Yoo Ah In (Actor) Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Family, Net Worth

Yoo Ah In Wiki,Biography, Net Worth

Yoo Ah-in is a South Korean actor, creative director, and gallerist. He is known for playing a diverse spectrum of roles in both television and film, where he often portrays dynamic characters who exhibit significant personal growth. He is the recipient of various accolades including two Blue Dragon Film Awards and two Baeksang Arts Awards. He is best known for his leading roles in coming-of-age film Punch (2011), melodrama Secret Affair (2014), action blockbuster Veteran (2015), period drama The Throne (2015), historical television series Six Flying Dragons (2015-2016), psychological thriller mystery drama Burning (2018), zombie film #Alive (2020), and indie crime drama film Voice of Silence (2020).

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Yoo Ah In Wiki, Biography

Date of Birth October 6, 1986
Birth Day October 6
Birth Years 1986
Age 34 years old
Birth Place Daegu, South Korea
Birth City Daegu
Birth Country South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Famous As Actor
Also Known for Actor
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Occupation Actor

Famously known by the Family name Uhm Hong-sik, is a great Actor. He was born on October 6, 1986, in Daegu, South Korea

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Yoo Ah-in Early Life Story, Family Background and Education

Yoo Ah-in, whose real name is Uhm Hong-sik, was born in Daegu in southeastern South Korea, the youngest of three children. In the first year at Gyeongbuk Arts High School, majoring in fine arts, Yoo was discovered by a casting agent on the streets in front of the school. He traveled to Seoul by himself and began living independently, which he said developed into a personal asset. He was enrolled in Seoul Arts High School, but soon dropped out of school to carry on his broadcast activities. Yoo later entered Dankuk University and Konkuk University, having completed a GED for high school certification. Before debuting, he was once scouted to be a K-Pop idol and trained to sing.

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Uhm Hong-sik Net Worth

Uhm Hong-sik has a net worth of $5.00 million (Estimated) which he earned from his occupation as Actor. Popularly known as the Actor of South Korea. He is seen as one of the most successful Actor of all times. Uhm Hong-sik Net Worth & Basic source of earning is being a successful South Korean Actor.

Yoo entered the career as Actor In his early life after completing his formal education..

Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth in 2022 $1 Million to $5 Million Approx
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Yoo Ah-in Personal Life, Relationships and Dating

Yoo has two elder sisters. In addition to managing Studio Concrete art gallery in Hannam-dong, Yoo had been an investor and business partner of TMI (Too Much Information), a Korean healthy fried food with mushroom-oriented restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul from 2015 to 2017.

Yoo was also a freelance writer. He had been the chief editor of Tom Greyhound’s fashion magazine Tom Paper from 2014 to 2016, and had contributed several columns for magazines such as InStyle Korea, and Movieweek. The Seoul Poets Association’s magazine, Monthly Poetry, praised his writings as “beautiful, clear and clean breath of oneself that is different from glamorous life of an actor.” His writings were noticed by publishers and professional writers as well.

In his spare time, Yoo likes cooking for his acquaintances.

Yoo Ah-in’s official Twitter account

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Born on October 6, 1986, the Actor Yoo Ah-in is arguably the world’s most influential social media star. Yoo is an ideal celebrity influencer. With his large number of social media fans, he often posts many personal photos and videos to interact with his huge fan base on social media platforms. Personal touch and engage with his followers. You can scroll down for information about his Social media profiles.

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In 2020, Yoo will star in a film Voice of Silence, directed and written by a female director Hong Eui-jeong, based on her script which was selected as one of the top 12 projects at Venice Biennale College-Cinema 2016/2017. Filming has begun in July 2019. He will also star in a zombie thriller #ALIVE, based on the original script of Hollywood screenwriter Matt Naylor, alongside Park Shin-hye. The film will premiere in June 2020.


During Sharp, I had no idea what was happening to me, and I didn’t know how to deal with it, so the popularity didn’t feel like it was mine. Now, I can handle it better. After Sharp, I remember thinking that I must not falter and collapse under the situation I was thrust into, and that I had to firmly take a step forward and wait.

