Moon in 2008
|Born||July 2, 1974|
Busan, South Korea
|Alma mater||Sungkyunkwan University|
|Occupation||Actress, film director, screenwriter|
Jang Joon-hwan (m. 2006)
|Revised Romanization||Mun So-ri|
After graduating with a degree in Education from Sungkyunkwan University, Moon So-ri became part of the theater group Hangang ("Han River") from 1995 to 1997, and debuted in the play Classroom Idea (she also collaborated in its creation). She appeared in plays and short films such as Black Cut and To the Spring Mountain before finding fame as a leading actress. Her first film role was in Lee Chang-dong's acclaimed Peppermint Candy, however her acting skills were not really showcased until she appeared in her second film Oasis, also by Lee Chang-dong. Her powerful portrayal of a woman with cerebral palsy earned her strong praise as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Emerging Actor or Actress at the 2002 Venice Film Festival (Moon is only the second Korean to win a prize there, after Kang Soo-yeon in 1985 for The Surrogate Woman). She was also named Best Actress at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival.
The following year she again found fame in Im Sang-soo's third film A Good Lawyer's Wife. A 180-degree turn from her previous screen image, this film featured her as a free thinking woman in a decaying marriage who starts an affair with the teenage boy next door. This film was also invited to the Venice Film Festival, and she later won the Best Actress award from the Stockholm International Film Festival. Similar to the case with Oasis, Best Actress honors at many domestic awards ceremonies followed.
Moon starred opposite Song Kang-ho in 2004's The President's Barber, a film that illustrates 20 years of modern Korean history through the eyes of president Park Chung-hee's personal barber. She took a more central role in her next feature Sa-kwa, an introspective relationship drama about a woman who embarks on a new relationship after being dumped by her long-time boyfriend. Also from 2005, Bravo, My Life! saw her return to the historical era of the late 70s/early 80s in a family drama set against the political upheaval of those times.
In 2006, she played a sexually promiscuous professor in Bewitching Attraction, then a disapproving sister in Family Ties (for which she shared Best Actress honors with three castmates at the 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival, where their film also swept Best Picture and Best Screenplay). Moon starred in her first ever television series in 2007, the big-budget fusion fantasy-period drama The Legend. She then narrated My Heart Is Not Broken Yet, a documentary on Song Sin-do and her decade-long lawsuit against the Japanese government for an official apology towards her fellow comfort women.
She followed that with sports movie Forever the Moment (a sleeper hit in 2008), another TV drama (about a family of grown-up siblings), and the human rights-themed Fly, Penguin in 2009.
To promote the 2009 Green Film Festival in Seoul, Kim Tae-yong directed Moon in the short film Take Action, Now or Never! about power saving, cycling, and handkerchief use (her husband Jang Joon-hwan appeared in a cameo). She was also one of the four characters in Baik Hyun-jhin's short film The End.
After appearing in A Little Pond, the 2010 dramatization of the No Gun Ri Massacre, Moon joined the ensemble cast of Hong Sang-soo's Ha Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Her voice acting for Leafie, A Hen into the Wild was praised as "superb [...] instantly recognizable and articulating the gumption and touching naivete of the eponymous hen with great conviction," and in 2011 Leafie became the most successful Korean animated film of the modern era, with over 2 million admissions. That same year, Moon joined Konkuk University's Faculty of Arts as a professor of film studies.
Because she found his script "unique and creative," Moon took a risk on newbie director Park Myung-rang and joined the cast of his 2013 crime thriller An Ethics Lesson. She then reunited with Sol Kyung-gu in the spy comedy The Spy: Undercover Operation.
In 2014, Moon starred in Venus Talk, about the romantic and sex lives of three women in their forties. She also appeared in Park Chan-kyong's fantasy/documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits that looked at Korean modern history through the checkered past and exorcism-based imagination of a shaman. Another Hong Sang-soo feature, Hill of Freedom, followed.
Moon then made her directorial debut with the short film The Actress, in which she played the title character who goes mountain climbing with friends then meets up for drinks with a group of male acquaintances; once alcohol has loosened the tongues of her companions, she learns their prejudices against her. It premiered at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, where she also co-hosted the opening ceremony with Ken Watanabe. Along with two other short films The Running Actress and The Best Director, the feature-length film premiered in 2017. Moon has cited Lee Chang-dong as an key influence on her directorial work, saying that she thought about her experience with Lee a lot while making these three shorts.
In 2015, Moon became the first Korean actor invited as a jury member of the Locarno International Film Festival; festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian lauded her "brave choices (in selecting projects)" and called Moon "the jewel of the Korean movie industry." The following year, she was invited to the Venice International Film Festival, where she became the first South Korean actor to serve as a juror on the Orizzonti section.
In 2017, Moon featured as a political journalist in the election film The Mayor. In 2018, Moon starred in the Korean film adaptation of the Japanese manga series Little Forest, playing the main character (Kim Tae-ri)'s mom.
Among Moon's upcoming films are romance film Good Day by Zhang Lu, legal film Juror 8, and school bullying drama I Want to See Your Parents' Face, Moon also voiced The Underdog, which was directed by Leafie, A Hen into the Wild director.
According to Moon, she had a strict upbringing; she was not allowed to go to the theater, and she was also forced to read classical literary works. During her childhood, she had to learn to play the pansori, the violin and the gayageum.
