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March 13, 2015

Bae Doo-na, Jim Sturgess Break Up


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Actress Bae Doo-na officially broke up with her British actor boyfriend Jim Sturgess.

Bae's agency on Thursday admitted the split but said it did not know the timing and reason as this was strictly a personal matter.

Bae and Sturgess were co-stars in the 2012 film "Cloud Atlas." Rumors of their relationship first surfaced in February 2013 on U.S. media, but they neither denied nor acknowledged their relationship until May 2014 during the Cannes International Film Festival. 

Bae was in Cannes as a starring actress for "A Girl at My Door" featured in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, and Sturgess made a surprise visit to the event to give support. In an interview with Korean media, Bae introduced Sturgess as her boyfriend. 

Bae is currently in Paris for Louis Vuitton's 2015-16 F/W fashion show. Her latest work, an American sci-fi series "Sense8," will be streamed on Netflix in June.
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March 12, 2015

Bae Doona and Jim Sturgess confirmed to have broken up

Source: Koreaboo

Korean actress Bae Doona and English actor Jim Sturgess are confirmed to have gone their separate ways. 

On March 12th, it was reported that Bae Doona and Jim Sturgess have broken up leaving with her agency releasing a statement to confirm the reports. However, to maintain the privacy of the two parties, the reason of their break-up was not disclosed.

The couple initially garnered attention and gathered dating speculations after meeting on the set of international film, Cloud Atlas. It wasn’t until May of last year that the two publicly acknowledged their relationship as they appeared together at the International Film Festival in Cannes.

With the news of their break-up, the actress is reported to have been spotted at Louis Vitton’s fashion show at Paris Fashion Week and is set to star in the upcoming series, Sense8 on Netflix.

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March 14, 2015

Bae and boyfriend break up

By Sung So-young INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

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Actress Bae Doo-na and her actor boyfriend Jim Sturgess have broken up, according to Saetbyeoldang Entertainment, Bae’s agency. 

“They are not together anymore. But we can’t give any further details,” The agency said Friday. 

“Bae is in Paris now.” 

Bae and Sturgess first met each other when the two were cast for the film “Cloud Atlas” (2012), directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski.

In the sci-fi film, the two acted as a fictional couple and later developed a romantic relationship in real life. 

Bae publicly addressed Sturgess as her boyfriend last May when she attended Cannes Film Festival. 

She was at Cannes because the film she starred in, “A Girl at My Door,” was invited by the festival. 

Bae debuted in 1998 as a model on the cover of a fashion magazine and has been pursuing an acting career since then. 

She has appeared in films such as “The Host” (2006) and “As One” (2012) in Korea. 

Her 2009 film “Air Doll,” in which she takes on the role of a life-sized inflatable sex doll, became a milestone in her career. 

After watching her performance in the film, the Wachowskis contacted her. Bae has worked with the Hollywood filmmakers in a couple of projects, including “Cloud Atlas” and the drama series “Sense 8.” 
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March 12, 2015

Bae Doo-na in fashion week

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Korean actress and singer Bae Doona arrives to attend the presentation of the Fall/Winter 2015/16 Ready to Wear collection by Louis Vuitton during the Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, Wednesday. The presentation of the Women's collections runs from March 3 to 11.

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March 17, 2015

Bae Doo-na attends Louis Vuitton show after breakup from Jim Sturgess

Korean actress Bae Doo-na, who recently broke up with English actor Jim Sturgess, will feature on the cover of Grazia Korea's next issue.

The fashion and entertainment magazine released photos on Tuesday of Bae from its next No. 51 issue, taken last week during Paris Fashion Week.

The actress was formally invited to luxury fashion house Louis Vuittion's fall-winter 2015 collection, which took place on Thursday.

Bae posed for photos with the creative director of the French brand Nicolas Ghesquiere.

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The 35-year-old actress told Grazia Korea that she was always passionate about fashion since she was young.

"I always fretted about what to wear, from my socks to my hairclips, since I was young," Bae told the magazine. "People said things when they saw a 3-year-old toddler wearing a leather dress and purple stockings.

