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7 Best Korean Female Action Stars


Arensshi is a fan of Korean Pop Culture. She has been following the industry since 2009. She loves to talk about anything Korean.

Action is one of the most – if not the most – popular genres of all time whether in the small or in the big screen. Nothing can just compare to the thrill and excitement one feels when watching an action movie or series.

We mostly associate the action genre with male actors. However, as time went by, a lot of female action stars who have challenged the norms have emerged. This is very true to the Korean entertainment industry as well. This country boasts a number of cool actresses who are willing to surpass the limits of their bodies and take the challenge of doing an action movie or drama. Let us get to know these actresses more. I present to you a list of the coolest and prettiest Korean female action stars.

Best Korean Female Action Stars:

  1. Jun Ji Hyun
  2. Ha Ji Won
  3. Son Ye Jin
  4. Bae Suzy
  5. Bae Doo Na
  6. Kim Ok Bin
  7. Lee Si Young

1. Jun Ji Hyun

  • Given name: Wang Ji Hyun
  • Native name: 전지현
  • Also Known as: Gianna Jun;Jun Ji Hyeon;Jeon Ji Hyun;Jeon Ji Hyeon;Wang Ji Hyun;왕지현
  • Born: October 30, 1981
  • Age: 39

Jun Ji Hyun was considered as one of the original Hallyu stars due to her popularity all throughout Asia in the 2000’s before the boom of South Korean dramas in the past decade. Her films were commercially and critically successful inside and outside of her country, and she has garnered numerous awards and accolades because of them. She was once dubbed as the “Nation’s First Love” and is part of “The Troika” along with Kim Tae Hee and Song Hye Kyo. They are hailed as the three most beautiful actresses in South Korea.

Jun Ji Hyun is also not afraid to challenge herself to try various genres, but she is mostly known for her action and comedy films. In fact, two of her action movies The Thieves and Assassination are included on the top 10 best-selling South Korean films of all time. She is also known for doing dangerous stunts herself.

Best Action Movies:

  • The Thieves
  • Assassination
  • Blood: The Last Vampire

2. Ha Ji Won

  • Given name: Jeon Hae Rim
  • Native name: 하지원
  • Also Known as: Jun Hae Rim;전해림
  • Born: June 28, 1978
  • Age: 42

It is no doubt that Ha Ji Won tops the list when it comes to versatility in acting. Comedy, horror, drama, sports, action – name it and she has tried them all. Starting her career at the age of 18, she had a very long list of successful and critically acclaimed movies and dramas under her belt.

Ha Ji Won is one of the actresses who can pull off the action genre best. She is very fierce and her roles are the definition of a strong independent woman. All of her characters in her action dramas and movies are very iconic. Who can even forget the most badass empress from Empress Ki? Or Gil Ra Im from Secret Garden? Or the coolest North Korean soldier Kim Hang Ah from The King2Hearts? Let’s face it, Ha Ji Won’s characters started the trend of having strong leading ladies in Korean dramas. She is indeed a queen.

Best Action Movies:

  • The Huntresses

Best Action Series:

  • Empress Ki
  • The King2Hearts
  • Secret Garden
18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan) Actress Son Ye-jin walks down the red carpet during the opening ceremony for the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 17. They each received a Producers’ Choice Award. Jul

18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan) Actress Son Ye-jin walks down the red carpet during the opening ceremony for the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 17. They each received a Producers’ Choice Award. Jul

3. Son Ye Jin

  • Given name: Son Eon Jin
  • Native name: 손예진
  • Also Known as: Son Yeh Jin;손언진
  • Born: January 11, 1982
  • Age: 38

Just like Jun Ji Hyun, Son Ye Jin was one of the original top Hallyu stars too and was also given the title of the “Nation’s First Love”. She is a powerful actress who can gather multitudes of people in the theatre for her films and she was once became the highest-paid Korean actress in Korean television series in the year 2006. She also won multiple awards for her works.

