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7 Best Korean Female Action Stars

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

Korean Action Actresses

Action is one of the most popular genres of all time, whether on the small or big screen. Nothing can 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, over the years, many female action stars challenged that norm. This is especially true in the Korean entertainment industry. The country boasts numerous 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
  • Also Known As: Gianna Jun, Jun Ji Hyeon, Jeon Ji Hyun, Jeon Ji Hyeon and Wang Ji Hyun
  • Born: October 30, 1981

Jun Ji Hyun is considered one of the original Hallyu stars due to her popularity throughout Asia in the 2000s. 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 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 not afraid to challenge herself to try various genres, but she is mainly known for her action and comedy films. Two of her action movies, The Thieves and Assassination, are included in the top 10 highest-grossing 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
  • Also Known As: Jun Hae Rim
  • Born: June 28, 1978

There is no doubt that Ha Ji Won tops the list regarding versatility in acting. Comedy, horror, drama, sports, action – she has tried them all. Starting her career at the age of 18, she has a very long list of award-winning movies and dramas under her belt.

Ha Ji Won is one of the few actresses at their best in the action genre. 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 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.

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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
  • Also Known As: Son Yeh Jin
  • Born: January 11, 1982

Like Jun Ji Hyun, Son Ye Jin is one of the original Hallyu stars, and she was also given the title of the “Nation’s First Love.” She is a powerful actress who can be a massive draw in the theaters, and she once became the highest-paid Korean actress in a Korean television series. She has won multiple awards for her performances.

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 in diverse genres. Action was one of these. Even with her past image of pure innocence, she was able to pull off being an action star. 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
  • Also Known As: Su Ji; Suzy
  • Born: October 10, 1994

Another lady who was hailed as the “Nation’s First Love,” Suzy is a multimedia superstar who has found success in singing and acting. She was a member of the girl group Miss A, 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 performing in the action genre. Even with her pretty and innocent face, she always manages to exude a fierce aura in her action movies and series. Her most recent spy-action drama Vagabond was a huge hit, and fans are still raving for a second season.

Best Action Movies:

  • Ashfall

Best Action Series:

  • Gu Family Book
  • Vagabond

5. Bae Doo Na

  • Given Name: Bae Doo Na
  • Also Known As: Bae Doona and Bae Du Na
  • Born: October 11, 1979

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 makeup. She is an international star and has had roles for some Hollywood movies. She is also a huge hit domestically and starred in blockbuster films. 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 has received praise for her performances. She is an actress who takes her roles seriously, which shows in her action scenes. She was excellent as an archer in The Host and an underground kickboxer 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
  • Also Known As: Kim Ok Vin
  • Born: January 3, 1987

Kim Ok Bin is another actress who isn’t afraid to put herself out there and take unconventional roles. Both critics and audiences have praised her passion for acting. Her hard work has paid off because she has bagged many awards and accolades for her work.

Ok Bin is the true definition of an action star. She has the most action movies among the ladies listed in this article. She trained in martial arts like Hapkido and Taekwondo as a child and practiced Muay Thai and boxing. Because of her experience, she executed her stunts very well, which helped make her action movies blockbuster hits.

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
  • Also Known As: Yi Si Yeong, Lee Si Yeong and Yi Shi Yeong
  • Born: April 17, 1982

Lee Shi Young is mainly 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 human side. She rose to mainstream popularity when she joined We Got Married, a famous variety show about the lives of fake married couples.

This soft-looking lady is hiding a tough persona. Apart from being an actress, Shi Young was also a successful amateur boxer; she came close to joining the national team. Her athleticism and her passion for playing fierce roles helped her execute her action sequences flawlessly. Lee Shi Young is truly one badass Korean star.

Best Action Series:

  • Poseidon
  • Wild Romance
  • The Guardians
  • Sweet Home

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