October 11, 1979 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Hanyang University (dropped out)
Konkuk University - Film
|Revised Romanization||Bae Du-na|
Bae Doona (Korean pronunciation: [pɛduna]; born October 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress and photographer. She first became known outside Korea for her roles as the protagonist's political activist girlfriend Cha Young-mi in Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), as archer Park Nam-ju in Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006), and as an inflatable sex doll-come-to-life in Hirokazu Koreeda's Air Doll (2009). She then had a starring role as the revolutionary clone Sonmi~451 in the film Cloud Atlas (2012), directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer.
Life and career
Bae Doona was born in Seoul, South Korea. Growing up, Bae would follow her mother, Kim Hwa-young, a famous stage actress in Korea, around the theater and rehearsal halls, learning the lines of dialogue as she went along. This did not initially lead Bae towards acting, saying: "People might say that since my mother is a theater actor, I became an actress. But to me, those experiences probably had the opposite effect. On the contrary, because I saw many great actors working with my mother, I thought this was a job only people with extraordinary talent could do."
A Hanyang University student in 1998, Bae was scouted by a model talent agency while walking in Seoul. This led to modeling clothing for COOLDOG's catalog, amongst others. In 1999 she made the switch to acting, debuting in the TV drama School. Later the same year, she appeared as the ghost Eun-Suh in The Ring Virus, a Korean remake of the Japanese horror film Ring.
In 2000, director Bong Joon-ho cast her as Hyeon-nam in the film Barking Dogs Never Bite for her willingness to do the part without makeup, something other South Korean actresses were unwilling to do. In Kim So-young's documentary Women's History Trilogy (2000–2004), Bae notes her admiration for veteran South Korean actress Yoon Jeong-hee. Yoon returns the compliment saying "Bae Doo-na owns her world." In this same documentary, Bae shares how her own most memorable scene is being chased by the homeless man throughout the apartment in Barking Dogs Never Bite. That same year she gave a risque performance (albeit with a body double for the more intense scenes) in Plum Blossom, and slowly started getting more work on television.
2003 was less kind to Bae, as she saw both Tube and Spring Bears Love flop at the box office. After completing principal photography on Spring Bears Love, Bae decided to take time off from film, saying: "I never lived even once without having anything to do. The moment a film was presented to the press, I was almost always already shooting the next one ... I thought by myself: now my first cycle is really over. While I rest a little, I wanted to make a fresh new start."
During her hiatus from the big screen, Bae took up photography, much of which can be seen between her official blog and her published photo books. She also continued to work on TV, starring in Country Princess and Rosemary. Bae finally stepped onto a theater stage in 2004, for a production of Sunday Seoul (not to be confused with the South Korean movie of the same title), a play co-written by Park Chan-wook.
In 2005 Bae gave a memorable turn as an exchange student who joins a band in the Japanese film Linda Linda Linda, then played a divorced woman in the experimental omnibus TV series Beating Heart.
She reunited with Bong Joon-ho in 2006's The Host, which became the highest grossing film in South Korean box office history. For her role, she trained in archery for months that she was told if she really wanted, she had enough talent to make it at an amateur level. She then returned to television, through the series Someday and How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor.
After winning accolades for Air Doll, a 2009 film by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda about an inflatable sex doll that develops a soul and falls in love, Bae made back-to-back TV series in 2010, playing a high school teacher in Master of Study, and a night club singer in weekend drama Gloria.
Her 2012 sports film As One was based on the true story of the world table tennis championship held in Chiba, Japan in 1991 where North Korean player Ri Bun-hui and South Korean player Hyun Jung-hwa overcame their difficulties and came together to defeat the unbeatable Chinese team. Bae and co-star Ha Ji-won were trained by Hyun herself, and Bae learned to play left-handed like Ri. Afterwards she made a brief appearance in the science fiction film Doomsday Book.
Bae made her English-language, Hollywood debut in Cloud Atlas, as Sonmi~451, a clone in dystopian Korea. She also played the minor roles of Tilda Ewing, the daughter of a slave-holder and wife of an abolitionist in pre-Civil War America, and a Mexican woman who kills an assassin out to murder a journalist and a whistleblower who are trying to expose a nuclear plant safety cover-up. Co-directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, the $100 million adaptation of David Mitchell's novel premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to divisive reviews, though Bae's performance was unanimously praised by critics. The Wachowskis later cast her again in a supporting role in their next science fiction film Jupiter Ascending.