"My mother taught me that the most important thing when wearing clothes is having confidence," said the actress.

Reports surfaced late last week that the actress had separated from Jim Sturgess, 36, whom she met on the set of the 2012 sci-fi film "Cloud Atlas," directed by the Wachowskis. 

Bae was in a relationship with Sturgess for three years.

The full interview with the actress will be released in the next issue of Grazia Korea on Friday.

restmb_jhidxmake.php?idx=5&simg=20150317Grazia Korea's upcoming issue No. 51 hits newsstands on Friday. (Grazia Korea)

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March 18,  2015
Chunsa Film Art Awards:'A Hard Day' takes home Grand Prix, Ha Jeong-woo and Bae Doona win best actor and actress
Source: TV Report via Hancinema.net
"A Hard Day" starring Lee Seon-gyoon and Jo Jin-woong as the leads was awarded Grand Prix at 2015 Chunsa Film Art Awards.
2015 Chunsa Film Art Awards was held in the International Conference Room on the 20th floor of Korea Press Conference Press Center on March 18th.
This year's Grand Prix of Chunsa Film Art Awards went to "A Hard Day" director, Kim Seong-hoon-III. During the acceptance speech, director Kim Seong-hoon-III said, "I will continue to work harder to fill up my shortcomings so I become a director who is not ashamed of himself".
"A Hard Day" is an unpredictable crime action movie seen by more than 3.4 million people since it was released in May last year, of which success was based on the robust directing.
Best actor award was given to 'KUNDO : Age of the Rampant' actor Ha Jeong-woo and best actress award went to "A Girl at My Door" actress, Bae Doona.
Ha Jeong-woo said during the acceptance speech, "Thank you for awarding me this meaningful award while I'm still lacking in great deal. I'll work harder and challenge myself more from now on".
Bae Doona showed up at an official event for the first time after she broke up with Hollywood star, Jim Sturgess. Bae Doona calmly said during the acceptance speech, "Thank you truly. It's a great honor. I'll take this award representing all the staff and actors and actresses who worked very hard for the movie, "A Girl at My Door". I'd like to show good performances in more of Korean movies".
New director award was given to director Woo Moon-gi of 'The King of Jokgu'. Director Woo Moon-gi showed off his cheerful and witty production ability for the movie.
Director Woo Moon-gi delivered an emotional speech, "I really did not expect this. I'm not prepared for the speech" and "I'd like to make really good movies".
Best screenplay award went to writer Park Su-jin of "Ode to My Father" and Choi Tae-yeong of "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" took the Technical Achievement Award home.
Special Award went to "Ode to My Father" director Yoon Je-kyoon and Special contribution award went to Myung Film CEO, Shim Jae-myung who produced "Cart" and "Revivre".
The Chunsa Na Un-kyu Film Art Awards was founded in 1990 to celebrate the director's life and passion towards movies. The competition is not through application registration system. Five film critics (Kim Jong-won, Cho Hye-jeong, Kim Yeong-jin, Kang Yoo-jeong, Nam Dong-cheol) nominate candidates and the judging committee comprised of active directors choose award winners finally.