Son Ye Jin was once dubbed as the queen of romance-themed series and movies. However, as she grew and matured more as an actress, she courageously took on different roles on diverse genres. Action was one of these. Even with her past pure innocent image, she was able to pull-off this genre very well. Her action films The Pirates and The Negotiation can attest to that.

Best Action Movies:

  • The Pirates
  • The Negotiation

4. Bae Suzy

  • Given Name: Bae Su Ji
  • Native name: 수지
  • Also Known as: 배수지;Su Ji;Suzy
  • Born: October 10, 1994
  • Age: 26

Another lady who was hailed as the “Nation’s First Love”, Suzy is a multimedia superstar and is very successful in the fields of singing and acting. She was a member of the girl group Miss A who was a super rookie back when they debuted, and she is also very popular as a solo artist. As an actress, Suzy has a lot of famous films and dramas under her name.

Suzy is also very good at doing the action genre. Even with her innocent pretty face, she always manage to exude a fierce aura on her action movies and series. Her most recent spy-action drama Vagabond was a huge hit and fans are still raving for a season 2.

Best Action Movies:

  • Ashfall

Best Action Series:

  • Gu Family Book
  • Vagabond

5. Bae Doo Na

  • Given Name: Bae Doo Na
  • Native name: 배두나
  • Also Known as: Bae Doona;Bae Du Na
  • Born: October 11, 1979
  • Age: 41

Bae Doo Na is one of the most talented veteran South Korean actresses. She is known for breaking her boundaries as an actress and has even done a film without a make up on. She is an international star and has took on roles for some Hollywood movies. She is also a huge hit domestically and has starred in huge blockbuster films. In fact, her movie The Host was once the highest grossing South Korean film of all time. At the age of 41, she has truly made a name for herself in the entertainment industry.

Doo Na’s action projects are very successful and she was praised for her performances. She is an actress who took her roles seriously and it shows in her action scenes. She was excellent as an archer in The Host and as an underground kickboxing fighter in Sense8.

Best Action/Thriller Movies:

  • The Host
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Jupiter Ascending

Best Action Series:

  • Sense8
  • Kingdom

6. Kim Ok Bin

  • Given Name: Kim Ok Bin
  • Native name: 김옥빈
  • Also Known as: Kim Ok Vin
  • Born: January 3, 1987
  • Age: 33

Kim Ok Bin is another actress who isn’t afraid to put herself out there and take unconventional roles. She was praised for her true dedication and passion for acting by both critics and directors. Her hard work had paid off because she has bagged lots of awards and trophies for her works.

Ok Bin is the true definition of an action star. In fact, she has the most number of action movies among the ladies listed in this article. She trained in martial arts like Hapkido and Taekwondo as a child, and also practices muay thai and boxing. Because of these experiences, she was able to execute her stunts very well making her action movies a blockbuster hit and critically acclaimed.

Best Action Movies:

  • The Villainess
  • The Discloser
  • The Frontline

Best Action Series:

  • Children Of A Lesser God
  • Sword And Flower

7. Lee Shi Young

  • Given Name: Lee Eun Rae
  • Native name: 이은래
  • Also Known as: Yi Si Yeong;Lee Si Yeong;Yi Shi Yeong;이시영
  • Born: April 17, 1982
  • Age: 38

Lee Shi Young is mostly known for her second lead roles in dramas like Boys Over Flowers and Playful Kiss. She is famous for giving her villainous roles an endearing and a human side. She rose to mainstream popularity when she joined We Got Married which is a famous variety show about the lives of fake married couples.

This soft-looking lady is hiding a tough persona. Aside from being an actress, Shi Young is also a professional boxer and has even joined the national team. Her being an athlete and her passion for playing fierce roles helped her to execute her action sequences excellently. Lee Shi Young is truly one badass Korean star.

Best Action Series:

  • Poseidon
  • Wild Romance
  • The Guardians

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