Lee Donghae

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Lee Donghae
Lee Donghae during Super Show 5 in Manila.jpg
Donghae during Super Show 5 in Manila
Background information
Birth name Lee Dong-hae
Born (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 27)
Mokpo, Jeollanam, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, J-pop, Mandopop, dance, R&B, Electropop
Occupations singer, dancer, rapper, songwriter, promotional model, actor, composer
Instruments keyboards
Years active 2005–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts Super Junior
Super Junior-M
Donghae & Eunhyuk
SM the Performance
SM Town
Website twitter.com/donghae861015
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Dong-hae
McCune–Reischauer I Tong-hae

Lee Dong-hae (Hangul: 이동해; hanja: 李東海) (born October 15, 1986[1]) mononymously credited as Donghae (Hangul: 동해), is a South Korean Idol singer, dancer, rapper songwriter, promotional model and actor. He is best known as the main dancer, vocal, and rapper of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroup, Super Junior-M and Donghae & Eunhyuk. Donghae is also in the SM Town dance-centered sub group, SM The Performance. He is also one of the first four Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.[2]

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Donghae was born in Mokpo, Jeollanam on 15 October 1986.[1] Donghae initially wanted to become an athlete, but under the influence of his father, who once desired to become a singer, Donghae decided to train himself to become a singer. In 2001, Donghae signed a contract with SM Entertainment soon after he jointly won the Best Outward Appearance award with future band mate Sungmin on the company's third annual SM Youth Best Contest.[3] Under SM Entertainment, Donghae was put in singing, dancing, and acting lessons, and was then recruited into a five-member boy band Smile, with future band mate Leeteuk, but the idea was soon dropped.

In 2004, Donghae, along with Leeteuk were put into another boy band and formed Super Junior with ten other trainees. The group later became known as Super Junior 05, the first generation of a rotational music group, Super Junior. In November 2005, several days before the group's debuted, Donghae made a brief appearance at SBS's Shin Dong-yup's There Is There

2005–2006: Debut with Super Junior[edit]

See also: Super Junior

Donghae officially debut as part of 12-member project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)".[4][5] Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.[6]

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.[7] The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.[8]

Donghae made his acting debut in Super Junior's horror documentary Mystery 6, broadcast in early 2006. The documentary surrounds Donghae and his peculiar ability to see and feel ghosts. In August 2006, Donghae played the role of a human turned cyborg in the Korean version of BoA's music video drama, "Key of Heart", his first lead appearance in a music video.

2007–2008: Sub-group[edit]

Donghae's official debut as an actor was in July 2007, with the release of Super Junior's debut film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. Donghae stars as a class mate and close friend of Kim Kibum, a high school student who investigates on a mysterious attack on pretty boys in various high schools in town.[9] In late 2007, Donghae was featured in Girls' Generation's "Kissing You" music video. Also, he and Kyuhyun appeared and sang for facial wash product commercial "Happy Bubble" with actress Han Ji Min.

In April 2008, Donghae was put into seven-member sub-group Super Junior-M, a Mandopop subgroup of Super Junior for the Chinese music industry. They debuted in China at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards, simultaneously with the release of their first music video, "U" on 8 April 2008. This was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, Me in selected provinces in China on 23 April and 2 May in Taiwan.[10]

2009–2011: Acting and Oppa, Oppa[edit]

Donghae at LG Optimus Super Junior Fan meeting at Chateau de Chine in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, November 2011

In 2009, Donghae along with fellow member Siwon, co-starred in Taiwanese singer Ariel Lin's music video for "螢火蟲" (Firefly), which was released in Blissful Encounter. In July he performed his first composition "Beautiful" during Super Show 2 which was released on Super Show 2 Concert Album. He also played Zhang Li Yin's love interest in her music video, "晴天雨天" (Moving On), released on 19 October 2009.

In 2010, Donghae composed "A Short Journey", with lyrics by fellow member Eunhyuk. Which was released on repackaged Bonamana. In November, he starred in SBS drama, It's Okay, Daddy's Girl as Choi Wook Gi, one of three brothers. He also composed one of its theme song "Just Like Now", a duet with fellow member Ryeowook.

