Love Beyond Circumstances in ‘Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982’

Train to Busan stars Jung Yu-Mi and Gong Yoo reunite this year in a movie that tells “A Story of Us” in KIM JI-YOUNG: BORN 1982.

Born in spring of 1982 and now living in 2019 ‘Kim Ji-Young’, is a character who faces the realities of everyday life.


Kim Ji-Young is an ordinary Korean woman in her 30s who is often distressed by her everyday life as a full-time mom and housewife. Although being married to the man she loves and the struggle of raising a baby girl have forced her to give up on many things, Ji-Young believes she is content in life. However, her husband, Dae-Hyeon, notices that life is hitting Ji-Young harder than she realizes. Worried, Dae-Hyeon turns to a psychiatrist saying, “My wife is turning into someone else,” as Ji-Young begins to speak strikingly similar to her mother, her best friend who died while giving birth, and her late grandmother.

The movie is based on a novel of the same title written by Cho Nam-Joo. It has sold over 1 million copies within 2 years of its first publication in 2016, making it the first million-selling Korean novel since Shin Kyung-Sook’s Please Look After Mom in 2009. The book will be translated and published in 16 countries including Britain, France, Spain and Italy.


KIM JI-YOUNG: BORN 1982 is Jung Yu-Mi and Gong Yoo’s third film together. They first shared the screen together in the movie SILENCED which was released in 2011, and then they teamed up again in the zombie apocalypse movie TRAIN TO BUSAN in 2016. This is also Director Kim Do-Young’s first feature film, and according to her, there was pressure on whether or not she could create a movie and preserve the value of the original source. But for her, KIM JI-YOUNG: BORN 1982 is a story that is worth telling and one that must be told.


KIM JI YOUNG: BORN 1982 will shed light on how your partner’s struggle is also your struggle, and how you should go through it together even by going against standard social norms.

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Catch KIM JI YOUNG: BORN 1982 on February 12, in cinemas nationwide. Presented by VIVA International Pictures and MVP Entertainment.

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