|Relatives||Uhm Tae-woong (brother)|
|Revised Romanization||Eom Jeong-hwa|
Uhm Jung-hwa (Korean: 엄정화; born August 17, 1969) is a South Korean singer, actress and dancer. Uhm is considered to be one of the most influential women in the Korean entertainment industry, with many female artists recognizing her as a role model.
Uhm began her career in 1989 as a chorus member for the broadcasting company MBC. She starred in the 1993 romance drama film, On a Windy Day, We Must Go to Apgujeong, and released her debut studio album, Sorrowful Secret, that same year. Though both releases found limited audiences, the album's lead single, "Pupil", helped to establish a uniquely sensual image for Uhm.
She pivoted to dance music with 1996's "Sad Expectation", and found breakthrough success with "Rose of Betrayal" (배반의 장미) from her third studio album, After Love (1997). Subsequent releases Invitation (1998) and 005.1999.06 (1999) were bolstered by a string of hit singles: "Poison", "Invitation", "I Don't Know" (몰라), and "Festival", which gained status as her signature songs and cemented her position as the preeminent pop icon of the '90s decade.
Starting in 2001, Uhm began to concentrate efforts on her acting career. Her performance in the 2002 erotic comedy Marriage Is a Crazy Thing won Best Actress at the 39th Baeksang Arts Awards. Her 2000s musical output saw declining commercial reception but greater appeal with critics. Uhm began experimenting with electronica on Self Control (2004), and funk on Prestige (2006), the latter of which won Best Dance and Electronic Album at the 4th Korean Music Awards. Following a nearly decade-long hiatus from music, she released her tenth studio album The Cloud Dream of the Nine in 2017.
Uhm was born in Jecheon, North Chungcheong, South Korea. She is the second child of Yoo Gyeong-sook and Uhm Jin-ok, a music teacher who died in a motorcycle accident when she was six. Her younger and only brother Uhm Tae-woong is an actor. Following her father's death, her family struggled financially.
Uhm Jung-hwa officially debuted as a singer in 1993 with her first studio album Sorrowful Secret. By the mid-90s she established herself as one of the top Korean female singers and entertainers, with a series of hit singles: "Sad Expectation" (Korean: 슬픈 기대; RR: Seulpeun Gidae), "A Love Only Heaven Permits" (Korean: 하늘만 허락한 사랑; RR: Haneulman Heorakan Sarang), "Rose of Betrayal" (Korean: 배반의 장미; RR: Baeban-ui Jangmi), and "Tell Me" (Korean: 말해 줘; RR: Malhae Jwo).
Uhm's fourth studio album, Invitation, introduced a new mature side of the singer. The music video for its title track caused a lot of controversy due to its suggestive nature. Invitation quickly became one of the highest selling albums of the year and received positive reviews from critics and fans.
She released two of her most recognizable singles of her career, "Poison" and "Invitation" (Korean: 초대; RR: Chodae). She remained successful the following year, in 1999, with her fifth studio album 005.1999.06
As of 2020 she currently released ten studio albums, two compilation albums and one extended play.
During the 2000s, Uhm began to focus more on her acting career and committed herself to taking a variety of acting roles. She also began to pursue and experiment with different musical genres, in particular electronica. In 2004, she released her double album Self Control, which featured songs composed by Jung Jae-hyung, Fractal and Roller Coaster. Music critics praised Uhm for her ability to reinvent her image and sound.
After a two-year break from the music scene, she released her ninth studio album Prestige. Throughout the year she released two singles, "Come 2 Me" and "Song of the Wind" (Korean: 바람의 노래; RR: Baram-ui Norae), each enjoyed positive critical reception. In early 2007, she won a Korean Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Record.
In the summer of 2008, she released her first EP titled D.I.S.C.O with help from her longtime friend Yang Hyun-suk of YG Entertainment. The lead single "D.I.S.C.O" featured T.O.P, a member from the popular boy band Big Bang. The EP was one of the best-selling albums by a female artist in 2008, and was further promoted by the digital single "D.I.S.C.O Part 2" which was a remix version of "D.I.S.C.O" and featured G-Dragon, the leader of Big Bang.