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March 25, 2015
K-Drama Actors Who Would Ace An English Exam/BY Julie Jones | KDramaStars.com
Ko Ah Sung plays Seo Bom in the drama "Heard It Through The Grapevine." Because Seo Bom comes from a poor family she surprises her wealthy in-laws with her mastery of English. When her character had to read the pages of a difficult English book, her command of the language also surprised many k-drama fans.
The 23-year-old actress does have a gift for languages but she perfected her English when she played Song Kang Ho's daughter in the Bong Joon Ho film "Snowpiercer." The film had an international cast with many English-speaking characters. Playing Yona, a girl who grew up hearing many different languages spoken, she said she had to tailor her English in that film.
"Yona can speak little bit of every language existing on the train," said Ko in an interview with tenasia. "So I spoke with an accent that was a mix of the Philippines, India, the United States and other places. People in Korea complemented me on my English pronunciation, but it would sound funny to a native speaker."
Another k-drama actor known for his fluency in English is Im Si Wan. He took The English proficiency TOEIC exam shortly after he wrapped up his role in the hit drama "Misaeng." His exam score was 820 out of 990, which he was very happy about. He only hoped to reach a score of 800.
Being able to speak English fluently is key to landing Hollywood roles. Some actors who improved their English skills enough to make the transition are Lee Byung Hun, Kim Yunjin and Bae Doona.
Lee Byung Hun has had several roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as "Red 2" and can soon be seen in "Terminator Genysis." Yunjin Kim currently appears in the TV series "Mistresses" and played a pivotal character in the hit television show "Lost." Bae Doona has appeared in several Wachowski productions, including the film "Cloud Atlas."
Being fluent in English is no guarantee that an actor will land an English-speaking role.  2PM's Ok Taecyeon is another actor whose English is commendable, which is not surprising since he attended high school in the U.S. The singer-actor appeared in "Dream High," "Who Are You?" and earned praise for his performance in the weekend drama "Wonderful Days." But despite having language skills he has yet to interest any Hollywood producers.
Krystal Jung, the star of "My Lovely Girl" is also fluent in English but that's because she was born in San Francisco. The actress and f(x) singer was discovered by a talent agency on a family trip back to Korea.
English language skills also come in handy when a drama is set partly in the U.S., as was the case in "The Heirs," which Krystal played a role in.

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March 26, 2015
BAE Doo-na Wins Best Actress at Asian Film Awards Korean Stars Attend Yearly Celebration of Asian Cinema by June Kim / KOFIC fiNUuFNknYJefbIwhHau.jpg
On Wednesday March 25th, the 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA) was held at The Venetian Macau. Bustling with filmmakers and stars dressed up for the red carpet, the event drew many fans to flock to the venue. Prior to the event, sixteen Korean film industry professionals were nominated in the fourteen categories, confirming its strong presence in the Asian film industry.
 Several Korean nominees stepped up to the plate to announce the winners of the awards. HAN Ye-ri of Haemoo walked to the microphone with CHO Jin-woong of A Hard Day. The two actors were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively. The couple presented the Best Production Designer award, which went to LIU Qing. Korean k-pop sensation Infinite also joined the event by presenting the Best Visual Effects category to Rick Sanders of Gone with the Bullets. They performed two of their songs during a break between the awards, heating up the atmosphere. BAE Doo-na of A Girl at My Door presented the Best Newcomer Award, which went to Coming Home’s ZHANG Huiwen. BAE, who was nominated for the Best Actress award was given the honor of taking the trophy. Shehad a surprised look on her face as she walked up to the stage and expressed her thanks. Two special awards were given by the AFA. One was for the Excellence in Asian Cinema, which went to the Japanese actress, Nakatani Miki. As for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Korean auteur IM Kwon-taek coined as the ‘Korean Godfather’ was given the honor. Presented by Busan International Film Festival’s LEE Yong-kwan who introduced IM as “The symbol of all Korean filmmakers,” IM gracefully received the trophy with a humble speech. Many rose from their seats in respect of the recognition to the director who has made over a hundred films and changed Korean film history. Other Korean attendees of the awards included DOH Kyung-soo of Cart who was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award and JK YOUN, director of Ode to My Father to name a few.