Yoo then starred in Jeong Yoon-cheol’s black comedy film Skeletons in the Closet, playing the role of a eccentric boy who believes he was a king in previous incarnation. Yoo was nominated at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Ryoo Seung-wan described Yoo’s character in Veteran as “more like James Cagney’s characters,” and praised Yoo’s take on his first character as a ruthless chaebol, “He was more interested and active in expressing this villain character. We were more like supplementing each other rather than one guiding the other.” And, “Yoo Ah-in‘s character being like a boy made this character even more special. If you watch James Cagney’s movies, his characters have this childish side; Yoo Ah-in doesn’t have it, so that’s what makes it even more scary. It’s something that not even Lee Marvin can make.” Lee Joon-ik said he hand-picked Yoo and wrote the Crown Prince Sado character for Yoo after watching Punch, “When I watched Punch, I already saw Sado’s heart in Yoo Ah-in. He’s an actor with so much dissatisfaction and anxiety, who has an internal flame bottled up inside”, and, “He showed the essence of people in their 20s.”

Yoo’s performance was universally acclaimed. Justin Chang of Los Angeles Times said on NPR, “As the movie’s inarticulate male lead, Yoo Ah-in has, in some ways, the trickiest task. But he reaches almost subterranean depths of feeling.” Jessica Kiang of The Playlist wrote, “Yoo’s Jong-su is the very definition of still waters that run deep and dark and conceal who knows what in their murky reaches. Only a flawlessly assured performance could make the film’s devastating yet ambivalent and enigmatic finale work as well as it does here.” Pierce Conran of Screen Anarchy wrote, “Even more impressive is Yoo Ah-in, who is most well known in the West for playing the slimy son of a corporate head who serves as the villain in Ryoo Seung-wan’s Veteran. Never better, Yoo embodies a sense of confusion, which eventually turns to dread in a performance that doesn’t allow us to make any easy judgments about his character. Jong-soo’s intentions throughout the story may seem innocent, but coupled with references to emasculation and his timid physicality, Yoo crafts an unusually compelling lead.” Tim Grierson of Screen Daily wrote, “Ah-in Yoo is remarkable as Burning’s ineffectual, withdrawn protagonist: he’s the perfect vessel for Lee’s grand treatise on the immutable fact that none of us truly understands anyone or anything.”

In January 2019, Yoo was featured in Forbes as a star to take note of. Yoo next became the host, co-writer and co-producer for 12 episodes of KBS1 special talk show Do-ol Ah-in Going All Directions with philosopher Do-ol Kim Yong-ok, broadcast from January 5 to March 23, 2019. His first take on hosting a talk show garnered positive press reviews, noting, “he is the only actor who ever tried creating such a platform of communication”, “honestly expressing his beliefs on various topics including gender discrimination”, “[h]e met the audience directly with refreshing candor”, and “Yoo Ah-in’s and Do-ol’s open communication method helped narrowing the generation gap.”

On April 3, 2019, Yoo and Do-ol were invited to participate in the 71st anniversary of Jeju Uprising in Jeju Island, reading the declaration of peace and “The 71st Jeju Resolutions” in front of more than ten thousand spectators. Yoo said in his speech, “I shamefully did not know much about Jeju 4.3. I did not know what to call it, nor why we were not supposed to know about it […] After learning about Jeju 4.3, I realized that it’s a moment in history we all should never forget, and that we must continue to talk about and to make the issue current.” And, “I could not imagine how the perpetrators could continue to go on with their lives after what they did. I would never have imagined how the victims and the bereaved families endure the years of grief, and how Jeju island bears these unbelievable wounds in its history.”

From January to March 2019, Studio Concrete co-produced 12 episodes of KBS1 special talk show Do-ol Ah-in Going All Directions commemorating 100th Year March First Movement.

Yoo has appeared in advertising campaigns for international brands, such as Diesel, Cartier, Absolut Vodka, Calvin Klein, Burberry and Birkenstock. He is the first Asian actor to be a global model of Diesel, and the first Korean actor to be a Korean brand ambassador for Cartier. Yoo is also the first Korean and only Asian celebrity to be chosen as a global ambassador for Calvin Klein’s 2019 “I Speak My Truth” campaign, and is chosen by Riccardo Tisci to be Burberry’s only male global ambassador since 2019. In 2020, he joins Birkenstock Global Personality campaign along with Grace Coddington.


