Bae Yong-joon

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Bae Yong-joon
Bae Yong Joon.jpg
Waxwork of Bae Yong-joon
Born (1972-08-29) August 29, 1972 (age 47)
OccupationActor, businessman
Years active1994–2017
Spouse(s)Park Soo-jin (m. 2015)
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2008)
Korean name
Hangul
배용준
Hanja
Revised RomanizationBae Yong-jun
McCune–ReischauerPae Yongjun
Websitehttp://www.byj.co.kr/

Bae Yong-joon (Korean배용준; Hanja裵勇浚; born August 29, 1972) is a South Korean former actor and businessman. He has starred in numerous television dramas, including, notably, Winter Sonata which became a major part of the Korean Wave. Bae retired from acting after 2007, but remains active as the chairman of management agency KeyEast.

Early life[edit]

Bae Yong-joon was born in Mapo District, Seoul. He entered Sungkyunkwan University in 2000 as a Film Studies major.[1]

Career[edit]

Bae made his acting debut in 1994 in the Korean drama Salut D'Amour (lit. "Love Greeting").[2] The rookie actor quickly gained popularity, and a year later he won Best New Actor at the 1995 KBS Drama Awards for Our Sunny Days of Youth. Throughout the 1990s, Bae continued playing leading roles on television, in Papa (1996), First Love (1996) which reached a peak viewership rating of 65.8%, The Barefooted Youth (1998), and the Noh Hee-kyung-penned Did We Really Love? (1999). In Hotelier (2001), he played a mergers and acquisitions specialist about to takeover a hotel, but has a change of heart after falling in love with one of its employees (Bae would later reprise his role in a cameo in the 2007 Japanese remake of Hotelier).[3]

But it was Yoon Seok-ho's Winter Sonata in 2002 that would transform Bae's career, and consequently the face of Korean dramas abroad. A melodrama about first love, lost memory and unknown family ties, Winter Sonata became an unprecedented success in Asia and more than 20 countries, particularly in Japan. Bae gained a tremendous fan base among Japanese middle-aged women, who dubbed him with the honorific nickname Yon-sama (ヨン様; cf. "Emperor Yon") and brought in US$2.3 billion in tourism and Winter Sonata merchandise sales.[4][5][6][7][8]

In 2003, Bae was cast in his first major big-screen role in Untold Scandal (he had previously appeared in bit parts in two films in the 1990s).[2] In contrast to his gentle, intellectual image, Bae played a conniving, sexually predatory nobleman in E J-yong's adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses set in 18th century Joseon.[9] His performance received Best New Actor accolades from the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards. He next published a photo book The Image: Volume 1 in 2004, which sold 100,00 copies.

Afterwards he worked with director Hur Jin-ho in April Snow (2005), about a stage lighting director who discovers his wife's infidelity when she becomes comatose after a near-fatal car accident with her lover.[10][11] The film had a weak domestic run but due to Bae's star power, it set a new box office record for a Korean film in Japan with ¥2.72 billion.[12][13][14][15]

Bae then entered the restaurant business, by establishing restaurants and cafes that capitalize on the well-being trend. He owns health food restaurant Gorilla in the Kitchen and high-end traditional Korean restaurant Gosire.[16][17][18][19] As the most famous Korean actor in Japan, he became a proponent for Korean cuisine, and his Gosire lunchboxes (or bento) are sold in Japanese convenience stores and supermarkets.[20] In 2006, Bae became one of Korea's wealthiest celebrities as the majority shareholder (34.6%) of management agency KeyEast (his stocks are valued at US$128 million as of May 2015).[21][22][23][24] Most of the KeyEast executives, including president Bae Sung-woong, are Bae's former managers and have worked with him for more than ten years.[16]

Bae made his much-anticipated return to television in 2007 in The Legend (also known as Taewangsasingi, lit. "The Four Guardian Gods of the King"). The big-budget period-fantasy epic was written by Song Ji-na and directed by Kim Jong-hak, and Bae played dual roles: Gwanggaeto, 19th ruler of the Goguryeo kingdom; and Hwanung, believed to be the son of God and founder of Gojoseon.[3][25][26] He was paid ₩250 million (US$217,000) per episode, making him the highest paid Korean television actor of all time.[27]