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March 26, 2015
'Blind Massage' takes top honour at Macau's 9th Asian Film AwardsChinese drama takes best film prize while local director Ann Hui wins for 'The Golden Era'
Vivienne Chow in MacauSouth China Morning Post
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Best actress winner Bae Doo-na (left) with best director Ann Hui and best actor Liao Fan at the Asian Film Awards.
Chinese drama Blind Massage took top honours at the Asian Film Awards last night, beating out The Golden Era and Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice for best film.
Blind Massage, a drama directed by Lou Ye that explores the world of sight-impaired masseurs, also won the best cinematography award.
While Hong Kong director Ann Hui On-wah's The Golden Era, a biopic of Chinese author Xiao Hong, led the nomination race with five, it went home with two awards: best director for Hui and best supporting actor for Wang Zhiwen's portrayal of Chinese writer Lu Xun.
"Half of this award should go to my scriptwriter [Li Qiang]," said Hui, who received a lifetime achievement award at the 2012 event.
Although noir thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice missed out on the best film award, director and writer Diao Yinan snagged the best screenwriter prize. The film's lead, Chinese actor Liao Fan, took the best actor award, as he did at the Berlinale.
But the night's biggest winner was more of a surprise. Chinese director Jiang Wen's film Gone With The Bullets, though panned by critics, scored three awards - best visual effects, best production designer and best costume designer for William Chang Suk-ping's flamboyant costumes.
The trilingual ceremony - in Cantonese, English and Putonghua - took place at the Venetian Macao casino's theatre. Forty-two films from eight regions in Asia were selected from out of 1,000 eligible works to compete for 14 awards. "It was a tough decision," said Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting, who served as the awards' jury president this year.
Korean actress Bae Doo-na, who played a police academy instructor struggling to settle into a small town after being transferred from Seoul in the drama A Girl At My Door, beat Japanese actress Miyazawa Rie and Chinese leading ladies Zhao Wei, Gong Li and Tang Wei, to take home the best actress award. "I really didn't expect this," Bae said.
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March 27, 2015
China dominates Asian Film Awards
By Kevin Ma FlimBiz
Awards NewsChina was the star of this year's Asian Film Awards 亞洲電影大獎, winning ten out of fourteen categories, including Best Picture for LOU Ye 婁燁's Blind Massage 推拿.
JIANG Wen 姜文's Gone with the Bullets 一步之遙 took the most awards of the evening, with wins in three of the four categories for which it was nominated.
Blind Massage (pictured), DIAO Yi'nan 刁亦男's Black Coal, Thin Ice 白日焰火 and Ann HUI 許鞍華's The Golden Era 黃金時代 each won two prizes.
Also the winner of Best Picture at November's Golden Horse Awards 金馬獎 in Taipei, Blind Massage also took its second Asian Film Award for ZENG Jian 曾劍's cinematography.
Two years ago, Lou's Mystery 浮城謎事 (2012) won Best Picture and Best Screenwriter awards at the Asian Film Awards.
Also echoing the results of the Golden Horse Awards, Hui won the Best Director award for biographical drama The Golden Era. WANG Zhiwen 王志文 also won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of writer Lu Xun in the film.
Nominees from other nations largely went home empty-handed, as Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia won just one award each.
In arguably the night's most competitive category, South Korea's BAE Du-na 배두나 | 裵斗娜 won Best Actress for drama A Girl at My Door 도희야. It was Bae's second AFA nomination.
The Best Supporting Actress prize went to IKEWAKI Chizuru 池脇千鶴 for gritty romance drama The Light Shines Only There そこのみにて光輝く.
As previously announced, Japanese actress NAKATANI Miki 中谷美紀 received the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award and IM Kwon-taek 임권택 | 林權澤 received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This is the second year that the AFA has been held in Macau. This year's ceremony was moved from the City of Dreams Resort to the Venetian Theatre in the Venetian Macao, just across the street.
Last year, the award became part of the Asian Film Awards Academy, a joint project between the Hong Kong International Film Festival 香港國際電影節, Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 and Tokyo International Film Festival 東京国際映画祭.
2015 ASIAN FILM AWARDS
Best Film: Blind Massage [China]Best Director: Ann Hui – The Golden Era [Hong Kong/China]Best Actor: Liao Fan – Black Coal, Thin Ice [Hong Kong/China]Best Actress: Bae Du-na – A Girl at My Door [south Korea]Best Newcomer: ZHANG Huiwen 張慧雯 – Coming Home 歸來 [China]Best Supporting Actor: Wang Zhiwen – The Golden Era [Hong Kong/China]Best Supporting Actress: Ikewaki Chizuru – The Light Shines Only There [Japan]Best Screenwriter: Diao Yi'nan – Black Coal, Thin Ice [China]Best Cinematographer: Zeng Jian – Blind Massage [China]Best Production Designer: LIU Qing 柳青 — Gone With the Bullets [China]Best Composer: Mikey McCleary — Margarita, With a Straw [india]Best Editor: Gareth EVANS – The Raid 2 The Raid 2: Berandal [indonesia]Best Visual Effects – Rick SANDER, Christoph ZOLLINGER – Gone with the Bullets [China]Best Costume Designer: William CHANG 張叔平 — Gone With the Bullets [China]