Donghae sang the theme song for the 2011 8th Asia Song Festival, "Dreams Come True", with Seohyun of Girls' Generation, which was released on 11 October 2011 as a digital single. The proceeds from the sale were donated to Unicef to help children in African countries.[11]

In 2011, Donghae co-starred again with fellow member Siwon, in the Taiwanese drama Skip Beat! with Ivy Chen. It is a live-action adaptation of Japanese shōjo manga Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura shot in Taiwan for four months.[12] Donghae and Siwon attended a press conference in Taipei on 14 December to launch the drama.[13] He also sang the ending theme song, "This is Love," which also featured fellow Super Junior-M member Henry.

Donghae collaborated with One Way's Chance to compose four songs: "Strong Heart Logo Song", "Y" released on their 5th album Mr. Simple, "I Wanna Love You" first performed at the Super Show 3 and released on Super Show 3 Concert Album, and "Oppa, Oppa". As well as the logo song for ShimShimTamPa Radio. He also collaborated with Esna Yoon, a Korean-American singer/songwriter to help write the song "Only U" [14] for As One, which was released as a digital single on January 16, 2012, and was also the featured rapper.

On December 16, 2011, Donghae & Eunhyuk released the digital single Oppa, Oppa, where they first performed it at Super Junior's Seoul concert of Super Show 4 on 19 November 2011.[15] This marks the first release of their collaboration. The single was also released in Japanese with an original Japanese music video on 4 April 2012.[16] The pair then held a fan meeting, Premium Mini Live Event, to promote the single on 11 April at Shibuya-AX, Tokyo.[17]

2012: Comeback with Super Junior and Acting[edit]

In May 2012, Donghae was cast in the title role of Mr. Hedgehog, in Channel A's romantic comedy, Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog with actress Yoon Seung-ah as the female lead, Ms. Panda.[18] In the drama, Donghae plays Go Seung-gi, a prickly patissier opposite Yoon as easy-going Da-yang, owner of Cafe Panda.[19] The drama reunites Donghae with Choi Jin-hyuk, fellow costar from It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, and is to premiere on August 18, 2012.[20][21] Donghae also sang his character Go Seung-gi's theme song "Plz Don’t", which was released online on 20 August.[22] Ms. Panda and Mr. Hedgehog has been translated into 29 languages on Viki, a crowdsourced translation website.[23]

In June 2012, Donghae reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single for released on 4 July. On 22 June, Donghae's teaser photo was released showing him dressed in a black mesh shirt with a white lace veil over his head.[24] In the repackaged edition of the album, re-titled Spy, Donghae co-wrote the lyrics for "Only U" with Leeteuk; and co-composed "Haru" with Urban Zakapa's Kwon Soon-il.[25]

Donghae also became part-owner of a business based in Taiwan with his cousin: The Grand Place, a Belgian waffle cafe, which opened in December 12, 2012.[26]

2013: Comeback with Super Junior-M[edit]

On January 7, 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down, along with the music video for the lead single of the same name. A press conference took place in Beijing on January 7, and they will promote the album in China.[27]

In November 2012, Peter of Team One Sound wrote, through Twitter, that Donghae & Eunhyuk would release new material in 2013.[28] On June 19, 2013 the duo released their second Japanese single "I Wanna Dance" which also includes the B-side track "Love That I Need" featuring fellow Super Junior-M member Henry.

Expanding on his entrepreneurship, Donghae has started franchising, opening his own taco branch under Grill5Taco in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, South Korea, which opened in August 31, 2013.[29]

As a gift to fans, Donghae & Eunhyuk released their second Korean single "Still You" on December 18, 2013. The music video for "Still You" was filmed in London, while the music and lyrics were composed and written by Donghae.[30]

2014-Present: Ride Me, Japan tour, Super Junior-M Comeback, and Acting[edit]

Donghae & Eunhyuk revealed during Super Show 5 in Osaka that they would release their first album, followed by their first tour, in Japan. Their first album, Ride Me was released on February 26, 2014.[31] "Motorcycle" was the lead single of the album. The short version of the PV was released through Avex's YouTube channel on February 2. The song became the main theme of the Japanese TV show, 'Sukkiri'. Super Junior D&E The 1st Japan Tour kicked off in Nagoya on March 4, 2014.[32]