In 2018, Yoo starred in the mystery-drama film Burning, directed by the acclaimed South Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong. The film received universal acclaim, competing for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and becoming the first Korean film to make it to the final nine-film shortlist of Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. For his role as Lee Jong-su, Yoo received international critical acclaim, including being selected for The New York Times’ “The Best Actors of 2018” feature, making him the only Asian to be on the list and the first Korean actor to do so.

In 2018, Yoo starred in Lee Chang-dong’s film Burning, portraying a pure and sensitive young man, Jong-su, who tries to solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves. Lee said the reason he cast Yoo, “Yoo Ah-in is one of the most famous Korean actors in that age group, and he’s known for being good at delivering emotionally charged performances. In contrast to that, Jong-su is such a passive and shy character who doesn’t show his emotions and who doesn’t react, so I thought that would be really interesting for this actor to play this role.” Lee then praised, “No one else could inhabit the character of Jong-su like he did. Yoo Ah-in is irreplaceable for this role, he is capable of conveying great nuance and sensitivity.”

For his role in Burning, The New York Times featured Yoo in their list of “The Best Actors of 2018”, making him the only Asian to be on the list and the first Korean actor to do so.

In November 2018, Yoo starred in the crisis film Default, taking over the role of Yoon Jeong-hak, who bet on the crisis after leaving the securities company and forecasting national bankruptcy. This character gave the impression that “is different from the youth that Yoo Ah-in has represented before”, as in, “a person who represents the desire of ordinary people” and “a person who embraces the crossroads of the older and younger generations three-dimensionally.” Yoo said he wanted to be “a medium to understand two generations at the same times,” and he starred in the film with the thoughts of “how to accept the established system” and “what era we’re living in right now.” Yoo also said the reasons he participated in this movie were because the movie dealt with the story in “a polite approach,” and it was interesting that a female character deals with the country’s major crisis and tries to solve it. In response, co-star Kim Hye-soo described Yoo as “an actor who has healthy mind,” and thanked Yoo for his decision to appear in the movie, saying that understanding message of the film and starring in this film is a possible choice because he is Yoo Ah-in.

In September 2018, Studio Concrete produced a short documentary The Interview for Diesel’s “Hate Couture” Global Campaign to take a stand against Cyberbullying. Proceeds from the brand’s sale will be donated in support of anti-bullying programmes. On October 26, 2018, Studio Concrete collaborated with W Korea magazine for “Breast Cancer Awareness” Campaign. Proceeds from the item’s sale will be donated to Korean breast cancer foundation.

Yoo is the first Asian actor to be the global model of Diesel. In September 2018, Yoo joined Diesel’s “Hate Couture” Global Campaign to take a stand against Cyberbullying. Yoo and his artist group Studio Concrete released a short documentary The Interview for the campaign on September 20, 2018. The Interview took the form of a fake documentary rarely seen in the fashion film genre. Yoo took the helm as the creative director and the main character himself. Proceeds from the sale of the brand’s pieces will be donated in support of anti-bullying programmes.

Yoo has been a supporter of breast cancer awareness campaigns since 2012 through Amore Pacific Group and W Korea Magazine’s annual campaign activities, such as “Pink Ribbon Love Marathon” and “Love Your W” campaigns. In January 2017, together with the renown sculptor Osang Gwon, Yoo teamed up to produce a bust-sized cubist sculpture, symbolizing the breast cancer awareness campaign “Love Your W”. On October 26, 2018, Yoo and his artist group Studio Concrete collaborated with W Korea in the 13th annual “Love Your W” campaign by designing a set of special T-shirts, and bringing up the Woman & Beauty theme for a photo exhibition called “Love Your W”. Proceeds from the exhibition were donated to the Korean Breast Cancer Foundation.


In 2017, Yoo starred in fantasy-romance drama Chicago Typewriter. He played double roles of a present-day famous novelist and the leader of a resistance group during the 1930’s Japanese occupation of Korea.

Through Studio Concrete exhibitions, Yoo shows his support for the LGBT community, liberal feminist, Korean Childhood Leukemia Foundation, and other minority groups. In addition to Studio Concrete’s annual charity bazaar for children, the art gallery holds new events every month for various groups. From 27 to 30 April 2017, Studio Concrete collaborated with Diesel (brand) for “Make Love Not Walls” Global Campaign in Seoul. From October 12 to 15, 2017, Studio Concrete held a Feminist Book Fair & Discussion. On October 15, 2017, Studio Concrete held a “Drag Queen Dramatic Reading” Event.