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March 26, 2015
'Blind Massage' wins best film at Asian Film Awards
By Liz Shackleton | ScreenDaily Lou Ye’s Blind Massage won best film at the Asian Film Awards in Macau on Tuesday night, while Ann Hui won best director for The Golden Era.
Hui’s biopic of writer Xiao Hong also picked up best supporting actor for Wang Zhiwen’s performance, while Blind Massage also won best cinematography for the work of Zeng Jian.
Liao Fan (pictured at left) was awarded best actor for Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice, which also won best screenwriter for Diao’s script.
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Best actress went to Korea’s Bae Doo-na (pictured) for A Girl At My Door, while Japan’s Ikewaki Chizuru won best supporting actress for The Light Shines Only There. The best newcomer went to Zhang Huiwen for her role in Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home.
Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets was a multiple winner in the technical categories, picking up best VFX (Rick Sander and Christoph Zollinger), best production design (Liu Qing) and best costume design (William Chang Suk-ping).  
Best music went to Mikey McCleary for Indian drama Magarita, With A Straw. The award was accepted by the film’s lead actress, Kalki Koechlin, herself a nominee for her performance as a woman with cerebral palsy.
Gareth Evans won best editor for Indonesian action film The Raid 2: Berandal, which he also directed. 
Veteran Korean film-maker Im Kwon-taek was given one of the biggest cheers of the night when he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award. Japanese actress Miki Nakatani was presented with the Excellence In Asia Cinema Award.
Celebrity presenters included Jermaine Jackson; Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok, who was also on the jury; best actress nominees Rie Miyazawa and Bae Doo-na; and K-pop band Infinite, who also performed.
The ceremony was held at the Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Casino and Hotel in Macau. This year marked the second time that the awards were organised jointly by the Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo film festivals through the Asian Film Awards (AFA) Academy.
The AFA Academy is now embarking on a year-round programme of talent development and other events.

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March 27, 2015
S. Korea's Bae Doona wins best actress at Asian Film Awards
SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean actress Bae Doona has won the best actress award for her performance in the Korean film "A Girl at My Door" at the ninth Asian Film Awards in Macau, China, her agency said Friday.
Bae won the honor during the awards ceremony held on Wednesday, beating Gong Li of the Chinese film "Coming Home" and Tang Wei of another Chinese film, "The Golden Era," Saetbyuldang Entertainment said.
Directed by July Jung, "A Girl at My Door" tells the story of a female police officer (played by Bae) who becomes embroiled in an unexpected incident while trying to help a maltreated girl in a small seaside village.
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9 Stylish celebrities who attended Seoul fashion week

by whatadrama on Thu, Mar 26, 2015

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Seoul Fashion Week launched last Friday and lasted until today, March 26, 2015. It look place in Dongdaemoon Design Plaza, a mecca of fashion lovers. In addition to fashion people, many K-drama actors and actresses visited shows hosted by fashion designers and celebrated a week of fashion. Here are some of the most stylish celebrities who attended the Seoul Fashion Week.

4. Bae Doo Na

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Gloria actress Bae Doo Na, who's known for her stylish fashion sense, wore a pinstripe dress and her signature bob hairstyle. News came out earlier this month that she and British actor Jim Sturgess split, making the fans sad. They became a couple after starring in the Hollywood film Cloud Atlas together.