In 2009, Bae and Winter Sonata co-star Choi Ji-woo reunited as voice actors for the animated series Winter Sonata Anime, which aired in Japan.[28][29][30] He also wrote a book of photo-essays A Journey in Search of Korea's Beauty, which promoted Korean traditional culture such as ceramics, liquor, hanbok, pansori, hanok, Hangul, kimchi-making, temple stays, museums and historical sites.[31][32] It became a bestseller, and has been translated to Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese and English.[33][34][35][36] A Journey in Search of Korea's Beauty was later turned into an eight-episode TV documentary that aired on MBC Life in 2011.[37][38]

Bae and KeyEast entered into a joint partnership with Park Jin-young and JYP Entertainment in 2009, which eventually produced Dream High (2011), a teen musical series that revolved around the lives of students attending a high school for the performing arts.[39][40][41] As creative producer, Bae supervised the screenplay and production; he also appeared in a four-episode guest arc.[42][43][44] The collaboration between KeyEast and JYPE, named Holyim, lasted until 2013.

Personal life[edit]

He and actress Park Soo-jin announced their engagement in May 2015 and married on July 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel. The couple only invited friends and relatives to the wedding and forbade attendance of the press media.[45][46][47]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1994 Salut D'Amour Kim Young-min KBS2
1995 Our Sunny Days of Youth Ha Seok-joo KBS2
Drama Game
"Six Steps to Separation"
Kyung-min KBS2
Sea Breeze Jang Moon-young PSB
1996 Papa Choi Hyun-joon KBS2
Colors "Blue" KBS2
First Love Sung Chan-woo KBS2
1997 The Angel Within Man in café (cameo) KBS2
1998 The Barefooted Youth Han Yo-seok/Jang Yo-seok KBS2
1999 Did We Really Love? Kang Jae-ho MBC
2001 Hotelier Shin Dong-hyuk/Frank Shin MBC
2002 Winter Sonata Kang Joon-sang/Lee Min-hyeong KBS2
2007 Hotelier Shin Dong-hyuk (cameo, episode 1) TV Asahi
The Legend Damdeok/Hwan-woong MBC
2009 Winter Sonata Anime Kang Joon-sang/Lee Min-hyeong (voice) SKY PerfecTV!
2011 Dream High Jung Ha-myung (guest, episodes 1–4) KBS2

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1994 The Young Man (bit part) Bae Chang-ho
1997 PpilKu Shock member (bit part) You Jin-sun
2003 Untold Scandal Jo-won E J-yong
2005 April Snow In-su Hur Jin-ho

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2001 "Goodbye, My Love" Jo Sung-mo
2002 "Ditto and Sympathy 2"

Books[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 The Image: Volume 1
2005 100 Days of Bae Yong-joon
2007 BYJ Family Book
2009 Journey in Search of Korea's Beauty
2012 Visit to Kyoto

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Our Sunny Days of Youth Won
Photogenic Award Won
1996 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, actor First Love Won
Popularity Award Won
Photogenic Award Won
Korean Model Center Best Dressed Awards Recipient N/A Won
1997 33rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) First Love Won
Kyunghyang Shinmun Readers' Choice
Special Advertisement Awards
Readers' Favorite Advertisement Model N/A Won
2002 38th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Winter Sonata Won
10th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards Best Actor (TV) Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, actor Won
Popularity Award Won
2003 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Untold Scandal Won
Popular Star Award Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won
41st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Nominated
33rd Japan Men's Fashion Association Best Dressed of the Year, International category N/A Won
4th Proud Korean Awards
(Journalists Federation of Korea)
Recipient, Public Art category N/A Won
2007 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Legend Won
Top Excellence Award, actor Nominated
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple Award with Lee Ji-ah Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
2nd Korea Drama Awards Hallyu Achievement Award Won
Order of Cultural Merit[48]
(Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)
Recipient, Hwagam Medal N/A Won
2009 1st Korea Brand Image Awards Recipient, Broadcasting category N/A Won
2010 1st Stars of Korean Tourism Awards
(Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)
Achievement Award N/A Won
2013 10th Anniversary of Korean
Entertainment in Japan Awards[49][50][51]
Grand Prize (Daesang) Winter Sonata Won
Best Actor Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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