On December 24, 2006 Moon married Jang Joon-hwan, director of cult film Save the Green Planet!. Both Sungkyunkwan University alumni, the two reportedly met when Jang directed her in the 2003 music video for Jung Jae-il's 눈물꽃 ("Flower of Tears"). After suffering a miscarriage in 2010, Moon gave birth to a daughter on August 4, 2011.
|1998||The Power Of Love||Short film|
|2000||Black Cut||Short film|
|2001||To the Spring Mountain||Short film|
|Plan 19 From Outer Space||Short film|
|2003||A Good Lawyer's Wife||Eun Ho-jung|
|2004||The President's Barber||Kim Min-ja|
|2005||Bravo, My Life!||Kim Mal-soon|
|The Nine Lives of Korean Cinema||Documentary|
|2006||Bewitching Attraction||Cho Eun-sook|
|Family Ties||Lee Mi-ra|
|2007||My Heart Is Not Broken Yet||Narrator||Documentary|
|2008||Forever the Moment||Han Mi-sook|
|2009||Like You Know It All||Jecheon - Seoul woman||Voice, cameo|
|Take Action, Now or Never!||Short film|
|Fly, Penguin||Song Hee-jung|
|The End||Short film|
|2010||A Little Pond||Refugee||Cameo|
|Ha Ha Ha||Wang Seong-ok|
|2011||Leafie, A Hen into the Wild||Leafie / Yipsak / Sprout / Dais||Voice|
|Ari Ari the Korean Cinema||Documentary|
|2012||In Another Country||Geum-hee|
|2013||An Ethics Lesson||Kim Sun-hwa|
|The Spy: Undercover Operation||Young-hee|
|2014||Venus Talk||Jo Mi-yeon|
|Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits||Kim Geum-hwa (middle age)||Documentary|
|Hill of Freedom||Young-sun|
|The Actress||So-ri||Short film|
|Phantoms of the Archive||Short film|
|2015||The Running Actress||So-ri||Short film|
|The Best Director||So-ri||Short film|
|Love and...||Hospital janitor||Short film|
|2016||The Handmaiden||Hideko's aunt||Cameo|
|Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned||Dr. Min||Cameo|
|2017||The Mayor||Jung Jae-yi|
|The Running Actress||So-ri|
|1987: When the Day Comes||Woman on the P.A system||Voice only|
|2018||Little Forest||Hye-won's mother|
|Ode to the Goose||Song-hyun|
|2019||Juror 8||Kim Joon-gyeom|
|TBA||I Want to Know Your Parents|
As director and screenwriterEdit
|2014||The Actress||19th Busan International Film Festival - Short Film Showcase|
|2015||The Running Actress||Jeonju International Film Festival - Korea Cinemascape for Shorts|
|2015||The Best Director||20th Busan International Film Festival - Short Film Showcase|
|2017||The Running Actress||Feature-length film (compilation of three shorts)|
|2007||The Legend||Seo Ki-ha||MBC|
|2008-2009||All About My Family||Lee Hwang||MBC|
|2013||Drama Festival - The Murder||Jeong-boon||MBC|
|2016||Legend of the Blue Sea||Ahn Jin-joo||SBS|
Talk show hostEdit
Awards and nominationsEdit
The list below is sourced.
|2002||59th Venice International Film Festival||Marcello Mastroianni Award||Oasis||Won|||
|23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|10th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Won|
|Best New Actress||Won|
|5th Director's Cut Awards||Won|
|3rd Women in Film Korea Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Cine 21 Awards||Won|
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism: Okgwan Order of Culture Merit||N/A||N/A||Awarded|
|2003||29th Seattle International Film Festival||Best Actress||Oasis||Won|||
|13th Stockholm International Film Festival||A Good Lawyer's Wife||Won|||
|4th Busan Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|11th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Won|
|2nd Korean Film Awards||Won|
|4th Women in Film Korea Awards||Won|
|6th Director's Cut Awards||Won|
|24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|Cine 21 Awards||Won|
|2004||41st Grand Bell Awards||Won|||
|1st Max Movie Awards||Won|
|1st University Film Festival of Korea||Won|
|2006||47th Thessaloniki Film Festival||Family Ties||Won|||
|2008||2008 MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||All About My Family||Won|
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Forever the Moment||Nominated|
|16th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|2010||19th Buil Film Awards||Ha Ha Ha||Won|
|8th Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2012||21st Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||In Another Country||Nominated|
|2015||2nd Wildflower Film Awards||Best Actress||Hill of Freedom||Nominated|
|2016||Venice International Film Festival||Starlight Cinema Award||N/A||Won|||
|2017||11th Asian Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Handmaiden||Won|||
|54th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Mayor||Nominated|
|5th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards||Special Award||The Running Actress||Won|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|38th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|Best New Director||Nominated|
|2018||5th Wildflower Film Awards||Best Director (Narrative Films)||Nominated|
|54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Director||Nominated|||
|27th Buil Film Awards||Best New Director||Nominated|||
|23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|26th Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards||Won|||
|38th Golden Cinema Awards||Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Life||Won|||
|38th Hawaii International Film Festival||Halekulani Career Achievement Award||N/A||Won|||
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Ode to the Goose||Nominated|
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