Source: http://www.dramafever.com/news/9-stylish-celebrities-who-attended-seoul-fashion-week/

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March 27, 2015
S. Korea‘s Bae Doona wins best actress at Asian Film Awards
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South Korean actress Bae Doona has won the best actress award for her performance in the Korean film "A Girl at My Door" at the ninth Asian Film Awards in Macau, China, her agency said Friday.
Bae won the honor during the awards ceremony held on Wednesday, beating Gong Li of the Chinese film "Coming Home" and Tang Wei of another Chinese film, "The Golden Era," Saetbyuldang Entertainment said.
Directed by July Jung, "A Girl at My Door" tells the story of a female police officer (played by Bae) who becomes embroiled in an unexpected incident while trying to help a maltreated girl in a small seaside village. (Yonhap)

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March 27, 2015
Bae Doona Wins The Best Actress Award at the 9th Asian Film Awards

Source: BNTNews
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[by Woorim Ahn] Bae Doona received the Best Actress award at the 9th Asian Film Awards.
Her name was called for the Best Actress at the awards, which was held at the Venetian Theater in Macao on March 25, with her film ‘A Girl at My Door’. 
She competed with Gong Li of ‘Coming Home’, Vicki Zhao of ‘Dearest’, Kalki Koechilin of ‘Margarita, With a Straw’, Miyazawa Rie of ‘Pale Moon’, and Tang Wei of ‘The Golden Era’ for the award and earned the trophy. 
‘A Girl at My Door’ depicts a story of Youngnam (Bae Doona) who tried to help out assaulted girl Dohee (Kim Sae Ron), but got in a danger. She received lots of love from her character of the movie. 
Bae Doona said, “It was an honor for me to be nominated for the awards, but I won in the section. I really appreciate for your love. As an actress, I will do my best” as her acceptance speech. 
In addition, before the Awards, she participated in the interview with about 30 presses such as Milk Magazine, City Magazine, East Touch Magazine and others and proved her popularity. 
She caught the mass public’s attention when she awarded the Best Newcomer award with her fluent English. Aaron Kwak awarded the Best Actress trophy to her and said, “Best Actress award is the flower of the awards” and got a big applause and compliment from him. 
Meanwhile, Bae Doona swept three trophies for Best Actress with her film ‘A Girl at My Door’ until now. (photo by Saetbyuldang Entertainment)

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March 28, 2015
Bae Doo-na garners top prize
By Sung So-young INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

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Actress Bae Doo-na received the best actress prize from the Asian Film Awards.
Saetbyeoldang Entertainment, Bae’s agency, said Friday that Bae received the acclaim at the film event held on March 25 in Macau for her acting in the Korean film “A Girl at My Door.” 
Along with Bae, other famed actresses such as Gong Li of “Coming Home” and Tang Wei of “The Golden Era” were nominated for the best actress section. 
Bae said during her acceptance speech, “I’m grateful for grabbing this honor. I will keep working hard regardless of borders and locations.” 
In “A Girl at My Door,” Bae plays the role of a female police instructor who is demoted to the head of a local police precinct located in the suburban part of Korea. There she encounters a 14-year-old girl named Do-hee, who is suffering under an abusive father and grandmother. 
In Korean, the film is titled “Do-hee Ya.” 
Bae debuted in 1998 as a fashion magazine cover model but has built up her career as an actress since then. 
In Korea, the 36-year-old has appeared in films such as “The Host” (2006) and “As One” (2012). When she began to work with a Japanese filmmaker in 2009, she began to garner notice from film industry insiders outside Korea. 
In 2009, Bae appeared in “Air Doll,” in which she takes on the role of a life-sized inflatable sex doll. After watching her performance in the film, Andy and Lana Wachowski contacted her and asked her to appear in their Hollywood film “Cloud Atlas” (2012). 
Bae has worked with the Hollywood filmmakers in a couple of projects, including the drama series “Sense 8.”

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class="at_ttl"Nine Times K-Drama Stars Played Police Officers

BY Julie Jones | Mar 27, 2015 10:41 AM EDT

Trends definitely exist in the careers of k-drama characters and this year is looking to be a good one for police officers.

