011)
Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War (2009)
Our School E.T. (2008) 
Public Enemy Returns (2008) 
Big Bang (2007)      
Soo (2006) cameo       
Old Miss Diary (2006) 
Springtime (2004)     
Spring Breeze (2003)  
White Valentine (1999)
Recessed Baemi Love (1990)
Rainy Day Watercolor (1989)
Arm Chef (1987)
Be Afraid of the Night, Two Women (1986)
Spoiled Mistress (1968)
Polish (1961)
Passing Clouds (1959)
Bear (1959)
Open the Genuine Door (1958)
Go To Sorrow (1957)

Voice Acting

Solar Boy Esteban (1987)
Alice Paul (1977)
Robot Taekwon V (1976)
Mazinger Z (1975)

Young Ok is known for being a master of insults, but she's also nuturing to her young co-stars and patient when they make NGs. She seems to be a lovable rascal both on-screen and off.

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