After an eight-year-long hiatus Uhm announced that she would be releasing her first new album since D.I.S.C.O in 2008, the album title would be The Cloud Dream of the Nine. She revealed that she would be releasing the album in two parts, the first part would be released on December 27, 2017, and the second part at a later date. Uhm performed the title tracks "Watch Me Move" and "Dreamer" on Gayo Daejeon along with "D.I.S.C.O", she would also perform the two tracks on MCountdown on the January 5. One year after the release of Part 1, Uhm revealed through her Instagram account that she was in the preparation stage of her comeback with part 2 of The Cloud Dream of the Nine.
In the summer of 2020, Uhm joined with singers Lee Hyori, Jessi, and Hwasa to form the "supergroup" Refund Sisters. Their first single, "Don't Touch Me" debuted in October 2020, and reached #1 on the Gaon chart.
Uhm has established herself as one of South Korea's top actresses. She is known for her roles in the films Marriage Is a Crazy Thing, Singles, Princess Aurora, Dancing Queen, Seducing Mr. Perfect and Haeundae, which became one of the highest-grossing movies in Korea. She has won two Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actress, in 2002 for Marriage is a Crazy Thing and again in 2012 for Dancing Queen.
In 2022, Uhm is back on the small screen with the tvN drama Our Blues, which is their comeback on the small screen in 5 years since 2017.
Uhm launched her new clothing and lingerie line, "Corner Suite" and "ZHUM in New York", which made $10M USD within three months of its release. "Corner Suite" became an instant hit when the line debuted on online markets. The line immediately sold out. Future plans include putting her line of clothes on more home shopping channels, as the demand for it is great.
Uhm was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but fully recovered after surgery in May 2010. Uhm said she felt a little afraid leading up to the surgery, but rather than being discouraged by the pain she was experiencing, she made up her mind to dedicate herself to helping others by inspiring them. "I want to use my talent and influence in a meaningful way," she said.
Artists who have cited Uhm as an influence or role model include BoA, Lee Hyori, Sandara Park, Baek Ji-young, Tiffany Young, Chae Eun-jung, Son Dam-bi, Kim Yoon-ji, Dal Shabet's Ah Young, Laboum's Solbin, and Park Cho-rong.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Uhm Jung Hwa 2||
|After Love (후애)(後愛)||
|Queen of Charisma||
|The Cloud Dream Of The Nine||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Pupil" (눈동자)||1993||—||Sorrowful Secret|
|"Sad Expectation" (슬픈기대)||1996||—||Uhm Jung Hwa 2|
|"A Love Only Heaven Permits" (하늘만 허락한 사랑)||—|
|"Rose of Betrayal" (배반의 장미)||1997||70||After Love|
|"After Love" (후애 (後愛))||—|
|"I Don't Know" (몰라)||1999||—||005.1999.06|
|"Cross" (크로스)||—||All Details|
|"Escape"||2000||—||Queen of Charisma|
|"All Go Away" (다가라)||2001||—||Hwa|
|"Invitation" (tvN Remix) (초대 tvN Remix)||2006||—||Non-album single|
|"Come 2 Me"||—||Prestige|
|"Come 2 Me" (New Remix)||—||Non-album single|
|"D.I.S.C.O Part 2"
|"Watch Me Move"||2016||—||The Cloud Dream Of The Nine|
|"Hop in" (호피무늬)
feat. Hwasa, DPR Live
|Peak chart positions are from the Gaon Digital Chart, which was established in 2010.|
|"Pupil" (눈동자)||1993||On a windy day, we should go to Apkujeong Dong OST|
|"Luxury good" (럭셔리 굳)||2002||Boss X File OST|
|"Recipe" (레시피)||2009||He Who Can't Marry OST|
|"Call My Name"
with Dancing Queens
|2012||Dancing Queen OST|
|"Second Chance" |
with Dancing Queens feat. Cheetah
|"Let Me Cry"||2017||You Are Too Much OST|
|"Who am I?" (나는 누구?)|
feat. Duk Bae
|"October - As always" (10월 October - 늘 그렇듯)||2001||ZOY Project 1st|
|"My love, crybaby" (내사랑 울보)||2002||Jeon Yeong-Rok's 30th Anniversary Dedication Album "Legend"|
Lee Jae-hoon feat. Leessang, Uhm Jung-hwa
|2005||White winter 2005|
|"Love is" (사랑이란)||2008||Song Book|
|"Time passes with you (Original Ver.)" (시간은 그대와 흘러 (Original Ver.))
