5 Korean actors who overcome illness and make an impressive return to the screen
These Korean actors have overcome illness to continue having respectable acting careers.
Despite their young age, the following Korean actors have spent a long time fighting illness before achieving success like today.
1. Yoo Ah In
Before getting crowned the youngest Best Actor in the history of the Blue Dragon Film Awards and having a series of remarkable roles on the screen, few people know that Yoo Ah In suffered from a bone tumor since 2015. Not only that, but Yoo Ah In also dealt with a muscle tear, broken collarbone and shoulder blade while filming ‘Veteran’ and ‘Tough as Iron’.
Not surrendering to fate, Yoo Ah In has strived to battle these illnesses and achieve success with hit projects such as ‘Hellbound’, ‘#Alive’, ‘Voice of Silence’, ‘Default’, ‘Chicago Typewriter’,…
Having a handsome appearance and amazing acting skills, Yoo Ah In has been labeled a phenomenon of the Korean screen. He won Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Award when he was only 29 years old. In 2020, he took home Best Actor once again thanks to his impressive performance in “Voice Of Silence”. In 2021, the “Crazy Horse” of the Korean film industry won “Best Actor” at the Baeksang Awards.
Yoo Ah In’s career spans in glory and achievements that any actor must wish for
2. Park So Dam
Park So Dam was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (also known as papillary carcinoma) in 2021. After that, the 30-year-old actress has stopped all her activities to undergo surgery following the medical procedure. In early 2022, Park So Dam made a comeback to the big screen in ‘Special Cargo’.
3. Kim Bum
In 2018, King Kong Entertainment announced that Kim Bum was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis – a chronic disorder that weakens the cartilage and tissues surrounding bones and joints. Kim Bum had to stop all his activities for nearly 2 years to focus on treatment and enlisting in serving the community.
After that, he made comebacks in a series of remarkable domestic and international projects such as Tale Of The Nine Tailed , Law School, and most recently, Ghost Doctor. The actor is highly appreciated and always becomes the focus of the audience’s attention thanks to his handsome appearance along with his natural acting.
4. Kim Woo Bin
The news that Kim Woo Bin was seriously ill at the peak of his career in 2017 shocked the public at that time. Accordingly, Shin Min Ah‘s boyfriend was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. After that, the actor took a 4-year hiatus from acting to focus on treatment. Fortunately, Kim Woo Bin’s health has recovered.
He is gradually returning to the entertainment activities. In the near future, he will make a comeback as the male lead in ‘Alien’, ‘People’ and ‘Our Blues’.
5. Jung Il Woo
In 2006, Jung Il Woo had a serious car accident that required him to be treated for 7 months. He had broken wrist bones, a broken pelvis, and internal bleeding in his head. Then Jung Il Woo was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. A person with this disease is prone to coma, stroke and the most dangerous complication can affect the cerebral arteries and cause death. Jung Il Woo went through an extremely difficult time, struggling to overcome his illness.
In 2019, he returned to the small screen with Haechi (2019), followed by ‘Sweet Munchies’ (2020) and the historical drama ‘Bossam: Steal the Fate’ in 2021 with SNSD Yuri. These dramas all received high ratings and positive reviews from the audience.