With Kim Bum considering a role as a gifted detective in the tvN drama "Hide Your Identity" and Kim Sun Ah probably taking the role of a tough chief of detectives in "Masked Investigator," it's a good time to look back at some exceptional k-drama police roles and the actors who looked good in their uniforms.

4.     Bae Doona won an award for playing a small town police officer investigating child abuse in the film "Girl At My Door."

Source: http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/79645/20150327/nine-times-k-drama-stars-played-police-officers.htm

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class="at_ttl"Bae Doona Wins Best Actress Award

BY Julie Jones | Mar 30, 2015 01:21 PM EDT 

Bae Doona

On March 25 Bae Doona received the Best Actress Award at the Ninth Asian Film Awards, which took place in Macau. The 35-year-old actress won the award for her work in the film "Girl At My Door," also known as "Do Hee Ya." Bae is only the third Korean actress to win the award.

In the film, Bae plays Inspector Lee Young Nam. Lee meets a teenaged girl named Do Hee, who is being abused by members of her family. Having been demoted at a previous position and thus transferred to the quiet town, Inspector Lee should be wary of making waves but ultimately finds that she must do the right thing.

Before being honored at the Asian Film Awards, Bae Doona's performance earned the actress a Best Actress award at Korea's Chunsa Film Art Awards and Best Actress in a Foreign Film Awards at China's Hundred Flowers and Golden Rooster Awards.

Bae seemed surprised when her name was announced, then expressed her gratitude.

"I'm grateful for getting this honor," she said. "I will keep working hard regardless of borders and locations."

So far, borders have not limited Bae Doona's career. She is one of the few Korean actresses to have become an international star. She has appeared in Korean films and dramas, Japanese films and American films and a drama.

She played an activist's girlfriend in Park Chan Wook's 2002 film "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," an archer in Bong Joon Ho's 2006 horror film "The Host" and an inflatable sex doll in the 2009 Japanese film 2009.

That last role led to her being cast as a clone in the Wachowski's 2012 film "Cloud Atlas." She worked on two other projects with the Hollywood producers, a film titled "Jupiter Ascending" and a series titled "Sense 8."

Although Bae Doona worked on a Korean film after her last Hollywood film, she has not appeared in a k-drama since 2010 when she had roles in "Master of Study" and "How To Meet A Perfect Neighbor."

Bae competed for the Best Actress award with actresses Gong Li, Kalki Koechlin, Rie Miyazawa, Tang Wei and Zhao Wei.

The Korean actresses who previously won Best Actress Awards were Jeon Do Yeon in 2008 for the film "Secret Sunshine" and Kim Hye Ja in 2010 for the film "Mother."

Altogether 16 Korean film industry professionals were nominated in 14 categories at the film awards. Bae Doona also presented the Best Newcomer Prize to Zang Huiwen for her performance in the film "Coming Home."

Source: http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/79849/20150330/bae-doona-wins-best-actress-award.htm

