Na Moon-hee

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Na Moon-hee
Na Kyung-ja

(1941-11-30) November 30, 1941 (age 77)
NationalitySouth Korean
EducationChangduk Girls' High School, Seoul
Years active1961-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationNa Mun-hui
McCune–ReischauerNa Munhŭi
Birth name
Revised RomanizationNa Gyeong-ja
McCune–ReischauerNa Kyŏngja

Na Moon-hee (born Na Kyung-ja on November 30, 1941) is a South Korean actress. Since 1961, Na has had a prolific acting career in television and film spanning more than five decades. She established a classic Korean mother persona with her TV dramas Even if the Wind Blows, The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World (written by Noh Hee-kyung),[1] My Name is Kim Sam-soon, My Rosy Life, Goodbye Solo,[2] Amnok River Flows (based on Der Yalu fließt), and It's Me, Grandma.[3] On the big screen, Na has received acclaim for her roles in Crying Fist,[4] You Are My Sunshine, Cruel Winter Blues[5] and I Can Speak. Her critically acclaimed film I Can Speak (2017) won her the Best Actress trophy in three prestigious award ceremonies: 54th Baeksang Arts Awards, 38th Blue Dragon Awards and 55th Grand Bell Awards — a feat that has yet to be repeated.[6]

After a series of comic roles in sitcoms such as Unstoppable High Kick!,[7] the veteran actress garnered newfound popularity and played the title character in big screen comedy Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K,[8] followed by starring roles in Girl Scout,[9] Harmony,[10][11] Twilight Gangsters,[12] and Miss Granny.[13]

She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from MBC in 2010, and the prestigious Bo-gwan Order of Cultural Merit in 2012.[14][15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Na is married and has three daughters.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Quiet Family Mrs. Kang
2000 Just Do It! Cameo
2002 My Beautiful Girl, Mari Nam-woo's grandmother Voice
2002 Saving My Hubby
2003 Please Teach Me English Moon-soo's mother
2004 S Diary Ji-ni's mother
2004 Lovely Rivals Yeo Mi-ok's mother
2005 Crying Fist Sang-hwan's grandma
2005 You Are My Sunshine Seok-jung's mother
2006 Cruel Winter Blues Dae-Sik's mother
2007 Voice of a Murderer Kyung-bae's mother Cameo
2007 May 18 Na Joo-daek
2007 Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K Kwon Soon-boon
2008 Girl Scout Lee Yi-man
2010 Harmony Kim Moon-ok
2010 Twilight Gangsters Kim Jung-ja
2014 Miss Granny Oh Mal-soon
2017 I Can Speak Na Ok-boon
2018 Love+Sling Gui-bo's mother

Television series[edit]