In late 2017, Yoo tweeted a strongly worded criticism against the radical feminist community Megalia, which resulted in accusations that he had made aggressive expressions of a typical patriarchally minded Korean man. Yoo denied the allegation. In March 2018, he posted a short, silent, caption-less clip of some people being tied down and burned to death while the people surrounding them just watching. Netizens quickly assumed that the video pointed towards the Me Too movement in South Korea as a witch-hunt. In the BBC interview, May 2018, Yoo said, “Feminism is the most important human rights movement of today.” And, “There is the structure of ‘men, the discriminator of women’ versus ‘women, the victim.’ We must co-exist in this world, and I believe that the way to do so must be discussed in a less aggressive, more peaceful way.” In his talkshow Do-ol Ah-in Going All Directions, January 2019, Yoo’s thought on gender war happening in South Korea and his support for the minorities have drawn media attention, “The rational voice of the weak and the minority have never been accepted much by those with power or vested interests. Considering what causes such aggressive and even violent voices to emerge, I think it’s because our society does not yet accept reasonable, honest, and sincere demands. However, if we take a step away from the irrational violent voices, I think we have an opportunity to change society.”

In 2017, Yoo revealed that he had a bone tumor, and thus had been delaying his mandatory military service. Yoo’s representatives stated that his symptoms were benign, which meant that the non-cancerous tumor would have minimal effect on his everyday life and carry no risk of spreading. On June 27, 2017, Yoo’s representatives announced that he had been exempt from military service after failing five medical examinations.


For his works in film and television, Yoo won the Best Actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards, respectively. In 2016, he ranked second in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list.

For his contribution in art, Yoo received the Prime Minister’s Commendation at the 7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards in October 2016.

International artists who have held their solo exhibitions in Studio Concrete are Daniel Caesar, Jean Jullien, Joan Cornellà, and Eric Joyner. Since 2016, Studio Concrete has been working together with DJ Peggy Gou, as well. Until 2019, Studio Concrete has held 16 solo exhibitions, 18 collaborative exhibitions, 2 special invitation exhibitions, and art collaboration projects with The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Diesel, Budweiser, Absolut Vodka, Dunkin Donuts, CNCity Energy, and more.

Considered one of the most outspoken and politically-socially charged Korean actors of his generation, Yoo drew media attention in late 2012 when he tweeted a strongly worded criticism against the withdrawal of Ahn Cheol-soo from the presidential race. He also criticized the age regulation on Lady Gaga’s concert in Seoul which were first sold as PG-13 but later on changed to PG-18. On November 19, 2016, Yoo took part in the biggest mass rally calling for president Park Geun-hye’s resignation.

Yoo identifies himself as a feminist. In February 2016, Yoo’s remarks about female film directors while promoting his movie Like for Likes grabbed media attention. Yoo said, “I want to work with a female movie director. When people talk about female directors, they always put ‘female’ in front of director, even though they don’t put ‘male’ for male directors. This can mean that women are special, but in reality women often lose out in society because of their gender. I want to lend weight to them and I am also curious about working with them.” Yoo also made a feminist remark about the film, “This film depicts the stereotypical perception of women that is deeply rooted in Korean society. When a man articulates his opinion, he is considered as having self-confidence and cool, but when a woman does the same she is called a very opinionated. This part went straight to my heart.” In February 2017, Yoo stated, “I am also a feminist, since all of us wish for equality. So, whoever wishes for a world where he or she is not marginalized, persecuted, nor hurt because of his or her own attributes—is in fact a feminist by choice.”


In 2015, Yoo starred in two top-grossing films. He played an amoral young millionaire who faces off with a detective in Ryoo Seung-wan’s crime thriller/comedy Veteran, and as the tragic Crown Prince Sado in Lee Joon-ik’s period drama The Throne. Veteran became one of the highest-grossing films in South Korea and The Throne was South Korea’s submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

For his roles in both Veteran and The Throne, Yoo received Best Actor awards at influential film awards including Blue Dragon Awards, Korean Film Reporters Association Awards, Chunsa Film Art Awards, and Golden Cinematography Awards. The same year, he was named “Actor of the Year” in the 2015 Gallup Korea Survey and ranked number two on Korea Power Celebrity by Forbes.