Back in Korea, Bae has been cast in the upcoming film Dohee-ya, to be directed by Jung Joo-ri and produced by Lee Chang-dong. She plays a small town police officer who tries to save a mysterious young girl she suspects is a victim of domestic violence.
- The Ring Virus (1999)
- Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)
- Plum Blossom (2000)
- Take Care of My Cat (2001)
- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
- Saving My Hubby (2002)
- Tube (2003)
- Spring Bears Love (2003)
- Linda Linda Linda (2005)
- Tea Date (short film, 2005)
- The Host (2006)
- Air Doll (2009)
- Doomsday Book (2012)
- As One (2012)
- Cloud Atlas (2012)
- Jupiter Ascending (2014)
- Dohee-ya (2014)
- Angel's Kiss (KBS, 1998)
- School (KBS, 1999)
- Ad Madness (KBS, 1999)
- Love Story - "Miss Hip-hop and Mr. Rock" (SBS, 2000)
- Look Back in Anger (KBS, 2000)
- Cruise Ship of Love (KBS sitcom, 2000)
- RNA (KBS, 2000)
- I Want To Keep Seeing You (SBS, 2000-2001)
- Mothers and Sisters (MBC, 2000-2001)
- Man & Woman: "You say it's love, but I think it's desire" (SBS, 2001)
- Country Princess (MBC, 2003)
- Rosemary (KBS, 2003)
- Beating Heart (MBC, 2005)
- Someday (OCN, 2006)
- How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor (SBS, 2007)
- Master of Study (KBS, 2010)
- Gloria (MBC, 2010-2011)
- "You" (Fish, 2000)
- "Party Time" (Ray Jay, 2000)
- "단" (Kim Don-kyoo, 2000)
- "Every Time I Look at You" (Kang Kyun-sung, 2007)
- "Tsumetai Ame" (Every Little Thing, 2009)
- "Seesaw" | "Confession" (Hot Potato, 2010)
- "Temperature of Separation" (Yoon Jong-shin feat. You Hee-yeol, 2010)
- Linda Linda Linda OST | we are PARAN MAUM EP (2005)
- リンダ リンダ ("Linda Linda")
- 僕の右手 Boku no Migite ("My Right Hand")
- 終わらない歌 Owaranai Uta ("Never Ending Song")
- Gloria OST (2010)
- 글로리아 ("Gloria")
- 바보랍니다 ("I'm a Fool")
- Ready to Fly (feat. Jung Jae-yun)
- Doona's London Play (2006) - photo-essays
- Doona's Tokyo Play (2007) - photo-essays
- Doona's Seoul Play (2008) - photo-essays
- COOLDOG, 꾸띠, i.n.v.u. [catalogs]
- Lykea Cosmetics
- Binggrae - HeartU, HeartU Cool, Power Cap, Chew-ets
- Donga Otsuka DemiSoda
- Korea Association of Information & Telecommunication
- Whisper P&G
- KT Nespot
- Tomato Savings Bank - Let's Love (Adoption PSA)
- LG PixDix
- 2008 Kia Sportage
- Eryn Brinie
- Make Up For Ever
- Suntory I love vegi
- Aladdin Bookstore
- Jack&Jill Urban Farm campaign
- Olleh Ebook
- Santa Maria Novella
Awards and nominations
|1999||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||School, Ad Madness||Won|
|2000||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Barking Dogs Never Bite||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||RNA||Won|
|2001||Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Take Care of My Cat||Won|
|Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Take Care of My Cat||Won|||
|2002||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Take Care of My Cat||Won|||
|Pusan Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Take Care of My Cat||Won|||
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance||Nominated|||
|Director's Cut Awards||Best Actress||Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance||Won|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Country Princess||Nominated|||
|2006||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Host||Nominated|||
|Director's Cut Awards||Best Performers Award (ensemble cast)||The Host||Won|||
|2007||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor||Nominated|
|2008||Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film||Best Supporting Actress||Linda Linda Linda||Nominated|||
|2010||Tokyo Sports Film Awards||Best Actress||Air Doll||Won|||
|Japan Academy Prize||Best Actress||Air Doll||Nominated|||
|Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Air Doll||Nominated|||
|Takasaki Film Festival||Best Actress||Air Doll||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Gloria||Nominated|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Netizens' Award, Actress||Master of Study||Nominated|||
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