  • My Only One (2018)
  • Rain or Shine (JTBC, 2017)[18]
  • Dear My Friends (tvN, 2016)
  • The Three Witches (SBS, 2015)
  • Glorious Day (SBS, 2014)
  • Wang's Family (KBS2, 2013)
  • Mom is Acting Up (MBC, 2012)
  • The Sons (MBC, 2012-2013)[19]
  • Five Fingers (SBS, 2012)
  • Padam Padam (jTBC, 2011-2012)
  • I Believe in Love (KBS2, 2011)
  • It's Me, Grandma (MBC, 2010)
  • Happiness in the Wind (KBS1, 2010)
  • Amnok River Flows (SBS, 2008)
  • Worlds Within (KBS2, 2008)
  • My Precious You (KBS2, 2008-2009)
  • Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung-geum (2008)
  • Kimcheed Radish Cubes (MBC, 2007-2008)
  • Several Questions That Make Us Happy (KBS2, 2007)
  • Unstoppable High Kick! (MBC, 2006-2007)
  • Famous Chil Princesses (KBS2, 2006)
  • Goodbye Solo (KBS2, 2006)
  • My Rosy Life (KBS2, 2005)
  • My Name is Kim Sam-soon (MBC, 2005)
  • Precious Family (KBS2, 2004-2005)
  • Love is All Around (MBC, 2004)
  • Dog Bowl (SBS, 2004)
  • People of the Water Flower Village (MBC, 2004)
  • Apgujeong House (SBS, 2003-2004)
  • While You Were Dreaming (MBC, 2003)
  • The Maengs' Golden Era (MBC, 2002-2003)
  • The Woman (SBS, 2002)
  • You Are My World (SBS, 2002)
  • Sangdo (MBC, 2001-2002)
  • Tender Hearts (KBS1, 2001)
  • MBC Best Theater "My Fiancee's Story" (MBC, 2001)
  • Mothers and Sisters (MBC, 2000)
  • Mr. Duke (MBC, 2000)
  • You Don't Know My Mind (MBC, 1999-2000)
  • Did We Really Love? (MBC, 1999)
  • Last War (MBC, 1999)
  • Beautiful Secret (KBS2, 1999)
  • House Above the Waves (SBS, 1999)
  • As We Live Our Lives (KBS1, 1998)
  • The Reason I Live (MBC, 1997)
  • Because I Love You (SBS, 1997)
  • Brothers (KBS1, 1997)
  • The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World (MBC, 1996)
  • Im Kkeok-jung (SBS, 1996-1997)
  • Open Your Heart (MBC, 1996)
  • Mom's Flag (SBS, 1996)
  • Thief (SBS, 1996)
  • 찬품단자 (MBC, 1995)
  • Even if the Wind Blows (KBS1, 1995-1996)
  • 인연이란 (KBS1, 1995)
  • The Moon of Seoul (MBC, 1994)
  • MBC Best Theater "순달씨와 병구씨와 옥주양" (MBC, 1993)
  • 친애하는 기타 여러분 (SBS, 1993)
  • Hope (MBC, 1993)
  • City People (MBC, 1991)
  • Another's Happiness (MBC, 1991)
  • 나의 어머니 (MBC, 1990)
  • 별난 가족 별난 학교 (MBC, 1990)
  • 당추동 사람들 (KBS2, 1990)
  • 유산 (MBC, 1989)
  • Three Women (MBC, 1989)
  • First Love (MBC, 1986)
  • The Seaside Village (MBC, 1985)
  • Love and Truth (MBC, 1984-1985)
  • The Stars Are My Stars (MBC, 1983)
  • 못 잊어 (MBC, 1983)
  • Market People (MBC, 1983)
  • Annyeong haseyo (Hello) (MBC, 1981)
  • Mom, I Like Dad (MBC, 1979)
  • X 수색대 (MBC, 1978)
  • 주인 (MBC, 1978)
  • Arirang Oh! (MBC, 1977)
  • Girls' High School Days (MBC, 1976-1977)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1973 9th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popularity Award (Theater) N/A Won
1976 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Radio Performance N/A Won
1983 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Stars Are My Stars Won
1995 KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Even if the Wind Blows Won
1996 32nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popularity Award (TV) Won
23rd Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Actress Talent Won
2002 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act Special You Are My World Won
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Crying Fist Won
6th Busan Film Critics Awards You Are My Sunshine Won
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
4th Korean Film Awards Crying Fist Nominated
You Are My Sunshine Nominated
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Nominated
7th Women in Film Korea Awards[21] Best Actress Cruel Winter Blues Won
2006 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Goodbye Solo, Famous Princesses Nominated
2007 4th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Cruel Winter Blues Won
1st Korea Movie Star Awards May 18 Won
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Cruel Winter Blues[22] Won
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Comedy/Sitcom Unstoppable High Kick! Won
2008 2nd Korea Drama Awards Achievement Award N/A Nominated
2010 2010 MBC Drama Awards Lifetime Achievement Award It's Me, Grandma Won
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Harmony Nominated
2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actress It's Me, Grandma[23] Won
2012 Bo-gwan Order of Cultural Merit N/A N/A Recipient
2014 14th Korea World Youth Film Festival Favorite Actress - Senior Actress N/A Won
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Miss Granny Won
2017 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actress I Can Speak Nominated
1st The Seoul Awards[24] Best Actress Won
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won
Popular Star Award Won
18th Women in Film Korea Awards Woman in Film of the Year Won
6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards[25] Top Star Awards Won
37th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[26] Best Actress Won
17th Director's Cut Awards Won
4th Korean Film Producers Association Awards Won
Cine 21 Awards Won
2018 9th KOFRA Film Awards Won
54th Baeksang Arts Awards[27] Best Actress Won
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards[28] Best Actress Nominated
27th Buil Film Awards[29] Nominated
55th Grand Bell Awards[30] Won


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