After one year and three months since their second album 'Break Down', Donghae returned with Super Junior-M to release their third EP album, Swing[33] in China on March 21. A press conference was held on March 22 in Beijing, which was broadcast live online and viewed by over a million people. The album was later released on Korean music sites, such as MelOn, genie, Naver music and more, on March 31. They held their first comeback stage on China's CCTV's 'Global Chinese Music List' and continued in Korea, performing on music programs for 2 weeks.[34] The music video for Swing debuted on Chinese video sites Youku, Weibo, and iQIYI on March 23, before being released on YouTube on March 24.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Donghae turned down the casting offer for horror film 'Tunnel'; however, he was later cast as the star lead in the short film 'Rumor' about a student who starts spreading strange rumors around school, in order to become the president of the student council, and depicts the weaknesses of youth, insecurities and guilty conscience that the student faces. Donghae will play the student president Jung Woo who tries to get to the bottom of the rumor.[35] The short film Rumor, will be part of a four-part episodic movie titled, "The Youth." On April 9, 2014, the trailer for Youth, featuring all four short films was released on YouTube and will debut at the 15th Jeonju International Film Festival.[36]

In addition to Rumor, it was announced that Donghae would be joining the cast of God's Quiz Season 4 as Han Si Woo, a medical researcher who is an elite member of the country's prestigious coroner's office, who deals with rare disease cases. God's Quiz 4 depicts the story of elite doctors working in the coroner's office who investigate unexplained deaths and unravel mysterious surrounding rare diseases. The show will air its first episode on May 18.[37]

Discography[edit]

Year Song Remarks
2010 "Just Like Now" It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST
2011 "Only U" As One
"Dreams Come True" 8th Asia Song Festival
"That's Love" Skip Beat!
2012 "Plz Don’t" Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog OST
"Don't Go"
"Spectrum" SM the Performance Single

Lyrics and composition[edit]

Song Artist(s)
"Y"
Super Junior
One Love "여행"
Super Junior
"Beautiful"
*Donghae
"A Short Journey"
Super Junior
"I Wanna Love You"
Donghae & Eunhyuk
"Just Like Now"
*Donghae & Ryeowook
"That's Love"
*Donghae ft. Henry
"Oops!"
Super Junior
"First Love"
*Donghae
"Haru"
Super Junior
"Only U"
Super Junior
"Loving You"
Super Junior-K.R.Y.
"Promise"
Kwon Soon Il
"Still You"
Donghae & Eunhyuk
"Wonderland"
Donghae & Eunhyuk

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2007
Attack on the Pin-Up Boys
Ultra Junior member and Kibum's best friend
2010
Super Show 3 3D
Himself
2012
I AM. - SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden
Himself
2013
Super Show 4 3D
Himself
2014
Rumor
Lee Jung Woo

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2006
Mystery 6
Himself
2006
Super Junior Mini-Drama
Himself
2009
Stage of Youth
Himself
2010–11
It's Okay, Daddy's Girl
Choi Wook-gi
2011–12
Skip Beat!
Shang Jieyong / Bu Po Shang
2012
Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog
Go Seung-ji
2014
God's Quiz Season 4
Han Shi-woo

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network
2006
Super Show
-
2006
Mystery 6
Mnet
2007–2008
Explorers of the Human Body
SBS

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist(s)
2006
"Key of Heart (Korean Version)"
BoA
2008
"Kissing You"
Girls' Generation
2009
"螢火蟲" (Firefly)
Ariel Lin
2009
"Happy Bubble"
Kyuhyun, Han Ji-min
2009
"Moving On"
Zhang Liyin
2009
"S.E.O.U.L."
Super Junior & Girls' Generation
2010
SBS Strong Heart logo song
Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk

Endorsement[edit]

Donghae is the brand ambassador for Maxim Colours Contact lens worldwide.[38]

A press conference appointing him the brand ambassador was held in Thailand on 21 June 2010.[39]

Model for the Philippine clothing line BENCH together with bandmate Siwon.[40]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2013[41] Singapore e-Awards 2013 Most Popular Korean Actor himself Won

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