Bae Doona

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Bae.
Bae Doona
Bae Doona.jpg
Born (1979-10-11) October 11, 1979 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Hanyang University (dropped out)
Konkuk University - Film Art
Occupation Actress, photographer
Years active 1999–present
Agent Saetbyul-dang Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 배두나
Hanja
Revised Romanization Bae Du-na
McCune–Reischauer Pae Tu-na
Website
www.doona.net

Bae Doona (Korean pronunciation: [pɛduna]; born October 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress and photographer. Bae 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-joo in Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006), and as an inflatable sex doll-come-to-life in Hirokazu Koreeda's Air Doll (2009).[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bae 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."[3]

Career[edit]

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 that year, she appeared as the ghost in The Ring Virus, a Korean remake of the Japanese horror film Ring.[4]

In 2000, director Bong Joon-ho cast her 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.[5] In Kim So-young's documentary Women's History Trilogy (2000–2004), Bae stated her admiration for veteran South Korean actress Yoon Jeong-hee; Yoon returned the compliment, saying "Bae Doo-na owns her world." In this same documentary, Bae shared how her own most memorable scene was being chased by the homeless man throughout the apartment in Barking Dogs Never Bite.[6] That same year she gave a risque performance (albeit with a body double for the more intense scenes) in Plum Blossom,[7] and slowly started getting more work on television.

This was followed by two more critical successes, 2001's Take Care of My Cat, directed by Jeong Jae-eun,[8] and 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, directed by Park Chan-wook.[9][10]

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."[3]

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-essay books.[11] She also continued to work on TV, starring in Country Princess and Rosemary.[12] 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.[3][13]

In 2005 Bae gave a memorable turn as an exchange student who joins a band in the Japanese film Linda Linda Linda,[7][14][15][16] then played a divorced woman in the experimental omnibus TV series Beating Heart.[17]

Bae Doona promoting The Host in 2006.

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.[18] She then returned to television, through the series Someday and How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor.[19]

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,[20][21][22][23] Bae made back-to-back TV series in 2010, playing a high school teacher in Master of Study,[24][25] and a night club singer in weekend drama Gloria.[26][27][28]

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.[29][30][31][32][33][34] Afterwards she made a brief appearance in the science fiction film Doomsday Book.[35]

Bae made her English-language, Hollywood debut in Cloud Atlas, as Sonmi~451, a clone in dystopian Korea.[36] 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 US$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.[37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48] The Wachowskis later cast her again in a supporting role in their next science fiction film Jupiter Ascending.[49][50][51][52]

Back in Korea, Bae next starred in the 2014 film Dohee-ya (released internationally as A Girl at My Door), directed by July Jung and produced by Lee Chang-dong.[53] Playing a small-town police officer who tries to save a mysterious young girl she suspects is a victim of domestic violence, Bae said she was so fascinated by the story and emotionally challenging role that she decided to star in the movie without pay three hours after reading the script.[54][55] The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[56]

She then began filming Sense8, an upcoming American science fiction series created by the Wachowskis (in Bae's third collaboration with them) and co-written by J. Michael Straczynski. About eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world who share a violent psychic vision and suddenly find themselves telepathically connected, Sense8 is expected to stream on Netflix in 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Ring Virus Park Eun-seo
2000 Barking Dogs Never Bite Park Hyun-nam
Plum Blossom Seo Nam-ok
2001 Take Care of My Cat Yoo Tae-hee
2002 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Cha Young-mi
Saving My Hubby Jung Geum-soon
2003 Tube Song In-kyung
Spring Bears Love Jung Hyun-chae
2005 Linda Linda Linda Son Japanese film
Tea Date Sun-hee American short film[57]
2006 The Host Park Nam-joo
2009 Air Doll Nozomi Japanese film
2012 Doomsday Book adult Park Min-seo (cameo) segment: "Happy Birthday"
As One Ri Bun-hui
Cloud Atlas Sonmi~451 /
Tilda Ewing /
Mexican woman
German film
2014 A Girl at My Door Lee Young-nam
2015 Jupiter Ascending a bounty hunter American film