Jung Jae-hyung feat. Lucid Fall, Uhm Jung-hwa
|1992||Marriage Story||Disc Jockey|
|1993||On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong|
|1994||Blue Seagull||Joshua (voice)|
|How to Top My Wife||Manula jugigi|
|2002||Marriage Is a Crazy Thing||Yeon-hee|
|2004||Mr. Hong||Yoon Hye-Jin|
|2005||All for Love||Hur Yu-jung|
|Princess Aurora||Jung Soon-jung|
|2006||For Horowitz||Kim Ji-soo|
|Seducing Mr. Perfect||Min-june|
|2007||Love Now||Seo Yu-na|
|2009||Insadong Scandal||Bae Tae-jin|
|Five Senses of Eros||Lee Jung-ha|
|2013||In My End Is My Beginning||Lee Jung-ha|
|2014||Venus Talk||Jung Shin-hye|
|2015||Wonderful Nightmare||Lee Yeon-woo|
|2020||Okay Madam! (literal title)||Mi Young|
|TBA||Beautiful Woman||Ji-hye |
|1993||Good Morning Youngdong|
|1994||The rich people also cry|
|Close One Eye|
|Angel Inside the Mask|
|Remember to Love|
|1996||Intimacy Between Father and Son|
|Beautiful Sin||Areumdawoon Joe|
|2004||Tropical Nights in December|
|2007||Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung'||Oh Soo-jung|
|2009||He Who Can't Marry||Jang Moon-jung|
|2014||A Witch's Love||Ban Ji-yeon|
|2017||You Are Too Much||Yoo Ji-na / Kim Hye-jung|
|2022||Our Blues||Go Mi-ran |
|2020||Hangout with Yoo||MBC||Cast Member (Episode 56–68)|
|2021||On & Off||tvN||Cast Member|||
|1993||31st Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong||Nominated|
|17th Golden Cinema Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1995||16th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||How to Top My Wife||Nominated|
|2003||39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Marriage Is a Crazy Thing||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Wife||Won|
|2004||27th Golden Cinematography Award||Special Award||Mr. Handy||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Tropical Nights in December||Nominated|
|2006||27th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||For Horowitz||Nominated|
|44th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|5th Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|7th Busan Film Critics Awards||Princess Aurora||Won|
|42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Donga TV Fashion Beauty Award||Fashion Icon||N/A||Won|
|2007||Gala Dinner Party sponsored by FKCCI||Friendship Award||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung||Nominated|
|2009||46th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Tidal Wave||Nominated|
|2010||18th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Bestseller||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Dancing Queen||Won|
|49th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|2013||34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Montage||Nominated|
|Korean Film Actors Association||Popular Film Star Award||Won|
|50th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|21st Korean Culture Entertainment Awards||Won|
|2014||19th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|2015||52nd Grand Bell Awards||Wonderful Nightmare||Nominated|
|2017||MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||You Are Too Much||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama||Nominated|
|2020||20th MBC Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award in Music/Talk Category – Female||Hangout with Yoo||Won|
|2021||17th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival||JIMFFACE ||N/A||Won|
|1998||Golden Disk Awards||Bonsang Award (Song Division)||"Poison"||Won|
|1999||"I Don't Know"||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Female Artist||"I Don't Know"
|Best Dance Performance||Nominated|
|2000||Best Female Artist||"Cross"||Nominated|||
|Golden Disk Awards||Bonsang Award (Song Division)||"Escape"||Won|
|SBS Gayo Daejeon||Main Prize||N/A||Won|
|MBC Gayo Daejejeon||30 years Old and Above Award||N/A||Won|
|KBS Song Festival||Main Prize||N/A||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Female Artist||"Crack" (틈)||Nominated|||
|2007||Korean Music Awards||Best Electronic Dance Album||Prestige||Won|
|2008||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best House & Electronic||"Disco" ft. T.O.P||Nominated|||
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|Best Music Video||Nominated|
In 2021 she was selected as Jury member for Actor and Actress of the Year Award in 26th Busan International Film Festival to be held in October.
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