Kim Soo Rim’s was born in Seoul and her parents divorced when she was just 2 years old. Her father left her at a distant relative’s house in the countryside. She lost her hearing completely when she was six due to an illness, and her mother, who left in search of work, came back four years later with a sibling from a different father. Kim followed her mother to Japan after finishing elementary school and was left in the care of a Japanese friend of her mother’s.
Kim Soo Rim now is hearing impaired but can speak 4 languages – Korean, Japanese, English and Spanish fluently and understand all four languages simply by lip reading.