Yoo was then cast in the historical drama Six Flying Dragons, reuniting with Fashion King co-star Shin Se-kyung. The drama occupied the number one ratings slot throughout its run. Yoo’s portrayal of ambitious prince Taejong of Joseon won him Best Actor in the TV Category at the Baeksang Arts Awards. Due to his success in both film and television, the entertainment media coined 2015 the “A-in-shi-dae” (Ah-in Era).

Since 2015 Yoo and his art gallery Studio Concrete hold the annual charity bazaar to celebrate Children’s Day and donate all the proceeds from the bazaar to the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation. In 2016, he donated museum tickets worth 40 million Won for underprivileged children.

Yoo has two elder sisters. In addition to managing Studio Concrete art gallery in Hannam-dong, Yoo had been an investor and business partner of TMI (Too Much Information), a Korean healthy fried food with mushroom-oriented restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul from 2015 to 2017.


In 2014, Yoo appeared as a quirky supporting role in Lee Han’s Thread of Lies (this was Lee’s second film adaptation of a Kim Ryeo-ryeong novel after Punch). This was followed by a leading role in cable melodrama Secret Affair (Secret Love Affair), in which Yoo played a poor piano prodigy in love with his married, much older teacher. To prepare for his role, Yoo practiced the piano and listened to classical music. The drama occupied the number one ratings slot throughout its run and became the highest rated general cable drama of the year. Due to his popularity, Yoo was dubbed as “kukmin yeonha-nam” (the nation’s younger boyfriend). Yoo garnered favorable press reviews for his delicate, three-dimensional and passionate portrayal of a genius pianist. 10 Asia praised, “Secret Affair is Yoo Ah-in’s turning point in acting. He makes the affair looks so irresistible and concrete, he makes the viewers sympathize for his forbidden love and follow his journey till all hell breaks loose.” And, “His piano concerto scene will be the talk of the town for a long time and is worth lasting memory.”

Yoo is the representative, curator, and creative director of Studio Concrete; a creative collective which was established in 2014 by a group of artists born in 1980s. Yoo and his friends founded Studio Concrete with the mission of “building a healthy support system for the future generations of creatives.” The group is involved in a range of creative projects including planning exhibitions and advertisements, graphic design, product design and art collaborations.

In 2014, Yoo launched a local clothing line named Newkids Nohant to create Hangul-themed T-shirt designs. He then donated the profits worth 100 million won made through the clothing line, opening up the Newkids Yoo Ah In Charity Fund in 2015. The fund will be used to provide aid for college tuition and educational expenses for the students who attend college while living in or after retiring from residential care centers. On April 18, 2014, Yoo quietly joined the Sewol Ferry relief efforts after the Sinking of MV Sewol tragedy, and secretly sent supplies to the family members of missing passengers in Jindo.

Yoo was also a freelance writer. He had been the chief editor of Tom Greyhound’s fashion magazine Tom Paper from 2014 to 2016, and had contributed several columns for magazines such as InStyle Korea, and Movieweek. The Seoul Poets Association’s magazine, Monthly Poetry, praised his writings as “beautiful, clear and clean breath of oneself that is different from glamorous life of an actor.” His writings were noticed by publishers and professional writers as well.


Cast as King Sukjong in the 2013 period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, a revisionist take on infamous royal concubine Jang Hui-bin. Yoo called the role one of the biggest challenges of his career and he garnered favorable press reviews for his mature, charismatic and versatile portrayal of Sukjong.

In 2013, Yoo donated to a campaign titled “I Am Against The Unfair Food Tray of Children” through The Beautiful Foundation. He had helped The Beautiful Foundation adding 22% to the fundraising goal, thus only 1% to go to reach 350 million Won. The Foundation published his letter encouraging participation, and soon after, the fundraising exceeded its goal.


Yoo is best known for his leading roles in coming-of-age film Punch (2011), melodrama Secret Love Affair (2014), action blockbuster Veteran (2015), period drama The Throne (2015), and the historical television series Six Flying Dragons (2015-2016).

In 2011, he played a leading role of biracial teenager in the coming-of-age film Punch, a critical and commercial hit. The film premiered at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, and competed for Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. His co-star, veteran actor Kim Yoon-seok praised him that “In the next 10 years, he will be one of the biggest names in Korean cinema.” Yoo was nominated at the Buil Film Awards, his first nomination for the Best Actor category.