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April 1, 2015
'A Girl at My Door' gets 7 Wildflower Awards nominations
By Jason Bechervaise The Korea Times16-03(242).jpg
The second Wildflower Awards Ceremony will take place at Literature House, central Seoul on April 9. / Courtesy of The Wildflower Film Awards Korea
Now in its second year, the Wildflower Film Awards Korea recognizes the achievements in the local independent film industry. Headed by Director of the awards Darcy Paquet, a Korean film specialist, along with film critic Oh Dong-jin who serves as the Organizing Director, the nominations were announced at a press conference on March 26 at the Press center in Gwanghamun, Seoul. 
In an interview with The Korea Times, Paquet talks about why he started orchestrating the awards. "In recent years, a new film industry has grown up parallel to the mainstream commercial film industry. There is so much talent and creativity in the independent film sector, that it seemed to me they deserved their own awards ceremony."
"We're much smaller and more informal than the other awards ceremonies in Korea, but we have a somewhat more idealistic approach" Paquet continued. 
The name "Wildflower Film Awards" is meant to symbolize the creative fertility and diversity of the independent film sector, which grows and thrives despite difficulties in funding and distribution where the local industry is dominated by vertically-integrated studios. 
"Interestingly, the general public is becoming a bit more aware of independent films, thanks to breakout hits like Han Gong-ju, The King of Jogkuand My Love, Don't Cross That River. A positive image of independent films is starting to take form in the minds of the general public." 
There are ten awards in total: the Grand Prize, Best Director - Narrative Films, Best Director - Documentaries, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best New Director, Best New Actor, Best New Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. 
The Grand Prize is chosen among the 14 nominees for Best Director - Narrative Films and Best Director - Documentaries. To be eligible, films must have a budget of under 1 billion won (approx. $900,000) and have been released between January 1 and December 31, 2014.
"There were more than 60 narrative features and close to 30 documentaries released in theaters last year. There were impressive films from both veteran directors like Hong Sang-soo and Zhang Lu, and very talented newcomers."
"At a time when many mainstream Korean films are becoming more formulaic, independent films showed tremendous creativity, energy and diversity" Paquet added. 
This year's nominations reflect a strong twelve months for independent cinema in 2014. July Jung's layered social drama "A Girl at My Door" which was in invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last year received the most nominations with seven: Best Director ­ Narrative, two Best Actress nominations for Bae Doo-na and Kim Sae-ron, Best Actor for Song Sae-byuk, Best New Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.
"Han Gong-ju" directed by Lee Su-jin which went on to win numerous awards at festivals around the globe took five: Best Director ­ Narrative, Best Actress for Chun Woo-hee, Best New Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.
Also popular with audiences, Woo Moon-gi's "The King of Jokgu" about the sport of Jokgu ­ a hybrid of football/soccer and volleyball of sorts - received five nominations while the renowned auteur Hong Sangsoo's "Hill of Freedom", Lee Yong-seung's workplace drama "10 Minutes" and Zhang Lu's offbeat romantic comedy "Gyeongju" each bagged four nominations. 
Noting the strength of the documentaries last year, "right now there is tremendous creative energy in Korean documentaries. Some films help us to understand political issues in more depth, like "Non-Fiction Diary" (directed by Jung Yoonsuk) and "The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol" (directed by Lee Sang-ho and Ahn Hae-ryong). 
"Some films help us to understand life better, such as The Hospice (directed by Lee Chang-jae) which is about dying, or the documentaries My Place (directed by Park Moon-chil) and My Father's Emails (directed by Hong Jae-hui) which are about family" said Paquet. 
The directors behind these films along with Kelvin Kyung Kun Park ("A Dream of Iron") and Park Chan-kyong ("Manshin") were all nominated for Best Director in the documentary section. 
In terms of how the voting was conducted for the nominations and the actual awards Paquet explained, "we established a selection committee of about 25 people -- including both critics and devoted fans of independent cinema -- who watched independent films all year long and then selected the nominations through voting."
"For the final awards, we had another round of voting by the selection committee plus a number of invited critics and programmers."
For such awards to take place, it needs to have the support of the local industry. "I feel tremendously grateful for the support we've received from the local film industry. Many producers and directors in the mainstream film industry have made significant financial donations, and without their support these awards wouldn't have been possible" Paquet said. 
"Luckily for us, many people believe strongly in the need for an awards ceremony of this type."
The awards will be announced at a special ceremony on April 9 at Literature House, Seoul. Nominees and leading figures in the Korean film community will be invited to attend. 
Prizewinners will each receive a specially designed ceramic trophy from Konkuk University professor Harin Lee, a well-known figure in Korea's ceramic arts community. 
A book, the first volume of a bilingual Wildflower Film Awards Annual has also been published with essays and interviews on eleven selected films, and contains specially commissioned illustrations by local artists. 
Meanwhile, six of the nominated films will be screened from April 6 to 8 at Seoul Theater, and will feature Q&A sessions with nominated directors and actors. 
More details will be made available on its website: www.wildflower-awards.com.

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