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 Angel's Kiss KBS2
1999 School Bae Doo-na KBS1
Ad Madness Pyo Roo-na KBS2
2000 Love Story
"Miss Hip-hop and Mr. Rock"
Young-yi SBS
Look Back in Anger Lee Mi-na KBS2
Cruise Ship of Love Bae Doo-na KBS2
RNA Park Se-mi KBS2
I Want To Keep Seeing You Ham Choon-bong SBS
Mothers and Sisters Gong Chan-mi MBC
2001 Open Drama Man & Woman
"You say it's love, but I think it's desire"[58]
SBS
2003 Country Princess Lee Eun-hee MBC
Rosemary Shin Kyung-soo KBS2
2005 Beating Heart Bae Doo-na MBC
2006 Someday Hana Yamaguchi OCN
2007 How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor Jung Yoon-hee SBS
2010 Master of Study Han Soo-jung KBS2
Gloria Na Jin-jin MBC
2015 Sense8 Netflix

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2000 "You" Fish
"Party Time" Ray Jay
"단" Kim Don-kyoo
2007 "Every Time I Look at You" Kang Kyun-sung
2009 "Tsumetai Ame" Every Little Thing
2010 "Seesaw" / "Confession" Hot Potato
"Temperature of Separation" Yoon Jong-shin feat. You Hee-yeol

Hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
1999 Music Camp MBC MC
Radio TenTen Club SBS DJ

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Robert Zucco N/A Producer
2004 Sunday Seoul Actress, producer
2008 The Visit N/A Producer

Discography[edit]

Year Track From Album
2005 リンダ リンダ ("Linda Linda") Linda Linda Linda OST
we are PARAN MAUM EP
僕の右手 Boku no Migite ("My Right Hand")
終わらない歌 Owaranai Uta ("Never Ending Song")
2010 글로리아 ("Gloria") Gloria OST
바보랍니다 ("I'm a Fool")
"Ready to Fly" (feat. Jung Jae-yun)

Books[edit]

Year Title Publisher ISBN
2006 Doona's London Play Taste Factory ISBN 89-958439-0-X
2007 Doona's Tokyo Play Taste Factory ISBN 89-958439-5-0
2008 Doona's Seoul Play Chung-Ang Books ISBN 978-89-6188-765-6

Advertisements[edit]

Year Product
COOLDOG, 꾸띠, i.n.v.u. [catalogs]
TM21
Lykea Cosmetics
Binggrae - HeartU, HeartU Cool, Power Cap, Chew-ets
Migliore
Donga Otsuka DemiSoda
Korea Association of Information & Telecommunication
G-Rush
Crencia
2000-2001 Whisper P&G
Ssamzie
2002 KT Nespot
Tomato Savings Bank - Let's Love (Adoption PSA)
2007 LG PixDix
2008 Kia Sportage
Eryn Brinie
Make Up For Ever
2009 Suntory I love vegi
2010 Aladdin Bookstore
Jack&Jill Urban Farm campaign
Olleh Ebook
Santa Maria Novella
2013 Kiehl's
Uniqlo
2014 Viewfit
2015 Louis Vuitton[59]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress School, Ad Madness Won
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Barking Dogs Never Bite Won [60]
3rd Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Plum Blossom Won
KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award RNA Won
2001 21st Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Take Care of My Cat Won
9th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Take Care of My Cat Won [61]
2nd Women in Film Korea Awards Best Actress Take Care of My Cat Won
2002 38th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Take Care of My Cat Won [62]
3rd Pusan Film Critics Awards Best Actress Take Care of My Cat Won [63]
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Nominated [64]
2003 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Country Princess Nominated [65]
2006 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Host Nominated [66][67][68]
9th Director's Cut Awards Best Performers Award (ensemble cast) The Host Won [69][70]
2007 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor Nominated
2010 19th Tokyo Sports Film Awards Best Actress Air Doll Won [71][72]
33rd Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Air Doll Nominated [73][74][75][76]
4th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Air Doll Nominated [77]
23rd Takasaki Film Festival Best Actress Air Doll Won [78][79][80]
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Gloria Nominated [81]
KBS Drama Awards Netizens' Award, Actress Master of Study Nominated [82]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
2014 30th Golden Rooster and
Hundred Flowers Awards
Best Actress in a Foreign Film A Girl at My Door Won [83][84]
23rd Buil Film Awards Best Actress A Girl at My Door Nominated [85]

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