Yoo’s rise to fame came in 2010, when he acted in fusion period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, adapted from a book with the same title. Yoo became famous due to the drama’s popularity. He played the role of an unpredictable man who moonlights to reveal the corruption of rich nobles. Yoo’s popularity was later referred to as “Geol-oh-al-yee” (Geol-oh fever), coined after the name of his character. The drama’s scriptwriter Kim Tae-heui said in her interview, “[t]he most charming character in the book was Geol-oh but I don’t think I’m cut out exactly for portraying such raw and rough male character. That’s how my Geol-oh is more sensitive and less in words compared to other characters. This combined with additional interpretation of actor Yoo Ah-in who happens to be a very sentimental actor, the Geol-oh in the drama became someone completely different from the original story.”


In 2009, he was cast in romance drama He Who Can’t Marry, as cheeky assistant who works at the architectural office, portraying the bright side of being in one’s twenties. He next starred in the film Sky and Ocean as a pizza delivery man who strives to make his own livelihood.


In 2008, Yoo starred in historical drama Strongest Chil Woo, playing a cruel but lonely assassin adopted by a nobleman. He gained recognition from critics and viewers for his performance, despite it being the first historical drama for him. He was also featured in Min Kyu-dong’s comedy-drama film Antique, adapted from Yoshinaga Fumi’s manga Antique Bakery. For his role as a patisserie aspirant and former boxer, Yoo took boxing and baking classes. Min purposefully gave Yoo long sets of lines in the film, saying that Yoo already knew exactly how to act with rhythm, “No matter how long his lines were, just one sentence could tell you how good his rhythm was.” And, “Most rookie actors wait around for their turn in the script and then get so nervous that they mess up their first lines and everything else completely falls apart, but Yoo Ah-in got it done in one stroke of the knife. That’s why I purposefully gave him long sets of lines. He’s an actor whose talent is most evident in long takes and full shots.” Yoo received the Best New Actor award at the Director’s Cut Awards and emerged as one of the most promising actors in Korean film industry.


Resuming his acting career, Yoo starred in low-budget indie film Boys of Tomorrow, taking over the role of a young man Jong-dae, who carries the psychological scars of a traumatic childhood accident. The film premiered at Busan International Film Festival in October 2006, and competed for the Golden Leopard at the 2007 Locarno International Film Festival. He said about the meaning of his first film, “If I have drawn a picture of the actor career, this film must be within that picture.” Director Noh Dong-seok met Yoo when he couldn’t make up his mind even though he has met several actors interested in the role of Jong-dae. Noh decided to cast Yoo within five minutes of meeting him, saying, “I can’t forget the first five minutes I met Yoo at the audition. When I asked other actors about Jong-dae character, they usually answered, ‘I think he’s going to wear something, have some hairstyle and some kind of personality’. But he stared out the window for a long time, and suddenly said one word as if he choked up slightly, ‘It’s sad.’ At that moment, I thought, ‘Jong-dae is him.'” During the film’s press junket, Noh said, “In contrast to his noticeably good looks, he was filled with a furious energy. When I hear the word ‘youth,’ I think of Yoo Ah-in. The true main character of this movie, I think, is [not Jong-dae but] Yoo Ah-in.” Noh also recalled Yoo’s audition in an interview, saying, “I fell for Yoo Ah-in at first sight. Of course, he also had good looks. But he had an extremely different feel from the other actors whom I had met during casting. Yoo Ah-in was nervous when he met me. Before his identity as an actor, he possessed twenty years of his natural self as Yoo Ah-in.” Yoo’s role as a boy looking for a gun in order to escape from his frustrating reality earned positive reviews, and he won the Best New Actor award at the Busan Film Critics Awards.


Using the stage name Yoo Ah-in, he made his debut in a TV commercial in 2003. His first management wanted to create an attractive stage name for him that fit an idol image because the name Uhm Hong-sik was considered too heavy and old fashioned. He then chose Yoo Ah-in, Ah-in taken from the German word meaning “one”.


Burning had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Yoo walked the red carpet. It was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, became the first Korean film to make it to the final nine-film shortlist of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Uhm Hong-sik (born October 6, 1986), known professionally as Yoo Ah-in, is a South Korean actor, creative director, and gallerist. He is known for playing a diverse spectrum of roles in both television and film, where he often portrays dynamic characters who exhibit significant personal growth.