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Actress Bae Doo-na receives lead actress award in Japan

All Headlines 16:44 December 23, 2009

By Tony Chang

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean actress Bae Doo-na has received Japan's most prominent film award, becoming the first foreign actress in Japanese film history to do so, her agency said Wednesday.

Bae, 30, became one of five recipients of the Japanese Academy Awards (JAA) in the category of outstanding actress for her performance in "Kuki Ningyo," Barunson Entertainment said.

JAA is a series of awards given annually since 1978 by the Nippon Academy Awards Association for excellence in Japanese film. Award categories are similar to the Academy Awards in the U.S. JAA offers five awards for each major filmmaking category.

"Kuki Ningyo," which translates into "Air Doll," is a 2009 drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The story is about an inflatable doll that develops a soul and falls in love. The film was released in September.

Bae, who was given the award together with Haruka Ayase, Ryoko Hirosue and other top Japanese stars, has become the first foreign actress to receive the Japanese honor.

Among the five, one will be selected at the JAA's annual event on March 5 for the award for most outstanding lead actress, Barunson said.

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